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maxresdefault-1I figured since We have been watching all of the Dirty Harry films with the one and the only Clint Eastwood (Sudden Impact) and I figured we’d finish off the series. Do not confuse today’s film The Dead Pool with that hilarious Marvel Comics movie because this one is based off a twisted game. The Dead Pool is a game where they write a list of celebrities that each person believes will die within the year an the person with the most deaths wins the game. It all becomes a little real though when a musician is found dead and his name is on the very list of a director (Liam Neeson). Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is put on the case as more and more celebrities start to turn up dead that are all linked to the director. The film also stars Patricia Clarkson (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) as Samantha Walker, Jim Carrey (The Number 23) as Johnny Squares, Evan C. Kim (V) as Al Quan, David Hunt (Jade) as Harlan Rook, Michael Goodwin (Stuck In Love) as Lt. Ackerman, Michael Currie (Sudden Impact) as Captain Donnelly, Anthony Charnota (The Rookie) as Lou Janero, Victoria Bastel (The Video Dead) as Suzanne Dayton, and the film was directed by Buddy Van Horn (Any Which Way You Can). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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dirtyharry5_02As far as the stats are concerned, it’s not the highest in the series, but it’s also not the lowest either. Harry Callahan has about 12 kills in the film and he still has no origin story and he shouldn’t this far deep. I didn’t know how to answer the love interest question because at first he doesn’t like her because she is a reporter, but he is eventually staying at her place in the film so that is why I wrote yes and no. His partner is wounded (first time not killed in the series) and she is taken hostage by the killer so I would say yes to that next question. The big boss is defeated and you’ll have to see how it’s done cause it’s really cool. Now as far as the series is concerned, I really liked this one because it embraced all of the 80’s in it’s glory, but it’s definitely not my favorite in the series. One thing that I have to comment on is tat I just can’t take Jim Carrey serious as a rock star in the film because everything he does is just cheesy. It’s almost like he is poking fun at the 1980’s while he pretends to be Axl Rose. You do get to see a cameo by at least Slash and Izzy Stradlin in the film during one scene in case you were wondering. It just seems unnatural when you are watching him during the scene. Liam Neeson I thought was great in the film playing an English low budget/b-movie horror director and Patricia Clarkson was amazing as well. I liked who they casted as Harry’s partner for sure because he was a nice balance for the tough as nails Callahan. The cinematography is cool and the story is pretty good as it would inspire our favorite Marvel Character’s origin. So, I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

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hard-target-2When I was a kid growing up, I was a huge fan of Jean Claude Van Damme and all of his films. I have been becoming a huge fan of Scott Adkins (Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear) as of late so when I saw that he was starring in Hard Target 2 which is the sequel to Van Damme’s film, I decided to watch it for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. Wes Baylor (Adkins) is one of the best in Mixed Martial Arts, but when he kills his best friend in the ring during a match, he can’t handle the guilt so he quits. After disappearing and taking underground fights in Thailand, he is contacted by a business man offering him a big payday. There’s only one catch, he is to be hunted by a group of rich hunters. If he can make it to the border he lives, but if he doesn’t he dies. The film also stars Robert Knepper (Hitman) as Aldrich, Rhona Mitra (The Number 23) as Sofia, Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge Of The Sith) as Madden, Ann Truong (Hunters) as Tha, Adam Saunders (Blue Water High) as Esparto, Peter Hardy (Chopper) as Jacob Zimling, Sean Keenan (Strangerland) as Tobias Zimling, and the film was directed by Roel Reiné (Death Race 2). Before we check out the review of the film, let’s take a look at the stats:

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hard-target-2-1-800x416The stats for this film were straightforward and sometimes a little tricky with certain questions. In the film Scott has about 26 kills/knockouts and I put an no next to origin story because we don’t know much about him other than he killed his best friend in a match. I wasn’t sure what to put for an answer as far as love interest was concerned because we don’t really know if he becomes a thing with Tha. As far as the next question s concerned, he did kill his best friend and Tha is also under attack as well. The big boss is defeated, but as always you’ll have to watch for yourself to find out how. I am really starting to become a big fan of Scott Adkins (I review Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear before) and he’s been in some films that I loved like The Expendables 2, etc. I’m not positive if I’ve seen the original Hard Target, but this wasn’t a bad film on it’s own. Sure, it’s basically a martial arts version of The Most Dangerous Game, but that’s what Hollywood and everyone else does. They rehash old ideas and they try to disguise them as fresh new ideas.The martial arts action in the film is pretty sick and I love all of the fight scenes with Adkins as a fighter before he joins the hunt. Those were some pretty sick fight scenes in the film for sure. You have to love the scenic shots of Thailand both in the city and in the jungle that are provided to you in the film including the closing credits. It wasn’t a bad action movie and of course you know what you’re getting with them. I am going to give the film 3.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

Night LifeWe are rolling right through with more horror films for Cheeseball Cinema cause we all know there are tons of them. For this week’s Cheeseball Cinema film, we are looking at a very different zombie film than most of you are used to with the 1989 film Night Life which was directed by David Acomba (Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave). The film centers around Archie (Scott Grimes), a nerd in a small town who is looking to get out of the town by getting into college. The only problem is that he can’t afford school so he works at his Uncle’s Mortuary in order to do so. Did I mention, that there a couple of jocks and there girlfriends who terrorize him any chance they get? After a prank, the four kids are involved in an automobile accident and they end up at the mortuary where Archie works. One night, lightning strikes the house and it brings the back to life where they continue to terrorize poor Archie. The film also stars John Astin (Return Of The Killer Tomatoes!) as Uncle Flanders, Cheryl Pollak (My Best Friend Is A Vampire) as Charly, Anthony Geary (UHF) as John, Alan Blumenfeld (Righteous Kill) as Frank, Kenneth Ian Davis (Porky’s II: The Next Day) as Rog, Darcy DeMoss (Friday The 13TH Part VI: Jason Lives) as Roberta, Lisa Fuller (The Monster Squad) as Joanie, Mark Pellegrino (The Number 23) as Allen, and Phil Proctor (Toy Story) as Randolph Whitlock.

night life 3All I can really say about the film is that it is very unique in a way and it has some interesting differences than most zombie films. First off, it’s almost an hour in to the film before anyone becomes a zombie and the film is only 1 and 28 minutes long. The film also has a very unique scene in that it has a zombie sex scene. Don’t worry, it doesn’t show anything, but it’s implied when you see Archie under the bed and the bed is rocking. The zombies are also a lot different in this film than most because they are not slow and they are not asking for brains. They actually move like humans, they drive cars, and they are just as sadistic dead as they were alive in this film. For those wondering if there is any T&A in this film, there is not and in fact the only thing you get to see is Lisa Fuller in some black lingerie. It’s an interesting take on the zombie genre for those who are interested. The acting was pretty good especially from John Astin who plays a good asshole Uncle with your future in his hands. The only problem I had with the film was some of the interactions between Grimes character and some of the bullies. Other than that I didn’t really find too much wrong with the film to begin with. Check it out for yourself on Youtube as we speak. 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 this one a 2.1 for a final grade.