REVIEW: KIDNAPPING FREDDY HEINEKEN

CAST

Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
Sam Worthington (Avatar)
Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas)
Ryan Kwanten (True Blood)
Jemima West (The Mortal Instruments)
Billy Slaughter (The Campaign)

The film takes place in 1983, primarily in Amsterdam and centers in a group of five Dutch friends: Willem Holleeder, Cor van Hout, Jan Boellard, Martin Erkamps and Frans Meijer. Looking for easy money, they decide to kidnap Heineken owner, the tycoon Freddy Heineken in order to achieve a very high ransom. Although capturing Heineken and his driver Ab Doderer, the group eventually face difficulties due to their lack of experience in crime. They fail to negotiate with the police, and Cor feels it is his duty to take care of his pregnant wife, Sonja. After Heineken is finally released by the police, Willem and Cor flee to Paris, where they plan to remain hidden. However, Cor experiences strong emotional will to phone call Sonja, a dangerous action that could easily reveal their location to the police tracing. He is initially reluctant and has arguments with Willem, but ultimately gives in to his feelings and calls Sonja to tell her about his whereabouts, resulting in the two being arrested by the French police while leaving their apartment.

Bad reviews made me curious and tease me to watch. Especially if its about a true story (book). I am glad I watched it.  The story is thrilling at the moments it should be. From the perspective of the kidnappers: you almost feel pity for them. The great work of Sir Hopkins, although his role is limited, is as we want it to be! Superb. Maybe to short, but absolutely genius.

REVIEW: BANGKOK BOUND (aka The Bad Penny aka Knockdown)

CAST

Tom Arnold (True Lies)
Caset R. Evans (Hired Gun)
Bai Ling (The Crow)
Nick Faltas (The Kingdom)
Josh Randall (Quarry)
Lara Phillips (Road To Perdition)
Ilia Volok (Power Rangers Wild Force)

Six years ago Jack “The Ripper” Stemmons, an American boxer had his career destroyed by a St. Louis bookie. After Jack seeks revenge he is forced into hiding. Jack disappears half way around the world in Thailand. There he falls victim to the addictive spell of Bangkok’s exotic and dangerous underworld. Eventually he finds solace in the arms of a beautiful prostitute who has been set in his path by a Russian gangster in order to get Jack back in the ring, This time in Bangkok’s notorious underground fight clubs. No matter how hard Jack tries to distance himself from his past, it always hunts him down like a Bad Penny. When a mysterious fight fan appears, it’s only a matter of time before Jack’s past, present and future accelerate and collide into a twisted climax.So i just got done watching this flick . I think this was a straight 2 DVD flick . Nevertheless it was mildly entertaining and a good story enough to not get you bored . Also this is the directors first time directing a movie so i guess he managed to do a good job . The actors in the film do a good job in their roles and everyone did a decent job without over reacting . It’s one of those pass the time flick.

 

REVIEW: MADE OF HONOUR

CAST

Patrick Demsey (Transformers 3)
Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
Kevin McKidd (Dog Soldiers)
Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13)
Sydney Pollack (Eyes Wide Shut)
Chris Messina (Birds of Prey)
Kadeem Hardison (Biker Boyz)
Richmond Arquette (Fight Club)
Busy Philipps (He’s Just Not That Into You)
Whitney Cummings (The Wedding Ringer)
Kevin Sussman (The Big Bang Theory)
Kelly Carlson (Nip/Tuck)
Beau Garrett (Tron: Legacy)
Clive Russell (The Wolfman)
Sarah Wright (American Made)
Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel)
Ron Donachie (Game of Thrones)

On Halloween night, 1998, at Cornell University, Tom Bailey, Jr. (Patrick Dempsey), in costume as Bill Clinton, slips into bed with his pre-arranged date, Monica. It turns out to be the wrong woman, Monica’s roommate Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), and Tom likes her because she is so honest and does not fling herself at him. Ten years later, Hannah and Tom are best friends. Tom is very wealthy because of his creation of the “coffee collar” and gets a dime every time it is used. Tom is with a different girl every week, while Hannah focuses on her career in an art museum. He is very content with his life, suspecting that Hannah is too.After Tom takes Hannah to his father’s (Sydney Pollack) sixth wedding, Hannah tells Tom she must go to Scotland for work. While she’s gone, Tom discovers that without her, being with another woman week after week is not very fulfilling. He realizes that he loves Hannah and decides to tell her his feelings when she gets back. Upon returning, Hannah surprisingly announces she is engaged to a wealthy Scot named Colin (Kevin McKidd). Hannah asks Tom to be her maid of honor for her wedding. After discussing it with his friends, Tom decides to be her maid of honor, only to spend time with her and try to convince her she does not even know Colin, as well as making her realize that he loves her and she should be marrying him.After arriving in Scotland at Eilean Donan Castle for the wedding, Tom realizes he is running out of time to stop Hannah. He meets all of Colin’s family and must perform in a variant of the Highland Games, in which the groom must compete to prove himself worthy of his bride. Tom is also in the competition with Colin but loses in the last round. Tom takes Hannah out for a walk, hoping to tell her how he feels. The other bridesmaids interrupt for Hannah’s bachelorette party. On her Hen Night, Hannah parades around a pub and sells her kisses for change. As she goes around, Hannah then kisses Tom. Though it just started as a peck on the cheek, it turns into a passionate kiss.That night, Hannah confronts Tom to ask about the kiss. When she gets to his room, her drunk cousin is there, trying to have sex with him. Hannah leaves and Tom runs after her. He knocks on her door, pleading for her to let him in. She refuses and asks about the kiss. He tells her he knew he, not Colin, was the one for her. She refuses to say that she thinks so too and instead tells Tom that she still expects to marry Colin the next day. Tom cannot go through with watching Hannah and Colin get married so he decides to go home.When questioned about his sudden departure shortly before the wedding is to take place, Hannah informs Colin that Tom is just afraid of losing her. On the way home, Tom realizes that he must stop the wedding and goes back on horseback. Just when the priest asks for objections, Tom is sent flying off his horse and through the chapel doors. Seeing her best friend on the floor, Hannah rushes to him. As he struggles to stand up, he tells her that he loves her more than anything and that she should marry him. They then share a kiss. Hannah tells Colin that she is very sorry and that he is the perfect guy, just not the perfect guy for her. Colin’s grandmother then tells Colin, in Scots, to “deck” Tom, which he does without hesitation. Hannah and Tom eventually get married. Melissa catches the bouquet and then links arms with Tom’s dad, to which he says “Number 6?” and his lawyer says “7”. Hannah and Tom go on their honeymoon. Tom turns on the light just to see if he has got the right girl and Hannah replies “You do”. The two kiss and as Hannah turns off the light, Tom says “Oh, Monica” and Hannah replies “Oh, Bill.”For the most part Made of Honor is by the numbers romantic comedy. Sydney Pollack provides welcome comic relief and staid fatherly advice. Kathleen Quilan is great in the supporting role of Hannah’s mother Joan. Too bad she doesn’t have a bigger role. But she has a moving moment with Monaghan as Mom talks about Hannah’s late father. Made of Honor  is enjoyable for what it is: cookie cutter romantic comedy. We can suspend our disbelief, because Dempsey and Monaghan are great together.

REVIEW: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

CAST

Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror)
Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd)
Robert Sheehan (Season of The Witch)
Jemima West (United Passions)
Kevin Durand (Dark Angel)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
CCH Pounder (Avatar)
Jared Harris (The Quiet Ones)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula)
Aidan Turner (The Hobbit)

New York City teenager Clary Fray begins seeing a strange symbol, worrying her mother Jocelyn Fray and her mother’s friend Luke Garroway. Later, at a nightclub with her friend, Simon Lewis, Clary is the only person who sees Jace Wayland killing a man, who he claims is a demon. Meanwhile, Jocelyn is abducted by two men, Emil Pangborn and Samuel Blackwell, but she is able to call Clary and warn her about someone named Valentine. Jocelyn drinks a potion putting her in a comatose state. Returning home, Clary finds her mother missing and is then attacked by a demon. Clary kills it, and then Jace appears. Jace explains that he and her mother Jocelyn are both Shadowhunters (also called Nephilim), half human half angel warriors that slay demons and rule over the downworlders. Clary has inherited her powers, including the ability to use runes.Madame Dorothea, the Fray’s neighbor and a witch, deduces that Pangborn and Blackwell seek the Mortal Cup, one of the three Mortal Instruments given to the first Shadowhunter by the Angel Raziel. It allows normal humans to become half-Angel Shadowhunters. Simon, now able to see Jace, arrives and they go to Luke’s bookstore. Pangborn and Blackhell are interrogating Luke there, who claims he cares nothing for Jocelyn and only wants the Mortal Cup. The trio escapes to the Shadowhunters’ hideout, the Institute, where Clary and Simon meet two other Shadowhunters Alec and Isabelle Lightwood, and their leader, Hodge Starkweather. He reveals that Valentine Morgenstern, an ex-Shadowhunter who betrayed the Nephilim, now seeks the Mortal Cup to control both Shadowhunters and demons.Hodge instructs Jace to take Clary to the City of Bones so the Silent Brothers can probe Clary’s mind for the Mortal Cup’s location. The Brothers uncover a connection to Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn. Bane says Jocelyn had him block the Shadowhunter world from Clary’s mind. Vampires then kidnap Simon from Magnus’ party for downworlders. Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle trail them to their hideout and rescue him but are outnumbered. Werewolves (that share a truce with the Shadowhunters) intervene and save them. These are led by Luke. At the Institute, Clary shares a romantic evening with Jace, ending in a kiss. When Simon confronts Clary about it, she downplays the incident, angering Jace. Simon confesses to Clary that he is in love with her, leaving her feeling guilty because she does not reciprocate his feelings.Clary realizes the Mortal Cup is hidden inside one of Madame Dorothea’s tarot cards that were painted by her mother. The group goes to Dorothea’s apartment but she has been replaced by a demon sent to steal the Cup. Simon and Jace kill it, but Alec is critically wounded. Clary retrieves the Mortal Cup and they return to the institute. Clary gives the Mortal Cup to Hodge who betrays them by summoning Valentine Morgenstern and giving him the cup. Valentine reveals he is Clary’s father and wants her to join him. She escapes through a portal that transports her to Luke’s bookstore. Luke, revealed to be a werewolf, confirms that Valentine is her father, and says Clary had an older brother named Jonathan who was killed. Luke and his werewolf pack return to the Institute with Clary to fight Valentine, who has summoned an army of demons through a portal he created. Simon and Isabelle close the portal with help from a repentant Hodge, who sacrifices himself. Meanwhile, Magnus Bane arrives and heals Alec.Clary and Jace fight Valentine, who claims both are his children. They refuse to join him and, following a battle, Clary pushes him through the portal after giving him a fake Mortal Cup. The portal is destroyed, and Jocelyn is rescued, but she remains in a coma at the hospital. Clary tells Simon that someday someone will love him. Clary heads back home and uses her new-found powers to repair the apartment. Jace appears on his motorcycle, confessing he needs her and wants her to return to the Institute. Realizing that she belongs in the Shadowhunter world, she goes with him and they ride into the distance.The film has had some very harsh critics and after seeing the movie, I don’t understand it. Luckily I ignored the bad critics and I liked it.

REVIEW: SOLDIER OF VENGEANCE

CAST

Steven Seagal (Kill Switch)
Sarah Lind (Blade: The Series)
Lochlyn Munro (Scary Movie)
Jesse Hutch (Arrow)
Tanaya Betty (The Night Shift)
Adrian Holmes (Elysium)
Steve Bacic (Andromeda)
Gil Bellows (Sanctuary)
Ben Cotton (Stargate: Atlantis)
Adrian Hough (Underworld: Evolution)
Zak Santiago (Caprica)
Mackenzie Gray (Man of Steel)
Peter Kent (Total Recall)
Mike Dopud (Arrow)

147164_jpg-r_640_360-f_jpg-q_x-xxyxxSteven Seagal reprises his role as Seattle undercover cop Elijah Kane in this action thriller from the True Justice series. In this instalment, Kane is recruited by the CIA, who want to use his former sniper skills on a top secret mission to assassinate a high profile target. But what should have been a fairly straightforward mission soon becomes complicated when Kane and his team start taking fire from the members of a heavily armed street gang. maxresdefaultAlthough labelled a movie it’s just 2 episodes of season 2 of True Justice put together as a movie. Because it’s a 2 episode edit instead of a real movie, it doesn’t have much closer when you get to the end, if you seen the show then it makes sense, but for someone to pick it up who hasn’t it makes for a confusing viewing.True-Justice-2

 

 

REVIEW: EDGE OF TOMORROW

CAST

Tom Cruise (Oblivion)
Emily Blunt (The Girl on The Train)
Bill Paxton (Aliens)
Brendan Gleeson (Troy)
Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood)
Tony Way (The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo)
Franz Drameh (Legends of Tomorrow)
Noah Taylor (Powers)
Madeleine Mantock (Charmed)
Martin McDougall (Batman Begins)
David Kaye (Beast Wars)
Jeremy Piven (Entourage)

In 2015, a horde of aliens called the Mimics arrived in Germany and began to spread to the rest of continental Europe, killing all humans in its way. Five years later, the United Defense Force has achieved only one victory, at Verdun, and is holding the Mimics back at the English Channel. In Britain, General Brigham, head of the UDF, orders Major William Cage, a public affairs officer with no combat experience, to cover the next day’s massive assault on France. Cage objects to the dangerous assignment and threatens to put the blame on Brigham if the landing fails. Brigham orders the arrest of Cage, who is tasered when he attempts to escape. He awakes in handcuffs at Heathrow Airport, having been demoted to private, labelled a deserter, and assigned to the J squad under the command of Master Sergeant Farell.The invasion proves to be a trap. The famous Sergeant Rita Vrataski (the “Angel of Verdun”) dies before Cage’s eyes. Shortly thereafter, he uses a Claymore mine to kill an unusually large Mimic, and dies covered with its blood. He wakes up and finds himself back at Heathrow the previous morning. No one believes his story that the invasion is doomed. Cage repeats the loop of dying on the beach and waking at Heathrow over and over again, becoming more competent in combat and learning to predict what happens. During every loop, he tries to save the life of Vrataski, until eventually she sees that he knows the movements of the attacking Mimics in advance, and tells him to find her when he “wakes up”.When Cage next awakens, he finds Vrataski. She takes him to Dr. Carter, an expert in Mimic biology. Carter explains that the Mimics are a superorganism in which the “Omega” plays the role of the cerebrum, while the “Alphas” act as the ganglia through which the Omega controls the ordinary Mimics. If an Alpha is killed, the Omega turns time back a day, thus giving the Mimics a seemingly unbeatable advantage. Cage “hijacked” their ability by being doused in Alpha blood. Vrataski had herself gained this ability at Verdun, but lost it by receiving a blood transfusion after being wounded. She tells Cage that they must destroy the Omega.Over numerous iterations of the same day, Vrataski trains Cage to fight better. Frustrated by his continued failures, he retreats to London, but discovers that the Mimics will attack there after defeating the invasion force. Eventually, he has a vision of a dam in Germany (which Carter said meant that the Omega was trying to locate him). Cage and Vrataski spend many loops figuring out how to get to the dam. Cage comes to know Vrataski, who is humourless and only interested in defeating the Mimics, having lost her loved one to them. Upon reaching a point where she dies whatever they do, Cage decides to fly to the dam alone. Inside the dam, he discovers it is a trap. Ambushed by an Alpha and another Mimic, Cage drowns himself before the Alpha can bleed him out and destroy his ability to trigger a time reset.Cage and Vrataski infiltrate the MoD Main Building to obtain a prototype built by Carter that can locate the Omega. Cage finally compels General Brigham to give him the device. During the ensuing car chase, Cage discovers the Omega is under the Louvre Pyramid in Paris. However, Cage is captured and seriously injured. He wakes up in a hospital to find he has been given a transfusion and thus has lost the ability to reset the day. Vrataski frees Cage. Having recruited the J squad to help destroy the Omega before the invasion begins, they fly to Paris, where the other soldiers sacrifice themselves so that Cage and Vrataski can get into the Louvre. Just before luring away an Alpha standing between them and the submerged Omega, Vrataski kisses Cage to thank him for getting her as far as he did. The Alpha kills Vrataski and mortally wounds Cage, but he manages to drop a belt of grenades, killing the Omega.The dying Cage floats down through the water into the Omega’s blood. He awakens en route to his first meeting with Brigham, who is announcing on TV that Mimic activity has ceased following a mysterious energy surge in Paris. Cage, still a major, goes to Heathrow to find Vrataski. She greets him with the same curtness as in previous iterations, but he only chuckles gladly.One of the most ingenious film concepts ever created, a cross between ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Groundhog Day’, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is a gripping and clever blockbuster sci-fi thrill-ride accompanied with taut, fast-paced action and compelling direction. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt form a perfect chemistry that takes them from the training ground, to the battlefield through to the action-bound finale in Paris. The premise of the time-loop has been used many times before, but this time round there are enough exciting visuals and dynamic storytelling skills employed to make this one thrillingflick that is unpredictable and expertly designed.

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS (2017)

CAST

Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things)
Naomi Scott (Terra Nova)
RJ Cyler (War Machine)
Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt)
Becky G. (Empire)
Elizabeth Banks (The HUnger Games)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Bill Hader (Superbad)
David Denman (Outcast)
Sarah Gray (Legends of Tomorrow)
Wesley MacInnes (Smallville)
Garry Chalk (Arrow)
Patrick Sabongui (The Flash)
Erica Cerra (The 100)
Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Anjali Jay (Supergirl)
Caroline Cave (Van Helsing)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)
Matt Shively (American Housewife)

Twenty years after the last Power Rangers theatrical release, the sci-fi series returns with an updated visual style and reconfigured storyline, as the Saban Entertainment property moves from 20th Century Fox to Lionsgate. Unlike the TV program (still running after 24 seasons), the feature films faded away after 1997’s Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the follow-up to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, released two years earlier.
This version creatively reimagines the Power Rangers’ origins by establishing them as a team of intergalactic protectors, which certainly provides a high degree of flexibility for potential future iterations. Its worldwide appeal should assure satisfactory initial results.

An opening flashback reveals that the original Power Rangers were actually humanoid-like extraterrestrials, arriving on earth millions of years ago as Zordon (Bryan Cranston) and his team of Rangers attempted to defend the planet from power-hungry alien invader Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). When an errant meteor strikes, Zordon’s Rangers are all killed and he almost perishes before his loyal robot assistant Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) saves him by uploading his consciousness into their spacecraft’s computer system, while Rita’s body is consigned to the depths of the ocean. Digitally imprisoned within the ship indefinitely, Zordon will have to wait until the power coins that enable the development of Ranger superpowers are discovered sometime in the distant future before he can be freed.More than 60 million years later, a decrepit gold mine outside the rural California town of Angel Grove attracts the attention of outcast teen tech-whiz Billy (RJ Cyler), who’s focused on a project started by his late father to unearth a mysterious energy source within the mountainside. Billy gets some unexpected assistance from disgraced football star Jason (Dacre Montgomery), who needs his help hacking the tracking anklet the local police department forces him to wear after he’s apprehended for staging a disastrous high school prank. It turns out that some other marginalized teens are also drawn to the mountain, including bad boy Zack (Ludi Lin), ostracized cheerleader Kimberly (Naomi Scott) and (in one of the first representations of an LGBTQ superhero character) gay-questioning Trini (Becky G).
After Billy’s homemade explosive device blows away the wall of the mine, they discover the buried power coins and quickly begin developing unexpected super-abilities, including incredible strength and agility. It’s not until they discover Zordon’s buried spaceship and encounter Alpha 5, however, that they begin to understand their anointed role as Zordon’s next team of Power Rangers. As the kids struggle to control their newfound talents, the revival of Rita from deep beneath the ocean snaps their situation into sharp focus when she arrives in Angel Grove seeking Zordon and begins destroying the town. If the Rangers can’t find a way to come together and form a cohesive team, they’ll never be able to defeat Rita and save the world from her destructive ambitions.
For longtime fans, the newest installment preserves some of the most beloved characteristics of the original franchise, updated to reflect technological advances. The Rangers’ color-coded power suits now benefit from nanoparticle properties and the robotic mecha assault vehicles known as Zords that they pilot take on enhanced battle capabilities, while Rita’s menacing sidekicks the Putties and the gigantic warrior Goldar get more polished, fluid CGI representations. (And yes, the “Go Go Power Rangers” theme song makes a triumphant return.)

Screenwriter John Gatins succeeds in effectively distilling the Power Rangers’ sprawling mythology into a manageable scope and dialing back the campy humor and martial arts fixations that characterized the TV series and liberally informed the feature films. The current version instead emphasizes more realistic dramatic situations by imbuing each Ranger with some type of personal issue. Whether they’re dealing with bullying, alienation or sexual orientation, these teens are more three-dimensional than their Ranger predecessors.Standing out in a field of largely emerging young talent, Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) strikes a heartfelt balance between Billy’s obsessive and creative tendencies, playing them against one another for both humor and emotional impact. Cranston as the pompous alien with unrealistic expectations and Hader as the ever-optimistic robot form a resourceful if unexpected comedic team, but can’t quite match Banks for Rita’s sheer delightfulness , she is having fun and it shows oin the big screen.Israelite, building on his experience with teen sci-fi feature Project Almanac, orchestrates a vastly more complex array of characters, action set pieces and technical resources for a combined effect that maintains dramatic tension. CGI characters and special effects sequences by Weta Workshop are seamlessly integrated and consistently thrilling. This is a brilliant retelling the classic story for a new age.

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS NINJA STEEL (SEASON 24)


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MAIN CAST

William Shewfelt (The Final Days of Elliot Morrison)
Nico Greetham (From Within)
Zoe Robins (The Killian Curse)
Peter Adrian Sudarso (Exchange)
Chrysti Ane (A Housekeeper’s Revenge)
Caleb Bendit (Game of Silence)
Chris Sean Reid (Matador)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jordi Webber (The Dead Lands)

Ninja-Steel-3RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Mike Edward (Filthy rich)
Richard Simpson (Nuns on The Run)
Jacque Drew (Shortland Street)
Byron Coll (Jack The Giant Slayer)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Amanda Billing (Find me A Maori Bride)
Ian Hughes (Xena)
Lori Dungey (Hercules: TLJ)
Stanley Andrew Jackson (The Company we Keep)
Daniel Sing (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Mac Jeffrey Ong (The Mummy 3)
Nick Beckwith (Robot Club)
Geoff Dolan (Spooked)
Taylor Barrett (Filfthy Rich)
Ruby Love (Burying Brian)
Claire Chitham (Fresh Eggs)
Paul Glover (Spartacus)
Jodie Rimmer (Young Hercules)

whenevil31_351With all the hype and that’s built up  for the 2017 movie, it’s easy to overlook that Power Rangers has never really gone away.  Power Rangers has been going strong for over twenty years, with a new season debuting almost every year since 1993. 2017 is no different, with Power Rangers Ninja Steel kicking off the latest iteration of the long-running franchise. .Ninja Steel does a great job of jumping right into the action, indulging in the sort of “just go with it” storytelling that works best with Power Rangers. In quick order, we’re introduced to a number of high concepts – an intergalactic battle game show of monsters, a mystical Spirit Crystal that contains magic throwing stars – without worrying about overexplaining any of it. The best Power Rangers seasons understand that fans will just go with whatever opening concept it throws out, and Ninja Steel gets that.What makes it work as things go on, though, is the strength of the storytelling within the over-the-top premise. The opening episodes do a good job of introducing our core characters, with the focus falling on Red Ranger Brody as he escapes from the evil Galvanax’s space station. Brody has spent most of his life a prisoner following his dad’s defeat, and the story opens as he finally finds a chance to return to Earth and take up his father’s cause to defend the legendary Ninja Steel.The rest of the team, as is often the case early on, are little more than sketches, but they come across as likable enough. The standout is would-be magician and Blue Ranger Preston, with Peter Sudarso giving the team its most carefree, entertaining member. It helps that this is a solid group of actors, with no one delivering a wooden or unengaged performance; everyone seems to be aware of and enjoying the type of show Power Rangers is..This sense of fun and comfort expands to the supporting cast as well, with not a weak link in the chain so far. Victor Vincent and Monty bring the sort of lighthearted comedy that all of the best civilian friend characters have over the years, while series veteran Kelson Henderson is reliable as ever as the goofy shapeshifter Mick. There’s nothing to complain about in the action department, with the Ninja Steel Rangers delivering several great fight scenes throughout. The action choreography is solid, and it’s always fun to see the Rangers use their Zords individually in battle. Visually, the Ninja Steel suits themselves are great, and the Zords are diverse in design and function. Ninja steel from the first 8 episodes has shown it be a great season, the Introduction of The Gold Ranger in 7 and 8 was great, and will ne nice to see what he brings to the team as the season continues. So far Ninja Steel has become yet another great Power Rangers season.ninjasteel-708-16x9

 

REVIEW: BALLAD OF A GUNFIGHTER

CAST

Robert Carradine (Django Unchained)
Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Clu Gulager (The Virginian)
Richard Epcar  (Batman Unlimited)
Kerrigan Mahan (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

whenevil31_351Christopher Coppola has made a wise choice – he has not made a nostalgic “Western”; instead, he has approached the Cassidy story as a slice of what we used to call ‘Americana’; or what older critics once called ‘homespun’. As the film unraveled, I found myself more and more reminded of the great “Hallmark Theater” version of Mark Twain’s “Roughing It”, with James Garner narrating. Both these films remind us that, although films about the ‘old west’ are probably always to be mythic for Americans, they need not be ‘westerns’; they can very well be just films about what it meant to be American in that time, in that place. I never feel pandered to, watching this film; there’s no effort to shove the Boyd-Cassidy legacy down our throats, no irony, no camp. Consequently, I get a sense of these characters as having walked – or ridden horseback – across some real western America I too could have walked a hundred years ago.

Given that, the plainness of the film – it positively avoids anything we have come to call “style” – is all to its favor; and the plain acting of the performers fits neatly in with this; gosh, it really does feel like some story told around a campfire on a cattle drive – no visual dressing, just the quirks and good humor – and sudden violence – that we expect from the good narration of an adventure yarn. I was very pleasantly surprised by this film, and if the viewer sets aside encultured expectations, he or she will find considerable pleasure in it. I would have given this film 9-stars, but I’ll give it a ten just because most reviewers here have missed the point completely; and I urge them to set their memories of Boyd aside and give this film another chance.

 

REVIEW: THE DEATH MERCHANT

CAST

Lawrence Tierney (Reservoir Dogs)
Melody Munyon (House of The Rising Sun)
Martina Castle (Total Exposure)
Monika Schnarre (Andromeda)
Richard Genelle (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

UYUYUA nasty “businessman” strives to get a deal back on track after an archaeologist removes a computer chip from an artifact before it is stolen. KGJKTGKYUKYTAlways enjoyed seeing Lawrence Tierney in the film, “Dillinger” and how evil he looked and cold blooded as he portrayed John Dillinger. In this film, Tierney plays the role as Ivan Yates who is involved in trying to secure a computer chip which involves nuclear power and he is constantly having people killed who get in his way. Ivan has problems with breathing and needs oxygen whenever he gets upset or has an attack and he also manages to have very sexy young women around him at all times. Also noteworthy Richard Genelle who would go on to play Ernie on Power Rangers has a small part too.