Posts Tagged ‘Max von Sydow’

the-ultimate-warriorFor this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays film, I wanted to do something a little different and lately I have become a huge fan of the legendary Yul Brynner (The Magnificent Seven). So, I decided that I was going to cover one of his films in The Ultimate Warrior (no not the wrestler) for this week’s film. It’s 2012 A.D. and the world has gone post apocalyptic where gangs are now running the streets and you have to be careful when venturing out or you’ll die for the clothes on your back. One leader of a peaceful gang called the Baron (Max von Sydow) hires a fearless fighter by the name of Carson (Brynner). Carson agrees to help the Baron lead his people to a place where there is no more violence, but a familiar enemy in the area could prove to be monkey wrench in their plans. The film also stars Joanna Miles (The Glass Menagerie) as Melinda, William Smith (Any Which Way You Can) as Carrot, Richard Kelton (A Guide For The Married Woman) as Cal, Stephen McHattie (A History Of Violence) as Robert, Mel Novak (Game Of Death) as Lippert, Darrell Zwerling (Chinatown) as Silas, Lane Bradbury (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) as Barrie, and the film was directed by Robert Clouse (Enter The Dragon). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

yul-copyfight-sceneLet’s check out some of the stats that Yul Brynner accumulated as Carson and of course we start with the kills/knockouts which was a total of 19. He has no origin story that we know of other than that he is from Detroit and he has walked everywhere. He has no love interest that we know about and no one close to him gets killed or hurt as well. The big boss is defeated and you have to see how it goes down because I certainly wasn’t expecting that. The film was actually a pretty decent film, but it’s a post apocalyptic action film so you know exactly what you are getting when you choose to watch it. The only thing I would have done is change the clothing choices for the film because it is based in 2012 and not 1975. Yul Brynner at first you think is a bad ass because he does what he wants and everyone wants him. Then you meet him and he’s actually a pretty chill dude until he has to act like a bad ass. The sets were pretty decent, they made it look post-apocalyptic enough that you definitely got the point. The fight choreography was decent as well, but there were moments where it could have been better. I am a huge fan of Yul Brynner like I said above which is why I chose to watch this film. I enjoyed the film for what it was so with that being said I am going to give the film 3.8 fists out of five for a final grade. Question for you to ponder, why is it every post-apocalyptic film is a Sci-Fi film?

the exorcistBack in 1973, one single film scared the living daylights out of people and it certainly pushed the boundaries in the world of Horror with some of it scenes. Of course, the film I am talking about is the 1973 classic by William Friedkin (The French Connection) in The Exorcist. For actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), everything is going great in Georgetown as she is working on a new film and enjoying time with her daughter. For Father Karass (Jason Miller) things are not going so great as his faith in God has been tested to it’s limits. What both of those people don’t know is that there paths are about to cross when Chris’s daughter Reagan (Linda Blair) becomes possessed by a demon. With the help of Father Merrin (Max von Sydow), they will attempt to ave Reagan from the demon before it’s too late. The film also stars Lee J. Cobb (12 Angry Men) as Lt. Kinderman, Kitty Winn (The Exorcist II: The Heretic) as Sharon, Jack MacGowran (The Fearless Vampire Killer) as Burke Dennings, William O’Malley (This Christmas) as Father Dyer, Peter Masterston (The Stepford Wives) as Dr. Barringer, and Barton Heyman (Dead Man Walking) as Dr. Klein.

reaganThis film definitely pushed the boundaries back in it’s day so I can see why it was so controversial especially with the language and some of the imagery. Think about it for a second, she is vulgar especially towards the priest, she is jabbing a cross into her you know what, and the head spinning scene was pretty amazing as well. The makeup work for this film was also very incredible especially with Reagan whether it be the scars on her face or the green stuff that she constantly spews at the priests. Now I remember a friend of mine’s mother wouldn’t allow us to see the film when I was a kid because she said it scared the living daylights out of her, but by the time I was actually able to see it didn’t phase me at all. Unfortunately, I failed to put myself into their shoes in order to understand how this scared everyone, but I can definitely see it now. This is definitely one of the most incredible horror movies of its time and if there was a hall of fame for horror, I would definitely include this one. The film has it all from a great story (The film is based on the story of Roland Doe), great acting (Linda Blair was just absolutely terrific in this film), and even some amazing cinematography with some amazing shots (like the shots in Iraq when Father Merrin is there). If you have not had the pleasure of watching this film in your life, then you need to put this one on that list because it’s a classic. That is why I am going to give The Exorcist an A for a final grade and it’s a well deserved A.

There was a time when Sci-fi movies were starting to become a really huge thing in Hollywood since the success of Star Wars and Star Trek. So in 1980, one of the most epic sci-fi b-movies ever was released in Flash Gordon which starred Sam J. Jones as the title character. Flash was a football player who ends up travelling to the planet Mongo to take on the evil Emperor Ming (Max von Sydow) to save the planet from his evil rule. The soundtrack was performed by legendary 70’s rock band Queen who wrote and recorded the Flash Gordon Theme. The song is exactly what you think it would be as it is a theme song rather than a song with complete lyrics other than “Flash a-ah, Savior of the Universe. Flash a-ah, He’ll save every one of us.” The song is perfect and it was done by the right band in the end as we all cherish the very theme that captured our hearts as kids. The film is amazing by the way. Check it out below:

220px-Judge_Dredd_promo_posterFor today’s comic book/superhero movie of the week for Super Sunday, we are travelling overseas to England for the 1995 film adaptation of Judge Dredd by Rebellion Developments. The 1995 film stars Sylvester Stalone (Cobra) as the title character Judge Dredd in this film that takes us to a future time where the police are the judge, jury, and executioners. You see by 2080, too much of the Earth has become inhabitable with most of the citizens living in these mega cities that have populations over 500 million in capacity. To control these cities, they created a law enforcement called Judges and they controlled how things are done. Unfortunately for Dredd, someone on the council decides to frame the officer with the help of a ghost named Rico (Armand Assante) in order to further his master plan. You see Rico isn’t a literal ghost, just someone that is off the grid and he has plans of his own once he was set free and now it’s up to Dredd to correct all the wrongs. The film also stars Diane Lane (Man Of Steel) as Judge Hershey, Rob Schneider (Grown Ups) as Fergee, Jürgen Prochnow (Beverly Hills Cop 2) as Judge Griffin, Max von Sydow (Shutter Island) as Chief Justice Fargo, Joan Chen (On Deadly Ground) as Dr. Ilsa, Balthazar Getty (Lord Of The Flies) as Cadet Olmeyer, Christopher Adamson (Les Misérables) as Mean Machine, James Remar (The Warriors) as Block Warlord, and the film was directed by Danny Cannon (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer).

diane lane Judge DreddThis version of Judge Dredd was typical looking of any film from the 90’s where the sets were out of this world and quite frankly a little campy. Its amazing when you watch this film and Demolition Man, the sets are almost identical to each other where the future looks dark, and the buildings of the future are a little out of this world along with the costumes. What can be said about Sylvester Stallone’s performance in this film other than the fact that it was a typical performance from the 80’s action hero. One thing is for sure and that is that Armand Assante played the perfect villain in this film as he was everything that our hero was not, but no one knows our hero better than Rico. You’re probably wondering which film was better? The 1995 version of Judge Dredd or the 2012 version Dredd with Karl Urban? Each version served it’s purpose, but Stallone’s is a more humanized version where he actually takes his helmet off in the film and the acting was good. The 2012 version obviously has the better special effects because technology is more updated, but I did enjoy this film a lot especially since I thought Rob Schneider being the comedic relief wasn’t necessarily needed in the film and Diane Lane was terrific as usual. I am going to give the film a B- for a final grade.