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American Samurai (1992)

American Samurai 1992I haven’t seen this since the year it came out in the early 90’s so I was pretty pleased when this popped up as I did my usual browsing on youtube. It starrs David Bradley from American Ninja 3,4 and 5 but I remember it mostly because Mark Dacascos is in it even tho he’s the main douche with the crazy eyes.

It’s one of those gladiator type movies where they fight in an arena for money (to the death). I’ve seen more gore in Spartacus so this isn’t much competition. Some familiar faces in the arena, well… that blonde fellow at least. The swede was kinda fun as I was expecting him to burst out in that swedish chef theme at any time. Not really a very engaging fight movie tho I still enjoy this movie…

It’s been 22 years, I enjoyed it one more time but I doubt this will ever be watched again. I remember looking for this at some point after the first time I watched it ’cause I wanted it in my collection but I never found it for sale.

I can safely say that there’s quite a few movies on the director’s (Sam Firstenberg) resume I liked more… like Revenge of the Ninja (1983), American Ninja (1985) and American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987).

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..

Only the Strong (1993)

OnlyTheStrong1993I forgot how young Mark Dacascos look in this one, then again it might be me getting old so every youthful character looks like a spoiled teen. Mark has always been one of my heroes and back when this movie came out I’d probably put it at a 10/10 but I just don’t feel the same way about it today. It’s like that with a big part of the movies I adored back in my teens and early twenties.

I think the villain is pretty buff and douchy and he kinda makes me grin from ear to ear. It’s very few villains of high douche factor that does that to me ^_^. He actually looks intimidating which is a plus ’cause a lot of villains aren’t these days. When it comes to the fight scenes I didn’t sit back in awe watching it this time… in fact I was kinda bored. Still, it’s one of the movies I really loved back in the day so it still has sentimental value to me even tho I don’t find it as entertaining I used to. I guess I’ve gotten immune to those teachers saves students kind of flicks… They are so pre-1995… I’m over it. Nice to see Geoffrey Lewis (Kerrigan) again, such a familiar face in the 80’s and 90’s. Some actors/actresses are just kinda missed the last decades. When one is used to see them in every other movie it feels kinda weird not seeing them in years. I’ve almost forgotten about Stacey Travis before seeing this movie again. I used to like her as she was the reason I watched Phantasm II (1988) and Hardware (1990) if I remember right.

I kind of like the remixes Donovan did of the music in the movie and some of the soundtrack of this movie so I’ll probably be thrawling the Google for some of those genius works of art after writing this review.

Director Sheldon Lettich did Lionheart (1990) and Double Impact (1991) with Van Damme previously. He also wrote the screenplay/story for Bloodsport (1988) and Legionnaire (1998) and even some more Van Damme movies. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen most of the movies on his resume 2-3 times or more.

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..

Cradle 2 the grave (2003)

Couldn’t sleep so I ended up watching yet another Mark Dacascos movie. Many added bonuses in this film… Gabrielle Union who without a doubt is the worlds most beautiful black woman and Kelly Hu who’s up there on the asian side. In other words, high eyecandy factor. Awesome fight scenes with Jet Li and driving scenes with DMX. This movie is all action from start to finish. I gave it a very very high score back in the day… but I’ve kind of revized the rating down some (not much) as I’m comparing it to movies that came out later and want to be fair ^.^

I don’t really have any bad things to say about the movie as it’s a full on popcorn movie with no dead time what so ever. I’m entertained every time I watch it and it doesn’t feel outdated at all when I do.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..

Sabotage (1996)

Two of my favorite actors from the 90’s in the same movie. Mark Dacascos in a non martial arts type movie but with Carrie-Anne Moss. I’ve been a fan of Carrie since Models InC (1994-95) and my fandom grew with this movie and took off completely after seeing her as Trinity in The Matrix.

Sabotage had me from the moment that cannon fired from the roof top into the plane. I never grow tired of this movie. I actually watch it like once every 2 years… It’s not like an awesome movie, it’s just that I like the Dacascos/Moss chemistry. They should have done more movies together. Even tho it doesn’t have like lots of sniping action scenes, it’s still in a genre I treasure in movies. Sniper movies makes me excited ^.^ This movie is on my Dacascos top 5 tho (Drive, Only the Strong, Crying Freeman, Sabotage and Cradle 2 the Grave). I actually like it just as much after 15 years as I did the first time I saw it…

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..

Only found a german trailer :(

Hawaii Five-O (Tv-serie)

Hawaii Five-O is one of them shows that started up last year and I kind of fell behind on following it due to spending a lot of time in MMO-gaming. I remember I loved the first episodes and was extatic to see Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica, The Border). I’ve spendt the last three days catching up to the series which now is in it’s 2nd season.

Compared to most other tv-series, Hawaii Five-O is in a league of it’s own when it comes to action sequences. It’s like watching a Michael Bay action movie at times… and they have a lot a uber A-list guest actors and actresses (would love to know the budget of this show).

I never watched the original series but I doubt that it could capture my interest like this re-make (waiting for someone to prove me wrong). It’s nice to see Alex o’Loughlin be in a series that lasts passed one season for once. It’s a shame they cancelled Moonlight as it was one of the better newcomers at the time (plus Vampire series tend to be cheesy and twilighty… Moonlight wasn’t).

Somewhere in the middle of season 1 they added Larisa Oleynik (right picture) to the series and I totally love her mystical character (plus she’s sooo gorgeous). She’s not in all episodes but I’m pretty sure she’ll be back on the show eventually as her part isn’t played out yet. Can’t wait to see what happens.

As an added bonus this series has Mark Dacascos playing the bad guy. He was my big hero back in the 90’s (Drive, Sabotage, Only the Strong and Crying Freeman). I think he suits being both good and bad.. and it’s fun to see him kick some ass in the show as well. So far I’ve only seen him fight Terry o’Quinn, something I’d never picture ever if it weren’t for this show. Poor Terry ^.^ Hope to see more cool fights in the future.

Hawaii Five-O is one of the few shows that has crossover’s from other series. Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) from NCIS L.A had a part in one of the episodes which is cool. That means we might even see someone from NCIS again in the future ^.^

All in all, I’d recommend this series to anyone…


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