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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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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Gene Wilder Weekend – See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

Director: Arthur Hiller

Writer: Earl Barret, Arne Sultan, Arne Sulten, Eliot Wald, Andrew Kurtzman, Gene Wilder (Screenplay) Earl Barret, Arne Sultan, Marvin Worth (Story)

Starring: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey, Alan North, Anthony Zebre, Louis Giambalvo

 

Plot: Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening.

 

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Verdict: Better Comedy

 

Story: See No Evil, Hear No Evil starts a we meet blind gambling addict Wally (Pryor) and the deaf shop keeper Dave (Wilder), Dave offers Wally a job in the shop but when the man Wally owes money turns up at the shop and gets shot by a mysterious woman Eve (Severence), the two find themselves accused of murder.

When the real criminals Eve and Kirgo (Spacey) try to release Dave and Wally, they plan to kill them but after they escape Wally and Dave must find the real criminals before they either get killed or captured.

 

Thoughts on See No Evil, Hear No Evil

 

Characters/PerformanceWally is the blind man who is trying to get accepted in the world but finds himself holding people pack, he is quick to defend himself with violence. Dave is the mild mannered deaf shop keeper who has only been deaf for the last 8 years. He works with Wally to prove their innocence. Eve and Kirgo are the main villains that both work for the story with Eve being the sexy seductive type and Kirgo being the British villain.

Performance wise, Wilder and Pryor have improved chemistry here and get to show their comedy range but it still feels like a show just for their comic timing. Joan is perfectly cast in the role of Eve looking stunning in a role that is meant to led men astray. An early role here for Kevin Spacey was a surprise for me and you can see his talent here.

StoryThe story works for comedy, a blind and a deaf man must work together to prove their innocence. We get the villains that are out for greed and the police trying to do their job but this does turn into a running joke about a blind and deaf guy routine.

Crime/ComedyThe crime story is routine enough but the comedy is the stand out here which is mostly blind man deaf man gags.

SettingsThe settings are used to show the comical situations the two find themselves in. this does work well through the whole film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good comedy but does fall into the making too much fun of the disabled to the extreme rather than pulling it all off slowly which it should be.

 

Overall: Fun and simple to follow comedy.

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Tango & Cash (1989)

tangoDirector: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli

Writer: Randy Feldman (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance, Brion James, James Hong, Marc Alaimo

 

Plot: Two cops are framed and must clear their names.

 

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Verdict: Puntastically Fun Action Comedy

 

Story: Tango & Cash starts as we see smartly dressed Beverly Hills cop Lt Raymond Tango (Stallone) take down another drugs bust, as well as laid back street smart cop Lt Gabriel Cash (Russell) having someone try to kill him. The two have been taking down the same drug lord Yves Perret (Palance) who has a plan to get rid of the pair.

When the unlikely pair get framed for a murder of an FBI agent they both get sent to a maximum-security prison to deal with most of the men they have put away. The two must work together using both their sets of skills to bring down the biggest drug ring to have hit the city and clear their names.

Tango & Cash is an action comedy that brings us a buddy cop movie together with two of the biggest stars of the time Stallone and Russell. While the story is very generic odd couple cops must work together to solve a crime no one else believes risking their lives against seemingly endless amounts of enemies it does everything it needs to for the story. The comedy comes from the endless amounts of puns going on through the film which at times poke fun at what are used in serious film but in this are designed for the laughs.

Stallone and Russell are great together getting to poke fun at the characters they have played before with Stallone poking fun and Rambo and Russell getting an Elvis reference in once again. As for the villain, we don’t get too much time with him while the henchmen are what you would expect in these films. Hatcher is written to be tough but only their really to add an extra dimension to the relationship between Tango & Cash. In the end this is purely a great fun film that is easy to watch as long as you don’t want anything too serious.

 

Overall: 80s Fun all in one movie what more could you ask for?

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