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The Highwayman (1987)
Some fine 80s cheese
If you are not into classic Sci-Fi shows from the 80s that are rather cheesy, do yourself a favor and just don't watch "The Highwayman". But if you like this kind of shows, if it reminds you of your childhood - go take a look! Yes, some of the SFX was outdated maybe 10 years before this show started, but damn, a truck with a helicopter in it! When I saw that as a child I knew i would love that show.
The 80s atmosphere in the episodes is thick, some sequences doesn't even seem to belong to the real world. Is the Highwayman really guarding the streets? Or is he a hero in some kind of a dreamland? Some in-between limbo maybe? Who knows...
Imo, Sam Jones is doing a great job as the though lead actor here, and Jacko as Jetto - yeah, yeah, I know he's not a real actor, but b(OY!) does he add some lunatic charm to this show. So, all in all, this is not a hit show from the past that everyone has seen and everyone remembers (like "Knight Rider", which is still around as a rerun every now and then), but believe me, it's worth a view!
Seaquest DSV: Playtime (1994)
Good start, big let-down
The first 15 minutes of this episode are OK, the time travel, the remains of human society, a supercomputer and mechwarrior-like robots fighting (although those were cheap CGI-effects, but still worth a watch).
After that, the storyline falls apart rapidly and plot holes appear very quick. Instead of a really human history we only see some videoclips from the past 'cause that's all Lucas can in the database. Instead, he starts to flirt with the machine, and boy, when he carefully caresses the wires of it with a wicked smile I almost feel ashamed for the poor actor...
Iris and Aaron, the last of mankind, spend their entire life alone and isolated, can't stand a human touch - but within a day they forget all that and fall in love (thanks to Piccolos picnic basket I suppose...).
The worst part of the story is the time travel. The SeaQuest can't travel BACK in time 'cause the PAST is gone and they are trapped in the FUTURE. Sorry, what? How the hell can there be a FUTURE without the existence of a PAST ?! That's freakin' impossible! Worst of all, they have to secure the future of mankind to save time and re-activate the timeline. Really? Has anyone of these authors seen any "Star Trek" episode? Or a movie, let's say, "Back to the Future"? Or owns a working watch?! You can change the FUTURE in the PAST (or in the PRESENT). Whatever you do in the FUTURE can't change the PAST! And more of all IT CAN'T STOP THE PAST FROM EXISTING!!! OTHERWISE THERE IS NO PRESENT; NO FUTURE; NO NOTHING !!!
My goodness. The final scene is just embarrassing. To bad. Good start, but the rest is just a mess.
One of my favorites
Another remarkable episode of this rather underestimated show.
First of all, great storyline, Booker has to face his past (seeing him walk around the chapel again is one of the best moments of the entire show!) and struggle with the present. When Hoffs get injured and Booker has to deal with a notorious gang which try to hunt him down, no real fan will switch away.
Again, we have guest appearances from 21 Jump Street: Steven Williams (as the ever-so-stern Captain Fuller) and Holly Robinson as Judy Hoffs (I guess some of the girls watching this show are envy about the close relationship between Booker & Hoffs, but it fits just perfect to me). Don Cheadle did a great job as gang-leader Frenchie Sayles, and I recommend everyone should watch the top-notch final scene of "The Pump", Grieco and Cheadle show some fine display of acting here. I also like to mention the rather unknown Michael Alldredge as the old cop "livin' on the pump", he did a fine job, too.
If you like Booker, make sure that you don't miss this one here. 9/10.
I always liked 21 Jump Street, and so, of course, I decided to watch the Spin-off, Booker, as well.
Don't know where all the hate comes from. The starting episode is just great, we have a guest appearances from Peter DeLuise (Doug Penhall) and Steven Williams (Captain Fuller) to support the show. And we get to know the new cast, an interesting one, especially Carmen Argenziano as a typical 80s Boss named Chick Sterling (oh, what a name!) and Katie Rich as the cute Elaine Grazzo.
Also, the first case Booker as to handle was fun to watch. I like the start of this show! 9/10 !
A confusing, yet rather entertaining start
When I first watch this I had no clue what was coming at me. I admit, I just thought "oh, another Spiderman series" and that was just what I expected: Our Webslinger, them good old foes (Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Kingpin you know the deal), MJ and Aunt May, The Lizard, Eddie Brock, Triple J... All the right stuff for a new Spidey show.
Little did I know, this one is completely different. The Story-Arc about the so-called "Counter Earth" is rather promising, but some elements just doesn't work here. Especially Venom & Carnage are VERY different from the villains we use to know from other Spidey-Shows or Comics. We never really see the hosts of the alien parasites (Eddie Brock and Cletus Kasady) plus they seem to have changed to some kind of liquid shapeshifters very odd! It's also rather hard to believe that the NY-Citizens forget everything Spiderman had done for them in no time and start to attack him (inlcuding firemen that just saw him save a mother & child from a burning house and calling him "Murderer" for no reason at all) just because Triple J said so
In Counter-Earth, Liberace seems to be the main technician considering the purple and rosy look of the Machine-Man and Hoover-Bikes of the Beastials there Fun aside, the Beastials are interesting new entries to the Marvel-Universe and damn, that new Spidey-Suit (inventet by Dr. Reed Richards as he mentioned in this episode) is cool! even with that stupid web-cape >.<
All in all a little messy episode, but still entertaining enough to keep on watching!
The Punisher (2004)
Why is Marvel doing this...
... to one of their darkest heroes?! This movie should be sinister and frightening, just like the comics.
Instead, this piece of crap adds one movie connection to one another without any own or new ideas (espacially the "Desperado"-Part was simply a lousy copy). The story is as simple as any old 80ties movie, and some of them (like Arnies classic "Commando") are way better then "Punisher".
It's sad, since the beginning of the movie isn't that cheesy, but when we first meet the freaky neighbours of Frank Castle, and the dinner scene took place... Well, then you know you watch a plain awful movie! Even WWE-Star Kevin Nash appears as Popeyes evil brother! Holy cow!
Still, the action at the beginning and in the end is very well made, Thomas Jane acts as always (solid B-movie quality), Travolta does a good job as the villain, some other real actors needed money and waste their talent in this one (Will Patton from "Remember the Titans", Roy Scheider from "Jaws"), so, if you are into B-Action-movies with first class special effects, never ever read the "Punisher" comics and don't mind a missing storyline, bad jokes & silly sidekicks, you might enjoy this.
I for myself think, the next time Avi Arad and Stan Lee should watch "Sin City" to see that it is possible to turn a dark comic series into a very good film noir.
Hangman's Curse (2003)
High School Horror Musical
Can you imagine this: the Spy kids" (and their parents) try to solve the mystery of a strange curse while working undercover in the world of "High School Musical"? Sounds like a great parody, but sadly, this isn't one. "Hangman's Curse" takes itself serious, and this is a big, big, HUGE mistake!
When the film starts, you didn't notice anything unusual for a typical B-Horror-movie. We learn that a secret group exists, called the "Veritas" project, we see a somber student hang himself (lets say we can imagine it, luckily they don't show the poor guys death) and then the local football-players from his High school seems to be cursed by the mysterious hangman. Nothing new so far, but as a fan of B-Movies I was interested and keep on watching.
Then we meet the agents of the Veritas project. Actually, they hunt drug dealers undercover. Hm. A bit confusing to me: Why should a paranormal organization hunt simple drug dealers (unless they are Vampires or Ghosts )? I forgot that point as I realized, that these agents are a family! Mom, Dad, and two Teenager (sister+brother) are the Veritas Project. While I tried to realize this, they get their next assignment: Working undercover in a High School. And now, the director really lost it. Instead of horror action we dive into the world of a typical American High School with every cliché you can think of! We have all the groups there. The Football Players. The Gothics. The Nerds.
I still can't believe that any producer paid money to make such a ridiculous (but completely unfunny!) movie! Why does actors like David Keith ("Firestarter") and Tom Wright ("Marked for Death" , "Martial Law") waste their talent in such a crap? Well, this movie is nonetheless an important film for me. Cause the next time someone ask me "What is the worst horror movie you ever saw?" I can say: "Hangman's Curse!"
Post Mortem (2006)
100% Rip-off from CSI
If you are a fan of CSI, do yourself a favor, don't watch this poor rip-off. The interior, camera works, story elements, the wanna-be-acting of the main chars... Everything is a simple copy of CSI, without any own ideas or creative moments. Some elements even remind me of good old "Derrick" or "Tatort"-movies.
The main problem is the leading actor. "CSI" has William Petersen as Gil Grissom, a great actor and a great character, and "Post Mortem" has... Hannes Jaenicke. Don't get me wrong, i normally like him, his first movie ("Abwärts", 1984, with Götz George) is one of the best German thriller. Recently, he made some B-Movies, and since i am a die hard fan of these genre, i watched them ("Submerged" was good, "Venomous" OK, "Stranded" a mess). But giving Jaenicke the role of Dr. Daniel Koch was a huge mistake. Would you watch a series with Dolph Lundgren as psychologist? Or with Michael Dudikoff as a profiler? You probably would not, and nor does it work in this TV-show.
So, simply forget about it and watch the original, no matter if you prefer Vegas, Miami or NY - everything from Anthony Zuiker is way better!
Gesucht wird Ricki Forster (1991)
Good story, bad director
I just watch this movie on TV and the beginning of the film is quiet dark and, for a 90-Years movie of German television, very hard. If you can handle the brute final death scene of Susanne Meyer in the toilet, you want to know what happened to the 3 years old Rikki Forster and if the police can catch the rapist and murderer of Susanne Meyer. And that the movie attacks the methods of the boulevard press it's also mentionable!
But the interesting story starts to get to confusing, boring and boring from minute to minute, sometimes even difficult to follow. This seems to be the fault from the director, 'cause the movie slacks at points were the action should go straight forward. To much talking about unimportant things gets me kind of sleepy on 2 AM.
The acting isn't that bad. Some of them are wooden, but the most of the crew does a good job. The older actor's, Hans Clarin and Brigitte Mira, play their roles really good and believable. Robert Atzorn, Father of the missing child, gives the pain (connected with sinking hope and growing anger even against the own wife!) a face. Lehmann (german voice of Bruce Willis and the villain in "Ein Schloß am Wörthersee") as the Lokalchef without scruples acts, as most, great.
So, all in all, this could be a real good TV-Thriller. But the tension sinks instead rise, and that makes it REAL hard to watch the movie till the end.
The Untold (2002)
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
OK, i admit, this movie is kind of boring. People who discuss about monsters and wandering through woods aren't really entertaining. The shaking camera and the lousy effects they use are senseless and annoying. But anyway, i give the movie 5 stars. Why? Because of two reasons:
1. Lance Henriksen acts really good - as always. 2. The end is really surprising and not the obvious The-Yeti-is-evil-and-try-to-kill-everybody plot.
Be patient, watch it till the end and you shouldn't be to disappointed. I for myself enjoyed it the most time.