REVIEW: STREET FIGHTER

CAST

Jean-Claude Van Damme (Universal Soldier)
Raul Julia (The Addams Family)
Ming-Na Wen (Agents of SHIELD)
Damian Chapa (Under Siege)
Kylie Minogue (Sample People)
Simon Callow (Ace Ventura 2)
Byron Mann (Arrow)
Andrew Bryniarski (Batman Returns)
Wes Studi (Mystery Men)

Ming-Na Wen in Street Fighter (1994)In the Southeast Asian nation of Shadaloo City, civil war has erupted between the forces of drug lord-turned General M. Bison and the Allied Nations led by Colonel William F. Guile. Bison has captured several A.N. relief workers, and via a live two-way radio broadcast, demands Guile secure a US$20 billion ransom in three days. Guile refuses and vows to track Bison down, but his assistant, Sergeant Cammy, is only partially able to pinpoint Bison’s location to the river-delta region outside the city. One hostage is Guile’s friend Carlos “Charlie” Blanka, who Bison orders taken to his lab for his captive doctor and scientist, Dhalsim, to turn into the first of his supersoldiers. Though Charlie is disfigured by the procedure, Dhalsim secretly alters his cerebral programming to maintain Charlie’s humanity.Jean-Claude Van Damme in Street Fighter (1994)American con artists Ryu Hoshi and Ken Masters attempt to swindle arms dealer Viktor Sagat by providing him with fake weaponry. Sagat sees through the ruse and has Ryu fight his cage champion, Vega, but Guile bursts in and arrests everyone present for violating a curfew. In the prison grounds, Guile witnesses Ryu and Ken fighting Sagat’s men, and recruits them to help him find Bison in exchange for their freedom, since Sagat is Bison’s arms supplier. They are given a homing device and win Sagat’s trust by staging a prison escape and faking Guile’s death. However, reporter Chun-Li and her crew, former sumo wrestler E. Honda and boxer Balrog, stumble across the plan, and, over Guile’s objections, attempt to assassinate Bison and Sagat at a party. To maintain Bison’s trust, Ryu and Ken stop the assassination and reveal the conspirators to Bison.Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia in Street Fighter (1994)Returning to his base, Bison inducts Ryu and Ken into his organization and orders Honda and Balrog imprisoned and Chun-Li taken to his quarters. Ryu and Ken break Balrog and Honda out of confinement and rush to confront Bison, who is fighting Chun-Li, but Bison escapes and releases sleeping gas, sedating them all. Guile plans his assault on Bison’s base. He is impeded by the Deputy Secretary of the A.N., who informs Guile that the decision has been made to pay Bison the ransom, but Guile proceeds with the mission alone. At the base, Dhalsim is found by a security guard, and a fight ensues. Charlie is released and he kills the guard to protect Dhalsim. Guile arrives and sneaks into the lab, where Blanka attacks him. Charlie stops when he recognizes Guile. Guile prepares to shoot Charlie to end his suffering, but Dhalsim stops him. Bison prepares to kill the hostages by unleashing Blanka on them, but Guile emerges and a gunfight ensues until the remaining A.N. forces arrive. After ordering the his allies to rescue the hostages, Guile engages Bison in a duel. As Guile and Bison fight, Ryu and Ken defeat Sagat and Vega. Bison’s computer expert Dee Jay steals Bison’s money and escapes, joined by Sagat. Bison’s bodyguard, Zangief, engages Honda in a fight until learning from Dee Jay that Bison was the true enemy, and sides with Ryu and Ken.Raul Julia in Street Fighter (1994)Guile gains the upper hand against Bison and kicks him into a bank of hard drives, electrocuting him. A revival system restores Bison and he reveals that his suit is powered by electromagnetism, enabling him to fly and fire electricity. Bison takes control of the fight and moves to deal the death blow, but Guile counters, kicking Bison into his monitor wall and overloading the base’s energy field. The hostages are rescued, but Guile stays behind to convince Dhalsim and Charlie to return with him. They refuse, with Dhalsim wising to atone for his part in mutating Charlie. Guile escapes as the base explodes and reunites with his comrades. Sagat and Dee Jay realize Bison’s money is useless “Bison dollars” that Bison had intended to use after conquering the world.Kylie Minogue in Street Fighter (1994)This is such a classic film. It is funny and fairly light hearted and takes your memory for a walk down memory lane. Don’t expect the latest special effects or cgi’s as some people do even though it is an old film but this makes it an excellent film, no flashy displays and showing off of technology.
It is just pure, simple and fun.

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REVIEW: SAMPLE PEOPLE

Sample People (2000)

CAST

Kylie Minogue (San Andreas)
Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One)
Simon Lyndon (Chopper)
David Field (The Secret Daughter)
Paula Arundell (Gods of Egypt)
Joel Edgerton (The Gift)
Nathalie Roy (Strange Planet)
Nathan Page (Hiding)

image-w384Sample People is an upbeat dramatic thriller that follows four groups of Sydney-siders as they seek escape routes over one sweltering weekend. ‘Len the dreamer’ who stutters shyly just wants the gorgeous DJ Lush Puppy. Sem is a funky musician who has a premonition warning him that his girlfriend, Cleo, is in danger. He just wants to get them both out of their inner-city world. Andy is the charismatic drifter who’s conned his way through life and stolen money from his boss, TT. He just wants to head up the coast with TT’s girlfriend, Jess, but seems to be falling deeper into a love triangle of drugs and delusion. Finally, there’s Joey, a TV affected homeboy, who reveals to his best friend Gus that he’s got a gun and will use it sooner or later. The inevitable moment will arrive whin his violent gangster fantisies become reality. As the lives of our heroes become dramatically entwined, the consequences of their actions ricochet off each other.dennis-christopherThe critics have been less than kind to ‘Sample People’ – so I had expectations that the film will be somewhat of a dud when I saw it. Many of the criticisms of the film are correct; it’s a little derivative and quite a messy film – but that’s part of it’s charm. It’s quite brave for an Australian film – it’s noisy, colourful and never boring. It contains strong performances from Nathan Page, Ben Mendelsohn, Kylie Minogue and David Field; and a brilliant soundtrack of Australian artists covering classic Australian songs. The film’s production design is excellent – it looks like a Gregg Araki film, and the editing and cinematography are relentlessly brash. It’s imperative that people go and support films such as this – a low budget Aussie indie pic, because lack of support from critics and lack of distribution and publicity will mean that it remains unseen by the young adult demographic it is intended for. ‘Sample People’ (brilliant title) is as good as any film I have seen.

 

CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: A CHRISTMAS STAR

CAST

Robert James-Collier (The Ritual)
Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster)
Erin Galway-Kendrick (The Sparticle Mystery)
Bronagh Waugh (The Fall)
Pierce Brosnan (Mars Attacks)
Liam Neeson (Batman Begins)
Kyle Minogue (Street Fighter)
Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games)

2015-11-05_new_14318965_i7_2A festive tale of magic and miracles, A Christmas Star is a treat for believers and non-believers alike. Along with a few famous faces and a story where adversity can be overcome by the gift of love, this sentimental family film will be sure to lighten your mood. Set in a Northern Irish town, the film follows  Noelle O’Hanlon (played by Erin Galway Kendrick), who discovers she can perform miracles by easing tense situations. Having been born on Christmas Day, Noelle believes she has the power to save the snow globe factory where her father works from big bad businessman Pat McKerrod (played by Rob James Collier), who is intent on knocking it down. Never scared of a little danger, much to the concern of her parents (played by Richard Clements and Bronagh Waugh), Noelle and her friends fight to save their town from the vindictive Mr McKerrod and his copycat son.christmasstar620372A predominantly Irish cast helps add a touch of authenticity to the film, with many delivering great performances. Kendrick’s casting as the curious Noelle is courageous. Collier plays the saboteur perfectly in this tale, managing to draw some laughs, especially in the scenes between him and Junior (played by John Moan), who is desperate to follow in his father’s unfortunate footsteps (and dress sense). Unexpectedly, famous stars also make small appearances, which include Liam Neeson as the grumpy narrator and Pierce Brosnan as Pat McKerrod’s fearsome boss.ch4Director Richard Elson ties together a winning formula by joining everything we love from other festive favourites. A nativity, a group of determined children, disgruntled adults with a lack of festive spirit and a catchy song are all elements of a great Christmas film. While the plot may lie on the predictable side, its cast delivers that little bit of magic and the originality it deserves. A Christmas Star is faithful to its convention, but it’s also a seasonal favourite worth watching with those you love.

REVIEW: SAN ANDREAS

CAST

Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 8)
Carla Gugino (Faster)
Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D)
Ioan Grufford (Ringer)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Paul Giamatti (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Art Parkinson (Dracula Untold)
Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine)
Kylie Minogue (Sample People)
Colton Haynes (Arrow)

Raymond “Ray” Gaines is a Los Angeles Fire Department Air Rescue pilot in the midst of a divorce from Emma and planning a trip to San Francisco with his daughter Blake. Meanwhile, Caltech seismologist Dr. Lawrence Hayes and his colleague Dr. Kim Park are at Hoover Dam doing research for a new earthquake predicting model when a nearby and previously unknown fault ruptures. This triggers a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that collapses the dam and kills Park after he rescues a little girl and throws her to Hayes as he falls to the collapsing ground. When Ray is called into work because of this, Blake goes with her mother’s new boyfriend Daniel Riddick to San Francisco, instead of Ray.Hayes discovers that the entire San Andreas Fault is shifting and will soon cause a major earthquake, thereby destroying cities along the fault line. Emma is having lunch at a hotel in Downtown LA with Daniel’s sister Susan when the fault shifts triggering a 9.1 magnitude earthquake, with Susan among the casualties during the event. Rather than reporting for emergency rescue duty, Ray saves Emma from the collapsing building, and they escape the city aboard his helicopter, barely managing to swerve around the US Bank Tower as it comes crumbling down.In San Francisco, Daniel brings Blake to his office where she meets Ben, an engineer from England seeking employment and his brother, Ollie. Daniel and Blake leave the premises, but they become trapped in their car in the parking garage after a string of earthquakes, with Blake getting her legs pinned in the event. Daniel flees but Blake is found by Ben and Ollie, who help her escape. They then find a working phone in Chinatown and Blake calls Ray and Emma, who fly to San Francisco to save her.En route, Ray’s helicopter fails, forcing him to make an emergency landing at a shopping mall in Bakersfield. Amid the chaos of looting, he steals a truck and he and Emma escape. They come across an older couple broken down on the side of the road where the San Andreas Fault has opened up, blocking the road and the couple, who happen to own an airplane, agree to give it up in exchange for Ray’s vehicle. In San Francisco, Blake, Ben and Ollie are trying to find a place to signal Ray, as the point they agreed to meet at, Coit Tower, is engulfed in flames. On approach, Ray and Emma are forced to parachute in the city when a 9.6 magnitude quake hits the city, becoming the largest earthquake in history. Much of the city is left in ruins and Blake, Ben and Ollie narrowly survive. Ray and Emma, realizing they cannot make their way through the destroyed city, are able to commandeer a boat only to see that the water in the bay is beginning to recede, indicating that a megatsunami is approaching.As it approaches, Blake, Ben, and Ollie run into a building under construction which Daniel helped design. Ray and Emma, accompanied by dozens of other people in boats, manage to make it over the wave before it crests, barely avoiding a huge cargo ship getting caught up in the wave. They then watch in horror as the giant tsunami hits the Golden Gate Bridge with the enormous cargo ship, which snaps the center span cleanly in two; Daniel is among those killed when a loose shipping container crushes him. The wave then proceeds into the ruined city, swamping cruise ships, killing thousands and flooding the building Blake is in. Emma and Ray make their way through the flooded downtown area and are finally able to locate Blake, Ben, and Ollie as the building begins to sink beneath the water. Ray dives into the building to save Blake as she becomes unconscious while trapped underwater, while Emma breaks into the building with the boat and rescues everyone just as the building also collapses; however, it appears too late as Blake has seemingly drowned. Ray, however, manages to resuscitate her, and the family is happily reunited.They head to a relief camp where the reconciled Ray and Emma talk about their future; on the remains of the Golden Gate Bridge, an American flag unfolds, giving hope that the city will recover and rebuild as rescue vehicles descend on the radically altered landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area. Then the camera zooms out to see the whole Bay Area, showing that the bay now extends south from San Jose to Santa Cruz, turning the San Francisco peninsula into an island.Typical Rock actioner with great special effects and so so acting but I don’t think anyone expected an Oscar. The Rock does what he does best and it makes for an enjoyable watch.Classic popcorn movie.