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I don’t think I even watched these movies, at least not in full. If I have watched any of them, I don’t remember it. I know I’ve seen clips here and there but I don’t even recall which ones, let alone from which of the movies. I’ve watched the Tv series Reboot (On Wednesday Nights 8pm (Est) on Fox. I loved it, I thought all the coming attractions before it aired the pilot episode was going to be all hype, and after seeing the gags in it, I didn’t think I’d laugh when those parts would come up in the show, but I did! It is my favorite new show of 2016 and must watch. Heck, I even watch it live and watch Arrow on Demand now! (Sorry Stephen Amell)

as for the Movies basically I’d end up comparing them to the TV show, but I know I should do it the other way around. I’m not sure if I want to compare them per movie or just wait until the end for

 

Lethal Weapon 

1987    R , 1:50   Action,Crime, Thriller   Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Darlene Love, Gary Busey

Police Detective Martin Riggs is reckless and suicidal after the death of his wife. He’s reassigned to partner with family man Roger Murtah. The new partners clash immediately , however together  they uncover  a mass drug ring. They begin to form a bond as they  encounter  more dangerous situations and Riggs volitile behavior  if it doesn’t kill them first, it just might help catch the bad guys.

“You think I’m crazy,  want to see crazy”

then does some sort of Three Stooges slapstick bt on the guys.

I think this scene gave me the biggest laugh of the whole movie (maybe even movie franchise)…likely as I didn’t expect it  as when I’ve watch the three stooges, they didn’t make me laugh, so it was pulled off in good fashion.  I knew this was part comedy (even if it’s not quite listed as such) but as time goes by one’s sense of humor as well as humor in our pop culture changes over time, so I thought any humor in this would be lost at this point, but it’s still good. I will have to chalk that up to Mel Gibson at least.

Murtah’s daughter is kidnapped  in this and (Fiday Nov 11th episode of the Tv series  had some  installer setting up some big screen tv and it was showing a slide show of pictures (I guess from their social media accounts) A picture popped up of his daughter in her bra  and I’m thinking that might be to replace the kidnapping?

Anyway after watching the first movie I’m glad they didn’t remake the movie or do it as a reboot.

Definitely worth watching You can do so here on Amazon Video

Lethal Weapon 2 

1989    R     1:54     + Joe PesciSee the source image

This one starts with California’s state past time…. a car chase, and in Murtah’s Wife’s NEW car (a station Wagon…for you millennials that don’t ahve a clue what this is) I always through they should turn those old ones into boats (closed or open) Or at least one of those artificial Reefs. You could probably reuse them as an urban tank, and many other things I can think of!

Anyway sorry to get off the point and speaking of reefs, there’s a pirate treasure in the trunk! Now “The Commercial” (which now I think is what the previously mentioned TV episodes is replacing)  But I was cracking up, I think I may have even had a surprised face. And AH! THAT’S where the high dive into the pool on the show came from!! Still loved that stunt!

The guys are on the trail of some despicable  South African diplomats who use their immunity for criminal activities.

Oh and there’s some  guy whose voice is so familiar but I can’t place it, then at one point the brain screams out “it’s the villain from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” Oh and the shrink for Riggs, is the Mom from Monster Squad!

This one is worth a watch as well, though I don’t remember enough of it.   Watch it here on Amazon Video

 

Lethal Weapon 3  

1992   R  1:58   + Rene Russo

Days Away from his Retirement,  Murtah and his partner are roped into an important I.A. (Internal Affairs) case. The two close in on a black market  weapons op involving a  corrupt cop and arms dealer Jack Travis. Again the partners end up being joined by Joe Pesci’s  Leo Gets as an informant.  Oh yeah a Maples vs L.A. Kings game!!

“Close is a lingerie shop with out a front window”

This one is not memorable except for one scene, which to me was hysterical!  And the one reason to watch (or at least rent it and skip to the scene) Riggs acting like a dog!  to make the rotti’ chill out!  This is worth a watch Just for this part!~ Heck This part I hope they redo for the tv series!  This scene gets an A but this installment in the series, a D…

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Lethal Weapon 4

1998   + Jet Li & Chris RockSee the source image

So at this point I’m sort of over the marathon, plus something else I wanted to watch was coming on so needless to say I didn’t get to watch much of the movie. This round the partners have a crisis  I call it ‘age rage’

And he and his partner Riggs have to deal with a Chinese crimelord bent on getting his brother out of prison.

Even what I did get to watch, I remember nothing but the 2 additions Rock & Li being in it.

So I give it (a maybe un-fair) F

Over all worth a watch if you are in an 80’s action movie phase or just for some good old 80s- 90s movies.

Watch it on Amazon video

Over all for the movies……C     Order The full movie franchise on DVD, Blu-ray or combo 

 

Lethal Weapon  TV series

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2016    Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Jonathan Fernandez

My review

The action of the original movies and the couple in the 90s has nothing on the action, fast pace, and humor in this! I was happy when I heard Damon Wayans was going to be one of the stars, and more so when I heard Clayne Crawford would play the other guy. I’ve seen Clayne in Rosewell, and Baytown Outlaws (as far as I can think off the top of my head). The stunts are more extreme as I am pretty sure that dive out of the building in the tv series was higher than in the movie. I think the actors have better chemistry and I have fun watching every episode!  It’s a good amalgamation of Humor, Action, drama, and mystery.

If you haven’t watched it already, I suggest watching the first 2 seasons of the show.

Catch up with season 1 on Amazon Video

Season 2 on Amazon

Season  3,

Clayne Crawford’s Martin Riggs has been written off with his will he or wont he die season 2 finale, due to  On-set clashes that almost killed the Hit fox series

Frankl,y I don’t know if  I’ll watch now as American Pie’s Sean William Scott aka Stiffler will be replacing him.

So I’ll watch the first episode of the season and see how it is;  If its as funny and if they have the same amount of crazy to it.

To start they got me feeling like I’m going to cry. we meet the other Riggs in some part of Syria where his 9 year old source gets killed. He ends up a meter maid when he gets back.

12 minutes in not as funny as previous seasons but just as Murtah says something about the car falling in his lap, a car falls onto what I think is his family car. So Murtah and “stiffler” meet trying to catch the same guys.

Speaks 7 languages, resume is redacted has a 12 year old daughter X’s name is Nat and is that a real tat on Sean William Scott’s arm or is that for the show. Either way, doesn’t suit him, and looks new so I’m guessing fake.

As far as half way through the first episode goes, unlike the first 2 seasons being a watch live, I’d say this is a save for on Demand (or to save up on your DVR for the Holiday Hiatus.

Definitely Does not have the heart, thrills, fun or the funnies the first 2 seasons had, even though the last scene made me want to cry too.

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Game Night


2018     R  1:40    Comedy  adventure   Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler, Rachel McAdams, Jesse PlemonsSee the source image

 

Max and Annie host a weekly game night bit it gets a big boost when brooks, Max’s brother comes to town and hosts his own with a Murder Mystery party complete with fake thugs, feds and so on. He even puts a Corvette Stingray,  his brother’s dream car up for a prize.

The game is on or is it when 2 guys show up that just don’t feel right a fight ensues between Brooks and the intruders.  The six competitors set out to solve the case the discover the game nor Brooks are what they seem.

No Rules *  No Points  * and No idea

 

(who all the players are) this game night turns into a chaotic adventure with a twist or 2.

This should certainly be a hit for your next movie or a game night gathering. Not only is it one of my best of 2018 so far but IMDB’s as well.

 

Avatar Nominee

During the credits shows some bloopers

This even has an end credit easter egg!

 

The Chocolate War


1988  R  1:40      Drama  John Glover, Ilan Mitchell-Smith ,Wallace Langham, Adam Baldwin

based on the Roger Cormier book  I think I remember the book binding being blue or maybe the image having blue in it

 15-year-old freshman Jerome E. “Jerry” Renault  makes the football team at Trinity  a Catholic boys’ preparatory school.  However he struggles on the field during practice and cannot keep up with his teammates, and so is often berated by the strict coach.

Archie Costello, part of the (supposed) secret society  “The Vigils” compiles a list of socially ostracized students with the aid of Obie, The Vigils’ nerdish secretary. The outcasts will be assigned to perform assignments, more pranks as part of their Vigils initiations. Renault & Goober are on Archie’s list.

Meanwhile, Brother Leon is taking advantage of the Trinity School headmaster’s illness and convalescence. The corrupt Brother purchases outdated Mother’s Day candy, and plans to repackage it for the Trinity fundraiser; in which he hopes to sell 20,000 boxes at an increased prices instead of their usual 10,000. He hopes that the success of the Fundraiser will gain attention to be declared the new head of the school.

Unaware of the Vigils’ next prank assignment, Brother Leon enlists Archie’s aid in rallying fellow students to sell candy.

The prank is designed to disrupt the school’s annual fundraising chocolate sale, Archie enlists Renault  to not sell the chocolates for 10 days. Once the 10 days are up he’s supposed to sell them, but in this strict school, even though they say you don’t have to participate it’s best you do as you’ll be outcast and bullied.

I was supposed to read this Freshman or sophomore year in High School, but I find forcing someone into reading (or doing) something they have no interest in is counter productive. I would just read the questions we had to answer and try to find the answers.  I remembered a few things vaguely from the book one of which was the end (or close to). Now as this was out when I was in grade school maybe jr. high I don’t know how it was received, let alone what those who read the book thought of it.  I had been thinking of seeing if the library had a copy to read, however after watching this I think what little I remembered was better and am now leery to actually read the book, and thinking I was right not to read it.

If interested you can watch here via AMAZON

Jane Got a Gun


2015 1:38   action/drama/western Joel Edgerton Natalie Portman Ewan McGregor Noah Emmerich

Jane’s outlaw husband comes home injured after a run-in with his old gang. She enlists an ex-love for help.

From the moment I saw the title of the movie years ago… all I could hear is Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun”

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Red Sparrow


2018    R  2:20   Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Irons,Mary-Louise Parker ,Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling

Prima ballerina Dominique (I really liked that Red outfit) has a bad accident during her performance thanks to her partner. Once healed her Uncle has a helps her out with a job; a trial by fire if you will

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Colossal


2017  R 1:49  blu-ray rental  Comedy, drama action

Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens & Jason Sudekis

Out of work party girl Gloria is forced to move out of her flat in New York after her boyfriend kicks her out and she moves back to her hometown.  She crosses paths with an old school friend. After hanging out at the bar her friend owns News reports out of South Korea surface that Soul is being destroyed by a giant creature which Gloria comes to learn she is somehow connected to and why her seemingly non-essential existence has such an effect on the fate of the world.

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Amusement


20o7 R  1:25  Horror  Jessica Lucas, Katheryn Winnick

I thought this was going to be some sort of demented amusement park or funhouse because of the title. 

Winnick plays Tabitha who is in a (near)O catatonic state while being interrogated by the police psychiatrist as to why she and her two childhood friends are being hunted by a serial killer.

Tragic secrets from their past are just dying to come out. Not to mention, this is the crap that happens when you don’t tell someone about that creepy kid, and his cruel ‘art’ for the science fair… its more along the lines of an express ticket to a padded cell (and the 10th level of hell I’ve created for people like this.) We see a few stories concerning the girls first, which lead up to the last. It’s almost like an anthology only its one whole movie with a little backstory.

Through the years the girls forget about the creep but apparently, he never does, making them his rats.

If you are in the mood for some dark horror *and maybe you could say morbid humor) then this is for you. I would make this part of a Halloween movie marathon as there’s a trick but its no avengers type treat.