Turner & Hooch (1989)

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Writer: Dennis Shryack, Michael Blodgett, Daniel Petrie jr, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr (Screenplay) Dennis Shryack, Michael Blodgett (Story)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig t Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson, Scott Paulin, J C Quinn, John McIntire

 

Plot: A detective must adopt the dog of a dead man to help him find the murderer.


Tagline – The Oddest Couple Ever Unleashed!
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Enjoyable Comedy

 

Story: Turner & Hooch starts as investigator Scott Turner (Hanks) is showing his replacement David Sutton (VelJohnson) to ropes around the city, with two days until he leaves, one of his locals Amos is murdered with his bull mastiff Hooch guarding his body.

With Hooch being almost uncontrollable the only person he will listen to is the ultra-clean Turner that takes him in as he searches for his owner’s killer.

 

Thoughts on Turner & Hooch

 

Characters – Scott Turner is a detective that is about to leave for highway patrol. He has great relationship with the people in his small town and when one of his friends is murdered he ends up being left in control of his dog Hooch, Hooch opens his world to new company and just maybe staying.  Hooch is the French Mastiff (I think) that Turner takes in, he is the only witness to the murder of his owner, he is hard to control but has a heart of gold. Emily Carson is the vet that Turner first goes to but offers a relationship for Turner. We don’t learn much about the villains which is a big draw back.

PerformancesTom Hanks is fantastic in this movie showing his comic time through every scene, having great chemistry with Hooch and being the character who is meant to be leaving. It would be fair to say that Hanks is that good we don’t get enough time on the other characters to judge the performances.

StoryThe story here is thin to say the least, we have a guy who has never looked after a dog needing to take one on to solve a case. The problem is we spend nearly an hour watching the two build their relationship leaving only about 30 minutes focusing on solving the crime. The story is what you expect and very simple to follow but still enjoyable enough.

Comedy/CrimeThe comedy comes from nearly every scene with Turner and Hooch being the miss matched pairing, this is easily the strongest part of the film. the crime side does get forgotten for a large part and doesn’t feel like there is much investigating going on.

SettingsThe small town setting does help us understand the situation we find ourselves in where nearly everyone knows everyone.


Scene of the Movie –
Shopping for Hooch.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t spend enough time on the crime side of the story.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable comedy that has plenty of laughs through the film, Hanks shines in his role but we are lacking more from the crime side of the film.

 

Overall: Great enjoyable comedy.

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Franchise Weekend – The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

Director: John G Avildsen

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen (Screenplay)

Starring: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith, Martin Kove, Sean Kanan

 

Plot: Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business.

 

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Verdict: Solid Continuation of the Story

 

Story: The Karate Kid Part III starts as Daniel (Macchio) and Mr Miyagi (Morita) return to America, Daniel alone leaving his new love back in Japan, while his mother is now caring for a family member leaving Miyagi to look after the college bound Daniel. Back in America Sensei John Kreese (Kove) hasn’t recovered since the defeat of his students in the first film, teaming up with his old Vietnam soldier friend Terry Silver (Griffith) wanting to get revenge on Daniel and Miyagi.

When it the one-year anniversary of Daniel’s title win is coming around he gets invited to defend his title, but Miyagi doesn’t want him to need to defend it, the two do start their own bonsai business which Silver is determined to sabotage as he wants Daniel to be embarrassed by his new champion Mike Barnes (Kanan), while Daniel defend his title and honour against the corrupt businessman or will Miyagi convince him otherwise.

 

Thoughts on The Karate Kid Part III

 

Characters – Daniel should be going to college, but soon uses his money to start a business for Miyagi only to find himself needing to train to defend his title or face the vengeance of the fallen Sensei Kreese. Mr Miyagi wants to retire and become a bonsai plant shopkeeper, he doesn’t want to train Daniel to defend his title believing you should only use karate to defend yourself, his reluctance causes a rift between the two, though he is teaching Daniel the next lesson. Jessica is a shopkeeper across the road just visiting who starts a relationship with Daniel. Sensei John Kreese turns to his former army buddy to help him extract revenge on Daniel and Miyagi who he wants to see pay for what they did to him.

PerformanceRalph Macchio is good this time around again, he does continue to show us how his character can be misled along the way. Pat Morita keeps the calmness in his character throughout which shows us who is the right-minded person through everything. Robyn Lively is good but doesn’t get too much to do that is original to the serious. Martin Kove is good as this time we see the effects from the villain in a previous film.

StoryThe story completes the full year since the title win for Daniel, it shows how the people who were defeated will still want to get revenge. The story shows how Daniel can continue to let his emotions guide him down the wrong roads which is the new lesson Miyagi wants to teach Daniel. The romantic story feels lazy and just writing out the girlfriend from the previous film is becoming too annoying this time around. The message in the story is clear, never turn you back on the person that trains you even if something else sounds like it could be better.

Action/Family/SportsWe get more action in this film, which is fun to watch as the fights and pressure to do the fights, this does feel darker and might not be for the whole family.

SettingsTaking the action back to America works because it shows the effects of the first film on the villains.

Scene of the Movie – Dojo showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Writing out the girlfriend again.

Tagline – First it was teacher to student. Then it was father to son. Now, it’s man to man.

Final ThoughtsThis is one for the fans of the original two films, this continues the story nicely but for a one of viewing people might end up feeling confused for certain actions.

 

Overall: Franchise Fans enjoy.

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Road House (1989)

Director: Rowdy Herrington

Writer: R Lance Hill, Hilary Henkin (Screenplay)

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Marshall R Teague, Julie Michaels, Red West, Sunshine Parker

 

Plot: A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

 

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Verdict: Fun Action Thriller

 

Story: Road House starts as we get to see how Dalton (Swayze) can control a bar from getting out of control. This leads to him being offered a role as a cooler for the Double Deuce owned by Tilghman (Tighe). The bar is filled with the roughest crowd around and Dalton puts in his plan to make the bar run smoother bringing in a sociable night out for people.

With Dalton in control of the bar, he gets rid of the problems within the staff making an enemy with the local crime boss Brad Wesley (Gazzara) who has been using the bar to conduct business. To fight back Dalton calls the best in the business Wade Garrett (Elliott) to put a stop to all the illegal activities Wesley is involved in.

 

Thoughts on Road House

 

Characters/PerformanceDalton is a man with a reputation of being a man people fear and respect within the bar and bouncer community. He gets recruited but ends up finding himself having to battle a crime boss controlling the town, he is a strong likeable character that is filled with regret after going too far once. Doc is the love interest for Dalton as well as being an almost pawn in the battle between Dalton and the Crime Boss Wesley. This isn’t the strongest female character you will see. Wade is the traditional mentor figure needed to explain the skills Dalton has, with Brad Wesley being the villain small town America could easily have.

Patrick Swayze shines in this role where he commands the screen in every single scene, Kelly Lynch is good but not anywhere near the level of Swayze with Sam Elliott giving us the performance we know he can do as the strong supporting friend. Ben Gazzara does a great job as the villain of the piece who enjoys the terror he reigns over the town.

StoryLooking into the story we get an easy to follow story of one outsider going on a crusade against a crime boss. Having only seen this for the first time I can say this does play out in the similar veins of Walking Tall and with that I found myself enjoying this all that much more. You can see the 80’s all over the story though which could turn people off but could also help people enjoy all that more.

Action/ThrillerWe have action with all of the fights going with each fight becoming bigger as the story unfolds. We are left to keep things guessing as to where the story will unfold.

SettingsWe are left in small town America which is nearly perfect for this film.

Special EffectsWe get small amounts of the effects needed in a film which is all the film needs.

Final Thoughts80’s films will always go in two different directions when we get to go back in time, they have either dated, become a cult or a true classic and this is one that still stands up.

 

Overall: This is a fun 80’s classic which is one you can enjoy.

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Vintage Franchise – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

Director: William Shatner

Writer: Harve Bennett, William Shatner, David Loughery (Screenplay) Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, David Warner, Laurence Luckinbill

 

Plot: Captain Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock’s long-lost half-brother who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God at the center of the galaxy.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Enough

 

Story: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier starts as Sybok (Luckinbill) looks to find a way of Nimbus III a neutral planet with no spacecrafts. His plan is to hold a human, Klingon and Romulan hostage waiting for one of the races to rescue them.

Kirk (Shatner), Spock (Nimoy), McCoy (Kelley) and the rest of the crew are all on leave waiting for Scotty (Doohan) to finishes up fixing the Enterprise, which is called in for the rescue but Sybok’s relationship with Spock makes his capture difficult and Sybok’s search for God will put the whole Enterprise crew at risk.

 

Thoughts on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

 

Characters – Kirk now just a Captain again must return to the Enterprise with his crew to take part in the latest rescue mission with a kidnapping but soon he must save his crew from the controlling power of Sybok. Spock is left to continue his role on the Enterprise, but he also must battle his personal relationship with Sybok. Sybok is a Vulcan that believes there is a God in the universe and designs a plan to get himself a ship and finally make this discovery.

PerformanceThe crew are right back where you expect when it comes to performance none are bad and most just look like they are enjoying themselves now, but the supporting crew do get less time than last time out. Laurence Luckinbill does make for a good as the villain giving us a calming presence through the whole film.

StoryThe story follows the adventures of the Enterprise crew as they meet a new villainous character in Sybok that wants to answer the question that clashes science with religion. This does offer up an interesting question and one that has been challenged for years now and still has no answer, did or is there a God? The peril the crew faces isn’t as deadly as we have seen before and focuses more on the unknown.

Adventure/Mystery/Sci-FiThe adventure takes our crew to the edge of space where the great mystery of space could be answers where we end up mixing the sci-fi world and the religious ideals.

SettingsWe return to the idea of Enterprise being the main setting alongside a dusty planet but it is the final setting that shows us something new to the franchise.

Special EffectsThe effects are all fine without being gre

 

at but some haven’t dated as bad as previous films

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Scene of the Movie – Going beyond the barrier.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Sybok could just brain wash everyone most of the conversations seem pointless around it.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily the most forgettable of the franchise to date and you can see they were starting to run out of the ideas for this crew to go against.

 

Overall: Sequel that goes too far down the line.

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Franchise Weekend – Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

Director: Rob Hedden

Writer: Rob Hedden (Screenplay) Victor Miller (Characters)

Starring: Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder, Todd Caldecott, Barbara Bingham, Alex Diakun, Scott Reeves

 

Plot: A boat of graduating high school students bound for Manhattan pulls Jason Voorhees along for the ride. Look out, New York – here comes Hell in a hockey mask.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Questionable Sequel

 

Story: Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan starts as we follow two horny teenagers that give us the legend of Jason Voorhees (Hodder) before bringing him back from the dead once more with deadly consequences. Jason is back now and ready to build up his body count.

Moving onto the main characters which are the rest of the classmates going on a post-graduation cruise from Crystal Lake to New York City, teachers Colleen Van Deusen (Bingham) and Charles McCulloch (Richman) with students that include Rennie Wickham (Daggett) and Sean Robertson (Reeves), the cruise is a celebration but Jason tags along too.

When the bodies start piling up the students look to take on Jason heads on but Rennie’s connection to Crystal Lake and Jason proves to be a stumbling block for her and Jason. Arriving in New York things only get worse for the students but Jason gets to pile on the body count with fresh victims.

 

Thoughts on Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

 

Characters/PerformanceRennie is our leading lady that has been through a hard life but showing the promise of making it through with this trip being the final part of her therapy. Jason is the killing machine that gets to interact with his surroundings to find new ways of killing his victims. Sean is the potential love interest for Rennie that is also looking to prove himself to his father. The rest of the characters are all what you would have come to expect from the franchise.

Performance wise, Jensen is a good leading lady with the rest of the cast all doing the job they need to, it is Kane Hodder as the imposing Jason figure that dominates the screen.

StoryThe stories behind the Friday the 13th Films have been easy to follow even if slightly repetitive at times, Jason kills horny teenagers in Crystal Lake, this is all fine, but what if we took things away from the Lake, you know what sounds like a good idea, New York City where Jason only hunts down the few teenagers while ignore anybody else he could kill for fun. Where this film loses any creditability in the story is by having Jason walk by people like whatever only targeting the innocent students, it just doesn’t add up.

Horror/ThrillerSlasher fans will enjoy this because the body count is high but it also isn’t scary in any moments.

SettingsMost of the film is set on the boat heading to New York but once we are in New York you could easily forget it is the Big Apple.

Special EffectsThe effects are a mixed bag because the CGI is poor but the practical effects all come off great.

Final ThoughtsWhen you get to the 8th instalment of a film franchise you know you are not going to be having the strongest entry, this has plenty of kills without being one of the best but the boxing kill will be remembered as one of the more memorable ones.

 

Overall: Standard late franchise sequel.

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