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TV isolated vintageI have been in a deep search for new (old to most of your standards) films to watch and review for Cheeseball Cinema and I have stumbled across some that I think you’ll approve of as well. For today’s film, I wanted to check one out from the very sexy Austrian born B-Movie Queen Sybil Danning (Amazon Women On The Moon) who starred in the 1984 crime, horror, thriller They’re Playing With Fire which was written and directed by the late Howard Avedis (The Stepmother). Danning plays college professor Dianne Stevens, a woman who was promised so much by her husband, but his mother and grandmother stand in the way of their happiness. So, Stevens starts a relationship with one of her students in the naive Jay Richard (Eric Brown) who agrees to scare the folks a little, but walks himself right into a murder mystery that has him playing with fire (do you like what I did there?). The film also stars Andrew Prine (The Miracle Worker) as Michael Stevens, Paul Clemens (The Beast Within) as Martin, K.T. Stevens (Kitty Foyle) as Lillian Stevens, Gene Bicknell (The Warriors) as George Johnson, Dominick Brascia (Friday The 13TH: A New Beginning) as Glenn, Greg Kaye (Mortuary) as Dale, and Suzanne Kennedy (Waitress!) as Janice.

TV isolated vintageOne of my biggest complaints with the film rests entirely on the writing department because I felt as though that they were confused at times as to what kind of a film did they want to make. It has all the elements of a horror, crime, and a thriller, but the execution was where it went wrong in my opinion. I loved the crime, thriller aspect of the film because that actually made it an interesting story, but it kind of went flat for me as soon as they threw in the horror aspect of it. The story starts off and you think poor Jay is being used by this couple and when the subjects are murdered, it looks like its going to become this story of how is Jay going to prove that he’s innocent? Yeah, it didn’t exactly go in that direction which I was fine with, but at the last minute (Spoiler Alert!!!) they give you this story of another son that you don’t know about. The kills in this film are just awful as it seems like they had no money in the budget for good special effects which I feel bad because the actors put on one heck of a show. That was the actual strong point of the film was the acting, but if there was one part I could get rid of, it would be the fact that Jay is asking the dumbest questions during his first encounter with the beautiful Sybil Danning who was breathtaking in this film and she has no problem letting it all out. I only have one more complaint and that is Martin should have had a better fight in the film then he did since he was our killer, but whatever I can deal with it. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film an 2 only because the acting saved it from further scrutiny.

Sybil Danning Theyre Playing With Fire

ass nation theaterIf you haven’t been paying attention to any entertainment section of any famous news site then you may have missed out on what could be the sleeper film of this past weekend that is being overshadowed by A Simple Flavor and The House With The Clock In It’s Walls. Unfortunately some great films fall into the wayside while Hollywood tries to pump the usual crap in your face and Assassination Nation may be one of those victims. The film raises a great question as it moves along in the idea of what would happen if the Salem Witch Trials happened in today’s day and age? In the quiet American town of Salem is about to be woken up when a hacker starts unleashing unholy hell by exposing all of it’s residence. Unfortunately for Lily (Odessa Young) her life is about to be turned upside down when she is blamed for the hacks as the town looks to lynch her and her friends. The film also stars Hari Nef (Transparent) as Bex, Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent) as Sarah, Abra as Em, Bill Skarsgård (IT) as Mark, Joel McHale (The Happytime Murders) as Nick, Bella Thorne (The Babysitter) as Reagan,  Maude Apatow (This Is 40) as Grace, Colman Domingo (Selma) as Principal Turrell, and the film was written and directed by Sam Levinson (The Wizard Of Lies).

assassinationnationThis is definitely one of the more interesting films that I have seen in the last couple of months and I haven’t been this excited about a film since last year’s Tragedy Girls. I have seen someone describe it as this generations Heathers and they may be right. What the film does in my opinion is that it takes what is happening in our society right now with celebrity hacks and the overall misuse of the Internet and it’s reminding us of what those dangers really are. It also reminds us of how tough women have it in our society because whether we like it or not they are constantly being judged for their actions. We are OK with women sending us nude pics, but as soon as something goes wrong, we instantly label them a slut and the film is far from being feminist propaganda as it is just stating the truth. They also touch on a lot of social issues that teenagers in America deal with on a daily basis and there is one moment in the film that when it happens it’ll hit you hard because it’s the girls just speaking their minds. The film is very fast paced and features a lot of cool different types of camera shots including one very cool and long continuous shot that was a very cool touch for the film. The film also has the right amount of cool music that helps set the tone for the film at the right times. There is a twist at the end of the film that you will not see coming or maybe you’ll be smarter than me and you’ll actually see it. The action scenes when they happen are very in your face, intense, and I have to give props to Joel McHale for turning it up when it counted. I definitely recommend this film to anyone that is looking to see a new and unique twist on a classic story angle because every generation needs to be heard. I am giving the film an A- for an overall grade.

2017-sleepless-bannerIt’s Wednesday which can only mean one thing for all our readers out there and that is it’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday. The film I chose for today I had been putting off for a while, but I wanted to have a film that featured the amazing Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver). So, I decided that it was time to hit my local Redbox and I rented Sleepless which came out back in January of 2017. Jamie plays Vincent Downs, a cop who is undercover playing the game so that he can figure out the snake at the top of the mountain. The only problem is that he is now in some deep water because a job that he and his partner Sean (Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris) try to pull off is about to backfire. You see they rob some drugs from a very bad man in Nevada and they have kidnapped Vincent’s son. They won’t give him back until Vincent returns what is rightfully theirs. The film also stars Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) as Bryant, Scoot McNairy (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Novak, Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) as Rubino, David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Dennison, Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II) as Dena, Octavius J. Johnson (Ray Donovan) as Thomas, and the film was directed by Baran bo Odar (Who Am I). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

sleepless Statshero_Sleepless-2017As far as the stats are concerned, there very low, but I will explain all of that in a bit. Jamie Foxx had about nine kills in the film which is low, but he has to give an assist to his son and his wife who both killed a dude. I don’t want to give away too much about who he really is because that is part of the mystery which is why I put sorta as the answer to origin story. I mean other than the secret, we don’t know much about him or his past. I believe that his character is still married to his wife even though she is wearing an engagement ring and his son is kidnapped which answers the next one. The big boss is defeated, but you’ll have to watch the film to find out how. The biggest misconception you can make when choosing to watch this film is believe that it’s just a Taken type action film where his son is taken and now he’s going after them. That is partly correct, but it’s much more than that as you’ll find out when watching the film. The film mixes in the whole dirty cop things so you’re trying to figure out f Jamie is dirty or if someone else is with it’s The Departed type ending. I think that David Harbour is awesome as is Jamie Foxx, but I’m not sure I’m 100% sold on Michelle Monaghan as a fierce, tougher than nails internal affairs cop who is a bad ass. You’ll have to judge that for yourself, but this is a pretty decent film. It’s got some cool action when it needs to and some cool characters, but it can go all over the place at times. I am going to give the film 3.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

3165965Last week we took a break when it came to having an Ass Whoopin Wednesdays film because we were busy watching another film for our 365 movies in 36 days challenge blog. So this week, we decided to pick a film Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) that we’ve always wanted to watch in The Replacement Killers. John Lee (Yun-Fat) is one of the best assassins that money can buy. After a drug lord’s (Kenneth Tsang) son gets killed, John is tasked with doing a revenge job for him, but John’s conscience gets in the way and he fails to do the job. Knowing that he failed to do it, he will seek the help of a documents forger (Mira Sorvino) to get papers to go back to China. The only problem is that the drug lord has already hired replacement killers to not only finish the job, but to take you out as well. The film also stars Michael Rooker (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Det. Zedkov, Jürgen Prochnow (Das Boot) as Michael Kogan, Til Schweiger (Inglorious Basterds) as Ryker, Danny Trejo (The Devil’s Rejects) as Collins, Clifton Collins Jr. (Triple 9) as Loco, Carlos Gomez (Desperado) as Hunt, Patrick Kilpatrick (Last Man Standing) as Pryce, and the film was directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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replacement_killers_mira_sorvino_washWe decided to do this one as a tag team scenario just because he actually does team with her on she kind of gets in on the fun. As Far as Chow Yun-Fat’s stats are concerned, he has about 24 ko’s/kills, but no origin story other than the fact that he is an assassin. He really doesn’t have a love interest because he’s too busy trying to get home to save his family. Some friends of his do end up getting killed in the film which adds more fuel to the fire for him to finish the job. The big boss is defeated and of course watch the film to see how it happens.Most of her stats are the same except for the fact that I believe she only has three kills in the film total (it could be four). This film must have been very different for Yun-Fat because there is little to no martial arts in the film at all, it is a straight up fire fight with tons of guns. The 90’s was such a funny time because films were always trying to be hip especially with the imagery  like the clothing or the attitudes. I mean who dresses like the replacement killers in reality? This was a decent film, but there was just way too many times where certain actors were just trying too hard like Sorvino when she was being questioned by the cops. It was like ok, we get it you’re rebellious. The action however in the film is actually pretty cool and worth checking out and it’s the selling point of the film. I am going to give the film 3.3 fists out of five for a final grade.

sudden-impactThis year we’ve been exploring films that I have never seen for a challenge that I have been doing for another blog. So, we’ve been exploring the Dirty Harry collection which stars the legendary Clint Eastwood (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) as Harry Callahan. For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, we are checking out the fourth film in the series in Sudden Impact. Jennifer Spencer (Sandra Locke) and her sister were brutally raped by some men years ago, but the men never went to jail for it. Now years later, she is on the hunt for revenge which in turn grabs the attention of Harry Callahan (Eastwood). When things begin to heat up, he is forced on a “vacation” to Sao Paulo, California where he investigates the case in the small town that is linked to the crime in San Francisco. The film also stars Pat Hingle (Batman Forever) as Chief Jannings, Bradford Dillman (Escape From The Planet of the Apes) as Captain Briggs, Paul Drake (Beverly Hills Cop) as Mick, Audrie Neenan (Doubt) as Ray Parkins, Jack Thibeau (Escape From Alcatraz) as Kruger, Albert Popwell (The Enforcer) as Horace King, Wendell Wellman (Sommersby) as Tyrone, and the film was directed by Clint Eastwood. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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images-2So in our third Dirty Harry film, how did Harry Callahan do as far as the stats are concerned? As far as knockouts/kills, he has about 21 of them while there is still no origin story. I put down that he had no love interest because as far as the film went, it seemed that he didn’t have any and as far as we can see it was a one night stand (so that answers the sexual conquest question). I kind of dropped the ball on the hurt question because his good friend or partner is killed when he comes to visit and his new pet Bulldog is hurt as well and the big boss definitely gets what’s coming to him. I was surprised at first to see that Clint had directed the film, but then again why wouldn’t he t this point. This wasn’t his foray into directing anyways so it only seems natural at this point in the series. Callahan is still taking people out one by one and thee San Francisco PD an District Attorney still hates him for it. The film has plenty of action scenes to please any Dirty Harry fan, but it some of the shots of the film I love like the sequence when Harry comes back to save the day. I loved the look of that sequence which is why I chose it for my stats above. On a side note, I noticed that Albert Popwell has now played three different characters (A pimp, social activist, and a cop) in the series. I just thought that was a cool tidbit. I definitely enjoyed this one better than The Enforcer, but the first two are still gold. With that being said, I am going to go ahead and give this film four fists out of five for a final grade.

471863A couple of weeks ago, we started watching the Dirty Harry franchise for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays when we watched Magnum Force. Since HBOGO has most of the series, I figured why not watch the next film in the series entitled The Enforcer. This time around, our favorite hard ass cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) has to investigate a group of disgruntled Vietnam vets who are calling themselves The People’s Revolutionary Strike Force, but there are a couple of obstacles in his way. The police force is coming down hard on Harry for the way he does his job and they have given him a new partner in a female police officer which he is not all that happy to be working with. Together, they’ll have to unfoil the groups plans and save the mayor of San Francisco. The film also stars Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey) as Kate Moore, Harry Guardino (Any Which Way You Can) as Lt. Bressler, Bradford Dillman (Escape From The Planet Of The Apes) as Captain McKay, John Mitchum (The Outlaw Josey Wales) as DiGeorgio, DeVeren Bookwalter (The Omega Man) as Bobby Maxwell, John Crawford (The Towering Inferno) as Mayor, Samantha Doane (The Gauntlet) as Wanda, Albert Popwell (Sudden Impact) as Mustapha, Jocelyn Jones (Tourist Trap) as Miki, and the film was directed by James Fargo (Forced Vengeance). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

Enforcer Stats

1212115199_1As far as stats are concerned, these films are pretty straightforward so this will be an easy one to interpret. Harry Callahan only has 10 kills in the film, but they are definitely important ones. He has no origin story and he definitely doesn’t have a love interest (he respects his partner, but he’s not into her). His first partner in this film gets killed and spoiler alert, his new partner gets killed. The big boss is definitely defeated in the film and you’ll have to see how it’s done for yourself. The only thing I have an argument with is that I wasn’t that convinced about the antagonists of this film like I was in previous films. I just felt like they were a bunch of jerks who decided to get together and call themselves a militant group. My other thing is that Mustapha has to grow a set of balls because he gives up information way too easily. Who hasn’t stolen something from a Holiday Inn? Apparently, that is enough to get you to corporate with a cop in this film. Other than that, I enjoyed the social commentary on where this country was in 1976 with Women’s rights on the rise, they made it a relevant factor for the film and Harry had to stop being a neanderthal. There was one kill scene that bothered me because the blood splatter was obviously not real blood because it was too orangey if you catch my drift. Other than that, the film was pretty good. Not as good as the previous two, but decent. I am going to give this one 3.4 fists out of five for a final grade.

Criminal-001In the past six years or so, there seems to be this formula in Hollywood where you take well established actors and you turn them into action stars (e.g. Taken, The Gunman, The Equalizer). That is definitely the case with today’s film Criminal. Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent who holds some valuable information that a crazy anarchist wants. After he is killed, his memories are implanted into the mind the of criminal by the name of Jericho (Kevin Costner) who isn’t fully mentally developed. The hope is that Jericho will lead the CIA to a man by the name of the Dutchman (Michael Pitt) who holds a program that could destroy the world before the anarchist does. The film also stars Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) as Quaker Wells, Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men) as Dr. Franks, Jordi Mollà (Bad Boys II) as Xavier Heimdahl, Gal Gadot (Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Jill Pope, Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Marta Lynch, Antje Traue (Man Of Steel) as Elsa, Scott Adkins (The Expendables II) as Agent Greensleves, Lara Decaro (The Infiltrator) as Emma Pope, Amaury Nolasco (2 Fast 2 Furious) as Esteban Ruiza, and the film was directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman). Before we get into the review of the film, lets check out some stats:

Criminal Stats

CRM_4221.NEFTrying to figure out the stats for this film became a little tricky, but I did the absolute best that I could and here we go. Jericho has about 22 kills in the whole entire film with one really cool one towards the end. He kind of has an origin story only because we find out why his frontal lobe of his brain isn’t fully developed. Now as far as we know for the whole film that he doesn’t have a love interest even though he has Bill Pope’s memories in his head. He is a killer who has never known right from wrong and has never had any real emotions, but he starts to feel them and he begins to care for Pope’s family. That is why I put a question mark there, but they are eventually kidnapped which is why the next says yes because he goes to rescue them. The big boss is defeated and you’ll have to see how for yourself, but it’s Jericho’s ultimate FU to him. This one is a little different than the film Costner did a little while ago called 3 Days To Kill which saw him as the straight forward action bad ass compared to this one where he is just a bad ass criminal. Hollywood is trying to prove that you can take anyone and make them action stars kind of like what they did a long time ago with Charles Bronson. The film was definitely an interesting one that kind of takes the genre into a new direction with the memory implants idea, but nothing extraordinarily different. The film has plenty of action and suspense as you try to see if Costner will get to The Dutchman before the Anarchist, etc. It’s not the greatest movie in the world, but a cool one. I am going to give the film 3.5 fists out of five for a final grade.