Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
ListsAn error has ocurred. Please try again
Midsomer Murders (1997)
John Nettles/ Tom Berenger
I just started watching this fascinating series for the first time and I noticed right away from episode 1 of season 1 or series 1 that actor John Nettles looks a lot like American actor Tom Berenger! And that is a definite plus for me because Berenger is one of my favorite actors so I'm definitely looking forward to watching all of the series.
I know a lot of people have been bashing Marlon Wayans newest film roll but I got to give my hats off to him and protraying not only the sixtuplets but 7 characters all together! cuz he did his own mother too. That must have been quite a strenuous job with the makeup and whatnot but it looks like he was having fun and it shows. He pulled a good Eddie Murphy's Nutty Professor type of thing and pull it off pretty good Unfortunately it's not a very funny film it's very cliche and very stereotypical and just plain brainless nighties late 80s top of humor that just doesn't gel well but it's not that bad Marlon tried and you got to give them credit for that.
His wife played by Bresha Webb as Marie was okay at best she really didn't have much to do except moan and complain about having a baby I wish she could have done something more with her role but she looks okay. Michael Ian Black was completely wasted and his role as Doug. Marie's father played by the OG great Glenn Thurman it was really nice to see him he's been around for quite a while he had a okay roll as the judge, wish they could have further that more with Marlon's Allen character. his wife by the way played by Debbie Morgan was completely wasted and another small roll was done by another OG great none other than former Saturday Night Live Molly Shannon and boy she didn't age well and what today's HDTV you can see all the wrinkles and crinkles and that's scary! but she did okay and her little bit roll even though she overacted tremendously but she played it to Perfection her roll as a white m*** trash boss to Marlon's Allen. the only other character worth mentioning is dr. Ellis who was the doctor that fix Marlons Allen character with his distinctive voice which is a deep low educated Coppertone it is cool demeanor body language I was trying to remember where do I recognize this guy from and then it hit me he was in the Aamco commercial way back in the day he was a guy trying to paint his girlfriend or wife car and he said," you like this don't you?" and she's all put down the brus" I'll take care of this and he's dumbfounded why his significant other didn't like his hand-painted job5ree on the car I was like that's so cool I hope he gets way better roles has a very distinctive deep voice and he stood out to me right away so hopefully that's a indication that he will do better in the future all in all watch this film for what it's worth it's a one-timer at best maybe even a two timer for watching it with friends and or what not at a party just just a laugh even though it's not funny funny but with friends you could just like giggle and laugh exaggerating just like the bad acting the over-the-top acting they had in the film
La Mission (2009)
From the Thorn emerges the Flower....
Great film perfect casting for Benjamin Bratt, as the ex-convict in recovering alcoholic Che. Jeremy Ray Valdez also does a good job as his son Jesse. Erika Alexander also does a good job as Che's neighbor. also on board good supporting role is Jesse Borrego Benjamin's costar from the film Blood In Blood Out it's nice to see then back together again sharing the scene. Jesse's wife is played by Talia Soto who happens to be Benjamin's real wife in real life. special mention goes also to the bully "Smoke" in this movie played by Alex Hernandez in his film debut. He reminded me of a young , latino version of the late great rapper artist Tuoak.
San Quentin (1937)
"4ever Bkowing Bubbles!"
I just seen this for the first time and it was quite an experience. I found it on DVD I was very lucky. The main reason I got it was because of Humphrey Bogart, I'm a very big fan of his. as usual he did a decent job as the main convict hope Pat O'Brien is trying to reform but an obstacle gets in the way in the form of boggart sister and Sheridan, Will O'Brien falls in love with. then there's the always great Barton maclane as they vicious guard that O'Brien replaces. Joe Sawyer place sailor boy went to Bogarts fellow convicts
Zombie Cat, Zombie Breasts and Zombie Genitalia!
I was just expecting a stupid low-budget comedy about zombies and to some degree I was correct except that it was not low budget this one seemed to have a fair nice budget to it adding to some pretty good special effects and CGI and it made it much more easier to watch because of that.
I thought I had seen everything in zombie movies but this one like my title says had zombie cats, zombie deer ,Zombie breasts( courtesy of porn actress Missy Martinez) and yes even a zombie penis! Haha.
Be warned there's also a zombie performing oral sex on a victim before he kills her and even an elderly zombie played by the great character actress Cloris Leachman trying to bite one of our heroes without her dentures trying to give him a zombie gum attack on his butt cheeks haha
And also in a small role is Arnold's son Patrick and that might explain why the budget in this movie is a little bit more than above-average I think maybe daddy Arnold wanted to make sure his son Patrick was in something good even though it was a stupid comedy but he still wanted his son to shine nonetheless .
so all in all it's worth the check at least one time it's almost like Super Bad meets Ghostbusters meets The Walking Dead type of thing so enjoy!
Snake Eater (1989)
"Soldier", a tattooed Nam vet and ex-cop (Lamas) gets on his Harley and goes after the psycho Hillbillies in the swamp who killed his parents and kidnapped his sister. This action movie with Gore and humor has a few things going for it. It has an aqua cycle, a killer in the bear suit and a scene where a woman swallowed a whole snake! With Josie Bell, Robert Scott, as a psycho hillbilly named Junior and Welcome Back Kotter's Ron Palillo as a gay arsonist and Rockability Legend Ronnie Hawkins as a friendly biker. The title is the name of the heroes Marine Squad. A sequel was filmed at the same time. All in all a very mediocre B movie with Lorenzo presences barely keeping it afloat. The opening song is quite good and very 80's like.
The Willies (1990)
The Silly Willies
What a weird film. Really more disgusting then scary. Case in point: a deep fried rat in a bucket of fried chicken!, a poodle put in a microwave by a demented old senile lady to "dry" him off! A poor old man scared to death in a amusement ride! Wow, so scary...NOT! Sean Astin with his brother and cousin take turns telling so-called scary stories, but they are anything but. The two main stories include a variety of stars.
Dana Ashbrook was wasted in his brief cameo a customer wanting a bucket of chicken. Bill Erwin, Kimmy Robertson and Doug Benson are also totally wasted in a brief mini-story about a old man scared to death in a poor man's Haunted Mansion amusement ride.
In story one, Kathleen Freeman did real good as a mean teacher, Ian Fried also did okay as a little boy being bullied and crying monster and no one believes him. of note: one of the bullies that tormented Ian, was none other than Jeremy Miller, 'Ben Seaver' of "Growing Pains" fame. James Karen had a nice part as the mysterious janitor with a very deadly secret. Clu Gulager was completely wasted as the principal of the school. I was really disappointed with that because when I saw his name and James Karen in the credits, I was expecting the funny chemistry they both had in the cult "Return of the Living Dead" film where they both had great parts. Here, even though they both were in Story One, did not have any scenes together.
In Story Two, Michael Bower was cast very well as the strange and weird over-weight boy no one likes. His parents were good also especially Mike Pniewski as his mean and tough dad. A interesting pair of cameos were done by none other than Kirk Cameron and Tracey Gold, also of "Growing Pains" fame, in a nightmare scene that Michael has in which he is watching Kirk and Tracey on TV in their "Growing Pain" roles of 'Mike and Carol Seaver'! Story Two was a very weird and disturbing sequence that seem to go on for too long and with a very predictable (and unsatisfying) ending.
All in all a very disturbing and weird little film. Could have been way better but it was low-budget at it's best. Still, if you can "stomach" it, (there's even a very disgusting and disturbing scene where a asthma inhaler is full of worms! YUCK!) I recommend you at least watch it once. It's that weird and disturbing.
I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
"I've Watched it a Thousand Times"
I recently re-watched this classic on it's own. Because the 1st time I watched it was back-to-back with the original, "High Sierra". Big mistake. The original one with Bogart & Lupino is one of my all-time favorites and watching this remake right afterwards did not help me appreciate it the way it deserves to be.
This remake actually is good on it's own merit. The original will always be the "better" version for me but this remake is not bad at all. Let me break it down...
Palance's take on 'Mad' Dog Earle was very good. Palance is no Bogie, but he gave the role his own unique touch. And besides, who better than Palance, at the time, to take the role that Bogart made his own. With his sinister visage, Palance brought a different take on Mad Dog than Bogart's. I really got to see this second time around as I revisited this film.
Winters take on 'Marie' was not bad either. Lupino I believe did it better but Winters held her own. I especially liked her Samba dance moves. And her 'I wanna die' scene. She had okay chemistry with Palance. But I feel Bogart & Lupino had more.
Lori Nelson's take on 'Velma' was right on par with Joan Leslie's. And you can actually believe Palance falling for her rather than Winters 'Marie'
Lee Marvin's take on 'Babe' was not bad but Alan Curtis was better. Curtis had the handsome bad boy look and Marvin just looks bad and mean. Curtis you could believe got Lupino out of a club but Marvin taking Winters, nah.
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez plays 'Chico'. A very Mexican stereotype role. In the original, his was named 'Algernon' and it was played by Willie Best in a very black stereotypical role. I really dislike the scene where Lee Marvin's 'Babe' kicks 'Chico' and makes him fall and thinks it's funny. Gonzalez really has nothing to do but be a servant to Palance and his gang and not much else.
Lon Chaney Jr. as 'Big Mac'. Great casting. He did a great take on the role made famous by Donald McBride. It was so great to see Chaney and Palance together.
Earl Holliman as 'Red'. Not bad but Arthur Kennedy's was way better. Holliman played 'Red' like a good ole dumb country boy while Kennedy's was like a grown-up Dead End Kid, like a Billy Halop. But still it was nice to see Holliman and Marvin want-to-be gangsters.
Perry Lopez as 'Mendoza'. It was okay but Cornel Wilde's was way much better. The scene where Palance tells a "bedtime story" of what happens to guys who talk to much was handle way much better with Bogart and Wilde.
Howard St. John as 'Doc Banton' was very good. Actually just as good as Henry Hull's take on it. I especially like the way Howard looks at Palance when he talks about 'Velma'. Howard's look is priceless.
Ralph Moody as 'Pa'was really good also. Almost just as good as Henry Traver's take. I really liked his scenes with Palance talking about 'Velma'
James Millican as 'Jack Kranmer'. It was really good. Almost as slimy as Barton MacLane's 'Jake Kranmer'. But I prefer MacLane's.
Richard Davalos as 'Lon Preisser' was not that bad. You can see Nelson's 'Velma' falling for Davalos pretty boy. In the original, played by John Eldredge, the spelling was 'Lon Preiser'
In the part of 'Pard', the dog in this one was cute but Zero in the original was way, way much better.
Now as for the unbilled bit parts, these are the ones that stood out for me: Nick Adams as the 'Bellboy' who is so nervous he can't stop shaking the tray with cups on it was memorable. Paul Brinegar as the bus driver who says the funny line "Just like a woman, doesn't know whether she's coming or going." Mae Clarke as Mabel Baughman, really concerned about her daughter and who and what is Palance is all about. Hugh Sanders as her husband was somewhat wasted in a very small bit role. A very young Dennis Hopper has a funny scene as Winter's dance partner. Hopper is drunk and horny and is pushed down by an angry Palance as he gets to frisky and comfortable with Winters. Hopper would have a better and bigger role that same year along with Nick Adams , in the now famous cult film, "Rebel Without a Cause." Dub Taylor as 'ED' the gas station attendant talking briefly with Palance was a nice one. and a couple of Three Stooges foils were also on board. Big Mickey Simpson and Robert Williams. Williams had a more showy and longer role than Simpson's. All in all, a great film just for the cast alone. Don't miss it. Just don't see it back-to-back with the original.
Was Almost Titled "Stoners"...
This film was originally conceived as a vehicle for Cheech & Chong. Even a nine-minute sequence was filmed in which "John and Russell" characters take LSD and accidentally end up on a mission to fight rebels in the Colombian jungle. Columbia Pictures thought it was the best scene in the film but Ivan Reitman deleted it because he felt that it did not fit the film's tone. Plus Murray & Ramis are no Cheech & Chong and the drug humor would have been more appropriate with Cheech & Chong. And according to the DVD special features, Ivan Reitman has also stated that the reason this fell through was because their manager insisted (without the pair's knowledge) on a 25% share of Reitman's next five films, which he wasn't willing to give up or do. The script was then rewritten for Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, and most of the "stoner" humor was shifted to the "Elmo" character played by Judge Reinhold.
Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the early 1980s centering around military cadet training. The pictures include: Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), Taps (1981), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), The Lords of Discipline (1983), Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987), Biloxi Blues (1988)and Cadence (1990).
I truly believe this film influenced An Officer and a Gentleman in many respects. The story of two "loser" friends in basic training, the two woman they fall in love with, the rebel cadet versus the tough sergeant. All there. While Stripes is stupid/silly comedy, Officer is way more serious. And while Murray and Ramis are friends before they join, Gere and Keith becomes buddies once they meet inside. Soles and Young in Stripes are M.P's, Winger and Blount are local girls trying to snag an officer. Plus I also see Hollywood knew a good thing when they saw it because Stripes made unexpected millions , so Hollywood had Taylor Hackford make a real serious "Stripes" per say and make money. The gamble paid off big time as Officer and a Gentleman was the blockbuster that summer of 1982.
It also must of had a major influence at least in one scene to Stanley Kubrick as he used the same situation scene in the latrine in his own military film , Full Metal Jacket (1987) According to Ivan Reitman in the DVD Commentary, Columbia Pictures wanted to cut out the scene where Sgt. Hulka and John Winger have a confrontation in the latrine. They felt the scene was 'too serious'. But Reitman insisted that it be left in to truly establish Sgt. Hulka's strength and authority. Kubrick used that same situation but to a more deadlier effect.
I also want to say that what while it was great to see Murray and Ramis with director Reitman, pre-Ghostbusters, it would have been awesome to have had Dan Aykroyd in there also. He could have easily done the John Larroquette role or the John Diehl one. and to some extent the John Candy role. maybe Aykroyd was busy filming with Spielberg his Indiana Jones cameo, or just didn't ,understandably, want to play third banana to Murray and Ramis. Either way Larroquette, Diehl and especially Candy did a great job in their respective roles. I like that Candy even invoked Curly of the Three Stooges in the mud wrestling scene, doing the same mannerisms of Curly Howard when Curly would get upset and mad.
Asalto en Tijuana (1984)
"Robbery in Tijuana"!
This film is about the robbery of the most expensive horse in the world, 'Excalibur', at the famed hydro-dome in Tijuana, Mexico. A vicious and deadly Mob leader named "Santino" (Victor Junco), who controls all the bets legal & illegal, decides that he must have the prized horse at any cost.
He knows the only man capable of such a feat is his old war-nemesis, "Felipe Segura" (Mario Almada). A widowed veteran who now lives a good clean life with his son "Beto" (Paquito Cuevas) and his devoted singer/girlfriend "Sonia" (Rosenda Bernal) Santino knowing that Felipe would never would go for such a scheme, decides to kidnapped Felipe's son Beto and force Felipe to comply or Santino will kill his son otherwise. Felipe has no choice and decides to enlist his two old Korean war buddies, "Joe Pantana & LeMok" to help him to carry out Santino's plan to steal "Excalibur" in order to get his son back unharmed. Problem is his buddies are not doing well after all this time. One is a alcoholic and the other a drug addict. But Felipe can't think of anyone else to the job with.
The always great and reliable Mario Almada does a good job as he always does in these type of films. Rosenda Bernal is OK as his singer/girlfriend but all she has to do is sing a couple of songs and look pretty. She does kill one of Santino's main henchmen in one scene when she discovers that Santino has betrayed Felipe. Paquito Cuevas has nothing to do but be kidnapped and he only comes alive when he decides to escape and it has disastrous results.
Humberto Luna as Felipe's best friend "Raul" gets done in by Santino's main evil henchmen, Noé Murayama , because he will not give Murayama the whereabouts of Beto. They eventually do get it out of him but at a high price for Raul. He gets his leg shot up so bad he will never walk again. Luna is a very funny actor but here he is not able to show his comic abilities at all. He basically has a thankless part and is side-lined very quickly into the story. Murayama does once again a evil guy as best as he can. He was a truly great actor but was always given the bad guy parts. In almost every film I have seen of him, he is the evil bad guy. All he does here is tug at his beard and sneer, A waste as always of this great character actor.
Victor did much better as "Santino" the main bad guy and Mob leader. A perfect antagonist for Almada. With his rich, deep voice, he made Santino even more slimy and sneaky. A great role for a wonderful actor.
And last but not least I had to mention Toño Infante. Yes, he is related to one of Mexico's dear & beloved iconic idols, Pedro Infante! He is his nephew. And ironically he looks more like his uncle Pedro than Pedro's own son Pedro Infante Jr.! But here in this film Toño has a non-speaking role as one of Santino's henchmen that is led by Murayama. He has little to do but stand around and holds a gun and shoot a little and that's it. I take it, it was one of his early role because this was a wasteful and thankless role for someone with the Infante name. But I guess they all paid their dues in the beginning. Even the great Bernabé Melendrez has a little part as one of Santino's truck driver's. Melendrez would later be the star in his own straight-to-videos films later on playing basically what Almada was playing now.
Well not a bad film but not a great film either (Has a downer of a ending). It has just enough stars and future stars in it to give a look. It was done in 1980's so no CGI whatsoever. If you want to see a horse taken away by a helicopter, then this is the film for you. Plus at the end, you get to hear a complete rip-off or a variation (however you look at it) of the "Chariot's of Fire" theme as Excalibur runs free on the beach preceding the bloody massacre that just happened.
Big House, U.S.A. (1955)
This pseudo-documentary style film failed to disguise the disjointedness of it's narrative. This case history of a crime begins in the great outdoors. It was filmed in Clorado Royal Gorge Park. A sick young boy with asthma runs away from camp after being scared by the nurse at the camp (a young Felicia Farr who made her feature debut with this film as Randy Farr) The boy is 'helped' by a strange man (Ralph Meeker) who then kidnaps him and proceeds to blackmail the boy's wealthy father.But then the the boy accidentally dies in a fall from a condemned forest lookout tower where the man had put him. It's a very disturbing scene as Meeker finds the dead boy and he remains ice cold and callously just throws the dead boy over a cliff of rocks below. And because the body id never found, Meeker can only be convicted on a extortion charge.
The story then shifts gears entirely turning to prison drama which was filmed at the Cascabel Island facility. The plot now focuses on four cutthroat convicts: Broderick Crawford, William Talman, Lon Chaney Jr., and a young, super ripped muscle bound Charles Bronson. With the "extortionist" now called the "Ice Man" because of his stone cold stare and demeanor, is thrown in with them. A breakout is planned, of course, with their target the hidden $200,000 ransom money Meeker hid away before being arrested. The escape is successful but their is a falling-out among them and two gang members are killed. A gun battle ensues with the remaining gang and one more is killed and the remaining are arrested once again.
All in all not a great film but what a great cast of convicts! Especially Bronson stood out. After his big breakout role opposite Alan Ladd in "Drum Beat" a year before, Bronson was relegated to the sort of supporting 'heavy' roles he had done so often before in this black-and-white supporting feature. As in "My Six Convicts", his tough physiognomy lends itself well to the inside of a prison. But director Howard W. Koch and scriptwriter John C. Higgins gave him the short end of the stick by killing Bronson off once the prison escape had been effected. His death is a grisly one also. Crawford orders Talman to use a blowtorch on Bronson's face and fingers to obliterate any means of identification in a effort to distract the police. All in all , I had never seen Bronson so 'cut' in muscularity. I bet that for the time , 1955, the was not a single body builder at that time with a ripped torso that Bronson presented in this film. Had he been competing , I bet he would have been winning like crazy. Bronson had muscles on top of muscles!
I was so glad to finally see this film. What a great and tremendous cast. The characters were depicted very brutal as to anesthetized all sympathy and their savagery is minutely explored by the director Koch, in a manner that leaves one shocked yet disinterested. The melodrama provides a fair amount of entertainment, plenty of violence is featured throughout in some rather chilling scenes but it fits the tough characters involved with which the story deals. Meeker did a great job as a cold-blooded crook nicknamed "The Iceman" by Crawford. Talman , Chaney and especially Bronson made great members of Crawford's gang.
Tales of Halloween (2015)
"Trick Movie or a Movie Treat"
I was really looking forward to seeing this based on the trailer I had seen a few days before Halloween. I even skipped watching my regular Halloween Marathon of watching the original John Carpenter's Halloweens with the late great Donald Pleasence as the formidable Dr. Loomis going after Michael Myers.
But when I finally saw this film I was very disappointed. Don't get wrong some scenes were dead on and the creepiness in some were right on but they went nowhere with it or it would just abruptly just end and go on to the next tale!? Like I said some Tales were good but others very bad and boring. I fell asleep halfway thru this thing so that tells me how bad it really was.
The 1st tale "Sweet Tooth" was not bad. Not good but not bad either. It had Greg Grunberg and Barbara Crampton in very small bit cameos as a couple who comes home and discover some dead kids in their living room. That's it! What a waste for these two actors. They were in what I call throwaway roles that any extra could have done. But the story of a Candy Demon was executed well. It was creepy and scary at the same time.
Instead of going all over the ten tales I will just say who I recognized and did not see at all. The late Ben Woolf had a good role as the kidnapped Rusty in "The Ransom of Rusty Rex". It was his final film appearance. he died in real life of a head injury obtained while jaywalking on a Hollywood, California street. He was struck in the head by the side mirror of a passing car. The two actors who 'kidnapped' him were Sam Witwer and Jose Pablo Cantillo. Witwer and Cantillo co-starred as a team in this picture. But years earlier they both guest starred, but not together, on "The Walking Dead". Witner had a very small bit part as a zombie in the tank in the Pilot of the show in the 1st season. Cantillo had a much larger role in the 3rd and 4th seasons of the show. as the Governor's main henchman. But once again were wasted I felt and it was Woolf who seemed to have more fun as some demon child who gets back at his surprised kidnappers.
Lin Shaye I did remember seeing and she was in one of the one tales I liked, " Grimm Grinning Ghost" and it has a a very effective jump scare at its culmination. Adrienne Barbeau's role in this film is a obvious nod to the same radio host D.J. role she played in the movie "The Fog"(1980). But I feel once again cheated because she was wasted big time. But it was nice to hear her and see a little of her. There was also Kristina Klebe from the new Rod Zombie's Halloween. And a original cast member from the original Nightmare on Elm Street films, Robert Rustler.All I can say about Rustler is wow I didn't even recognize him at 1st. He looks nothing like when I 1st remember him from the "Weird Science" film where he and Robert Downey Jr. are the bullies . Man how time ages you. I don't recall seeing directors John Landis or Joe Dante at all. Don't remember seeing Barry Bostwick at all. Unless he was the Devil/demon in the tale "The Night Billy Raised Hell". If that was him, he was hilarious and scary at the same time. I don't recall seeing Caroline Williams who I remember from the old Texas Chainsaw film part two. Adrianne Curry, who I remember from The Surreal Life and My Fair Brady, had a small bit as a carjacked victim but was wasted also. Plus two more actors I know John Savage and Lisa Marie, I don't even remember seeing them also. Must have been when I fell asleep. All in all not a film to see at the theaters but at home with friends and enjoy it that way. Otherwise beware....
Mr. Rock and Roll Detective
I just recently revisited this film and one of the reasons I saw it was that I prior had recently read a comic book mini-series, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane." It was published a month before the actual film came out. Instead of an 'adaption' or even a series of "further adventures" of our hero, it was per say a "prequel"to the actual film. I enjoy that fact because the 1st time I saw this film, it made no sense to me but with the comic book mini-series, you could become familiar with the characters before watching the film. It also provided a great deal of background for the story: how the main characters met, how they all wound up in Los Angeles, and why they're all on the periphery of the record business.
Andrew Dice Clay was perfectly cast. His Fairlane is like a Elvis Presley/John Travolta's Sweathog Vinnie Barbarino/Rodney Dangerfield type guy all rolled in one. He even parodies Travolta's classic line from Saturday Night Fever, "My hair, my hair!" in one scene. He's obnoxious, crude, rude and vulgar but he gets the job done.
Wayne Newton as the main bad guy Julian Grendel was good casting. Newton has some of that same 'shark' smile that Jack Nicholson has as a evil type of guy. He plays it well and seems to have fun with part.
Priscilla Presley did good as an icy millionaire Colleen Sutton who hires Ford for a job. It was interesting casting here for me. Since in a way Clay was 'aping' and imitating to some extent the King himself, Elvis. And it was very interesting to me to see the scenes Priscilla had with Andrew as she looks at this actor "imitating ' her late husband.
Former Time member, Morris Day had a cool bit as Ford's friend but to bad he didn't get a chance to perform or sing a song. Lauren Holly was perfectly cast as Ford's 'assistant' and off/on girlfriend, Jazz. She was sexy and right on target, just like in the comic book. Maddie Corman as Zuzu Petals' did a okay job. I just thought her name was very interesting and what it means for movie fans: it's a a reference to It's a Wonderful Life (1946). In that movie, George Bailey's daughter, Zuzu, had brought home a flower she had got at school. She show's it to her father and complains that some of the petals are falling off. He puts these in his pocket. Later, when he "has never been born", he reaches into his pocket and Clarence the Angel, says, "They're not there." "What?" asks George. "Zuzu's petals." Gilbert Gottfried was another perfect casting as DJ Johnny Crunch. He looks just like in the comic book. To bad he had a small part in the film because in the comic book he was more in the story. David Patrick Kelly was wasted a minor bad guy named Sam. He was just around for Ford to kick around. Towards the end he turns 'good' by helping Holly's Jazz but by then , you don't care. Brandon Call as The Kid was perfect casting. He and Clay had very good chemistry together. Robert Englund was miscast as Newton's number one hood named 'Smiley'. He had a weird British accent and weird wardrobe. but it made sense when I read that Robert Englund replaced singer Billy Idol who had been cast as Smiley but had to pull out of the role after a near fatal motorcycle accident. Englund, who had previously worked with Renny Harlin on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), was personally asked by the director to take over the role after Idol's accident. Also wasted somewhat was Ed O'Neill as , once again, a cop who butts heads with Ford. You get somewhat a laugh seeing O'Neill do a Disco Booty dance however. Music stars Sheila E. , Tone Loc and Vince Neil make brief appearances but not that memorable at all . William Shockley had a cool part as one of Wayne's killers. Got his butt kick by Holly's Jazz. Kari Wuhrer, Delia Sheppard and Pamela Adlon (Seagall) wasted also in very brief bit parts. Tall Jordan Lund has a brief funny bit as a tourist with his family who runs into a very rude Fairlane. and Cindyana Santangelo (in her film debut) as a uncredited bit as a corpse named Lydia who Fairlane bobbles around in the hearse he stole and trying to fight off Englund's bad guy. She has one line which is funny because Ford thought her dead and it turns out she was just passed out from all the drinking she had done with the morticians she was partying with and Ford freaks out when she wakes and he runs away scared.
All in all , if you can , read the 1990 DC comic book mini-series first and then watch this film. It will make way more sense and the film will be a better viewing experience. Other wise beware!
Sea of Love (1989)
Sea of Loneliness...
What a great little "comeback" for Pacino. He had not done a movie in four years! (1985's Revolution)I had seen that "Revolution" and it was bad beyond belief. But here in this one, Al finds redemption.
His character doesn't really evoke a hero, because he is a cop who drinks and just goes thru the motions since he is on a 20 years on the force and planning to retire. He is somewhat of a washed-up drunk and you really can't feel sorry for him and no wonder his wife (a deleted Lorraine Bracco) left him for a more stable man(Richard Jenkins) a fellow cop that works at the same station Pacino does. But there in lies the magnificent performance of this fine actor of Pacino as he is. He makes you despise the guy but at the same time root for him to catch the killer.
Ellen Barkin just oozes sexiness like never before seen in her performances. She stole the movie for me. She was just that great and real. She and Pacino had great chemistry. To bad they didn't work together more. It would be close to 20 years when they would work together again in the same film.
John Goodman as a fellow cop and sidekick of Pacino was just excellent. They both had a real chemistry. Too bad they didn't do way more work together.
Michael Rooker as always plays a very good mean, racist and not to friendly guy. They cast him because of his performance in "Henry:the Portrait of a Serial Killer" William Hickey had a great cameo as Al's dad. He has a great line in which he recites a poem his wife, Al's mom, wrote for him. Al uses that same poem and it attracts the woman on the dating service.
John Spencer had but a small role and all he did was basically smile at Al's requests and small talk. Christine Estabrook had a nice small role as a innocent girl looking for love on the dating site and being used in more ways than one. Still looking beautiful at her age and at the time, Patricia Barry had a also a small but sad part as a older woman still looking for love. Luis Antonio Ramos, Samuel L. Jackson and Damien Leake all had bit small parts and were memorable in a scene where they are being busted at a sting operation. Leake was spared because Pacino let him go when Leake brought his little son and Pacino didn't have in his heart to bust him at the moment but will later. Tom Wagner has a nice little bit as ,once again, a bartender. And Angel Ramirez has a uncredited bit part but it wasted in the scene.
All in all a nice little sexy thriller but very predictable film. But still worth watching for the nice cast involved.
Un asesinato perfecto (1995)
"A Perfect Murder"
A straight-to-video Police drama story. That has Mexican Icon Mario Alamada in a supporting role even though he is giving top-billed star credit.
It starts off like another run-of-the-mill Narcos Drug dealing bust, but then turns into a a nice little soap opera like thriller/drama. Alamada plays a retired police detective who is now a successful crime writer. He discovers that a recent murder, which is hitting on a personal level, is ironically mimicking one of his best selling novels called "A Perfect Murder". So he feels he has to get involved since the killer is basically following the book on every level.
It Ain't Easy (2006)
Pimpin' Ain't Easy!
I caught this little gem of a film by accident the other night. I was trying to watch a similar film called "It Ain't Easy" but one done in 1972. The '72 one is suppose to have legendary cult actor Lance Henricksen's film debut. But once I saw Mack 10 , I knew it wasn't that one. But right away it caught my attention as the nice rap music came on and I love Rap so it was no problem for me the soundtrack. Plus in the opening credits it boasted having actors Michael Rapaport, Glenn Plummer, Clifton Powell -Pinky from the Friday film Series- Katt Williams, Denyce Lawton, Sundy Carter and Tawny Dahl from Baby Boy. So I said to myself I have got to check it out. And I'm glad I did.
Yes the story is very depressing and very demeaning to woman but that's how pimping truly is. A very demoralizing way to treat woman and use them and abuse them per say. Everyone involved did a good job. I believe that some real 'Pimps" were involved in the film. Katt Williams was perfect as the Emcee at the Pimp of the Year party. Mack 10 did OK so did the little boy who played Mack as Lil Mack ,Stacey Ford-Waters. Clifton Powell as Mack's dad was perfect. Here Powell got to play his "Pinky" persona of the Friday films raw & uncensored. Glenn Plummer did an OK job as a crooked cop after Mack. Michael Rapaport I felt was wasted in his small role as a interrogating cop.
But all in all, a good film nonetheless. For the hardcore rap fans , I recommend it for the music alone. Well, until the next time, keep that pimp hand strong! ha ha ha....
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
"Member Benno From Mad Max?"
Although this 3rd one in the trilogy is not quite to par with the first two, it still is a great film.
Mel Gibson of course makes the film and his return once more as Max just makes the film worth seeing it through.
As a added extra surprise we have Bruce Spence from Mad Max 2 as the Gyro Captain! Now at least we know his name, Jedediah. And he has a son, Jedediah Jr.! This must be the son he had with the girl from Pappagallo's clan/tribe in Mad Max 2. She was played by the pretty actress Arkie Whiteley. It's shame she didn't return and all three of them would have been working as a team. I know a lot of fans say this is a whole new character of Bruce Spence, but I want to believe it isn't. All it would have taken would have been one word: "Partner" That would have made the connection so clear and definite to Mad Max 2. On a funny note, Bruce looks like drummer Stuart Copeland from the musical group "The Police" in this film to me.
And one final note, and I'm surprised no one saw this....was that one character from the 1st film, came back in a surprising fashion! I'm talking about the character of "Benno" Aunt May's mentally challenged protector from Mad Max 1! (in the 1st film he was played by actor Max Fairchild) I at least realized it right away when Max beats "Blaster" and knocks off his helmet, we see the face of a mentally challenged man-child. When Max looks at him and realizes this Benno from the 1st film, he can't bring himself to kill him. Even Benno/Blaster recognizes Max now and even smiles at him like he did in the 1st film and the music cue from the 1st film comes on for a brief seconds. That was like a bittersweet moment for me. It was a shame that Auntie's goon Ironbar kills Benno/Blaster and it ended the the brief reunion Max and memories he may have had at the moment.
Everyone else the cast was good. Little Adam Cockburn as Jedediah Jr. was hilarious. Reminded me a lot of a similar little guy with a loud and dirty mouth. The one I'm talking about is from the original "Bad News Bears" with Walter Matthau. Tina Turner did a good turn as evil Auntie. Her sidekicks Frank Thring as The Collector and Angry Anderson as Ironbar and George Spartels as Blackfinger were memorable. Robert Grubb as Pig Killer was amusing. Especially the scene where Max opens the door with arrow stuck in Grubb's leg! Priceless. Edwin Hodgeman as Dr. Dealgood was right on as he portrayed him as a evil, slimy and devilish game-host way. And last but certainly not least was Helen Buday as Savannah Nix the leader of the Lost Children's Clan. And her 2nd in command Tom Jennings as Slack. Tom reminded me of Blue Lagoon's Christopher Atkins character, Richard. Almost looked the same in appearance.
So all in all if you watched the 1st two films , then might as well watched this 3rd one. Not as good but not bad either.
The Hustle (2008)
A Real "Hustle' of a Movie!
Man I'm glad I saw this for free on the internet! Because I would have been upset to pay to see it. IT wasn't that bad but it wasn't good either.
Charlie Murphy is top-billed but he sorely lacks the charisma his famous brother has in abundance. In one scene He even wore the "Pimp Outfit" he wore on the Dave Chappelle Show to get a laugh, all he got from me was a chuckle.His co-star, Al Shearer "shined" better and since Al is 6'4" in height he towered over Charlie. The two stars played well together as a goofy team of hustlers trying to get some money together.
David Alan Grier was well cast as a TV preacher named Rev. Paid. All his preaching was about the money. He wasn't really funny at all, but David did a good job portraying the Rev. His scenes were confided to just the TV as commercials per say.
The lovely Tamala Jones, was perfect as the lady Al falls for. She played her part as well as she could.
Tommy Lister was completely wasted in his small cameo. He plays a so-called dog thief that makes no sense whatsoever to the storyline. The boys Al & Charlie confront him in the barbershop but it's not at all funny. The only cool thing is seeing Lister & Murphy together in a scene. Lister does his best 'Deebo' imitation and even does his trademark slap on himself.
Another disappointing cameo was from the great John Witherspoon ! He is billed in the opening credits like he is co-starring, but he literally has a almost no line cameo that isn't even funny!And he doesn't even appear till the film is almost over!? At the end of the film they show outtakes of bloopers and deleted scenes and one of the deleted scenes is of Witherspoon talking with Al & Charlie about Lister in the barbershop. It was a little funny because at least Witherspoon gets a chance to talk and be his funny self for a bit and I can't believe they did not include it! Wow .
Another pointless & wasted cameo was from David 'Bud' Faustino. He really had nothing to do in this film but be a background prop. Not funny at all. And what a shame because we all know how funny he was in "Married With Children".
And another of the pointless and wasted cameos was from Brigitte Nielsen. She plays a 'Rich Lady' who supposedly hired Al & Charlie to exterminate her house of roaches. She wasn't funny at all. If Flavor Flav would have come out maybe that would have been funny. But her alone , no way.
And the last of the pointless cameos were from the great character actor Aki Aleong and Freez Luv. Their cameos were pointless and not funny at all. There were for the most part just very stereo typical & somewhat racist.
Now to some cool cameos: The 1st was the great Tony Cox. He was the only one who made me laugh with his 'confrontation' with Charlie. Their back and forth verbal insults was the highlight for me. To bad he wasn't included more in the film. The actress Luenell as the Metermaid also had a nice cameo also dealing with Charlie. To bad they did not use her more.
Kim Whitley was nice as a love interest of some sorts for Charlie. Ellia English was right on target as Al's Momma. Michael J. Pagan as Whitley's son did a OK job. I thought at 1st he was a young Donald Faison! Darrin Dewitt Henson did a good job being the 'bad-guy'to the boys. Bai Ling did a good job looking sexy & being menacing at the same time in her short role. Clent Bowers had a nice bit as the real preacher the boys replaced while he was in the hospital. and last but not least, Jeris Poindexter had a nice little role as the homeless Benny who the boys help in the church.
All in all, not a bad movie, but not that great either. And with such a tremendous and talented cast you would have expected better. But it has to be the writers and the director because these wonderful actors have been way funnier in other roles and films. But it's worth at least one look just because of the cast involved. I'm thinking the director just wanted the names of all these people in his film but just did not know how to use them to good use . What a shame and waste.
The Landing (2013)
What the film "Signs" should have been!
This short film ,at 17mins, did more in suspense then the whole Mel Gibson film "Signs". Ma n what a twist ending! This is the way that film should have been filmed. With Mel being the grown up 'Edward'. Gibson has the intensity to look like he is crazed and that no one would believe him in the present day.And that no one would believe him that something fell from the sky so many years ago and his father buried it and kept it hushed all these years. It would have been a fantastic story line and film for Gibson. And as the father I would have had Michael Rooker. In fact, I thought it was Rooker when I saw this film! This actor Henry Nixon has the same creepy look and intensity of a young Rooker. I hope these two actors work one day together because they look so alike.
This little short film really had me at the edge of my seat in suspense. And the fact that they used the same farm that was used in the Superman movie made it very unique. A real 1950's/60's look and feel about it. Especially with 'Alien' paranoia at the time.And you can't really tell it's Australia at all passing for the Midwest.
All in all I look forward to seeing more of Josh Tanner's work. I would go watch his film at the theater in a heartbeat! Let's hope Hollywood takes notice of this talented Director/Writer and put him to good use.
Millennium: The Well-Worn Lock (1996)
The Well-Done Episode
Finally an episode where Frank Black takes a backseat! This one is totally his wife's episode.
Catherine finally takes main spotlight and Frank takes a supporting role! Even his former colleague, Bob 'Bletch' Bletcher, has a bigger role than Frank! I was very impressed with this one.
I just hated to see Catherine in the background basically doing nothing but worry about Frank and babysitting Jordan in previous episodes.
I was also quite surprised with the casting of one of my favorite character actors, Paul Dooley, playing against type and doing a great and believable job in a very difficult and disturbing role as a child molester!
I also liked the chemistry that Bob Bletcher and Catherine had working together as a team with Frank basically in the role of a background character! Priceless! A very well done episode indeed!
I finally got to this Made-for-TV film! Being a fan of Charles Bronson, I followed the tragic ordeal of Jill Ireland as much as I could. Bronson was her main support during this difficult time in her life dealing with cancer. I had no idea on seeing the film that it would mainly focus on her dealing with their troubled adoptive son, Jason. But I can only imagine the whole ordeal they went through in trying to save this beyond help kid.
Well, let me break it down how I saw it. The late great Jill Clayburgh as Jill Ireland. She did an OK job. There were times she looked dead-on like Ireland and other times not at all. Her accent came and went but all in all she did a good job. Here she was playing a woman who was dying but wanted to save her adoptive son from the horrible drug addiction he was in. She made it her priority to do whatever she could for Jason.
Lance Henriksen as Charles Bronson: An irony of sorts. Here was one of my favorite actors playing one of my all time favorites! How could it miss? But for me it did. Henriksen as good as he truly was, is no Bronson. I felt he was miscast in the role. But he did a commendable job. Bronson was a real private person in real life and Henriksen did convey that several times in his portrayal. His scenes with Jill were convincing and thank goodness the film was more of Ireland & Jason than of Bronson. Because like I said, I felt Henriksen was miscast but did a good job nonetheless.
Neill Barry as Jason McCallum: Wow. This kid did for me an excellent job! He looked and acted like a young Billy Zane! Too bad Barry and Zane did not act together at the time. They could have played brothers in a different film. His scenes as the 'outsider" of the family really were well done. His scenes of the drug use were a little over the top but then again drugs are and can cause way over the top reactions.
Lila Kaye as Dorothy, Jill's mother: I remember Kaye from "American Werewolf in London". She was the bar maid in that one. She gave a very earnest and funny portrayal of Ireland's mother. Had the right energy for it. Nice job.
Jack Gwillim as Jill's father: Even though he had no speaking lines except but to moan or laugh, this great late actor did a nice funny portrayal as Ireland's dad who could not speak because he had suffered a stroke.
Elizabeth Ashley as Vicky: Wow. Ashley did a very great job playing Jason's real mom, Vicky. She only really had 2 scenes: one with Jason and the other with Ireland but man oh man . Was she good! I could almost believe she was Jason's real mom! They really did look somewhat alike! Nice.
Jimmy McNichol & Clint Allen as the McCallum brothers,Valentine & Paul: Really nice casting here. They actually did look very much like the real McCallum brothers! Too bad these two young actors did not do much after this. I felt they had something.
Byron Allen as Himself (TV interviewer) It was nice to see Allen just playing himself, interviewing Ireland on his talk show. Nice little bit for him.
The movie played like a hallmark movie and I thought they were gonna show the demise of both Ireland and Jason but they kept it in words only in the end credits. This movie does deserve at least a one watch viewing. it's good for that.
Gunfighter's Moon (1995)
"You Are A lot Like Me"
What can I say? This is one of my favorite films of all times! Never has there been a more perfect role for Lance Henriksen then as legendary gunfighter, Frank Morgan. His stone-cold stare face, his low-baritone voice, and his way of moving is quite a show to see. You can just feel how tired he really is trying to "prove" how fast he really is with all these young fools who want to become a 'legend' by seeing if they can outdrawing Morgan in a gunfight.
He answers the call of an old flame, Linda Yarnell played nicely by the beautiful but stern Kay Lenz. She fears for her new husband,Jordan Yarnell (played by the good David McIlwraith) who is acting as a stand-in sheriff.
Trouble is Jordan with his trigger-happy deputy Spud Walker (played by the at that time hunk, Ivan Sergei) are guarding a prisoner named Jack Morris (played funny-like but great by Dave 'Squatch' Ward) And his 'kin' His cousin, the evil and very fast on the draw, Walt Shannon (played excellently by Brent Stait) are coming to come and bust him out. I like how Stait portrayed Shannon. He oozed evilness in a vampire-like way! He is accompanied by two shady character like himself. The silent but mean-looking Indian, Julio (played nicely by Byron Chief Moon) and the shaky, nervous, Boise (played by the ironically real-life gun-draw expert Thell Reed!) The climatic buildup to the gunfight showdown at the end, is to me the best I have ever experienced! I can re-watch it over and over and never get tired of watching it!
I will mention the rest of the actors who made an impression on me was the great character actor James Victor as the simple-minded,humble and abused Juan Acosta who Morgan defends and stays with on his stay in the town. They have a great scene I liked where Acosta who works at the bar as basically as a slave to Tom the bartender (played by the wide-eye John Payne) accidentally breaks some glasses and Tom makes Acosta get on his knees and humiliates him in front of Morgan. Frank doesn't like that and makes Tom get on his knees and humiliates him in front of Juan! Acosta says he will be beaten after Morgan goes but it will be worth it because he saw Tom on his knees and "A man on his knees , is half a man" Next is the beautiful and sexy Yareli Arizmendi as Rosa, Morgan's current squeeze that he drops in a flash as soon as he hears that former flame and the love of his life Linda beckons for him. Poor Rosa, she feels used but she truly cares about Frank. Yet because of Rosa, Frank doesn't kill one of the Landon brothers and that costs Frank very badly later on.
To me the most shady and lying character is Linda! She lies to everyone! She never tells her husband Jordan the real reason Frank Morgan is there. She loves Jordan so much she beckons for Morgan to come and fight Jordan's fight since Morgan is a true gunfighter and Jordan is not. He is just a plain storekeeper way over his head. And the worst is she never told her daughter, Kristen (played by the cute Nikki Deloach) that Morgan really is her father! She had told her that her real father was a civil-war hero who died years earlier. She told the same 'lie' to Jordan who raised Kristen as his own anyways because he loves Linda so much. And Frank realizes that Linda loves Jordan so much, that she is willing to even go with Frank after it's all done, if he just stands in for Jordan when the bad guys come to town for the showdown. Wow.
In the end, the only character who truly cared for Morgan , was the dog! (played excellent by "Harley" the dog) Harley played 'himself' so good that he reminded me of another excellent dog, The "Dog" in Mad Max 2:The Road Warrior. That dog you may remember was an Australian Cattle Dog or "Blue Heeler", as it's known in its native land. The beautiful story behind the Mad Max dog was that ,it was retrieved at a local pound where he was scheduled to be 'put down' the next day. The production's animal wrangler (trainer) found that the dog could be easily trained for the film. After the film was done, it found a home on a local ranch. This dog, Morgan's, seems to be like a dingo-like dog. So I'm thinking , they have some excellent dog actors in Australia eh?!
Los Angeles is the serial capital of the world. It takes a special "twist" to capture headlines in a city where, by autumn 1983, 5 random slayers were at large and killing independently of one another. In the hot summer months of 1985, reporters found their twist and filled front pages with accounts of the sinister "Night Stalker,"a sadistic home invader with a preference for unlocked windows and a taste for savage mutilation.
Acquaintances described Ramirez as an ardent Satanist and long time drug abuser, obsessed with the mock-satanic rock group AC/DC. According to reports Ramirez had adopted one of the group's songs: "Night Prowler"-as his own personal anthem, playing it repeatedly, sometimes for hours on end. They have a scene in this film showing just that and the late great Alma Beltran has the unfortunate pleasure of being a neighbor that lives right next door in the apartment complex and goes over one night and knocks on the door and tells him to either lower the music or she's going to call the cops. He quickly just turns it off and Beltran runs back to her apartment completely scared and locks the door. Ramirez gets up and walks in the hallway and heads out into the night. Nice little scary scene.
The great Gregory Cruz plays Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker) (as Gregory Norman Cruz). While he is one of my favorite actors. (he reminds me of a more intense & meaner version of Lou Diamond Phillips)I feel that there were 2 other actors they could have had in this role. Don't get me wrong, Cruz did a good job with his sinister and mean look that he has, but to me either the great Billy Drago or the great Jeff Kober could have done a just as great or even better portrayal of Ramirez. I'm thinking that neither Drago or Kober did not want to be type-cast or associated with such a despicable character and the fact that Ramirez is never truly seen till the last 1/2 hour of the film makes it like ,why bother?
I enjoyed the ending of this film because Cruz as Ramirez is finally seen and his is in every scene for the last half hour of what's left of the film. An all-points bulletin was issued and his mug shots were broadcast on TV and plastered on the front page of the newspaper and was seen by almost everyone right away. He was captured by civilians in East Los Angeles mobbed and beaten as he tried to steal a car. The Police arrived just in time to save his life. That's too bad. That was the end he truly deserved. Being punished by the very same people he caused such a terror to.
Attack the Block (2011)
A truly sleeper surprise for me. The only reason I wanted to see this one was because Nick Frost was in it. Turned out he really has a glorified cameo. But still nice to see him in here in any capacity.
Well let me start with the main thug leader 'Moses' played excellently by a young actor named John Boyega who steals the show. He has the look and temperament of a young Denzel Washington. I hope Denzel works with this young actor before he loses that uncanny resemblance as he gets older. They would make a great father & son team in a film.
Alex Esmail as Pest, Leeon Jones as Jerome, Franz Drameh as Dennis and Simon Howard as Biggz. Howard totally reminded me of another similar looking actor who ironically also played a similar role as a gang member in the classic "The Warriors" I'm talking about the late Marcelino Sánchez who played the spray painting Warrior member, 'Rembrandt' They even have the same hairstyle and peach fuzz mustache!
They all did an excellent job in portraying thugs from the hood in London. Now I have read some of the other reviews were they say that this film glorifies these young hoodlums as heroes. I disagree to some extent. Yes they are despicable but they are a product of their environment. They can't help be who they are. And just like any innocent victim that has crossed their path or stupidly come into their block, they will get attack. Even Aliens monsters or the like They are not defending anybody but themselves. They are survivors. Yes some people would want all of them to die but like I said some are survivors and strong. (Some do perish though but not all)
While it is never known or mentioned why these Aliens came in the 1st place, it is a fact they want revenge to what was done to the 1st Alien who came down from the sky. (it was a female) And since Moses and his crew did it in, they have the blood and smell all over them especially Moses. When the main drug dealer 'HiHatz' played excellently by Jumayn Hunter kills one of the creatures, he gets blood all over himself that seals his doom later on when he is overwhelmed by the other creatures.
Luke Treadaway as Brewis one of the buyers/junkies of Nick Frost who plays 'Ron' HiHatz's seller. Did a nice job. he has some funny scenes where he meets Moses and his crew and tries to be friendly towards them but they want nothing to do with him.
The creatures were nicely created. No eyes but glowing neon bluish teeth. Classic! Only complaint they were so dark looking you could barely see them in all this darkness but then that adds to the scare factor in some way I guess. And the fact that they resemble a very large dog/bear/gorilla like animal is super cool.
Anyways, I enjoyed the film. The soundtrack was pretty cool. (I found it on the web) Way better than most of the crappy films that have been coming out. So give it a chance and check it out.
Hell Up in Harlem (1973)
Big Papa Gibbs
The only saving grace in this pointless sequel is having as always the great Fred Williamson back in one of his greatest roles: Black Caesar. They even mention him as that at one point because in the original he was never called that.
Where do I begin to even explain this as I said pointless sequel. The original one was superb and should have just ended at that. This so-called sequel begins literally where the original ended except they changed the ending! I had the privilege to see the original in it's unedited glory with the original ending where Tommy Gibbs dies at the hands of a group of thug kids who beat the living hell out of him and supposedly he dies when he attempts to go hide out with the ledgers in his old abandoned neighborhood. In this sequel they just completely eliminate that great ending and make it where he survives by calling his dad!? The late great Julius Harris returns as Papa Gibbs as well as the beautiful Gloria Hendry as Helen and well as the late great D'Urville Martin as Reverend Rufus.
I feel the Julius got a bigger and better role in this one and it's quite a funny sight to see him just change from being a regular gentleman Mr. Gibbs to the "Superfly-ish" Big Papa. He makes quite a convincing gangster/thug. Gloria & D'Urville where just wasted in the meager roles and Gloria basically gets strangled in a alley because she was reduced to being a prostitute. Even the great Fred Williamson barely rode on his charisma alone on this one but for me just did not achieve what the far superior original did. The only good part Fred had was towards the end when he takes on the whole mob by himself in a one-man army type of thing. We also get to see Fred doing a lot of running and showing his still at the time physical agility and skill as a sprinter/runner.
The musical score on this sequel was way inferior to the superb score James Brown did in the original. To me the music alone on the original made the picture. Here, it was not bad but was completely lacking in the way Brown did his score.
Of the new characters only the lovely Margaret Avery as Sister Jennifer and Tony King as the treacherous enforcer Zach made a impression on me.
All in all not a bad film but not a good one either. I will watch and re-watch the original "Black Caesar" over and over and never get tired of it but this sequel? No way. One time viewing was enough.