Jack Smight's cheesy post apocalyptic road movie is a fun ride, it… MoreJack Smight's cheesy post apocalyptic road movie is a fun ride, it concerns five survivors of a nuclear holocaust who travel cross-country in "Landmaster' a specially-designed 12-wheeled armored all-terrain military vehicle, which is equipped with front and back cannons and twin overhead rocket launchers, they are searching for other survivors and settlements, along the way they will encounter giant scorpions, man-eating killer cockroaches, some murderous radioactive hillbillies, freak storms and floods with a sky that is a mass of swirling colors. Awful dialogue with some of the cheapest looking practical special effects you'll ever see. As for the cast which is led by the late George Peppard, who is a campy delight as by-the book officer, Major Eugene Denton, a wooden Jan-Michael Vincent as rebellious junior officer, the late Paul Winfield, in a good turn as Vincent's officer buddy, and Dominque Sanda as the token female eye candy member of the group. Overall an enjoyable guilty pleasure. Recommended.
A stylish taut knockout action thriller with a first-rate Keanu Reeves… MoreA stylish taut knockout action thriller with a first-rate Keanu Reeves who is in fine form here and delivers a superbly game performance as John Wick, a mysterious former professional assassin who retired after his beloved wife passed away from an illness. A low-life punk and his crew steals Wick's prize '69 Mustang muscle car and kill his beloved little dog Daisy, along some other stupid acts that they will pay dearly for when Wick goes after them. One of the punks is Iosef, well-played by Alfie Allen, who is the vicious son of a ruthless Russian mob boss named Viggo, nicely played by Michael Nyqvist. Well all hell is about to break loose when John Wick declares total war on the New York Russian mob. Astute direction by David Leitch & Chad Staheiski, with gorgeous cinematography by Jonathan Sela, and strong supporting performances by Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Adrianne Palicki, Ian McShane and John Luguizamo. The brilliant ultra-violent shootouts and fight action sequences are absolutely jaw-dropping. This is the coolest action thriller of the year by far, and a welcome back to form for Reeves, who is a total badass here. A must-see for anyone who is a action film lover. Highly Recommended.
Denis Villeneuve's powerful compelling dark drama about a naive FBI… MoreDenis Villeneuve's powerful compelling dark drama about a naive FBI agent named Kate Macer, played brilliantly by Emily Blunt, in a physically demanding turn here that is filled with true grit, she is a real badass in the role. Kate is assigned to a special elite task force led by its leader Matt, played superbly by Josh Brolin, to help in the never ending bloody battles against the insidious Mexican drug cartels, she crosses into Mexico on a clandestine mission into a lawless border area where headless corpses of murdered victims dangle from highway overpasses, with her mysterious mostly silent team companion Alejandro, a special "consultant" with a tragic past, played terrifically by a scene-stealing Benicio Del Toro. Kate will find soon question everything she believes in and her faith will be tested as the operation continues, in a land where anyone is a potential target or perpetrator. To say anymore about this film is to betray its sense of paranoia. Astute direction by Villeneuve, with magnificent pulse-pounding action-set pieces that are brutally intense and memorable. A taut script by Taylor Sheridan, Roger Deakin's ravishing sun-parched cinematography and Johann Johannsson's grandiose haunting score. "Sicario" which means "hitman" in Spanish, is a most remarkable motion picture in every sense of the word. Highly Recommended.
Sir Ridley Scott's instantly gripping edge-of-your-seat tense sci-fi… MoreSir Ridley Scott's instantly gripping edge-of-your-seat tense sci-fi thriller which is visually striking and terrifically acted. It concerns an American Astronaut named Mark Watney, played phenomenally by Matt Damon in a magnetic performance, who during a manned mission to Mars is left for dead after a powerful dust storm forces the rest of the crew to abort their expeditionary mission and leave. Mark, a botanist on the Ares III mission must now use his ingenuity if he hopes to survive the hostile Martian environment, and figure out how to stretch his very limited food supply until the scheduled arrival of a Mars lander some four years later, he also needs to find a way to contact earth and let them know that he is still alive, he succeeds and back on earth NASA discovers a way to bring Mark back, but they will face their own set of obstacles. Sensational direction by Scott, who gives us an awesome crowd-pleasing spectacle that will have audiences cheering on their feet. The ensemble cast is brilliant with exceptional performances by Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, and Danald Glover, but this is Matt Damon's film all the way, and his show-stopping performance is the heart of this fine motion picture. Marvelous cinematography by Dariusz Wolski, and impressive visual effects. One of the best films of the year, a real winner! Highly Recommended.
Robert Zemeckis' enthralling remarkable true-life biopic of the French… MoreRobert Zemeckis' enthralling remarkable true-life biopic of the French high-wire aerialist Philippe Petit, played brilliantly by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a game performance of astounding energy and total conviction, who in 1974 with no safety net nor harness famously walked illegally 8-times across a steel cable surreptitiously strung between the World Trade Center's towers, 110 stories above the streets of Manhattan, Masterful direction by Zemeckis, who makes you believe that this event is taking place at the actual Twin Towers, which do not exist anymore, but are recreated by jaw-dropping CGI photorealistic technology which is truly breathtaking in IMAX 3D. This film really delivers when Petit finally takes his death-defilying walk, a mesmerizing sequence that is tense, anxiety-inducing, and ravishingly grand, and truly captures what it must have been like to walk between the Twin Towers, it is an extraordinary marvel of virtual reality, thanks to the film's immaculate visual effects. The "act" itself took 45 minutes to complete and six years to plan, which became a Guinness World Record that stood for 30 years. Exceptional supporting performances by Sir Ben Kingsley, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Lecleric, Mark Trafford, Inka Malovic, and Soleyman Pierini. Striking cinematography by Dariusz Wolski, with an evocative score by Alan Silvetri. A beautiful cinematic experience that is as gripping as it is entertaining. Highly Recommended.
Ron Howard's gripping thriller about a self-made multi-millionaire… MoreRon Howard's gripping thriller about a self-made multi-millionaire named Tom Mullen, played superlatively by Mel Gibson in an impressively intense performance, who is the founder and CEO of Endeavor, the nation's fourth biggest airline. Tom enjoys a moderately high-profile and the luxury and comfort of the spacious Manhattan penthouse apartment, where he lives with his wife Kate, played wonderful by Rene Russo, and their young son Sean, played nicely by Brawley Nolte, son of veteran character actor Nick Nolte. Little time is wasted before Sean is kidnapped in New York City's Central Park by a group of well-equipped individuals who hold the young boy and threaten to kill him, if the ransom of two million dollars is not payed. Soon what should have been a standard kidnap-ransom transaction becomes a dangerous deadly game of cat and mouse between the tycoon and the nefarious ringleader. An extremely suspenseful and well-crafted thriller, with terrific direction by Ron Howard, and exceptional supporting performances by Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, Lili Tayor, Liev Schreiber, Evan Handler, Donnie Wahlberg, and Dan Hedaya. An engrossing well-written screenplay by Richard Price and Alexander Ignon that is quite effective. A solid entertaining 90s thriller.
Andrew Davis's riveting crackajack thriller which is based on the… MoreAndrew Davis's riveting crackajack thriller which is based on the classic 60s television series of the same name. It tells the story of Dr. Richard Kimble, a well-respected Chicago surgeon, played brilliantly by Harrison Ford who delivers a bravura performance. He returns home one night to find his beloved wife murdered by a one-armed man who flees after a brief struggle with him. Kimble is wrongly convicted of his wife's murder and sentenced to death. But on route to prison he escapes during a collision between his prison bus and a freight train, an astounding sequence that is as physically striking as it is amazing, the sight of Kimble fleeing for his life while a massive locomotive bears down on him is unforgettable. Kimble escapes but now must evade the obsessive pursuit of a cunning U.S. Marshal named Samuel Gerard, played by Tommy Lee Jones in a powerhouse scene-stealing performance that rightly earned him the Academy Award & Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Kimble must find a way to prove his innocence, he'll have to go back to Chicago and begin to put the pieces together. The story now goes into high-gear as a cat-and-mouse game between the man unjustly accused of his wife's murder, and the relentless no-nonsense law officer who is tracking him down with a merciless ferocity. It is the duel between these two strong personalities, Ford and Jones that makes this thriller work so well. Pure filmmaking on a grand scale, thanks to Davis's flawless direction, and a top-notch supporting cast that includes Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, and Jeroen Krabbe. The kinetic action sequences and chase scenes are suspenseful and memorable. One of the best thrillers of the decade. Nominated for an Best Picture Academy Award. Highly Recommended.
Peter Yates' underrated but enjoyable sci-fi fantasy film is worth a… MorePeter Yates' underrated but enjoyable sci-fi fantasy film is worth a look despite a predictable formulaic plot, it contains plenty of creativity and some impressive practical visual effects. The story concerns the planet Krull, which has been besieged by an evil entity known as the Beast. It inhabits a mountainous black fortress that changes location at every sunrise. A young prince named Colwyn, superbly played by Ken Marshall, who embarks on a perilous quest with his loyal band of companions to destroy the evil Beast, after his father is slain, and his beloved princess kidnapped and imprisoned within the black fortress. Fine direction by the late Peter Yates, with solid supporting performances by Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis, Liam Neeson, Bernald Bresslaw, and Robbie Coltrane. A lush score by the late great James Horner. Recommended.
Jonathan Mostow's underrated exuberant action-packed thrill ride is a… MoreJonathan Mostow's underrated exuberant action-packed thrill ride is a well-crafted solid sequel in this iconic franchise. It concerns the future savior of humanity John Connor, played superbly by Nick Stahl, who is now a 23 year old drifter living a paranoid existence, his tough beloved mother Sarah died from cancer years ago. Connor will be aided by new T-800 terminator, played terrifically again by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was send by him from the future to protect him and Kate Brewster, wonderfully played by Claire Danes, the daughter of the U.S. Air Force general in charge of Skynet, it seems that Kate has a major part in the upcoming future events. Only problem is that they must now face the latest most advance terminator that also has been sent after them from future, the TX, played impressively played by newcomer Kristanna Loken, who can morph her liquid metal body into anyone or shape, her arms double as a plasma cannon, fame thrower or buzz saw. They have only a few hours before the nuclear apocalypse begins when Skynet launches its world-wide ICBM attack. Astute direction by Mostow, who gives his film spectacular visual effects and sensational action sequences, particularly the amazing road chase involving a gigantic mobile crane with the TX driving after Connor with Arnold's terminator on a motorcycle in hot pursuit, and the fight between the TX and T-800 terminator is down & dirty awesome. Schwarzenegger is peerless in the role he was born to play, and is so much fun to watch. Special kudos must go to Loken with her beauty and natural athleticism she make a most convincing and imposing villain. The only complaint from me with this film is the somewhat disappointing ending after such a great build up, otherwise it is a first-rate sci-fi thriller. Highly
Camille Delamarre's bland 90 minute reboot flop of the superior 2002… MoreCamille Delamarre's bland 90 minute reboot flop of the superior 2002 high-octane action thriller that starred Jason Statham. Ed Skrein fails big time trying to take over Statham's role of Frank, a laconic no-nonsense getaway driver and martial arts expert who moves people and things for a price. Skrein uses a carbon-copy accent and zero charm, he does not have Statham's bullet-head charisma or his commanding presence or fighting skill. The story concerns Frank's new job for a vengeance-seeking prostitute named Anna, well-played by loan Chadbanol, she and three other whores pull off some big money robberies to get back at their former pimp, Frank does not want to get involved, but Anna kidnaps Frank's father, a superb Ray Stevenson, Frank than is forced to help them. The action sequences are well done but dumb, and the villains are laughable 80s stereotypes. Standard boring direction by Delamarre, this reboot is running on empty. Not Recommended.