Ron Perlman Weekend – Blade II (2002)

Director: Guillermo del Torro

Writer: David S Goyer (Screenplay) Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan (Characters)

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kirstofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Thomas Kretschmann, Luke Goss, Donnie Yen

 

Plot: Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.


Tagline – One Man Still Has The Edge

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Beautiful Blood-Soaked Sequel

 

Story: Blade II starts as a new breed of vampire Nomak (Goss) hunts down vampires for feed, meanwhile Blade (Snipes) has unfinished business with the vampires, he wants Whistler (Krisofferson) back after he was turned and taken from him. Once Whistler is saved, Blade returns him to the human form with his new assistant Scud (Reedus).

When the Vampire council approach Blade to help them stop the Reaper strain Nomak is carrying, Blade must team up with the Blood Pack led by Nyssa (Varela) and including Reinhardt (Perlman), Snowman (Yen) and Chupa (Schulze) to put aside their difference to defeat the newest enemy to them both.

 

Thoughts on Blade II

 

Characters – Blade, daywalker, the half human, half vampire is continuing his battle against vampires, but this time he learns of a new threat the Reapers, who are deadlier than any vampire he has face, so he must unite with the vampires to defeat them. Still as deadly as before, with sword or guns, no vampire can just defeat him. Whistler returns only this time Blade must help him to recover, which leaves us wondering which side of the battle he will be on through the movie. Reinhardt is a member of the Bloodpack, he is the one that hates working with Blade, his sworn enemy for years. He shows his discontent while be one of the best soldiers in the unit. Nyssa is the daughter of Damaskinos, a pure blood vampire and leader of the Bloodpack, she becomes a Love interest for Blade in a strange turn of events. Scud has filled the Whistler role for Blade in his hunt, he creates the weapons needed to defeat the enemies while mostly being a slob for the most part. Damaskinos is the leader of the vampire council, he brings the rivals together to try and end the war. Nomak is the reaper terrorising the streets, he is the first of his creation and now deadly to anyone who he infects.

PerformancesWesley Snipes will always be remembered for this role, it is his most iconic and the one the fans enjoy watching. Here he does everything needed to continue making it people’s favourite. Kristofferson on the other hand does feel like he is mailing it in for the most part. Ron Perlman does the best to try and steal the spotlight bring the few moments of humour to the film. Leonor Varela is good as the only major female character in the film and does have a good opening fight sequence with Blade. Luke Goss is good as the villain showing us the sympathetic side and the brutal side of his character. The rest of the cast are good through the film.

StoryThe story puts our hero Blade needing to team up with his enemy to take on a new enemy, this does work because we didn’t need to see Blade just take on more normal vampires, we needed to up the stakes and the new breed does this. We also get the tension between the two sides with the common enemy, needing to trade secrets to make things happen. We must remember this is a comic book movie, so we need things to be farfetched at time too. We have the traditional twists you would come to expect at times too.

Action/HorrorThe action is fun, we have great fighting sequences, but certain moments feel like a video game. The horror uses the vampires for the blood filled violence moments in the film.

SettingsThe settings show us the dark underworld you would imagine vampires would live in, the new breed in the sewers shows us how they are starting at the bottom looking to raise to the top too.

Special EffectsThe effects for the kills are good throughout, the effects for the fight scenes are at times seems poor CGI.


Scene of the Movie –
Sewer invasion.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Donnie Yen’s characters death, wasted opportunity.

Final ThoughtsThis was a fun comic book action horror, we get plenty of blood flying around with plenty of kills going on which will keep the fans happy.

 

Overall: Great sequel for an iconic character.

Rating

 

 

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Guillermo Del Toro Weekend – Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

logoDirector: Guillermo del Toro

Writer: Guillermo del Toro, Mike Mignola (Screenplay) Mike Mignola (Comic Book)

Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Alexander, Luke Goss, Anna Walton

Plot: The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Fair Tale Comic Book

Story: Hellboy II: The Golden Army starts with a quick recap on how Hellboy came about, before entering into a time period between the two events 1955. we see Professor Bloom (Hurt) (Returning after dying in the first film) telling a young Hellboy a fairy tale about the elves in their battles and the birth of The Golden Army. The story follows that a crown that can control the Golden Army is separated into three, one for the humans and the other two spilt between the Prince and Princess.

Back to present day we meet Prince Nuada (Goss) who comes to Earth to reclaim part of the crown given to the humans. Hellboy (Perlman) is still getting himself in trouble by being witnessed again, but he is struggling to cope with his new relationship with Liz (Blair).

When Prince Nuada decides to declare war on the humans he must first kill his father before leading his people into battle, he must find his sister Princess Nuala (Walton) who has the final part the crown. Hellboy and his team with their new leader Johann Krauss must learn to work together to stop the elf war.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army is by far the most unique comic book films I have seen, I loved the full blown fairy tale side to the story that made the villain almost the most important because he is actually fighting for what he believes to be right. Unlike most films were there is evil is all about destruction this one wanted power. I do think this is the most underrated comic book of recent years. The only negative side to this film would be that the character bought into make a future character no longer exists in the film. (8/10)

Actor Review

Ron Perlman: Hellboy is still struggling with the loss of his father as well a struggling with his relationship with Liz. He must work with a new leader who he doesn’t get along with as thy enter the elf under world to save the world again. Hellboy also tries his hardest to be accepted by the world who starts to question his motives. Ron continues to shine in this role using his flair throughout the film. (8/10)hllboy

Selma Blair: Liz Sherman is the love interest of Hellboy who ha the ability to turn into fire, she makes for great partner in combat as Hellboy can’t gt hurt by fire but she wants to live a normal life too. Selma does a good job building upon her character from the first outing. (7/10)liz

Luke Goss: Prince Nuada is the elf prince who wants to go back to war with the humans from the elf underworld. He wants to take his place back believing the humans are no longer worthy of walking the Earth. Luke does a good job in this role making for a good villain. (7/10)prince

Anna Walton: Princess Nuala is the twin sister of Prince Nuada who still wants to respect the ways of her father and must team up with Hellboy to prevent her brother from committing his war. Anna does a god job making for a god supporting character addition. (7/10)princess

Support Cast: Hellboy II: The Golden Army builds on the supporting characters added with brilliant fantasy characters bought into the elf world as well as the returning characters working with Hellboy.

Director Review: Guillermo del ToroGuillermo brings us his fantasy element to a comic book making him the absolute perfect choice to direct. (10/10)

Action: Hellboy II: The Golden Army is filled with action pack battles against different fantasy figures. (8/10)

Fantasy: Hellboy II: The Golden Army puts us in the middle of a battle between elves and human giving this a real fantasy feel throughout. (9/10)

Settings: Hellboy II: The Golden Army creates a mix of real settings and fantasy underworld settings that make this a much more beautiful film. (9/10)
Special Effects: Hellboy II: The Golden Army brings us stunning effects to create the alternative world for the action to take place. (9/10)

Suggestion: Hellboy II: The Golden Army is one all comic book fans just have to watch. (Watch)

Best Part: Getting drunk.

Worst Part: Though John is written out easily enough I feel his character still had something to add to the story.

Action Scene Of The Film: Planet creature in Brooklyn.

Funniest Scene: Locker room fight.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: There is constant talk of a sequel.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Nominated for one Oscar

Box Office: $75 Million

Budget: $85 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: From the visionary director of Pan’s Labyrinth

Trivia: David Hyde Pierce did the voice of Abe Sapien in Hellboy (2004), while Doug Jonesplayed the physical part. For Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Jones also does the voice. The reason is because the producers hoped Pierce’s name would make the first film a box-office smash. But he refused to be credited because he felt Abe Sapien was Jones’ work, and as such did no promotions or interviews, or even attended the premiere.

Overall: The most unique and brilliant comic book film.

Rating 85

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Lost Time (2014)

logoDirector: Christian Sesma

Writer: Christian Sesma, Kenneth Owens, Rochelle Vallese (Screenplay)

Starring: Rochelle Vallese, Luke Goss, Robert Davi, Derek Mears, Lin Shaye, Jenni Blong, Vyto Ruginis

Plot: After leaving a doctor visit with the worst news, Valerie Dreyfuss and her sister Melissa come to a stop on a lonely stretch of road. Their car is engulfed by a blinding light….12 hours later Valerie wakes to the horror that her sister is gone, nowhere to be found.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Seriously Bad Sci-fi

Story: Lost Time starts with a sick Valerie (Vallese) who is being cared for by her sister Melissa (Blong) but the latest visit to the doctors bring the agonising news that there is nothing more that can be done for Valerie. While returning the car gets visited by something from the skies which takes Melissa. 4 months later we see Valerie start to make an amazing recovery from her cancer.

Valerie is desperate to find out what happened to her sister even if it is putting her new found life in danger, Carter (Goss) her lover tries to help her as he was one of the officers looking into the case. Valerie decides to try and find answers herself as she starts having these visions and she starts looking into the alien abduction along with lost time leading her to author Dr Xavier Reed (Davi). Reed hosts a program for people who have been losing time but the truth is it out there.

Lost Time is an alien body invasion film that really doesn’t decide where it is going, nothing really makes sense until the final reveal which tries to end up making you wonder what could have happened. For the most part this is just confusing and even if it had been average it could have been saved by the final act. (3/10)

Actor Review

Rochelle Vallese: Valerie Dreyfuss is our leading lady, she has been suffering from cancer before getting visited by aliens who take her sister and cure her cancer. She now wants answers to what is going on and she turns to Dr Reed who claims to be an expert on the experience. The truth will be the thing that shocks her to her knees. Rochelle does a solid job with what she has to work with. (6/10)

Luke Goss: Carter is the officer trying to help find Melissa and is also the lover of Valerie, he spends the film trying to help uncover the truth without knowing about Dr Reed and his plans. Luke give his pay check performance here. (3/10)

Robert Davi: Dr Xavier Reed is the mysterious doctor who claims to know what is going on with people who lose time, but is he telling the truth or up to something else. Robert does a solid job in this role. (6/10)

Support Cast: Lost Time has a supporting cast that doesn’t really do too much to the story, mostly just disposable characters.

Director Review: Christian Sesma Christian struggles to capture the ideas of the story that ends up not working. (3/10)

Horror: Lost Time a horror, no (2/10)

Sci-Fi: Lost Time tries to end up giving us a sci-fi side with alien body invasion that doesn’t really work. (5/10)

Thriller: Lost Time doesn’t keep you guessing that much in the film. (2/10)

Settings: Lost Time has the standard locations that really add very little to the film. (4/10)
Special Effects: Lost Time doesn’t have too good effects but also doesn’t turn to them often. (3/10)

Suggestion: Lost Time is one to avoid really, this sci-fi film doesn’t really work. (Avoid)

Best Part: Final moments makes you think.

Worst Part: The shaky cam.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Overall: Disappointing Sci-fi film.

Rating 25

Trailer Alert – Lost Time

After leaving a doctor visit with the worst news, Valerie Dreyfuss and her sister Melissa come to a stop on a lonely stretch of road. Their car is engulfed by a blinding light….12 hours later Valerie wakes to the horror that her sister is gone, nowhere to be found.

Release Date: Non Set for UK

Questions:

A psychological thriller that looks like it enters a conspiracy cover up, sound about right?

Luke Goss usually means straight to DVD, will this make the cinema?

It could be a smart look at the abductions theories, do you think it will be?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 75%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Death Race 3 Inferno (2012)

logoDirector: Roel Reine

Writer: Tony Giglio (Screenplay) Paul W.S.Anderson, Tony Giglio (Story)

Starring: Luke Goss, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, Dougray Scott, Fred Koehler, Tanit Phoenix, Robin Shou

 

Story: Following on from the events in Death Race 2, Frankenstein is back, but after Weyland (Rhames) sells the rights to the Death Race to Niles York (Scott) things are about to change. The Death Race is going global and so is Frankenstein’s team Carl ‘Luke’ Lucas (Goss), Goldberg (Trejo) Lists (Koehler) and Katrina (Phoenix). The first race is set in the South African dessert, who will survive the Death Race?

 team

Verdict: The race for life has never been so intense.

Story: Changing the location of the previous two films is the only real change in the story; giving it a chance to explore new areas, types of vehicles and types of racing. There is a very good story running parallel to the main race side of events. One big thing I noticed was a couple of well places parts that pay homage to the original Death Race 2000 film. (8/10)

Actor Review: Luke Goss – Carl Lucas returns as Frankenstein the best driver in the Death Race, he is also one tough son of a bitch who will never let anyone beat him in a fight. Goss continues to do a good job developing a character that Jason Statham started with, even if he is only a different version of Frankenstein. Luke is better than these straight to DVD titles and you can tell. Star Performance Award, Action Star Award, Kick Ass Award, Lesley’s Stud Muffin Award (9/10)

 goss

Actor Review: Ving Rhames – Is the boss who sales the Death Race to the cocky billionaire. Has limited scene time but always makes sure he is the centre of attention when he is on it. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Danny Trejo – Returning as Frankenstein’s pit expert who is a tough guy who also provides mentorship to Lists. Typical Trejo performance where he talks very little and when he does with an angry tone. Favourite Character Award (7/10)

 

Actor Review: Dougray Scott – The billionaire who takes Death Race worldwide using his power and money to get everyone to do what he wants. Creates a power hunger villain but doesn’t offer anything original in his performance and is easily eclipsed by the villain in the Death Race film. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Fred Koehler – Lists the guy who has never fitted in but is accepted by Frankenstein’s team. Needs things a certain way to stay with it, as well as being the smartest person on the crew. A performance that matches his in all three films, now it is time to break out of these roles and prove how good an actor he is. (8/10)

Actor Review: Tanit Phoenix – Girlfriend of Carl who also believes he is dead after the previous film. Doesn’t add anything but eye candy to the film which is disappointing as the side driver could be used to do so much more. Poor Performance Award, Babe Watch Award (5/10)

 

Director Review: Roel Reine – With a string of cheaply made sequels this guy does know how to make a good budgeted sequel and this is no different. (8/10)

Action: Plenty of action in the car racing department, as well as a couple of good fights. (9/10)

 

Frankenstein's car

Frankenstein’s car

Thriller: The races are not as edge of the seat as they should be, as too much focus on the racer who is about to crash rather than mixing it up and keeping you guessing on who the victim will be. (5/10)

 

Believability: Feeding on our love of reality TV that is about as far as it goes, proving we would watch anything about ‘real’ people on these shows. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: NONE (0/10)

Settings: Good setting, nice track, great locational scenery and brave for taking it out of the secure location previously seen. (9/10)
Oscar Chances
: NONE

Chances of Sequel: Yes good chance of sequel with the story but maybe not on its money success.

Suggestion: I would be suggesting this to any of the fans of the previous films as well as the car fanatics. It may be too violent for the casual action fan. (Enjoy The Ride)

 

Best Part: The twist.

Worst Part: Not enough racing

Kill Of The Film: Olga has a great show down.

Similar Too: Death Race Series

 

Overall: Good racing film

Lesley’s Rating 55%

Rating72