Hatchet 3 (2013)

logoDirector: BJ McDonnell

Writer: Adam Green (Screenplay) Adam Green (Characters)

Starring: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Parry Shen, Robert Diago DoQui, Derek Mears, Cody Blue Snider, Rileah Vanderbilt

 

Plot: Picking up right where Hatchet 2 finishes Marybeth (Harris) thinks she has finally got rid of Victor Crowley (Hodder). She heads back to town with proof he is finally dead. She turns up in the police station with a gun and a scalp, being arrested by Sheriff Fowler (Galligan, Yes the kid from Gremlins) she has to convince him that what happened was real.

 

With a Police team, paramedics and a SWAT team lead by Hawes (Mears) looking for dead bodies, but Victor Crowley is back and this time he wants his biggest body count yet. An ambitious but disgraced reporter Amanda (Williams) is trying to uncover the truth. Marybeth, Amanda and Deputy Winslow (Diago DoQui) head back out to the swamp to end it all forever.

 

Verdict: Special Effects Bloodbath

 

Story: The first one told us the legend, the second one told the history, and this one comes full circle and offers the solution. We do follow two stories one offers a more serious story element telling how they can stop Crowley for good, while the other is just used to create a body count. While it is more of the same from the first two, it is simple enough to follow and for gore fans it is just plan enjoyable. (7/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Danielle Harris: Marybeth the blood soaked heroine who has to take down Victor Crowley once and for all. Good performance that really shows that she is a modern day scream queen. (8/10)

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Kane Hodder: Victor Crowley the disfigured monster who just can’t be stopped. Kane is made to play the monster on the screen. (7/10)

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Zach Galligan: Sheriff Fowler who doesn’t believe in the Victor Crowley legend and goes to find out what is happening with his team. Good from Zach showing he makes a good addition to any horror film. (7/10)

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Caroline Williams: Amanda a Victor Crowley believer who wants to find out the truth to bring credit back to her work. Good performance in a character that takes over the story telling part of the film. (7/10)

 

Parry Shen:Andrew a paramedic who gets scared easily. Parry has been in all three films now and if you watched the first two you know what happens to him, the wait is on. (7/10)

 

Director Review: BJ McDonnell – Good direction to create a blood soaked horror film. (8/10)

 

Action: The action comes fast and in your face. (8/10)

Horror: Blood, gore, body count what more could you ask for in a horror? (9/10)

 

Settings: The swamp again but this time it doesn’t use it as well as previous films. (7/10)
Special Effects
: No CGI effects make the special effects for the death brilliant. (10/10)

Suggestion: You have seen the first two, you have to watch the third one. You like gore watch. If you don’t like horror or gore don’t go near it. (Horror Fans Only)

 

Best Part: The special effects.

Worst Part: Short film again.

Action Scene Of The Film: SWAT, Police versus Victor Crowley.

Funniest Scene: A surprise cameo.

Kill Of The Film: Schneiderman

Believability: No way over the top. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Always

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: None

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 81Minutes

Trivia:Two former Jason Voorhees actors Kane Hodder and Derek Mears.

 

Overall: Blood Bath Gore Modern Horror Fun

Rating 75

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Domestic Disturbance (2002)

logoDirector: Harold Becker

Writer: Lewis Colick (Screenplay) Lewis Colick, William S Comanor, Gary Drucker (Story)

Starring: John Travolta, Matt O’Leary, Teri Polo, Vince Vaughn, Steve Buscemi

 

Plot: A divorced father Frank Morrison (Travolta) discovers that his ex-wife Susan (Polo) new husband Rick Barnes (Vaughn) is not who he claims to be. To protect his son Danny (O’Leary) Frank must uncover the truth before it is too late.

 

Verdict: Thriller close to home

Story: On paper this sounds like another version of ‘The Stepfather’ and in a way it is. Instead of just being the child’s struggle against the evil stepfather we also see the father’s struggle to prove who he really is. The build-up also includes the idea the child is a well-known liar when things don’t go his way. All this comes together to make a good story but one that really will be on that doesn’t stick in the memory. (7/10)

 

Actor Review: John Travolta – Frank Danny’s father who wants to just stand back at let his ex-wife move on but after Danny witness something he can’t rest until he knows the truth. Solid performance from Travolta which is the best of the lot. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Vince Vaughn – Rick the new stepfather with a secret he is trying to keep safe but once it gets exposed he tries everything in his power to keep it quiet. Vince had a tendency to play villainous roles before he became the wise cracking funny man he is now and this shows he can pull it off. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Matt O’Leary – Danny the young boy who is the centre of all the trouble in the film, lies to stop something happening he doesn’t like and never really dealt with his parents’ divorce. Good performance from the young star showing he can stand toe to toe with bigger name actors. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Teri Polo – Susan Danny’s mother who remarries but fails to see through him until it is too late. Good performance as the character would have to fall for all of Rick’s charm. (7/10)

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Director Review: Harold Becker – Good direction but the final fight is a bit too dark to be effective. (7/10)

 

Crime: Watching how reluctant the cops are to help the situation shows how poor they are to the crime story. (6/10)

Thriller: It feels very edge of seat from the moment we learn about Rick’s past but never pulls in all it could. (8/10)

Believability: It would be scary as it could be real but not as far as it is. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The settings used as good but don’t add enough to the story. (8/10)

Suggestion: it is a short thriller so it could be enjoyed by most as it wouldn’t take up much of your time. It is easy enough to watch too. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The end is good.

Worst Part: The cops.

Trivia: Vince Vaughn, Steve Buscemi were involved in a bar brawl during the filming.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Similar Too: The Stepfather

 

Overall: Thriller that will hit hard at home

Rating 72

Harold Becker

Trailer Alert – The Purge 2 Anarchy

Using the concept created in The Purge, we follow a selection of people stuck outside during the Purge, one man is out for revenge, a young couple that break down and a couple of friends who didn’t seem to know about the Purge. They all get targeted by the ruthless killers taking part in the Purge but they must join together to survive the night.

Questions:

Will it be better than the first one? Looks like it

Will there be plot twists along the way?

How big will the body count be?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 68%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Blackball (2003)

logoDirector: Mel Smith

Writer: Tim Firth (Screenplay)

Starring: Paul Kaye, James Cromwell, Alice Evans, Bernard Cribbins, Johnny Vegas, Vince Vaughn, Imelda Staunton, James Fleet

 

Plot: Cliff (Kaye) is a loud mouth, fingers up to the rules bowler who eventually get banned by his local club by old school bowler Ray (Cromwell). After hearing about this American sports agent Rick (Vaughn) helps changes Cliff’s ways to make the image of the bad boy of bowls, but at a cost. This leads him to team up with Ray to take on the old enemy from down under the Australians.  

 

Verdict: First the only Bowls film?

Story: Let’s face it a film about lawn bowls isn’t going to bring in a crowd without a good story. This has a good story that reflects the real world view on bowls, full of rules that are for older generation. Cliff represents the new young generation that wants to just give a sport a go his way because everything has always been against him. The story also shows that however big you become you should remember the people that were there when you first started. (7/10)

 

Actor Review: Paul Kaye – Cliff the young man from the wrong side of town or thinks because he is from the wrong side of town will never get a chance to play the game he loves. Good performance that he gets to have a lot of fun with. (8/10)

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Actor Review: James Cromwell – Ray the champion bowler who knows the rulebook inside out and that has total respect from his fellow club members. Perfect choice for the role in Cromwell, as he can play this role without any effort. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Alice Evans – Kerry, Ray’s daughter and Cliff’s love interest who gets caught up in their rivalry. This character doesn’t make too much sense but Alice plays it well. (7/10)

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Actor Review: Johnny Vegas – Trevor Cliff’s best friend who he gets up to all sorts of trouble with, but their friendship gets tested by Cliff’s new found success. Vegas does what he does well and makes us have the laughs.  (8/10)

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Actor Review: Vince Vaughn – Rick the sports agent who makes Cliff the star and saves bowls from cancellation on TV. This is one of the first times Vince played a quick talking wise arse which he is well known for now. (8/10)

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Director Review: Mel Smith – Good direction throughout the film to make a nice entertaining comedy. (8/10)

 

Comedy: Not the most laugh out loud but good for a few laughs. (6/10)

Believability: This is based on a true story of a player who got banned for writing tosser on a score card. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Torquay makes a great setting for this film. (9/10)

Suggestion: It would be hard to talk someone into watching this but as I am from a family that has played bowls for my whole life I see more humour in certain parts of it. I think even if you think bowls isn’t a sport for you, you should give it a go you may enjoy it. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The dinner after Cliff gets banned

Worst Part: The rules.

Funniest Scene: The dinner scene.

Trivia: Johnny Vegas was the only cast member who knew how to bowl and he doesn’t do any.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: British Bowls Comedy Fun

Rating 70

Wedding Crashers (2005)

logoDirector: David Dobkin

Writer: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher (Screenplay)

Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour, Bradley Cooper

 

Plot: John (Wilson) and Jeremy (Vaughn) work together but they look forward to one season every year, Wedding season. The two of them crash weddings to meet woman, they both work hard on their back stories and have a code that they follow. Things change when John meets Claire (McAdams) at a wedding, he convinces Jeremy to break the code and go to a family weekend. Jeremy who has also hooked up with Claire’s sister the wild Gloria (Fisher) have to watch out for their father Secretary Cleary (Walken) and Claire’s boyfriend Sack (Cooper).

 

Verdict: Great romantic comedy

Story: When it comes to romantic comedies it is usually very hard to find one that has a story I like, but this one takes the prize as my favourite happy ending comedy. The story is not just about meeting the girl of the dreams but also about a friendship going through maturing days of the guy’s lives. Each character adds something to the story and watching Vince and Owen work their comedic timing is a treat. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Owen Wilson – John one of the wedding crashers who wants to go into overtime to get to know a potential girl on his dreams. Owen is great as he has to show more range than the others because he is all happy for the first part but once he is exposed he is left to deal with the darker side of love. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Vince Vaughn – Jeremy partner in wedding crashing who ends up with what he thinks is a nightmare girl and the overtime John wants causes him great stress. This could be Vince’s best comedy role he is quick talking and inappropriate without being to crude.  (9/10)

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Actor Review: Christopher Walken – Secretary Cleary the well-respected man whose daughters are involved in the entire goings on. Good performance from Walken because anyone dating anyone who is his daughter would be scared. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Rachel McAdams – Claire the girl who steals John’s heart but her boyfriend gets in the way of her chance of getting to know John even though she slowly starts to fall for him. Fresh of the back of The Notebook she was the ‘IT’ lady for romantic films and this shows she has what it takes to pull it off. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Isla Fisher – Gloria the innocent girl that Jeremy ends up with at the wedding full of her crazy personality and wild side makes a great character. This is a great performance from Isla which really put her on the map in Hollywood. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Bradley Cooper – Sack the boyfriend of Claire that is very full of himself. Bradley creates a very unlikable character here and it wasn’t long after this is, went on to bigger things including his Oscar nod. (8/10)

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Director Review: David Dobkin – It would be fair for say this is his best film to date because it tells and goes through many stories transitions. (9/10)

 

Comedy: Some very funny moments that breaks up a more serious part of the story. (9/10)

Romance: Great romantic stories going on giving the hope that true love can be real. (9/10)

Chemistry: The chemistry between Vince and Owen makes this film what it is. (9/10)

Believability: I’m sure there are wedding crashers out there but the falling in love the way they both do is not believable. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Each setting adds to the story as the house after the wedding shows how out of their depth John and Jeremy are. While each wedding scene gives a very authentic moment. (9/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest watching as I find this to be one of the best comedies of recent years and the chemistry between Owen and Vince hasn’t been match since. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Will Ferrell’s cameo.

Worst Part: Funeral crashing bit too much.

Funniest Scene: hard to pick between most of Isla and Vince’s scenes.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Brilliant Romantic Comedy

Rating 95