Vintage Franchise – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Writer: Nicholas Meyer, Samuel A Peeples (Screenplay) Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Ricardo Montalban, Walter Koenig

 

Plot: With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Excellent Sci-Fi Adventure

 

Story: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan starts as Admiral Kirk (Shatner) is trying to create a young crew for the Enterprise with the help of Spock (Nimoy), but when feel star fleet crew with Chekov (Koenig) on trying to select a planet for a new life-generating device known as Genesis gets captured by an old nemesis Khan (Montalban) who wants revenge on Kirk, the training missing takes a turn.

When Kirk and Khan come face to face (through video) the battle becomes a tactical battle between the men before the final showdown which will leave one of the crew needing to make an ultimate sacrifice.

 

Thoughts on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

 

Characters – Admiral Kirk is on a routine training mission as he searches for a younger crew to explore the galaxy, he does still long to have the Enterprise back though and he will get his wish when he clashes with his old enemy Khan. Spock is the voice of logic for Kirk and the mentor training the new crew, he believes in his crew through this situation. Khan has been stranded on a planet with his crew by Kirk, waiting for his chance to get revenge and now he goes for it, planning a tactical battle against Kirk and he isn’t afraid to use or kill anyone who gets in his way.

PerformanceThe original crew all give great performances that we know they can give, not quite going on the top like we know they can do, but it is the additions to the cast here that shine with Ricardo Montalban being a great villain and even thee young Kirstie Alley being a welcome addition to the cast.

StoryThe story is one that is easy to follow as we see an old enemy seeking revenge against Kirk and this will be his hardest test to date. This is what the fans of the series would love because it offers our characters a chance to grow even more while the neutral fan might not understand everything, I say this because it references what happened before and as not a fan I am not sure if it was in the series or not. The tactical battle is something we can see happen in most Star Trek films which is good to see.

Adventure/Mystery/Sci-FiThe adventure while darker does take our characters to new worlds to face enemies in the galaxy, we do have a mystery to everything but this time everything gets answered early on with the space based format being the one we all know.

SettingsThe settings look fantastic again, with the space working well throughout but the planets all offering a new look for each different location.

Special EffectsThe effects for the time all were great even if moment might have dated they all work for the film.

Scene of the Movie – Kirk’s surprise.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not knowing if Khan is from the TV show or not.

Final ThoughtsThis is an improvement on the last film and from what I understand the best in the series of films, it offers character development and surprise ending and a villain that is menacing throughout.

 

Overall: One of the best if not the best in the series.

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Blade Runner (1982)

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples (Screenplay) Philip K Dick (Novel)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hanna, William Sanderson

 

Plot: A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.


Tagline – A chilling, bold, mesmerizing, futuristic detective thriller.

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: True Iconic Classic

 

Story: Blade Runner starts in the 21st century where humans have created replicants to work off world in hazardous condition, but when a mutiny makes them free they become illegal on Earth where Blade Runners hunt them down killing them on sight in a process known as retirement not execution.

When four replicants Roy Batty (Hauer), Pris (Hannah), Leon (James) and Zhora (Cassidy) return to Earth Bryant (Walsh) brings Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Ford) into track them down. With newer models being developed like Rachael (Young) tracking down the replicants is becoming harder for Deckard but with him being the best in the business he must use all his experience to stop them causing anymore problems in the world.

 

Thoughts on Blade Runner

 

Characters – Rick Deckard is the Blade Runner, well one of them, the best of them, he keeps to himself for the most part but when a job becomes too serious, Deckard is the man to clean up by hunting down the replicants. He does have a moral compass when it comes to dealing with the upgraded Rachael who doesn’t seem to be a threat but when dealing with the others it will be his hardest test. Roy Batty is the leader of the escaped replicants, he only wants to find a way for his replicants to extended their lives and is filled with philosophical ideas. Racheal is the upgraded replicant that is being kept secret until she goes on the run with on Deckard to protect her from retirement. We also have the other replicants looking for freedom in their own way as well as the people who want Deckard to hunt them down.

PerformancesHarrison Ford gives us a performance that does against everything we were expecting from his Han Solo and Indiana Jones days where he plays the serious character in the bleak look at the future. Rutger Hauer gives us one of the best villainous performance of any film, he is haunting with his lines and deadly with his fights. Sean Young is good in the film too as the learning replicant. There isn’t a single weak performance in this movie which is always good to see.

StoryThe story shows how the androids created known as replicants only want to survive and be treated equal in a world that will not accept them. We watch the one man try to hunt down the escaped replicants before they hurt anymore innocent people. This is a noir thriller that keeps us guessing the in bleak sci-fi world that has a story without many twists which keeps the story flowing in the one direction needed.

Sci-FiWhen this was released sci-fi was all aliens and space travel but this showed us a future, a bleak future reliant on technology for the people, it showed us how the world could look in the future.

SettingsThis is a visual treat for the settings, it takes us into the future where we see the world we could one day be living in.

Special EffectsThe effects still stand the test of time because of the visual look at the world we are finding out characters in with the technology designed for the film.


Scene of the Movie –
I always like the final showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Deciding which cut to watch.

Chances of Sequel: We have one now.

Budget: $28 Million

Final ThoughtsThis is a sci-fi film that inspired a generation of film makers, it broke boundaries and became one of the all-time classics in cinema.

 

Overall: Classic we can never get bored off.

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The Verdict (1982)

verdictDirector: Sidney Lumet

Writer: David Mamet (Screenplay) Barry Reed (Novel)

Starring: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Mile O’Shea, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Binns, Julie Bovasso, Roxanne Hart

 

Plot: A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic

 

Story: The Verdict starts as we see how Frank Galvin (Newman) a lawyer who drinks himself through each day after finding his once promising career turned into ambulance chasing. When Frank gets given a medical malpractice case he could get an easy settlement against the hospital for the Doneghy family, but when he sees the condition the victim is in Frank decides to take the case to trial to redeem him career.

When the family learns that Frank turned down a brilliant financial deal they are furious but Frank having dug this hole must go ahead with his decision with the help of his former partner Mickey Morrissey (Warden) as they plan to go up against the most feared lawyer in the business Ed Concannon (Mason).

The Verdict is a courtroom drama that shows one man going into a court case that could redeem his career even if it is against the odds. The story is pretty simple to follow as the court case is easy to follow and there aren’t any twists involving the case. The story is everything you would like in the genre without every trying to be more.

 

Actor Review

 

Paul Newman: Frank Galvin is a former promising lawyer who has hit the drink as his practise has almost gone. When his former partner offers him an easy settlement case Frank takes things to the next level as he wants to take it on in court proving the full medical malpractice suit. Paul gives us a brilliant performance as the man on both sides of his life.

Charlotte Rampling: Laura Fischer comes into Frank’s life seeing that he is still a good man inside searching for the truth. She keeps his mind away from the drink, but her true nature could put the whole case up in the air. Charlotte is good in this role without getting the full screen time for the characters twist.

Jack Warden: Mickey Morrissey is the former partner and friend of Frank who gives him the case but when he learns that Frank wants to take it to trial he gets to work with the lawyer side of the Frank he has missed for years. Jack is good in this role being the important character for Frank.

James Mason: Ed Concannon is the opposing lawyer that is feared in the law community as he always gets the results. He is fair in the courtroom but will play the games outside of it. James is great in this role even if we don’t see all of his side of the case.

Support Cast: The Verdict has a supporting cast that deals with different sides of the story when it comes to dealing with the case, each member works for how the story unfolds.

Director Review: Sidney LumetSidney gives us a courtroom drama that tackles the sensitive subject for the time the film was made.

 

Drama: The Verdict shows one man trying to redeem himself by taking on the case that could easily change how this law was looked at.

Settings: The Verdict keeps everything in location in which we would see the case put together next to where the case would happen. This keeps everything simple throughout without adding any unrequired scenes.

Suggestion: The Verdict is one I do think all the true cinema fans over the casual fans, should see at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Newman’s performance.

Worst Part: Might be slightly slow for the modern cinema audience.

 

Believability: This could have been a real court case.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.

Box Office: $54 Million

Budget: $16 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 9 Minutes

 

Overall: Classic courtroom drama.

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Basket Case (1982)

basketDirector: Frank Henenlotter

Writer: Frank Henenlotter (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly, Robert Vogel, Diana Browne, Lloyd Pace, Bill Freeman

 

Plot: A young man carrying a big basket that contains his deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: True Cult Classic

 

Story: Basket Case starts as we watch Dr Lifflander (Freeman) getting attacked and killed by a mystery attacker, we move on to meet Duane Bradley (Hentenryck) a young man searching the city with his bags and basket for a place to stay, his chosen location room 7 of a shady hotel. We learn that Duane has a creature inside the basket that he does have a relationship with.

We learn that Duane is travelling with his Siamese-twin brother who was cut from his side when they were young and the two are on a revenge mission, but Duane a twenty-year-old man gets easily distracted by Sharon (Smith) which only makes him angry, can the two put everything back together and get their revenge on the doctors who left them like this.

Basket Case is and will always be a cult classic one that will get watched by the diehard horror fans. It almost falls into the so bad it is funny to watch but when we bottle in down to just the story we get an interesting viewing. The story comes off original with the deformed brother as the one kept in a basket that is on the killing rampage and mixing this with a young man trying to find his way in the world while supporting his brother. This does need you in the right mood but it works.

 

Actor Review

 

Kevin Van Hentenryck: Duane Bradley is the young man who arrives in New York with a mysterious basket that has a creature inside. The creature is in fact his Siamese-twin brother and he is in town to get revenge on the doctors who left them like this. While Duane starts to experience life for the first time as he has spent nearly his whole life away from the world and working with his brother. Kevin does well in this lead role that is easily iconic with his brother.

Terri Susan Smith: Sharon is the receptionist that Duane meets and starts a romantic relationship only to realize that if he is with her his brother will become jealous of the lack of attention he is receiving. Terri makes for a good supporting performance without getting enough screen time.

Beverly Bonner: Casey is the sassy neighbour in the hotel that looks out for Duane when it comes to the fellow guests. She is the first person that learns the story of what is going on from Duane. Beverly is good without doing much in the supporting roles.

Support Cast: Basket Case has a generic supporting cast that all become victims for the killer.

Director Review: Frank HenenlotterFrank has created a film that is still talked about as a cult favourite for year to come.

 

Comedy: Basket Case has some of the funniest kills through the film.

Horror: Basket Case has moments of horror when it comes to the kills without being truly scary.

Settings: Basket Case is set in New York where we get to see the iconic locations without using them for the main parts of the story.
Special Effects
: Basket Case has good effects for the budget the film is made with.

Suggestion: Basket Case is one for the horror fans to enjoy. (Try It)

 

Best Part: First viewing of the brother.

Worst Part: Not the best styles with the kills.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $35,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: The tenant in room 7 is very small, very twisted and very mad.

Trivia: Most of the credits that appear at the end of the film are fake. The crew was very small and rather than repeat the same names over and over again they decided to just make up names.

 

Overall: Cult Classic to be watched by all.

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Rocky Week – Rocky III (1982)

rockDirector: Sylvester Stallone

Writer: Sylvester Stallone (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Tony Burton, Mr T, Hulk Hogan

 

Plot: After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Career Continues

 

Story: Rocky III starts with Rocky (Stallone) going on title defence after title defence becoming the biggest name in boxing. Rocky is living the high life with his wife Adrian (Shire), trainer Micky (Burgess) and friend Paulie (Young) but the challenger in the wings Clubber Lang (Mr T) keeps get over looked for event like charity match against wrestler Thunderlips (Hogan).

When Rocky learns the truth that he has been handpicked opponents he is determined to face Clubber Lang to prove he can beat anybody. When Clubber defeats Rocky it is the loss of a personally friend that is what hurts Rocky the most but it also motivates him to want to come back stronger and defeat the arrogant new champion with an old enemy Apollo Creed (Weathers) supporting him.

Rocky III brings us full circle as we now see the underdog Rocky having to be the guy everyone wanting a shot at. This works we get to see the rise to fame and all the benefits and problems along with how determined people are to take their shots. Sure we do see how easily a champion can be defeated and need to change his game to win again. This will always go down as the beginning of the downfall of the Rocky films but still does hold its own compared to later issue.

 

Actor Review

 

Sylvester Stallone: Rocky is now the world heavyweight champion of the world, he beats a string off opponents before wanting to announce his retirement. Rocky gets pushed into a fight against hot shot Clubber Lang who defeats him and a close friend dies Rocky must put his difference with Apollo to come back and retain his title. Sylvester gives us a performance you would expect to see in the role of Rocky now.rocky

Talia Shire: Adrian is Rocky’s wife but really doesn’t get much to do in this whole film, she is there to support him but that is about it. Talia hardly even used which is disappoint because of how important her character is meant to be.

Burt Young: Paulie wants to be part of the Rocky team and is delighted to get a chance in the position that Rocky gives him. Burt also falls into supporting role without really doing to much.

Carl Weathers: Apollo is the former enemy who steps in to teach Rocky how to defeat Clubber Lang, he pushes Rocky in a way that Mickey never could. Carl does a good job in this role where he ends up being training.

Mr T: Clubber Lang is the arrogant boxer who wants a chance at the title, he was the number one contender and defeats Rocky but his attitude has made himself enemies in the industry as he must face Rocky in a rematch. Mr T does actually give u a good performance showing this is how a lot of boxer act now.

Support Cast: Rocky III continues to have the standard supporting cast for all boxing films.

Director Review: Sylvester StalloneSylvester is one actor that knows how he wants to make a film and he is does what you would expect from him.

 

Sports: Rocky III is your typical sports films where we do end up having extra boxing than previous day.

Music: Rocky III continues to use the iconic music which gets used more than we heard in the previous films.

Settings: Rocky III keeps the settings similar but doesn’t make a point of them like previous films.

Suggestion: Rocky III is one for all the franchise fans to watch but don’t start here. (Franchise Fans)

 

Best Part: Training.

Worst Part: You know where it is going.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $122.8 Million

Budget: $17 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: The Excitement… The Power… The Man..

 

Overall: Solid addition to the series.

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