5 items from 2009
Jcvd (2008) Direction: Mabrouk El Mechri Screenplay: Mabrouk El Mechri and Frédéric Benudis; from an idea by Frédéric Taddeï and Vincent Ravalec Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, François Damiens, Liliane Becker Jean-Claude Van Damme in Jcvd Mabrouk El Mechri’s Jcvd is one of the best films Jean-Claude Van Damme has starred in for some years, equal to his more recent efforts in Wake of Death and Replicant. Van Damme really puts on his acting cap in all three films, though out of the three, Replicant is still the best, followed by Jcvd and then Wake of Death. Jcvd, however, is the most inventive of the trio; it is also the first film where Van Damme gets real with his audience. Jcvd [...] »
- Reginald Williams
“Now, now, perfectly symmetrical violence never solves anything!” ~ Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, Futurama
Ten years after fighting himself in Double Impact in 1991, Jean-Claude Van Damme realized that he’d never fought quite a foe like himself since and resolved to fight a rematch in Replicant. However, anyone tuning in for a solid 110 minutes of martial arts action will leave sorely disappointed. Maybe Jean-Claude’s age had caught up to him by 2001 or maybe he wanted to try his hand at actually acting for once – who knows. What is known is that Replicant leans heavily on a traditional cop/serial killer plotline with little room for the head-spinning acrobatics of Van Damme’s younger days.
‘The Torch’ (Van Damme) has taunted Detective Jake (Michael Rooker) for years with his pattern of burning women alive in their homes. The game of cat and mouse seems like it will end though when Jake »
- Lex Walker
Here’s a list of some of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week we’re particularly interested in. Plus, some old favorites (and not so favorites) coming out this week for the first time on Blu-ray.
Michael Jackson: Moonwalking – The »
- Joe Gillis
DVD Playhouse—August 2009
Watchmen—Director’S Cut (Warner Bros.) Director Zack Snyder’s film of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel is as worthy an adaptation of a great book that has ever been filmed. In an alternative version of the year 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his third term as President and super heroes have been outlawed by a congressional act, in spite of the fact that two of the most high-profile “masks,” Dr. Manhattan (Billy Cruddup) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) helped the U.S. win the Vietnam War. When The Comedian is found murdered, many former heroes become concerned that a conspiracy is afoot to assassinate retired costumed crime fighters. Former masks Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and still-operating Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, in an Oscar-worthy turn) launch an investigation of their own, all while the Pentagon’s “Doomsday »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
"Penance," finished production in 2008 and now the film, from writer and director Jake Kennedy, is participating in Fangorias Midnite Madness with a screening this May 30, 2009. Starring a host of celebrities including Tony Todd (Candyman, Masters of Horror), Tracy Coogan (Zombie Honeymoon), James Duval (Cornered), and Michael Rooker (Replicant) the eight dollar ticket price to view this independent film is a steal. And those fortunate enough to be in the Beverly Hills area for the screening might get to meet some of the filmmakers including Irish born actress Mrs. Coogan, director Kennedy and character actor Mr. Rooker. Unfortunately, some of us will be too far away to take part, but for others do not miss this opportunity!
The synopsis for "Penance," here...
A young mother decides to become a stripper to earn some fast cash only to find her worst nightmares are about to begin (Internet).
For a trailer of "Penance, »
- Michael Ross Allen
5 items from 2009
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