Meet the Deedles (1998)

Director: Steve Boyum

Writer: Jim Herzfeld (Screenplay)

Starring: Steve Van Wormer, Paul Walker, A.J. Langer, John Ashton, Dennis Hopper, Eric Braeden, Robert Englund

 

Plot: Two surfers end up as Yellowstone park rangers and have to stop a former ranger who is out for revenge.


Tagline – To protect and surf.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tasteless Comedy

 

Story: Meet the Deedles starts as we meet the two surfer school slackers Stew (Van Wormer) and Phil (Walker) Deedle whose father has given them everything in life which leads them to expelled from school, as punishment the boys are set to camp to learn responsibility and end up being recruited as rangers in Yellowstone after a misunderstanding.

While learning the ropes from LT Jesse Ryan (Langer) the boys must try to eliminate the prairie dog problem, which does have a connection to disgraced park ranger Frank Slater (Hopper) who is out for revenge.

 

Thoughts on Meet the Deedles

 

Characters – Stew is the brains of the two brothers, he always comes up with the plans to keep their cover while in rangers in Yellowstone. He is the one that is doing the work the pair should be doing. Phil is the dumb brother who does feel like he is a surfer who does take a shine toward the Lt Ryan, he does get the funniest lines and is easily the one that is too honest to lie. LT Jesse Ryan is the rescue chopper pilot, she has been raised to be part of the park and following in her step-father’s footsteps. Frank Slater is the villainous former ranger that plans to ruin the big celebration with his goons doing his dirty work.

PerformancesPaul Walker is the only reason I even considered watching this movie, he does show us that he has the most talent in this role because the playing dumb needs commitment and he hit them on every turn. Steve Van Wormer is solid enough as the other brother either though while watching he isn’t the one we came to see. AJ Langer is good enough as the love interest without getting much to do other than being that. Dennis Hopper was doing a strange number of villainous roles which he always liked to milk.

StoryThe story follows two slacker surfers that end up going into the park ranger training program to help ride Yellowstone to prairie dogs being controlled by a vengeful former ranger hell bent on revenge. This is designed for a younger audience with how most of the jokes unfold and to say this is a 90s movie is the perfect example to describe the story. we get the message of trying to seek parental approval after a string of failures, which mixes nicely with the endless plans to get away with their own mistakes to be a success, we get a villain that gets his goons to do most of his plans which all play into the comedy of the film, overall this is easily one of those films that uses the story to tell the story that everyone will have their day just let them show their potential.

ComedyThe comedy in the film is a mix of slapstick which usually sees someone flying through the air or jokes between the two brothers that only they will understand.

SettingsThe film is set in Yellowstone national park, we know this has place of beauty, legacy for its tourist attraction which all play into the reasons for the villain to have his own plan.


Scene of the Movie –
Mountain climbing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The jokes miss too often.

Final ThoughtsThis is a 90s comedy that showed us the potential of Paul Walker, it does use basic comedy and by the end of the film you will feel like it has dated.

 

Overall: Simple family comedy.

Rating

 

 

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Easy Rider (1969)

Director: Dennis Hopper

Writer: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern (Screenplay)

Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector, Jack Nicholson

 

Plot: Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Cultural Event

 

Story: Easy Rider starts as our two hippies Wyatt (Fonda) and Billy (Hopper) pick up their parcel in LA, which leaves them to set out on their adventure to New Orleans for Mardi Grad. Along the way they spend time with fellow hippies before finding themselves in jail.

George Hanson (Nicholson) the town drunk lawyer gets them out of jail and gets invited along to New Orleans with the two and as they continue their journey they must deal with being treated differently.

 

Thoughts on Easy Rider

 

Characters – Wyatt is one of the two friends travelling, he is the more laid back of the two keeping Billy in line when he starts to question moments and never finding himself too out of it on the drugs. Billy is the friend that just wants to get the job done, though when he stops he takes more grass than he needs to have. George Hanson is a lawyer that has a drinking problem, he helps the two get out of jail and joins them on their adventure across country enjoying the drugs for the first time.

PerformancesThe performances from Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper are both great, they completely embrace their characters with their own unique look to defying the hippie era. Jack Nicholson in the supporting role is great too showing just the talent he was going to show us all.

StoryThe story here shows us two hippies travelling across America, which for the time of release would have been one of the truest movies you could see in a story, but not it feels like a glimpse into the past events in America, which once again shows us how American can’t treat people equal. If you have never studied the hippie era you won’t understand most of the story if I am being honest because it is an moment that doesn’t connect to all.

AdventureThe adventure the two friends go on does take them across America, but it is hard to figure out which state they are in for the most part.

SettingsThe settings are hard to tell about in this film, the only one I could pick out was the airport in LA at the beginning.


Scene of the Movie –
The first night the three are together.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not understand the direction of their trip.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that was cultural relevant for the time of release, it hasn’t dated by the best standard and now leaves us watching a time that if you never lived through you wouldn’t understand.

 

Overall: One of the culture books.

Rating

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror Franchise – Land of the Dead (2005)

landDirector: George A Romero

Writer: George A Romero (Screenplay)

Starring: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy, Eugene Clark, Joanne Boland, Tony Nappo, Jennifer Baxter

 

Plot: The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Addition to Franchise

 

Story: Land of the Dead starts us to a world where the zombies now control as we meet Riley (Baker), Charlie (Joy) and Cholo (Leguizamo) who go out at night to find supplies for the rich in the safely guarded city. On their nights out collecting supplies the humans uses Sky Flowers (fireworks) to distract zombies but one Big Daddy (Clark) has stopped being distracted and has started to lead the zombies in a new life with fragments of their previous one.

Riley has kept his nose to the ground to get his freedom from the runs while Cholo is always looking for a way to buy his freedom which means putting others at risk. The man they are both looking to for attention is Kaufman (Hopper) leader of the rich in the highest tower in the island.

When Cholo go goes rogue the city is torn apart by the smarter zombies who don’t get distracted that easily and it is Riley’s chance to be free of the city after making a deal with Kaufman to bring back Cholo and the weapons he has taken.

Land of the Dead is yet another great addition to the series, while it isn’t going to break any boundaries like the original trilogy did but solid action related zombie film. While it does follow the same formula, group of survivors are safe but soon their safe heaven is overrun by zombies leaving few alive we get to see it in a different light when it comes to number involved. The special effects have become a lot more realistic which I find takes away from the horror because the original was terrifying to see. The idea the zombies have continued to evolve is a huge plus because this seems to be the only franchise that accepts the idea that this could happen. On the negative we see the first film without the strong leading lady which has to be consider a step back for a franchise which has always had very strong leading characters both male and female.

 

Overall: Fun action horror film that is easy to watch

Rating70

 

 

The Crow Week – The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)

logoDirector: Lance Mungia

Writer: Lance Mungia, Jeff Most, Sean Hood (Screenplay) James O’ Barr (Comic Book Characters)

Starring: Edward Furlong, David Boreanaz, Tara Reid, Emmanelle Chriqui, Danny Trejo, Dennis Hopper

Plot: On his way to becoming an immortal demon, gangleader Luc Crash (Boreanaz) orchestrates the murder of Jimmy Cuervo (Furlong) and his girlfriend, Lily (Chriqui).

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Poorly Modernised

Story: The Crow Wicked Prayer starts by showing three men Pestilence (Okumoto), War (Chong) and Famine (Ortiz) playing a major part in a miner strike gone wrong which is just a distraction to help Luc Crash (Boreanaz) escape from county jail to continue his satanic cult along with girlfriend Lola (Reid).

Next we meet young lovers Jimmy Cuervo (Furlong) and Lilly (Chriqui) as they plan on running away together after her priest father Harold (Trejo) disapproves of their relationship. When Luc comes after the young lovers for revenge he kills them both in an act of revenge against the Indian tribe the banished them. As the films before have shown us Jimmy will return from the legend of the Crow and kill everyone responsible for his lover and his own death.

The Crow Wicked Prayer brings the Crow up against his deadliest enemy to day with the inclusion of a satanic cult. I did like the idea that the original murder is more personal which is a good change in direction. Now for the negative, the crow looks so weak and comes back way to easily with nothing pushing the return like the previous ideas with a set day. Everything ends up feeling messy building up to the final fight. This film feels different but doesn’t capture the changing ideas. (4/10)

Actor Review

Edward Furlong: Jimmy Cuervo/The Crow is the young lover who gets murdered by a gang only to return to kill everyone responsible for his death. Edward really has struggled to become the adult star his childhood movies had promised us. (4/10)

David Boreanaz: Luc Crash is the leader of the satanic cult that kills Jimmy and his lover in his quest to become immortal while driving his men with the idea that he will become Satan. David over does the villainous role in this one. (5/10)

Tara Reid: Lola Byrne is the spiritual sidekick of Luc Crash who is performing the spells to make his returns as Satan happen, she is twisted and shows this by taking Lillys eyes. Tara Reid enough said. (2/10)

Support Cast: The Crow Wicked Prayer has the trademark villains and supporting roles from Danny Trejo and Dennis Hopper, wow just showing what they will turn up in.

Director Review: Lance Mungia Lance does a not have the best direction style because it ends up feeling lost through the story. (4/10)

Fantasy: The Crow Wicked Prayer does use the legend of the Crow to bring fantasy but counteracts the idea with satanic cults. (5/10)

Settings: The Crow Wicked Prayer uses a different settings with the small town of miners that could lose their jobs for the settings. (8/10)

Suggestion: The Crow Wicked Prayer is one that the fans should watch to finish the series but otherwise it can be missed. (Fans Watch)

Best Part: The idea of the Crow versus Satan.

Worst Part: Ed Furlong doesn’t work as the Crow.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Was last one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: Passion..Revenge…Eternity.

Overall: Disappointing final nail in the coffin of the franchise.

Rating 30

Speed (1994)

logoDirector: Jan de Bont

Writer: Graham Yost (Screenplay)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels, Alan Ruck, Richard Lineback, Beth Grant

 

Plot: In a downtown high-rise building in L.A., a psychopathic bomber & extortionist rigs an elevator full of people to plummet into the basement if his $3-million demand is not met. When SWAT Officers Jack Traven & Harry Temple foils the bomber’s plan and rescue the hostages, the bomber retaliates. First he blows up a city bus, and then contacts Traven to warn him that a second bus has a bomb attached to it. Once that bus hits 50mph, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it will explode. The bomber also warns Jack that if any attempt at rescue is made, the bomb will also explode. Jack races down the freeway and manages to board the bus. When an accident injures the driver, young bus passenger Annie is forced to take over behind the wheel and keep the bus running at 50 in order to stay alive. Will Jack and his fellow SWAT members be able to stop the psychopathic bomber – or will the passengers be killed when the bus runs out of gas?

 

Verdict: 90s Action at its Best

 

Story: When it comes to action you really don’t need the strongest most open storyline. This is the prime example it simply put bomb on bus, can’t slow down or it goes boom and no one gets off the bus. Everything that happens will have you at the edge of your seat because with the thrilling opening we only get about five minutes before the main action starts and never lets up. In a time period when action films were at their best this one sometimes get forgotten which works to its advantage because people will go ‘oh Speed I’m going to watch that now’. This really is the perfect relaxaction film to sit back and enjoy. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Keanu Reeves: Jack hot shot young cop who after taking a big risk saving everyone in the elevator opening sequence get called a hero. Howard has other ideas pitting Jack into another game, Jack has to take control of the bus and figure out a way to stop the mad man before it is too late. Good performance from Keanu showing he can make a leading action star. (9/10)

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Dennis Hopper: Howard the man who wants his money, he builds bombs and thinks he has everything under control but after his first plan is foiled he has a backup which is a lot more deadly. Great performance from Hopper, who creates one of the most memorable villains in the 90s action genre. (9/10)

howard

Sandra Bullock: Annie the wildcat who ends up becoming the bus driver after the real one is shot. She is full of fight and handles herself in the difficult situation she finds herself in. good performance from Sandra showing the star she was to become. (9/10)

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Joe Morton: Captain McMahon Jack’s boss who will do anything to make sure the causality level stays at a minimum. Typical leader performance but for once he doesn’t have it out for the hero. (7/10)

 

Jeff Daniels: Harry Jack’s partner who gets wounded in the first encounter with the mad man, he fulfils the desk duties trying to catch the man once the second encounter starts. Good supporting performance who also has great chemistry with Keanu. (8/10)

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Director Review: Jan de Bont – Great direction to create one of the best action films of all time. (9/10)

 

Action: From the opening sequences to the final sequences the action barely lets you breath. (10/10)

Thriller: Edge of your seat stuff from minute one to the final one. (10/10)

Settings: The setting is perfect for adding thrilling side to the story. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is a must watch for all, it is one of the best action films of all time. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The jump.

Worst Part: Hard to find one.

Action Scene Of The Film: Train scene.

Funniest Scene: The description of the bomb.

Favourite Quote: Howard ‘Pop Quiz Hotshot’

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a bad one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 2 Oscars for Best Sound and Best effects, sound effects.

Box Office: $350 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

Tagline: Get ready for rush hour.

 

Overall: Brilliant Adrenaline Ride

Rating 92