xXx: Return of Xander Cage


2017  PG-13  blu-ray  1:47 Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Nina Dobrev, Donnie Yen, Toni Collette

                                         Kris Wu  Ruby Rose  Deepika Padukone

I like the opening ‘space’ scene and the bit in the Chinese restaurant with Gibbons trying to recruit some guy (at the end of the movie shows he’s some soccer star) but showed a ‘stats’ card that said he thought he was being recruited by the Avengers.

Now there’s a cool stunt.. ‘flipping off bullets’ onto a bike might beat Winter Soldier’s grabbing the bike out from under the rider..  but I’m not really sure on that. I’ll go with a tie. Now wait… skiing …without snow… in a forest…I mean I know they ‘snowboard’ on sand dunes but with all the rocks etc that would be in a forest would that even work? I’m going to just chalk this one up to Hollywood imagery.

Now THIS was freaking cool he goes from BMX dirt bike to a …errr… SKI Bike!!! or do we call it a surf bike WTF should that be called! but whatever I’d LOVE to try it!

Oh Forget Xander can we get a spin-off of the Green haired sniper?  (for some reason she reminds me of that 90s Aeon Flux cartoon)

What should be the meaty part of the movie, with not only story with a minor and a major stunt and action work …ends up a disappointment.

Just as said… gridlocked traffic (lol) ok so maybe they saved some budget that would have been used for at least a fight in act 2, for Xander going fast and furious!  Ugh the corny ass chick pose shooting, really I thought we were past that  Charlies Angels crap!!! (where’s the feminists bitching about that?!!?!?!)

‘The Mouth Problem’  (not gonna ruin that) and we get a surprise I didn’t expect to show! WOW for once something in an action movie is actually kept on the DL  although I do say they do show too many stunts etc in the trailers, and with this one not having as much as I remember in the original (though I could be wrong.. I haven’t re-watched that in years)

I will say one way the original is better than this one… the sound track! The original one had a 2 -in-one a disk for the rockers and one for the hip hop/rap fans. 

I can’t even find an actual soundtrack.. just ‘Music from the motion picture’ which from reading the titles is actually the score (being it’s not music made by different artists and bands)

I thought it was going to be total crap like certain other reboots that have happened but it wasn’t too bad, I might even consider putting it in my library with the original

C

 

 

 

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Freaked


1993  PG-13   Comedy,Sci-fi

Alex Winter, Randy Quaid, Megan Ward,Michael Stoyanov, 

Brooke Shields, William Sadler,

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Directed by Tom Stern and Alex Winter

Written By Alex Winter and Tim Burns

the 3 were involved with the MTV sketch comedy ‘Idiot box’ and Freaked is supposed to be retain that same brand of humor

I never watched the show but there are a few laughs in this.

Just as I think the opening credits are too long, they go off! Now I see why they put them at the end, or at least don’t do the credits like they used to in the beginning.

I didn’t know or at least remember that Winter was acting in this, so when they showed him I almost didn’t recognize him with the black hair.

basically if he’s not in Lost Boys or Bill and Ted costume I usually just stare thinking he looks familiar but having no idea why! I only realized it was him because he has writing and directing credits.

Bobcat Goldthwait voiced the sock head  and Mr. T makes a surprising appearance

I had this on my Netflix Queue but though I’d look up what’s in my SAVED (and netflix likely not getting) movies on

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You can search movies by title, language  etc. If you are taking a foreign language class its great as you can watch movies likely in that language. I always enjoy hearing what other languages sound like.

If you are interested check it out soon as i am not sure if they delete movies out or not (I was looking one up they had once before, and it didn’t come up this time)

 

Now that all that is cleared up and I do apologize for a little babbling; The movie is about some celebrity Rocky Coogan, who is going to lend his name for some chemical Zygot (or something like that). He and his friend Ernie end up at a protest and upon seeing one of the activists Ricky falls for her. The three of them are traveling on the road when she learns who Ricky (in disguise) really is. They end up at a roadside Freak show and are conned into staying and becoming part of that freak show!

I thin you could say its a little campy, There’s a Freak ‘talent show’

I think I may have seen about a minute of this back inthe 90s SOme parts remind me of a certain band’s music videos. Then there’s Alex Winter’s Freak… and why I used the poster image I did and not another version. I’ll just say there’s a gremlins joke in there.

 

it was so~so… a few laughs  if it weren’t from the 90s I’d say it was Fresh

If you want to watch a movie without a bunch of CGI FX…. check this out, all costumes and prosthetics   C

 

Oh my… looking through the cast no WONDER why ortiz the dog (wolf?) boy sounded familiar!!

Bye Bye Man


2017   PG13   1:36  blu-ray    Douglas Smith, Michael Trucco, Doug Jones, Lucien Laviscount,Cressida Bonas,Erica Tremblay    

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Wisconsin College students find an off campus house to rent, includes  furniture and a supernatural evil.

October 20th 1969 a man is ‘rabid’ asking everyone “Did you tell anyone the name?”  (but he never says who not even a hint) Then he grabs a rifle do you really think anyone will admit to it now?!  So guessing there will be a little more backstory later. Though at this point… (and not to really compare to a great) Nightmare on elm street had more story at least 5 pages with the kids’ nightmares than this does with a quarter of a sheet…

 

Well at least they used an amusingly fitting song in the movie…. Bye Bye Love…. Bye Bye loneliness….

See the hound and hear the coins the closer he is. I wouldn’t actually recommend this to see. Skip it and watch one of the old slasher films! Freddy is scarier than than Bye Bye Man’s snakey looking Voldermort face.

The story of our spectre is still paper thin when the movie is over, only that he’s sort of like a grim reaper is the only other thing I  heard. Too bad they couldn’t have included HOW he actually came about instead of maybe a possible prequel (if that’s even planned)  Ouija was better hell my nightmares are better than this! (If only I could record those to scare the crap outta the viewing public!

That hell hound thing although the FX for it is laughable kinda reminds me of something from one of the resident evil movies

D

If you bother to see it, just don’t buy it for your library it’s not worth the money! Rent it and save the rest toward a better movie.

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Miss Periguines Home for peculiar children


2016  PG-13  2:07  Eva Green Samuel L. Jackson        Tim Burton

Jacob Portman arrives to his grandfather’s to find the house looks to be broken into. Frankly it looks more like something broke out as the glass is outside not inside the house.  He finds his gramps  who tells him  to “go to the island”

Curiosity to find out if the photos and stories  from Peregrine’s home were true, he goes to find the island. He comes across the ruins and explores a bit to think he’s seeing things. A shadow darting here or there. It seemed a little wizard of oz like.

samuel L Jackson looks like Don King with that hair  and Floater girl reminds me of Brittany Murphy

There are movie best left for the kids and others the adults can enjoy as well… This one… I guess is a toss up

I can be a big kid, but this was so so for me. I like the different powers sort of like an X-men school before it come about. But at the same time a time loop… really? for me that was just lame.

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Arrival


2016    PG-13      Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Forster Witacker, Ian Donnaly     1:56

Adams plays linguist Louise Banks who is approached by the military for her language skills after the landing of multiple space craft ‘land’  all across the globe. They haven’t actually landed as last I checked, you need to TOUCH the land to do so, but more parked themselves hoovering feet above.

Not sure I should mention what the aliens look like but then that WOULD be a spoiler!

The movie starts out interesting enough, aside from the fact of all the ships ‘landing’ making me think it was going to turn out to be a knock off of Independence day. However the movie declines for me the last half of the movie.

The whole time I thought the governments and military should only be a support system as a small group NOT running the whole damn thing. The aliens speak in what looks like a bunch of Oroborus designs

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Daddy’s Home


2016       pg13   1:36mins   Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrel, Hannibal Buress, Linda Cardellini

Brad eagerly steps into his role as step (all over me) dad while the kids suave biological father interference leads to a rivalry of slap stick proportions.

Love the daughter

 

Motorcycle scene had me laughing so hard i had tears in my eyes and my chest hurt.

This was better than the trailer looked. The end was amusing considering how the last scene goes… And WHO!

 

B

Worth a watch and even putting it in the family library …. get a copy from Amazon 

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Transporter Refueled


2015     PG-13    Blu-ray   1:30 (but feels longer)   ** Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson,

 

If you couldn’t tell by the titled (and perfectly titled too)   it’s a  reboot of the Jason Statham franchise. Now Ed Skrein plays Frank whats his name to carry on the adventures of the private mercenary only known in the underworld as the Transporter.

His father is retiring meanwhile there’s some sort of Prostitution ring that gets an upheaval. One of said ladies of the night wants to get out of the business and hires Frank for a job

I remember when Statham was in the movies… the fighting scenes with him were longer and faster,  that you could barely keep up. In this… they are shorter as well as No bullshit slower paced fights.

During one fight they end up in a very narrow hall of what at first I thought were like safety deposit boxes, but really just a hall of drawers. I see how narrow it is and I’m thinking how the hell are they going to fight, it doesn’t even look kike there’s room to move let alone fight moves. Well for us, it was a funny highlight of the movie (with little else)

Another highlight was a blink and miss it trick with the license plate (aka ‘tags’ as some places call them)

For a reboot I thought this was a bad job. Why not start it as a prequel where Skrein is a younger Frank, but we see how he came to be what he is? Or at least some sort of a back story here or there. Some of the dialog Skrein has I couldn’t catch, but gotta love that car… all cars should be made like that first audi!