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The Victim (2011)
The Victim Keeps you Guessing & Ends with the Best Credits Ever
OK I must review The Victim. I must admit I wasn't instantly hooked in the first 15 minutes. Once everything started to unwrap it was one of his best. I loved the Directing in a sense that it was authentic and real. As were all the performances. I must say too, my favorite ending credits ever. I also loved credits that showed all the cast with names but to do that with the crew-pure genius! Shows totally appreciation for this great crew as does the excellent behind the scenes bonus feature. If this is any indication what we have in store from Blanc Biehn Productions then I say Bring it On Jennifer Blanc-biehn and Michael Biehn! A match made in film heaven.
The Insatiable (2007)
A succubus you can't trust
Okay I watched the film & I'm not going to get real specific because I don't want to give away too much.
Pros: Cast. Lead by Sean Patrick Flanery whom I've liked since Powder. He's great in this playing an introverted Superintendent and his apartment complex. That's only his part time job though. His day job is at some sort of steel parts office/warehouse. Michael of course adds grit & depth as a paraplegic Vampire hunter. Brad Rowe has a small but memorable part as a convenience store clerk.
Plot. I like the direction of the storyline. I wasn't sure at first but it takes unexpected turns & with a pleasant surprise sort of ending-it rounds out things nicely. If you mesh Hellraiser, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Grease 2, here's what you would have. (no it's not a musical) but there are elements from these 3 movies that I found here.
Cons: The size of Michael's role. After Michael joins the film at about 25 minutes-it seems he's going to have a huge part but doesn't. Although I enjoy the plot turns of the film-it kind of prevents Michael's part from being bigger.
Acting. Not real happy with the female vampire's acting or Harry's (Sean Patrick Flanery) mean co-worker. Although I think she improved as the movie developed, I don't think his got better.
All in all it was enjoyable, I'm happy with the result, and I'm glad I finally own it. It's not one of Michael's best nor is it one of his worst films. It would fall somewhere in the middle. As far as movies go it's a 10/10 because I'm biased but within only Michael's movies for a rating I'd say 6/10.
What About Brian (2006)
Writing is witty, people are pretty, and the overall feeling is real
Not very often does a romantic dramedy TV show come along and really stick to very real and controversial issues in love. It's only had 2 episode air so far & we've already seen one night stands, sperm donors, open marriage discussion, and Brian is in love with his best-friends fiancée'. And apparently they are just getting started. It's got a very beautiful cast including one of my favorites, the always sensational Rosanna Arquette. I'd definitely recommend this new show, one of the best new shows of the season. My favorite new shows of this season would be (in no particular order) What About Brian, Thief, Three Wishes, Out of Practice, War at Home, Criminal Minds, Night Stalker (which unfortunately was the one show on this list that was canceled), and the New Adventures of Old Christine. Every other new show I watched this season I only made it through one episode. Oh I also enjoy So NoTorious on VH1 which I'm even shocked I like that show.
Medusa's Child (1997)
Excellent heart-stopping suspense action-packed mini-series
This excellent 2 part mini-series revolves around the Medusa project. A nuclear bomb created to kill millions of people as well as destroy all electricity in the US including crashing all computers. The creator's ex-wife is to deliver to the Pentagon what she believes is only a mock of the bomb but the real thing is on board the plane & is set to detonate if moved or defused. The mini series stars Lori Loughlin, Gail O'Grady, Vincent Spano, and Kevin Dillon. For a mini-series it's filled with top-notch actors, excellent dialogue, great direction, and terrific special effects. From start to finish, Medusa's Child keeps you on the edge of your seat & doesn't let up until the closing credits.
Adventure Inc. (2002)
TV doesn't get any better
I must confess I only watched this show because it stars my favorite actor Michael Biehn, but it is a great reward for television. Michael Biehn stars as Judson Cross, a legendary explorer who is for hire to find any artifact strange or ordinary. His team also includes beautiful Karen Cliche portraying Mac and gorgeous Jesse Nilsson playing Gabe. Each week there's a new adventure to unfold that takes the team anywhere on the globe. The episodes include science fiction, horror, and the super natural. For the budget allotted, the special effects are great as are the story lines. Check your local listings for the show is syndicated but new episodes are weekly so don't miss out.
Here's a little nugget made for cable that revolves around a psychiatrist played by Gina Gershon. Her ex husband is murdered the day he's granted custody of the children. The lead investigator on the case played by Michael Biehn is her boyfriend. One of the suspects is a former patient played by Sean Patrick Flanery. The movie leaves enough unsaid to conclude what you will & develops gradually in a matter fitting to aid the suspense. The acting is top notch with great directing as well.
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)
Ultimate Good vs. Ultimate Evil
Brilliant film starring Michael York as the Anti-Christ and Michael Biehn as his brother, a politician just wanting good in the world. Even if religion is not your bag, this excellent film is enjoyable for all. This is a follow up to Omega Code, but this by far out does the original in effects, script, acting, directing, and overall.
Cherry Falls (2000)
The Best Slasher Film Ever
O.K. First take the cast: Michael Biehn, Brittany Murphy, Candy Clark, Gabriel Mann, Jay Mohr, and Jesse Bradford. Second the premise: A serial killer is focusing on high school virgins. That's perfect. A sort of subtle parody as most slasher films always focus on the teens that are having sex. Although I figured out the killer by the subtle clues, it didn't spoil the unvailing in the film. This movie has the perfect percentage of laughs to screams and takes slasher films to even a higher level than Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Urban Legend. Make sure you see it on DVD or VHS as it was cut to air on USA Network. If your in another country than the USA you might be lucky to see the uncut version.
Family Fun Fastpaced
Jesse Bradford plays a high schooler who just wants wheels. His father is a great scientist who wants to stop time. Michael Biehn heads a company who wants the glory & profits. French Stewart plays a man who just wants out. After Bradford finds a watch and discovers it can stop time for others while not for him, he has fun at first until he discovers that others want the watch as well. The special effects are especially fun as are the colorful characters and sets. This little gem is great for the whole family.
Reality bites you in the a*s
Dirk Shafer, Playgirl's man of the year a few years back has put together a little bit of heaven & hell in this nugget of gay club-life in the city of angels. Although the acting is only mediocre, the direction, script, and overall film is very good. Dirk uses just the right amount of music, drugs, sex, exploitation, and beefcake to hit the nail on the head. The story revolves around a smalltown Illinois former cop named John who moves to L.A. & discovers sex, drugs, and techno. What's also interesting is the supporting cast of William Katt, JM J. Bullock, Nancy Allen, andPaul Lekakis. The music is great as well with new cuts from Taylor Dayne, Lonnie Gordon, and a slow remake of E.G. Daily's Love in the Shadows. For those that love the circuit, for those now out of the circuit, and for those who are oblivious to the circuit, watch and learn.