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Arnold Schwarzenegger is back. This time he's a heroic Terminator
re-programmed to stop the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a more advanced
cyborg (made entirely of shape-shifting liquid metal) sent to kill a
teen (Edward Furlong, film debut), future leader of the human
resistance. In a battle between good Terminator and bad Terminator, who
will win? And can judgment day be prevented?
James Cameron is back as director and co-writer. He overloads this film with enough action, car chases, explosions and eye-popping (but expensive and Oscar-winning) special effects to satisfy any sci-fi or action fan. There's no reason to call this film boring.
Once again, Schwarzenegger is at his best as the friendly robot. Instead of killing, he maims or scares anyone who gets in his way. At one point, he shoots a guard in the leg and says "He'll live." Patrick is menacing as the T-1000 not fazed by bullets and can morph into anything or anyone he comes in contact with.
Linda Hamilton also returns as Sarah Connor. She's the teen's mom and former victim of the Terminator (from the first film). She's very convincing as a tough, caring mother, and not wimpy as she was from the first film.
Though overlong, "Terminator 2" is a fun, action-packed thrill ride.
My evaluation: *** out of ****
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a 21st century cyborg sent to L.A. to
assassinate an innocent woman (Linda Hamilton), unknowingly destined to
give birth to a revolutionary. A soldier from the future (Michael
Biehn) is also sent in and is assigned to protect the woman and destroy
the unstoppable killing machine. Who will prevail? Man or machine?
In spite of tight budget, co-writer/director James Cameron's ("Titanic") film is loaded with non-stop action, quick pacing, above-average effects. Schwarzenegger is convincing as the merciless cyborg and his memorable line ("I'll be back") still remains a classic. One of the most effective sci-fi action films in cinematic history.
My evaluation: ***½ out of ****
Adam Sandler's animated tale has a thirty-three-year-old troublemaker
(voiced by Sandler) wreaking havoc during the eight days of Hanukah.
After getting in trouble with the law, he is given two choices: go to
jail or perform community service, working as assistant referee for
youth basketball league with the team's eccentric coach (also voiced by
Sandler). He chooses the latter (whether he likes it or not) and goes
out of his way to humiliate the coach at every chance he gets. Can the
coach make this slacker change his ways?
Sandler caters to his fans with his crude, gross-out humor and excrement jokes. Some funny, and some plain stupid. Some of the songs are hilarious, including Sandler's revised Hanukah song. For those expecting a family-oriented holiday film can look elsewhere.
My evaluation: ** out of ****
During a gang summit in the Bronx, a rival gang leader (Roger Hill) is
shot and killed. A Coney Island gang is wrongfully accused of the crime
and find themselves on the run from other gangs and cops as they race
back to their turf. Will they make it back in one piece?
Walter Hill's ("48 Hrs.") stylish tale about gang warfare packs a punch (even by today's standards). Upon release, the film sparked controversy and was accused of encouraging gang violence. After one look, it's not brutal, graphic or unpleasant. It's an exciting, fast-paced, action-packed, non-bloody tale that sends a message with conviction. Most of the gangs portrayed are too cartoonish to be menacing, but yet they are unique in more ways than one. Credit should also be given to Andrew Laszlo's photography. A cult classic. "Can you dig it?"
My evaluation: *** out of ****.
A year later after his mother passes away, a crazed middle-aged farmer
(Robert Blossom) digs up her body and begins to robs graves of recently
deceased corpses and killing young women in order to preserve her skin
and body parts.
This film is inspired by the true events of serial killer Ed Gein, alongside "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Just like the latter, this film was shot on a very low budget, giving it a gritty, documentary-like feel. Speaking of documentary, a narrator turns up from time to time to relay information of the story as it continues to unfold. Blossom turns in a good performance as the farmer-turned-killer, but the film is quite slow and uneven with most of the suspense thrown into the wind. Tom Savini is responsible for the cheap-looking special effects.
My evaluation: ** out of ****
Farmer Vincent Smith (Rory Calhoun) is famous for his smoked meats that
he markets from his roadside motel. With the help of his obnoxious,
chubby sister (Nancy Parsons), they kidnap unsuspecting travelers, bury
them in their garden with their vocal cords cut (so they can't scream)
and fatten them up for their famous smoked meats. "It takes all kinds
of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters."
In spite of flawed acting, Calhoun and Parsons have fun as the crazed siblings. The rest of the cast fails to carry this film. Director Kevin Conway drops the ball on this preposterous horror-comedy that fails as both horror and comedy. The chainsaw-fighting finale is uninspiring and pointless. Whose idea was it for Calhoun to wear a pig's head for that scene anyway? Not funny. Wolfman Jack as a corrupt evangelist and John Ratzenberger (before TV's "Cheers") as one of the unlucky victims appears briefly.
My evaluation: * out of ****
Based on true story, this film focuses on the life of serial killer
John Wayne Gacy (Mark Holton). He was a model citizen, a successful
businessman, a family man and occasional clown for children at a
hospital, until something motivated him to sodomize and murder thirty
young boys and dispose of them in the crawlspace underneath his house.
Despite Holton's decent performance as the infamous serial killer, dull writing, directing and pacing sinks this boring film. More detail on Gacy would've helped, but instead we get obligatory shots of maggots over dead bodies. Gross! If you really want to learn about serial killers like Gacy read about it on the Internet or check out a book at the library; you'll be much better off.
My evaluation: NO STARS
A crazed proprietor (Neville Brand) runs a motel located in the swampy
Louisiana bayou where he keeps a pet crocodile in front of the place.
For some reason, he murders unsuspecting guests with a scythe and feeds
them to the always-hungry animal.
Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his cult hit "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is surprisingly disappointing, lacking suspense and atmosphere that worked in the last film. In addition, the film suffers from poor script, inept pacing and unconvincing characters. Robert (Freddy Krueger) Englund's offbeat performance as a sex-crazed hillbilly with his opening memorable line ("My name is Buck and I'm ready to f---!") is the film's only asset, but it's not enough to overcome these faults. Marilyn Burns ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") also stars a hapless victim (again).
Also known as "Horror Hotel," "Horror Hotel Massacre," and "Death Trap."
My evaluation: *½ out of ****
After accidentally releasing a large school of genetically altered
species of piranha into a stream, the deadly fish find their way to
children's summer camp and tourist resort. It's up to an insurance
investigator (Heather Menzies) and a drunken recluse (Bradford Dillman)
to prevent the hungry piranhas from chowing down on children and
vacationers, with the help of a scientist (Kevin McCarthy) who has been
breeding the piranhas in secret.
Producer Roger Corman responds to the success of Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" with this spoof/rip-off (and makes no apologies about it). While "Jaws" was frightening, this film went for scares, campy humor, cheesiness and cheap special effects. Best viewed with a few beers. Corman should be commended for boosting the careers of director Joe Dante ("Gremlins", "Looney Tunes: Back in Action") and screenwriter John Sayles ("Lone Star"). Keenan Wynn, Dick Miller, and Barbara Steele also star. Followed by "Piranha II: The Spawning" and remade in 1995. My evaluation: *** out of ****.
Do you think you can outlast the bomber? Yeah? Well, prove it. Armed
with only three buckets of water (using the paddle controller), the
object is to catch every bomb that the frowning mad bomber throws at
you. If you miss one bomb, every bomb will explode and the bomber will
taunt you with his grin and you will lose one bucket. For every
successful wave of bombs caught, the bomber will move faster and drop
more bombs. This pattern continues until you lose all three buckets,
thus ending the game and putting a smile back on the bomber's face.
Upon release of this game for the Atari 2600, Atari had a hit on their hands. Aside from it being just a pattern game, this is a highly addictive and challenging video game. The graphics and sound are excellent. The facial expressions of the bomber and sounds of the lit fuses on bombs and explosions are dead on. The controls (being the paddle controller) work well with this game. Very rare for a game made for the Atari 2600.
My evaluation: 10 out of 10
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