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Horror movies are normally used to scare the viewer. But who says, it couldn't be funny. For "Motel Hell", it's a riot. It kinda spoofs "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Without too much gore. The owner of Motel Hello, Vincent Smith(Rory Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Nancy Parsons, "Porky's) run the place. Not only does he run the motel, he's a farmer, butcher, and meat smoker. Unfortunately the meat he's smoking for his well-known sausages, are actually human meat. The owners are also CANNIBALS!! They would first, set up traps to disable the vehicles. They grab the victims, bury them from the neck up. And they would slit their throats so them wouldn't cry for help. The only person who was suspicious of the crimes is Vincent's own brother Bruce(Paul Linke, CHiPs' "Grossman) who happens to be the sheriff. Terry(Nina Axelrod) and her boyfriend Bo(Everett Creach) are the Smith's first victims. Bo was planted for harvesting while Vincent took advantage of the girlfriend. When Vincent was wooing Terry, Ida would try to get rid of her herself. Once Vincent tells the secrets of his success on smoking meats, the darker the plot gets. The cast of characters are great. DJ Wolfman Jack playing a reverend, Elaine Joyce playing a swinger, John Ratzenberger before "Cheers" playing a musician. The victims about sounded like zombies in a sense. The movie was more funny than scary. In the 1980's, satires were on the rise. You eat just about anything you want with this movie. You would need more than popcorn to watch this film. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Charlize Theron really out did herself in this film. Plenty of action and suspense, "Atomic Blonde" carried out well. Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, a top level MI-6 agent who goes undercover in Berlin in the year, 1989. 1989 was the year of big changes: The Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, etc. Agent Broughton(Theron) was brought in for questioning about the mission. A fellow agent was killed by the KGB, and the list was out in the open. Her fighting skills are undeniable, and was able to dispatch her enemies efficiently. Traveling from West to East, she meets David Percival (James McAvoy) and a French agent named Delphine Lasalle(Sofia Boutella) they all work together to find the list and the person behind all the killings. It would later turned out to be that Percival couldn't be trusted, and would later pay for his deceit to the MI-6. This movie has plenty to go by. The music of the 80's, the camera shots from different angles, and choreography done. The shots of Charlize Theron are amazing in every way. From her battle scars to her girl on girl action. I also like the hotel scene where her battle against the the rich arms dealer and his henchmen meet their doom at Lorraine hands. Keeping a cold gun is perfect for hot action! If you want to enjoy this movie, hope you like vodka. It's cool and hot at the same time. This movie is not a dud, whatsoever! 4.5 out of 5 stars
Stephen King is known for his horror stories. But he can also produce dark humor in his stories as well. We have characters from his past films: "Cujo" and "Christine". What were they doing on the East Coast? But it wasn't a story about them. They were just cameos. The story all revolves around a cat. After it gets away from that vicious St. Bernard, it goes from Wilmington, NC to New York. It's first encounter involved a man (James Woods) trying to quit smoking. The cat was used as a guinea pig for shock treatment. "Quitters, Inc." was a very effective but controversial quitting treatment place. They get people to quit smoking, but they go through extremes with it. His tempting urge to smoke comes around, and he is watched. Even though they forgive him for that slip up,the results are effective. The result is for you to find out next. Then there's "The Ledge". This one was very silly and unentertaining. The result of that one fell a little flat for me. Then the last one focused on the cat. He is named "General" by Amanda(Drew Barrymore). Her mother protests his presence. The main reason is the parakeet, Polly. That night, a malevolent troll appears in Amanda's room. Kills Polly, and stabs General since he couldn't outwit him. Wrongfully blamed for Polly's death, the mother sends it to the shelter to be put down. But the father wasn't positive about General doing such a deed. When the troll returns, General escaped and races back to the house to save Amanda, and stop the creature. The parents were able to break open the door after General sends the troll to its death by box fan. The little girl let's her mom know that General is a hero. Both parents were in disbelief after they see the mangled pieces of the malevolent creature. The father asked if he had any friends. The reward for General was a fish on a silver platter. Some good parts, some silly parts, it was a fun movie to watch. At the end, I think it was touching. General did replace Polly, that's a lot of heart. I think it is perfect for Stephen King fans. And it's a great rainy day movie as well. A keeper it is. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Out of all the horror anthology films, this one like a class by itself "Tales From the Crypt" had mostly the gore and "Tales From the Darkside" has its subtle nature. For "From Beyond the Grave", this says it all. When 4 different customers come to the antique shop, 3 of them meet their fates when they cheat out the proprietor(Peter Cushing). One man (David Warner) buys a mirror by conning the proprietor, and pays a high price when he held that seance. The second customer(Ian Bannen) is a working drone in a joyless marriage befriends an old soldier(Donald Pleasence) by lying to him that he is a soldier as well. He steals a medal from the store. Once he has shown him that, he gets invitation for tea. At the former soldier's home, he meets his daughter(Angela Pleasence). Emily, who is kinder than his wife, Mabel (Diana Dors) has a creepy side to her. She would make a doll that resembles the man's wife. She pierced the doll, blood comes out, and the man would run back to his home to find the wife, truly dead. He marries Emily. Only to end up like the first wife. It appears that the son didn't like either one of his parents. How can you find love when both parties are not loyal to one another? The third one is a very pompous individual. He would switch the prices of a snuff box. On his way home by train, a clairvoyant(Margaret Leighton) annoys him that an Elemental in on his left shoulder. When he gets home, his dog runs off, and his wife is attacked by an unseen force. When he calls the clairvoyant, she exorcise the spirit and all is well. However, it returns and claims the wife, instead. The fourth shopper buys a door with a sinister design. He received a reduced price. Once the door was in place, it would open up to another world. Inside, instead of the stationery cupboard, there was a blue room. When the buyer of the door sees some notes on a table, it belongs to the maker of the door, an evil occultist. The door turned out to be a trap! Both he and his are prisoners in their own home. He was able to grab the axe and destroy the door. Since was the honest buyer, he avoided the disaster the last three didn't. It was a fun movie to watch. It is a must-have for horror buffs. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The roller derby, a sport that is brutal as it can be. Two opposing teams go around the track to score points and to prevent the opposition to score. In "Unholy Rollers", just to say the game will never be same when Karen Walker (Claudia Jennings) joins the Avengers. Karen Walker(Jennings) was working at a cannery, and is very unhappy there. Feisty and independent, and hard to be around with. When she joined the group, she proved her mettle in the roller derby, however, her feisty personality made her everything but a team player. She rose to the top, with ease. When the team grew jealous of her, they give her a lot of grief. At the bar they hang out, they would put her on the pool table, and strip her naked. After that, the person who has accosted her decided to join the opposing team which results being put in the hospital by Karen. She received a award. But the whole team to anger her further. Karen issues are the ticket to her downfall in the roller derby world. I think no roller derby would hire her again. Martin Scorsese did some justice with this film. Claudia Jennings did a great job putting sex appeal in the film. A lot of attitude, a lot of grit, and a lot of action. It's all right when you want to be on top. But it's important that you be humble and not arrogant. Because arrogance it the ticket to your downfall. 3 out of 5 stars.
What do you do when the law is not on your side? You build a monster truck and teach these bullies a lesson. That's just the case in "Rolling Vengeance". A father and son trucking team deliveries liquor to a bar owner name Tiny Doyle(Ned Beatty). He has 5 sons who run rampant through the town: Driving drunk, running people off the road. They killed the trucker's wife and daughters. He would go after the person responsible after a technicality in court. He too would end up losing his life. Joey Rosso (Don Michael Paul) would get extreme by building a monster truck consisting of parts from a junkyard. He takes it on its first test drive after the first two brothers when they attacked another trucker. The van was totaled on the encounter. Before that, Joey used the truck to turn Tiny's used car lot in a junkyard. Tiny's next two sons were next after they raped Joey's girlfriend Misty (Lisa Howard). This truck makes Bigfoot look like a normal vehicle. This movie is for truck lovers. It's not for everyone. I wouldn't put this movie down. It could use more scenes to make it fun. But it was fine for me. 2.5 out of 5 stars
A great mixture of love and heartbreak makes this movie a true gem. Kate Beckinsale did a great part of being a woman who has been turned into a tragic character. Beckinsale plays Annie, a single mother and former baby-sitter who works with a best friend(Amy Sedaris), and Arthur(Michael Angarano). Arthur once had a crush on her, now that they don't visit anymore, they are pretty distant. He too is distant, because his parents are arguing, and he's not even existing to their eyes. He plays in the high school marching band. That's something I can relate to myself. For Annie, she's a single mother, being distant from her husband, Glenn(Sam Rockwell). They have a daughter together whom Glenn really loves. Annie tries to fill the void of loneliness by having an affair with her best friend's husband with tragic results. On the other hand, Arthur finds his first love with Lila (Olivia Thirlby), the school photographer. He gives her a pencil, and she would get a smell of fresh paint on her hand. When one first love dies, a new one is made. The moral is to make love last for a lifetime, yet some can do it and make it work. For Annie's case, she looked for love in all the wrong places, and she ended up paying for it. A great cast, a great story line, I enjoyed this movie very much. With such a great response, no wonder that it's a keeper. 4 out of 5 stars.
Going out on whim is what makes life grand. I can relate to the girl in the movie. Lauren King(Diane Lane),an American girl living in Paris, France has a high IQ, spends most of her time reading a book, while her mother (Sally Kellerman) is an actress who is married and has a boyfriend who is a movie director. Speaking of movies, there's a young man named Daniel(Thelonious Benard) loves American cinema. Both Lauren and Daniel meets during a set on the film her mother was filming. The mother forbids the relationship. Only the stepfather seems to like him after he decks the mother's boyfriend. The two get away and meet a man named Julius(Sir Laurence Olivier) who claims to have traveled all over. He bores Daniel, but intrigued Lauren with the love of poetry. The young couple take advantage of the advice of going to Venice and kiss in a gondola at sunset. Daniel is good at the horse races, and he gets the money to go to Venice. But he and Lauren aren't old enough to go there. So they get Julius to help them out. And he does. However, Julius isn't the man he claims to be. He did some time for pick pocketing. So when they found out the truth after Julius left the winnings on the train. When the parents decided to go back to the states, the young couple decided to make it be the love of the lifetime despite the obstacles they faced. This is one love story no one wants to miss. I enjoyed this very much. A big keeper in the video library. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Sally Field is at her best here. 1984 was her year. 5 years earlier she did "Norma Rae" that won her an Oscar. And she does it again in "Places in the Heart". Set in 1935 Texas. The Great Depression was in affect. Field plays Edna Spalding, a housewife who ends up being a widow when her husband is accidentally shot and killed by a young drunk African American. He in return is dragged and later hanged. After the bank tells her that money is scarce, she is forced to sell her property. A drifter name Moses (Danny Glover) wanted to help Edna with the cotton fields. She declined the offer, but gives him a meal. Since both are in desperation, he steals the silver spoons, and she gives Moses the offer. Experienced in cotton picking, Moses explain on how it works. Though the bank was a bit unwilling with Edna's persistent nature, he enlisted his blind brother-in-law, Will (John Malkovich) to help the widow and Moses. Obstacles came out to hinder things: The storm. And the KKK after the first sale of cotton. Edna was grateful for Moses for his help, and he took it well with pride. Pride can get in the way of life, when someone offer you a hand, Take it. This movie is a winner. No doubt about that. Sally Field did very well, for the second time. This movie is a gem. A must see. 5 stars.
This is one DC Comic movie I really enjoyed. I remembered the 1974 early movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby. That one was disappointing because they had a blonde Wonder Woman. The TV series starring Lynda Carter is legend in its own right. This version starring Gal Gadot puts the "A" in action! It goes back into the Origin of the famed Amazing Amazon. Through the rough and rugged training she received as a young girl, Princess Diana(Gadot). After her training, a pilot enters the island of Themyscira which man is forbidden. He does help the Amazon community fight the Germans. And it was tough for Diana's mother to accept her decision to fight against the Germans. When she goes to London, she and Steve Trevor(Chris Pine) infiltrate and go to stop the enemy from dispersing a powerful version of mustard gas. To the world, she is known as Wonder Woman, and is one fine warrior to everyone's eyes. The high octane action in the film is remarkable. Gal Gadot has a slight resemblance to Lynda Carter. I liked how she handles herself against the Germans and against Ares. I enjoyed the movie very much. I think it is one of the best DC Comics films ever made. Recommended for all the women and girls. Like Supergirl, this Wonder Woman is a must see! Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars!
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