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Posted: 17 August 2019 - 09:23 AM                                    
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Kung Fu Mama 4/6 , grannie made of steel

"Bronson Pinchot (yes that is Serge from Beverly Hills Cop) "

He played Balki from 1986-93

Seymour Cassel was on Batman , the Green Hornet cross over shows btw



 
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Halloween 4 is underrated , i give it 4.5/6

Revenge 4/6 , with Joan Collins

Bravados 3/6 , found it boring

Kramer vs Kramer 4.5/6 , imo Deer Hunter is much much better

(Bruce Lee was gonna be a cop, movie set in Rome and co starring Sophia Loren , work title Drug Terror........his death was one of the most tragic in Hwood imo , so much potential. I think Chow killed him cuz he wanted to leave HK and triads were pissed)



 
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Terminator: Dark Fate.

The sixth movie in the Terminator franchise and a direct sequel to Judgment Day meaning you can ignore the third, fourth and fifth film. Directed by Tim Miller from Deadpool and produced by James Cameron starring of course Arnold Schwarzenegger but also coming back after a 28 year absence: Linda Hamilton.

There's actually not much I can say without spoiling too much but just when I thought I was going to disappointed to movie kicks in a higher gear and delivers quite the finale. Currently I would say 3 stars.




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Torpedo.

During World War II a group Flemish Resistance fighters receive a top secret mission of transporting important cargo to the United States by the means of stolen U-boat.

This is by far the best Belgian movie ever made in a totally new genre. I think this is even the first Belgian war movie. Belgian movies are mostly dark and gritty thrillers like The Memory Of A Killer, Dossier K (File K), Het Tweede Gelaat (The Second Face) Loft, Het Vonnis (The Judgement) or De Premier (The Prime Minister), all movies with Koen De Bouw who also has the lead in Torpedo. But we're in for a game changer with Torpedo.

Torpedo is pretty much Inglorious Basterds meets Das Boot with nods to Indiana Jones and The Abyss. And while the film is considered suitable for 12 year olds in Belgium this will be a hard R rated movie in the States. There are very violent and unforgiving scenes in this movie so be warned. But it would be a great candidate for Best Foreign Picture.

Also interesting bit of trivia the U-boat used in this movie is the same one from the movie U-571.

In case you are interested in this movie the movie is internationally known as U-235.

This movie gets a massive well deserved 4 stars.




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King Solomon's Mines and Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold.

For those who made their homework knows what kind of movies these are. Trying to get a piece of the pie Raiders of the Lost Ark baked and even bringing in John Rhys-Davies these adventure movies are actually far from what Indiana Jones truly is.

Jesse Huston (Sharon Stone before stardom) hires Allan Quatermain (Richard Chamberlain) to find her father who is thought to be lost on an expedition to find King Solomon's mines. Her father has been captured by a German colonel who is doing business with a Turkish slave trader (John Rhys-Davies) during World War I. While tracking down Jesse's father, Jesse and Quatermain run in all the obstacles of the old fashioned adventure movies. Evil and cannibalistic tribes, crocodiles, lions, snakes, you name it, it's all there.

The film has been received quite poorly and was considered to be released too soon after Indiana Jones. Yet, the first movie at least tries in some way to do something with what they got and Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone are trying to have some fun with it after all it's supposed to be a satire on Indiana Jones, not a spoof though but the movie is meant for laughs.

The musical score was done by Jerry Goldsmith and he manages to make a rousing theme song that reminds of Indiana Jones without blatantly copying it and making it his own.

A sequel Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold was made a year later.

Quatermain and Jesse are now living together in Africa and planning to go to America to visit Jesse's parents when Allan receives a message of a dying man that his long lost brother is in the Lost City of Gold. Allan prepares to go look for him with an old friend and warrior Umslopogaas (James Earl Jones) and a so called spiritual guru named Swarma (Robert Donner, yes Wintergreen). During their journey through Africa they again face many dangers to find this Lost City where they find Quatermain's brother in peace with tribe but another vengeful tribe has set it's sights on the city and Allan, Jesse and his brother has to lead the people of the city into the final battle.

If you think the first movie did bad, try this one on for size. This was way worse then the first one. While the first one at least tried to have some fun, this one is going the deep end. It makes me wonder how Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, John Rhys-Davies and James Earl Jones look back on these movies. They probably want to forget they ever made them. James Earl Jones even admitted he did it for the money and a trip to Africa.

Yes, these are B-movies but even in 1985-1987 these movies must've looked way outdated, as if these movies were made like 20 years too late. They might have belonged in the 60's.

The effects are sometimes horrendous. Punches and gunshots sound really old and some creatures are clearly handpuppets. I have seen older movies that withstand the test of time better. Then they try to make the film cool by using the theme song over and over again by almost everything Quatermain does in almost every scene. They would've even used it if he just entered a room or something.

And then there is Sharon Stone's acting. Like I said this was before her breakthrough and can't blame her for trying and she had to start somewhere. But one moment she's tough and the next she's hiding behind Chamberlain, while there is nothing to be scared about.

Apparently another sequel was planned but abandoned after the poor reception of this movie. And also in 2011 another sequel was planned by the same producer and Chamberlain even expressed interest of returning to the role.

What I do find interesting is that Indiana Jones is actually based on Allan Quatermain but that Allan Quatermain never had any succesful adaptation himself. Sure there are the 1937 and 1950 films, the latter with Steward Granger but any other adaption always seemed to have failed. Not even Sean Connery managed to do it for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The only adaptation that seemed to have scored better is the 2004 miniseries with Patrick Swayze.



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Posted: 15 November 2019 - 07:08 AM                                    
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Late kind of edit though but, I just found out Michael Greenburg was line producer on Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold. Apparently Greenburg was married to Sharon Stone at the time, though they got divorced a few years later.



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Seen The Hunger Games movies in the past week.

Unfortunately, I was not impressed at all. Maybe because I didn't read the books but it just didn't do it for me. Despite a great cast (especially Donald Sutherland amongst others), the movies were a letdown. It was more about the show around the Hunger Games then the actually games in my opinion.

The first two movies were pretty much the same. They waste the first halves or even the first 90 minutes about all the attention the new candidates get. They come on tv, they get a new wardrobe, they get trained, they're send out in the arena to kill everybody, that's it. It reminds me of the Japanese movie Battle Royale that uses pretty much the same plot, only in that movie it's more about teens killing each other in brutal ways set in the present times. Maybe they should've tried remaking that.

But the problem I had with basically all four movies is, this could've been way more epic. The first two and the fourth movie lasts 2,5 hours and there is not one moment in any of them where an action sequence lasts like 3 to the 4 minutes. It's always very brief and when things get going the scene is already over. There are no major battle scenes whatsoever in any of them! And even worse there are moments action has taken place but is not seen at all! In the third movie for example a rescue mission takes place, in which the team seems to be caught, the scene cuts and in the next moment we are with Katniss again and one of the characters comes in her room saying the team is back with the captives they went out to rescue. Euhm… how did they get out if they were about to be caught? Where is my epic action scene to show it for? And this happens more then once in the franchise. Also Katniss seems to be having a knack for going out, come back hurt and laying in a hospital bed, while all the action takes place without her. She practically misses the final battle, while the fourth movie was in my opinion the best one. She marches up to the mansion, gets blown away and the next moment the war is over. Why couldn't she just lead the troops into the palace and get to Snow herself? It finally had some action but it's like Katniss misses a lot of the events she's supposed to be the leader from. Also sometimes there seem to be odd time jumps. Like between the second and third movie it's unclear how much time has past yet Gale (Liam Hemsworth) shows up out of nowhere.

I've got the feeling that they didn't pull all the plugs with this one and that mostly the actors didn't have enough to do with what they got, yet they did their best, especially Jennifer Lawrence. I think Katniss Everdeen is a great and intriguing character but she deserved to be in better adaptations then this.

While I'm not much of a reader, I think the old saying does count this time: 'The books are better the movies.'

For all movies: 2,5 stars.

To Katniss: I salute you with my three finger symbol and the whistle of the mockingjay.



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Posted: 28 November 2019 - 09:36 AM                                    
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After The Hunger Games, I just had to see the Japanese Battle Royale movies.

Battle Royale.

Japan in the near future has gone down the drain. The country is facing massive youth criminality and the grown ups no longer knows what to do, so they invent games similar to the Hunger Games. A schoolbus full of teens are brought to a remote island where they are awaited by the military and their gym teacher. During their trip they were put to sleep and bombs were attached to their necks (It's not jewellery.) If they are not in a safe zone the bomb will go off. They are all given a backpack to survive three days on the island. Each pack contains a little food and water and a weapon. If you're lucky you have a gun, or a knife. If you don't, you might have a lid of a pan or something. They get 72 hours and there can only be one winner or else everyone dies.

The brutality in this movie (something Hunger Games was seriously lacking) lies in the fact that most of these kids were friends of each other and they are asked to kill each other off by any means necessary. Talking about testing your friendships.

This is one of those rare Japanese movies I can watch again, but preferably with years in between so I can get to rediscover the movie. Though not a horror movie this is one brutal action film involving kids not much older then 15. This is the actual Hunger Games. The movie was considered too extreme, even for Japan and they tried to ban the movie, which failed. A less violent version however was released. 4 stars.

Battle Royale II.

Three years have passed and the winner Nanahara of the first movie has started a revolution against grown ups, commiting terrorist attacks all over the world including America. While Nanahara hides on another remote island, the Japanese government send in a new group teenagers to take down Nanahara in another Battle Royale. Again these kids have no choice but to obey their government. This time packed and dressed as soldiers they are send off in boats to the island. Also this time they have bombs around their necks. They also have a partner along their side, if their partner dies, so will they.

While the game practically changes into a war game... (just think Bushmaster but then for real) the movie is almost equally as brutal as it's predecessor with lots of extreme and violent deaths involving teenagers. Yet the movie was considered inferior to the first as the points were made, this movie was dedicated to the director of the first movie by his son, who said he wanted to finish his father's work rather then making his own debut. 3 stars.

The Fugitive.

I guess we all know the story of The Fugitive. Dr. Richard Kimble is accused of murdering his wife and awaits the death penalty. On his way to jail, his bus crashes on a railroad before it gets hit by a train. Kimble escapes and starts his own little investigation to find the killer. Meanwhile Sam Gerard and his team are put on the case to bring Kimble in.

Great movie with a great score of James Newton Howard. 4,5 stars.

U.S. Marshalls.

Sam Gerard and his team returns to find another fugitive played by Wesley Snipes. Against his wishes though he has to take another man on his team played by Robert Downey Jr.

Good, but The Fugitive is far more superior, yet Tommy Lee Jones owns every scene. 3 stars.

And finally, Paul.

Paul is an alien who crashed in the States in the late 40's and spend nearly 60 years on earth. Graeme and Clive are two sci-fi geeks on a roadtrip through the States coming back from a comic-con when they meet him. Paul asks them for a ride to take him home. Meanwhile secret agents are trying to capture Paul and bring him back to their base for exams.

This was actually quite a nice movie with great laughs. 3 stars.



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Let's see...

In the theater, I've seen Joker and Frozen 2. Both movies were really good! I missed out on Maleificant though.

I've rented Annabelle Comes Home and Child's Play (2019). I also recently saw Dark Phoenix, which I thought was far better than people were saying it was.

Hoping to see the new Star Wars movie in January once the crowds die down. heehee




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I also saw Frozen 2. Thought it wasn't bad, but perferred the first one. The second one went by too fast for me to really let it sink in what was going on



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Oooo, I saw Frozen 2 too! I liked it! There were a couple things that I was like "meh" about, but the rest I thought was good.

@Jedi I also wanna see the new Star Wars



 
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Countdown.

Waste of time. The movie is about a scary app that tells you when you will die. Couple of cheap PG-13 thrills and a few unexpected comedy moments but nothing more. It could be me but every demon seems to look like The Nun, lately. Especially the eyes. 2stars.

Lucky Number Slevin.

Slevin Kelevra arrives in New York. Once there he gets mugged and goes to the apartment of his friend Nick Fisher. While getting cleaned up he meets the next door neighbor Lindsey in a rather embarrassing moment. Both seem a little confused as in why Fisher never showed up and they agree to figure it out together once Lindsey comes back from work. After she leaves Slevin is taken by two henchmen of a mob boss who claims he owes him a great deal of money. The Boss as he is called agrees to cancel the debt in return of a favor… killing the son of his former best friend. Slevin considers this though he believes it is all because of mistaken identity. Upon his return to the apartment he is taken again by the henchmen of The Boss' now sworn enemy The Rabbi in a similar fashion. The Boss and the Rabbi haven't left their ivory towers in twenty years out of fear of what the other might do. When a mysterious assassin appears to be working for both sides the plot becomes more complicated as it turns out Slevin is also being tailed by the police.

Saying more would just spoil the movie. Despite getting mixed reviews this movie is quite fun and actually belongs in the line of stingers. Imagine Twice Stung and Jenny's Chance as a movie, you might get this. It's sort of a black comedy combined with a snuff of romance and thriller elements and an emotional twist. Lots of familiar faces like Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis (in maybe one of his last really good films), Lucy Liu, Sir Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman and Stanley Tucci. 3,5 stars.



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