REVIEW: THE WRONG GUYS

CAST

Louie Anderson (Coming to America)
Richard Lewis (Drunks)
Richard Belzer (The Flash 90s)
Tim Thomerson (Rrancers)
Brion James (Crimewave)
Franklyn Ajaye (The Burbs)
Biff Manard (Trancers II)
Art LaFleur (Cannery Row)
Tim Van Patten (The Master)
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters)
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)

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Thirty years ago Louie Anderson was the leader of a group of Cub Scouts, Den 7: “The Owl Patrol”, consisting of himself, neurotic Richard, ladies man Belz, smooth talking Franklin and surfer dude Tim. Although an accomplished troupe, they fail in their attempt to earn the coveted “Arrow of Light” badge by camping on Mount Whitehead, getting lost and having to call their mothers for help. They also face daily harassment from Glen and Mark Grunsky, two bullies that were kicked out of the den. Decades later they have all gone their separate ways, except for Louie who lives in the same house and reminisces about his glory days as a Cub Scout. He decides to track down all his old friends and have a reunion. Belz is a famous fashion designer, Richard is a dentist, Tim teaches surfing and Franklin is a therapist with a radio show. When they gather at Louie’s house they are shocked to see how little it has changed and even more shocked when he proposes that they go on a camping trip to finally conquer Mount Whitehead.9827_5Meanwhile, a dangerous criminal named Duke Earle has escaped prison with two accomplices. After shooting up a restaurant he decides they should lie low in a cabin on Whitehead, where his uncle used to live. While shopping for supplies, the scouts are spotted by the Grunsky brothers, who decide to secretly follow them and pull a prank. On the mountain the scouts have a rough time adjusting to the wilderness after their sheltered lives. The Grunskys fare little better, being terrorized by a squirrel who steals all their food. When Duke sees the Den 7 flag the scouts are flying, he mistakes them for section seven of the FBI and plans to kill them when the sun goes down. After night falls, Belz and Tim sneak off to check out a nearby health spa for women. Their attempts to woo two attractive ladies instead earn them the ire of Ginger and Marsha, the Grunskys’ wives who are vacationing there, and the two scouts barely escape. Louie and Richard notice them gone and believe they have been abducted by “One Armed Pete”, a legendary axe-murderer (and it turns out, Duke’s uncle). They are unable to awaken Franklin, who has taken one of Richard’s sleeping pills and set off without him, Richard complaining the whole time. At Duke’s cabin they meet one of his accomplices and learn of the mistaken identification that has set Duke on them.4c5f0150c0c1Duke meanwhile has made his way to the scouts’ camp and machine-guns their tent, with Franklin still inside. When Louie and Richard return they initially believe him to be dead, until he awakens and Belz and Tim arrive. The Owl Patrol tries to flee the mountain, but realize that their engine has been stolen by the Grunskys, who only agree to return it if their status as Cub Scouts is restored. When trying to retrieve the engine they witness Duke killing one of his accomplices and flee into the woods while Duke swears they won’t get off the mountain alive. The Grunskys’ own car is sabotaged by the same squirrel as before, who chews through the wires of their engine. Fleeing through the woods, the scouts tumble down a hill and discover their missing pack, the loss of which led to their failure thirty years ago. It contains a map, compass, and other survival tools, and the troupe decides that this is fate giving them another chance to “beat this goddamn mountain”. They build a raft to escape down river, but an attack from Duke separates Tim from the group. He ends up surfing part of the raft down a waterfall, fulfilling a prophecy made earlier by his psychic girlfriend about a “wave that never ends”. Tim survives and makes it to a Park Ranger station, but it is abandoned. He calls the police, but they have had too many conflicting reports about Duke’s whereabouts and dismiss his claims. The other scouts trick Duke with a prank the Gunskys pulled on Richard when they were kids, baiting him with a dollar on the ground and suspending him from a tree with a snare trap. However the squirrel returns yet again and chews through the ropes, freeing Duke. He prepares to execute the Owl patrol, but is suddenly set upon and beaten by their mothers, whom Tim has summoned as a last resort. The FBI arrives and tells them that there is a large reward on Duke’s head, which the scouts decide should go to Louie because he is the one who got them through the ordeal. In the final scene the seven scouts of the Owl Patrol are finally awarded the Arrow of Light for their deeds, in front of a cheering crowd of scouts.69376aa2bec5No, “The Wrong Guys” isn’t the funniest movie, and it may not be the most well made of films, but it is a fun movie to watch. It’s stupid, good, clean fun made by a bunch of comics who clearly just wanted to do a movie together.

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REVIEW: AIR AMERICA

CAST

Mel Gibson (Mad Max)
Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man)
Nancy Travis (So I Married An Axe Murderer)
Ken Jenkins (Gone In 60 Seconds)
David Marshall Grant (Forever Young)
Lane Smith (Lois & Clark)
Art LaFleur (Trancers II)
Ned Eisenberg (Last man Standing)
Marshall Bell (Total Recall)
Tim Thomerson (Dollman)

 

unnamedIn late 1969, Billy Covington (Robert Downey Jr.) works as a helicopter traffic pilot for a Los Angeles radio station. When he breaks several safety regulations by flying low, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration suspends his pilot’s license. However, his piloting skills, bravery and disregard for the law are noticed by a mysterious government agent, who tells Billy that he can get his license back if he accepts a job in Laos, working for a “strictly civilian” company called Air America. It is readily apparent that Air America is a front for CIA operations in Laos. Unemployed and unable to find work, Billy takes the job. In Laos, he is introduced to Air America’s unorthodox pilots and aircraft, being taken under the wing of Gene Ryack (Mel Gibson), a cynical and eccentric pilot and an arms dealer who uses official flights to buy black market weapons for his private cache. His dream, which he refers to as his “retirement plan”, is to make a sale big enough so that he can afford to quit his job at Air America.air-america-1990-turkce-dublaj-izle-464

The next day, Senator Davenport (Lane Smith) arrives in Laos on a “fact finding mission”, to investigate rumors about Air America transporting drugs on behalf of Laotian forces. Major Lemond (Ken Jenkins) and Rob Diehl (David Marshall Grant), CIA leaders of Air America, show the Senator around refugee camps, shrines, temples, and major cities in a careful deception to hide from him that Air America is indeed transporting drugs. Air-America-film-images-034cc805-53b3-447d-93a7-c50872e06f8While airdropping livestock into rural villages in their C-123 cargo aircraft, Billy and Jack Neely (Art LaFleur) are shot down. The Pilatus PC-6 of General Soong (Burt Kwouk) arrives at the crash site and his soldiers load bags of opium on board, but leave Billy and Jack behind with Communist forces moving in. Gene and another pilot arrive and rescue them; Billy boards Gene’s helicopter while the rest of the crew escape in another aircraft. Billy and Gene’s helicopter is shot down on the way back, and they are captured by a rural tribe. Gene notices that the tribe is using obsolete and unreliable guns and strikes a deal to supply them with better weapons. Allowed to go free, Billy and Gene retreat to Gene’s house, where Billy is surprised to discover that Gene has a wife and children. Already disillusioned with US actions in Laos, Gene convinces Billy to quit his job with Air America, but Billy wants to get even with General Soong for betraying him when he crashed.AirAmerica_CovingtonUnknownMeanwhile, Senator Davenport is losing patience with Lemond and Diehl, and demands to know who is smuggling heroin. Soon after their return to base, the pilots learn that during his search for Billy and Gene, Jack was killed and Lemond and Diehl claim that he was the ring leader behind the drug trafficking. Enraged, Billy purchases grenades on the black market and uses them to blow up the heroin factory, but guards see him running away. Davenport is still unsatisfied and demands more concrete evidence. The next day, Gene finds a buyer for his arsenal, allowing him to leave gunrunning, quit Air America, and take his family out of the country. Meanwhile, Billy accepts one more flight before he actually quits. With co-pilot Babo (Tim Thomerson), he is assigned to transport flour to a refugee camp but they are instructed to divert to a nearby airstrip for “routine inspection”. Billy immediately suspects a set-up, and a search reveals several kilos of heroin hidden in the flour sacks. With his fuel gauge tampered with, Babo and Billy decide to crash-land on the same airstrip where Billy crashed a few days earlier, and use the wreckage of the previous crash to hide the smaller aircraft.image-w1280Gene, on his way to make his final, largest weapons delivery, flies in to rescue Babo and Billy after wondering why Billy can’t seem to keep anything in the air. Billy convinces him to respond to a distress call from a refugee camp caught in the crossfire between General Soong’s men and local rebels. Gene tries to rescue the United States Agency for International Development official (Nancy Travis) in charge of the camp, however, she refuses to leave without the refugees. After some initial resistance, Gene dumps the weapons to make room for the refugees, blowing up the weapons cache to cover their escape. In the air, Gene and Billy come up with a scheme to sell the aircraft to give Gene his money back. Senator Davenport recognises the set up for what it was, and the Senator threatens to reveal Lemond and Diehl’s operation to Washington.au600air-airamerica

A great action comedy film, a must for any Mel Gibson or Robert Downey Jr fans.

 

REVIEW: THE UNBELIEVABLE (UNSEEN EVIL)

CAST

Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica)
Tim Thomerson (Trancers)
Cindi Braun (The Doors)
Frank Ruotolo (Backroad Motel)
Jere Jon  (Trancers 6)
Cindy Pena (Hunting Season)
Robbie Rist (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

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A group of hikers led by a college professor are searching the woods for an ancient Indian burial mound. When they discover a likely site, three members of the group reveal themselves to be grave looters, and tie up the others so they can keep the valuable artefacts for themselves. In the course of ransacking the mound, one of them stumbles across a cursed crown that unleashes the mound’s guardian: an invisible monster that begins attacking everyone it finds. Will anyone make it back to civilization alive? movie_254-1

This is a very surprisingly enjoyable film for a low-budget horror movie. It stars Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica). I bought this movie on DVD, and was totally hooked after the first ten minutes. The director Jay Woelfel has definitely improved since his last film, Iron Thunder, also starring Hatch. The best way to describe Unseen Evil is to say that it’s The Blair Witch Project meets Predator. It has some very suspenseful and entertaining moments, and some pretty good performances. It is a very decent horror movie, and one that I recommend to horror fans, and fans of Richard Hatch. The special effects aren’t on the level of say, Star Wars, but are enjoyable.

REVIEW: FADE TO BLACK (1980)

CAST

Dennis Christopher (Django Unchained)
Tim Thomerson (Trancers)
Gwynn Gilford (Mastes of The Universe)
Norman Burton (Planet of The Apes)
Linda Kerridge (Mixed Blood)
Morgan Paull (Blade Runner)
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Peter Horton (Children of The Corn)

22581281ebr0nnurhg7pygaqtgvkfi1myu8tk50f3x2zzsiwwc5vllmaincufwgyzgonpfg54bcgdkzs2m9ecdxuiwqEric Binford is a hollow, chain smoking, ill-tempered young man who is also an obsessed film addict whose love of old films extends far beyond his job at a Los Angeles film distributor’s warehouse and endless late-night film screenings in his bedroom. For his vast knowledge, he’s been bullied by his friends and family. His singular obsession eventually rounds the bend into psychosis after he crosses paths with Marilyn O’Connor (Linda Kerridge), an Australian model and a Marilyn Monroe lookalike who becomes the physical embodiment of his cinematic desires.dark-breed-3When unintentionally stood up by Marilyn on their first date, Eric becomes homicidally unbalanced, transforming himself into a gallery of classic film characters—including Dracula, The Mummy, and Hopalong Cassidy—and sets out to destroy his oppressors, starting with his crotchety, wheelchair-using, ex-dancer Aunt Stella (who is actually his mother), pushing her wheelchair down a staircase to her death (reenacting a scene from Kiss of Death) and making it look like an accident. Eric attends her funeral dressed as Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark’s role from the aforementioned film). Eric then dresses up as Count Dracula to attend a midnight screening of Night of the Living Dead at a local cinema, then afterwords targets a hooker who had earlier snubbed him. She trips, falling to her death, and Eric drinks her blood.dark-breed-4A few more nights later, Eric dresses up as the cowboy Hopalong Cassidy, when he shoots and kills a boorish co-worker (Mickey Rourke) who taunted him on a regular basis. Another few nights later, Eric dresses up as The Mummy, where he drives his mean and vindictive boss, Mr. Berger (Norman Burton), into suffering a fatal heart attack while he is working late night at the distribution warehouse. Finally, Eric dresses up as gangster Cody Jarrett (from White Heat) and kills a sleazy filmmaker named Gary Bially (Morgan Paull), who stole his idea as his own for an upcoming feature film inspired by Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (to be called “Alabama and the Forty Thieves”) at a barber shop in broad daylight which finally gives away his identity. Eric then eventually works his way toward Marilyn, hoping to lure her to his side.dvd-eveofdestruction-650

Investigating the murders is a criminal psychologist named Dr. Jerry Moriarty (Tim Thomerson), who tries to find a pattern to the murders and find Eric, to help or stop him, with the assistance of a friendly policewoman. But Moriarty’s investigation is hampered by his own mean-spirited and nasty boss Captain Gallagher, who tries to stop Moriarty’s investigation because Gallagher wants to take all the credit of finding the killer for himself. It all leads to Eric luring Marilyn to a photography studio where he drugs her to reenact a scene from The Prince and the Showgirl which is interrupted when Dr. Moriarty arrives, and Eric is forced to run with Marilyn at his side. It leads to the Mann’s Chinese Theatre where the insane Eric is shot by the police on the roof of the building while reenacting Cody Jarrett’s death scene (Made it, Ma! Top of the world!) in White Heat. Eric then falls off the roof to his apparent death.eve_destruction-gun

All in all, this is an amazing and memorable cinema experience guaranteed to haunt any true cinema buff for life. if you are a real fan of cinema, and classic Hollywood, and don’t mind being punked a little, this film is for you.

REVIEW: BOTTOMS UP

 


CAST

Jason Mewes (Dogma)
David Keith (Lone Star)
Paris Hilton (Wonderland)
Brian Hallisay (Hostel – Part III)
Jon Abrahams (Scary Movie)
Phil Morris (Smallville)
Nicholle Tom (Gotham)
Raymond O’ Connor (Halloween 4)
Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn)
Kevin Smith (Clerks)
Tim Thomerson (Dollman)
Johnny Messner (Tears of The Sun)

For fans of Jay and Silent Bob, also known as Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, this movie is worth seeing as both actors appear in it.

Owen Peadman is played by Jason Mewes. Owen is a very milder version of Jay but still an intriguing character and his acting was excellent throughout the movie. From his facial expressions to his quick witted responses, Mewes does not disappoint. Throw in the few scenes with the always funny and witty Kevin Smith and you still have a good Jay and Silent Bob connection. Now let’s look at the characters of Uncle Earl Peadman played by  David Keith. David Keith has played many macho roles and seeing him play a gay man was quite different. But he played it well and by the end of the movie, you felt his character.Now let’s take a look at the questionable role for Paris Hilton. First of all the role was perfect for her because she’s lived that lifestyle. I almost perceived her as wishing she was her character instead of playing it. But unfortunately that’s not true. The movie will probably get bad reviews because of her. But as a comedy, I thought the movie was witty, funny and well written with underlying twists. I recommend this movie just because you can sit back and watch it and laugh without thinking too much. A nice view after a hard day at work.

REVIEW: AMERICAN YAKUZA 2: BACK TO BACK

 

 CAST

Michael Rooker (Guardians of The Galaxy)
Ryo Ishibasji (The Grudge)
Danielle Harris (Halloween 4 & 5)
John Laughlin (the Rock)
Bobcat Goldthwait (Freaked)
Vincent Schiavelli (Batman Returns)
Stephen Furst (Babylon 5)
Tim Thomerson (Air America0
Fred Willard (Anchorman)

 

An explosive situation erupts when a mob war thrusts a yakuza, an ex-cop, and his adolescent daughter into a deadly, no-win situation. Booted in disgrace from the L.A. police force Bob Malone suffers a seemingly endless unlucky streak. Matters don’t improve when a robbery led by a crazed criminal transpires at the bank where Malone is filling out foreclosure papers. Witnessing the crime, something inside Malone snaps and he single-handedly wipes out most of the robber gang. Unfortunately, the ringleader escapes and Malone ends up jailed by his corrupt former colleague Lt. Tony Dussecq. At the same time, two Japanese yakuza arrive in L.A. to deliver a special message to L.A.’s most prominent Mafia don. The yakuza are in a restaurant when the bank robber (wearing a vest covered with explosives) bursts in and threatens to blow the place up. One of the Japanese, Koji, intervenes in an explosive sequence. He too ends up at the police station just as Malone’s feisty teen daughter Chelsea arrives with bail money. The yakuza suddenly escapes, taking Chelsea and Malone with him as hostages. Now pursued by the crooked coppers and the mob, the unlikely threesome have no choice but to team up to survive.

The story is well told from the view of people living in the back side of the society, with friendship, and loyalty which is an universal code between warriors of two countries. Ryo Ishibashi and Daniel Harris steals the show with their acting. A hidden gem of a movie I’m sure you’ll agree if you’ve seen it.

REVIEW: MONIKA: A WRONG WAY TO DIE

CAST
Cerina Vincent (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
Jason Wilkes (Scream: The Series)
Jeff Branson (Supergirl)
Andrew Howard (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
C. Thomas Howell (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Elisa Donovan (Sabrina: The Teenage Witch)
Lew Temple (Unstoppable)
Shayla Beesley (Reaper)
Tim Thomerson (Dollman)
Suzanna Ford (The Informers)
Chad Lindberg (The Cape)
Scott Menville (Teen Titans)
This 2012 supernatural revenge thriller is a modern day petty gangster movie in which slacker Reagan [Jason Wiles] has visions and premonitions, and goes to Las Vegas where he meets the flirtatious Monika. The following day his friend informs him Monika was murdered before his arrival. What follows is a basic film with a twist as the pair try to aid one another in the screwed up situation they find themselves in.

This is a film you need to listen too in the beginning to get the main theme of Monika being a Revenant –but she’s not referred to as such. This isn’t a classic in the making and some of the acting is hit and miss, but it is humorous and good entertainment. There is strong language throughout and many references to drugs with some sex scenes with nudity, which gives this it’s 15 rating. The single disc offers no real features other than 2.0 or 5.1 audio, play and scene selection.
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The overall approach is much like ‘Sin City’ or ‘the spirit’ with its 50’s voiceover and opening stylised graphics and its lazy pace, but it’s not meant to be taken too seriously being filled with humorous moments –such as the bad guy practising his accents and speeches. The final half hour was gripping and action packed, turning with a number of  twists to the emotional ending. A must watch for Cerina Vincent fan.