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Deadly Blessing (1981)
An intriguing Wes Craven film!
Though I was too young for horror movies at that time, I always wanted to see that movie when I got older. In "Deadly Blessing", it was worth it for me. Here you have a very religious community known as the "Hitte". That community make the Amish look like swingers. A couple,(Maren Jensen, "Battlestar Galactica" & Douglas Barr, "The Fall Guy") are about to start a family. But on one night, someone messes around the barn, and is killed by an unknown figure. Friends from college,(Sharon Stone, her debut & Susan Buckner) visits Martha(Jensen) for moral support. The weird son, William(Michael Berryman) loses a shoe when he sneaks around the barn one night. When he tries to get it back, he sneaks around the widow's house, and he too is killed by the unknown killer. When all three friends stay in the house, many frightening things start to occur. Martha takes a bath, and a snake slither its way, but meets its end to a fire poker. Lana (Stone) has the craziest dream to unravel. A pair of hands are placed on her head. And she is asked to "open her mouth". Hoping to be pleasurable, instead a spider comes sliding down to her mouth! A heart attack in the works. Wes Craven is known for his intensity, this movie is great. A true gem. 4 out of 5 stars.
Oh, God! (1977)
Believe in "George Burns"!
Here you have, a good natured assistant manager of a supermarket named Jerry Landers(John Denver, 1943-97) gets chosen by God(George Burns, 1896-1996) to spread His Word. A little skeptical at first, Jerry is eager to give it a shot. He faced some sharp criticism by everyone around him. Not even his wife(Terri Garr) was supportive. In some spots, she was. Jerry discovered his own job has been dishonest to their customers. And a respected preacher(Paul Sorvino) who sues Jerry is exposed by God as a "hypocrite", and should be selling shoes. In the courtroom scene, I liked the part when He's sworn in "to help me Me". Jerry held his grounds against a group of theologians. The miracles have been provided. After all he has gone through, he has paid the price when he loses his job at the supermarket. Only God cared for him. Jerry would have been a lot happier working at a more honest supermarket anyway. Believing His Words was a must have for Jerry. Great cast, great story. Awe inspiring, this movie is a true gem. Believe my friend, believe. 5 stars.
The good times have never been better!
When a movie has star quality, it must be good. For "Diner", it's Great! I mean just look at the list: Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, Daniel Stern, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin, and Paul Reiser. Set in 1959 Baltimore, the gang are enjoying the last week of the 50's. One of them is about to get married, while the others talk about different stuff that they don't care about, or just as obnoxious as the person who says it. Though in their 20's, they still act like they're younger. One plays a joke claiming the car is wrecked, in which he staged it to look like it was wrecked. The diner scenes are all to common. Debating, trading food, comparing, and other whatnot's. The one scene that got me the most is when Boogie(Rourke) unzipped his fly, and put the popcorn box in his pants while watching "A Summer Place". He freaked her out when his "member" peeked from the popcorn. He explained his situation, and she's cool about it. Other women would run for their lives. Then there was the late night jam when two of the friends decided to kick up the joint, and everyone have a great time. We all need to grow up, but who says who has to stay that way. Watch this movie, and you'll be back in your youth. 5 stars.
Staying Together (1989)
Brotherly Love in a coming of age film
Brotherly Love doesn't come out the way it would. It's where you live in a small town where small town values is boss. You have three brothers: Brian (Tim Quill) the total hothead, Kit (Dermot Mulroney) the horn-dog one, and Duncan(Sean Astin) the prankster. Despite the success of working at a chicken restaurant, the father,Jake (Jim Haynie) decided to close it for good. This decision drives the wedge into the family. When the other brothers find new jobs, each one of them find themselves in the world. Duncan gets frisky with the waitress he worked with. Brian gets himself involved with the upcoming mayor (Stockard Channing) before setting his sights of the single mother. Kit gets himself involved with Beverly(Daphne Zuniga), the engaged friend. brothers are brought closer to each other following the father's passing. Brian had to put his anger beside him later. And each brother had to find a way to do something about life. All too common, somewhat predictable, life it what you make of it. Could have used more to it. But the cast of the movie is great. A lot of language was used, should have more romance themes to make it a hit. Watchable to say the least. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Big mistake on Tommy's part!
On the fourth installment, Tommy Jarvis(Thom Matthews) have "slain" his nemesis, Jason Voorhees. But nightmares of the attacks continues to haunt him. After spending time in an institution, he goes on a quest to bury his pain once and for all. Accompanying him is fellow patient, Allen Hawes (Ron Palillo, "Welcome Back,Kotter's", Horshack) to see the corpse of Voorhees. Not only does Tommy want him dead, he wants to have him cremated. Unfortunately, he didn't count on rain in the forecast. Or even a storm. After stabbing the corpse with the fence post, a bolt of lightning strikes it, causing Jason to be much more powerful. Now you've done it. He goes to the local sheriff to warn people, but he ended up getting locked up in jail. While warning falls on deaf ears, the body count gets bigger and bigger. Only the daughter, Megan (Jennifer Cooke, Elizabeth on "V") is more helpful to Tommy. After springing him out of jail, she goes all the way to help Tommy stop Jason. The sheriff does learn the hard way about Jason. I was shocked when he folds the sheriff. And the other fashionable kills he displayed are quite unique. Getting a new machete was the main weapon of choice for Jason. It was an improvement from part 5. Watchable to say the least. 3 out of 5 stars.
December Boys (2007)
Like "Summer of '42, only different
If anyone remember "Summer of '42", "December Boys" is close to it. In this movie, you got 4 orphans: Maps (Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter"), Misty (Lee Cormie),Spark (Christian Byers),& Spit (James Fraser). When they have a birthday on the same month, they get the chance to leave the orphanage and head out to the beach. Out there, they stay with a couple, whose wife is stricken with cancer. They later meet a couple who does stunts at a carnival. The younger three associated themselves with the couple, while Maps associated with Lucy(Teresa Palmer). Maps and Lucy spends so much time together, they share a kiss, and gets deflowered in the process. Earlier, Misty learns one of the four will be adopted. When Maps went to speak to Fearless(Sullivan Stapleton), he learns that he's not the motorcycle rider, he is only cleaning up after the animals. He would later learn that Fearless was a rider. An stunt accident caused his wife not to bear children. After a near drowning experience, the four orphans are re-bonded and learn to know that Misty is the one who gets adopted. He declined the offer and chooses the other three. Of course, years later, the surviving three come to the place where they had their holiday. And reminisce the good times. This movie is close to "Summer of '42". And it suited me just fine! 5 stars!
More comedic than the others I've seen!
After the last mission, this one has taken the turn for the silliest...in some parts. In "Octopussy", consider this Bond film, a "handful". Here, James Bond (Roger Moore) is back again. This time to avenge a "00", and unlock the secrets of an all-women group that deals with certain "businesses". It all started with a counterfeit Faberge egg found by 009, which resulted in his death by knife-wielding twins. Bond heads out to India, meets Vijay (Vijay Amritraj), along with a exiled prince named Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan), who plays a crooked game of backgammon. After smoking him out from the auction, Bond possess the real Faberge egg, and the games really begin. The streets of India was more funny for me. Especially, the fight scenes. Like the hot foot, the tennis fight, and throwing the enemy to the bed of nails. After entering the all-women palace which housed the clever Octopussy (Maud Adams), Bond realized that he was meeting the daughter of a disgraced agent. More honored than angry, Octopussy found a partner. Rarity. Protected by her and her crew, Bond gets the upper hand. You gotta play your cards right if you want to be a success. Even "Q" (Desmond Llewellyn) gets his lucky charm on. Even if he didn't appreciate the "zoom in" made by Bond. A very good movie there. Very intriguing to say the least. The beginning of the film was just the kicker. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Out of this universe, this movie rocks!
Ever since Roger Moore has taken the reigns of 007, he has been making some progress on Ian Fleming's character. This time, he meets Dr. Holly Goodhead(Lois Chiles), and the return of of "Jaws" from "The Spy Who Loved Me" Jaws(Richard Kiel, 1939-2014) is out for blood against Bond! After the failed parachute attack, he comes to help out a modern day Nazi named Hugo Drax(Michael Lonsdale). Jaws comes into place following Chang's(Toshiro Suga) fight against Bond which resulted in his last concerto. Holly Goodhead on the other hand is a CIA agent, who is helping Bond tracking down Drax. Not only Drax is a very rich man, he is also wanting to repopulate the Earth with his perfect specimen. So he hijacked his own shuttle, goes out in the jungles of Rio to find a rare orchid to wipe out mankind. So when Jaws is recruited, he ended up with a small blonde named Dolly(Blanche Ravalec). Even though, he has her, he still wants a piece of Bond, one way or the other. However, when he was in space with everyone, he felt more like a pawn than a partner with Drax. So he switched alliance, and become a hero. What was more touching, is when Jaws was able to find his small love, he grabs a bottle of Bollinger and says to her, "Well, Here's to us!" While he starts a new life, he helped out Bond for the last time. It's a great movie there. I enjoyed every minute of it. Jaws got redemption, no more killing for him there! Bond is at his usual self you know, Being a ladies' man..... A glass to you Richard Kiel. R.I.P! 5 stars!
Murphy's Law (1986)
A break from "Death Wish"!
Action movies has been Charles Bronson's forte. "Murphy's Law" is no exception. In this movie, Bronson plays Jack Murphy, a boozy cop who gets set up, and cuffed to a potty mouth female convict(Kathleen Wilhoite). First of all, Murphy has his career going down the tubes when his ex-wife become an adult entertainer. That really sends him over the edge. Unbeknownst to him, when he follows her and her new beau, someone knocked him out, grabbed his gun, and killed her and her boyfriend at her place. It turned out the person who framed Murphy is no other than Joan Freeman(Carrie Snodgrass) one of Jack's first felons. She's on a revenge streak to take out all who has put her behind bars. The only partner Murphy has is the foul mouth Arabella McGee(Wilhoite). Since one cop was working for a mob boss(Richard Romanus), Murphy goes all the way to stop Freeman any way he can. Even though that Jack had started to drink earlier, he was able to sober up to help McGee in every aspect of the situation. He did take an ax to the stomach, but Freeman ended up "axing" for trouble on her own. This movie has a lot of action and suspense, but there was enough cheese factor to make it more comedic than dramatic. Great cast though. 2 out of 5 stars
Under the Skin (2013)
Intriguing to say the least....
There are a lot of movies dealing with man eating women. "Under the Skin" is different. Made by Jonathan Glazer, this movie focuses on the character. Scarlett Johansson plays an alien being who has a way of amusement: Tracking down men, drawing them to her, and send them into a dark abyss which they will not return. First, she comes across a dead woman. Strips her. And goes on the hunt. In a country like Scotland, it would be interesting. The woman's name is Laura(Johansson) , she makes herself known driving a van, picking up men, and sending them to the liquid void. The movie reminded me of Star Trek's "The Man Trap". Also "Species" and "Decoys". This movie is is a little more erotic than the early two movies. It's not bloody like "Species", and not as cold like "Decoys. Some aliens come in a creepy form. Laura was dark and formless. This is what this movie different from the others. I will not play favorites here, this is a really great movie here. And Scarlett Johansson plays the character out well. It wasn't boring. I followed through the whole thing. It's a keeper in my book! 5 stars!