REVIEW: 8MM 2

CAST

Jonathan Schaech (Legends of Tomorrow)
Lori Heuring (Just Go With It)
Bruce Davison (X-Men)
Julie Benz (Angel)
Zita Görög (Underworld)
Valentine Pelka (The Pianist)
Robert Cavanah (Highlander: The Raven)

An engaged couple, Tish and David (Heuring and Schaech), take a short vacation to Budapest. David is counsel to Tish’s father, an ambassador who does not approve of their relationship, although this does not affect the couple’s relationship. While in Budapest, the two indulge in many sexual activities, eventually engaging in a threesome with a local model named Risa, in a hotel in Alhambra. The sexual tryst becomes a personal issue when they receive a letter containing pictures of the ménage à trois. Realizing this escapade could ruin their careers, as well as the career of Tish’s father, they venture deep into Budapest to find Risa. On their journey, they encounter their blackmailer, the housekeeper of the hotel, who told them about Risa.8mm2f_stl_6_hHe demands a sum of $200,000 for the pictures he took, and takes Tish hostage before running off, though he eventually lets her go. The blackmailer encounters David and the men begin firing at each other, but the blackmailer escapes. Going into his apartment, they find the man shot dead. A police officer, detective Kovač, later contacts them and seems to suspect them of murdering the man. Later on they find Risa dead in her apartment and presume the entire ordeal is over. Just as they begin to celebrate, another mysterious man calls them and demands $1,000,000 in exchange for the pictures, which they agree to pay through Tish’s contacts and with the help of Kovač. They arrange to meet at an old warehouse, but they do not see the man when they get there.8mm5

David tells Tish to stay in the car while he goes looking for the man inside, handing her a gun. After he disappears into the warehouse, Kovač (who had been following them) appears at Tish’s side of the car and knocks on the window. She informs him that the man said there should be no police, but Kovač tells her that if she wants to see David leave the building alive, she must let him go. After a while Tish hears gunfire and runs into the building, shooting at an SUV which is exiting the warehouse. She then finds Kovač dead inside. Later the mysterious man calls her again and says he has David, and demands a sum of $5,000,000 for his safe return, otherwise he will kill him. She agrees and pays the money.

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The man informs her that David is tied up and dying in the basement of a store in Budapest. When Tish locates it, she discovers David tied up in the basement, with limited oxygen being fed to him via a mask. She frees him, and they thereafter continue their lives together, without any further interference from the man. On Christmas, Tish and her siblings go shopping in the city, and plan on going for a drink with David, however he calls Tish and informs her he will be working late. Tish decides she will continue shopping and meet David at home. When she boards a subway train in the evening, she notices in the train-car on the rails next to hers, the porn-store owner David knows, a Russian pimp she had tried to work for, Risa, Kovač, and the hotel’s housekeeper. They are smiling as David enters the train-car to join them, and it is made clear to Tish that they plotted everything to get their hands on the $6,000,000 she had given them throughout the events. As the train pulls away, David notices that Tish has seen him and the whole gang.image-w856Not a bad movie , although it has no relation to the original 8mm movie. This movie was originally named The Velvet side of hell. Until Sony pictures acquired it and renamed it . This movie has a twist some could expect but most wont I think. All in all it is worth a watch.

REVIEW: 8MM

 

CAST

Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider)
Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator)
James Gandolfini (Killing Them Softly)
Peter Stormare (2001 Maniacs)
Anthony Heald (The Silence of The Lambs)
Myra Carter (The Nanny)
Catherine Keener (Out of Sight)
Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead)
Amy Morton (Up In The Air)
Torsten Voges (Funny People)
Luis Saguar (Flawless)
Chris Bauer (True Blood)

Bob Clendenin (Birds of Prey)

Private investigator Tom Welles is contacted by Daniel Longdale, attorney for wealthy widow Mrs. Christian, whose husband has recently died. While clearing out her late husband’s safe, she and Mr. Longdale find an 8 mm movie which appears to depict a real murder, but Mrs. Christian wants to know for certain. After looking through missing persons files, Welles discovers the girl is Mary Ann Mathews, and visits her mother, Janet Mathews. While searching the house with her permission, he finds Mary Ann’s diary, in which she says she went to Hollywood to become a film star. He asks Mrs. Mathews if she wants to know the truth, even if it is the worst. She says that she wants to know what happened to her daughter.In Hollywood, with the help of an adult video store employee called Max California, Welles delves into the underworld of illegal pornography. Contact with a sleazy talent scout named Eddie Poole leads them to director Dino Velvet, whose violent pornographic films star a masked man known as “Machine.” To gain more evidence, Welles pretends to be a client interested in commissioning a hardcore bondage film to be directed by Velvet and starring Machine. Velvet agrees and arranges a meeting in New York City.At the meeting, attorney Longdale appears and explains that Christian had contracted him to procure a snuff film. Longdale says that he told Velvet that Welles might come looking for them. Realizing that the snuff film was authentic, Welles knows he is at risk. Velvet and Machine produce a bound and beaten California, whom they abducted to force Welles to bring them the only surviving copy of the illegal film. Once he delivers it, they burn it and kill California. As they are about to kill Welles, he tells them that Christian had paid $1,000,000 for the film. Velvet, Poole, and Machine received much less and that Longdale kept the major portion. In an ensuing fight, Velvet and Longdale are both killed; Welles wounds Machine and escapes.1_RP4FlJI3nlAIh3PAPYWZtgHe calls Mrs. Christian to tell her his discoveries and recommends going to the police, to which she agrees. Arriving at her estate, Welles is told that Mrs. Christian committed suicide after hearing the news. She left envelopes for the Mathews family and Welles: it contains the rest of his payment and a note reading, “Try to forget us.” Welles decides to seek justice for the murdered girl by killing the remaining people involved. Tracking down Poole, Welles takes him to the shooting location and tries to kill him. He calls Mrs. Mathews to tell her about her daughter and asks for her permission to punish those responsible. With that, he returns and pistol-whips Poole to death, burning his body and pornography from his car. Welles traces Machine and attacks him at home. Welles unmasks him, revealing a bald, bespectacled man named George. He says, “What did you expect? A monster?” George goes on telling Welles that he has no ulterior motive for his sadistic actions; he does them simply because he enjoys it. They struggle, and Welles kills him.O8wSinxAfter returning to his family, Welles receives a letter from Mrs. Mathews, thanking him and suggesting he and she were the only ones to care about Mary Ann.8mm58mm is in no way for the faint of heart, there are some extremely disturbing images. Nicholas Cage did a great job, but Joaquin really takes the show here. He made his character incredibly believable and almost sympathetic. I would recommend this film for a watch, it’s a great thriller.

REVIEW: ROBOTIX: THE MOVIE

CAST

Michael Bell (Tangled)
Arthur Burghardt (Network)
Corey Burton (Aladdin)
Victor Caroli (My Little Pony)
Peter Cullen (Transformers)
Pat Fraley (I Am Legend)
Frank Welker (The Lion King)
Neil Ross (Centurions)
Susan Silo (James Bond Jr)
Jason Naylor (Stan By Me)

Note: Robotix The Series and The Movie are the same thing, The series of shorts were put together to form this movie.01 bAn Earthling crew of astronauts lose control, and crash land onto the warring planet of Skallor, housing alien races known as the “Protectons” and “Terracores.” Huge war robots, the Robotix, are used to re-animate the souls of the deceased alien races. As several of the astronaut crew stray towards evil-doing, the good members use the help of the Robotix to help them get back to Earth.

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Having watched Robotix recently for the first time in years I can say I was surprised by how frankly brutal it was. The animators must have figured that, hey, these are robots so we’ll be as mean as we want to them. Even shows like Transformers balked at showing too much violence done to their metallic heroes. Not so with Robotix: when one robot swings a huge pipe at another robot’s back, it connects. Legs, arms, and heads are ripped off, faces are slammed into the dirt. Startlingly, most of this violence is done to the protagonists. The villains constantly get the better of the heroes and deal out vicious poundings — even to the “female” robot. 10evileye081Perhaps more startlingly, the violence is dished out in fair portions to the humans. Not even the little boy, Zaru, is safe. In one scene, he is quite harshly knocked aside by the leader of the evil robots. In a later scene, the leader of the good robots slams one bad guy human into a wall with great force, apparently killing him. My favorite scene involves the leaders of the rival human forces, Exedore and Kanawk, the “hero” and the “villain” respectively. They are in a ship which has lost atmosphere. Kanawk shatters the hatch of Exedore’s capsule to suffocate him. So Exedore pulls out a gun and blasts the hatch off of Kanawk’s capsule! For a cartoon “hero” in 1985 that’s quite a thing to do! All in all, it has its flaws but it is surprisingly well-made for a cartoon based on an unpopular and widely unknown toy.

REVIEW: INHUMANOIDS

CAST(VOICES)

Michael Bell (Rugrats)
William Callaway (Annie Hall)
Dick Gautier (Transformers)
Ed Gilbert (The Rescuers)
Chris Latta (G.I. Joe)
Neil Ross (Centurions)
Stanley Ralph Ross (Batman 60s)
Richard Saunders (Valley Girl)
Susan Silo (Lilo & Stitch)
John Stephenson (Centurions)
Charlie Adler (The Super Hero Squad Show)

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The story begins with the discovery of a monstrous creature encased in an amber monolith buried in Big Sur national park, which is recovered by the government-funded Earth Corps, a geological sciences research team. The finding spurs corrupt industrialist Blackthorne Shore to clandestinely uncover a second monster buried elsewhere — a giant vine-like creature called Tendril, who attacks the amber block’s public unveiling in San Francisco to release the macabre colossus trapped within, D’Compose. They rampage through city streets before fleeing into the watery darkness of the bay. Earth Corps member Liquidator returns to Big Sur in search of further clues to the origin of these monsters, whereupon he discovers a race of sentient trees, the Redwoods, who explain that they are members of a subterranean population known as Mutores, and that their kind sealed the evil Inhumanoids Tendril and D’Compose beneath the Earth ages ago. The malevolent Inhumanoid leader, Metlar, remains imprisoned below the surface, paralyzed by the magnetic field of a Mutore duo named Magnokor.

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A nocturnal assault by Tendril demolishes the Earth Corps base, prompting a chase into the depths of the Earth, but even with the help of another Mutore species, the rock-bodied Granites, they are forced to retreat back to the surface. When their budget is summarily cut by Senator Masterson — a crooked politician in Blackthorne Shore’s shady pocket — they are approached by Sandra Shore, Blackthorne’s sister, who has learned of her brother’s sinister plot to liberate Metlar. Funded by Sandra, the team constructs new vehicles and embarks back below the Earth’s surface, tracking D’Compose and Tendril to the city of the Granites, where an ensuing battle frees Metlar from Magnokor’s hold. Having pilfered Earth Corps’ engineering schematics via his ties to Masterson, Blackthorne joins the fray, now equipped with his own battle-suit whose magnetic powers he wields against Metlar, only to be derailed by Tendril’s interference while Sandra falls victim to the mutative touch of D’Compose.

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Earth Corps manages to escape and forms an alliance with the Granites. Herc accompanies them to D’Compose’s domain of Skellweb while Auger and Liquidator venture into Metlar’s kingdom of Infernac, and Bright convinces the Redwoods to help defend the surface world against attempts by the Inhumanoids to acquire sources of power. Herc and the Granites are able to defeat D’Compose’s reanimated soldiers and restore Sandra to normal. Blackthorne pursues Auger and Liquidator to Infernac and tries to use his magnetic powers on Metlar once again but is foiled by Magnokor and taken captive by Metlar. Acting on information forced from Blackthorne, the Inhumanoids raid a Soviet air base, stealing a handful of nuclear missiles. A seemingly repentant Blackthorne warns Earth Corps that the missiles are intended to shatter the divide between the Earth’s crust and mantle, but upon travelling into the Earth to preclude this catastrophe, the team discovers that Blackthorne has set them up and that the missiles are actually meant to detonate the planet’s core. Earth Corps is able to convince D’Compose to allow them access to Infernac — a deal made easier by the fact that the Inhumanoid already fears for his own survival in the face of Metlar’s insane plan — and they manage to defuse enough of the missiles to thwart the explosive scheme.

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Following a climactic battle, D’Compose is re-sealed in amber casing and Tendril is imprisoned by the Granites. Finally, Magnokor succeeds in neutralizing Metlar even as Blackthorne is arrested by Earth Corps. Senator Masterson provides the Earth Corps team with a new headquarters facility, but a tissue sample secured from Tendril during their first encounter with the monster has mysteriously gone missing.

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The theme song is decent, which to me is the only weak part of the show it’s not really memorable like most animated show themes I know and love. The only bad things are this show just like the toy line didn’t last long which I though was too bad because I really felt this franchise had potential to be more if given more time. We could of had new monsters good and evil, may’be a few new Earth Core characters, plots could been even darker, characters more developed; they really lost an opportunity for another big franchise. Another is that it doesn’t have a proper release with all the episodes, hopefully somewhere around the line we will have it if possible. I think I wouldn’t mind seeing is a revival to the franchise.

REVIEW: VISIONARIES: KNIGHTS OF THE MAGICAL LIGHT

CAST (VOICES)

Peter Cullen (Transformers)
Jim Cummings (Shrek)
Susan Blu (Cars)
Roscoe Lee Browne (Babe)
Jennifer Darling (Aladdin)
Jonathan Harris (Lost In Space)
Michael McConnohie (Akira)
Neil Ross (Centurions)
Malachi Throne (Catch Me if You Can)
Beau Weaver (The Substitute)

The story is set on the planet Prysmos, an advanced society where all electronics have failed and the people are forced to rely on the old magics. The Visionaries consist of two groups of knights — the Spectral Knights and the Darkling Lords. Everyone who wishes to gain magic is invited to a competition by the wizard, Merklynn. After surviving traps, dangerous creatures, and each other, survivors on both sides are rewarded. The front plate of their armor is embedded with unique animal totems, which they can turn into. The animals were selected by Merklynn based on their personalities or abilities they exhibited during the competition.

Knights that had staffs were told to dip them into an energy well, enchanting them with various magic; its power activated by the holder reciting a special verse. Any staff-wielding knight can activate any staff, as long as he casts the spell properly. In one episode, Darkstorm made use of Leoric’s staff, while in another, Cryotek used three different power staffs; his own, and those of Witterquick and Cindarr. In the comics, the staffs could be used as many times as needed, without any need to recharge them, but in the cartoon, only one use was permitted before they needed to return to Iron Mountain to recharge them – which caused a lot of tension, particularly on the part of Darkstorm.The knights without, on the other hand, could not use staffs but can infuse vehicles with magical powers, such as the magical dungeon of the Darkling Lords’ Dagger Assault. There is no limit on vehicle usage, unlike the power staffs. Also, the spells given for the vehicles on the boxes of the toys were never used in either the comics or the series. In the comics, the female knights had shields which worked the same way as the staffs, but in the TV series they did not, and in “The Power Of The Wise”, Virulina was seen piloting the Sky Claw. Galadria was also seen in “Horn Of Unicorn, Claw Of Dragon” doing some repair/maintenance work on the Capture Chariot. Any vehicle-driving knight can drive any vehicle, and both Feryl and Ectar have been seen operating the Dagger Assault. When the Darkling Lords first discovered the vehicles, Darkstorm wanted the honour of piloting the Sky Claw himself, but it didn’t work; he explained “the engine works but the magic avoids me!” Reekon’s response was, “it appears that any Visionary can pilot a vehicle, but Mortdred and I are your only knights who can breathe magic into the metal.” In the case of the Dagger Assault, driven by Reekon, things are more confusing, as in some episodes it is not clear who is driving, or, if it is indeed Reekon, where he is driving it from. Normally, he drives it from one of the two frontal compartments, but in “Feryl Steps Out”, he is in the Dagger Dart while Darkstorm and Virulina are in the frontal compartments, and stranger still is “The Power Of The Wise” in which Darkstorm and Cravex are in those two sections while it is Lexor in the Dagger Dart.

This will bring back many memories if you caught the series on the first run and the fact that the series got a DVD release is an absolute revelation, this will be a fine box set in anyones collection and will remind people that they simply do not make cartoons like this anymore. Childrens entertainment today simply pales in comparison.

REVIEW: THE CAPTIVE

CAST
Joseph Morgan (The Originals)
Matt Ryan (Constantine)
William Troughton (Tina and Bobby)
Al Weaver (Doom)

Self-Contained films can sometimes be hard to pull off but when done right they can be a real surprise. Luke Massey’s The Captive aka Armistice is one such example of a seemingly simple premise having much darker and more affecting themes than what’s on the surface.captive-1Royal Marine A.J. Budd (Joseph Morgan) awakens in a mysterious house. In the kitchen is a sandwich and a cup of coffee. Then the clock strikes 9am and our bewildered star finds himself fighting with a grotesque creature. Then it happens again. The same scenario. It plays out the same way every day. Exhausted, frustrated and puzzled, our hero marine must unlock just what’s going on and why. Who is keeping him captive and why? And what are these beasts attacking him every day?Budd-telephoneOn the face of it The Captive is a drama in the guise of a horror but take a look underneath and you’ll find an intensely thought-provoking story about how war affects a soldier. Morgan makes a somewhat lonely role impressive for the most part – some moments of drama feel a bit overcooked at times and he’s not helped by the odd ropey moments of dialogue but these are small niggles. CAPTIVE-002

As the story develops it become apparent the symbolism and metaphors mean a lot more than first appears. The house, for one, could be a construct created by his psyche. His way of containing everything he’s experience at war. Meanwhile the creatures he battles each day could be seen as the demons he’s facing for the monstrous things he’s done.UntitledWith a tight running time and no fat to trim, The Captive is a thought-provoking tale of the horrors soldiers must deal with played out as a creature feature of sorts.

REVIEW: UNDERWORLD 5: BLOOD WARS

 

CAST

Kate Beckinsale (Total recall)
Theo James (Divergent)
Charles Dance 9Dracula Untold)
Lara Pulver (Da Vinci’s Demons)
Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones)
Bradley James (Izombie)
Peter Andersson (The Girl Who Played With Fire)
James Faulkner (X-Men: First Class)
Daisy Head (The Syndicate)
Oliver Stark (Into The Badlands)

The remaining vampire covens are on the verge of being wiped out by the Lycans. Both species are searching for Selene: the vampires seeking justice for the deaths of Viktor and Marcus, and the Lycans, led by Marius, intending to use her to locate Eve, whose blood holds the key to building an army of vampire-werewolf hybrids.Semira, a council member of the Eastern Coven, wishes for Selene to be granted clemency so that she can train the Eastern Coven’s neophyte Death Dealers. To that end, Semira enlists Thomas to plead Selene’s case before the full council. Thomas succeeds and Selene arrives at the Eastern Coven with David. Selene is betrayed by Varga, Semira’s ally and lover, who poisons her and slaughters the Death Dealers at the behest of Semira. Semira begins draining Selene of her blood, which she intends to drink to gain Selene’s power, but is interrupted when Thomas and David come to Selene’s rescue. In the ensuing fight, Thomas is killed delaying Semira and Varga so that David can escape with an incapacitated Selene.The pair seeks refuge with the Nordic Coven. They are pursued by Alexia, an Eastern Coven vampire dispatched by Semira. Selene and David arrive at Vador, the stronghold of the Nordic Coven, where Vidar, the Elder, reveals that David was the son of the High Elder Amelia, making him the legitimate heir to the Eastern Coven.The Nordic Coven is attacked by Marius and the Lycans, who were alerted by Alexia, Marius’s mole and lover. The Nordic vampires, led by Vidar’s daughter Lena, fight with Selene and David. Selene engages in single combat with Marius, who demands to know Eve’s location; Selene insists she does not know the location, being confirmed by Alexia by tasting some of Selene’s blood. Marius sounds the retreat for his troops and Selene, wishing to pass on to the sacred world, slides herself under the now-broken ice of the lake.Upon Alexia’s return to the Eastern Coven’s castle, she informs Semira of the events at the Nordic Coven. Semira kills her, revealing to have always known of Alexia’s treachery, and has been manipulating Alexia for her own ends. David returns to the Eastern Coven and presents himself as its rightful heir. Semira is arrested by none other than Varga, whose ultimate loyalty is to the rightful leadership of the coven. She is subsequently imprisoned in the dungeons. The coven comes under attack by Marius and his forces. The Lycans blow holes in the castle’s walls, letting in sunlight, killing most of the vampires. David continues fighting, only to find himself face to face with Marius. Selene suddenly reappears, in a Nordic appearance and coat over her normal Death Dealer uniform. It is revealed that the Nordic Coven revived her through their passing to sacred world ritual and in doing so new abilities are enabled. She swiftly begins dispatching the Lycans, as the rest of the Nordic Coven, led by Lena, join the fight. While Selene is making her way through the castle, the guards in the dungeons are killed by Semira, who then escapes from her cell. Selene and David find Marius, but David is waylaid by Semira. As Marius and Selene’s fight continues, a drop of Marius’s blood lands on Selene’s lips. She is suddenly flooded by a series of blood memories in which Marius finds Michael. She sees Marius capturing Michael and slitting his throat in order to collect his blood and consume it. Believing that Michael is dead, she bites her own wrist, using her own blood memories of the time she has spent with Michael, Eve, and David to fuel her rage. Although Marius has transformed, Selene rips out his spine, killing him instantly. David manages to kill Semira. He shows Marius’s severed head to the Lycans, and forcefully tells them to retreat.In the aftermath, Selene, David, and Lena are chosen as the new Elders. It is revealed that after being resurrected at the Nordic Coven, Selene was reunited with Eve, who has been following her mother through their telepathic link.Dark, tense and in true under world style. Great viewing and good to see there’s the potential for more!