Hi, I will be making several posts in the next few days to catch up on some of my recent review movies. To make it easier for both you and me I am going to post between 3-5 movies at most unless it is a huge set or something and sets will get a separate post from now on.
Robocop – From the director of Total Recall comes a high-adrenalinem “sleek” (Time) sci-fi thriller about a policeman who’s half-man, half-machine. When a good cop (Peter Weller) is murdered by criminals, innovative scientists piece him back together as an unstoppable crime-fighting cyborg called Robocop. Tormented by the memory of his death, he is out for justice – and revenge.
Robocop 2 – Robocop (Peter Weller) returns to battle his toughest opponent yet: his replacement! But not only is the new cyborg’s weaponry more sophisticated than Robocop’s. it contains the brain of a madman! It will take everything Robocop has to save Detroit – and himself – from total destruction.
Robocop 3 – It’s Megacop vs. Megacop in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi action film. When a ruthless corporation that has a stranglehold on Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes for a new real estate project, Robocop (Robert Burke) and a band of renegades fight to save them in an all-out battle for Detroit.
- Buy the RoboCop Trilogy on DVD (media.gunaxin.com)
- ‘RoboCop: The Musical’ and ‘Terminator 2: The Opera’ Will Make Your Day (cinematical.com)
- What Does the New Netflix/Epix Deal Mean for You? (1up.com)
- Sci-Fi Spoof Videos: Terminator 2: The Opera and RoboCop: The Musical (wired.com)
- No Heart, No Soul: Robocop’s Anatomy (geekologie.com)
- Miniature Robocop (neatorama.com)
- Blu-ray Review: RoboCop Trilogy (blogcritics.org)
- Geek Deals: Robocop Trilogy on Blu-Ray for $25, Quidditch T-Shirt for $9 (slashfilm.com)
- 1 reviews of RoboCop 2 (rateitall.com)
- 1 reviews of RoboCop (rateitall.com)
- RoboCop Jr. defends dystopian Detroit [Thisisawesome] (io9.com)
- Robokid: The World’s Cutest Robocop (techeblog.com)
- The Inhuman Anatomy of RoboCop [Robocop] (gizmodo.com)
Thomas Hayden Church (Emmy winner “Broken Trail”, Spider-Man 3) is Don McKay, a janitor who regrets making a mistake in his youth. After 25 years he hears from beautiful Sonny (Elisabeth Shue – Leaving Las Vegas, upcoming – Piranha 3-D) his ex-girlfriend and the woman he still loves. She is dying and wants to spend her remaining days with him. Returning to the site of the tragedy, Don rushes to be with her. She is still as beautiful and desirable as ever, but something about her is…different. Wondering if it is sickness that has changed her or something that makes the townspeople act odd, Don tried to solve the mystery while keeping his sanity and life intact.
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What if enemies had to rely on one another to survive. That’s not only the question, but also the situation intelligent billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins, Silence Of The Lambs) and photographer Robert Green (Alec Baldwin, It’s Complicated) are in as their plane crashes in freezing Alaskan wilderness. The pair discovers the wilderness may be very dangerous, but human nature infinitely more so. Treachery and fear override each as they struggle to survive the wilderness…and each other.
Note that this review is for the Karate Kid/Karate Kid II Blu-ray Box Set.
Miyagi (Pat Morita) returns home to Okinawa for the first time in 45 years with Daniel (Ralph Macchio) as his father falls gravely ill. There he encounters his former love Yukie (Nobu McCarthy), the woman he left behind when he left for America. Daniel falls in love with her niece Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) just as two enemies emerge to challenge both couples’ happiness. Sato (Danny Kamekona), the man Yukie was arranged to be married to, seeks revenge against Miyagi for interfering. Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), is his vicious nephew who instantly dislikes Daniel. Together Miyagi and Daniel must face their foes and overcome them in their own ways. Karate Kid II features the 1986 Oscar-nominated song “Glory Of Love” by Peter Cetera.
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Karate Kid Kicks Butt On Blu-ray!
Karate Kid is a movie about a teenage kid being uprooted from his Newark, New Jersey home and moving to sunny Reseda, California, where the scenery is better, but just about everything else is worse. Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio (My Cousin Vinny, The Outsiders) feels lost and alone, missing his home, unable to talk to his busy mom Lucielle (Randee Heller) and to top off his misery he is being bullied by a group of karate students out to make him pay for flirting with the leader’s (William Zabka) beautiful blonde ex-girlfriend Ali (Elisabeth Shue, Hollow Man). Daniel keeps getting up from his beatings, but his spirits dwindle until he meets his apartment complex’s janitor Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita, Happy Days, Karate Kid II) takes an interest in the young teen. After saving Daniel from a brutal beating, Miyagi continues to refuse to teach him karate until he meets the bully’s Karate teacher John Kreese (Martin Kove) and learns that the odds are truly stacked against young Daniel. Finally agreeing to teach Daniel karate so he can defend himself, Miyagi also teaches the teen about life, that sometimes two wrongs don’t make a right and revenge benefits nobody. But it is the life lessons that make Karate Kid as relevant today as it was back in 1984.
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Ashton Kutcher plays Nikki, a model-type man with an aimless life who uses older women for just about anything and everything, until he meets his match in a beautiful waitress named Heather (Margarita Levieva) who beats him at his own game. Nikki had a foolproof arrangement with Samantha (Anne Heche), a successful female lawyer who is satisfied with being “friends with benefits.” Nikki, the serial womanizer, learns what it’s like being on the other side of his games, and even still he might fall in love in the process.
First off, if you don’t know this movie is pretty hard-core with sex scenes. At times it seems like soft-core porn. With a title like Spread, you would think I would have seen that coming, but the movie plays up the comedy aspect a little too much in it‘s description. Yes, it is funny, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Though the film at times does better as a serious romantic drama than as a comedy.
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Former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino, Righteous Kill) is released from prison on a legal technicality by his cocaine-addicted lawyer David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn, Mystic River) and stuns his former underworld peers by living up to his vow of going straight, turning his back on his former life of crime. If only it were that easy. Carlito finds reason to stick to his guns when he comes across his former love Gail (Penelope Ann Miller, The Messengers) and rekindles their love affair. But everywhere Carlito turns, from his lawyer to his business co-owning a trendy yet somewhat sleazy nightclub where he is reminded of his past by an admiring young up-and-coming gangster Benny Blanco (John Leguizamo, Assault On Precinct 13). Flanked by his right-hand man Pachanga (Luis Guzman, Boogie Nights) he rebuffs Benny’s attempts at buying his idol a drink. No matter what Carlito does his past seems to come back to haunt him and threaten his present and his future. All he knows is this time around, he has to do it Carlito’s Way.
Russell Crowe continues to amaze with his performance as an obsessed retired cop who has nothing better to do than follow 18-year-old released murderer Eric Poole (Jon Foster). Eric unknowingly has a troubled teen (Sophie Traub) as a traveling companion, but the young girl seems to know him from somewhere. The mystery deepens, as Detective Cristofuoro (Crowe) is constantly one-step behind the pair on this road trip, fearful that the young psychopath will kill again.
Crowe manages to stay in the background through much of the film, being subtle as much as possible, letting the audience and characters believe he is a pushover. This is a perfect example of Crowe showing strength in character without being over-the-top. It works well for him here to be subtle just like pacing yourself in a long distance race is better than going all-out the whole race. There is a certain kinship between his character and the movie-going audience. You want to see him succeed in preventing Eric Poole from killing Lori but you just don’t know if he can get there in time, or if he is even capable of preventing the tragedy he fears will come true. It only took Crowe nine days to film his scenes, but he made the best of them.
The film lives on it’s ability to contrast normal life with the suspense from the past and the possibilities of bad things happening in the present. A perfect example is a rest-stop scene that heightens the suspense to a heart-stopping degree. If you care for the characters, which you should if you like this kind of movie, you fear what could happen in this scene, but you can’t help but watch.
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Joe’s Top Picks (& why you should buy!) –
1 – Band Of Brothers (Best war miniseries ever! Must-own for war movie fans, Speilberg & Tom Hanks fans and anyone with any sense. Buy It!…….Now!)
2 – The Enforcer/Sudden Impact (Sudden Impact = Dirty Harry at his best! Must-own)
3 – Clint Eastwood Collection 1968-2008 (Absolute Power, Dirty Harry, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, The Rookie, Unforgiven shall I go on???)
4 – Essential Eastwood Director’s Collection (Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Unforgiven cheaper than the above by nearly half the price and some damn fine titles!)
5 – Absolute Power (A very underestimated Eastwood flick. Eastwood+Hackman+Ed Harris=I’m so there! Buy this!)
6 – Bad Boys – (As much as I rag on Michael Bay this here is a fun movie. Worthy of a buy)
7 – The Rookie (What’s not to love? Eastwood & Charlie Sheen shine here, another underappreciated Eastwood flick that should be in your collection)
8 – Air Force One/In The Line Of Fire (These are here mostly for In The Line Of Fire an EXCELLENT Eastwood flick, Air Force One is good but more of a throw-in) and in a tie – Bram Stoker’s Dracula/The Grudge (This is a nice pairing of similar genre movies. A good pairing, nice price. I’d get it)
9 – I Know What You Did Last Summer/I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (I love the first one, as much as I loved that I HATED the sequel. Still with the pairing of the two at about the price you’d pay for the original alone, why not buy this?)
10 – Groundhog Day/Hitch – (The pairing of these two movies is what knocks this down to the last spot. Love Groundhog Day and Murray is at his best here. Hitch…well at least Groundhog day is worth buying. Didn’t see Hitch. Don’t want to)
Notable Mentions – War Of The Worlds (Not so much a fan here, but I’ll review it if Amazon sends it and go in with an open mind on my 2nd viewing of it maybe I’ll like it more on the 2nd go-around), Alice In Wonderland (Kiddies will eat this up. I read on Wiki that this drew in over $1,000,000,000+ worldwide up there with Titanic and below Avatar, just not my thing), The Wolfman (Didn’t see it, don’t know anyone who has, but I’ll have to rent it and see, love Anthony Hopkins though), Someone’s Knocking At The Door (looks interesting, but have to give it a rental), The Strangers (Steve Austin might be a far better wrestler, but his acting skills are pretty decent. I haven’t seen this, but I feel if it is anything like The Condemned it will at least be worthy of a rental), Wild Things: Foursome (I only mention this because a girl from my hometown of Reading, PA is in this so I’ll give my shout out here), The Gauntlet (Need to rent this, forget the movie it’s been so long),