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An F.B.I. Agent Sent to Infiltrate the Yakuza, 9 October 2017
7/10

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"Nick Davis" (Viggo Mortensen) is an F.B.I. agent who has been sent on an undercover mission to infiltrate a warehouse owned and operated by the Yakuza. As it so happens, although they have a deal with the Italian Mafia, the boss named "Dino Campanela" (Michael Nouri) decides to double-cross his Japanese partners by sending some hit men to assassinate his main rival by the name of "Isshin Tendo" (John Fujioka) who just happens to be visiting that particular warehouse. Fortunately, Nick just happens to observe the armed gunmen sneaking into the warehouse and manages to thwart their efforts in time for Tendo to escape. However, one of Tendo's key lieutenants by the name of "Shuji Sawamoto" (Ryo Ishibashi) isn't so lucky as he is wounded in the ensuring chaos and is subsequently carried by Nick to a safe place and where he his wounds are treated. Grateful to Nick for saving his life, Shuji offers Nick a job working for him which results in serious repercussions for everyone involved. Now rather than reveal anymore I will just say that this was an enjoyable crime-drama which had an interesting plot, plenty of action and some good acting as well. I especially enjoyed the performances of both Viggo Mortensen and Ryo Ishibashi who worked very well together. Likewise, having an attractive actress like Anzu Lawson (as Nick's girlfriend "Yuko") certainly didn't hurt either. In any case, I liked this particular movie and I have rated it accordingly. Above average.

A Difficult Film to Comprehend at Times, 8 October 2017
5/10

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This film essentially begins during the Japanese occupation of China with three people being chased in a forest by a like number of men wearing masks on horseback. It's at this time that a young woman named "Yue" (Li Yu) watches in horror as her father is shot and killed while her boyfriend and an assailant subsequently tumble off of a cliff leaving both presumed dead. To that end, the remaining masked bandits ride off with half of a treasure map pertaining to a valuable gold mine which is highly sought after by the occupying Japanese military, the Nationalist Chinese Army and other interested parties as well. And the fact that these different factions will stop at nothing to possess the other half of the map results in personal vendettas which take on a life of their own not long afterward. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this film was quite confusing at first but as it moved along the plot began to make a little more sense. Even so, because of the manner in which certain flashbacks were utilized--along with some extremely fast English subtitles here and there--this film remained rather difficult to fully grasp and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Average.

Alley Cat (1984)
Hindered by Subpar Acting and Weak Combat Scenes, 7 October 2017
4/10

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This movie begins with a woman named "Belinda 'Billie' Clark" (Karin Mani) being woken up in the middle of the night by her neighbor and told that two thugs are trying to steal her car tires. So she immediately dresses and confronts the two men responsible. However, rather than stopping they attempt to physically assault her instead. However, this soon proves to be a big mistake as she possesses superlative martial arts skills and easily turns the tables on them. Not only that, but her grandfather also appears and upon shooting a gun at them causes them to immediately run away. Not long afterward these two hoodlums report back to their boss who is not at all pleased with them and decides to take matters into his own hands by robbing Billie's grandfather and fatally stabbing her grandmother in the process. If that wasn't bad enough, the next night Billie attempts to stop a rape on another woman by those same two thugs and for her efforts she is arrested by a corrupt cop and booked on bogus charges while the real crooks escape justice--at least for the time being. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this movie certainly had potential but it was somewhat limited by the cheap production values and some rather weak combat scenes. Likewise, although Karin Mani turned in a decent performance, most of the other actors weren't nearly as good. In any case, although I don't consider this to be a good film by any means, it wasn't totally bad and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Slightly below average.

Somewhat Repetitious After the First 30 Minutes or So, 6 October 2017
4/10

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This film essentially begins in a remote region of Africa with a boat carrying several tourists up a river in the wilderness. However, when they stop at a small place known as Snake Island to gather supplies the crew notices that there is nobody at the dock to greet them. Curious about this, three of the crew go ashore to find out what has happened with instructions for the passengers to remain on the boat. Unfortunately, when a cobra makes its way onto the boat a novelist named "Malcolm Page" (William Katt) accidentally punctures the gas tank in an effort to kill it. This leaves everybody stranded on the island where it soon becomes clear that the snakes are quite plentiful--and extremely aggressive. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this film started off well enough and appeared to have some potential. At least at first as there were a couple of scenes which had some decent suspense here and there. Likewise, both Kate Connor (as "Heather Dorsey") and Nicola Hanekom ("Ronnie") certainly added some nice scenery as well. Unfortunately, after the first 30 minutes or so many of the scenes became somewhat repetitious which caused my interest to wane a bit. That being said, while this wasn't a bad film by any means it wasn't necessarily that good and I have rated it accordingly. Slightly below average.

An Award Winning Performance by Sandahl Bergman, 5 October 2017
8/10

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After everyone in his village is ruthlessly murdered by a warlord known as "Thulsa Doom" (James Earl Jones) a young boy named "Conan" (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is captured and sentenced to hard labor as a slave on a giant treadmill for the rest of his life. However, as the years pass he is essentially forgotten about and subsequently sold into servitude as a gladiator. This new situation agrees with him and he soon becomes the most successful and feared gladiator in the land. Then one day he is freed and with him goes this fierce anger for revenge against Thulsa Doom who slaughtered his people and caused him so much suffering. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this film turned out to be surprisingly good due to a number of certain qualities in its favor. It had a good, action-oriented plot and some decent acting on the part of Sandahl Bergman ("Valeria") who won a Golden Globe Award for "New Star of the Year" and a Saturn Award for "Best Actress" in the process. Likewise, it was also nominated for several other Saturn Awards to include "Best Fantasy Film", "Best Music" and "Best Costumes" among others. Be that as it may, while this might not be a film for the ages, I still found it to be an extremely enjoyable movie and I have rated it accordingly.

Frankie and Johnny Were Sweethearts..., 4 October 2017
6/10

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This film begins with a woman named "Frankie" (Michelle Pfeiffer) arriving on a bus to Altoona, Pennsylvania to be present as a godmother for her young niece. At that exact moment a man named "Johnny" (Al Pacino) is being released from prison there as well. Frankie then heads back to New York City on a bus to resume her job as a waitress in a small restaurant where--as luck would have it--Johnny ventures inside and applies for a job as a cook. Although Johnny becomes quite smitten with Frankie, she is hesitant to have anything to do with him even though she is just as lonely as he is. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this film was rather slow at times but there was sufficient romance and a bit of humor here and there to keep things interesting. I especially liked the performance of Nathan Lane (as Frankie's good friend "Tim") who was responsible for almost all of the comedy. In any case, I found this to be an enjoyable movie for the most part and I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.

Spy Hard (1996)
Like a Joke Told Once Too Often, 3 October 2017
3/10

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Having supposedly killed the evil "General Rancor" (Andy Griffith) before he can do any mischief "Agent WD-40" (Leslie Nielsen) retires from the Secret Service to enjoy the remainder of his life to the fullest. However, he is called back by "the Director" (played by Charles Durning) when it is discovered that General Rancor has managed to survive and is now demanding a special computer chip in exchange for the release of an agent named "Barbara Dahl" (Stephanie Romanov) who just happens to be the daughter of the woman that Agent WD-40 (aka "Dick Steele") once loved. To that end, Agent WD-40 has to find the special computer chip before General Rancor can get his hands on it while at the same time attempt to rescue Barbara Dahl in the process. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this movie had a couple of humorous scenes here and there but like a joke that has been told once too often it lost its appeal after awhile. It just got old too quickly and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Below average.

Release the Kraken!, 2 October 2017
5/10

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This film begins with a young woman named "Danae" (Vida Taylor) and her infant son "Perseus" (Harry Hamlin) being imprisoned within a small floating vessel and then cast into the sea by "King Acrisius" (Donald Houston) of Argos who was angry with her for being impregnated by Zeus (Laurence Olivier). Needless to say, Zeus becomes livid over this and orders the temporary release of one of the Titans--known as the Kraken--to destroy Argos and King Acrisius in the process. In the meantime, the floating vessel bearing Danae and her son arrive at Seraphos where Perseus grows up into a man. Unfortunately for him, while he has the favor of Zeus, "Calibos" (Neil McCarthy) the son of the goddess "Thetis" (Maggie Smith), has committed a crime that so infuriates Zeus that he has him turned into a monster that is so vile and ugly that his fiancé "Princess Andromeda" (Judi Bowker) refuses to have anything to do with him. This, in turn, enrages Thetis who decides to take it out on both Andromeda and Perseus and there is only so much that the gods of Olympus can do to help them. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was one of those movies which seemed tailored for a younger audience even though it had a couple of brief scenes involving some nudity. That being said, while I would have preferred a more serious type of plot I still found this film to be worth the time spent watching it and I have rated it accordingly. Average.

The Lifestyle of the Gambling Addict, 1 October 2017
5/10

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This movie begins with a gambler by the name of "Charlie Waters" (Elliott Gould) going into a casino to play some poker. At the same table is a man by the name of "William Denny" (George Segal) who he comes to realize loves gambling as much as he does. What Charlie later learns is that William has recently gone into debt to a bookie by the name of "Sparkie" (Joseph Walsh) and needs to come up with some money fast. So he decides to pawn his belongings and go to Reno to participate in a poker game in order to square things away. Upon hearing this Charlie decides to go with him and lend him some moral and financial support but what he doesn't understand is just how determined William is on making a fortune right there and then. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an okay movie which depicted the lifestyle of the gambling addict quite well. However, none of the characters were really that easy to feel any sympathy for as none of them exhibited that much substance or depth. Again, while this wasn't a great movie by any means it was satisfactory for the time spent and I have rated it accordingly. Average.

Suffered From Sub-Standard Acting and an Even Worse Script, 30 September 2017
3/10

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This film begins with an Army pilot named "Captain Steve Holloway" (Mikel Conrad) undergoing treatment in a hospital after suffering from a head injury which has affected his memory. As it so happens his bomber was hit by Japanese flak and he and his crew were subsequently forced to ditch the plane somewhere in the Pacific. After drifting in a life raft for 8 days they finally come upon an uncharted island where they are taken prisoner by a small party of native women back to their camp. At first the high priestess named "Sandra" (Doris Merrick) wants to have them killed. However, after much dancing and deliberation the rest of the women convince her to have the men mate with them instead. Unfortunately, this idea doesn't appeal to Sandra who unties them them and forces them into the wilderness where they encounter all sorts of dangerous prehistoric animals and flesh-eating plants—and it's then that things become even more hazardous for everyone concerned. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a rather low-quality B-movie from the 50's which suffered from substandard acting and an even worse script. Likewise, although the special effects weren't that bad for this particular time-period, it should be noted that much of it was acquired directly from a previous film "One Million B.C." which diminishes my regard for the imagination and talent of those involved in producing it even more in my view. That said, I don't consider this to be a very good film and I have rated it accordingly. Below average.


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