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1. Johnny Tsunami
Director: Steve Boyum
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Hawaii's own Johnny Kapahaala suddenly finds himself in the cold mountains of Vermont, without his friends, his grandfather, and those famous Kauai waves! When some jealous locals make fun of his "island style," he must find a way to unite his past and present -- which leads to some awesome snowboarding and a radical downhill race! Starring Brandon Baker (THE JUNGLE BOOK: MOWGLI'S STORY) and Kirsten Storms (ZENON, GIRL OF THE 21ST CENTURY) JOHNNY TSUNAMI is one great ride full of surfing, skiing, snowboarding, and just plain fun, wherever you're from! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Made For T.V. Movie!
I love Disney Channel Original Movies! They are fun for the whole family! This one is about Johnny! His grandfather is a surfing legend known as Johnny Tsunami. And he is about to fil his grandfathers shoes. But his dad and step mom make him move. To Alaska! He has trouble fitting in. But soon finds out that The hip sport their is snowboarding. Johnny also gets a crush and makes enimies with her boyfriend. When Johnny's grandfather makes an offer for Johnny to live with him in Hawaii, Johnny has to choose between surfing in Hawaii and becoming a legend, or staying with his family and friends! This movie teaches kids to make good choices and about family and friends! I recommend you go rent it today!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Made For T.V. Movie!!!
I don't normally like made for t.v. movies, but Disney makes some
pretty good ones! This is the story of Johnny Tsunami. He lives in
hawaii and is a great surfer. He would have been famous like his
grandfather if his dad and step mom hadn't made him move to alaska. He
has a hard time fitting in, But makes a friend and quickly learns the
next best thing to surfing, snowboarding. He deals with his bully, his
crush, and leaving his home behind ...

5-0 out of 5 stars YES TOTTALY RICTER
this movie was totally ricter. My bra's and i were hangin out every single day just because this movie is the bomb!! I would recoment this movie to anyone who likes love movies or just totally narly shredding by chinese guys. I LOVE THIS MOVIE.

YE GUYS YE THIS IS THE BOMB. MY name is the Murf and I have no friends in life. EVERYONE HATES ME AND I DING DONG DOOR DITCH PEOPLE BECAUSE IM AFRAID OF THEM. I HOPE THEY WILL NEVER FIND OUT

5-0 out of 5 stars Heart and Soul
This is a great movie! Johnny's parents are not very good "listeners," but his Grandfather is completely there for him. It's a Disney movie formula, but there's some truth to it...a kid doesn't really require a " village," but he does need one adult in the world that he is really connected with.

Johnny Tsunami also has a lot to say about surfing and skiing and what it's like to be the new kid in school.

CLM

5-0 out of 5 stars Heart and Soul
This movie is great! Johnny's parents are not very good listeners, but his Grandpa is. All a kid needs in life is one grown-up who really cares.

It's also a great story about surfing and snowboarding and what it's like to be a new kid at school. It's a movie that works for both kids and adults.

Clementine Morse ... Read more


2. True Believer
Director: Joseph Ruben
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Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Eddie Dodd (James Woods) is a former '60s radical lawyer who now spends his time cynically defending drug dealers for the big bucks. But an idealistic young protégé (Robert Downey Jr.) convinces him to take one case from the heart: a young Chinese immigrant unjustly accused in a gang slaying. Woods (complete with add-on ponytail) fairly hums with energy once he gets cooking here. Playing the been-there-done-that mentor--not to mention legal gadfly--gives Woods plenty of opportunity to run off at the mouth with spicy one-liners and zingers. But it also allows him to do some real acting, capturing Eddie's denial and sense of disappointment in himself. Plus his vehicle is a not-too-shabby mystery by thrillmeister director Joseph Ruben (Sleeping with the Enemy).--Marshall Fine ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A winner film
James Woods has been one of the best actors in the screen. He is outstanding and always he commits in just five hundred per cent in all his performances. Powerful and expressive, but in Hollywood he has had just isolated opportunities. It's missunderstable.
Earl Dodd is very special lawyer, he isn't a typical image of lucky lawyer. and obviously our character lived with too much passion those singular decades from the sixties and seventies.
From this perpective a singular case challenges him; to assume the defense of a chinese acussed of murder, being not guilty. This movie will tell about all the resources and special methods of our antihero for winning this dark case.
Robert Downey Jr. plays the typical role of the rookie naif lawyer who thinks the world is fair and clean. Soon he'll learn too many issues about how to deal with the life and specaiily in this business.
A well built script allows Woods to release all his stamina and skills, specially in front the Court in the first half of the film.
Solid film , with smart situations and a fine sense of humor. Worthy work.

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring
I'm a big James Woods fan and came across this movie here. I have never heard of it and it is not available at any of the video stores in my area. So I ordered it because of all the positive reviews here, but wound up turning it off in the middle. It was real long, uninteresting, and was taking too long for anything to happen. If you haven't seen this movie before, I would recommend you not buy this yet, like I did. Try checking out "Indictment" or "Dirty Pictures", two of Woods's best movies.

5-0 out of 5 stars The guiltier he is, the more he needs us
This and 'Inherit The Wind' are the best courtroom drama's ever!
A man kills a white suprimacist in prison, and Eddie Dodd, a lawyer who 'does cases cheap, James Woods, his lawyer decides to put the original case on trial.
Chinatown...

5-0 out of 5 stars True believer
another of those non-mainstream James Woods movies that turns out to be the one you remember forever. I honestly don't know how Woods can get so much emotion into a character.

This is probably his greatest work (with Diggstown right there) and you will be able to experience his characters Frustration, pain, and relief right along side him. A touch of humor to lighten but mostly the best dramatic court scenes and flat out grit will have you recommending this to strangers on the street.

5-0 out of 5 stars True Believer
True Believer has to be one of the best movies ever made. The evidence I introduce to support my case is I have watched it 7-8 times without becoming remotely tired of it. (Raiders of the Lost Ark, another favorite of mine, got a little tedious after 3 viewings). True Believer is James Woods at his very best. The story is very plausible and the clues unravel at a perfect pace throughout the film. In fact, the movie gives you the opportunity to piece the puzzle together as the characters do. Robert Downey Jr., is the perfect naive "sidekick" to James Woods cynical been-through-the-grinder attorney. Kurtwood Smith is perfect as the district attorney. If you are a James Woods fan and haven't seen this movie you are in for a treat. Buy it! ... Read more


3. Better off Dead
Director: Savage Steve Holland
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Lane Myer (John Cusack) is stuck in a personal hell. A compulsive, adolescent Everyman growing up in Suburbia, USA, not only does he fail to make the prestigious high school ski team (again), but his beloved sweetheart, Beth, also leaves him for Roy, the team's popular, arrogant captain. If this isn't bad enough, he's stuck with a mother who frighteningly experiments--rather than cooks--with food, a brother who builds rockets out of models, and a best friend so desperate for drugs that he settles for snorting powdered snow. Faced with these prospects, Lane opts to end it all ... until he comes up with a ridiculous plan to gain acceptance and win Beth back. Director Savage Steve Holland warps this simple, clichéd premise, letting his wacky imagination twist it into a fairly original, slightly dark, and completely hilarious '80s teen comedy. Not as serious a "suicide-attempt" movie as, say, Harold and Maude but just as funny, the film's more a collection of screwball sketches than a narrative. Holland livens the high jinks with surrealistic fantasy touches, including Jell-O that crawls, a hamburger that sings Van Halen, drawings that mock its creator, Japanese race-car drivers who only speak Howard Cosell, and a psychotic paperboy seeking blood over a missing $2. Cusack puts the whole thing on his shoulders and carries the insanity with another one of his touching, obsessively romantic performances, which, along with Say Anything, The Sure Thing, and One Crazy Summer, made him the quintessential (and appealing) personification of lovestruck adolescence and suffering. --Dave McCoy ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not a 5 star movie, but it has 5 star appeal!
Director "Savage" Steve Holland does a masterful job of showing how HS aged teens perceive the world around them. And a young John Cusack does a great job as the inwardly tortured teen with the twisted view of reality (funny, but twisted). It is, after all, our perception of reality that is, for us, reality.

John Cusack plays a HS teen obsessed (and I mean OBSESSED!) with his girlfriend. When she dumps him for the captain of the HS ski team it's amazing what happens to and around him.

This movie includes laugh out loud scenes. You'll love his nemesis on the street racing scene, his neighbor "Ricky," and the French foreign exchange student who sees Cusack when he can't see anything else.

Watch for lines that will live forever, like... "Oh, please, don't let it be a bugger." "Gee Ricky, I'm sorry your mom blew up." "Language lessons." "You know...friend." and "I want my two dollars!"

There are, however, students at the HS dance who cannot possibly still be of HS age -- but that's typical for the movies...people want to remember themselves as being older, more mature than any HS students are anywhere -- talk about twisted views of reality!

Anyway, this is a grand movie with lots of wonderful lines, a fun story line, some interesting side trips into Cusack's daydreams, and an ongoing feud between Cusack's dad and the paperboy.

Check it out, it's a 4 star movie with 5 star hilarity.

Alan Holyoak

3-0 out of 5 stars Can I Date Beth?
Better Off Dead is a small little gem from the mid 80's. With all of the other teen/school comedies of that era, it's no wonder this appealing and funny film got lost in the mix. John Cusack stars as Lane Myer, a normal kid with a not so normal family. His mom is a little off her rocker. She cooks horrendous food and makes deer coats for Christmas. His little brother tries to pick up trashy women. Lane's Dad is battling the paperboy. But, worst of all, Lane doesn't make the ski team and his beloved girlfriend, Beth, dumps him for some pukey captain of the ski team. Then, Lane meets a cute foreign exchange student who's staying with his obese neighbors. Lane tries to win her love as does the son of the family she's staying with. The movie is funny. Dan Schneider, as neighbor Ricky, is downright hilarious. An underrated comedic performance. Cusack, as always, is solid and appealing. The remaining cast includes Curtis(Revenge Of The Nerds)armstrong, Vincent Schiavelli, David Ogden Stiers FROM "Mash", and Kim(True Grit)Darby. There's even a cute animation sequence involving hamburger. You heard me right. The onrunning joke about a psycho paperboy is pretty funny. The best comedy from this film is, as I've mentioned, the
nerdy, overweight nerdy boy Ricky. This is a lost comedy gem that deserves to be exposed again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Utterly Unbelievable, Lane Myer - Cusack Classic!!!!
John Cusack has done some campy flicks One Crazy Summer and Better Off Dead. This one far exceeds the first. There are so many funny scenes I don't know where to begin. The soundtrack although disappointing on the CD will not disappoint on the DVD. Too bad no additional footage or goodies like that. To me this was John Cusacks best movie.

Favorite Moments (Close your eyes and remember)

1) CHRISTMAS! DO THEY HAVE CHRISTMAS IN FRANCE? CHRISSSSMASSS! Opens picture of Ricky and goes outside and laughs for about 5 minutes on the front step.

2) TWO DOLLARS, PLUS TIP! I don't think there can ever be a more evident line for a movie than this. All you have to say to someone is "TWO DOLLARS!" Chances are if they saw this flick they will say "BETTER OFF DEAD".

3) "DUDE, RIGHT NOW I CAN BE MAKING SOME KILLER EGGNOG FROM LIGHTER FLUID!" "CHICKS WILL GET STERILE JUST LOOKING AT YOU" "BUCK UP LITTLE TROOPER" Charles Demar or Booger as you may have come to know him steals the scene on several occassions.
The funny thing is he teams up with Cusack again in One Crazy Summer.

4) BARNEY RUBBLE ASKING LANE TO GO OUT WITH BETH. Need I say more.

5) IT'S GOT RAISINS IN IT, YOU LIKE RAISINS - With that the green slime crawls off of its plate and across the table.

I could go on for hours, do yourself a favor and buy this movie! If you want to remember the eighties all over again this will bring it all back home. A great cast, script and many, many laughs. Also check out One Crazy Summer, along the same lines.

TWO DOLLARS!

5-0 out of 5 stars Review #143 (and that should tell you something)
This is a great movie to have around for those nights when you really don't want to think about how it is, but would rather think about how it was. 143 people can't be wrong. John Cusak might be the most easily identified with actor of my generation, (with apologies to Jon Cryer, who makes a good race out of it.) The first time I saw it in the cheap local theater I almost suffered an incontinent moment when Layne (Lane?) uttered, "Gee, I'm sorry your mom blew up, Ricky." It's lines like that, scenes like David Ogden Stiers in the reindeer head coat, and the only known soundtrack appearance of Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some" that make me go back for this one again and again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, stupid movie
This is a great rainy day movie, in other words: a movie you don't need to think about too much that'll still make you smile. Take care of who you watch it with, however, as you may find yourself embarrassed to be laughing at the dinner slowly crawling off the table or David Ogden Spears being foiled by the paperboy. ... Read more


4. The Karate Kid Part II
Director: John G. Avildsen
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Solid Sequel!!
The Karate Kid Part II is a great movie. In my opinion, it isn't as great as the first one, but it has a wonderful element in it that makes it a great movie. There is some incredible drama in this movie.

The movie takes Mr. Miyagi and Daniel LaRusso to Okinawa where Mr. Miyagi faces three challenges: The death of his father, Falling in love with his old sweetheart, and Sato, his old friend who has vowed revenge on Miyagi.

I think some of the greatest drama I've seen takes place in this movie. In the first movie Daniel turns to Miyagi for help in everything, but in this movie there is a scene right after Miyagi's father dies where Daniel is comforting Miyagi explaining what he went through when his father died. I think that is wonderful drama.

If you liked the first Karate Kid, then I would say that you will like the second one also. It has a similar feel only with a totally different setting. Still very good.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good sequel to one of the best movies
Karate Kid II somewhat completes the first. It completes the first by showing us a little more of Mr. Miyagi life, his origins and his land, and also giving us a closer look at the origins of Karate. The film has a very good atmosphere, and a somewhat more oriental aspect than the first (no wonder, it happens in Okinawa). If you like martial arts, especially Karate, and want to see some great scenes of Okinawa (where it all began), watch this movie. The final fighting scene is very good, and this time Daniel fights for his life, not for points, this time he learns that this form of art was created for self-defence, not for winning a tournament. A great film if you want to explore more of Karate and Japanese tradition. I wonder if Macchio already practiced Karate. He seems to be right in every detail about it, and also isn't Miyagi the name of one of the founders of Goju-Ryu style Karate? A great film, you'll love it, especially the second time you watch it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Karate Kidding!
My boyfriend and I went to see this movie and were throughly tickled by it and throughout it! Actually he was the one who did most of the tickeling...I did the LOUD and high pitched giggling! Ralph Macchio is an absolute dream! He proves that SIZE DOESN'T MATTER in this film! He also is taught valuable lessons as to where to firmly touch his opponent in the times if someone is cumming onto you! He learn that the crotch is a man's most vulernable place and that often times if you want to reach him there you'll need to be on your knees! Most people would categorize this as a "chicks flick" not me...I'm going to say it's a "Dick's Flick!" because of how much I enjoyed watching it with my boyfriend! We give it 2 hard, fleshy pointers UP!!

4-0 out of 5 stars i found better than part one
I felt Avildsen's followup to The Karate Kid was slightly better than his initial film. The story was much fuller and the fight scene was better. The characters were more developed and the karate was better choreographed. Unlike the flop of a third film, the second is really good.

4-0 out of 5 stars daniel-san gets all the girls.......
this time mr. miyagi catches the fly.... ... Read more


5. Johnny Tsunami
Director: Steve Boyum
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Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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In Hawaii 13-year-old Johnny has the market cornered on cool--his grandfather's the legendary surfer Johnny Tsunami, and he himself is a righteous riptide or two away from riding into the sunset, hang-10 style, with a surfing medal. He's also, in the familiar formula fashion of the bulk of family entertainment, a great kid who's about to be plunged willy-nilly into a world without waves (the Kauai-style waves he craves, anyway). In Vermont, where his creased-too-tight Dad's accepted a job at a la-di-da academy, waters get plenty choppy for Johnny. The prepsters don't dig his dress code, and to him, their snobbery in keeping "urchins"--public-school kids--from snowboarding on their side of the mountain is totally gnarly. As tensions with his schoolmates mount, already prickly Johnny-Pop relations plummet. Johnny and an urchin pal, army brat Sam, hop a military ride to Hawaii, where they hang with Johnny the elder and--yawn--figure out for themselves that they can't run, or surf or snowboard, away from their problems. Back in Vermont, Grandpa enjoins Johnny to inject his passion for surfing into snowboarding. That way, he's sure to wallop big-mouth Bret, an academy kid, in a mountainside ski/snowboard showdown. Suspense not being Johnny Tsunami's strong suit, guessing the winner isn't likely to inspire a lot of head scratching. Instead, what this flick may inspire is an appreciation for cool, air-catching sports and the concept that changing coasts or climates needn't mean social catastrophe for kids. --Tammy La Gorce ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Made For T.V. Movie!
I love Disney Channel Original Movies! They are fun for the whole family! This one is about Johnny! His grandfather is a surfing legend known as Johnny Tsunami. And he is about to fil his grandfathers shoes. But his dad and step mom make him move. To Alaska! He has trouble fitting in. But soon finds out that The hip sport their is snowboarding. Johnny also gets a crush and makes enimies with her boyfriend. When Johnny's grandfather makes an offer for Johnny to live with him in Hawaii, Johnny has to choose between surfing in Hawaii and becoming a legend, or staying with his family and friends! This movie teaches kids to make good choices and about family and friends! I recommend you go rent it today!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Made For T.V. Movie!!!
I don't normally like made for t.v. movies, but Disney makes some
pretty good ones! This is the story of Johnny Tsunami. He lives in
hawaii and is a great surfer. He would have been famous like his
grandfather if his dad and step mom hadn't made him move to alaska. He
has a hard time fitting in, But makes a friend and quickly learns the
next best thing to surfing, snowboarding. He deals with his bully, his
crush, and leaving his home behind ...

5-0 out of 5 stars YES TOTTALY RICTER
this movie was totally ricter. My bra's and i were hangin out every single day just because this movie is the bomb!! I would recoment this movie to anyone who likes love movies or just totally narly shredding by chinese guys. I LOVE THIS MOVIE.

YE GUYS YE THIS IS THE BOMB. MY name is the Murf and I have no friends in life. EVERYONE HATES ME AND I DING DONG DOOR DITCH PEOPLE BECAUSE IM AFRAID OF THEM. I HOPE THEY WILL NEVER FIND OUT

5-0 out of 5 stars Heart and Soul
This is a great movie! Johnny's parents are not very good "listeners," but his Grandfather is completely there for him. It's a Disney movie formula, but there's some truth to it...a kid doesn't really require a " village," but he does need one adult in the world that he is really connected with.

Johnny Tsunami also has a lot to say about surfing and skiing and what it's like to be the new kid in school.

CLM

5-0 out of 5 stars Heart and Soul
This movie is great! Johnny's parents are not very good listeners, but his Grandpa is. All a kid needs in life is one grown-up who really cares.

It's also a great story about surfing and snowboarding and what it's like to be a new kid at school. It's a movie that works for both kids and adults.

Clementine Morse ... Read more


6. Aloha Summer
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Movie that is "Comfort Food"
What can I say. Filmed in Hawaii, representing a "simpler" time. Friends finding love, resolving conflict etc. during their "Aloha Summer". I really enjoyed this movie just like I enjoy "comfort food". And, though I really liked the movie, I would have bought it even if I hadn't. Just for the great surfing scenes near the end! I watch those over and over!

5-0 out of 5 stars An innocent gem of a film
I purchase this film back in the 80's and was amazed that the Studio never heavily promoted this obscure gem. Surfing and light racial overtones add depth to this fine family or teenage flick. The beautiful Hawaii cinematography is amazing. Mike Greco's script and Tommy Lee Wallace's direction is wonderful. Check out the stupid looking guy selling beach mats and stuff on the beach. The 1950's music soundtrack is also a winner. Buy it if you can find it! Great nostalgic fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aloha!!!
I have not thought about this movie in a long time. I recently purchased this movie and it is as great then as it is now. It is such an innocent movie that anyone can watch and enjoy. This movie is about a much simpler time were friends honored each other, summers felt like eternity, and your first love is always memorable. I enjoy watching this movie and recommend it to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars classic aloha vacation
This movie epitomizes the summer vacation movies.
Nothing tops it.
every guy's dream.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good natured family film
This is one of those movies that left me feeling happy. Call me corny, but in this day-and-age it's hard to find a movie that the entire family can watch and enjoy. I loved the nostalgia of the 50's and imagining Waikiki as it once was. The movie portrayed a time in life when families and friends were loyal and committed to one another, even when their lives weren't perfect. I would recommend this movie to families with kids in their early to mid-teens, not to soul searching, Adrenalin junkies looking for the perfect wave. ... Read more


7. Better off Dead
Director: Savage Steve Holland
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not a 5 star movie, but it has 5 star appeal!
Director "Savage" Steve Holland does a masterful job of showing how HS aged teens perceive the world around them. And a young John Cusack does a great job as the inwardly tortured teen with the twisted view of reality (funny, but twisted). It is, after all, our perception of reality that is, for us, reality.

John Cusack plays a HS teen obsessed (and I mean OBSESSED!) with his girlfriend. When she dumps him for the captain of the HS ski team it's amazing what happens to and around him.

This movie includes laugh out loud scenes. You'll love his nemesis on the street racing scene, his neighbor "Ricky," and the French foreign exchange student who sees Cusack when he can't see anything else.

Watch for lines that will live forever, like... "Oh, please, don't let it be a bugger." "Gee Ricky, I'm sorry your mom blew up." "Language lessons." "You know...friend." and "I want my two dollars!"

There are, however, students at the HS dance who cannot possibly still be of HS age -- but that's typical for the movies...people want to remember themselves as being older, more mature than any HS students are anywhere -- talk about twisted views of reality!

Anyway, this is a grand movie with lots of wonderful lines, a fun story line, some interesting side trips into Cusack's daydreams, and an ongoing feud between Cusack's dad and the paperboy.

Check it out, it's a 4 star movie with 5 star hilarity.

Alan Holyoak

3-0 out of 5 stars Can I Date Beth?
Better Off Dead is a small little gem from the mid 80's. With all of the other teen/school comedies of that era, it's no wonder this appealing and funny film got lost in the mix. John Cusack stars as Lane Myer, a normal kid with a not so normal family. His mom is a little off her rocker. She cooks horrendous food and makes deer coats for Christmas. His little brother tries to pick up trashy women. Lane's Dad is battling the paperboy. But, worst of all, Lane doesn't make the ski team and his beloved girlfriend, Beth, dumps him for some pukey captain of the ski team. Then, Lane meets a cute foreign exchange student who's staying with his obese neighbors. Lane tries to win her love as does the son of the family she's staying with. The movie is funny. Dan Schneider, as neighbor Ricky, is downright hilarious. An underrated comedic performance. Cusack, as always, is solid and appealing. The remaining cast includes Curtis(Revenge Of The Nerds)armstrong, Vincent Schiavelli, David Ogden Stiers FROM "Mash", and Kim(True Grit)Darby. There's even a cute animation sequence involving hamburger. You heard me right. The onrunning joke about a psycho paperboy is pretty funny. The best comedy from this film is, as I've mentioned, the
nerdy, overweight nerdy boy Ricky. This is a lost comedy gem that deserves to be exposed again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Utterly Unbelievable, Lane Myer - Cusack Classic!!!!
John Cusack has done some campy flicks One Crazy Summer and Better Off Dead. This one far exceeds the first. There are so many funny scenes I don't know where to begin. The soundtrack although disappointing on the CD will not disappoint on the DVD. Too bad no additional footage or goodies like that. To me this was John Cusacks best movie.

Favorite Moments (Close your eyes and remember)

1) CHRISTMAS! DO THEY HAVE CHRISTMAS IN FRANCE? CHRISSSSMASSS! Opens picture of Ricky and goes outside and laughs for about 5 minutes on the front step.

2) TWO DOLLARS, PLUS TIP! I don't think there can ever be a more evident line for a movie than this. All you have to say to someone is "TWO DOLLARS!" Chances are if they saw this flick they will say "BETTER OFF DEAD".

3) "DUDE, RIGHT NOW I CAN BE MAKING SOME KILLER EGGNOG FROM LIGHTER FLUID!" "CHICKS WILL GET STERILE JUST LOOKING AT YOU" "BUCK UP LITTLE TROOPER" Charles Demar or Booger as you may have come to know him steals the scene on several occassions.
The funny thing is he teams up with Cusack again in One Crazy Summer.

4) BARNEY RUBBLE ASKING LANE TO GO OUT WITH BETH. Need I say more.

5) IT'S GOT RAISINS IN IT, YOU LIKE RAISINS - With that the green slime crawls off of its plate and across the table.

I could go on for hours, do yourself a favor and buy this movie! If you want to remember the eighties all over again this will bring it all back home. A great cast, script and many, many laughs. Also check out One Crazy Summer, along the same lines.

TWO DOLLARS!

5-0 out of 5 stars Review #143 (and that should tell you something)
This is a great movie to have around for those nights when you really don't want to think about how it is, but would rather think about how it was. 143 people can't be wrong. John Cusak might be the most easily identified with actor of my generation, (with apologies to Jon Cryer, who makes a good race out of it.) The first time I saw it in the cheap local theater I almost suffered an incontinent moment when Layne (Lane?) uttered, "Gee, I'm sorry your mom blew up, Ricky." It's lines like that, scenes like David Ogden Stiers in the reindeer head coat, and the only known soundtrack appearance of Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some" that make me go back for this one again and again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, stupid movie
This is a great rainy day movie, in other words: a movie you don't need to think about too much that'll still make you smile. Take care of who you watch it with, however, as you may find yourself embarrassed to be laughing at the dinner slowly crawling off the table or David Ogden Spears being foiled by the paperboy. ... Read more


8. Brain Smasher: A Love Story
Director: Albert Pyun
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1-0 out of 5 stars Extremely bad VHS quality
This VidMark VHS tape is extremely bad. DO NOT BUY THIS VIDEO. The movie itself is great, it truly deserves to be put on DVD, so wen can enjoy this great action comedy in high quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smashing! Well, it's a little more legal than mashing.
I absolutely adored this movie. It has a little of everything in it. Love, romance, guys in masks, large, scary strippers, ultimate power, and that one chick whose name I can never remember. Even better it comes with the best all-purpose line: "We are not ninjas!" You seriously can't go through life without that handy-dandy catch phrase. This is a must have for we-are-not-ninjas-shots, guess the sex on the lead singer (never figured it out), and it also doubles as a quick tae-bo self-defense class.

4-0 out of 5 stars Smashing, baby, yeah!
The Diceman must rescue a supermodel, smash some brains along the way and ultimately save the entire world.

Sounds like a comic book, huh? Guess what, it's a lot funnier than it sounds. First of all, Andrew Dice Clay is no slouch when it comes to acting and brings his unmistakable style to any project he's in. Sometimes it's all in the delivery, and Dice wrote a book on that. Also, there's great chemistry between him and fellow co-star Teri Hatcher. This alone is enough to make this movie worth a look.

The film's director Albert Pyun, who also wrote and produced it, brings a style and integrity often lacking in big Hollywood movies that are pulled apart by a dozen of writers, directors that are changed half-way through the shooting, and producers imposing crazy ideas on writers (let's not mention any names). Brain Smasher may not have the special effects of Armageddon and lead showers of Commando, but the comic book-like story flow is incredibly smooth and the acting will surprise you, considering the movie practically went straight to video, which to me doesn't make any sense. I mean, look at all the [other stuff] that is released on the big screen. The only logical explanation is that Hollywood put Andrew Dice Clay on their black list and won't give him a break. To me this doesn't sound logical at all...

Back to the story. The Diceman doesn't exactly play his on-stage persona here. (So if you're looking for off-color humor and women bashing, you won't find them here. Not a hue, not a slightest tint of the onstage bully we all admire. :-) It's more of a Stallone-type action hero. His name is Ed Molloy, professional bouncer. He's the best in the business, with lethal fists and Zen-like manners that have earned him the nickname Brainsmasher.

Teri Hatcher stars as Samantha Crain, international supermodel, whose botanist sister, played by Deborah Van Valkenburgh, finds a red lotus flower in the snows of Tibet and thus becomes the target of a gang of fanatical Chinese monks who think that this flower can give them the key to world domination. With me so far? Yuji Okumoto, who heads the gang of killer Ninjas (but don't you call them Ninjas or they'll break your nose!), has certain plans he hopes to realize with the help of the lotus flower, and must be stopped at all costs. This where the fun begins.

Running from killer Ninjas, the swashbuckling sisters decide to split. That's when Samantha runs into Ed. The bouncer and the model team up to stay alive. With little in common except being in this mess together and a growing mutual attraction, the romance sparks and spectacular street combat sequences provide the wall-to-wall action while the laughs keep flying! Like all great love-on-the-run movies it will leave you breathless....

In short, Brain Smasher is the hippest action/comedy ever!

3-0 out of 5 stars Or parody of Love Stories/Martial Arts/Action films?
This video has the same predictable elements as most Martial Arts/Action films, except the oriental actor's mouths match the audio. If you are an Andrew "Dice" Clay fan, you will find his performance a tolerable one. His character is a macho, hard hitting bouncer with much of the attitude from his stand-up routines. Although this film has its comedic moments "The Diceman" seems truly out of his element. Teri Hatcher fans will not be disappointed, as she wields her acting abilities as usual. She portrays a highly successful supermodel whose world traveling, flake of a sister is being pursued by "we are monks, NOT ninjas". Together Hatcher and Clay must save the world from these guys. I gave this film three stars because this is one of those movies you select for one of those quiet nights at home, you know...two or three movies and a box of microwave popcorn. Though it is not an Oscar winner, it is entertaining, and at the risk of sounding sexist, (sorry ladies) seeing Teri Hatcher in that sheer blouse, those shorts, and the thigh high boots made it worth the purchase price. ... Read more


9. Check Is in the Mail
Director: Joan Darling
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10. I'll Remember April
Director: Bob Clark (III)
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It's April.Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a Japanese submarine off th ecoast of Northern CA submerges, stranding MATSUO (Yuji Okumoto), a young Japanese sailor.Four ten year boys, DUKE (Trevor Morgan), PEE WEE (Haley Joel Osment), WILLY (Yuki Tokuhiro) and TYLER (Richard Taylor Olson) discover MATSUO and take prisoner, hoping to become local heroes.Meanwhile, as Japanese paranoia grows, John (Mark Harmon) and Barbara (Pam Dawber), confront the internment camp relocation of their neighbors, ABE TANAKA (Pat Morita), WILLY and his mother.After MATSUO rescues DUKE from drowning, the boys do not see him as the enemy and decide to help him escape.Complex emotions arise in an action-filled and poignant journey of peril and self discovery. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing story for amazing actors
This movie is unbelievable, i'm french i watched it, and oh my god!! if you want to cry, to laugh, buy it!! The youngs actors are amazing specially Haley Joel Osment the new young biggest actor!! After The Sixth Sens, Pay It Forward(so sad), and A.I, if you haven't seen I'll Remember April, you miss a fabulous Osment's movie.
So i have just an advice: buy it and love it, you can't do else.
Believe me is a great fabulous movie ;-)

2-0 out of 5 stars Cute kids outshine this low-budget effort
"I'll Remember April" is a frustratingly uneven film that suffers most from its inability to understand its audience. Very adult themes such as Japanese prison camps and the deaths of family members in WWII are reduced to condescendingly simple moral lessons that seem aimed squarely at young children, although the subject matter will undoubtedly go over their heads. Who exactly is supposed to enjoy this movie? Its most redeeming qualities are its quartet of cute child actors (Haley Joel Osment hardly has a leading role, despite his blatant overbilling on the movie cover) and its willingness to deal with an ugly chapter in American war history, instead of the usual patriotic standpoint. Unfortunately, these qualities are severely undermined by a ludicrous music score which never appropriately matches the action or the tone of the film, a tendency to repeat the same scenes over and over with hardly any variation (especially the father-son dialogues) and an ending that's a huge letdown. In some ways this may be a refreshing departure from traditional Hollywood war epics, but ultimately it's extremely disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Open your heart and your eyes!
This movie shows how easy hate is transferred from adults to children. It also shows how innocent children are and how easy it is for them to connect with someone so different than themselves. With such a huge language barrier they are still able to befriend a Japanese sailor. Although the relationship started as a soldier/prisoner, it grew to a very long and heart felt relationship. It truly is one of the best coming of age stories I have ever viewed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ironic Timliness
At a time when we are comparing Pearl Harbor with 911, and the treatment of Afganisganians living here with that of the Japanese Americans in WW2, to accidently come upon such a delightful portrayal came as a surprise to me. I had never heard of it before, but bought it because I noticed the actors and the fair price and took a gamble on it. This should be re released!!!!! It would be a smash. Children can leaarn a gentle lesson of what went on at that time and perhaps relate it to our present situation. I don't often find such a jewel.

1-0 out of 5 stars I would have liked to have seen the whole movie
I purchased this movie because the synopsis on the box captured my interest. I thought it was supposed to be a family movie and we all sat down to watch it. For those who do care about language quality, you should be aware that this is not a children's movie. We did not watch the whole movie, even though we were enjoying it. After the third instance of foul language, I returned it to the store. This movie should be rated PG. NOT RATED does not mean FOR GENERAL AUDIENCES. ... Read more


11. Red Sun Rising
Director: Francis Megahy
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1-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
What a mediocre martial arts film. Don Wilson is a great marital artist, but his acting skills need serious work. In fact, most of the story was so lame, the films only saving grace was Terry Farrell. Not a great part for her either, but she did the best she could with the material and what she was given. Her performance was...ok. But in the end nothing could save this film from becoming a horrid direct to video B-movie release compared to superior action/martial arts movies.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the Dragon's best...
Here Wilson prtrays a half-Japanese(ainako)cop at odds with the Yakuza ,himself, and American culture.Featuring a touch of the supernatural,other real life masters such as James Lew and a funny and excellent performance from Mako and also Michael Ironside this is a very satisfying martial arts thriller. ... Read more


12. Robot Wars
Director: Albert Band
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best
This is a very good movie I recomend it for sci-fi lovers of all ages.The only bad part is at the begining when your sitting through the credits,of course you can always fast-forward through that.The movie is 106 minutes long,and is rated pg.

5-0 out of 5 stars First There Was ROBOT JOX...and then came ROBOT WARS!
Metal against metal. Blow upon blow. Powerful arms reach out to grab and choke, electrifying lasers light up the sky as they ricochet off solid plates of steel.
The ultimate battle between metallic giants begins when a malicious foreign dignitary hijacks the last mega-robot on Earth, the MRAS-2, and threatens to unleash its crushing powers against the people of the Eastern Alliance. There's only one force magnificent enough to stop the MRAS-2, a MEGA-1 robot hidden under the city. It's up to renegade pilot (Don Michael Paul), his engineer (James Staley) and a brilliant archaeologist (Barbara Crampton) to revive the MEGA-1 and re-establish world peace.
Will the MEGA-1 be able to survive the onslaught of the new robot and its superior technology? A phenomenal battle lies ahead...

3-0 out of 5 stars David Arkenstone soundtrack..
The David Arkenstone soundtrack is really the best thing about this movie. The acting is passable, and the effects, while certainly better than BBC "Dr. Who" quality, could be better. If you like the "giant robot" genre, you'll probably like this.

1-0 out of 5 stars Robot Wars a must not see
This movie is not very well written in my opinion and is probably a good thing that it is priced so high. Most of it is uninportant dailog that seems to have little or no piont with no story or structure. There is alittle action at the end, but of poor qualaty. To make a long review short, it is basically like a bad episode of G.I Jeo.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay.
Not as good as Robot Jox which is the first movie. Not as much action but is a hard find and would be nice in a collection of big fighting sci fi robots like Transformers. Not really worth it. ... Read more


13. Fortress 2: Re-entry
Director: Geoff Murphy
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3-0 out of 5 stars Re-Entry is Pure Re-Hash (Somewhat Good Re-Hash)
This is one of those sci-fi sequel films where the concept was great along with some of the actors, yet leaves you with a bland feeling. The special effects and futuristic weaponry, gadgets and contraptions (brain pain/optic security camera implanted in the prisoners' bodies)are some of the better ones around for a sci-fi b-movie like this. As for Lambert, he's one of those actors where he's always teetering between mediocre acting ability and bonafide dramatic acting ability. It is a sequel where Lambert's character and family are runaway fugitives from a ruthless robotic prison system which he and several others destroyed in the last film.The underlying sub-plot for the sequel stems from the original where families are only allowed by law to have one child due to the devastating population growth.The main characters first child was a still born; they proceed to "illegally" procreate for another one and try to cross the Mexican border to guarantee that the child is born free and safe. The bit of tongue-and-cheek irony here is that in the future Americans are trying to escape the U.S. and cross the line into Mexico to get away from the oppression and police . Lambert's character and wife get caught by the police at the U.S./Mexican border and the rest is history seen in Fortress One. As for Re-Entry, if I explain the plot all will be given away;can't do that. It is a dvd worthy of a weekend rental when you're bored. Otherwise, Bladerunner or StarWars it is not...Viewers who have seen Fortress One take note of Fortress Two; the actress who plays Lambert's wife in Re-Entry somehow became more voluptuous and sexier (despite the fact she's been a fugitve on the run for ten years). Hmmm...

1-0 out of 5 stars Oh the humanity!
The only word you need to know relating to the atrocity that is "Fortress 2: Re-entry" is, quite simply, LAMBERT! That's right, master thespian and international film god Christopher Lambert returns to reprise his role as the persecuted John Brennick, the bane of the powerfully evil Men-Tel corporation. The first film in the series, which arrived on the scene some six years before its sequel, was an enjoyable action/drama film larded with good characters, occasionally intriguing special effects, and lots of shoot 'em up action. The first film was even directed by Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator," "From Beyond") and employed solid character actors like Jeffrey Combs and Kurtwood Smith to good effect. It got so you didn't even mind Christopher Lambert starred in the movie since the secondary elements made up for his lack of talent. You would think at least a little charm from the original might rub off on its sequel. You would be wrong. "Fortress 2" is a disaster across the board: bad acting, lousy script, slow pacing, and a forgettable supporting cast destroys any chance this movie had at success. "Fortress 2" is to the world of cinema what Linda McCartney was to Wings.

Once again John Brennick and his wife are on the run from the Men-Tel Corporation. At the end of the first movie the couple escaped the clutches of the evil plutocrats and went underground in order to defy the ban on having children. The opening of "Fortress 2" shows the Brennicks safely ensconced in a cabin somewhere far from the overpopulated urban centers run by Men-Tel. A group of rebels from the resistance pay a visit to Brennick so they can convince him to rejoin their efforts to destroy the corporation. Predicatably, Men-Tel thugs clandestinely follow these upstarts out to the cabin and launch a raid. Lots of bullets fly, Brennick and family escape through a tunnel under the house, and Johnny blows a helicopter out of the sky before the soldiers finally capture him. Brennick's spouse and young son escape, so there will be no wife in prison to compromise John's attention this time around. And prison is exactly where he is going, but this time the penitentiary is a floating space station revolving around the earth. It would seem that walking out of this situation will not be as easy as it was last time. C'mon, you know better! This is big, bad John Brennick we are talking about here. Of course he will escape. Our job is to play like good little sheep, shut our mouths, and watch how he does it.

The space prison is pretty much like the institution encountered in the first film with a few minor exceptions. First, the beloved intestinators from the first film are long gone, replaced with a different implant device that causes everyone to fall on the ground and roll around shrieking in pain whenever the guards punch a button. Second, one of Brennick's cellmates is a sexy young woman who takes lots of showers to distract the bulls whenever John and his allies are plotting something. Third, this is a dumb movie. There is a bunch of nonsense about Men-Tel building some huge project and using the prisoners as slave labor, but it is largely uninteresting most of the time. Pam Grier turns up in the role as the head of Men-Tel, perhaps the most egregious crime the film commits because she doesn't have much to do except threaten the prison warden via video screen and show up briefly in the end. Another wasted opportunity arrives in the shape of Yuji Okumoto as the sadistic guard Sato. Viewers will recognize this veteran character actor and loudly lament the inability of the script to put him to better use. By the way, did I mention this movie reeks?

I actually followed the movie for a bit before issuing an increasingly loud series of raspberries at the stupidity unfolding onscreen. A few things were slightly interesting, such as Brennick's turn in "solitary" after a failed escape attempt. The punishment differs slightly from a similar penalty on earth: guards lock Brennick in a transparent bubble on the outer shell of the station, thereby exposing him to extremes of cold and heat as the prison revolves around the earth. Alas, this scene is the only good point in an otherwise useless production. One need only watch one of the characters attach a miniature video camera to a roach to understand the ridiculous depths to which this movie sinks. The absolute worst, and I mean WORST, situation occurs when Brennick, in an effort to reach another part of the rapidly deteriorating space station, holds his breath and flies through space without any sort of protective gear. You heard me right. A man soars through deep space wearing nothing but the clothes on his back--with only a bloody nose to show for it--and survives to fight another day. This scene alone guarantees a one star review. How dare the screenwriters, the director, and the producer attempt to foist off such an idiotic scenario on viewers.

Brennick escapes in time for the inevitable reunion with his loved ones (in front of a picturesque sunset, no less), but the viewer has nowhere to go after watching this piece of crud except perhaps to the local pharmacy to pick up a bottle of Thorazine. Whatever your poison, pray it is strong enough to burn the memory of this film out of your head. The DVD is fortunately sparse, with a trailer for this film, one for a movie called "Resurrection," and a widescreen presentation of the movie. The lack of a commentary surprises me not at all; I wouldn't want to take any responsibility for such a worthless project either if I was associated with it. Good luck with this one, faithful viewers.

2-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't add up to the original...
Our story picks up about ten years where the original ended. Brannick is caught and put in a new prison, this time in space orbiting Earth. The characters are plenty fun and the humor is well-placed, but the acting and overall script leave much to be desired. The film is very watchable, but little comes from it. Christopher Lambert is not a good enough actor to make his character as interesting as he was in the first film, but his supporting cast is not all bad. Mostly, I liked the computer effects and some of the action was neat. The star rating can be ignored here. I really give it 2 1/2, but Amazon.com won't let me do halves.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sequel lacks the budget and performances of the original
Although I really enjoyed the original movie, "Fortress 2: Re-entry" is disappointing in comparison. The film offers a promising storyline: John and Karen Brennick are shown 10 years later with their son, hiding from the MenTel Corporation. John is eventually captured and sent to a prison space station to serve his sentence for having another child, while Karen and her son are still being pursued by MenTel. Again, John is driven to escape from this dismal prison. The magic that made the first "Fortress" work is not present in this film. The special effects are of poor quality, and the actors' performances are not very good. This movie may be worth renting just to see what happens to the characters from the first film.

5-0 out of 5 stars great stuff
Action, Sci-fi, nudity, 'behaviour modification' and Christopher Lambert? You know you're in for one hell of a ride!
This movie is at least as good as the original, and looks and sounds great on dvd.
No, it's not one of the most intelligent flicks out there, but who cares? The movie-makers set out to make the movie an exciting romp in space, and in that they certainly succeed.
The only thing that let me down a little was the abrupt ending, something the original suffered from too, but trust me, this is good fun if you're not looking for a masterpiece! ... Read more


14. Nemesis
Director: Albert Pyun
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nemesis - Underrated B-Movie
Alex Rain (Olivier Gruner) is a half-human, half-machine LAPD cop who is the best at what he does. When the terrorists he is after questions his humanity, Alex questions himself and leaves the police force. He goes underground and becomes a chips-smuggler, however this doesn't last long and he is assigned a last job for the LAPD. The final assignment is to apprehend an old partner, who Alex loved, who has stolen security data. Alex once again must question his allegiance to LAPD when things go sour.

The movie has mediocre special effects, the stop-go animation in parts is reminscent of the Terminator. However, there are a few very nice looking explosions and some great gun-fu. Gruner brings his experience from his military service and his kick-boxing training and leaves the fewer satisfied.

Overall the movie is pretty good, aside from some pretty odd scenes (like Thomas Jane walking around naked). If you like movies such as Blade Runner, the Terminator, or any other Olivier Gruner movie, you will like this one. If you pick-up the DVD version, you will be treated to a Making-of featurette and Nemesis TV Spots.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nemesis - Great Underrated B-Movie
Alex Rain (Olivier Gruner) is a half-human, half-machine LAPD cop who is the best at what he does. When the terrorists he is after questions his humanity, Alex questions himself and leaves the police force. He goes underground and becomes a chips-smuggler, however this doesn't last long and he is assigned a last job for the LAPD. The final assignment is to apprehend an old partner, who Alex loved, who has stolen security data. Alex once again must question his allegiance to LAPD when things go sour.

The movie has mediocre special effects, the stop-go animation in parts is reminscent of the Terminator. However, there are a few very nice looking explosions and some great gun-fu. Gruner brings his experience from his military service and his kick-boxing training and leaves the fewer satisfied.

Overall the movie is pretty good, aside from some pretty odd scenes (like Thomas Jane walking around naked). If you like movies such as Blade Runner, the Terminator, or any other Olivier Gruner movie, you will like this one. If you pick-up the DVD version, you will be treated to a Making-of featurette and Nemesis TV Spots.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Low Budget Treat
It's not a great movie, but it's great fun, especially after a few beers. It's basically on the same level of the 80s film Hardware, though Nemesis has more action and a better ending.

If your looking for something fresh give this one a try, just try not to think too much while watching it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Another piece of space junk from La La Land...
If there was a setting for "0" stars I would give it to this movie. This movie is TERRIBLE! Okay, take a bunch of kids from some mindless bedroom community in about, say, grade 7 that have never left the burbs, give them some decent camera equipment and then ask them to do a variation on Blade Runner and this movie is EXACTLY what you would get. The dialogue that exsists is mindless, boring drival that you can't wait to end, low-budget pyrotechnic gun fights set in rural scrap yards. I think most of the budget was spent on designer sunglasses and black leather. The lead guy (a french actor), is SO bad that he can't even keep his accent consistent - sometimes he sounds Russian, then French, Eastern European, American, the guy is really, really bad and boring as %$&^!. I think I even recall seeing one of those Darryl Hanna Blade Runner athletic back-flip things. I think it's funny how directors keep trying to ripp Blade Runner off but since they have no taste, they always fail. Don't even think of renting/buying this film unless you are a tasteless, mindless fool and then by all means, waste your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Admittedly, A Guilty Pleasure
An Albert Pyun production can threaten the mental stability of even the most diehard B movie fan. This director is a master of cheesy, low budget films loaded with hammy acting, molasses like pacing, and terrible scripts. As far as I know, there are only two Pyun films really worth watching: the early 1980s sword and sandal picture "The Sword and The Sorcerer" and this movie, the 1993 science fiction thriller "Nemesis." Two good movies out of a slew of stinkers doesn't mean I wouldn't watch any of his clunkers, though. If anything, a bad movie always promises to deliver a few laughs. Anyway, Pyun's name is synonymous with junk in B movie circles. Just scan some of the movie review sites on the Internet and laugh out loud at the abrasive comments aimed in Al's direction. The success of "Nemesis" eventually led to several sequels, each a victim of diminishing returns. The first one is a winner worth watching, but still contains plenty of plot holes for the discerning viewer to giggle over.

Los Angeles cop Alex Rain works hard to break up crime rings and terrorist groups. It's the year 2027, and humanity has changed quite a bit in the near future. It appears that technology dominates, with doctors capable of implanting robotic machinery directly into the human body. In 2027, you've got millions of people ambling around the country with implants, many of them more machine than human. The growing numbers and strength of these cyborgs is starting to become a real problem for the rest of humanity. Eventually, some people fed up with the increasingly metallic composition of the population form resistance groups to fight the growing cyborgs. It is Alex Rain's job to help keep the peace, and to bring in these people when they break the law. After all, killing a cyborg is still a crime since most of these creatures still possess a significant percentage of human parts. Many of Alex Rain's fellow police officers have machine implants. Actually, Rain himself has a few parts in him, too. In the future, it is just too difficult to discern who is completely human and who isn't, and it's about to get much harder. After a lengthy opening sequence that shows us how Alex ends up in retirement, the movie starts in earnest.

Rain's old boss, Farnsworth, approaches him about a new mission. The United States and Japan have decided to merge into one country (a process not unusual in the near future, according to the movie). A cyborg that worked with the police rebelled against the system and took some important information about the merger with her to Java, where she is presently hiding out while attempting to contact a terrorist organization named the Hammerheads. Rain, who has a contentious history with this sexy cyborg, must go to Java and kill her in order to retrieve this critical information. Rain reluctantly goes for reasons made obvious in the film, and soon discovers that things are not quite what they seem. It turns out that the mission Farnsworth sent Rain on is merely a cover for a much more important mission involving the fate of the planet, humanity, and the cyborgs. We don't find this out for some time, and until we do, the movie does tend to confuse the viewer. Not to worry, though, as you can content yourself with the bevy of beautiful women wearing tight skirts, some nudity, massive amounts of gunfire, and a healthy dose of bloody special effects. "Nemesis" may well rank as one of the most violent shoot 'em ups made in the last few years. The movie contains elements that reminded me of both "The Terminator" and "The Matrix," although I wouldn't go so far as to say that "Nemesis" serves a bridge between those two movies. I will say that if you love films overflowing with huge guns and a super high body count, you will love this Pyun picture.

The plot zips along at mach speed, but the acting often fails to engage. Lead star Oliver Gruner, a French actor who must have once been on the same "up and coming action star" list as Jean Claude Van Damme, tanks as the tough yet caring cop Alex Rain. I suspect Gruner graduated from the Joe Dallesandro School of acting because his wooden expressions to some extent resemble those of the co-star of "Blood for Dracula" and "Flesh for Frankenstein." The female stars take second fiddle, and are usually on screen to serve as eye candy for the mostly young male audience that would watch a film like this one. At least "Nemesis" gives us the ever reliable Tim Thomerson in the role of Farnsworth, along with late B movie star Brion James as one of Farnsworth's sidekicks. James's pseudo German accent alone makes this movie worth watching. In fact, I doubt I would have even watched this movie if I hadn't known beforehand that Thomerson and James appeared in it.

The DVD gives us several extras, including a trailer and some behind the scenes action about the film. The extras list said there were a few television spots, but when I selected that option, I got more behind the scenes footage. At least the transfer is decent, although it isn't as good as it should be. Colors occasionally look washed out, and there are a few rips on the print. Overall, I give a hearty round of applause to Albert Pyun. It is going to be tougher for me to criticize this guy after watching "Nemesis." The movie not only entertains, it is entertaining enough to watch again. This picture just goes to show that even a hack filmmaker can turn out a great treat every now and again. ... Read more


15. Blast
Director: Albert Pyun
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3-0 out of 5 stars A not bad rip-off of Die Hard.
When Terrorist (Lead by Andrew Divoff) takes over an International Sports Event and Taking the Woman's Swimming Team Hostage but it's up to a Trapped Janitor (Linden Ashby) to save the day with the help of the FBI and a Terrorist Expert(Hammy Acted by Rutger Hauer).

Directed by Albert Pynn (Cyborg, Nemesis Series, The Sword and the Sorcerer) made a familiar action-flick... the Film is Surprisngly Entertaining but If it Wasn't for the Clusmy Writting, Direction and Bad Visual Effects. Blast could have been a Terrific Movie. Watch Close for Shannon Elizabeth. Clairmont-Scope. Grade:B-.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please, make it stop!
You might say that I'm not qualified to rate this movie, because I only saw thirty minutes of it while trapped in a hotel room in Africa. However, I fear that this movie has left me scarred for life.

...a terrorist and his white trash buddies seizing an aquatic sports facility in Atlanta, holding the U.S. women's swim team hostage in return for unrealistic political demands. And the only person who can stop him is a janitor (and of course he's a former Tae Kwao Do competitor), whose estranged wife is conveniently the coach of the swim team (and hence one of the hostages).

It was over 14 months ago when I was exposed to this movie, but it keeps coming back into my mind, surfacing painfully with what can only be called a masochistic fixation. That movie was such a spectacle, such a grim parade of ill-talent and even less skill, that I can't keep from thinking about it. Certain scenes are burned into my mind, fraught with insipid dialogue and spasmodic acting ... and Rutger Hauer? What on Earth happened to you, man? This movie is a cinematic stool; have you really sunk this low?

I try not to write hostile reviews, because I like to believe that all art has its own merits, but this movie has done more than simply waste thirty minutes of my time. It has left me damaged, haunting me like a grand trauma where my only escape is to curl up into a fetal position on the carpet and chew off my own fingers.

Please, save yourself, if it's not too late. You have a lot more to risk than your money.

3-0 out of 5 stars Rather predictable, but certainly not bad.
On the whole, this is the sort of action movie that comes to the public by the hundreds. A group of evil terrorists take a couple of helpless girls hostage, a burned out, stand-alone hero saves the day and that is about it as far as the plot is concerned. However, as far as the standard formula goes, it is quite well done. For one thing, a number of hosages actually gets killed, making the story more realistic then usual. For another, the cast seriously tries to develope the characters they are supposed to play. Handicapped by the rather two-dimensional script they do not succeed completely, but at least the intention is there. The rest of the movie is made up out of explosions, some good martial arts and even the occasional comic releave. ( A legless Hauer floating in the water is quite a funny sight ). All in all, nothing special, but quite worth watching.

3-0 out of 5 stars TERRORISM HAS A NEW ARENA....
Just before the games are about to begin at the Atlanta Olympics, a deadly team of terrorists led by Kalal (Andrew Divoff) mount a precision attack on the Aquatic Center and succeed in taking the US Womens Swimming team hostage. The terrorists seal off the center and wire all the exits with powerful explosives. Unbeknownest to them, they have also missed a janitor (Linden Ashby) whom is trapped in the sprawling complex. Working against the clock, the FBI enlists the help of the mysterious Leo (Rutger Hauer), who coordinates his efforts with the trapped janitor to stop the terrorists in their tracks. ... Read more


16. American Yakuza
Director: Frank A. Cappello
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5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely well done - but avoid plot spoling reviews!!
I am a huge, huge fan of things Japanese. I ran a feudal Japan special interest group for Mensa for 12 years, writing and researching all aspects of samurai, ninja, and so on. So I pretty much see any Japanese-related movie I can get my hands on.

In American Yakuza, Viggo Mortensen plays Nick Davis/David Brandt - an ex-con that gets wrapped up in the Yakuza. Yakuza are the Japanese mob, and they are having issues with the American mob. There is a lot of culture-clash going on, and love interest. Ryo Ishibashi is the co-star from the Japanese side.

Don't be put off by the roughness of Viggo's character at the beginning. There some AMAZING plot twists in store, and the level of acting and scriptwriting is just amazing. It's a real movie about real people - the fights are all quite realistic, the way people react to each other is amazing. The revelations at the end make you literally want to watch the entire movie a second time to watch for things you missed the first time around.

Key Warning: Do NOT READ the blurbs on the box or the reviews that divulge what happens in the ending part of the movie. You ruin the entire meaning behind the movie if you go into it knowing what is going to happen. You need to watch it pretty much blind the first time, and let things unfold for you. If you do, you will be well rewarded. There are many things I'd love to praise in particular about Viggo's acting in this one but to do so would be to ruin the movie. So watch it and see for yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yakuza Adventure
This film was a brilliant surprise in comparison to the many "mafia", and "karate" movies available today. This film was an intelligent, alternative to the standard "shoot first and ask questions later", action films that are so popular in the nineties. Viggo Mortensen plays a character that was released from prison, and accidentally saves a member of the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) and thereby achieves a high status within the Yakuza. And this is just the beginning of one of the richest action movie plots in the last century. Not only do the actors give incredible, believable performances, but the plot is plausible as well. I will not go into further details on the plot for fear of giving something away, but suffice it to say, it is filled with twists, turns, surprises, and REALISTIC dialogue. My highest recommendation of this film is that their action scenes are not exaggerated. They are things that could realistically happen. No one, out-runs explosions, no one dodges an unheard of amount of bullets, and the characters don't all blow things up first and ask questions later. The characters have depth, and are intelligent, and very well acted. I cannot stress enough that this is a quality piece of film, far beyond the capacity of most action films. If you are in the mood for tense, and electrifying action that is plausible and realistic see this movie!

5-0 out of 5 stars Liked it 100 times more than I thought I would!
Honestly, I didn't expect to enjoy this movie as much as I did. It was a pleasant surprise to discover how well it was filmed; there are some very nice shots, with satisfying emotional twists. Great job by the actors (with the exception of the Italian Mob boss, who I found quite comical). I can truthfully say that I watched every minute and was sorry to see it end. Best $4.35 I ever spent on a movie! :-) Give it a try....

3-0 out of 5 stars ehhh...skip it unless your an obsessed Viggo fan
This movie was okay. It had its moments...some of then lack luster some of them decent. The acting was average. The script was basically nothing special. Honestly I got it just to see Viggo who looked incredibly cute so I guess it was worth it...

Best on mute.

2-0 out of 5 stars Viggo Mortensen must have REALLY needed cash
I think Viggo Mortensen is an incredible actor and has made some incredible movies, but I read somewhere that he's taken roles in films just because he needed the money to support his family and his art. This film must have been one of them. It was laughable, and not in a good way. Terrible movie. Mortensen does look very sexy in this film, and that would be about the only reason I would recommend to see this movie. I gave it 2 stars for that reason only. ... Read more


17. Nemesis
Director: Albert Pyun
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nemesis - Underrated B-Movie
Alex Rain (Olivier Gruner) is a half-human, half-machine LAPD cop who is the best at what he does. When the terrorists he is after questions his humanity, Alex questions himself and leaves the police force. He goes underground and becomes a chips-smuggler, however this doesn't last long and he is assigned a last job for the LAPD. The final assignment is to apprehend an old partner, who Alex loved, who has stolen security data. Alex once again must question his allegiance to LAPD when things go sour.

The movie has mediocre special effects, the stop-go animation in parts is reminscent of the Terminator. However, there are a few very nice looking explosions and some great gun-fu. Gruner brings his experience from his military service and his kick-boxing training and leaves the fewer satisfied.

Overall the movie is pretty good, aside from some pretty odd scenes (like Thomas Jane walking around naked). If you like movies such as Blade Runner, the Terminator, or any other Olivier Gruner movie, you will like this one. If you pick-up the DVD version, you will be treated to a Making-of featurette and Nemesis TV Spots.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nemesis - Great Underrated B-Movie
Alex Rain (Olivier Gruner) is a half-human, half-machine LAPD cop who is the best at what he does. When the terrorists he is after questions his humanity, Alex questions himself and leaves the police force. He goes underground and becomes a chips-smuggler, however this doesn't last long and he is assigned a last job for the LAPD. The final assignment is to apprehend an old partner, who Alex loved, who has stolen security data. Alex once again must question his allegiance to LAPD when things go sour.

The movie has mediocre special effects, the stop-go animation in parts is reminscent of the Terminator. However, there are a few very nice looking explosions and some great gun-fu. Gruner brings his experience from his military service and his kick-boxing training and leaves the fewer satisfied.

Overall the movie is pretty good, aside from some pretty odd scenes (like Thomas Jane walking around naked). If you like movies such as Blade Runner, the Terminator, or any other Olivier Gruner movie, you will like this one. If you pick-up the DVD version, you will be treated to a Making-of featurette and Nemesis TV Spots.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Low Budget Treat
It's not a great movie, but it's great fun, especially after a few beers. It's basically on the same level of the 80s film Hardware, though Nemesis has more action and a better ending.

If your looking for something fresh give this one a try, just try not to think too much while watching it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Another piece of space junk from La La Land...
If there was a setting for "0" stars I would give it to this movie. This movie is TERRIBLE! Okay, take a bunch of kids from some mindless bedroom community in about, say, grade 7 that have never left the burbs, give them some decent camera equipment and then ask them to do a variation on Blade Runner and this movie is EXACTLY what you would get. The dialogue that exsists is mindless, boring drival that you can't wait to end, low-budget pyrotechnic gun fights set in rural scrap yards. I think most of the budget was spent on designer sunglasses and black leather. The lead guy (a french actor), is SO bad that he can't even keep his accent consistent - sometimes he sounds Russian, then French, Eastern European, American, the guy is really, really bad and boring as %$&^!. I think I even recall seeing one of those Darryl Hanna Blade Runner athletic back-flip things. I think it's funny how directors keep trying to ripp Blade Runner off but since they have no taste, they always fail. Don't even think of renting/buying this film unless you are a tasteless, mindless fool and then by all means, waste your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Admittedly, A Guilty Pleasure
An Albert Pyun production can threaten the mental stability of even the most diehard B movie fan. This director is a master of cheesy, low budget films loaded with hammy acting, molasses like pacing, and terrible scripts. As far as I know, there are only two Pyun films really worth watching: the early 1980s sword and sandal picture "The Sword and The Sorcerer" and this movie, the 1993 science fiction thriller "Nemesis." Two good movies out of a slew of stinkers doesn't mean I wouldn't watch any of his clunkers, though. If anything, a bad movie always promises to deliver a few laughs. Anyway, Pyun's name is synonymous with junk in B movie circles. Just scan some of the movie review sites on the Internet and laugh out loud at the abrasive comments aimed in Al's direction. The success of "Nemesis" eventually led to several sequels, each a victim of diminishing returns. The first one is a winner worth watching, but still contains plenty of plot holes for the discerning viewer to giggle over.

Los Angeles cop Alex Rain works hard to break up crime rings and terrorist groups. It's the year 2027, and humanity has changed quite a bit in the near future. It appears that technology dominates, with doctors capable of implanting robotic machinery directly into the human body. In 2027, you've got millions of people ambling around the country with implants, many of them more machine than human. The growing numbers and strength of these cyborgs is starting to become a real problem for the rest of humanity. Eventually, some people fed up with the increasingly metallic composition of the population form resistance groups to fight the growing cyborgs. It is Alex Rain's job to help keep the peace, and to bring in these people when they break the law. After all, killing a cyborg is still a crime since most of these creatures still possess a significant percentage of human parts. Many of Alex Rain's fellow police officers have machine implants. Actually, Rain himself has a few parts in him, too. In the future, it is just too difficult to discern who is completely human and who isn't, and it's about to get much harder. After a lengthy opening sequence that shows us how Alex ends up in retirement, the movie starts in earnest.

Rain's old boss, Farnsworth, approaches him about a new mission. The United States and Japan have decided to merge into one country (a process not unusual in the near future, according to the movie). A cyborg that worked with the police rebelled against the system and took some important information about the merger with her to Java, where she is presently hiding out while attempting to contact a terrorist organization named the Hammerheads. Rain, who has a contentious history with this sexy cyborg, must go to Java and kill her in order to retrieve this critical information. Rain reluctantly goes for reasons made obvious in the film, and soon discovers that things are not quite what they seem. It turns out that the mission Farnsworth sent Rain on is merely a cover for a much more important mission involving the fate of the planet, humanity, and the cyborgs. We don't find this out for some time, and until we do, the movie does tend to confuse the viewer. Not to worry, though, as you can content yourself with the bevy of beautiful women wearing tight skirts, some nudity, massive amounts of gunfire, and a healthy dose of bloody special effects. "Nemesis" may well rank as one of the most violent shoot 'em ups made in the last few years. The movie contains elements that reminded me of both "The Terminator" and "The Matrix," although I wouldn't go so far as to say that "Nemesis" serves a bridge between those two movies. I will say that if you love films overflowing with huge guns and a super high body count, you will love this Pyun picture.

The plot zips along at mach speed, but the acting often fails to engage. Lead star Oliver Gruner, a French actor who must have once been on the same "up and coming action star" list as Jean Claude Van Damme, tanks as the tough yet caring cop Alex Rain. I suspect Gruner graduated from the Joe Dallesandro School of acting because his wooden expressions to some extent resemble those of the co-star of "Blood for Dracula" and "Flesh for Frankenstein." The female stars take second fiddle, and are usually on screen to serve as eye candy for the mostly young male audience that would watch a film like this one. At least "Nemesis" gives us the ever reliable Tim Thomerson in the role of Farnsworth, along with late B movie star Brion James as one of Farnsworth's sidekicks. James's pseudo German accent alone makes this movie worth watching. In fact, I doubt I would have even watched this movie if I hadn't known beforehand that Thomerson and James appeared in it.

The DVD gives us several extras, including a trailer and some behind the scenes action about the film. The extras list said there were a few television spots, but when I selected that option, I got more behind the scenes footage. At least the transfer is decent, although it isn't as good as it should be. Colors occasionally look washed out, and there are a few rips on the print. Overall, I give a hearty round of applause to Albert Pyun. It is going to be tougher for me to criticize this guy after watching "Nemesis." The movie not only entertains, it is entertaining enough to watch again. This picture just goes to show that even a hack filmmaker can turn out a great treat every now and again. ... Read more


18. Hard Justice
Director: Greg Yaitanes
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4-0 out of 5 stars It was a good action/adventure film!
I've seen Hard Justice on cable a couple of times and I decided to buy the uncut, no commercial film version. I've seen it twice already. The special effects were explosive and the fighting scenes were fun to watch. It's really good to see David Bradley again in an action/adventure movie. The "love interest sparks" between Nick and Hannah were sweet. It fits well in the story even though there were mostly shooting, blowing cars, and lots of kick-butt fighting.

5-0 out of 5 stars On the set of Hard Justice
I played one of the many prisoners in this film. The special effects and the stunts were great, as well as working with the other actors. I find myself watching this video again and again because of the action. It is definitely a video to add to your library if you are an action fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars HOW DID I MISS THIS IN THE THEATER!?
This is one of those films that belongs on your "gotta rent that" list. But after you watch it, you'll put it on your "gotta own this" list. Crazy action sequences that cause spontaneous laughter and a sudden need to hit the rewind button. The bad guys are the best part. Make the popcorn in advance and kill the lights, this film is a must have for any good couch commando.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beats "Die Hard"!!! Non-stop excitement! Super-charged!
I was blown away by the intensity of the filmmaking. Crazy stunts that I've never seen before. Slick stylized photography. And alot of my favorite supporting actors. Director Greg Yaitanes took what could have been a typical action-flick and made it look like a fifty-million dollar summer blockbuster. In my ten years of being a published film critic, I have never seen raw gritty directing talent like I saw in "Hard Justice." I saw it at least half a dozen times, and I plan on seeing it half a dozen more. ... Read more


19. Mean Guns
Director: Albert Pyun
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Direct-to-video stylist Albert Pyun sets this plotless, gun-crazy frenzy to the mambo beat of Prez Prado and runs with it. Mobster Ice-T calls dozens of associates to a newly built prison the day before it's dedicated, locks them in, and pits them against one another for a prize of $10 million, which the last three survivors will split. Bleached blond Christopher Lambert is a grinning psycho having a little too much fun, while the soul of the group belongs to the craggy-faced Michael Halsey, a ruthless killer with an odd sense of purpose and a code of honor. The story is merely an excuse for unending gunplay and giddy violence and Pyun rises to the occasion, executing everything from riotous free-for-alls to elaborate chases to Western-style standoffs (complete with a haunting spaghetti Western style guitar and trumpet theme). The video titles, dingy lighting, and dusky color give away the low budget and ultimately the script doesn't make any sense, but Pyun wisely avoids the confusing plot (which he himself sometimes loses) and concentrates on his particular strength: wild, wicked, practically nonstop action driven by a restless camera and rat-a-tat editing. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best action movie of 1998 and one of the best ever!!!
This movie is really awesome, I dont like to look at it as just a b-movie but maybe just a low budget action movei, low budget isnt always necessarilly a b-movie. The acting is excellent I think. Christopher Lambert is an outstanding actor and I dont care what anyone says about him, he can play any type of role. Ice-T is in top form, playing the all time bad guy. This movie is very cool, not necessarilly plotless or pointless. Just shows alot of the things mercenaries do, and what they will do for it. This movie has alot of humor, often sexy, even a bit dramatic especially towards the end. And is of course filled with nonstop action, and one of the best. Very enjoyable anybody who likes awesome action movies then check this one out, its killer. And as for the bongo music, I dont normally like that kind of music, but it fits quite well for this movie.

3-0 out of 5 stars Quick, dirty, and oddly contemplative.
MEAN GUNS stars Christopher Lambert and Pyun regular Michael Halsey, and has only the merest shred of plot to propel the story: a powerful crime syndicate wants revenge on those who betrayed them, so it's set up a free-for-all in an empty prison where the condemned must fight to eliminate one another in six hours, or less. The three left standing get to walk away with some big money in their pockets.

Like most Pyun films, Mean Guns doesn't stand up to intense logical scrutiny, but that's not the point. The movie ends up being oddly contemplative, as the script draws out a handful of troubled characters thrust into a grotesque situation. While the emphasis is clearly on the action -- and there's plenty of it, well-shot as usual -- there are surprising moments of quiet where the audience is allowed to get close to these "bad guys" and come to at least part of an understanding of what their lives are like, what they think and feel. Lambert and Halsey are particularly good here, as a killer who's come unhinged because of a familial tragedy and another who's lost all hope of ever walking away clean, respectively. Good stuff, marred only by a very poor full-screen presentation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
I am not going to sit here and analyze this movie as some people here who have no jobs and plenty of time do. I am very critical, and at first glance I was like what the hell am i watching over here. But then i just got hooked, something about the movie lures people ain and makes them want to watch it. maybe its the way the mambo music is scripted into the movie or the intersting chracters. Either way its a good movie to have around and laugh at every once in a while

2-0 out of 5 stars Pulse Pounding This Ain't
You really must hand it to Christopher Lambert. After showing great promise in the action film "Highlander" back in the 1980s, his career rapidly took a nosedive. Lambert could have been the next big action star if he had played his cards right, but instead he followed up his initial success with the lengthy and oftentimes plodding "The Sicilian." Actors who make this type of mistake rarely call it quits; they merely head into the realm of B movies where all things are possible if one is willing to throw such antiquated notions like dignity and art to the wind. The 1997 film "Mean Guns" shows Christopher Lambert at the heights of his nadir. To be honest, Christopher shouldn't carry all of the blame for this lifeless excursion on Mount Boredom: Albert Pyun, a noted hack responsible for numerous dead on arrival film projects, directed this plodder. The fusion of an aging and desperate Lambert with Pyun's questionable abilities virtually insured that this movie would disappoint. What is so sad about the whole thing is that the idea behind "Mean Guns" is an intriguing one that, with a little bit of imagination and a bigger budget, could have been one of the best B movie action films made in the last ten years.

A powerful, and as sometimes hinted at, supernatural crime syndicate decides it is time to take out the trash that has been bleeding the operation over the years. This organization sends out invitations to the top killers who have worked for them in the past, inviting them to a meeting set to take place in a recently constructed prison. None of these thugs know exactly what is in store for them, but they all know that when the boss calls it pays to listen. As the criminals file into the penitentiary, they soon learn what's going on: each of these men and women must use whatever skills they possess to kill all of the others. To add a little spice to the contest, the syndicate stashed ten million dollars in cash somewhere in the prison as a reward to the last three people left standing. Heading up this operation is a platinum toothed Ice-T, a goon of especially unsavory reputation whose role is that of master of ceremonies. T rigged the prison with cameras and cellular phones so he can watch and hear the unfolding carnage as the murderers go at each other with gusto. The syndicate even supplies loads of guns and metal baseball bats at the start of the game to help things move along. Is this whole thing a trick or is the syndicate actually willing to shell out millions to figure out who is the best of the best?

Regrettably, "Mean Guns" fails on so many levels that it is difficult to outline all of the problems. I recognize that many people really enjoy this film as it is, but it could have been so much better. First, a movie that promises not stop action should have some nice, bloody shootouts. Forget about it. "Mean Guns" is as bloodless as an episode of "The A Team." People are beaten, shot, and stabbed with nary a popping squib to show for it. I had to go back and check the rating on this film after watching it because I simply couldn't believe that a 'R' rated film would be this prudish with the sauce. People taking a shotgun blast at close range do have a tendency to bleed, but not here. Sam Peckinpah could have worked wonders with this idea, but in the hands of the stingy Albert Pyun, it simply falls flat. Moreover, the director fails to properly design or photograph the massive gun battles that occur with great regularity throughout the film. Again, using Peckinpah's slow motion mayhem technique would have remedied many of these flaws. I don't know if film fans today just aren't used to seeing bloody action films intelligently captured on celluloid, but this movie had great potential to paint the prison red and it failed completely. What a shame.

The characters suffer due to a tedious, hackneyed script. You simply don't care what happens to most of these characters at any point during the film. Sometimes, films can make criminals interesting if the writer and director take a psychological approach to their subject. Look at "The Godfather" or "Casino" as examples. In "Mean Guns," most of the characters are simply cardboard cutouts serving as mere cannon fodder. An attempt to make Lambert's character, a bleach blond killer who cackles and clucks his way through the movie, suffer from some sort of flashback about the death of a child fails because it really isn't all that interesting either in its execution or in its explanation during the film's final showdown. Don't watch this movie thinking you will see smart characters expertly developed, although Pyun regulars will note the presence of leggy Tina Cote, an actress who appeared in "Omega Doom" and a few other Pyun films. Her head catching on fire provides the only sustainable laughs in this film, and only because it is so incredibly cheesy.

What do you get with the "Mean Guns" DVD? Not much, really. Some trailers and cast bios for Lambert and Ice-T is about it. The transfer looks acceptable at least, and if you like mambo music you're in luck as the whole soundtrack to the picture consists of nothing but mambo tunes. Bloodless gunfire and mambo; that is about the only thing I will remember about this movie. If you want to see a good Christopher Lambert film, watch "Highlander" again, for only die hard fans of the man with the French accent will appreciate this clunker.

3-0 out of 5 stars mambo, mambo
really great story and I liked the way it played out, though theres some stupid bits and characters that really are just dumb, like Deborah Van Valkenburgh's role, the chick who lives at the end, she was stupid. Lambert is so insane in this one and his fight and gunplay scenes rock ass. Ice-T contributes some knife and gun skills as well. people get smashed, bashesd, gunned down, hung, stabbed, strangled, hit by bats, hit by frying pans and other cool ways to die. vicious fight scenes ... Read more


20. 3x3 Eyes: The Descendant Volume 5
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Pa-Bo Ayanokoji believes she's a typical high school girl who likes to hang out with her friends. Her world is shattered when the mysterious warrior Yakumo reveals she is not a human girl, but Pai, the last surviving Sanjiyan or holy demon. The rest of the Sanjiyans were exterminated 300 years ago when their king, Kaiyanwang, turned to evil. Now he is about to rise again, and his servants are trying to kill Pai, who can challenge him. Pai's memories of her past life in the blessed realm of Kunlun have been blocked by a spell; Yakumo takes her to Tibet for help breaking it. Along the way, he fights assorted villains led by the sniggering Choukai. Pai and Yakumo cross the barrier to Kunlun with the aid of treasure hunter Jake Macdonald and some Tibetan monks. In Kunlun, they battle Choukai and Kaiyanwang's chief henchman, Benares. The drawn-out climax proves disappointing. Pai and her friends never confront Kaiyanwang, just his servants (which probably means sequels are in the offing). Yakumo repeatedly gets beaten to a bloody pulp but magically heals himself. Typical of the heroes in "magical girl" series, he remains unshakably devoted to the simple and whiny Pai. Rated 16 and up for considerable violence, minor profanity, and nudity. --Charles Solomon ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great ending for a captivating anime
This second 2 tape installment of this captivating anime series starts 4 years after the first one and brings the story to an amazing climax!

5-0 out of 5 stars Open your eyes...
To the wonderful animation that IS 3x3 Eyes.

Thank God for re-releasing this excellent series after the former distributor went out of business. 3x3 is one of the best anime series I have ever seen.

The animator, Yuzo Takada is excellent... noted for other classics like Nuku Nuku and Blue Seed. The animation is not only excellent, but so is the storyline.

Pai, a young girl with a strange third eye (that she can't control yet) is the last of her race. She meets up with the young boy Yakumo and asks him to help her grant her wish to become human.

It seems so simple at first... find a statue... do some incantations and viola! BUT... trouble arises when the statue is stolen, and they've got some big baddies to face off against.

The perfect mix of blood, gore and love story! It moves at a great pace, and all of the characters are interesting. The music is excellent, and the movie has a very dark feel to it (although you somehow can't help but believe everything is going to be turning up daisies in the end ^_^)

I reccomend to all!

5-0 out of 5 stars Want to get injured, but heal instantly?
3x3 Eyes is one of the most captivating Anime series I have ever seen.This anime features a beautiful, girlish Demon-Girl and an Invincible average school student.

Imagine, you get run over by a bus, crushed under a falling bridge, ripped into pieces by demon monsters...but just keep coming back?

This gripping tale keeps you on the edge of your seat and I highly recommend it to any anime lover.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best I have seen.
Although this is really a collection of episodes that are edited together to make a movie, this is the anime film that I liked the best.It is not the best animation in the world; some scenes were far too minimal, andthere was electronic noise where there should have been silence in somescenes. But the charactors and the story are second to none!If any animefilm were to be made into a live-action movie, this should be it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This was a great movie with a "to be continued" ending".That greatly takes away from the series since I haven't seen the next episode yet and I can't seem to find it anywhere.If anyone knows, pleasewrite in the next review. ... Read more


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