Single White Female (1992)

posterDirector: Barbet Schreoder

Writer: Don Roos (Screenplay) John Lutz (Novel)

Starring: Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber, Peter Friedman, Stephen Tobolowsky, Frances Bay

 

Plot: A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Stalker Roommate Film

 

Story: Single White Female starts when advertising computer tech Allison Jones (Fonda) has a big break up with her current partner Sam (Weber) leading to her reaching desperate times with her career, trying to find the income she looks for a new roommate to help with the rent.

The ideal roommate comes into Allison’s life, Hedra (Leigh) a young lady that has great chemistry with Allison. When Sam comes back into Allison’s life Hedra starts getting jealous leading to a string of unusual events affecting Allison’s life, Allison soon learns the truth about Hedra needing to find a way to move her out before her own life becomes in danger.

 

Thoughts on Single White Female

 

StoryThe old psycho roommate story, well this does give us a female driven version of the story with most of the men being made out to be horrible throughout, we have plenty of by the books material but if it isn’t broken why fix it right? This is an easy watch and you can believe how everything unfolds without it being anything that stands out from the rest in the genre.

ThrillerThis is a film that does keep us on edge through the film wondering just how the clogs will be ticking inside the head of Hedra.

Characters/PerformanceAllison comes off a strong career driven woman but slightly naïve when it comes to other things in her life, she is happy to have a lying cheating boyfriend but struggles to make friends in the big city. Hedra is an interesting character who is happy to get obsessed with what she thinks is her perfect friend if not sister, calm calculated through each and every decision she makes.

The performance from both Fonda and Leigh are great with Leigh stealing the show as the psycho roommate. We do have a few other characters but they don’t get enough time to shine with their limited screen time.stars

SettingsThe settings for this film keep us within the apartment for the most part with only glimpse outside in the city. Keeping everything inside the apartment helps with the suspense of not knowing someone before letting the live with you.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that builds on the psycho roommate idea with a very strong female leading performance between the two actresses.

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Overall: Well-made psycho roommate film

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Malcolm X (1992)

malcolmDirector: Spike Lee

Writer: Arnold Perl, Spike Lee (Screenplay) Alex Haley, Malcolm X (Book)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee, Theresa Randle, Kate Vernon

 

Plot: Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Denzel’s Powerhouse

 

Story: Malcolm X starts as Malcolm X (Washington) himself tells us all about his childhood and troubles with the white clans men his parents had. We pick up his story as he works with Shorty (Lee) during ‘war time’ (I am not sure which war though). We see how Malcolm starts working for gangster West Indian Archie (Lindo) who enjoys how street smart Malcolm is.

Betraying Archie, Malcolm finds himself trying to go out on his own only to find himself in jail and this is where he gets taught the ways of Elijah Muhammad (Freeman Jr) who teaches him the way of God and Islam so when he is free from prison he can preach against the white men in America. Malcolm X went onto become one of the most iconic figures in the equal rights movement even if he ways were different to Martin Luthor King.

Malcolm X is an extremely long look at one of the iconic men in the equal rights movement in America. We get to see his full transformation from gangster to preacher to revolutionary leader. The story is extremely detailed but it would be fair to say we could have had a lot cut out from this film so it doesn’t take nearly 3 and half hours to get through. This is a good history lesson in the end but I would say it is only a one-time watch.

Denzel gives us a brilliant leading man performance showing all his potential to be one of the biggest stars in the industry. When you look at the supporting cast we don’t get too much out of most of these characters which is disappointing as their story is just as important to Malcolm’s and with a film this long we could have done more to create a more equal story for these characters.

 

Overall: This is a good even if long history lesson.

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Hard Boiled (1992)

hardDirector: John Woo

Writer: Barry Wong (Screenplay) John Woo (Story)

Starring: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan, Kwok Chun-Feng, Anthony Wong

 

Plot: A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Wow

 

Story: Hard Boiled starts as Inspector Yuen known as Tequila (Chow) is in the middle of a battle between two different sides of the Triads who are struggling for power in the international arms trade. He loses his partner in the latest attempt to bring members of the mobsters down but knows who are the people in play with Mr Hoi (Kwan) and newcomer Johnny Wong (Wong).

As Tequila gets closer to his answers he learns of the mysterious outsider Alan (Leung) who works on the inside of both sides will be Tequila’s best assets when it comes to taking out the mobsters once and for all.

Hard Boiled is an action crime thriller that is just something that leaves you with the feeling of believing the hype. We get non-stop action sequences around the crime story which is easy to follow. The story can come off slightly thin because it is just about cops trying to take down criminals. We don’t get many twists because this is all about the action.

 

Actor Review

 

Yun-Fat Chow: Inspector ‘Tequila’ Yuen has been trying to take down the mobsters for years and when he loses his partner he becomes even more obsessed with stopping them. He is constantly being held up by his superiors that are tired of the body counts each encounter leaves but now he is closer than ever with the help of Alan. Yun-Fat is great in this role as we see an action at his very best.

Tony Leung: Alan is working undercover within the mobs, he is doing the dirty work he shouldn’t be involved with but it is anything to stay undetected by the mobs. He works with Tequila to finally finish his job. Tony is great in this role coming off cooler than the hot headed Tequila.

Teresa Mo: Teresa Chang is the on again off again girlfriend of Tequila, she doesn’t like how much he risks his life if they are to stay together but they do have great chemistry. Teresa is good in this supporting role without doing too much over the top.

Philip Chan: Supt Pang knows both men are trying to take down the same people but isn’t willing to let them know each other, he tries his hardest to control Tequila without much success. Philip does what you would expect for the character of authority in the story.

Support Cast: Hard Boiled has a supporting cast which includes the villains that are very typical for action along with the huge body count of victims in the film.

Director Review: John WooJohn gives us one of the most over the top action films ever with so much fire going on from start to finish all shot with the intensity needed for action.

 

Action: Hard Boiled is filled with the best action sequences you will ever see in film.

Crime: Hard Boiled is a film that is completely about the crime story the cops find themselves in the middle off.

Thriller: Hard Boiled keeps us on edge from start to finish through the story unfolding.

Settings: Hard Boiled uses the setting for added moments through the actions sequences which just adds to everything.
Special Effects
: Hard Boiled has amazing special effects for all of the action sequences.

Suggestion: Hard Boiled is one for all the action fans out there to go and watch. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The Hospital sequences.

Worst Part: Some people will say too much action.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

Tagline: As a cop, he has brains, brawn, and an instinct to kill.

 

Overall: Easily one of the greatest action films of all time.

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Aladdin (1992)

charactr cardDirector: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writer: Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale, Charles Adler

 

Plot: When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Instant Classic

 

Story: Aladdin starts as we see the evil Jafar looking for a lamp but hi plans are put on hold when he needs to find a diamond in the rough. We move onto meet street thieve Aladdin who steals to survive and help others who are less fortunate. We also meet Princess Jasmin who needs to be married off by her Sultan father by her next birthday but wants to fall in love before marrying someone.

After Jasmine runs away she meets Aladdin who gets placed into helping Jafar retrieve the Lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Once Aladdin finds the lamp he awakens the Genie who grants him three wishes that could change his life forever.

Aladdin is one of the most popular Disney movies all time and I can see why. We have the unlikely hero that is good at heart but never given the chance to be the success he could be, we have a strong female lead and a villain tired of being in the shadows wanting power. Mixing all of these together we get a full story that does everything you need in a film taking the Disney Princess idea to a new world. This will always be considered a true classic that will forever be loved.

 

Character Review

 

Aladdin: Aladdin is the small town street thieve that does what he needs to, to survive. When he meets Jasmine he instantly falls in love but finds him the target of Jafar to steal a magic lamp. The lamp gives him three wishes that he uses to make himself a Prince to marry Jasmine but it isn’t long before his true self is discovered and he can become a hero by himself. Aladdin is a great character that shows just because he does criminal activities he is doing them for the right reason and is selfless at heart.

Genie: Genie comes from the lamp giving Aladdin three wishes having been trapped for years. He has rules but must grant wishes that don’t break these rules to his master. He loves working for Aladdin but ends up being forced into working for Jafar. Genie is one of Robin William best performance as the pure energy behind this film that you want to see every single scene he is in.

Jasmine: Jasmine is the princess that is being forced into marrying a prince but she keeps rejecting any that come her way. She escapes the kingdom and falls in love with Aladdin who is everything she shouldn’t be marrying. Jasmine is a strong princess which is unlike most of Disney’s for the time she wants love and will make sure she finds it.

Jafar: Jafar is the Sultan’s most trusted advisor but he has plans to become the Sultan himself and will look into to any means to make this happen including finding the lamp to wish for the power. Jafar is one of your typical villains you see in a Disney film that will always be one to hate.

Support Characters: Aladdin has good supporting comedy character that will make you laugh through the film.

Director Review: Ron Clements, John MuskerThe pair give us one of the most memorable and stand out Disney films of all time.

 

Adventure: Aladdin takes us on an adventure as Aladdin goes from street thieve to worthy hand in marriage for Jasmine.

Animation: Aladdin had the brilliant animation you have come to know from Disney.

Comedy: Aladdin has great use of comedy with most coming from Robin Williams.

Family: Aladdin is one the whole family could enjoy with jokes for the whole family to understand.

Fantasy: Aladdin puts us in the middle of a fantasy world that is filled with genies that can grant wishes.

Romance: Aladdin has a romantic story that follows a princess who wants to fall in love rather than be forced into marriage.

Settings: Aladdin puts us into a world that shows the type of world that Aladdin is living in.

Suggestion: Aladdin is one that I think everyone should have watched at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Whole New World.

Worst Part: Not one.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears:

Chances of Sequel: Has one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 2 Oscars

Budget: $28 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: A diamond in the rough.

Trivia: This film became the 14th (and the first animated movie) to gross more than $200,000,000.

 

Overall: One of the BEST Disney films of all time.

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Franchise Week – Critters 4 (1992)

crittersDirector: Rupert Harvey

Writer: Joseph Lyle, David J Schow (Screenplay) Rupert Harvey, Barry Opper (Story)

Starring: Don Keith Opper, Terrence Mann, Paul Whitthorne, Anders Hove, Angela Bassett, Brad Dourif, Eric DaRe

 

Plot: After being cryogenically frozen and waking up on a space station in the near future, the Critters aim to have the unwitting crew for lunch.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Running Out of Ideas, Head to Space

 

Story: Critters 4 starts with Charlie (Opper) searching for any remaining Critters this time in Kannes, only to find himself charged with Zoology preservation act prohibiting the extinction of any species in the galaxy. Ever the clumsy character Charlie finds himself trapped and frozen in the pod carrying the finally Critters where he awakens in the future 2045 on-board a space craft.

The crew includes Ethan (Whitthorne), Rick (Hove), Fran (Bassett) Al Bert (Dourif) and Bernie (DaRe) who are salvagers who travel around to find any lost space equipment when they find themselves trying to unlock the pod with Charlie and the Critters in. one the pod is open the Critters start running amuck on board the ship which leads to them having to fight to survive with nowhere to run.

Critters 4 was the last in the franchise because well, it ended up in space, the Critters are endangered so they need to be protected which works for me. It does continue the feel of the franchise with new characters and Charlie returning to his fun self. This has the feel of the end of a franchise which is all needed without being special.

 

Actor Review

 

Don Keith Opper: Charlie is our bumbling hero that has continued to fight the Critters only to find himself stuck in a preservation pod with the remaining ones. He ends up going into the future where he must fight the Critters on a spaceship. Don gives the performances you would expect to see.

Paul Whitthorne: Ethan is the young engineer on-board that listens to Charlie’s story, he is the lowest ranked person on the ship, he has to team up with Charlie to stop the Critters causing problems in space. Paul doesn’t give the best performance here being good and bad throughout.

Angela Bassett: Fran is one of the crew members in the ship, she seems to be the highest ranked behind the captain but on member that actually gets the respect from her crew mates. She is one tough woman that will fight until the very end. Angela shows she was going to be a big star in the future.

Brad Dourif: Al Bert is the ships engineer who is teaching Ethan while on the travel through space, he uses his brains to outsmart the computers and the Critters. Brad gives us a performance we would expect from one of the names of horror.

Support Cast: Critters 4 has a small supporting cast that doesn’t get too much time to do anything.

Director Review: Rupert HarveyRupert gives us a solid ending to the franchise.

 

Comedy: Critters 4 doesn’t have too many laughs with Charlie being the for comedy.

Horror: Critters 4 doesn’t have too much horror but does use the setting well.

Sci-Fi: Critters 4 uses the space setting making this the most sci-fi in the franchise.

Settings: Critters 4 keeps the action in space which works for the franchise taking the Critters back to where they started space.
Special Effects
: Critters 4 has the effects you have got to know through the series.

Suggestion: Critters 4 is one to watch to finish of the franchise. (Finish the Franchise)

 

Best Part: Space setting.

Worst Part: Taking the action into space and jumping forward in time.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Gremlins

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: In space, they love to hear you scream!

 

Overall: Solid conclusion to end the franchise

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