Rapid Review: Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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“You are not dead until I tell you!” 
– Roger Murtaugh

SYNOPSIS: Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8I must say that I enjoyed this one, though I was shocked, too. Now that I am older and I understand the nature of my country, to see a film focused so heavily on South African baddies pre the fall of Apartheid was heavy. Now, if you’re from South Africa, just about any movies that refer back to our country way back in the day are bound to peeve you. They are usually stacked full of white guilt and terribly done, too, or done by people that don’t get the history so it becomes a hollow experience. Well, Lethal Weapon 2  didn’t try to be a very serious drama or anything. In fact, it took South African dudes as the bad guys and their awful racial biases and gave us a comedy. There are ridiculous accents (yes, Luke, it is an age old problem) to boot, though they did get some of the pronunctiation down, and I laughed at the Afrikaans tossed in there. I was shocked at the rate the k-word was dropped because here, by us? Say it in the streets. I dare you. Either you are going to get your ass handed to you or you are going to land up fighting a massive legal battle. True story. The plot was alright here, and I liked the small little things that they did to make it authentic for the South African bad guy – how dangerous the country was then (when Murtaugh went with Leo to “move” to SA) and the shipping containers being “Transvaal Lines” and the Afrikaans cussing… very cool. I actually laughed with Murtaugh at his final joke for the movie – racial punning but it was funny. I am probably going to be shot. I liked the reveal of more of Riggs’s past and the death of his wife, that was a little heavy. I was a huge fan of the partnership between Riggs and Murtaugh, obviously, and there were so many things that made me laugh (that commercial!), which is something I really value in a movie. Joe Pesci is introduced here, and while his character irritated me at times, I think he worked really well overall. It is such a cool thing for me to see how tight Riggs and Murtaugh are, and how Murtaugh’s family has taken Riggs in. He really is a part of them. The humour was good, the action was well worth it, there was some cheese, pretty fucking thin ideas and crazy shootouts and investigation techniques. The plot wasn’t bad either, and there were some pretty intense South African throwbacks. Overall, I think that this holds up really well after all the years, so definitely an action film to check out and enjoy!


Review: Thirteen Days of Midnight – Leo Hunt

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS: When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies unexpectedly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a collection of eight restless spirits, known as his Host, who want revenge for their long enslavement. Once they figure out that Luke has no clue how to manage them, they become increasingly belligerent, and eventually mutiny. Halloween (the night when ghosts reach the height of their power) is fast approaching, and Luke knows his Host is planning something far more trick than treat. Armed with only his father’s indecipherable notes, a locked copy of The Book of Eight, and help from school outcast Elza Moss, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic and send his unquiet spirits to their eternal rest—or join their ghostly ranks himself.  – via Goodreads

GRADE 7So I took this one based on the cover. Yes, I did. I thought it would be like a zombie type thing (I was thinking Nicholas Hoult as R from Warm Bodies – straight dark hair, red hoodie), didn’t read anything else on the cover, just glanced it over. Then I got into the book, and initially I wasn’t a fan. I didn’t really like the writing style too much, and I think I was in the mindset of a serious novel, and this is anything but. Sure, it has some serious and dramatic moments, but overall it is quite the fun, entertaining read. Also, as soon as I wrapped my head around this being a book for young adults, I just had a blast. There are plenty places where you need to suspend your understanding of reality, and that is fine. The introduction of the Vassal and the Judge was amusing, too, and Luke’s dealing with the way things have changed in his life gave me a laugh. Plus there is Ham, ever-present somewhere in the pages, Luke’s cowardly but exceptionally loyal dog. I was not necessarily a fan of the dialogue, and all the like, likes, irritated the hell out of me, but I also know that so many kids today speak that way. The characters were quite hollow though, and there isn’t really any development on any of them besides Luke himself and a little on Elza, who also happened to be the only two likable characters. I also like that Elza had was a different character than the girls that would usually be written in here. She was the outcast, she was the smoker and the bad girl and seen as completely crazy, and she is actually just really cool. Personally, I would have liked to know more about the necromancing, etc. but this isn’t that kind of book, which I also understood. Maybe I have spent too much time watching Supernatural and reading odd books like that, but this wasn’t the book that required that type of flesh. It was an interesting and fast read, with some decently humorous elements, though there is nothing to take seriously about it really. I liked the way it all came to a close by the end, and how many suspicious loose ends were tied up. Mr Berkley was a fascinating character, and I truly enjoyed every second we got to read about him. The Shepherd was creepy, too, and the way he spoke? I loved it. Exactly what you would expect from a centuries old and incredibly adept deceased, bitter necromancer. This was a great light read to break all the dark and dreary I have been reading lately, and I would recommend this, more to teens than anyone else, or anyone who is interested in a sixteen year old “cool” kid inheriting a powerful and dangerous Host of ghosts from his departed father.


Homeland: Season 2 (2012)

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

What I liked:

  • How religion was so important.
  • Dana is certainly growing up – much of this is evidenced by how she stands by Brody when she learns that he is a Muslim. Also it shows when she first broke up with Xander before starting something up with Finn.
  • The relationship between Dana and Finn. It started really nicely, it was all cute and cuddly, but soon went darkside when they were involved in a hit and run, and the differences in their upbringing was shown quite clearly. Finn, super cutie with the potential to be nice, comes from a totally different world, and his character undergoes some serious change.
  • Peter Quinn. This guy – awesome. What a character. He has no shame, he has some heavy morals,
  • Saul Berenson. Mandy Patinkin, again, just rocks this role. What an awesome character. He has such integrity, and  he is smart as hell.
  • The politics were nothing short of edgy and precisely implemented in this season, yet again, and I had fun with it. You never really know what is going to happen.
  • Finally people started wondering what happened to Tom Walker, and start looking into it (Mike and company).
  • Jessica and Mike finally dealing with what went on between them.
  • How the lines become blurred severely between right and wrong when peoples motivation comes into play.
  • Mike’s character. He is always trying his best, and he cares so much about the Brody family, has a lot of honour and integrity. I like that.
  • Nobody is free of suspicion in this show.
  • That finale. It is about the doubling back again, bringing things full circle again that I enjoyed so much from the first season. It was well done.

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What I didn’t like:

  • How quickly Brody started spilling his guts to Carrie when  he was taken into custody. Eight years in captivity and severe torture, yet one knife and a bawling blonde broke him. Pffffff.
  • How quickly Mike’s Tom Walker investigation got swept under the rug. I expected it to have some more bang, and some more blowback and all. Instead, nothing.
  • This whole twisted thing between Carrie and Brody. It’s like the embodiment of a love/hate relationship. They keep on getting close then pushing each other away, then pulling one another back. Also, I mean I know we are supposed to buy into Carrie being this extremely messed up person and all that, it’s just that what does on between her and Brody just doesn’t always gel so well.
  • Carrie Mathison. Again, we know she works on my last nerve, but I am so over how she has no personal boundaries, and no professional boundaries. She is so out of line. She does what she wants, when she wants. The fact that she still has a job is beyond me. Also, she is weak, so damn weak. She is always messing up, crying her eyes out, apologising and all, and then (and this is beyond me) these idiots humour her and make all the things she does okay. That is unacceptable. Also, way too emotional in interrogations.
  • The sudden passion that came out of absolutely nowhere between Carrie and Brody.

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Rating:
GRADE 8
Well, Homeland certainly came back with a bang. I found that I enjoyed  this one more. Partially due to the fact that, as bad as Carrie is, she is still not as terrible as season one. But she is still the most annoying character on television for me at the moment. Plus two, she spent so much of this season crying. Gosh. I know I can moan about her… but really, people?! I was glad to see them addressing the whole Mike and Jessica thing this season, because it was sort of skimmed over in the last season, which for me wasn’t right, it was a serious issue. I really don’t like how Jessica treats Mike. There were a few subplots that came in in this season that were written out and closed off equally as quickly in this season, which was bizarre, almost like they were just there to fill things up. The introduction of Quinn was really cool though, he is a character that I particularly enjoy. He has so much attitude, a moral code that I can totally understand, and zero patience to deal with inept people and Carrie’s bullshit. His purpose was shrouded and later came to be understood some more, and I liked it. Great addition to the show. I wish that Saul had more screen time in this one – not that he didn’t have, but it is always a thing to behold when he is out and about and doing his thing. Watching Brody walk the tightrope between spying for both sides was interesting, but he had this little meltdown about halfway through the season that was particularly jarring because it was so out of character. I got a few laughs out of this season, and I think that it was shot really well – it did a good job of drawing me in to the whole thing. There were some incredibly tense moments, and nothing has changed since last season in respect of being suspicious of everyone. Max is also a really cool character – his frustration at always being overlooked as a mute was hilarious. Everyone is so messed up and dismissive of him, which really sucks for me. The pacing was pretty decent in here – I didn’t actually have any issues with it, so that was nice. I was happy to see Brody and Jessica finally call it quits on their marriage, the whole sneaking around behind each other’s back thing was just getting to me by the end. If you are both unhappy, go to those you want to be with, things can still be amicable and civil. I wanted to kick Carrie – the whole season she is lusting after Brody, asking him to leave his family and all that. Next thing she gets everything she wants and she balks at it. The finale for this season was just nerve wrecking, and comes together very well.

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Drew’s Movie Reviews Sporadic Scene: Space Janitors (Season 1×07) – Those Weren’t The Droids We Were Looking For

Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews returns today to hit us up with another scene choice of his. Thank you very much for participating!

If you have a scene that you would like featured, drop me a mail at sporadiczoe@hotmail.com with a link to the scene and an explanation as to why.


Space Janitors is hands down my favorite web series.  If you like Star Wars, science fiction, or spoofs, this show is right up your alley.  The simple premise is basically Star Wars from the janitors’ point-of-view.  There are three seasons of the show and murmurs of a movie have been floating around.  This series could go on forever, which would be fine with me.  Space Janitors really shines when it pokes fun at moments that happen in the Star Wars films, such as this one or when they question why the second Death Star’s shield generator is on the moon rather than the space station.  I encourage you to check out the entire series if you haven’t seen it, or watch it again if you have because, really, it deserves multiple viewings.


Film Club: Porky’s

Zoë:

This month for Film Club we reviewed Porky’s, head on over to What About The Twinkie to see how we all felt about it!

I might not have been a fan at all… but did anyone else share my views?

Originally posted on what about the twinkie?:

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For this months edition of Film Club, new member Eric from the IPC was forced into picking our film for July. Keeping to type, Eric chose something trashy and full of debauchery, Porky’s. Below are his reasons for picking Porky’s followed by everyone’s thoughts on the cult comedy.

I’ve been reading these group posts for a while now and when Kieron asked me to join the club, it came with a debt – I had to choose the movie for this month. I went and looked at all of the older films they’ve talked about and thought I might lighten it up a bit, but I was very nervous being the new guy and choosing something not…. “prolific” so to speak…. I mean, most of what I write about at my place is not prolific whatsoever and it’s mostly crap movies and even crappier writing.

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Rapid Review: It Follows (2014)

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“It could look like someone you know or it could be a stranger in a crowd. Whatever helps it get close to you.”
– Hugh

SYNOPSIS: A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter. – via IMDB

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GRADE 6So much raving. So much of it, everywhere. I was so excited for this movie, finally got to see it and I have to say… I just don’t get the hype. Really. To be honest, I only give this movie a 7 because it scored a 0.5 for how much it peeved my fiancé. It was hilarious. He rarely really raves about a movie, good or bad. It has to be excellent or really crappy to irritate him or to get him to actually say anything. Forty minutes of bitching when this one was done. It was intense and I laughed. I couldn’t even read because he never stopped. Every time I tried, he started up bitching again. The movie was shot well, and the first thirty minutes were fantastic. You were on edge, you didn’t know what was coming, a promising premise was presented and the cast is alright. I mean you have Jai dating some dude called Hugh, who comes across as totally normal. Then they are banging, saw that coming, too. But then he chloroforms her and things start happening. I am all for it. The camera work always had you suspecting something was going to come, the music was so weird but worked nonetheless. But then we have the neighbour across the street, Greg, start helping out all of a sudden. I could also get into that (horrors really do ask you to suspend a lot of reality and belief). Fine. Could even get on board with him falling for Jai, though it was rushed. But then things went downhill. Running off to that beach house was good, even what happened from there was entertaining – spontaneous hair lifting and stuff. However, that’s where the movie was over. Then people started banging each other and this thing kept following everyone (har har), the movie totally lost the creepy aspect, no explanations (and I don’t even mind that, provided you do it well) and things just got messy. Maika Monroe was impressive in here and I can see how she can make a solid career in horror films. I just don’t get why this movie is so hyped up and why it is getting such rave reviews. I do love horrors, I do, but this one just felt like it started with so much potential and then just got really bland and boring, and it is a real pity. Oh well.


Rapid Review: Lethal Weapon (1987)

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“I don’t make things complicated. That’s the way they get, all by themselves.”
– Martin Riggs

SYNOPSIS: Roger Murtaugh is an aging family man and sensible veteran police officer just trying to make it through the day unscathed. Martin Riggs is a suicidal loose cannon cop who doesn’t care if he even lives to see the end of the day. Reluctantly thrown together to solve the mysterious murder of a banker’s daughter, the unlikely duo uncovers a dangerous ring of drug smugglers employing ex-military mercenaries. After a tragic turn of events, the mission becomes personal and the mismatched investigators must learn to trust one another as they wage a two-man war against a deadly criminal organization. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8I know, it looks like I am having this massive Mel Gibson run on my blog at the moment, but that really isn’t what this is all about! I just so happened to buy the Lethal Weapon collection box set on special recently, and my Fridays needed filling. What better, honestly, than these? Well, off we go. Lethal Weapon is a real eighties action, buddy cop movie, and it is awesome. Watching it you can understand why it is so popular. The dialogue is sharp and witty, the action is over the top at times but always entertaining, the bad guys are crazy, the cop shop is something else, we have two partners who don’t want each other, a plot involving drugs and murder, and it all comes together quite well. I was entertained from the off, and Mel Gibson was perfectly cast here. His Martin Riggs really is just a little too crazy, never really conforming to the mould, completely bonkers, but he works it. But dear lord, a mullet is never going to look good. I will never, ever understand it. Then there is Danny Glover, and he is the perfect counterpart of Mel Gibson. He is the right age for his role, he is hilarious and works wonders as Murtaugh – he genuinely had me laughing. The humour is awesome, and the partnership between Riggs and Murtaugh is wonderful. Their “pretty fucking thin” investigation style provides endless entertainment, and the development between the two cops is well worth the watch. They aren’t immediately friends, but they warm up quite quickly, though they are worlds apart. Something I noticed in this movie that really drove the age of it home for me was a magnet/sticker on the Murtaugh family fridge: FREE SOUTH AFRICA. END APARTHEID NOW. Wow. That was before I was even born! Anyway, Lethal Weapon has held up incredibly well after 28 years (OMG) and is well worth the watch, whether for the first time or for a rewatch, you just can’t go wrong here!


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