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Samurai Fiction (SF: Episode One)
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Samurai Fiction (1998)

Along the same lines as Pulp Fiction, featuring many different characters with their own agendas. Most of this movie is in black and white with some scenes in color. As is typical for many Japanese movies, there's comedy, drama, romance, and some adventure.

A young, talented samurai, Rannosuke Kazamaturi (Tomoyasu Hotei) is given the boring duty of guarding a samurai sword that was a prized gift from the famous shogun Torenaga. Rannosuke was found unsheathing the sword and was accused of trying to steal it. Defending himself, he killed a high ranking official and took off with the sword.

Heishiro Inukai (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) is a noble samurai and the son of a loyal retainer. He sets out to find Rannosuke and return the clan's prized treasure. In the attempt, one of his childhood friends is killed by Rannosuke and Heishiro is wounded. An equally skilled ronen Hanbei Mizoguchi (Morio Kazama) was able to save Hieshiro from Rannosuke's final death strike.

Hanbei and his lovely adopted daughter Koharu Mizoguchi (Tamaki Ogawa) nurse Hieshiro back to health and try to persuade him to not try to fight Rannosuke again.

Hitting the Apex
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Hitting the Apex (2015)

This is a difficult film to find, so if you get an opportunity to see this, be sure to view it. It deals with the top international motorcycle racers of the Moto GP during the 2014 year. Narrated by Brad Pitt and shows the incredible riding skills of these racers.

The DVD Apex Collection box set features three discs.

1492: Conquest of Paradise
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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

Celebrating 500 years of Christopher Columbus's discovery of the new world, this beautifully-filmed movie came out in theaters. Nobody does the middle ages better than Ridley Scott, and he was true to form with this movie showing the grander, and yes, the cruelty of early Spain.

An Italian foreigner, Christopher Columbus (Gérard Depardieu) is trying to get financing and ships from Queen Isabel (Sigourney Weaver) to prove his ability to travel West to arrive to the East to trade in the riches of China and India. He's having to deal with the entitlement of the Spanish nobility, the superstitions of the day, and the violence of the Spanish inquisition and battles with the Moors.

Then there's the realization that this discovery wasn't the riches of China or India, but of an innocent society of island natives. No gold and silver; no bridges and buildings, and because he is the new governor of this new land, it's harder for him to leave and explore further.

The cinematography was beautiful, but two and a half butt-numbing hours is a little too much even for the best of movies.

Lockout (2012)
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Lockout (2012)

Often compared with Escape from L.A. (1996), this Science Fiction actioner has a more modern slant on it than the John Carpenter version. Luc Besson did a great job of the dialog and interjected humor.

Snow (Guy Pearce) is an irreverent ex-CIA operative (Much more fun that Snake Plissken) who is accused of treason. His old handler, Harry Shaw (Lennie James) manages to get him assigned to rescue the President's daughter, Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace) from an orbiting space station penitentiary that has been taken over by the convicts, led by Alex (Vincent Regan) and his psychotic brother Hydell (Joseph Gilgun)

Despite the objections of the CIA head, Scott Langral (Peter Stormare), Snow breaks into a hidden entrance of the space station and has to deal with crazy convicts and an uncooperative damsel in distress without her hostage friends.

Interview with the Vampire
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Interview With the Vampire (1994)

It's San Francisco in the 1970's and Louis (Brad Pitt) tells a young reporter, Malloy (Christian Slater) about his becoming a vampire in 18th century New Orleans. Louis was distraught, almost suicidal over the loss of his wife and baby, and soon comes in contact with a foppish vampire, Lestat (Tom Cruise) who changed his life.

Interview is not your traditional Christopher Lee vampire blood fest as much as it is a melodramatic costume drama, but if you're a Anne Rice fan, this is the movie for you. It features some of the most handsome young actors of the time, including a very young Antonio Banderas as Armond.