Posts Tagged ‘Point Break’

Summer-of-84-2.1There are many things that I am a sucker for when it comes to films and music, but nothing suckers me in more than anything about the 1980’s. It’s a decade that I don’t fully understand, but it looked cool as hell and I have always loved the films and music. That is why for today’s film, I chose to check out the Shudder Exclusive film Summer of 84 which was directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell (Turbo Kid). The film stars Graham Verchere (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) as 15 year old Davey Armstrong who is your typical kid with a big imagination. One day after seeing a report about a serial killer on the loose, Davey begins suspecting his neighbor Wayne Mackey (Rich Sommer) who is also a cop of being the serial killer. Along with his friends, Davey will not stop till he proves that he is right. The film also stars Judah Lewis (Point Break) as Tommy, Caleb Emery (Blue) as Woody, Cory Gruter-Andrew (Okja) as Curtis,  Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale) as Nikki, Jason Gray-Stanford (Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation) as Randal Armstrong, Shauna Johannesen (Little Pink House) as Sheila Armstrong, William MacDonald (Quantum Leap) as Sheriff Caldwell, Harrison Houde (iZombie) as Bobby, and Patrick Keating (1922) as the Fisherman.

unnamedThis was definitely a fun film to watch considering the time period that it takes place in, but I do have one question. Why does every film that take place in the 1980’s have Bananarama’s Cruel Summer on it’s soundtrack? It is true however that the song is very iconic and it fits the 80’s to a T. The film definitely feels like a mash between Stranger Things meets The Goonies (the brotherhood aspect) meets Disturbia in the idea of knowing that your neighbor is a serial killer, but it truly is the last 10 minutes of the film that is just pure intensity. You see this kid go from being one of the bravest kids to a kid that is weak and realizes that he is nothing all due to the last ten minutes of the film. I thought the film for the most part was fun with all of it’s 80’s tropes, but they didn’t explore enough avenues. This whole film , you are following this cop around trying to bust him, but as soon as he finds out he doesn’t do much until the last 10 minutes or so of the film. I think that is where Disturbia succeeded at the time, but it’s still a fun film to watch considering the minds behind Turbo Kid made this film. Take the film for what is worth and give it a watch. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

IMG_4566For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I wanted to check out a flick that starred Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye) in the ever popular world of taking old stars and making them action stars (e.g. Liam Neeson in Taken, Denzel Washington in The Equalizer, and Sean Penn in The Gunman). Brosnan plays ex-CIA Agent Devereaux, a man who was considered one of the best agents. He gets pulled back into the game when someone close to him gets into a little trouble when they are in the middle of a cover up that can harm a Russians chances at the presidency and a high level CIA operatives career. Devereaux will have to do whatever it takes to protect the key in all of this mess in the form of a woman named Alice (Olga Kurylenko). The film also stars Luke Bracey (Point Break) as Mason, Bill Smitrovich (Ted) as Hanley, Amila Terzimehic (So Hot Was The Canon) as Alexa, Lazar Ristovski (Underground) as Federov, Mediha Musliovic (Twice Born) as Natalia, Eliza Taylor (The 100) as Sarah, Will Patton (Remember The Titans) as Perry Weinstein, Patrick Kennedy (Atonement) as Edgar Simpson, and the film was directed by Roger Donaldson (The Ban Job). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:

November Man Stats copyLet’s get right into the review of the stats for this film that almost resembles a Bond film in the sense that Brosnan is an agent again. He has about 23 kills/knockouts and no origin story to speak of. He does have a love interest in the film and she ends up dying which is what sends him on a collision course with destiny as brings forth fury upon those who wronged him and he does defeat the big boss, but you’ll have to see how. It’s a film that deals with the CIA which can only mean one thing and that is that there is a lot of double crossing going on and this has plenty of twists. While Pierce doesn’t go completely bad ass like Washington or Neeson, he still brings the goods and reminds us why he was a good James Bond. The film has plenty of action, while as I described above makes you think as well because it also a game of chess between master and pupil. It also helps that the film has a beautiful woman like Olga Kurylenko who starred in a Bond film herself (Quantum Of Solace). Let’s see how many more of these Hollywood will make or how many other older stars will turn into action badasses like the original Charles Bronson (e.g. Death Wish). The film is currently available on Netflix and you should check it out. I am going to give the movie 3.8 fists out of five for a final grade.

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rattFor today’s soundtrack Saturday track, we are going to one of my all time favorite Keanu Reeves films in Point Break which co-stars Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, and even The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s own Anthony Kiedis in this bad ass surfer/heist movie. The film contains one of my all time favorite Ratt songs that is truly also one of their most bad ass songs in Nobody Rides For Free. The song starts off very melodic with a great guitar riff and a bad ass bass line to go along with it from Juan Croucier. The song has tons of swagger and coolness that just oozes out of it and overall it’s just an amazing rock song that features a kick ass guitar solo from Warren DeMartini. The song actually fits the film perfectly as well in this story of bank robbers who end up being surfers as well as the cool, calm, and collective agent Johnny Utah who is on the case. The soundtrack also featured songs from The Concrete Blondes, Shark Island, Little Caesar, L.A. Guns, and so many more. Check out the song below and check out the film if you never have before you see the remake that is coming out this summer.

john wickFor this week’s Ass Whoppin Wednesday film, I wanted to check out a film from Keanu Reeves that came out in 2014. The film had garnered a lot of buzz among the internet and some of my friends and so I had to check out John Wick. Keanu plays John Wick, a man that is considered to be one of the best hitmen in the business and one of the most feared, but the man has since retired from the business and is trying to enjoy life. That is until his wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan) passes away and that is when everything seems to spiral out of control for him. One day, he gets a package from his wife and inside is a dog that she had bought for him before she passed away to help console him. Well after running into some Russians, one of them kills his dog and steals his car from him. He hears that the one that did that is the son of his former boss Viggo (Michael Nyqvist). So, John sets out on a mission to kill Viggo’s son Iosef (Alfie Allen) even though Viggo will try to stop it as best as he can. The film also stars Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints) as Marcus, Dean Winters (OZ) as Avi, Adrianne Palicki (Legion) as Ms. Perkins, Daniel Bernhardt (Bloodsport 2) as Kirill, John Leguizamo (Kick Ass 2) as Aureilo, Ian McShane (Death Race) as Winston, Lance Reddick (The Wire) as Charon, David Patrick Kelly (Commando) as Charlie, Kevin Nash (WWE Legend) as Francis, and the movie was directed by Chad Stahelski (The Matrix). Now before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats.

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john wick 2This has to be one of the most badass movies of 2014 and one of the best performances from Keanu Reeves since Point Break. There is non-stop action for most of the film and one of the cool parts is that you are introduced to a world that we have no idea about that exists among assassins. John has a lot of kills in this film as it registers at 79 altogether. As far as the origin story is concerned, all we know is that he was one of the most feared assassins that they called him the boogeyman. As I stated above, his love interest dies in the beginning and his dog is killed and I won’t give away who the other person that gets hurt is. I also want to say that this is definitely one of Adrianne Palicki’s best roles because she is also an absolute badass in the film. The beginning of the film will make you think that you know what happens in the end because the film begins with the end, but just watch and be amazed. One thing I did notice about the film as well is that there was a lot of MMA style fighting incorporated into how John Wick fought and Keith Jardine stars in the film. This is definitely one of my favorite films off the year and what a breath of fresh air this one was for action films after a lackluster year. I strongly recommend that everyone watches this especially if you are a fan of Keanu Reeves and because the scenes are gritty and the cinematography is fantastic. I am going to give the film four and the half fists out of five for a final grade.