January 10, 2011

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 05/22/2008]

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January 08, 2011

Across the Pacific (1942)

Across the Pacific (1942)

Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-marshaled out of the army and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. But has Leland really been booted out, or is there some other motive for his getting close to fellow passenger Doctor Lorenz?

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/06/2008]

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January 05, 2011

The African Queen (1951)

IMDB: The African Queen (1951)

In Africa during WWI, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Classic Bogart/Hepburn action romance continues to please with every re-visit.

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 02/26/2008]

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May 27, 2008

Iron Man (2008)

IMDB: Iron Man (2008)

Plot Outline:
When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil.

Without a doubt, the best movie I've seen this year. Iron Man has it all - three dimensional characters, good writing, good story, great CG, a great cast - pretty much the consummate fun, action film.

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 02/17/2008]

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February 04, 2008

Rambo (2008)

IMDB: Rambo (2008)

Plot Outline:
In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.

This was most definitely the most gore filled, action packed of all the Rambo films. I'd put it as my 2nd favorite, following the original First Blood.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 02/02/2008]

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January 12, 2008

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

IMDB: Spider-Man 3 (2007))

Plot Outline:
A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:11/05/07]

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Romper Stomper (1992)

IMDB: Romper Stomper (1992)

Plot Outline:
A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:10/24/07]

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

IMDB: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Plot Outline:
Four London working class stiffs pool their money to put one in a high stakes card game, but things go wrong and they end up owing half a million pounds and having one week to come up with the cash.

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date:10/03/07]

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The Kingdom (2007)

IMDB: The Kingdom (2007)

Plot Outline:
A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:09/30/07]

Posted by mark at 07:14 PM | Comments (0)

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

IMDB: Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

Plot Outline:
A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.

Fun Shoot Em Up. :)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:09/14/07]

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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

IMDB: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Plot Outline:
Bourne dodges new, superior assassins as he searches for his unknown past while a government agent tries to track him down.

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date:08/12/07]

Posted by mark at 05:36 PM | Comments (0)

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

IMDB: Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Plot Outline:
John McClane takes on an Internet-based terrorist organization who is systematically shutting down the United States.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:07/09/07]

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January 06, 2008

Shooter (2007)

IMDB: Shooter (2007)

Plot Outline:
A marksman (Wahlberg) living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to track the real killer and find out who exactly set him up, and why.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 06/26/07]

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Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

IMDB: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

Plot Summary: Casey Ryback has now retired from the Navy and is now a chef at the Mile High Cafe in Denver, Colorado. Ryback taking his niece Sarah Ryback on a vacation. They board a train traveling through the Rocky Mountains from Denver to Los Angeles.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 06/16/07]

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May 28, 2007

The Challenge (1982)

IMDB: The Challenge (1982)

Plot Outline:
A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 05/27/07]

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May 27, 2007

Hostage (2005)

IMDB: Hostage (2005)

Plot Outline:
A failed police negotiator turned small town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 05/20/07]

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May 15, 2007

Smokin' Aces (2007)

IMDB: Smokin' Aces (2007)

Plot Outline:
When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel (Piven) decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

Rating: 3

[Viewing Date: 04/26/07]

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The Hunted (2003)

IMDB: The Hunted (2003)

Plot Outline:
An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/18/07]

Posted by mark at 07:19 PM | Comments (0)

300 (2006)

IMDB: 300 (2006)

Plot Outline:
Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 03/18/07]

Posted by mark at 07:15 PM | Comments (0)

May 13, 2007

Tube (2003)

IMDB: Tube (2003)

Plot Summary:
This is a touching action epic about an all-out war between a subway terrorist who holds a city hostage.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/14/07]

Posted by mark at 10:09 PM | Comments (0)

April 09, 2007

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

IMDB: Snakes on a Plane (2006)

Plot Outline:
On board a flight over the Pacific Ocean, an assassin, bent on killing a passenger who's a witness in protective custody, lets loose a crate full of deadly snakes.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 02/03/07]

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The Sentinel (2006)

IMDB: The Sentinel (2006)

Plot Outline:
A secret service agent is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the president. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a relentless FBI agent.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 01/28/07]

Posted by mark at 09:23 PM | Comments (0)

April 01, 2007

Cypher (2002)

IMDB: Cypher (2002)

Plot Outline:
An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 01/21/07]

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District B13 (2004)

IMDB: District B13 (2004)

Plot Outline:
Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 01/18/07]

Posted by mark at 10:09 PM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2007

Shadowboxer (2005)

IMDB: Shadowboxer (2005)

Plot Outline: When Rose, a female assassin, is diagnosed with terminal cancer; she decides to carry out one final killing, assisted by lover and also stepson, Mickey.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 11/26/06]

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Apocalypto (2006)

IMDB: Apocalypto (2006)

Plot Outline: As the Aztec kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw (Youngblood), a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 12/26/06]

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November 21, 2006

Casino Royale (2006)

IMDB: Casino Royale (2006)

Plot Outline: James Bond's first mission, where he must stop a banker from winning a casino tournament and using the prize money to fund terrorist activities.


Saw this on Sunday with a bunch of friends and couldn't have been more pleased. Any doubts concerning the ability of Daniel Craig to take on the mantle of James Bond were, IMHO, totally without merit.


I thought the writing was terrific, the dialog superb, and the pacing, although a bit stretched near the end, to be right on target. I don't think the movie suffered at all for its lack of super gadgets, or beyond-reality special effects, in fact, if anything, this back-to-basics Bond truly struck a chord in my appreciation for the character.

Oh, and did I say Daniel Craig was FANTASTIC?

First of all, I could hardly tell he was a 'blonde', his body was cut
like diamonds, his blue eyes kept that thousand yard gaze throughout the entire film, and he always moved from point to point with a real
purpose, whether chasing a villain across a township, or moving
throughout the Casino.

And, speaking from a purely heterosexual point of view, I would say
Craig provided the most eye candy for the audience when he acme out of the ocean, dripping wet, again with the thousand-yard gaze.

I know of one female friend who let out some audible recognition for the buff bod.

I've heard complaints from two reviewers about too much time being spent at the poker table, one reviewer complaining that if you don't know much about poker, you'd be bored, but I found the gaming table scenes to be electric with tension, and anyone who can't figure out the game after watching it for a couple minutes perhaps isn't bright enough to be allowed to go to the movies.

Another thing that I enjoyed about this Bond that reminded me of very
early Bond pictures is that it was more closely tailored to the original book. A scene in which Bond is tortured by the villain Le Chiffre, is almost exactly like the book, if you replace a carpet-beating cane with a rope with a waxed knot on the end of it. Brrrrrrr. makes me shiver just thinking about that scene.

In summary, this movie goer is extremely anxious to see the next Daniel Craig/James Bond film http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0830515/ which is billed as being a continuation of the Casino Royale story...

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 11/19/06]

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November 19, 2006

Walking Tall (2004)

IMDB: Walking Tall (2004)

Plot Outline: A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house.


Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 10/01/06]

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16 Blocks (2006)

IMDB: 16 Blocks (2006)

Plot Outline: An aging cop (Willis) is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness (Def) from police custody to a courthouse. There are however forces at work trying to stop prevent them from making it.


Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 09/24/06]

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Swiri (1999)

IMDB: Swiri (1999)

North Korea's 8th Special Forces hijacks a shipment of CTX, a potent new liquid explosive, and threatens South Korea as part of a plot to re-unify the two countries.Ryu and Lee, special agents of O.P., South Korea's secret intelligence service, attempt to track down the terrorists and find the CTX. Meanwhile Hee, the 8th's ultra-bad female sniper, resurfaces to wreak havoc and haunt Ryu.


Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 09/14/06]

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Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987)

IMDB: Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987)

Plot Summary: This movie features a character who is supposed to be the descendant of the character played Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name.

Nowhere near as good as McQueen's work, and that was considered minor McQueen.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 09/09/06]

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Crank (2006)

IMDB: Crank (2006)

Plot Outline: Professional assassin Chev Chelios (Statham) learns his rival (Cantillo) has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 09/02/06]

Posted by mark at 08:26 PM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2006

Assassins (1995)

IMDB: Assassins (1995)

Robert Rath (Sylvester Stallone) is a seasoned hitman who just wants out of the business with no back talk. But, as things go, it ain't so easy. A younger, peppier assassin named Bain (Antonio Banderas) is having a field day trying to kill said older assassin. Rath teams up with a computer hacker named Electra (Julianne Moore) to defeat the obsessed Bain.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/02/06]

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July 30, 2006

Judgment Night (1993)

IMDB: Judgment Night (1993)

When they took the wrong turn, it lead them to witnessing a murder, which left them running for their lives from the perpetrators.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 07/26/06]

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The Transporter (2002)

IMDB: The Transporter (2002)

This film is about a man (Statham) whose job is to deliver packages without asking any questions. Complications arise when he breaks those rules.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 07/25/06]

Posted by mark at 09:21 PM | Comments (0)

June 25, 2006

The Transporter 2 (2005)

IMDB: The Transporter 2 (2005)

Blurb: "Mercenary Frank Martin, who specializes moving goods of all kinds, surfaces again this time in Miami, Florida when he's implicated in the kidnapping of the young son of a powerful USA official."

I thought the first one was a fun ride, and found this one to elicit similar pleasures. :)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/17/06]

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Mission: Impossible III (2006)

IMDB: Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 05/31/06]

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Jane Doe (2001)

IMDB: Jane Doe (2001)

Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 05/07/06]

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May 01, 2006

Out of Sight (1998)

IMDB: Out of Sight (1998)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/26/06]

Posted by mark at 08:49 PM | Comments (0)

The Punisher (2004)

IMDB: The Punisher (2004)

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 04/26/06]

Posted by mark at 08:48 PM | Comments (0)

April 23, 2006

The Italian Job (1969)

IMDB: The Italian Job (1969)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/19/06]

Posted by mark at 11:17 PM | Comments (0)

The Hard Word (2002)

IMDB: The Hard Word (2002))

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/20/06]

Posted by mark at 10:40 PM | Comments (0)

March 20, 2006

Domino (2005)

IMDB: Domino (2005)

[Viewing Date: 02/22/06]

Posted by mark at 11:16 PM | Comments (0)

January 29, 2006

A History of Violence (2005)

IMDB: A History of Violence (2005)

By far the most accessible Cronenberg film to date, A History of Violence tells the story of an average family man working at a local diner who, after he singlehandedly thwarts a violent holdup attempt, attracts the attention of gangsters who believe he is not who he pretends to be.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 10/17/05]

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November 27, 2005

Batman Begins (2005)

IMDB: Batman Begins (2005)

Without a doubt, The best Batman movie to date.

Rating: 8

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Naked Killer / Chiklo gouyeung (1992)

IMDB: Naked Killer / Chiklo gouyeung (1992)

The enticement of a movie about gorgeous asian lipstick lesbian assassins was too much too resist... I wish I had. Action scenes were few and sloppy, sex scenes were non-existant, dialogue and script were a mess.

Rating: 4

Posted by mark at 01:26 PM | Comments (0)

November 14, 2005

Sahara (2005)

IMDB: Sahara (2005)

Let's just not go and see it, and say we did. Much wannabee here, but totally unmemorable.


Posted by mark at 07:02 PM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2005

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

IMDB: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

This classic last stand Alamo in the city drama was John Carpenter's lighthouse beacon to the world that he was a filmmaker to be reckoned with.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 07:26 PM | Comments (0)

May 30, 2005

Hostage (2005)

IMDB: Hostage (2005)

Plot Outline: A failed police negotiator turned small town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.

A hostage negotiation wrapped in another hostage negotiation.

Ok Willis action fare, but nothing special. The performance of Ben Foster as Mars Krupcheck is worth noting.

Rating: 5

Posted by mark at 06:15 PM

March 06, 2005

Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1974)

IMDB:Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1974)

aka Hooker's Revenge, They Call Her One Eye

Plot Outline:
A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.

For those interested in watching one of the early film inspirations of Quentin Tarantino, you need look no further. Tarantino has been quoted as calling Thriller "the roughest revenge movie ever made!" and considering it was made over 30 years ago, in this author's opinion, it still holds true.

Albeit, one has to forgive the production values of the '70s and the overused slow-motion fight scenes, but Thriller is like no other film I've seen to date, with, perhaps, the exception being I Spit On Your Grave.

Before I continue, let me make clear that this is a truly ADULT film, and kids should be kept far, far away. It contains graphic violence, not that some kids aren't immune to that, but also contains truly graphic sex, as in close-ups of sexual acts (so much so that in any other film without a storyline and plot would be considered Porn).

That said, Thriller is quite an engaging full-blown revenge story.

Cristina Lindberg portrays Frigga/Madeleine/One Eye with remarkable aplomb.

Sexually abused as a child, the trauma leaves her mute. She lives on a farm with her parents, who have sent her to regular psychiatric sessions.

One day, missing the bus for her psychiatric appointment, she accepts a ride from a sleazeball who brings her to his place, drugs her, hooks her on heroin, and adds her to his stable of young prostitutes, sending a letter to her parents seemingly from her, stating that they have smothered her and she wants to be free to pursue her own life.

When, in rebellion, she rakes the face of her first 'John' with her fingernails, her Pimp cuts her left eye out with a scalpel (purportedly, this was filmed using a cadaver).

She is now seen wearing color co-ordinated eye patches (are we seeing the Kill Bill fabric now?)

What follows are several gratuitous and graphic sexual encounters with paying customers; although she is forced to endure these, she never participates or engages with the clients.

Using some income she has secretly set aside, she pays to learn martial arts, firearm use, and high-speed driving techniques. All of this in preparation for her inevitible revenge.

When she finds her coabductee prostitute and friend's bed drenched in blood, the time has come to fulfill her plans of revenge, and the rest of the film does just that.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 08:23 PM

September 06, 2004

Collateral (2004)

IMDB: Collateral (2004)

Plot Outline: A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in LA. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.

Jaime Fox and Tom Cruise dance an admirable interplay of the regular guy caught in the wrong place at the wrong time by the *really* wrong guy.

Max (Fox)is just working as a Cab Driver temporarily until his real plan gets settled, even though he's been at it for 12 years.

Vincent (Cruise), a professional killer, enters Max's world and everything takes on a different perspective.

Fine work from both Cruise and Fox (nice to see Cruise in all his grey and getting older glory) and a fine action packed drama.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 08:15 PM

September 04, 2004

Paparazzi (2004)

IMDB: Paparazzi (2004)

Plot Outline: A rising Hollywood actor decides to take personal revenge against a group of four persistent photographers to make them pay for almost causing a personal tragedy involving his wife and son.

What looked to be a fun revenge romp was so putrid as to provide fertilizer for putrid movies.

A newcomer to stardom, Bo Laramie (Cole Hauser), becomes the target of the modern day ruthless paparazzi, headed by a sleeze ball Rex Harper (Tom Sizemore).

His character is so way over the top as a scumbag, that it's difficult to believe in him at all.

When the young star sees his family nearly killed by the rampant paparazzi, he decides on some payback.

Worth a dollar-movie visit (once).
Rating: 3

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