Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015)

As cool as a black cutoff t-shirt. Samurai Cop 2 was a Kickstarter dream to make a sequel to a horrible movie made in the 90’s. This movie takes the funny route for the most part. It really embraces the smarmy Joe Marshall and then brings back a lot of old and beloved faces from the original movie. Add a list of adult film stars and some purposeful bad writing and some troma-esque gore and you have this fun movie. I like this a lot better than the original because they just took the funny parts a lot further. I almost want to watch this again to see if I missed any jokes while I was laughing at others. Watch this if you love a really dumb action movie like Tropic Thunder (which I loved).

77/100

ReelReelReelReel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015)

Advertisements

Samurai Cop (1991)

Samurai Cop. The Cop that knows how to chop. This movie seems a lot older than a 90’s film. It has a really dated feel to it, I’m not sure if it was purposeful or not or if it was just bad film equipment and editing that went into this project. One thing I will say about this movie is that it is pretty dang funny. It has some really dumb gory scenes that look really fake, hilarious editing like the guy getting run over by the car or falling down the stairs (you see that they just cut and had him roll down the last two stairs). Matt Hannon is a terrible actor with the most lustrous hair that Fabio would envy (it looks dumb on a cop though). Robert Z’dar was one of the few good actors in this film, but even he had a skeleton of a script to work with. Other than the (unintentional?) laughs and the beautiful actresses this movie is a joke. It also happens to be on Rifftrax which adds even more entertainment.

65/100

ReelReelReelHalf Reel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Samurai Cop (1991)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

The title alone is grating to me. It would be like “One-Eyed Willie’s Revenge: A Goonie’s Story”. Rogue One as a title would have sufficed. The cast of this movie was completely uninspiring and I’ll probably forget all of them. In fact, I just watched another movie with Ben Mendelsohn in it and it took forever to realize that I had just seen him in this movie. This felt more like the movie Valkyrie than it did Star Wars. It could be any war movie really, just felt very generic. I wanted more Vader, I loved his appearance towards the end and was finally getting excited, but it was short-lived. My biggest problem with this movie? The accents. Everyone seemed to be from a different country on Earth I was assuming. I heard Aussie accents, French, maybe German and a lot of British accents. It didn’t make any sense to me and it was distracting. Well, as I guessed, Disney is pumping out mediocre Star Wars films at a clip that would shame the Millennium Falcon’s Kessel run. I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

65/100

ReelReelReelHalf Reel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Run All Night (2015)

Also known as “Taken 17”. Yes, Liam Neeson is back as the guy with a particular set of skills and despite the actor’s hatred toward firearms he sure seemed to enjoy using them throughout the film. The movie is good, it has a lot of good action scenes in it, but honestly I think Neeson has poisoned the well with me. He’s too political and his movies are all the same (even though the formula works and probably makes money). Ed Harris was an awesome villain and honestly at times, I wanted him to succeed in his efforts. I’ll probably confuse this one for a Taken film in the future, so at least I’ll have this review as a reference to remind myself that it was a little different.

70/100

ReelReelReelReel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Run All Night (2015)

Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

It wasn’t hell getting through this, but I felt like I had died inside once it was over. The movie has some great cheesy moments (the reason I watched it) but the overuse of stock footage of slow motion animals was almost too much. It has some awesome music throughout the film. The acting is cheese at its best. Especially the long haired dude with the crazy eyes. I also was pretty surprised of the reporter girl who felt like she could sneak into an islander tribe with her pale white skin and just get nude and put a grass skirt on to be among the dark skin islanders. They seemed to buy it though, so let’s call that a win? The movie is weird for sure, but it is written by the same guy who did Troll 2. Check it out if you like bad acting and good music and gore. Everything else is as bad as rotten zombie flesh though.

32/100

ReelReel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

A tale of a whale. This actually was a lot cooler than I was expecting. I was thinking this was just a Moby Dick movie, but it’s actually about the author of Moby Dick getting the details about a giant whale attack for his story. I love that kind of framing device, just like Finding Neverland wasn’t exactly just a Peter Pan movie. Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy were really good. Chris Hemsworth was a great leading man. I love the whale in the film too, it has an interesting behavior to it that made the film seem fresh. I just thought the whole thing was surprising and really good.

80/100

ReelReelReelReelHalf Reel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Fuzz never felt so good. I feel like with me, this movie is underrated. I hardly ever feel like watching it. I think I understand now. It’s not as fun as Shaun of the Dead, it has a slower build-up to its awesome climax… but once that fuse is lit, this movie explodes into some awesome action. I think I just need to remind myself that the wait is worth it and when the sea mine blows, this movie will blow you away. Timothy Dalton steals the show for sure, but I love Nick Frost. Simon Pegg is pretty unlikable, but I understand the need for his character. There are other good cameos too that build the movie up. It has a good sense of mystery and some action that will make you want to go to the pub for a pint afterwards! A must watch for Edgar Wright fans.

90/100

ReelReelReelReelReel

For more information on this film,
visit the imdb.com page:
Hot Fuzz (2007)