Friday, October 21, 2016
Lethal Weapon is a 1987 action movie directed by Richard Donner and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Gary Busey.
Glover plays cop Roger Murtaugh who is just turning fifty. He just wants a quiet life but he gets a new partner called Martin Riggs(Gibson). Riggs is a suicidal nutcase who lost his wife in a car crash.
Nobody wants to work with him. He is a Special Forces guy too. The two are like chalk and cheese and it looks as if their partnership isn't going to last long. Roger gets a call from an army buddy called Michael Hunsaker(Tom Atkins) who needs his help because his daughter jumped off a balcony after being poisoned. She was into prostitution, drugs and dodgy porn movies. He was going to get Roger to help her before she died. There is something funny going on. Murtaugh and Riggs go to talk to her pimp but everything goes wrong and they find a drug lab and have to shoot their way out.
There is a witness to Amanda's death but she is blown up in her house before they can get to her.
Riggs looks at the bomb parts and he is sure that it was made by someone in the Special Forces. They confront Hunsaker who tells them that he was part of a group called 'Shadow Company' who were ex-army guys into smuggling drugs . The boss is McAllister(Mitchell Ryan) and his sidekick Mr.Joshua(Busey). It turns out that Hunsaker's daughter was killed as revenge for him trying to get out of the company and talking to a cop. Hunsaker is killed by Mr. Joshua so he won't talk anymore.
The company try and take out Riggs but he survives. Murtaugh and Riggs decide to pretend that he is dead to give them an advantage.
Unfortunately, the company kidnaps Murtaugh's daughter and hold her to get Roger to come to them. Riggs and Murtaugh come up with a plan. They show up at the meeting place and Roger meets them. Riggs hides with a gun, but he gets captured. They are all tortured, but they manage to escape as do the villains. McAllister crashes his car so that takes care of him. Joshua is a psycho though and he is heading for Murtaugh's house to get revenge. They stop him and the other cops come, but he tries to shoot them and they kill him.The movie ends on a good note as Riggs visits his wife's grave and makes peace with himself. He spends Christmas with Roger and his family and he gives Roger the bullet that he had been keeping to end his life suggesting that he doesn't feel suicidal anymore.
I love this film. It is the ultimate buddy cop movie with a great cast. Gibson is great as the suicidal cop and I really like his character in this film. He is at his best here and you see that he is crazy after the death of his wife. With the third movie in the series and the fourth, I thought that his character was too watered down and tame. His character in this movie and the second one is very interesting. Glover is good as the veteran cop who just wants to reach his retirement without getting killed. Busey is suitably menacing as the creepy Joshua who doesn't mind burning his hand with a lighter just for fun! All in all, one of my favourite 80's cop movies. I am giving it a 9/10.
Posted by Amanda at 12:42 AM
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Ginger Snaps Back:The Beginning is a 2004 horror movie prequel directed by Grant Harvey and starring Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins.
The movie begins with a prologue which states that men go to Hudson Bay in boats to get provisions for the winter for their people. The year is 1815 and this time, the men do not come back. Cut to Ginger(Isabelle) and her sister Brigitte(Perkins). They are lost in the wilderness. They look around but cannot see where they are. They stumble upon a campsite at which there is a Native Canadian old lady who tells them that they need to kill the boy or they will kill each other. They don't understand this at all. She gives them pendants. Their horse runs off and then Brigitte gets her leg caught in a trap. Ginger goes back to the camp for help, but the woman has gone. A wolf arrives and behind it is a Native Canadian man called The Hunter(Nathaniel Arcand). Brigitte is scared at first, but he takes her leg out of the trap and puts some herbs on it. He leads Ginger and Brigitte to Fort Bailey where they are allowed in. It is a strange place. There is something very wrong there.
Brigitte is taken to Doc Murphy(Matthew Walker) who puts a leech on her wound. They are assigned a room. They go down to dinner and meet everyone. There is the horrible James(J.R. Bourne), Wallace Rowlands(Tom McCamus) who is in charge at the fort, Reverend Gilbert(Hugh Dillon), who is very pious and irritating, Claude(David La Haye) and a couple of others. The Reverend seems to think that they are sinners and he treats them with suspicion. James treats them with contempt. Wallace is somewhat friendly. At night, Ginger wakes up and she hears crying. She wanders around and finds a boy locked into a room. He bites her. The next morning, she wants to get out of the place. They get caught by James who hits Ginger. Suddenly a werewolf is at the gates trying to get in.
All hell breaks loose and the Reverend leads the two girls into a room where the werewolf is. He heads off, leaving them to their fate.
They are trapped but the Hunter helps them. They survive, but Ginger isn't well. She is having visions. She wakes up covered in blood. Brigitte insists on getting her to the doctor. They arrive there and see that one of the group has been bitten and the doctor blows his head off. They decide not to tell him about Ginger's bite. The group of men realise that the men in the boat were killed by werewolves. Ginger is turning into one of them. Wallace finds Ginger's pendant in his son's cell and realises that she has been bitten. He tells Brigitte that his son was also bitten and that he is changing every day. Ginger needs to kill the boy if she is to stop the werewolves. When one of the men is killed, he is holding a lock of Ginger's hair in his hands so the men go to Ginger and take her away. Brigitte talks to Wallace and tells him that if he doesn't save Ginger, she will tell the men about his son. He saves her from death by shooting the doctor.
Ginger looks for Geoffrey and wants to kill him but she softens when she sees him at his mother's grave. The other men find him and they are going to kill him when Wallace decides to do it himself. Ginger and Brigitte have to get out. They go into the woods and find the Hunter and the old woman from earlier on. The woman offers her a chance to see into the future and she accepts. The Hunter tells her that the coming of two sisters had been foreseen. Brigitte has a vision of her killing her own sister. When she awakes from her vision, she finds that the old woman has been killed by Ginger and the Hunter brings her back to the fort.
When Brigitte arrives back, she is captured and she realises that it is a trap to catch Ginger who will come for her. The Reverend is going to burn her as a witch but Wallace stops him and kills him and sets him on fire. Ginger arrives and she is not alone. She has a posse of werewolves with her. She kills the awful James and then unleashes her pals on the fort. The Hunter takes a few of them down but Wallace ends up getting bitten and he kill himself in the house and sets it on fire.The Hunter hands Brigitte his knife and tells her that she has to kill Ginger to end the curse. It looks as if she is going to do it, but then she kills him instead and escapes with Ginger. The movie ends with the two sisters in the woods. They mingle their blood and Brigitte becomes like Ginger.
This movie was entertaining. I liked it more that the second movie in the series. It could have been a stand alone film.The wild setting fit in really well with the story line in that it was bleak and there was a sense of doom as the werewolves were coming closer all of the time. I had an inkling that the ending was going to be as it was and it suited the movie. The cast were good and I liked the Hunter guy in it. This is a fitting end to the Ginger Snaps series. The theme of sisterly love runs throughout these movies and it is touching. This movie and the first one are better than the second one in my opinion. All in all, I recommend this to anyone who likes a good werewolf movie. I will give this one a 6/10.
Posted by Amanda at 1:31 AM
This episode begins with Eve catching herself in a trap. She meets a dingo and it jumps into her truck. She has to stop at a gas station and she meets some locals who are leering at her. She washes her injured foot. One of the locals, Kev(Matt Levett) tries it on with her and she is saved by a woman truck driver called Ruth(Rachel House) who has a shotgun and she is a bad ass. She offers Eve help and they chat. Eve asks her about a blue truck, but she hasn't seen it. She patches up Eve's foot and heads off. She manages to crash her truck into a police car and a bag of weed is found inside of it.
Eve is taken to the local jail where two men are also incarcerated. One of them is a biker called Kane(Richard Cawthorne) and she asks him if he knows a guy with a blue truck.
Hill arrives and tries to get Eve out of the jail, but he can't. She escapes through the window and she makes her way to his motel room. They chat. She is found by the cops in the motel, but she manages to escape again and jumps into a truck which is driven by a pal of Kane who has just been released.
She ends up at their house. She looks around and finds a bag of cash and a gun. She is seen but she runs off. They chase her. Hill is also looking for her. Meanwhile, Mick has his eye on two tourists who have broken down. He offers to tow them back to his place where he can fix their car. They are reluctant to accept his offer. To Mick's annoyance, a car full of guys shows up and helps them instead. Mick has to go away without his kill.
Kane is looking for Eve and he asks at a pub if anyone has seen an American girl and that she is looking for a blue truck. Mick happens to be there and he hears this. Eve gets a new van. This was a very good episode. This series is really great, Mick is the psychopath that we know and love and the pace of this show is nice and fast. There are no dull scenes here.
Posted by Amanda at 12:12 AM