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(WARNING! THE FOLLOWING COMMENT CONTAINS A FEW MINOR SPOILERS. THE AUTHOR OF THIS COMMENT FEELS IT WOULD ONLY BE THE COURTEOUS THING TO TELL THE READER AHEAD OF TIME, ALTHOUGH HE IS NOT SURE HOW DESCRIBING A FEW DETAILS NOT MENTIONED ON THE BACK OF THE BOX COULD POSSIBLY MAKE THE VIEWING EXPERIENCE OF "SHOWDOWN" ANY WORSE THAN IT ALREADY CAN BE.)
How or why this movie was overlooked by the crew at Mystery Science Theater 3000 is beyond me. Bad editing, bad dialog, bad plot, bad acting...well I could spend all night going into what was wrong with this movie.
The premise is this; a town for retired mobsters and gangsters gets overrun by a motorcycle gang run by a Kid Rock lookalike named Kincade. The sheriff hires a 65 year Asian guy to take him out and run the gang out of their peaceful little town. He gets help from the daughter of a guy who used to be some big time gangster, who was killed by the vicious motorcycle gang. Also kicking biker ass is some random black woman who saves a gas station owner with her kick boxing skills, once briefly, then a few minutes later, NEVER TO BE SEEN NOR MENTIONED AGAIN. However Leo Fong manages to save the day with his very slow and predictable martial art moves.
I rented this movie because the box cover showed a really bad ass looking gang with some hot girls in tight outfits on the cover. I knew that this movie was not going to be great, and maybe halfway decent at most. For those looking for a great unintentional comedy, checkout "Showdown".
The Monster Squad (1987)
Still stands the test of time
This movie was a favorite of mine when I was in 2nd grade. I wanted to see if this one will still be enjoyable 16 years later, as I discovered that some of my childhood favorites are not that great to me now nor stand the test of time(ex. "Godzilla's Revenge"), but this film did not disappoint.
Not only for it's nostalgic value, but many of the foul mouthed jokes and lines the kids said that I missed at age 7 I understood now, and are quite clever. And the special effects, although dated, are pretty good. The costumes and make-up were as good as I remembered them. I'm Not sure how today's youth will enjoy this movie, but it's a decent rent for those in their late teens - early twenties who grew up in the late 80's.
Never Too Young to Die (1986)
Gene Simmons + Vanity + John Stamos = A Movie Garanteed to Satisfy
While I was browsing about in my local video store, noticing that all the new releases that I have not seen were recycled plots and actors made by the Hollywood hype machine I decided to venture into the vast library of catalog titles. I am very satisfied in doing so, for I would not have discovered this gem in the cinematic coal mine.
This film is pure balls to the wall kick ass fun. Unintentionally funny, action packed, and with a glimpse of 80's beauty Vanity's topless breasts leave the viewer happy he/she rented this item instead of (Insert sitcom to movie remake set in the modern times, stripping it of the greatness that made the sitcom a classic here).
Great to watch with a group of friends.
I watched this on the American DVD the other day, and Ong-Bak is an incredible martial arts/action film. I could not help but gasp and "ooh" at some of the stunts in this film, especially the aerial parts of the fights.
My biggest complaint was that the English subs on the DVD were like those of closed captioning, mentioning not only the dialogue, but also the sounds, such as (crashing sounds) (groaning) as well as the very irritating (speaking in Thai), as if I did not get that the first 5 times it's mentioned. Which is cool as a lot of Asian imports don't have that in their subs, but it would be better if they had an sub track with just the dialouge. However the action in Ong-Bak is so fascinating you forget about the captioned sound dialogue 15 or so minutes into the film.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Refreshing take on teen comedy genre.
Not only is ND one of the most funny teen comedy movies, but one of the funniest movies to come out in the past 4-5 years. Which came as a shock to me as I found out it is an MTV film. Napoleon Dynamite, as well as the rest of the characters, is so quirky yet realistic as watching them might remind you of someone you know in your suburb/rural hometown. There are lots of 80's looks/references which may muddle the era of which the movie takes place, although I do believe it takes place in the modern era as Kip, Napoleon's older brother spends his days in cyberspace looking for love.
If your a fan of deadpan, strange comedies such as The Royal Tenenbaums, then check out Napoleon Dynamite. Hopefully it will be released in major theaters as at the time I write this it is currently playing in select cities. Which makes me feel lucky that I live close enough to go see it.
Van Wilder (2002)
Someone at National Lampoon seems to think they can recreate the success of their legendary college comedy Animal House. While I admit lots of really really bad movies targeted to young people these days have had some success, I have faith in my generation, that they will avoid this crap college flick, like they would avoid the cops when transporting alcohol in their backpacks to their desired party destination when they are underage. While I like to joke about college as much as the next guy, Van Wilder seems to have been written from every played out, cliche bit of college humor and comedy, rarely a scenario being close to accurate of real college life either.
Raising Arizona (1987)
This movie is a riot. The Coen brothers sure know how to make a good comedy and this movie the greatest foot chase scene of all time. This is one of those movies you can watch over and over again and it will still be funny. Then again this goes for alot of the Coen Brothers' flicks.
Lik wong (1991)
This movie is the cure for depression!
This highly entertaining, gory, kung-fu cult hit is a party movie like no other! I would describe watching this movie is an entertainment experience to be remembered. If this film had female nudity, it would have been the ultimate guy movie ever. The special effects are great too, having the viewer almost believe that the guy's organs are real.
Summer of Sam (1999)
This movie about the Son of Sam is not really a horror movie, as was Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer, the pseudo-biography of Henry Lee Lucas. Instead this film focuses more on the paranoia and hysteria that he brings towards New York City in '79. But the movie basically revolves around Vinny, a sexually frustrated man who cannot think of his beloved wife as a sexual being. So he does the dirty with whatever woman he can hook up with, leaving the sex life in his marriage pretty dull. When Vinny is out cheating in an area where the Son of Sam strikes, he believes not only is the Son of Sam after him, but it also is a sign of some sort that he should be faithful to his wife, which in turn sets the stage of his actions and motives during the rest of the film. Check out this movie.
Mondo cane (1962)
One of the greatest documentaries of all time.
Beautiful, Gruesome, Delightful, Depressing, Funny, Serious. This is just a small description of what Mondo Cane is like. This ground breaking documentary can be called the first of the "shocumentaries" and the one that started them all. With a beautiful Academy Award winning score by the very under rated composer Riz Ortolani Mondo Cane is documentary film making at it's most unique.