Sunday, May 24, 2015

Film Review: Fist of Legend (1994)

Fist of Legend (Review)
China/1994
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...one of the best martial arts films ever made..."

Upon learning of his master's death, Chen Zhen (Jet Li) returns to China from Japan to avenge his master...

Fist of Legend follows Chen Zhen as he returns to Japan-occupied China. He returns to his Jingwu School, then pays a visit to those seemingly responsible for his master's death — a rival Japanese school. After easily beating them, Zhen rationalizes that his master must have been poisoned — a theory that is proven after Zhen surgically removes his master's liver. After the revelation, the conflict between the Chinese and Japanese continues to escalate. Meanwhile, there is a conflict within the Jingwu School and a conflict concerning love. The film leads to the same ol' showdown against an ultra-powerful Japanese adversary. Cliché? Yes. Epic? You're damn right. The ending is also great.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Film Review: The Ring (2002)

The Ring (Review)
United States/2002
Format Viewed For Review: Blu-ray
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"You may not be afraid of renting a haunted video tape anymore, but at least the horror remains timeless."

Journalist Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) begins to investigate an ominous tape after her niece's mysterious death...

The Ring follows Rachel as she investigates this tape. The tape in question features bizarre and disturbing images. Those who watch the tape die 7 days later. Of course, Rachel watches the tape and drags her ex-boyfriend into the mix. To her utter surprise, she begins to experience bizarre visions and she begins to believe in the tape's power. So, Rachel rushes to find a way to save herself and her family — a way to break the curse. The film leads to an iconic climax and a good ending.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Film Review: The Devil's Rejects (2005)

The Devil's Rejects (Review)
United States/2005
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...packed with quotable dialogue, effective tension and horror, and a dastardly pinch of black humor."

In 1978, the home of a family of demented serial killers known as The Devil's Rejects is raided by the police. Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) escape and try to outrun the police...

The Devil's Rejects follows Otis and Baby as they find themselves at a roadside motel. The siblings take a traveling band hostage while they wait for their father, notorious clown Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), and plan their next move. Of course, Otis and Baby like to have a little fun with their hostages and Spaulding shows up right on time. The film continues to follow the family as they search for refuge and try to escape Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe), the officer willing to go to any length to catch the killers. The film leads to a bloody climax and a good ending.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Film Review: [Rec] 4: Apocalypse (2014)

[Rec] 4: Apocalypse (Review)
Spain/2014
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"People will get chomped and shot, heads will explode, and monkeys will be shredded."

After the apartment quarantine, Ángela (Manuela Velasco) awakens in a secluded boat with staff, doctors, armed security, and other survivors...

[Rec] 4: Apocalypse is an immediate follow up to [Rec] 2 and Genesis. The story follows Ángela after she awakens on this ship. Ángela is joined by Guzmán, the special operations officer who saved her, and a timid elderly lady who survived the events of Genesis. As the doctors conduct their experiments in their controlled environment, the mysterious virus breaks out — as one would expect. So, as hell breaks loose on the ship, Ángela, Guzmán, and other survivors and boat staff decide to escape and, well, survive on their own. The narrative really isn't all that deep, but it works. I wish there were more thorough answers for the origin, outbreak, and virus, but it really doesn't offer that. The climax offers some interesting stuff, but the ending is your typical horror ending.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Film Review: Hayride 2 (2015)

Hayride 2 (Review)
United States/2015
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...way too much filler, not enough thriller."

After being captured, legendary serial killer Pitchfork escapes as he's being transferred in an ambulance...

Hayride 2 is a straightforward slasher. After Pitchfork escapes from the ambulance, he heads to the hospital where the survivors of his previous massacre are being held. Detective Loomis (Corlandos Scott) is hot on his trail, while the survivors are oblivious of Pitchfork's forthcoming massacre. Anyway, Pitchfork kills everyone that crosses his path with ease, then kidnaps a young women. The story doesn't really have much going on. In fact, most of it is simply dull filler. The ending is predictable yet decent.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Film Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Review)
United States/2013
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

"I smiled, I chuckled, I even laughed out loud a handful of times."

Upon being fired and bested by his wife, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) abandons his family to return to San Diego and work at SeaWorld...

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues continues to follow Burgundy as he's approached with a new opportunity. Burgundy is offered a role in the Global News Network, which plans to show news 24/7. Burgundy accepts and he sets out to get the old crew back together. Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) join Burgundy in their newfound home. In order to stay competitive, Burgundy revolutionizes news broadcasting with every step — like being the first to cover live car chases or cute animals. The film leads to a hilarious climax and decent ending.