Posts Tagged ‘Death Wish’

8th annual me awardsIt is that time of the year where we begin celebrating all the best of the previous year as we present to you The Eighth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. As usual, we here at Moshpits and Movies are once again handling the music and movie side of the awards. We are unfortunately not working together with 365 Movies Challenge blog any longer, but we have reacquired Mr. X’s Punch Out who will handle the wrestling side of things. For right now though, we are looking at the movie side of the awards which as I said before we have reacquired  and while in it’s eighth year we are pretty excited to unveil to you the categories and see what YOU the fans believe was the best of 2018. As usual, we have all the categories that you guys would expect like Movie Of The Year, Superhero Film of the Year, Horror Film of the Year, and some new ones to boot. We decided that it is time that we start celebrating the directors and actors that put in all the hard work that gets their films nominated in the first place. So, we are unveiling Director of the Year, Actor of the Year, and Actress of the Year. It’s something that we are trying out and we hope you enjoy.

Movie Of The Year

1. BlackkKlansman

2. Hereditary

3. A Quiet Place

4. Aquaman

5. Avengers: Infinity War

6. Bohemian Rhapsody

Comedy Of The Year

1. Game Night

2. The Happytime Murders

3. Blockers

4. Night School

5. Supertroopers 2

6. Deadpool 2

Horror Film of the Year

1. Halloween

2. A Quiet Place

3. Hereditary

4. Summer of 84

5. The Nun

6. Suspiria

Superhero Film of the Year

1. Aquaman

2. Black Panther

3. Avengers: Infinity Wars

4. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

5. Ant-Man & The Wasp

6. Deadpool 2

Animated Film of the Year

1. The Incredibles 2

2. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

3. Isle Of Dogs

4. Ralph Breaks The Internet

5. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

6. The Grinch

Bad Ass Action Film of the Year

1. Mission: Impossible- Fallout

2. The Predator

3. Overlord

4. Peppermint

5. Death Wish

6. The Equalizer 2

Remake of the Year

1. A Star Is Born

2. Suspiria

3. Overboard

4. Death Wish

5. Robin Hood

6. Tomb Raider

Tommy Wiseau Worst Movie Of The Year

1. The Meg

2. Overboard

3. Holmes & Watson

4. Future World

5. Show Dogs

6. A-X-L

Director Of The Year

1. Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)

2. James Wan (Aquaman)

3. Ryan Coogler (Black Panther)

4. Bryan Singer (Bohemian Rhapsody)

5. Ari Aster (Hereditary)

6. John Krasinski (A Quiet Place)

Actor Of The Year

1. Jason Momoa (Aquaman)

2. Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

3. Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

4. Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)

5. Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War)

6. Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry To Bother You)

Actress Of The Year

1. Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween)

2. Emilia Clarke (Solo: A Star Wars Story)

3. Toni Collette (Hereditary)

4. Natalie Portman (Annihilation)

5. Amber Heard (Aquaman)

6. Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place)

Cameo Of The Year

1. Vin Diesel (Ralph Breaks The Internet)

2. Brad Pitt (Deadpool 2)

3. Ray Park (Solo: A Star Wars Story)

4. Matt Damon (Unsane)

5. Michael C. Hall (Game Night)

6. Zachary Levi (Blood Fest)

 

 

 

death wishIn all of the years that I have known about Charles Bronson and his films, I didn’t realize that for a long time he was not a star in the US, but in Europe which kind of surprises me. It wasn’t until the release of Death Wish in 1974 I believe that put Bronson on the map in the US. In this film, Charles Bronson (Once Upon A Time In The West) plays Paul Kersey, one of the top architects in all of New York City. He has everything going for him from a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a great job until his world gets severely rocked by tragedy. While grocery shopping, a couple of thugs (one of them is Jeff Goldblum) stalks, rapes, and kills Kersey’s wife and severely traumatizing his daughter. Upset over the fact that nothing has been done to fix the problem, Kersey will take matters into his own hands as he becomes a vigilante and starts cleaning up the streets of New York despite protest from the NYPD. The film also stars Hope Lange (Blue Velvet) as Joanna Kersey, Vincent Gardenia (Little Shop Of Horrors) as Frank Ochoa, Steven Keats (Black Sunday) as Jack Toby, Stuart Margolin (Kelly’s Heroes) as Aimes Jainchill, Jack Wallace (Boogie Nights) as Hank, Robert Kya-Hill (Shafts Big Score!) as Joe Charles, Edward Grover (Serpico) as Lt. Briggs, and the film was directed by Michael Winner (The Sentinel). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some of the stats: 

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death wish 2There is nothing more I can really say about this film other than that it is a classic. I feel like this film took the vigilante/action sub-genre to a whole new level. The film made him an icon for the next 12 years as more and more sequels would eventually be released. In the film, he only has 11 kills/knockouts and there is no origin story that we know of in this film. As I described above, his wife is his love interest and she is killed and there daughter is in a mental hospital. There is actually no big boss in this film as he doesn’t go after Jeff Goldblum and the other thugs who did the actual crime. Upon the film’s release, critics tried to trash the film because they felt that it was going to corrupt society and how we should handle crimes on our city streets. Even the author whose book inspired the film was pissed off because the film advocated vigilantism and his books didn’t. Nevertheless, the acting in the film was superb, the cinematography was great and gritty at times, and there is nothing I can really complain about. This is one of those films that fans of this genre type should check out if they never have before. For the picture I used for the stats, I thought it was a cool moment in the film when he looks up at the billboard and sees the articles that are talking about him. I thought that was pretty cool symbolism considering he’s going out for one last time. For a final grade, I am going to give the film four fists out of five.

Savage StreetsFor today’s Cheeseball Cinema film, I’ve been foaming at the mouth to be able to get a chance to see some of Linda Blair’s 80’s films since I had a huge crush on Linda Blair (Chained Heat) at one point in my life after seeing some pics of her in the 80’s. I’ve been waiting a long time to see the film Savage Streets which is a typical 80’s style vigilante action film that stars Linda Blair as the beautiful, but tough chick named Brenda. Brenda is just as caring as she is tough after all she has to constantly look out for her deaf sister Heather (Linnea Quigley) who was almost hit by some idiots in a gang called The Scars. After pissing her off over this, Brenda and her friends decide to get some revenge on the guys by stealing their car and trashing it which royally pisses off their leader Jake (Robert Dryer). In retaliation, Jake and the gang rape Brenda’s sister Heather and they kill her pregnant friend Francine (Lisa Freeman) which sets off a chain of events causing Brenda to declare war and revenge on the gang. The film also stars John Vernon (Fraternity Vacation) as Underwood, Johnny Venocur (Lord Of Illusions) as Vince, Sal Landi (Bulletproof) as Fargo, Scott Mayer as Red, Debra Blee (The Beach Girls) as Rachel, Ina Romeo (Escape From LA) as Stella, Luisa Leschin (Rain Man) as Maria, Mitch Carter (American Beauty) as Greg, Kristi Somers (Rumble Fish) as Valerie, Rebecca Perle (Not Of This Earth) as Cindi Clark, and the film was directed by Danny Steinmann (Friday The 13TH Part V: A New Beginning).

Linda Blair Savage StreetsI truly feel that ever since Death Wish with Charles Bronson was released in the US in 1974, that a lot of filmmakers felt that they could make some money with the Vigilante Action genre especially in the 80’s. You have to also remember that Class Of 1984 was released in 1982 and that was an amazing film that made the same kind of impact as Blackboard Jungle in 1955 and so you can see why Savage Streets was made. On of the things I always notice when watching a film for Cheeseball Cinema is the acting because it’s either too cheesy or just good enough and this film has to land in between both of those. Linda Blair tried to play this tough, bad ass bitch that you don’t mess with in this film while when her deaf sister shows up, you instantly see her soft side. Her character made more sense at times if the film was based in New York some where in the five boroughs. Other than that, the acting was actually pretty decent and the cinematography wasn’t too shabby either. One thing is for sure and that there is plenty of T&A and a really long scene that features a lot of ladies in the showers so you’ll be sure to enjoy it, but again I was more concerned in seeing the beautiful Linda Blair. The film does of course feature the scream queen herself right before what I consider to be her best role in The Return Of The Living Dead in Linnea Quigley and her world famous graveyard scene, but she does an amazing job in this movie playing the deaf and mute Heather. You can find this film on Youtube if you really want to check it out for yourself. 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 a 2.4 for a final grade.

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nightmareIf you ever want to watch a great documentary on the Nightmare On Elm Street series that goes through each film and gives you the inside scoop on the films then check out Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy on Netflix. I needed a movie to watch today and this was the only film in the series that was essentially available on Netflix so I checked out A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge which was released in 1985, a year following the release of the original film. It’s been five years since the Elm Street incident involving Nancy and a new family has moved into her old house. Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) is just a kid trying to fit in when he starts to get some really weird dreams involving that ugly guy with the claws for hands. He dismisses it at first, but Freddy (Robert Englund) begins to try to possess Jesse and make Jesse do his dirty work until he can completely take over Jesse’s body. With the help of his friends Lisa (Kim Myers) and Ron Grady (Robert Rusler), they try their best to help him before it’s too late. The film also stars the legendary Clu Gulager (The Return Of The Living Dead) as Ken Walsh, Hope Lange (Death Wish) as Cheryl Walsh, Marshall Bell (Twins) as Schneider, Sydney Walsh (Point Break) as Kerry, Christie Clark (Children Of The Corn II) as Angela Walsh, and the film was directed by Jack Sholder (Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies).

nightmare 2Every horror film franchise has a film that everyone hates whether it be Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (which I liked), any Hellraiser after part 3, Leprechaun: Origins, etc. This was that film for a lot of people because the film was just plain weird from beginning to end. The sequel earned the nickname the gay nightmare back in the day with all the different homosexual tones that are buried within the film. Think about it for a second, the scene Mark Patton has in the bedroom when he’s cleaning his room, his girl like screams, the S&M club scene, the shower scene where Schneider is getting whipped by towels, and instead of going to his girlfriend for help, he decides to visit the good looking jock instead while he’s sleeping in his bedroom. All of that is not what bothered me about this film, it’s more about consistency for me. We established in the first film and all the films following this one that Freddy kills you in your dreams for a reason, you can’t harm him in the dream world. If Freddy were to come in to the real world, he could be killed so why in the world would he risk that just to possess someone. The other thing that bothered me about this film was the ending and I could have forgiven everything wrong about this film if the ending was better. Are you kidding me that the way to defeat such a vile being is by smothering him with love. This is probably why Wes Craven didn’t return to do this film. I’m mean he did have to battle Robert Shaye over the creative freedom of what the ending to the first film was going to be. For all the reasons listed above I am going to give this film a C- for a final grade because the beginning makes the film look promising, but the rest is a letdown.