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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!
Friday the 13th (1980)
The one that started it all!
This is the beginning of the era of "slasher" films. "Friday the 13th" is known to be an unlucky day for people. Here you have some counselors who make out one night, when of the kids go out for a swim. The problem, he can't swim. He drowned. And the counselors are slain. Years later, more teens are trying to rebuild the camp that was shut down due to the massacre. The camp is known as Crystal Lake, which was named as Camp Blood! While everyone in the camp was getting ready for the new opening, each one, the teens are killed by an unknown person. For Alice(Adrienne King), she be in for the fight of her life. When the storm breaks out, she and few of her friends play "strip" Monopoly. And it was interrupted when the storm got worse. When Alice finds all of her friends dead, she meets a kind woman named Pam Voorhees(Betsy Palmer) who was indeed, the mother of her dead son, Jason! She was the one who killed the counselors for years earlier, now takes her vendetta on innocent people. She attacks Alice on some point only to lose her head, indefinitely! Great plot, great cast. It had future star, Kevin Bacon. And King and Palmer have paved their way to the horror film genre. Enjoyed it! 5 stars!
Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead (2008)
More intensifying, less star power, who cares what other people say about it?
The first "Joy Ride" film had star power in it. This sequel is filled with unknowns. To me, this movie focuses on the sadistic trucker, Rusty Nail(Mark Gibbon). He drives a Peterbilt, and he is one trucker you don't want to cross! One rainy night, Rusty Nail leaves a truck stop for some smokes, and a "lot lizard" tries to get some service. Little does she know, this was the wrong trucker to service. Freaked out by his requests, she tries to leave. A heads up that came too late! Then later, an engaged couple(Nicki Aycox and Nick Azano) are on their way to Las Vegas with her sister(Laura Jordan) and her punk boyfriend(Kyle Schmid). Along the way, the car breaks down, and they walk around to find service. They come across a house, and they find a 1971 silver Chevrolet Chevelle that is full of gas and ready to roll. After leaving the information behind to the owner, that's when the nightmare begins. After the foursome go into a diner, the fiancé is grabbed by the trucker, and the head games are ensured. Rusty Nail's demands are so high, about no one in the group could bear such torture. Like sending out a severed middle finger, or the fiancée do a striptease to a trucker who later wasn't Rusty Nail! I mean if anyone has someone of life meaning you would go to extremes to get him or her back. My major question is "Who is this Rusty Nail?" Better yet, "What is he?" If you thought "Duel" was spooky, this movie will make you think twice about hating truckers. 3.5 out of 5 stars
April Fool's Day (1986)
Intriguing and interesting at the same time!
Practical jokes are known to amaze and amuse people. They add fun and entertainment to liven up a very dull party. April 1st is known to the world as "April Fool's Day". In this movie, you have 9 friends from college going out to Spring Break on a island mansion. As everyone is getting ready for the getaway, disaster strikes. First, the ferry hand has a mishap roping in to dock the ferry. At the mansion, the soon to be heir Muffy(Deborah Foreman) has set up the place with some jokes of her own. The guests get a few laughs in the beginning, but things get a little more intense. One by one, the guest disappear. They either go missing, or worse, dead. With no way to contact anyone on the main land, the survivors take action. Seeing all the severed head in a well, things get really scary. With the last couple left, they make their last efforts to survive. All of a sudden, everyone in the mansion are all right! What's going on? It turned out that some of the guests were part of the joke. "APRIL FOOL'S DAY!!!!" So there's no slasher in the film, the whole thing is a joke. Well if you are a "sorehead", I would not want you to see this film. Especially, if you can't take a joke. I was amused.
Appreciative movie by Burt Reynolds
Here's another movie that should be a great hit. "Malone" is a movie that should be recognized with. He plays the title character who leaves no trace of his whereabouts when he relocates. He goes into town where it's nearly gone. It's being bought up by a man who not only buying out the town, but is involved in a dark political conspiracy. Malone(Reynolds) was driving west when his Mustang breaks down. He stays in the service station that doubles as a small house with a guest room. In the morning, the daughter(Cynthia Gibb) snoops in his belongings, to find a gun. Then both Malone and the attendant's daughter go into town. Only to be confronted by the thugs. Malone would neutralize the big one(Dennis Burkley, 1945-2013). That act caused the brother to get even. However, he ended up dead by Malone's gun. Infuriated, the sheriff brings in Malone which draws the main leader out to meet him for the first time. While the car was being worked on, Malone has hidden a shotgun behind the gas tank which comes in handy the next day. Two more hit men come to look for Malone. He takes care of them as well. Only the second one wounds him before meeting his end in a explosion. News of his injury call out his former partner(Lauren Hutton, they did "Gator" years earlier) to put him in a safe house for the time to later catch up with each other. The group that was taken over the town made a huge mistake when they killed her. That act makes Malone go on the hunt. I'll say that it is a great movie. Highly recommend for all the Burt Reynolds fans out there. 3 out of 5 stars.
This movie was a must see back when it first came out. "Airplane!" is just a barrel of laughs. Robery Hays who was doing "Angie" at that time, plays a former fighter pilot whose traumatic experiences causes him to not hold a decent job. His girlfriend(Julie Hagerty) leaves him for it. Her job is a flight attendant heading for Chicago. On board a Boeing 707, Ted(Hayes) tried his best to win her back. On the plane in Los Angeles, different passengers board with a lot of personalities to boost. From the jive talkers, to the girl with the IV(Jill Whelan) which the singer keeps knocking out of her arm. When the food poisoning outbreak hits, every one goes into panic. Then there's this one woman who is freaking out, everyone have something to beat some sense into her. I mean literally! Though there were some things that are not kid friendly, it wasn't that bad. When Ted hears about the pilot and copilot downed by the food poisoning, he is reluctant to fly the plane. When his former commander(Robert Stack), talks to him, he follows orders one last time. He gets to land the plane safely, and his girlfriend takes him back. What more do you want? Great movie, the Zuckers and Abrahams did a gem that will last for a lifetime! 4 out of 5 stars.
This movie was a bit of a gamble!
Burt Reynolds has know to be an action hero as well as a wisecracking actor. In "Heat", he never uses a gun. Reynolds plays Nick "Mex" Escalante, a former soldier of fortune who is also a habitual gambler in Las Vegas. He meets different people, protecting them as well. When teaching one man to be tough, a call girl named Holly(Karen Young) get viciously beaten by a new high roller(Neill Barry) who is back by a pair of giants. Holly demands revenge, but she needed Mex's help. He goes in disguise, takes out the two giant thugs and takes out DeMarco as well. While tied up, Holly comes in, with a pair of shears, and did the unthinkable. Baby(Joseph Mascolo) hears the news on what happened. But he wanted Mex's side of the story since he finds DeMarco accounts kind of questionable. The loophole was Mex doesn't use guns. Earlier, he met a man named Cyrus Kinnick(Peter MacNicol), who knows about his situation: He wants to go to Venice. After training him to be tough, he repays Mex with some money to go. Before they can go further, DeMarco and his goons ambushes them, only wounding Kinnick. He didn't look like much when Mex met him, but he appeared a lot tougher than he thought he was. A gun-less victory is possible when you're a super soldier. Just tell that to DeMarco and his crew. This movie has a lot of action. A little subtle to say the least. But what the hey! 2 out of 5 stars