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Nosferatu@Cult Labs 7th July 2022 12:00 PM

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Is Mary Poppins Returns a decent watch??

As I adore Mary Poppins, I was very hesitant and sceptical about Mary Poppins Returns, but I quickly relaxed at the cinema and found myself laughing and crying at different parts.

I've seen it a couple of times at home since then and it seems to improve with each viewing.

Nordicdusk 7th July 2022 01:16 PM

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Andy and his mom are adjusting to life in a new city and while Andy struggles to make new friends and even more of a struggle to accepts his moms new boyfriend. To cheer him up his mom buys him a new Buddy doll but this isnt just any Buddy doll this is a special Buddy doll.

The first few Childs Play films are great but once the comedy started to take over i lost interest it just always felt cheap and annoying more than anything so it was nice to see a return to a more serious style. As soon as the film started i was just getting a good feeling right away the acting was all on point no annoying characters and it just felt a little darker. The new Chucky looks creepy as hell and Mark Hamills voice acting is amazing brings a whole new level of horror to Chucky. There are moments that will give you a little laugh but that more the characters and not a wise cracking Chucky. Once the killing starts boy is there a lot of gore the kills are all fun the make up effects all look brilliant and there are buckets and buckets of blood spraying left right and center FANTASTIC.

I have to say i loved this film after putting if off for so long i was really taken by surprise id definitely recommend it i have to add that the kid playing Andy was brilliant himself he was relatable in ways and totally believable.

gag 7th July 2022 01:25 PM

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The Raid. 2011

A S.W.A.T. team become ambushed and trapped in a tenement building while trying to arrest a drug lord and his henchmen.

From a unknown director and a bunch of actors I never heard of , this becomes a fast paced adrenaline non stop action flick with plenty of shootouts, tense moments and good fight scenes. Director Gareth Evans isn't biased about who gets killed, the body count on both sides mount up, even the main actor Rama gets his fair share of ass kicking. Definitely one film that gets better with every watch.

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Absolutely agree, one of those films you never get tired of watching, if people ask me for a action film I always ask if they've seen this, action done right and not Micheal bay style tripe :lol:, 2nd and equally as good.

Demdike@Cult Labs 7th July 2022 01:29 PM

Did you like the last two regular Child's Play films, Nordy?

Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky. I thought they were both excellent. Curse a full blown Gothic slasher and Cult a slasher in an asylum. Neither were comedies.

gag 7th July 2022 01:29 PM

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Shogun Assassin is the first two Lone Wolf films re-edited and released with an American dub. I highly recommend the Criterion box set of all 6 films plus Shogun Assassin if you can get it past the wife unnoticed lol…

I've got the full collection twice, once on DVD then I found the blu ray next to nothing so bought that as well but kept the DVD.

Demdike@Cult Labs 7th July 2022 01:30 PM

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Originally Posted by gag (Post 672869)
Absolutely agree, one of those films you never get tired of watching, if people ask me for a action film I always ask if they've seen this, action done right and not Micheal bay style tripe :lol:, 2nd and equally as good.

I thought the second film was really poor. :peep:

Nordicdusk 7th July 2022 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 672870)
Did you like the last two regular Child's Play films, Nordy?

Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky. I thought they were both excellent. Curse a full blown Gothic slasher and Cult a slasher in an asylum. Neither were comedies.

No not seen them i will definitely watch them knowing they are serious.

Demdike@Cult Labs 7th July 2022 01:54 PM

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No not seen them i will definitely watch them knowing they are serious.

I hated Seed of Chucky but these two were a real return to form, actually my favourites of the whole series.

Nordicdusk 7th July 2022 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 672875)
I hated Seed of Chucky but these two were a real return to form, actually my favourites of the whole series.

Seed was the last one i watched myself thats why i didn't watch any of the others after.

Justin101 7th July 2022 02:29 PM

I need to watch those last 2 Chucky films as well, never got around to it. I enjoyed the reboot though, has some great bits in it.

Nordicdusk 7th July 2022 02:30 PM

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A group of "kids" go to a cabin in the woods for a new years eve party and hilarity ensues.

Bloody hell i hate these films nobody can act the dialogue is so ridiculous everyone is a tough guy smart arse and the woman are brainless. One scene a guy returns home for the first time in months and his ex girlfriend says straight away oh you just just expect to show up and pick up where things left off before he even opens his mouth to say any lines :lol: The Sheriff is absolutely shocking he speaks all his lines while looking at the ground and while he is warning the kids about an incoming storm he says some BS about dont make the same mistakes i made and roads paved with good intentions or some rubbish like that whatever it was it was totally irellivant to the situation. First time Bill Mosely shows up on screen he is dressed at Otis even with the long grey hair exact same dirty jeans and blood soaked vest maybe a little nod to the Rob Zombie films but looked stupid. God dame i get so mad watching these films the camera work is so shaky it would almost make you queasy. Then there is the scene you must drink this decanter of Whiskey in 15 minutes or your friends will do ooooohhhh fiendish.

The final showdown and fight is hilarious suddenly tbey started using slow motion and some of the stupidest music you will hear like some late night infomercial and then suddenly the film just cuts and its over in the most stupid way :lol:

Avoid

Frankie Teardrop 7th July 2022 03:01 PM

THE MAJORETTES – Screwball slasher with ultimate zombie ‘Typhoid Mary’ Bill Hinzman at the helm. He doesn’t deliver another ‘Flesheater’ here, which is a pity as I consider that flick to be classic dreck. Instead, TM is pretty much by the numbers (it’s quite telling that its alternative title was ‘One By One’) before it swerves from its cookie-cutter high school stalk’n’kill set-up and flips out into a weird mixture of blackmail-based intrigue and Rambo. I expect the filmmakers were so desperate to make it work that they were just throwing any old shit at the wall to see what might stick (I haven’t read the John Russo paperback so can’t comment as to whether it’s all a dazzlingly intricate plotline that didn’t quite translate), but before the ludicrousness of that last half hour the scant horror moments are sandwiched between lots of scenes where people hang out after gym for a nice long chat. Missed opportunities fade out into the blur as the wheels slowly come off, like the weird religious imagery that accompanies the kills – yet another throwaway, it’s kind of there as a red herring almost. The style is drab and the acting wooden, and it only worked for me on that ‘this is the eighties’ bottom line, notwithstanding an overall silliness that just about kept me in.

CRYSTAL EYES – Interesting Argentinian giallo homage with a serious eighties fixation. It uses that old mainstay, the fashion house setting, to good effect in that it allows for a thorough wallow in excessive visual style. In fact the lush aesthetic of ‘Crystal Eyes’ can’t quite shake the underlying digital production, but that doesn’t stop the film from laying on a string of gaudy, candy coloured set pieces. Tonally, CE seems to alternate between melodramatic screechiness and blissed out flights into pure imagery – it can’t quite square the circle between those two and this affects the pacing, but I was drawn to such atmospheric highlights as a smoky chanteuse in monochrome doing a number on TV, not to mention the mannequin-like killer themselves. There are flaws but who cares when the film is capable of offering up such outrageous contrivances as the Argento crystal plumage-referencing kill at the end, so bluntly and artificially orchestrated that I laughed out loud. Maybe it’s all a bit tongue in cheek, but latter day giallo pastiches have become a bit of an indie staple in the last fifteen years or so and this is a good stab at that sort of thing.

Dave Boy 7th July 2022 03:07 PM

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THOR LOVE AND THUNDER

So, the MCU trundles on...
As with the previous Thor movie Ragnorak and in Avengers movies, the character of Thor has become the comedic God Of Thunder. Thankfully, fat Thor from Avengers Endgame is gone from the start.
Thor does get his serious side back especially in some scenes with Jane Foster.
For me, the Jane Foster Thor looked great. I really liked the character in the comics especially in The Avengers team but I know for some comic book readers she was a big no,no. So yeah, seeing the Jane Foster Thor looking straight out of the comic books was pretty awesome for me. The Guardians Of The Galaxy get a brief look in as well and it was good to see Jaimie Alexander back as Lady Sif. Again in comic acurate costume, although her character is wasted.
There will be another Thor movie but who knows where all these movies made after Avengers Endgame are heading. There does not seem at the moment anything to link any of the movies together as they all look to be heading off in different story stands.
Anyway, THOR LOVE AND THUNDER is an enjoyable and fun movie, just go along for the ride.

Nordicdusk 7th July 2022 03:15 PM

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A drifter erm drifting through town gets drugged by a few local thugs in masks while he sleeps in his motel room. What follows is a bit cat and mouse around town.

Jesus H Corbitt im on a roll with shit films apart from a stupid story or even lack of and the horrible horrible acting what irritated me more was the camera work so many stupid angles every scene is too close up on peoples faces or the camera is on the ground pointing up or miles up in the sky looking down. Not only is the camera work shocking the use i light was atrocious and someone got a little trigger happy with the smoke machine. The whole film just felt like a bunch of random scenes just thrown together with nothing belonging together.

What a load of SHITE.

Justin101 7th July 2022 03:15 PM

They had showings at 6am for Thor at the Liverpool Odeon this morning, I’m not that desperate to see it lol!! I might go over the weekend to see one of the 30+ screenings they have on haha.

gag 7th July 2022 03:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 672887)
They had showings at 6am for Thor at the Liverpool Odeon this morning, I’m not that desperate to see it lol!! I might go over the weekend to see one of the 30+ screenings they have on haha.

I know they show 2 3 films on nearly all screens and then a lot of films get left out, they think that everyone wants to see marvel / dc/ superhero stuff, and then films like The Black phone just gets a random showing here and there and meanwhile chances Cronenberg/ Argento latest films wont get shown at all, and then film industry wonders why certain films don't break even or struggles to make a impact.

Demdike@Cult Labs 7th July 2022 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Frankie Teardrop (Post 672883)

CRYSTAL EYES – Interesting Argentinian giallo homage with a serious eighties fixation. It uses that old mainstay, the fashion house setting, to good effect in that it allows for a thorough wallow in excessive visual style. In fact the lush aesthetic of ‘Crystal Eyes’ can’t quite shake the underlying digital production, but that doesn’t stop the film from laying on a string of gaudy, candy coloured set pieces. Tonally, CE seems to alternate between melodramatic screechiness and blissed out flights into pure imagery – it can’t quite square the circle between those two and this affects the pacing, but I was drawn to such atmospheric highlights as a smoky chanteuse in monochrome doing a number on TV, not to mention the mannequin-like killer themselves. There are flaws but who cares when the film is capable of offering up such outrageous contrivances as the Argento crystal plumage-referencing kill at the end, so bluntly and artificially orchestrated that I laughed out loud. Maybe it’s all a bit tongue in cheek, but latter day giallo pastiches have become a bit of an indie staple in the last fifteen years or so and this is a good stab at that sort of thing.

Not to be confused with the actual giallo Eyes of Crystal from 2004 starring Simon Andreu.

Might dig that out tonight to watch now you've almost mentioned it.

Demdike@Cult Labs 7th July 2022 04:16 PM

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The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

A demonic possession film that came out a year before The Exorcist, The Possession of Joel Delaney is a well made movie starring the always excellent Shirley Maclaine who slowly comes to realise her brother may have something sinister going on when he begins acting very strangely.

Shot on location in New York with good direction from Waris Hussain, the film looks at social and racial class as much as it does superstition and voodoo. Although a very well scripted and acted film it is very slow moving until the final twenty minutes and a beach house finale which is both extremely controversial, decidedly seedy and out of place from the rest of the film seemingly more like The Last House on the Left (1972) or the more apt i guess Last House on the Beach (1978) than what comes previous in this melodramatic supernatural thriller.

Nordicdusk 7th July 2022 04:42 PM

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Three years on from the events of Fright Night Charlie has just complete years of therapy trying to get over his fear and belief of vampires. His doctor agrees he is cured and Charlie sets about rebuilding his life with his girlfriend and collage life but his past will soon come back to haunt him when the sister of the vampire he killed three years earlier returns for revenge on Charlie and vampire killer Peter Vincent. With a faith worse than death the plan on immoralising him so he can be tortured for enternity the the two must once again team up and slay some vampires.

Not missing a beat from the first film Fright Night 2 continues the fun with great characters and great visuals . There is elements of comedy without spoiling the horror and forgetting what it really is. The make up and the creature designs all look great.

Julie Carmen steals the show as the vampire Regine she is very mesmerising and sultry and really commands your attention. My favourite scene was hands down the party scene with the dance between Charlie and Regine and again ill use the word mesmerising for this scene the use of music the colours and lighting in the scene was almost dreamlike giving you that otherworldly floaty feeling beautiful.

Almost forgot to mention a brilliant soundtrack tying it all together and the closing credits song has that same dreamy feel to it as the film fits so perfectly.

Recommended.

nicholasrope 7th July 2022 04:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 672878)
I need to watch those last 2 Chucky films as well, never got around to it. I enjoyed the reboot though, has some great bits in it.

I believe that new Horror Channel spin off that's called Legend is showing Cult Of Chucky this Friday night.

The same channel is also showing Extreme Prejudice on Saturday Night which is great because I was interested in the recent Blu-Ray release but the Trailer did nothing for me

Justin101 7th July 2022 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by nicholasrope (Post 672896)
I believe that new Horror Channel spin off that's called Legend is showing Cult Of Chucky this Friday night.

The same channel is also showing Extreme Prejudice on Saturday Night which is great because I was interested in the recent Blu-Ray release but the Trailer did nothing for me

I've actually got the box set of films but I've put it away :lol: I don't currently have enough room for everything to be out. I'll have a look for it this weekend though :)

Nordicdusk 7th July 2022 06:46 PM

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An overweight attorney has tried every sort of diet to shed some pounds but his love of food is so great that he just can't help himself stuffing his mouth at every opportunity. His wife is at her wits end worries that Billy's weight will kill him so she tries her best to encourage him but one night while driving home she tries to take him mind away from the foot by showing her flute playing skills distracted by the tunes she is playing ;) Billy doesn't see a gypsy woman cross the street until its too late and he hits and kills her. The gypsies father puts a curse on Billy that he will lose rapid weight until he dies after his friend the judge and chief of police rig the inquest in Billys favour in turn both of those men are infliced with different curses but all three will cause death. Billy must now call in as many favours as he can to find the gypsy that put the curse on him as he is the only one that can remove it before it rips him and his family apart.

I really easy and fun watch the whole concept is great yes the fat suit looks pretty lame at times but that never really come into it once you get used to looking at it. Billy himself is a really likeable character he is very friendly and timid and even when the s**t hits the fan he is still the same no fake heroics or suddenly becoming Rambo thats what makes him so believable as a character the lust for revenge does creep in but again a very believable evolution giving the circumstances.

Solid acting great story some great gory moments all round a great film.

Recommended .

MrBarlow 7th July 2022 06:52 PM

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China O'Brien II. 1990.

After busting up a big drug deal, the dealer puts out a bounty for the death of China, teaming with Matt and Dakota try stay one step ahead of the dealer and bring his enterprise down.

Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton and Keith Cooke return from where the previous film finished, China is still the sheriff until a escaped convict appears and wrecks havoc over the town. The fight scenes are well choreographed, Keith Cooke and Billy Blanks alley fight seemed good but was over a bit quick. Parts of the film seemed all over the place and somewhat dull and uninteresting, helped pass time away.

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Nordicdusk 7th July 2022 08:22 PM

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As a child Gregory witnesses the murder of the Ice Cream king in front of all the kids waiting for their summary threat. Traumatised by this Gregory spends he youth in a mental hospital and on his release he reopens the old ice cream factory with a mission to make ever child's day a good day. When kids start going missing a small group of kids turn their attention to Gregory but the adults don't believe a word of it.

Pretty goofy film with some pretty bizarre stuff going on at times and more than its fair share of pointlessness especially the two cops investigating the missing kids. Jan-Michael Vincent just phones in his performance as one of the cops he literally just stands in the background looking bored i know he had a lot of medical issues later on life im not sure if it was during this time and he just needed a pay cheque. Most of the kills are cut away to a blood splatter but the after effects are fun and creative like head on a cone :lol:

It looks like they were going for a sort of a comedy horror or maybe there weren't thats just how it came out not that i found it funny barring one or two one liners from Clint Howard. If you stick with it the film greatly improves in the last half an hour where the ice cream man finally cracks and starts to have a lot of fun its like Clint was able to throw off the shackles from the first hour of the film to do whatever he wanted.

One thing thats totally bizarre about this film is the kid Tuna everyone keeps calling him fat but they just have him in some sort of fat torso suit why they didnt just hire an actual fat kid is beyond me :lol:

You have to love Clint Howard always entertaining and he is the image of my neighbour only problem is its a woman :lol:

Decent film fun last half hour.

MrBarlow 7th July 2022 08:31 PM

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As a child Gregory witnesses the murder of the Ice Cream king in front of all the kids waiting for their summary threat. Traumatised by this Gregory spends he youth in a mental hospital and on his release he reopens the old ice cream factory with a mission to make ever child's day a good day. When kids start going missing a small group of kids turn their attention to Gregory but the adults don't believe a word of it.

Pretty goofy film with some pretty bizarre stuff going on at times and more than its fair share of pointlessness especially the two cops investigating the missing kids. Jan-Michael Vincent just phones in his performance as one of the cops he literally just stands in the background looking bored i know he had a lot of medical issues later on life im not sure if it was during this time and he just needed a pay cheque. Most of the kills are cut away to a blood splatter but the after effects are fun and creative like head on a cone :lol:

It looks like they were going for a sort of a comedy horror or maybe there weren't thats just how it came out not that i found it funny barring one or two one liners from Clint Howard. If you stick with it the film greatly improves in the last half an hour where the ice cream man finally cracks and starts to have a lot of fun its like Clint was able to throw off the shackles from the first hour of the film to do whatever he wanted.

One thing thats totally bizarre about this film is the kid Tuna everyone keeps calling him fat but they just have him in some sort of fat torso suit why they didnt just hire an actual fat kid is beyond me :lol:

You have to love Clint Howard always entertaining and he is the image of my neighbour only problem is its a woman :lol:

Decent film fun last half hour.

This one seems to pop up every once in a while and never really looked at it, but after your review, one I definitely need to check out. Glad you enjoyed Thinner, great acting and story line.

MrBarlow 7th July 2022 08:44 PM

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Eric Sloan is the heavyweight champion in Kickboxing, along with his brother Kurt they travel to Thailand to take on Tong Po. When Eric is paralyzed by Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge and trains with Xian in the old Muay Thai style fighting.

One of the good films to come out in 89 with Van Damme playing the lead role and fight choreographer which this does have a great finale scene and isn't afraid to take a beating. Dennis Chan plays the "Mr Myagi" in this and not exactly shy in testing Kurt's strength and weakness and seems to add a little comical side to things. Although it does have fighting and action, the drama side to it is played out well with great acting and direction.

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nicholasrope 7th July 2022 08:54 PM

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China O'Brien II. 1990.

After busting up a big drug deal, the dealer puts out a bounty for the death of China, teaming with Matt and Dakota try stay one step ahead of the dealer and bring his enterprise down.

Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton and Keith Cooke return from where the previous film finished, China is still the sheriff until a escaped convict appears and wrecks havoc over the town. The fight scenes are well choreographed, Keith Cooke and Billy Blanks alley fight seemed good but was over a bit quick. Parts of the film seemed all over the place and somewhat dull and uninteresting, helped pass time away.

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Loved the EIV releases back in the 80's and early 90's, certainly ripe for a collection like the Vestron ones or any UK companies

nicholasrope 7th July 2022 08:55 PM

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Kickboxer. 1989.

Eric Sloan is the heavyweight champion in Kickboxing, along with his brother Kurt they travel to Thailand to take on Tong Po. When Eric is paralyzed by Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge and trains with Xian in the old Muay Thai style fighting.

One of the good films to come out in 89 with Van Damme playing the lead role and fight choreographer which this does have a great finale scene and isn't afraid to take a beating. Dennis Chan plays the "Mr Myagi" in this and not exactly shy in testing Kurt's strength and weakness and seems to add a little comical side to things. Although it does have fighting and action, the drama side to it is played out well with great acting and direction.

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Kickboxer II and III are rather good as well

MrBarlow 7th July 2022 08:59 PM

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Kickboxer II and III are rather good as well

Watching the second one now didn't realise there was 5 Kickboxer movies.

nicholasrope 7th July 2022 09:16 PM

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The Protector

Jackie Chan and his new partner travel to Hong Kong to rescue a kidnapped woman. I believe that this is Chan's 1st U.S. produced film and whilst it's not bad, there's certainly better out there now. It's one I'd probably would have had more love for if I had seen it back in the day.

As mentioned in one of the features on the 88 Films Blu-Ray, why was this called The Protector? also what was with the picture during Chan entering the bar at the beginning, I thought something was wrong with the Disk. Also what was the point with that gang robbing the truck at the beginning, pretty sure they were never mentioned again, oh well.

Karate Warrior

Italian version of Karate Kid (More like Karate Kid Part II) which sees a teen travel Manila and incur the wrath of the local Karate Champion. He is trained by Ken Watanabe, this also stars Janet Agren. It's definitely not aged quality wise but entertaining in the so bad, it's good.

Back in the Video Shop days, there was a distributer calld VPD, who advertised this on their Rental Release of Black Eagle, only they forgot to show it's title, so you had no idea what this was called lol.

Also this was the release that was the one that finally convinced me to get a Blu-Ray Player (as well as a House Warming Present for myself) as 88 Films weren't releasing DVD's anymore and there were plenty of titles I wanted across the different retro distributers.

Like Snuff, the story is better than the Movie.

Enter The Dragon

Bruce Lee is sent to an Island to compete in a Tournament as well as stopping a Drugs and Prostitution Ring. John Saxon, Jim Kelly and Bolo Yeung co-star in a good Movie but somehow feels like a James Bond Film.

Thor: Love & Thunder

Thor and Co attempt to stop Christian Bale from killing all the Gods. Looking forward to this one as I like the Thor Films however even though there were some funny moments, it felt kinda clunky.

I do wonder if there is a reason that we haven't seen Shang-Chi and/or Eternal crossovers yet.

Homeboy

Mickey Rouke is the Boxer with a medical condition who hooks up with a Small Time Crook played by Christopher Walken and a Fairground owner. Thought that there would be more Boxing in this Film but it's realistic for a fictional Film.

nicholasrope 7th July 2022 09:18 PM

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Watching the second one now didn't realise there was 5 Kickboxer movies.

4 isn't good, not seen V, Kickoxer II whilst I enjoyed it has a plot hole that annoys me a lot.

Demdike@Cult Labs 7th July 2022 09:55 PM

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Thor: Love & Thunder

Thor and Co attempt to stop Christian Bale from killing all the Gods. Looking forward to this one as I like the Thor Films however even though there were some funny moments, it felt kinda clunky.

I do wonder if there is a reason that we haven't seen Shang-Chi and/or Eternal crossovers yet.

As a guess i'd say because they are the films that flopped at the box office, Eternals wasn't even well liked by critics, so in a world where boredom with superheroes is slowly starting to set in they might be seen as slow release box office poison if added to a more favourable source.

MrBarlow 7th July 2022 10:35 PM

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Kickboxer 2: The Road Back. 1991.

David Sloan, the younger brother of Eric and Kurt, is manipulated into a match against Tong Po so he can regain his honor.

Set a year after Kurt defeated Tong Po in Thailand, where did this brother surface from? He isn't mentioned in the first film nor the gym where they both ran or talked about. I saw the trailers for this back in the 90s and never got the chance to watch it, 30 years later here I am finally getting to see it.

Dennis Chan returns as Xian with his animal stories he likes to tell, Sasha Mitchell plays David, who is injured after returning to the ring and is trained by Xian to be stronger. Peter Boyle plays the somewhat shady fight promoter who evidently seems to have a heart at some point. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa plays the sponsor for Tong Po with Michael Qissi returnig as the Thai Fighter. Like what Nicholasrope says it does have one or two plot holes, noticeable goofs/errors, at the same time it was entertaining.

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nicholasrope 7th July 2022 10:41 PM

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As a guess i'd say because they are the films that flopped at the box office, Eternals wasn't even well liked by critics, so in a world where boredom with superheroes is slowly starting to set in they might be seen as slow release box office poison if added to a more favourable source.

That's my theory too

nicholasrope 7th July 2022 10:46 PM

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Kickboxer 2: The Road Back. 1991.

David Sloan, the younger brother of Eric and Kurt, is manipulated into a match against Tong Po so he can regain his honor.

Set a year after Kurt defeated Tong Po in Thailand, where did this brother surface from? He isn't mentioned in the first film nor the gym where they both ran or talked about. I saw the trailers for this back in the 90s and never got the chance to watch it, 30 years later here I am finally getting to see it.

Dennis Chan returns as Xian with his animal stories he likes to tell, Sasha Mitchell plays David, who is injured after returning to the ring and is trained by Xian to be stronger. Peter Boyle plays the somewhat shady fight promoter who evidently seems to have a heart at some point. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa plays the sponsor for Tong Po with Michael Qissi returnig as the Thai Fighter. Like what Nicholasrope says it does have one or two plot holes, noticeable goofs/errors, at the same time it was entertaining.

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The plot hole that gets me is that Tong Po was able to stroll into a ring at a sanctioned event with Officials there and beat up someone and no security and/or police able to stop him yet they were able to restrain David.

I get that it was a necessary part of the storyline but they could have done the beatdown at a Gym for a sparring session.

Still a good film though, Kickboxer III has a nice change of pace as well as storyline, watch it if you can.

MrBarlow 7th July 2022 11:10 PM

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The plot hole that gets me is that Tong Po was able to stroll into a ring at a sanctioned event with Officials there and beat up someone and no security and/or police able to stop him yet they were able to restrain David.

I get that it was a necessary part of the storyline but they could have done the beatdown at a Gym for a sparring session.

Still a good film though, Kickboxer III has a nice change of pace as well as storyline, watch it if you can.

Yeah I had to remind myself that it was a fight in America not Thailand, i'm just away to watch the third film now.

MrBarlow 8th July 2022 12:32 AM

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Kickboxer 3: The Art Of War. 1992

David and Xian travel to Rio for a Kickboxing exhibition and uncover a child slavery and prostitution ring.

Sasha Mitchell and Dennis Chan return, this time in South America and meet somewhat rich man who promotes fights and has a business thing going on the side which seems to upset our American heroes who try and break it up. Sasha's acting does seem a bit wooden in this but does make up with the big fight. This was one of those that must have went straight to video and for what it's worth this was decent, sadly not available to get number 4 and 5 so Kickboxer: Vengence is up next.

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MrBarlow 8th July 2022 03:08 AM

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Kickboxer: Vengence. 2016.

A man sets out on a quest of revenge after his brother is killed in a underground fight in Thailand.

Remake of the 1989 film, Jean Clade Van Damme returns to the franchise name not as a student but as a teacher/mentor to Kurt played by Alain Moussi who brings his own style of fighting to the screen. Dave Bautista plays the Thailand fight Tong Po (and has the Tong Po trademark ponytail) and is able to do decent fight scenes. Gina Carano plays the fight promoter and encourages Darren Shahlavi to take on the prize fighter.

More updated version of the film with the illegal underground fighting circuit and may not have the same impact this but was actually enjoyable and to see JCVD breaking out in a fight and still has the moves. Michael Qissi (Original Tong Po) does appear in a very small cameo role.

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Have a good day all.

Nordicdusk 8th July 2022 03:08 AM

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Ten years after he witnesses his brother get murdered in Thailand Jake is back to avenge his brothers death. Jake is now a cop and is on an undercover mission to bring down an organisation making kung fu snuff films. Haunted by the memories if what happened to his brother at first he turns down the case but after watching one of the films the man who killed his brother appears on screen and Jake knows the time has come to settle the score.

Holy shit the film is so hilariously bad the fights are decent enough but the acting is so shockingly bad the whole film is like an 80s arcade game with Jake looking like the hero in every single beat em up you ever played :lol:. He spends most of the film shouting in peoples faces while they try conduct a normal conversation and his constant overly dramatic screams of anguish are just mind blowing :lol:. Then there is Billy Blanks matching Loren Avedon every step of the way for crown of worse actor in the film :lol: . Towards the end of the film they dont even bother remembering the main characters name and they start calling him Jack instead of Jake :lol:
Just to top it off the end of the film they throw in a few random explosions just so our hero can stand in front of the flames with his new gal in his arms :lol:

After all is said and done is this an entertaining film? Hell yeah it is it never gets boring at any stage well worth watching if you need a good laugh.

Recommended if your in that sort of mood :lol:

Demoncrat 8th July 2022 08:14 AM

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THE MAJORETTES – Screwball slasher with ultimate zombie ‘Typhoid Mary’ Bill Hinzman at the helm. He doesn’t deliver another ‘Flesheater’ here, which is a pity as I consider that flick to be classic dreck. Instead, TM is pretty much by the numbers (it’s quite telling that its alternative title was ‘One By One’) before it swerves from its cookie-cutter high school stalk’n’kill set-up and flips out into a weird mixture of blackmail-based intrigue and Rambo. I expect the filmmakers were so desperate to make it work that they were just throwing any old shit at the wall to see what might stick (I haven’t read the John Russo paperback so can’t comment as to whether it’s all a dazzlingly intricate plotline that didn’t quite translate), but before the ludicrousness of that last half hour the scant horror moments are sandwiched between lots of scenes where people hang out after gym for a nice long chat. Missed opportunities fade out into the blur as the wheels slowly come off, like the weird religious imagery that accompanies the kills – yet another throwaway, it’s kind of there as a red herring almost. The style is drab and the acting wooden, and it only worked for me on that ‘this is the eighties’ bottom line, notwithstanding an overall silliness that just about kept me in.

CRYSTAL EYES – Interesting Argentinian giallo homage with a serious eighties fixation. It uses that old mainstay, the fashion house setting, to good effect in that it allows for a thorough wallow in excessive visual style. In fact the lush aesthetic of ‘Crystal Eyes’ can’t quite shake the underlying digital production, but that doesn’t stop the film from laying on a string of gaudy, candy coloured set pieces. Tonally, CE seems to alternate between melodramatic screechiness and blissed out flights into pure imagery – it can’t quite square the circle between those two and this affects the pacing, but I was drawn to such atmospheric highlights as a smoky chanteuse in monochrome doing a number on TV, not to mention the mannequin-like killer themselves. There are flaws but who cares when the film is capable of offering up such outrageous contrivances as the Argento crystal plumage-referencing kill at the end, so bluntly and artificially orchestrated that I laughed out loud. Maybe it’s all a bit tongue in cheek, but latter day giallo pastiches have become a bit of an indie staple in the last fifteen years or so and this is a good stab at that sort of thing.

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Yet again sir ....


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