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Ten North Frederick (1958)
Parking Lot Thugs
Not a lot of people know this but actor Charles Bronson had a uncredited bit role as one of the parking lot thugs that included Michael Pataki, Michael Morelli and John indrisano.
At this juncture in his career, Bronson bit role in this Gary Cooper film can only be explained by his loyalty to that actor, with whom he had become friendly during the filming of USS Tea kettle and Vera Cruz. His flash appearance in this unsuccessful mixture of politics and tortured family relationships, from the John O'Hara best seller, must have been performed for a lark, and as a good luck salute to Cooper, during a visit by Bronson to the Fox set.
Starship Troopers (1997)
Well this is the one that started it all. And what a collection of stars and future stars in the making and working together for the first time. But this time I'm going to start from the bottom and work my way to the top. let's start off with actor Brian Tochi, a great character actor who's been around for a long time some people may remember him from the Revenge of the Nerd movies he was the nerdy "Takashi" or the voice of Leonardo of the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles. he's been around for quite a while he started his career as a child actor appearing in one of the original Star Trek episodes! so it makes me wonder why at this juncture in his career he would take a role in this film as basically nameless extra!? He will simply credited as a male Trooper and to tell you the truth I didn't see him for nothing!
then we have two real military personnel who are now actors and I'm talking about military correspondent Dale Dye and Sergeant R. Lee Ermey. Dale was credited as a general but I don't remember seeing him and Lee Ermey was credited only as a voice on a speaker when the soldiers were getting their weapons.
next we have former President Gerald Ford's real son Steven Ford and a thankless role that that made him practically invisible among The Ensemble. but I was happy to see that one of my favorite actors who only had a brief 10 to 15 second cameo bit, really stood out. I'm talking about Timothy Omundson. he was the "Psychic" and one of the commercials to promote the war against the bugs. with his striking clear blue eyes and devilish looking appearance he stood out immensely. and how ironic that he would be here later on a TV show as one of the main characters call Psych!
real life amputee actor Robert David Hall has a nice Cameo bit role. that is used the full effect. Actress Amy Smart was seen briefly as Denise Richards friend and co-pilot but too bad they didn't use her more and as I said she was just seeing briefly But she look very cute in her uniform. another actor named Matt Levin, who like Timothy Omundson, has strikingly intense clear blue eyes, had a nice bit role as one of the Troopers named 'Kitten'.
actor Marshall Bell had a very brief appearance as a cowardly General and is so in shock what happened to his platoon he can no longer function. actor Dean Norris had a very nice role as the commander of the Troopers. Also actor Clancy Brown had a very great role as one of the stern but kind-hearted Sergeants. Golden Girl star Rue McClanahan had the role as one of the teachers at the school but I didn't even recognize her with all that weird makeup they put on her!? But it was nice to see her name in the credits. Old Reliable bad guy Michael Ironside has somewhat of a dual role because at first he's presented as one of the teachers and later it turns out Denny's the commander of the Roughnecks I don't know how I felt about him and his role it's like he was good but then again it's like he wasn't maybe it's because he always playing so many bad guys that we finally see him in a kind of a good guy role it kind of threw me off haha. there is even a young Seth Gilliam who many know him from the Walking Dead's father Gabriel, he has a nice role as a gun-ho roughneck Trooper. Gary Busey's son, Jake, is cast here as a big comical goofball kind of reminding us of his dad. Neil Patrick Harris is cast as a citizen who is recruited as a psychic and I would have been some nice potential there but we don't see him too often almost to the very end of the movie too bad they didn't use him more or had more scenes with him.
no I come to the love rectangle of Patrick Muldoon, Denise Richards, Casper Van Dien and the lovely Dina Meyer. Four very attractive leads. it was very interesting the way they made this where Denise is attracted to Patrick well Casper is attracted to Denise and Dina is attracted to Casper. Casper only joined because Denise joined and Deena join only because Caspar joined but Denise, Casper and Dina were spared a untimely death had they remain in Argentina. It was sad though that Dina did ultimately die but she felt it was worth it because she finally "got together" with Casper so in a way she thought it was worth it.
so like this film it is not a great film but it is a good enough film to be checked out
Dersu Uzala (1975)
This is my first time seeing a Akira Kurosawa film and I was told not to watch this as my first film since it is a very slow and Abstract type of film. but being one of many benighted people on Akira Kurosawa films, I wanted to be enlightened.
There was an earlier film version of this story made in 1961 by director Agasi Babayan, but I could not find it anywhere so I had no choice but to watch this version.
It is a very simplistic and Bland story involving a very ancillary type of camaraderie between Dersu Uzala and Vladimir Arseniev.
The conundrum of this film is that it is very slow but then again that may have been the intentions of the director to make it the crux of the story.
It seems to me that this director is very cryptic in his way of directing. I do want to watch more of his films to get a full opinion of him and want to see if he truly is a dogmatic type of director that he was accused of, . I mean he must have been in a real dark place of depression for him to try and commit suicide just because one of his films didn't do good. I don't want to judge the man because of just that, I need to see all his work and then have an opinion.
I truly want to see all of his work and I do not want to believe that he was very overrated and most of his fans have had a Idolatrous addiction to his so-called masterpieces. I want to remain prudent until I see all of his work and I believe is my requisite so that I can and then convey and justify my opinion. and be sublimed by this directors work.
Machine Gun Blowy!
I finally got to see this episode with a young newly christened Charles Bronson. it had barely been a year since he started using the name Bronson instead of his original name of Buchinsky /Buchinski. it was such a treat to see him have a nice little supporting role in this episode. As Jack Benny's future brother-in-law they really work well together. It was a very short and low budget episode with an awkward laugh track thrown in there but all in all to see Bronson acting with Jack Benny and ZahZha Gabor I would have never imagined it. The episode ends very abruptly with the late great Jack La Rue shooting at Bronson and then the next scene Bronson's in the hospital all broken up we never got a chance to see how he got that way!? and somehow Jack Benny's fiance has forgiven him even though she caught him red-handed making out with Zha Zha Gabor earlier!? But anyways I'm glad I have this now in my collection. A very rare episode of General Electric Theater indeed. oh and by the way Bronson calls himself during a phone call to Jack Benny as Machine Gun Blowy and ironically Bronson would play Machine Gun Kelly 3 years later in Rodger corman's film of the same name. In his very first starring role and as we know after that it was history.
Analyze This (1999)
Me Fredo? I Don't Think So!
What can I say a Harold Ramis film that United a very awkward pairing of actors.
Robert De Niro as a gangster, Billy Crystal as a psychiatrist. And with actor Joe Viterelli in the mix it felt like a Three Stooges homage. With De Niro in the Moe role ,Crystal in the Larry role and Big Joe in the Curly role. there was even some slapping Schick when Crystal slaps around Joe at the end of the film!?
I heard that that Robin Williams and Tom Hanks were considered for the doctor Sobel role. It would have been such a treat to see Williams take the role but then again he could have stole the whole movie from De Niro and I don't know if that's would have been a good idea or the intention. Hank's would have also made a interesting choice and to see Hanks and De Niro together would have been a pleasure also. but all in all I believe Harold Ramis made the right choice and stuck with Billy Crystal as he and DeNiro had very good chemistry together. the always lovely and kooky Lisa Kudrow did a good job in her role as Crystal's fiance. She held her own in the supporting role against these powerful actors and even though she had no chemistry with Crystal she did try her best and tried to make it believable in a Friends' like Phoebe like way. SNL's Molly Shannon had a bit cameo role which was amusing at best. Bill Macy as Crystal's father had a very small bit role and was wasted. so was Elizabeth Bracco as De Niro's wife she had a very very small bit role and was completely wasted. Leo Rossi had a nice small role as De Niro's cousin and played it very well and Jimmy Ray weeks was once again in a Robert De Niro film they had worked together in Midnight Run where Jimmy Ray had also played an FBI agent. it was very nice to see character actor Tony DiBenedetto at the end as one of the gangsters at the mafia meeting and what appears to be his last film since he hasn't filmed anything ever since and last but not least to have the great Tony Bennett singing Crystal and Kudrow a song which ends the movie and goes into credits
The Untouchables (1987)
He Pulls a Knife, You Pull a Gun!
The walls have ears so I better be brief. during the last week, I had watch 1959 Al Capone Rod Steiger, the TV series The Untouchables with Robert Stack. And now I decided to check out Brian De Palma's 1987 The Untouchables.
first of all I have to say that Robert De Niro's interpretation of Al Capone was very memorizing he not only sounded but looked like the true Al Capone. Rod Steiger in 1959 did a commendable job sounding and acting like Al Capone also. The late great Neville Brand did a good job also on the TV series pilot the Scarface mob potraying a menacing Al Capone also.
Kevin Costner: I believe he was great casting, he actually even look like Robert Stacks Eliot Ness from the TV show only much more taller. What surprised me was that Costner does not have a manly voice! There were quite a few scenes in this movie that to me required a very aggressive and loud voice and Costner just did not have it in him!? Other than that I believe he was right on casting but the voice thing really surprised me.
Sean Connery: as Eliot Ness right hand man Malone, Connery was ideal casting. it was fun to watch Connery still having that "James Bond" energy and power back in 1987 still. He had someone great one-liners and some nice scenes even though his death scene was a little unbelievable and overdramatic but it was an essential scene since this motivates Eliot Ness to really go after Capone hardcore
Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith: two very good actors but they were pretty much regulated to the background with they're small and somewhat insignificant parts in the movie.. but still they made history as one of Hollywood's most awkward and weird pairing of Superstars in a one-of-a-kind movie and a one-of-a-kind group.
Richard Bradford: ideal casting for Bradford as a chief of police, he even has a very nice fight scene with Connery's Malone and the back alley
Billy Drago: wonderful ideal casting for this evil Sinister looking actor who was cast as Capone's number one henchman Hitman Frank Nitti. He practically does away himself Eliot ness's team! It was only fitting that Costner's Eliot Ness was the one to do him away.
There was an assortment of background stars who were to become future stars on their own in the future which included Patricia Clarkson as Eliot ness's wife really didn't have much to do but be a scared wife and mother and was regulated to the background scenes, Don Harvey got a very small seen as one of the officers that assist Eliot Ness in a raid. Chelcie Ross had a bit part as a reporter but I felt he was truly wasted since this character actor in the past has made very good movies and can play Sinister villain as parts to perfection. Jack Kehoe as Al Capone's accountant was also wasted to me in a very small bit role. Robert De Niro's friend Clem caserta play the role of Capone's one of many bodyguards.
There was one actor that threw me off for a little bit at 57 minutes into the movie Eliot Ness and his crew hit went to Capone's operations on the Canadian border and one of the individuals that gave them trouble for a minute to me look like Robert De Niro as Al Capone!? But after carefully seeing him, it turns out to be a character actor Robert Miranda who actually looks exactly like Robert De Niro as Al Capone that was kind of unnerving and kind of weird like to me. And also what threw me for a loop that the district attorney played by the late great Clifton James was uncredited and almost unrecognizable with all the real weight that this actor had gained I couldn't believe it was him when I read the credits later on IMDb.
all in all it's a great movie nonetheless for the fine acting involved especially Robert De Niro he isn't in the movie that much but his very few scenes that he is in he steals them right away what is performance alone is worth seeing
The Chocalate Kennedys
It was nice to see Craig Robinson starring in his own film. He's a rather awkward but very likable like a teddy bear comedian.
even though this film was only produced by Tyler Perry it has Tyler Perry written all over it especially and the opening scene which has Craig singing a song about urine to A class of kids and they're into it like if it was a gospel Revival! very weird and not funny at all. there is another scene where Craig goes basically almost into drag by becoming a disco Diva Queen and singing a a very nice song!
here he's cast as a child psychologist who writes songs to reach children with emotional problems since Craig is a real life piano player he is perfect casting for that. What I didn't like about his character is that he is so sprung on his girlfriend that he completely evades the reality of her. She lied to him on many levels as he discovers little by little who she truly is yet he continues to be in love with her I don't understand especially when he finds out she used to like to date very mature older men when she was younger. He actually runs into one of her ex boyfriends at the local store and the way the X describes her when they were dating would have been enough for me to just forget about marrying her and getting the hell out of there and go home. In the way that he really just doesn't stand up to to her father the honorable Judge really gets on my nerves. And another thing that got on my nerves was that every time he was getting ready to propose to her something would always interfere and interrupt the moment that just started getting old.
The wonderful and beautiful Kerry Washington plays his girlfriend. while her character gets on my nerves big time. that just shows the talent of Kerry portraying a daddy's spoiled little privileged princess. The fact that she didn't even tell her family about Craig made her very despicable to me so I had no feelings for her whatsoever so when the scene came out where she dresses as a little girl wearing her old uniform from back when she used to go to school did nothing for me I don't know how Craig fell for that but since Craig playing a person that is sprung like hell that would explain it.
David Alan Grier what can I say about this wonderful funny actor. Here he is perfectly cast as Washington's federal judge father. Greer is not that old and real life but sense in real life he is prematurely he can look the part of an old man.
S. Apathy Merkerson: what a treat to see this actress I hadn't seen her since Terminator 2 Judgment Day where she played mrs. Dyson! Here she is perfectly cast as Washington's mother who used to be a disco Diva Queen was now an alcoholic and drugs.
Tyler James Williams: nice to see everybody Hates Chris and Walking Dead Noah as Washington's little kleptomaniac brother he doesn't really have much to do but he's such a likeable character you don't mind him being in the background really not adding or subtracting to anything.
Kali Hawk: it was very nice to see this actress since I had never seen her in anything but a TV series called Black Jesus where I really felt she was miscast as a thug like girl on that show but here for some reason he's perfectly cast as Washington's whitewashed lesbian sister! Go figure hahaha she really has nothing to do except to look pretty in the background but she is a sight to see so that's okay.
and last but not least what better way to have a actor what the name Peeples in it!? well Melvin Van Peebles is as close as you're going to get haha Melvin along with Diahann Carroll as Washington's grandparents is a treat and deed they are perfectly cast and there's a few little scene they shine but that's no surprise coming from these two very talented entertainers
Al Capone (1959)
Why would I kill him we're friends!?
8 years before he won 1967 best actor Oscar for his portrayal of a small-town police chief In the Heat of the Night, Rod Steiger play a powerful role on the opposite side of the law, giving a magnetic performance as a notorious Chicago gangster who took the underworld into the business world.
I had a good feeling about this film and I was right it was a great film. Rod Steiger electrifies in his portrayal Al Capone, equally well supported bye James Gregory as a police chief trying to bring Capone down, Martin Balsam as the corrupt newspaperman, Nehemiah persoff as Al Capone boss and friend, and the lovely Fay Spain as the Widow of the police officer Capone gun down and later romances.
special mention goes to Murvyn Vye,Robert Gist and the always Dependable Lewis Charles who's always good in any gangster movie. these three really personified evilness that were against Capone especially
A Hit with a Miss (1945)
A Miss with a Hit
This was a interesting curio at best. I don't understand why they would remake the classic Punch Drunks that Shemp's Brothers Moe and Curly + Larry did way earlier before and much better.
and this remake Shemp takes over the Curley roll and that's where it's the biggest mistake because there's no one that can replace curly and for Shemp even attempt to ape his brother Jerome was not a good idea ,curly was one-of-a-kind and so was Shemp each one had their unique gifts and abilities and talent.
Robert B Williams did and okay Moe impersonation not too bad but again no one can replace Moe. Laurel & Hardy foil Charley Rogers impersonation of Larry was very interesting I find that he was very humble and very low-key but once again no one can do a Larry but Larry.
once again there was an onslaught of Columbia contract players many of them who had work with the Three Stooges themselves. They all had uncredited bit Parts including Heine Conklin who had a good part as the referee for the final fight. Al Thompson and Victor Travis as Spectators watching the fight. John Tyrrell a Shemp's former boss. Lew Davis as the ring announcer, Johnny Kascier as a Champs trainer and none other than the late great Joe Palma as the champ.
It was a complete remake except for one little scene where in the original punch drunks when curly knocks his boss up when one punch and he lands on the fan and in this one also Shemp knocks Tyrrell in the fan above .Curly before leaving turns on the fan and makes his boss go in circles, Shemp goes up and pull some hairs off his legs and then bites him!?
and also this was very memorable because I don't think you will ever see Shemp battling his double Mr. Joe Palma like in this short!
Pleased to Mitt You (1940)
New Kitty vs Old Kitty
This one was a strange one indeed because it is the second or so-called sequel to" Gloves Swingers which had previously come out the year before. Shemp Howard once again reprises his role as Uncle Pat. Dorothy Vaughan reprises her role as grandma. But here's where it gets weird Betty Campbell who played the original Kitty in the first one is now playing a whole different character and a non-speaking role as one of the college students that comes to Terry and kitties party!? She is the one that actually grabs Terry's arm when all the students come in and hold on to him then we later see her dancing with Diggins who momentarily dumps her to dance with the new Kitty!?now how ironic is that?! also coming back and very small uncredited bit roles were Columbia contract players Richard Fisk who was the ring announcer in the original and now plays a waiter and this one. and Bert Young has a non-speaking uncredited role, he was also in the original.
What is also very amazing to me was that in the first Glove Swingers , Jules White directed it more like a drama and less slapstick ,in this so call sequel, there's not that much drama and there's way a lot of slapstick primarily gags that were already used to some extent for example like in The Three Stooges shorts. Like washing of the lettuce, cutting a loaf of bread to make it look like an accordion, a blender that goes wild and shoots off mixture in every direction hitting people in the face, and the most blatant gag was the pillow as a layer in the cake and we all know what happens with that everyone starts coughing up feathers!? So I was very disappointed with the sequel to some degree based on the very first one being so original and it just reverted now back to being the slapstick that Columbia was Renown for and recognized ,what a shame ,no wonder Shemp Howard after this one bowed out. I do got to say though that David Duran makes a good Terry but I really enjoyed Noah Beery Jr.'sTerry in the 1st one.
Money Squawks (1940)
No One Gets One on a Clyde!
This one started off really well with a lot of slapstick in The Three Stooges humor. there is a lot of the Columbia Contract players in this one with only Vernon Dent getting credited. The uncredited bit players that at one time or another had starred together in The Three Stooges shorts as well, was the late great Bud Jamison, Richard Fiske, Lynton Brent, Eddie Laughton, Cy Schindell, Bert Young and Charles Dorety.
this one had a lot of slapstick humor all the way through until the very end for some reason they excluded Shemp Howard buy somehow put him in a tree and then it's all about Andy Clyde all the way and he saves the day and we never hear from Shemp again so that was somewhat awkward and weird but then again this is Andy Clyde short so it kinda makes sense I guess, but it's still very good and I recommend seeing it.
Glove Slingers (1939)
That's a Hot One for You!
What a refreshing change of pace for the Columbia short team. this one had a very surprising little amount of slapstick and concentrated more on the story line and our lovable clown Shemp Howard really wasn't the funny one here! that award goes to Paul Hurst who's always dealing with some bubblegum trouble. They even a gag from a Three Stooges short (Punch Drunks)where Paul throws one of the gumballs to ring the bell before Noah is counted out! It was so refreshing to see a young Noah Beery Jr. He was really something to see very easy-going, very handsome young man, I had never seen him as a youngster before so this was like an extra special surprise for me. As usual there ways a long list of uncredited Columbia's contract players in bit parts most of them had starred in many of The Three Stooges shorts. This included Dick Curtis, Richard Fisk, Victor Travis, Bert Young and Cy Schindell. Cy really shined as a adversary of Noah in the ring named "The Kid" Benson.
Home on the Rage (1938)
She Bites Like a Sidewinder!
In this short produced and directed by the same team that did The Three Stooges shorts Andy Clyde Stars and Shemp Howard co-stars. In this short plays Andy's brother in law who's a very ambitious and not such a nice guy to Andy. Ace the Wonder Dog seems to be having a lot of fun running around jumping barking and biting people. once again Three Stooges foil have uncredited bit parts like Vernon Dent and John Tyrrell.
Pick a Peck of Plumbers (1944)
This amusing but awkward short was a pleasure to see. It was done by the same team that does The Three Stooges short so it is no surprise to see many of The Three Stooges foils in uncredited parts like John Tyrrell ,who had a dual role as the judge and a plumbing customer, Al Thompson as the proprietor of the plumbing store and Heine Conklin as the groundskeeper at the house where Shemp and Ed wreak havoc. Also of interest Was that in the background there is an uncredited Joe Palma who we all know double for Shemp in quite a few shorts when Shemp had passed away and Columbia needed to fulfill the contract with just Moe and Larry for a time being. it is basically a Three Stooges scenario situation but what just Shep and his Lackey causing the shenanigans instead of the actual Three Stooges. There's is even a shot that should have been reshot but they let it stay as is when the water from upstairs falls on the lady and her friends playing bridge you can actually see in the background one of the crew members if it wasn't Jules White himself move out of the way trying not to get splashed by the water!
El chácharas (1989)
Sex Addict Con Man
Once again Rafael inclan adds his charm to this low-budget sexy comedy. He plays a lying ,cheating ,womanizing conman Plus the role of his twin brother Ulysses who is also the same type of man.
Too bad that Rafael inclan was not given more dramatic roles during this period In the Mexican Cinema. He was always such a natural good actor but wasn't really given the chance to Showcase that Talent, he was just resorted to doing mostly these sexual comedies that were prevalent in the 80s in the Mexican Cinema.
In this film however he brings his natural charm as always and makes the movie plausible and funny at times even though he is playing a deplorable and unlikable character. He has very good support with the rest of the cast including Raul Padilla "El Choforo", who plays his best friend and basically his partner in crime. They work very well together as a team. Susana Cabrera places his neglected, cheated wife Who really Still loves him regardless of the way he is with her. Pretty Leticia Perdigón is in There for eye Candy basically but she does what she can with her bit role. Charly Valentino has a good role as a police officer Pinto who also lives in the same Barrio as everyone else. a golden Superstar of the yesteryear of the Mexican Cinema mrs.Ada Carrasco, plays a grandmother in a wheelchair a role zhe does as best as she could. Humberto Luna is Wasted in his bit role as Ulysses partner in crime where he winds up dressing as a woman and it's not funny at all! Another golden Superstar of the Mexican Cinema Mr Antonio Raxil has a funny little bit role at the jail house where he is confused as Ronald Reagan!
all in all it's still a pretty good funny film because of the charms of the Stars involved especially Rafael inclan so give it up chance and check it out.
Midsomer Murders (1997)
John Nettles/ Tom Berenger
I just started watching this fascinating series for the first time and I noticed right away from episode 1 of season 1 or series 1 that actor John Nettles looks a lot like American actor Tom Berenger! And that is a definite plus for me because Berenger is one of my favorite actors so I'm definitely looking forward to watching all of the series.
I know a lot of people have been bashing Marlon Wayans newest film roll but I got to give my hats off to him and protraying not only the sixtuplets but 7 characters all together! cuz he did his own mother too. That must have been quite a strenuous job with the makeup and whatnot but it looks like he was having fun and it shows. He pulled a good Eddie Murphy's Nutty Professor type of thing and pull it off pretty good Unfortunately it's not a very funny film it's very cliche and very stereotypical and just plain brainless nighties late 80s top of humor that just doesn't gel well but it's not that bad Marlon tried and you got to give them credit for that.
His wife played by Bresha Webb as Marie was okay at best she really didn't have much to do except moan and complain about having a baby I wish she could have done something more with her role but she looks okay. Michael Ian Black was completely wasted and his role as Doug. Marie's father played by the OG great Glenn Thurman it was really nice to see him he's been around for quite a while he had a okay roll as the judge, wish they could have further that more with Marlon's Allen character. his wife by the way played by Debbie Morgan was completely wasted and another small roll was done by another OG great none other than former Saturday Night Live Molly Shannon and boy she didn't age well and what today's HDTV you can see all the wrinkles and crinkles and that's scary! but she did okay and her little bit roll even though she overacted tremendously but she played it to Perfection her roll as a white m*** trash boss to Marlon's Allen. the only other character worth mentioning is dr. Ellis who was the doctor that fix Marlons Allen character with his distinctive voice which is a deep low educated Coppertone it is cool demeanor body language I was trying to remember where do I recognize this guy from and then it hit me he was in the Aamco commercial way back in the day he was a guy trying to paint his girlfriend or wife car and he said," you like this don't you?" and she's all put down the brus" I'll take care of this and he's dumbfounded why his significant other didn't like his hand-painted job5ree on the car I was like that's so cool I hope he gets way better roles has a very distinctive deep voice and he stood out to me right away so hopefully that's a indication that he will do better in the future all in all watch this film for what it's worth it's a one-timer at best maybe even a two timer for watching it with friends and or what not at a party just just a laugh even though it's not funny funny but with friends you could just like giggle and laugh exaggerating just like the bad acting the over-the-top acting they had in the film
La Mission (2009)
From the Thorn emerges the Flower....
Great film perfect casting for Benjamin Bratt, as the ex-convict in recovering alcoholic Che. Jeremy Ray Valdez also does a good job as his son Jesse. Erika Alexander also does a good job as Che's neighbor. also on board good supporting role is Jesse Borrego Benjamin's costar from the film Blood In Blood Out it's nice to see then back together again sharing the scene. Jesse's wife is played by Talia Soto who happens to be Benjamin's real wife in real life. special mention goes also to the bully "Smoke" in this movie played by Alex Hernandez in his film debut. He reminded me of a young , latino version of the late great rapper artist Tuoak.
San Quentin (1937)
"4ever Bkowing Bubbles!"
I just seen this for the first time and it was quite an experience. I found it on DVD I was very lucky. The main reason I got it was because of Humphrey Bogart, I'm a very big fan of his. as usual he did a decent job as the main convict hope Pat O'Brien is trying to reform but an obstacle gets in the way in the form of boggart sister and Sheridan, Will O'Brien falls in love with. then there's the always great Barton maclane as they vicious guard that O'Brien replaces. Joe Sawyer place sailor boy went to Bogarts fellow convicts
Zombie Cat, Zombie Breasts and Zombie Genitalia!
I was just expecting a stupid low-budget comedy about zombies and to some degree I was correct except that it was not low budget this one seemed to have a fair nice budget to it adding to some pretty good special effects and CGI and it made it much more easier to watch because of that.
I thought I had seen everything in zombie movies but this one like my title says had zombie cats, zombie deer ,Zombie breasts( courtesy of porn actress Missy Martinez) and yes even a zombie penis! Haha.
Be warned there's also a zombie performing oral sex on a victim before he kills her and even an elderly zombie played by the great character actress Cloris Leachman trying to bite one of our heroes without her dentures trying to give him a zombie gum attack on his butt cheeks haha
And also in a small role is Arnold's son Patrick and that might explain why the budget in this movie is a little bit more than above-average I think maybe daddy Arnold wanted to make sure his son Patrick was in something good even though it was a stupid comedy but he still wanted his son to shine nonetheless .
so all in all it's worth the check at least one time it's almost like Super Bad meets Ghostbusters meets The Walking Dead type of thing so enjoy!
Snake Eater (1989)
"Soldier", a tattooed Nam vet and ex-cop (Lamas) gets on his Harley and goes after the psycho Hillbillies in the swamp who killed his parents and kidnapped his sister. This action movie with Gore and humor has a few things going for it. It has an aqua cycle, a killer in the bear suit and a scene where a woman swallowed a whole snake! With Josie Bell, Robert Scott, as a psycho hillbilly named Junior and Welcome Back Kotter's Ron Palillo as a gay arsonist and Rockability Legend Ronnie Hawkins as a friendly biker. The title is the name of the heroes Marine Squad. A sequel was filmed at the same time. All in all a very mediocre B movie with Lorenzo presences barely keeping it afloat. The opening song is quite good and very 80's like.
The Willies (1990)
The Silly Willies
What a weird film. Really more disgusting then scary. Case in point: a deep fried rat in a bucket of fried chicken!, a poodle put in a microwave by a demented old senile lady to "dry" him off! A poor old man scared to death in a amusement ride! Wow, so scary...NOT! Sean Astin with his brother and cousin take turns telling so-called scary stories, but they are anything but. The two main stories include a variety of stars.
Dana Ashbrook was wasted in his brief cameo a customer wanting a bucket of chicken. Bill Erwin, Kimmy Robertson and Doug Benson are also totally wasted in a brief mini-story about a old man scared to death in a poor man's Haunted Mansion amusement ride.
In story one, Kathleen Freeman did real good as a mean teacher, Ian Fried also did okay as a little boy being bullied and crying monster and no one believes him. of note: one of the bullies that tormented Ian, was none other than Jeremy Miller, 'Ben Seaver' of "Growing Pains" fame. James Karen had a nice part as the mysterious janitor with a very deadly secret. Clu Gulager was completely wasted as the principal of the school. I was really disappointed with that because when I saw his name and James Karen in the credits, I was expecting the funny chemistry they both had in the cult "Return of the Living Dead" film where they both had great parts. Here, even though they both were in Story One, did not have any scenes together.
In Story Two, Michael Bower was cast very well as the strange and weird over-weight boy no one likes. His parents were good also especially Mike Pniewski as his mean and tough dad. A interesting pair of cameos were done by none other than Kirk Cameron and Tracey Gold, also of "Growing Pains" fame, in a nightmare scene that Michael has in which he is watching Kirk and Tracey on TV in their "Growing Pain" roles of 'Mike and Carol Seaver'! Story Two was a very weird and disturbing sequence that seem to go on for too long and with a very predictable (and unsatisfying) ending.
All in all a very disturbing and weird little film. Could have been way better but it was low-budget at it's best. Still, if you can "stomach" it, (there's even a very disgusting and disturbing scene where a asthma inhaler is full of worms! YUCK!) I recommend you at least watch it once. It's that weird and disturbing.
I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
"I've Watched it a Thousand Times"
I recently re-watched this classic on it's own. Because the 1st time I watched it was back-to-back with the original, "High Sierra". Big mistake. The original one with Bogart & Lupino is one of my all-time favorites and watching this remake right afterwards did not help me appreciate it the way it deserves to be.
This remake actually is good on it's own merit. The original will always be the "better" version for me but this remake is not bad at all. Let me break it down...
Palance's take on 'Mad' Dog Earle was very good. Palance is no Bogie, but he gave the role his own unique touch. And besides, who better than Palance, at the time, to take the role that Bogart made his own. With his sinister visage, Palance brought a different take on Mad Dog than Bogart's. I really got to see this second time around as I revisited this film.
Winters take on 'Marie' was not bad either. Lupino I believe did it better but Winters held her own. I especially liked her Samba dance moves. And her 'I wanna die' scene. She had okay chemistry with Palance. But I feel Bogart & Lupino had more.
Lori Nelson's take on 'Velma' was right on par with Joan Leslie's. And you can actually believe Palance falling for her rather than Winters 'Marie'
Lee Marvin's take on 'Babe' was not bad but Alan Curtis was better. Curtis had the handsome bad boy look and Marvin just looks bad and mean. Curtis you could believe got Lupino out of a club but Marvin taking Winters, nah.
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez plays 'Chico'. A very Mexican stereotype role. In the original, his was named 'Algernon' and it was played by Willie Best in a very black stereotypical role. I really dislike the scene where Lee Marvin's 'Babe' kicks 'Chico' and makes him fall and thinks it's funny. Gonzalez really has nothing to do but be a servant to Palance and his gang and not much else.
Lon Chaney Jr. as 'Big Mac'. Great casting. He did a great take on the role made famous by Donald McBride. It was so great to see Chaney and Palance together.
Earl Holliman as 'Red'. Not bad but Arthur Kennedy's was way better. Holliman played 'Red' like a good ole dumb country boy while Kennedy's was like a grown-up Dead End Kid, like a Billy Halop. But still it was nice to see Holliman and Marvin want-to-be gangsters.
Perry Lopez as 'Mendoza'. It was okay but Cornel Wilde's was way much better. The scene where Palance tells a "bedtime story" of what happens to guys who talk to much was handle way much better with Bogart and Wilde.
Howard St. John as 'Doc Banton' was very good. Actually just as good as Henry Hull's take on it. I especially like the way Howard looks at Palance when he talks about 'Velma'. Howard's look is priceless.
Ralph Moody as 'Pa'was really good also. Almost just as good as Henry Traver's take. I really liked his scenes with Palance talking about 'Velma'
James Millican as 'Jack Kranmer'. It was really good. Almost as slimy as Barton MacLane's 'Jake Kranmer'. But I prefer MacLane's.
Richard Davalos as 'Lon Preisser' was not that bad. You can see Nelson's 'Velma' falling for Davalos pretty boy. In the original, played by John Eldredge, the spelling was 'Lon Preiser'
In the part of 'Pard', the dog in this one was cute but Zero in the original was way, way much better.
Now as for the unbilled bit parts, these are the ones that stood out for me: Nick Adams as the 'Bellboy' who is so nervous he can't stop shaking the tray with cups on it was memorable. Paul Brinegar as the bus driver who says the funny line "Just like a woman, doesn't know whether she's coming or going." Mae Clarke as Mabel Baughman, really concerned about her daughter and who and what is Palance is all about. Hugh Sanders as her husband was somewhat wasted in a very small bit role. A very young Dennis Hopper has a funny scene as Winter's dance partner. Hopper is drunk and horny and is pushed down by an angry Palance as he gets to frisky and comfortable with Winters. Hopper would have a better and bigger role that same year along with Nick Adams , in the now famous cult film, "Rebel Without a Cause." Dub Taylor as 'ED' the gas station attendant talking briefly with Palance was a nice one. and a couple of Three Stooges foils were also on board. Big Mickey Simpson and Robert Williams. Williams had a more showy and longer role than Simpson's. All in all, a great film just for the cast alone. Don't miss it. Just don't see it back-to-back with the original.
Was Almost Titled "Stoners"...
This film was originally conceived as a vehicle for Cheech & Chong. Even a nine-minute sequence was filmed in which "John and Russell" characters take LSD and accidentally end up on a mission to fight rebels in the Colombian jungle. Columbia Pictures thought it was the best scene in the film but Ivan Reitman deleted it because he felt that it did not fit the film's tone. Plus Murray & Ramis are no Cheech & Chong and the drug humor would have been more appropriate with Cheech & Chong. And according to the DVD special features, Ivan Reitman has also stated that the reason this fell through was because their manager insisted (without the pair's knowledge) on a 25% share of Reitman's next five films, which he wasn't willing to give up or do. The script was then rewritten for Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, and most of the "stoner" humor was shifted to the "Elmo" character played by Judge Reinhold.
Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the early 1980s centering around military cadet training. The pictures include: Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), Taps (1981), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), The Lords of Discipline (1983), Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987), Biloxi Blues (1988)and Cadence (1990).
I truly believe this film influenced An Officer and a Gentleman in many respects. The story of two "loser" friends in basic training, the two woman they fall in love with, the rebel cadet versus the tough sergeant. All there. While Stripes is stupid/silly comedy, Officer is way more serious. And while Murray and Ramis are friends before they join, Gere and Keith becomes buddies once they meet inside. Soles and Young in Stripes are M.P's, Winger and Blount are local girls trying to snag an officer. Plus I also see Hollywood knew a good thing when they saw it because Stripes made unexpected millions , so Hollywood had Taylor Hackford make a real serious "Stripes" per say and make money. The gamble paid off big time as Officer and a Gentleman was the blockbuster that summer of 1982.
It also must of had a major influence at least in one scene to Stanley Kubrick as he used the same situation scene in the latrine in his own military film , Full Metal Jacket (1987) According to Ivan Reitman in the DVD Commentary, Columbia Pictures wanted to cut out the scene where Sgt. Hulka and John Winger have a confrontation in the latrine. They felt the scene was 'too serious'. But Reitman insisted that it be left in to truly establish Sgt. Hulka's strength and authority. Kubrick used that same situation but to a more deadlier effect.
I also want to say that what while it was great to see Murray and Ramis with director Reitman, pre-Ghostbusters, it would have been awesome to have had Dan Aykroyd in there also. He could have easily done the John Larroquette role or the John Diehl one. and to some extent the John Candy role. maybe Aykroyd was busy filming with Spielberg his Indiana Jones cameo, or just didn't ,understandably, want to play third banana to Murray and Ramis. Either way Larroquette, Diehl and especially Candy did a great job in their respective roles. I like that Candy even invoked Curly of the Three Stooges in the mud wrestling scene, doing the same mannerisms of Curly Howard when Curly would get upset and mad.
Asalto en Tijuana (1984)
"Robbery in Tijuana"!
This film is about the robbery of the most expensive horse in the world, 'Excalibur', at the famed hydro-dome in Tijuana, Mexico. A vicious and deadly Mob leader named "Santino" (Victor Junco), who controls all the bets legal & illegal, decides that he must have the prized horse at any cost.
He knows the only man capable of such a feat is his old war-nemesis, "Felipe Segura" (Mario Almada). A widowed veteran who now lives a good clean life with his son "Beto" (Paquito Cuevas) and his devoted singer/girlfriend "Sonia" (Rosenda Bernal) Santino knowing that Felipe would never would go for such a scheme, decides to kidnapped Felipe's son Beto and force Felipe to comply or Santino will kill his son otherwise. Felipe has no choice and decides to enlist his two old Korean war buddies, "Joe Pantana & LeMok" to help him to carry out Santino's plan to steal "Excalibur" in order to get his son back unharmed. Problem is his buddies are not doing well after all this time. One is a alcoholic and the other a drug addict. But Felipe can't think of anyone else to the job with.
The always great and reliable Mario Almada does a good job as he always does in these type of films. Rosenda Bernal is OK as his singer/girlfriend but all she has to do is sing a couple of songs and look pretty. She does kill one of Santino's main henchmen in one scene when she discovers that Santino has betrayed Felipe. Paquito Cuevas has nothing to do but be kidnapped and he only comes alive when he decides to escape and it has disastrous results.
Humberto Luna as Felipe's best friend "Raul" gets done in by Santino's main evil henchmen, Noé Murayama , because he will not give Murayama the whereabouts of Beto. They eventually do get it out of him but at a high price for Raul. He gets his leg shot up so bad he will never walk again. Luna is a very funny actor but here he is not able to show his comic abilities at all. He basically has a thankless part and is side-lined very quickly into the story. Murayama does once again a evil guy as best as he can. He was a truly great actor but was always given the bad guy parts. In almost every film I have seen of him, he is the evil bad guy. All he does here is tug at his beard and sneer, A waste as always of this great character actor.
Victor did much better as "Santino" the main bad guy and Mob leader. A perfect antagonist for Almada. With his rich, deep voice, he made Santino even more slimy and sneaky. A great role for a wonderful actor.
And last but not least I had to mention Toño Infante. Yes, he is related to one of Mexico's dear & beloved iconic idols, Pedro Infante! He is his nephew. And ironically he looks more like his uncle Pedro than Pedro's own son Pedro Infante Jr.! But here in this film Toño has a non-speaking role as one of Santino's henchmen that is led by Murayama. He has little to do but stand around and holds a gun and shoot a little and that's it. I take it, it was one of his early role because this was a wasteful and thankless role for someone with the Infante name. But I guess they all paid their dues in the beginning. Even the great Bernabé Melendrez has a little part as one of Santino's truck driver's. Melendrez would later be the star in his own straight-to-videos films later on playing basically what Almada was playing now.
Well not a bad film but not a great film either (Has a downer of a ending). It has just enough stars and future stars in it to give a look. It was done in 1980's so no CGI whatsoever. If you want to see a horse taken away by a helicopter, then this is the film for you. Plus at the end, you get to hear a complete rip-off or a variation (however you look at it) of the "Chariot's of Fire" theme as Excalibur runs free on the beach preceding the bloody massacre that just happened.