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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

I don't always rate movies by just quality, I include the entertainment value too. This justifies why I've given one of the most notorious and panned sequels a decent star rating. Superman IV is a huge mess no matter how you look at it, but on the entertainment scale it's damn fun to watch.

On the one hand, I'll tell you I'm just appalled as everyone else with the problems in this film: the story is full of gaping holes, it's poorly edited, a lot of the special effects look like bad blue screen tests from the 60's or cutouts from a magazine and look very cheap, Nuclear Man is absolutely laughable and just growls a lot, the love subplot with Lacy is brought in and forgotten, a boy who plays a pivotal part in the story with sending a letter to Superman is brought in and forgotten too. That's really the biggest problem with the film: it's been hacked down from the original 2h 15min runtime to 1h 30min, and the worst and most sad part is knowing that a lot of the deleted scenes available to the public fix a lot of these plot issues, but yet we have to accept that they weren't in the final version and therefore presents story flaws.

I can agree with everyone about how awful this film is, but I enjoy it cause it's so bad. You notice a new flaw or something different every time you watch the movie, the sissy fights between Superman and Nuclear Man are just so lame but entertaining to watch, and the movie is just one hilariously bad scene after another. But it's a mess that's so interesting that it's amusing, and I grow some sort of sympathy towards it knowing that a lot of it didn't have to be as bad as it was.

Superman IV has a ridiculous plot that was too grand on scale for its low budget, but it had potential. The film at least made a lot of nice attempts that sounded great on paper, but just weren't executed well. For that reason, I enjoyed this more than Superman III because Superman IV was a Superman film, a movie with a lot of ambition which I can respect even with the tragic results. Superman III was a boring, lame, uninteresting film from the get-go with only a handful of fine scenes, and left you empty handed at the end. Superman IV manages to be more memorable because of its unforgettable cheese and awfulness which is a plus for me over an uninteresting, side-tracked (cause of Richard Pryor), silly film like Superman III. Superman IV for me will always be one of the ultimate guilty pleasures.

Double Dragon

The 90's had quite a few movie adaptations of video games (most of them are shit), and Double Dragon takes the cake as possibly the worst of all. Double Dragon is very corny and extremely lame for most of the duration, from the characters to the dialogue to the fighting. And how does an actor like Robert Patrick (the T-1000 from Terminator 2) end up in this movie!? I regret watching this, and I wish I could give it a 0%, but I could never be THAT harsh to any movie. Don't watch this! Unless you're ABSOLUTELY curious about how bad it is like I was!

RoboCop
RoboCop(1987)
½

Robocop has attained its status as a science-fiction action classic, and it deserves to be recognized. When you really analyze it, it's more than your average action flick, even though the film is filled with numerous action scenes. I'm not great at explaining the message of a film, but I'll do my best. Robocop is sort of a satire on American culture and its corruption of the business world and violence in American society, of course not exactly defining the reality of it since it takes place in a dystopian future. There are numerous examples of this spread throughout the movie and I feel that this is what makes the film so unique.

So the basic outline of the film is that a cop Alex Murphy gets brutally murdered on attempting to bust a group of criminals and gets resurrected as Robocop, an experiment for an advanced "supercop" to take on the out-of-control violence in Detroit. Robocop is a Christ-like figure in a way, fighting against the corruption of the city and protecting the innocent. Peter Weller is great this role, and we can really connect with his character as he discovers his past and realizes life will never be the same for him. Of course, you've got the action scenes which are very well executed with full out violence that is impressive but almost flat out shocking at times, but man is it entertaining!

I left out some details, only because I'd like for you (or whoever reads this) to see for yourself what a great fresh science-fiction action film this is. Recommended.

Spirited Away

I had one of the greatest movie watching experiences ever upon watching Spirited Away. It starts off with a normal kind of mood, but than the movie surprises you in the most unexpected way as the story takes quite a turn in its events and director Hayao Miyazaki immerses you into this kind of visionary world that appears strange, yet different and interesting at first. But as the movie progresses and you see more of this world created within the movie, you begin to adjust to it and realize how breathtaking and beautiful everything is, from the engaging story to the creative characters to the settings. And how could I forget the beautiful animation, which is some of the best I've ever seen in any animation film.

I know many people aren't a fan of the English dub, but I watched it with the dub and thought it was great anyways. I don't know how it compares to the Japanese language, but I thought the voices were fine, especially Daveigh Chase who I thought did a great job voicing Chihero and making her such a likable character.

The movie makes you happy and entertained at times, and sad and sympathetic at other times; just a perfect balance of each to keep you immersed with the film. I just found everything likable and by the end, my impression of the film certainly wasn't the same as it was when I had begun watching it. I was astonished and amazed at what I had just seen. This is no doubt one of the greatest animated films ever made! I highly recommend this, even if you may not be a big fan of Japanese anime, and I hope anyone that watches it enjoys it as much as I did, or just enjoys it period!

Doomsday
Doomsday(2008)
½

Doomsday isn't terrible, but it certainly is quite poor and weak. The action rarely entertains, and it's just a waste of time overall... see it only if you're THAT curious about it.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
½

The first Wall Street film gave us a great in-depth look at the world of the stock market business in the 80's, and the greed and power involved in it as seen by the up and rising stockbroker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) and the ruthless Gordon Gekko (an excellent performance by Michael Douglas). The end of the first film left some questions unanswered, which you could say is for the best.

Well, the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps seems to be here to answer those questions anyways while expanding upon the information we know. This film focuses on a stockbroker named Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) in the modern day stock market business as he partners with Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), while dealing with other financial issues and partnerships. There's more to it than that, but I'm trying my best to keep it simple and not spoil anything.

I liked its continuation from the first and how it explains anything that was unexplained in the first, like I said before. As well, this film gives us a more "modern" insight on the stock market business considering that it has changed since the 80's which Wall Street took place in. And of course, Michael Douglas certainly makes yet another great performance.

However, there's less focus on Gekko compared to Shia LaBeouf's character, and other people including Carry Mulligan and Josh Brolin, which was a little dissapointing. I liked them, but you didn't care for them as much. I also personally thought someone could suit the role of Jake Moore better than Shia could, but he was still not bad.

The film and its events feel quite similar to the first with a few twists and changes to it, which can be good and bad. However, this film has less going on and feels a little slow, making it weaker than the first. I can go on and on about what's good and bad about it. But overall, I'll say it's a really good sequel only because it's too much to compare it to the original. The movie itself is really good, so if you see it, don't be expecting it to be as great as the first, just enjoy it for what it is.

Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled)

Wow! What an amazing action film! Hard Boiled is a Hong Kong action movie from director John Woo, who is like the god of action films. Trust me, Hard Boiled is nothing close to the typical American action movie you're used to seeing. This movie hosts some impressive gunfights, stunts, and it's full of heavy violence. It may sometimes go over the top, and some parts are violently disturbing, but it really doesn't hold down this movie. Overall, Hard Boiled is a masterpiece of action that has to be seen if you're a hardcore action fan. Watch it!

Ponyo
Ponyo(2009)
½

Ponyo is a film from the greatly accalimed Hayao Miyazaki who directed Spirited Away. I did watch this with the intentions that this film is aimed at very young audiences, but Ponyo is still cute and beautifully entertaining with stunning animation and an interesting concept for the story that is similar to that of The Little Mermaid. It was just a fun film that left me with a happy smile on my face throughout the duration. It's unlike any other film I've ever seen in which it was so different and fascinating at the same, but I believe this is a positive factor to this masterpiece of Miyazaki's fine work. Though it ended so abruptly and that I wish it was longer, I still loved it. After viewing this, I'm interested in viewing more of Miyazaki's film masterpieces. Ponyo is fun entertainment that can be enjoyed by kids and the older alike!

Do the Right Thing
½

I've seen many movies depicting the tragedies of racism in society, but Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing is by far the best out of all of them. The movie takes place on one hot summer day filled with situations of racism and stereotypes between the black people and Sal who owns a pizza place. Mookie is the main character who gets caught up in all of this. Eventually, these tensions push much further leading to a tragic event that leaves Mookie with the choice of which side to take, and in which questions the viewer if he does the right thing or not. The movie is based on the morals and tragic values of racism spoken by Martin Luther and Malcolm X, and I believe Spike Lee succeeded in representing these values very well with the story on screen. A powerful film that is highly recommended.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

Blade Runner is one of the best sci-fi movies I've seen. It was so revolutionary for its time, back in 1982. The special effects were so incredible, and just the setting of Los Angeles in 2019 was amazing to look at! Blade Runner by no means is an action flick. It is filled with noir style and suspense. The cast was great, Harrison Ford, Sean Young, and Rutger Haur being the most notable performances. The few action sequences that came along were very well choreographed too. The soundtrack music varied between very futuristic, jazzy, and techno, which was very well composed and really matched the mood of the film. I also admired the strangeness that surrounded some parts of the film, though some parts struck as awkwardly strange. Nevertheless, none of those minor things can bring down what is such a great masterpiece of sci-fi cinema...

Avatar
Avatar(2009)

Avatar is James Cameron's latest masterpiece, and entitled to my opinion, it is one of the best movies I've ever seen, or possibly THE best movie I've ever seen. I'd also say best of the decade, and easily the best of 2009. Avatar is filled with sci-fi action and fantasy, and takes you into a future world of the planet Pandora that is like nothing you've ever seen. The visuals are incredible, hands down the best and most realistic that I've ever seen! Avatar is just a beautiful movie to look at, from the scenery and locations to the Na'vi(or Native) creatures that are stunning to look at. The story is also very intriguing and never drops from that level. The action sequences are incredible and very well shot and wow! This movie is pretty much flawless from what I see. Avatar is like this generations Star Wars, really, its that amazing. It does deserve the wide attention that it has been receiving. It's ok if you don't respect my opinion about this being one of the best movies ever, best of the decade, etc., but I do expect everyone to respect the fact that this movie is truly a revolution in moviemaking and that this movie is a true masterpiece that deserves great attention for years to come. I'd give it 11/10, but it's not possible, so I'll stick with 10/10. Go see it, especially while it's out in 3D (the best experience!)...

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

I just saw this movie in theaters in 3D as part of the double feature in it's limited theatrical run. I haven't seen this for years and I barely remember it, so it was like watching it for the first time theatrically. All I gotta say is that the first Toy Story was amazing, and Pixar pulled it off again with Toy Story 2, which is slightly better than the first, though a hard decision to make anyways. You have the same characters on a new adventure again, along with other characters like Jessie the Cowgirl that Woody and the gang meet along the way. It was once again very entertaining and very fun. Highly recommended too, and I recommend seeing it in 3D at theaters as part of the double feature while it's still out for a limited time, it can be a very fun experience!

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)

I just saw this movie in theaters in 3D as part of the double feature in it's limited theatrical run. I haven't seen this for years and I barely remember it, so it was like watching it for the first time theatrically. All I can say is that this is Pixar's best work! What is there to say about it that isn't known already? You know the toy characters, and Woody and Buzz Lightyear. It's just a very well made and very fun animated flick to watch. Highly recommended, and I recommend seeing it in theatres while it's still out, it's a great experience!

The Warriors
The Warriors(1979)
½

The Warriors is a significant cult action/thriller film involving a street gang named The Warriors that are on the run from other gangs after they are blamed for a crime actually committed by a member of The Rogues gang. This movie has that 1970s dated look and is noticeably low budget, but nonetheless is a great classic. The movie has a lot of moments that are worthwhile including brutal gang fights and other thrilling sequences. Definately worth checking out.

The Last Boy Scout
½

I'll put it this way. The 90s were full of action movies, most repeating the same crap over and over again, and people may take a look at this movie and think it's like one of those movies too. But, it really isn't. The Last Boy Scout has a decent plot involving a world of sports corruption and crime involved with football. Bruce Willis stars as Joe Hallenback, a run down detective who pairs up with ex-quarterback Jeremy Dix, Damon Wayans, to go against the people involved with the crime and corruption. There's a little more to the plot than that, but I wouldn't wanna spoil much. Bruce Willis has a lot of hilarious one liners in this movie and his role in this movie, to me, is one of his finest. Damon Wayans pairs up pretty well with Willis too with some good moments too. This movie takes the action sequences you're used to seeing and executes them brilliantly with great shots and a lot of violence, making them worthawhile to watch. Thanks to great direction from Tony Scott, this movie is definately worth your time with a great plot, good cast, and great, well choreographed action sequences. Well recommended.

Highlander
Highlander(1986)

Christopher Lambert stars as Connor MacLeod, a Scottish warrior in the 1500s era, who is stabbed by his own enemy Kurgan, but doesn't die. He is immortal along with others in the world, including Kurgan who is immortal too. In New York City 1986, MacLeod still roams around by the name Nash, fighting other immortals and trying to hide his true identity. But when Kurgan roams the streets looking to kill MacLeod, they must meet to battle it off with a sword fight that will claim one of their lives. "There Can Only Be One." Highlander isn't quite one of the many great memorable movies of the 80s, but it's pretty good and thoroughly entertaining in ways. The story is pretty original and pretty cool. The sword fights and action are decent, but never strike as stunning or amazing, and the special effects are totally 80s. In the end though, I liked the film enough to buy it, but I would give it a rent, unless you find this for a pretty low price.

Lucas
Lucas(1986)
½

Lucas was a very warmful, charming, and great movie. It portrays the image of struggling high school life, jealousy, and fitting in. And that's exactly what a geeky 14 year old named Lucas goes through. In the summer, he meets a girl named Maggie who just moved in. They become very good friends until shortly after high school starts. One night when Lucas and Maggie went to the movies, one of the football players, Cappie, defends Lucas from a bully. Maggie admires him for this, and eventually falls in love with him and soon, Lucas feels left out. Lucas becomes selfish and jealous of their relationship, not even realizing that his school friend Rina has a crush on him. Hoping that he and Maggie would've been more than friends, he trys to make an effort to win Maggie's love by joining the football team with Cappie. The movie was a very heartwarming drama, and is well worth watching.

Cutthroat Island

Ok, so Cutthroat Island was a failure in the box office and never garnered the greatest attention. And there have always been better pirate movies like Hook or the Pirates of the Carribean series. But I admit that this was pretty entertaining swashbuckling pirate action flick. Not the greatest cast, yes, but Gina Davis and Matthew Modine did pretty well enough. Unlike the other pirate films though, this is really action packed with some great direction from Renny Harlin. If you care more about action, and the other pirate movies didn't give you enough action, Cutthroat Island is a decent choice to watch.

Big Trouble in Little China

I personally thought Kurt Russell was better in Escape from New York, though is he's more witty and funny in this movie. The action was pretty entertaining. I enjoy cheesy movies but dam, this movie was over-the-top cheesy and corny. Worth watching, but I'd rent it cause it may not appeal to everyone.

Hard Target
Hard Target(1993)
½

Hard Target was John Woo's first American action film, and it's pretty good. Van Damme isn't a very good actor, I know, but he really knows how to pull off stunts and be a cool action hero, so this is probably one of his better performances. The movie has a pretty interesting plot, involving Van Damme as Chance Boudreaux who helps a girl named Natasha find her missing father, who they don't know was hunted down in event of a dangerous, deadly game that Fouchon and henchmen play for sport. As they discover the truth, Fouchon and his men come onto them and soon they are both targets for assasination. This movie had some stunning action sequences, violence, and cinematography thanks to director John Woo.

Though, people often criticize how Universal Studios sort of butchered the film as the studio found the first few cuts of the film to be too violent and were given an NC-17 rating. Therefore, a lot of material was cut for an R rating and therfore a lot of John Woo elements were removed, therefore making the film seem more like a Van Damme film. Having the pleasure of actually viewing the NC-17 workprint, a lot of great extra material was in this workprint, and I fail to see why a lot of scenes were cut or not included in the theatrical cut, and all this extra material contains a lot of John Woo elements that would've made Hard Target a better movie.

Overall, I still like the final product of Hard Target. It's still great, but only after viewing the workprint, the theatrical cut feels more cut down. It stands out amongst the other typical action films though, and it really does have some cool kick to it. Give the movie a try, and if you really like it, I recommmend viewing the workprint for extra material (but DON'T watch the workprint first!). I give the theatrical version of Hard Target a 7.5 out of 10, but if it were to contain the extra worthy material found in the workprint, I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10. I know that rating may seem high for a Van Damme film, but I give it that rating only because I love the John Woo style that it has and that Lance Henriksen and Arnold Vosloo were actually great as the antagonists in the film..

FINAL VERDICT: 7.5 out of 10

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

I'm surprised to say that the 1994 Street Fighter movie was much more entertaining than this update. SF: Chun-Li was like a very average direct-to-dvd release...

Transporter 3
½

Pretty mixed... in some cases, the characters or actors are better, and the special effects or CGI is better than in previous films. But as for action, definately lacking compared to the other Transporter films. Enjoyable, but a weak effort compared to the previous installments, unfortunately...

Max Payne
Max Payne(2008)
½

I can't agree too much with the critics harsh ratings on this one. Max Payne was actually pretty good. The action stuff is stuff seen in other movies before, but they're executed in a great way for this film. And the plot DOES makes sense (many say it's confusing), its just one of those movies where you gotta pay attention and gather story elements throughout the movie to get the whole idea by half of the movie. The unrated cut on video is especially good with a lot more blood added in. One of the better video game to movie adaptations.

Babylon A.D.
Babylon A.D.(2008)

This movie was horrible. Story was a mess, and action sequences weak... Don't see this movie...

Death Wish 3
Death Wish 3(1985)
½

It may be the lowest rated Death Wish movie, but it also appears to be the most action packed Death Wish movie of the series, and that's a great thing. This movie was heavily packed with violence, gore, and explosions. Very enjoyable.

Pineapple Express

Hilarious and very funny comedy. I'm sure you know what it's about, so go rent it or even buy it!

Mortal Kombat
½

It maybe cheesy, but make no mistake. This movie can still be pretty entertaining with some good action. Could be the best or at least second best video game based movie ever made so far...

Wanted
Wanted(2008)
½

Wanted was promising from the start, and it delivered. This movie is seriously one of the better action movies of this generation...