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From Paris with Love (2010)
Over-the-top mindless action.... and I loved it!
I wasn't expecting much when I sat down to watch 'From Paris with love' this evening, I bought the DVD for a couple of quid recently and I already knew from looking on here that it had been a Box-office disaster on its theatrical release a couple of years ago and that critics had been anything but kind, but damn it I loved it.
I'm not a fan of Travolta, which was the main reason I hadn't seen the film till now, but I was pleasantly surprised as his role as the unpredictable special agent Charlie Wax IMHO is one of his best. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is pretty wooden as expected but he didn't really need to be any great shakes for the role he took on, he fitted in well as the Chess playing aide to the U.S. Ambassador whose desperate to get a job he can really get his teeth into.
Outrageous action and explosions, plenty of violence (most of it unexpected) - with a very high body count, this is the type of Film that Luc Besson does very well. Great locations and Cinematography, and very important for Films of the genre - It's fast moving and never boring. There have been rumours of a possible sequel, but given the poor Box office returns, that, for the moment at least seems unlikely
Ice Twisters (2009)
Not bad, better than i thought it would be...
...but that's because I've become very wary of Films which appear on the SYFY channel and my expectations were lowered considerably.
ICE TWISTERS is a clichéd,unoriginal made-for-Cable movie, that's 'in the line of' (Rips off) other better theatrically released films (TWISTER & THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW to name two) but then I knew that before the Film started, all I wanted was to be entertained for 90 Minutes, and ICE TWISTERS does manage to do that - The FX and performances were acceptable.
Keep your expectations realistic, and you should find some enjoyment from this B-movie.
Hugely enjoyable Poirot mystery - despite the slower-than-usual pace and implausible denouement.
I'll start by saying I'm a very big fan of all the Poirot mysteries. I find the locations, writing and acting along with the costumes excellent in every episode and Hercule Poirot is a character that David Suchet was born to play, having said that I don't hold anything against Albert Finney & Peter Ustinov, It's just that I feel Suchet after over 20 years has made the role his own.
In 'Murder in Mesopotamia' Hercule Poirot (Suchet) accompanies his sometimes rather naive friend Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) to a dig in Iraq and becomes involved in - and attempts to solve the murder of an Archeologist's Wife, who had been receiving threatening anonymous letters.
As I say in my summary - The story takes a long time to reach its conclusion, but I was quite happy enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Tunisia (Filling in for Iraq) and the solid acting by all to really care, though others might.
One plot point which did disappoint me was the revelation of the Killer(s) - which I found to be highly unlikely, but that's not a criticism of the production at all as Agatha Christie herself wrote the rather implausible denouement.
Murdoch Mysteries (2008)
Very well made and acted Victorian era set Canadian crime series.
'Murdoch Mysteries' stars Yannick Bisson as Inspector William Murdoch who solves crimes in 1890's Toronto, is an exceptionally well made and acted series, which makes a nice change from CSI/NCIS etc. staple of whiz-bang, FX laden crime shows
Bisson is likable as the handsome Inspector, with English Actor Thomas Craig suitably sceptical and at times dopey as his by-the-book boss and Johnny Craig is good as his rather naive partner and at times hindrance Constable Crabtree.
Helene Joy is suitably understated as the resident Doctor/Pathologist.
Now in its Third series, currently being shown on UK Cable channel ALIBI, (It surely deserves a wider audience on a Major British Channel)
The writing, set design and Photography is exquisite and convincing
Fans of well made and intelligent Mystery Series will find much enjoyment in Inspector Murdoch's cases.
Murder 101: New Age (2008)
Enjoyable TV thriller in the vein of 'Diagnosis Murder'
MURDER 101: NEW AGE is the 4th and so far last in the HALLMARK CHANNEL Mystery series of TV Thrillers,
I say it's in the vein of 'DIAGNOSIS MURDER' the Doctor solving TV Mystery Series which ran from 1993-2001 because the stars of that show, Father and Son DICK & BARRY VAN DYKE return in this - DICK isn't a Doctor but a College Professor of Criminology and BARRY isn't a Cop, but a Private Eye, who USED to be a Cop and they aren't Father and son, but close Friends who have known each other for decades, But to be honest having seen a couple of these now - their characters aren't a World away from their 'DM' counterparts.
NEW AGE has Jonathan (Dick) and Mike (Barry) investigating a seemingly impossible Murder at a New Age/Spiritualist retreat where its Leader is killed in a locked room surrounded by a handful of people in a deep trance.
Co-Starring SHANE VAN DYKE & CAREY VAN DYKE (Barry's sons - This episode is a family affair)
Yes It's undemanding stuff, but it's played with such enthusiasm by the Van Dyke's it's thoroughly enjoyable.
Flight of Fury (2007)
More awful trash from Seagal 1/2 * out of *****
FLIGHT OF FURY takes the mantle of being the very WORST Steven Seagal flick I've ever seen...up to now.
It's a dreadful bore with no action scenes of any interest, Seagal isn't really trying in this - he's fat and his voice is dubbed once more.
The co-stars fare no better, being a rather sorry load of 3rd raters.
The Direction by Keusch is very poor and it comes as no surprise that he's also responsible for another couple of Seagal stinkers (SHADOW MAN & ATTACK FORCE) The screenplay Co-written by Seagal himself is laughably inept.
According to IMDb $12M was spent on this boring load of old tosh - more like $1.2M
FLIGHT OF FURY is actually a shot for shot remake of the Michael Dudikoff flick BLACK THUNDER - A B-movie remake of a B-movie.
This has NO redeeming qualities whatsoever,Give it a MISS! 1/2 *
Rather bizarre comedy thriller.
PULP re-teamed Actor Michael Caine and Director Mike Hodges just a year after their Box-Office hit and Modern Classic GET CARTER (1971)
Anyone hoping for a Film that is up there with GET CARTER will be sorely disappointed as PULP fails to match the success and quality of the former.
PULP has Michael Caine playing Mickey King a rather seedy Author of trashy Pulp Fiction who is hired by a reclusive and quirky former Actor Preston Gilbert (played with huge enthusiasm by Mickey Rooney) to ghostwrite his Autobiography.
PULP was a big flop on its original release back in '72 and to a large extent I can understand why, very little actually happens in the Film and Caine's sarcastically witty narration - although funny - has to carry the entire Film - and it ends very suddenly which makes you think 'Oh, that's it then?' which is never a good sign.
Filmed on the beautiful surroundings of Malta and Co-starring Lionel Stander and 40/50's star Lizabeth Scott with a rather pointless role played by Dennis Price (in one of his last roles) - PULP is worth watching, but it's never as good as it probably should have been and isn't a patch on GET CARTER.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Imaginative escapism from start to finish
Don't go into G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA expecting anything very substantial, G.I. JOE exists purely for it's breathtaking action.
Based upon the Hasbro toy line of the same name it was made after the huge success of TRANSFORMERS (another Hasbro Toy) along with its sequel.
There isn't a lot I can tell you about it. as the plot is irrelevant.
Directed by Stephen Sommers - The man responsible for THE MUMMY, THE MUMMY RETURNS & VAN HELSING - so if you've seen any of those you'll know what to expect, but on a even grander scale.
$150M plus was spent here and every penny of it is on the screen in mostly tremendous Special FX.
It had a troubled production and a ballooning budget, but it did well enough Internationally to warrant a sequel, currently in Pre-Production and scheduled for release sometime in 2012.
G.I. JOE won't win any awards (apart from for it's FX that is) but as an pure Action Film, its probably the best ever made to date and so gets a 10/10 on the basis of quality.
DON'T LOOK FOR FAULTS - JUST LEAVE YOUR BRAIN AT THE DOOR AND ENJOY!
Polar Storm (2009)
Bargain basement disaster movie.
which made me laugh all the way through - which I doubt was one of the Producers' intentions.
The Budget for POLAR STORM is Low, but then again being an SYFY channel production you have to expect that, but the FX are very poor by 2010 standards.
What made me laugh all the way through is the appalling dialogue - which is unintentionally hilarious, The acting is only adequate at best, the plot holes are many and there is very few people actually in the Film - ALL expense spared on extras it seems.
The 'star' of the film is Jack Coleman (No - I haven't heard of him either) although he will be known to fans of NBC's drama HEROES.
Written and Directed by Paul Ziller who has made dozens of B-Movies - none of which I have seen or now intend to see given how rubbish POLAR STORM turned out to be, even with my very low expectations.
BUT, having said all that - POLAR STORM was still cheesy enough to be just about watchable.
CSI: NY: Death House (2009)
Entertaining CSI: N.Y. episode
In 'DEATH HOUSE' (Episode 10 - Season 6) A desperate caller rings 911 for help, he's trapped in a Penthouse on the 25th floor and someone is trying to kill him - Det.Flack (Eddie Cahill) & Mac (Gary Sinise) arrive at the scene and find a mummified corpse in the Apartment which had been sealed for over 80 Years - So who made the call?.
This CSI:NY episode is cleverly made and written and full of little surprises.
It's a sort of CSI meet Saw meet Agatha Christie meet Jonathan Creek episode.
Some aspects make no sense, and it may be highly improbable, but it's great entertainment.
**** out of *****