I have always heard plenty of good things about Emilia Clarke from big fans of her show Game Of Thrones, but I prefer movies to TV and though I have seen her in a movie, the difference in mediums is apparent and I have not been impressed by her work in movies. But I still hope so I checked this out and I have to admit I can see why she is so popular.
I love a movie that is based on a true story, and nothing is truer than crime. The core of this movie is based on a book on the case of the first murder committed by an FBI Agent. With Emilia Clarke playing the role of the FBI informant Susan Smith. It is the late 1980s in the Kentucky town of Pikeville, a small and impoverished mining community where people live off unemployment checks, modest services, and of course crime. Susan is a drug addict who spends her days getting high while providing for her children and her drug dealer ex-husband. This coincides with a new arrival, FBI Agent Mark Putnam, his wife, and child attempt to make their lives. Putnam is young, smart, and handsome, willing to do anything to advance himself as he finds Susan as they agree to help each other. But it is not just helping each other stop crime but enjoying each other sexually. Susan is worn and weak, but she is attractive and feisty, clearly, Mark wants her even as it is a violation of his duty as an agent as well as morally wrong cheating on his wife. Over time Mark's career is all that matters to him as whatever help he gains from Susan runs out as she attempts to sabotage his career while attempting to regain his attention and, in the end, leading to a tragic conclusion.
I admit I was impressed by what I saw. Emilia Clarke is a great actress. Being English but succeeding in speaking with an impressive Southern accent and being this intoxicatingly attractive and spirited woman. You feel for her character even as she does bad things because she was taken advantage of by a selfish man. Jack Huston was good in his role himself as the selfish and immoral man who betrayed a woman who did so much for him. It surprises me that this was based on something real, it is that good of a story.
My father caught this, and he always encouraged me to watch it. The fact that includes one of my favorite actors in Jim Caviezel was always something that spurred enthusiasm. But it was also the fact that it was remade into a CW TV series that prevented me from watching it. Time travel stories can be great, but they can also be terrible, and given how modestly successful this story was I was not sure if I were ever ready to see it. Thankfully, boredom wins out in the end and I took the time to watch it. Long overdue, and well worth watching.
An aurora borealis is incurring a strange phenomenon that connects a radio transmission in a New York suburb home in 1969 and 1999. Frank Sullivan is a New York firefighter who is brave and courageous but also loving to his beautiful wife Julia and his son John. While admiring the beauty of the aurora in 1969, the aurora shines in 1999 for John Sullivan as a grown man having endured a life having lost his father in a fire in 1969. Concurrently these two men in different times work a ham radio. For Frank, it works perfectly as John gets the old machine working as well as it was. The past and present connect via this old radio as John and Frank realize who they are and both men communicate over how this is possible and what they can do with this. At first, John encourages his father to save himself, and lo and behold it works and John lives life differently with new memories of a father who lived longer but still living with the old.
Things get dark when it is realized that a serial killer ended up wreaking more havoc than he did if Frank had died in the fire. Whatever that reason is driving both John and Frank to fix this mistake, saving other people as well as their own. With an amazing conclusion born out of love and courage.
I am a big fan of Jim Caviezel and I do enjoy plenty of Dennis Quaid's movies too. But this was truly something remarkable, a tale of love across time and space with men at their absolute best as heroes with great acting and a superb story. This is definitely a movie sons should watch alongside their fathers. An emotional story but teaches men that masculinity can be found with courage in the face of danger and love for their family. I am truly glad to have finally caught this.
I watch a Lifetime movie here and there mostly to check out the gorgeous women and the occasional good performance. In this case, I saw this to check out Jeri Ryan, older but still as great as she was when she played the Sci-Fi maven from Star Trek Voyager. In this case, she plays Sophie Fyne, an intelligent fashion designer with a handsome husband and a beautiful daughter. The Fynes live a privileged life and thanks to Sophie a principled one, making their mark on the fashion industry with the utmost integrity.
However, something is going on as certain people are ending up on the bad end of events from harassment, theft, and even murder. Sophie does what she can with her husband and daughter to keep them safe wondering who would want to harm her family and her business.
This was a pretty decent story, full of surprises as well as some good acting. Jeri's beauty is only matched by her talent as an actress. It was neat seeing Tiera Skovbye in this as well, clearly a young woman on her way to stardom. It was an interesting surprise seeing Anthony Lemke's performance. All in all, a good time spent.
I saw the previous films and despite the differences, I love them all. The first was a classic, worthy of praise and imitation in other works. The second was fine and could have been better. The third was wonderful in its own right. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for this sequel, at present, the final film of the franchise and it is an abomination.
The previous Crow movie was unfairly given a straight-to-home video release. This one does deserve to be denied a theatrical run, heck, it is so bad that it did not deserve to be made at all.
Jimmy Cuervo is a man having been released from prison serving time for manslaughter. Years of life living on a Mexican-Native American reservation have given him a lot of pent-up rages. But those rages are sated because of his love for Lilly, the beautiful mystic daughter of the tribal chief. Despite their differences, the two love each other and decide to get married. Only around the same time, Luc Crash, a convict acquaintance of Jimmy's escapes from a work detail with help from a host of his friends and girlfriend Lola Byrne. Luc is a Satanist with ambitions of bringing the apocalypse with his friends taking on the names of the four horsemen and granting mystical powers to his girlfriend by killing Jimmy and Lilly just as they are about to be married.
The murders call upon the divine spirit of revenge from the previous Crow stories and resurrect Jimmy as he seeks his revenge all the while saving the world from a monstrosity that Luc intends to become.
This movie, unlike the others, is a complete and utter joke. Gone is the seriousness and omnipotence that defined the previous films. Instead, there is more of a sarcastic horror pastiche resembling films From Dusk ‘Til Dawn or Machete. This was insulting to the notion of love being stronger than the death that was prevalent in the previous movies. The actors and actresses are attractive, but their performances are terrible. Eddie Furlong has the look of the Crow, but he is not a great actor. David Boreanaz plays the psychotic Satanist well but with hammy as heck. The apocalyptic posse is ridiculous, but nowhere near as bad as Dennis Hopper's special appearance. I think the only character I really liked was Tara Reid as the naughty witch girlfriend. Other characters such as Jimmy's potential in-laws including a nice appearance from Danny Trejo were nice additions but sadly wasted.
I cannot believe something so good ended so bad. As far as I am concerned Crow ended at a trilogy, not a tetralogy. Avoid at all costs.
After the legendary success of the first Crow film and the modest sequel, the powers that be made another sequel, only they decided to forgo a decent theatrical run and decided to release this straight-to-home video. Fans of the previous film felt shafted and believed that this film was sabotaged. I got to say that I agree because even though there are no characters from the previous films and the style of the movie feels different, it is still a decent movie loyal to the franchise.
Alex Corvis is a death row inmate approaching his eighteenth birthday, his date of execution, for the murder of his girlfriend. But to his last breath, he declares his innocence, that he loved his girlfriend and that some man had attacked him and planted the murder weapon in his car, the man with a distinctive scarred arm. He is executed but by the same miracle of the previous movies, a crow imbued with divine power resurrects Alex and sets him on a path of revenge against the men who murdered his girlfriend and had him executed.
I have to say that the style of the film is different, I do believe it is deserving of its place in the Crow film series. Eric Mabius does a superb job in the role of the Crow. He does not have the look of the previous Crow actors, but he makes his own version of the Crow work. Scarring from the mask at his electrocution giving he the trademark black lips and eyes. Instead of the rock star or mechanic look he wears a gray prison jumpsuit and instead of a leather jacket he dons a black fur coat. Jodi Lynn O'Keefe is marvelous as the beautiful Lauren Randall. Kirsten Dunst is amazing in an era she was at her peak as Erin Randall, the sister of the slain Lauren, who initially believed that Alex killed her sister but believes otherwise as he returns from the dead. As well as an amazing assortment of actors playing the villains of the story from Vincent Erlich, Bill Mondy, Tim DeKay, William Atherton, and Fred Ward.
Truly this deserved a full-blown theatrical release, and it is a shame that the studio had such a narrow vision.