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reviewed Pacific Rim (2013 film). July 13, 2013
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Pacific Rim (2013 film)
Guillermo Del Toro had arrived in American cinema with an impressive resume. Films such as “Cronos”, “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Devil’s Backbone” have made …
reviewed Fast and Furious 6 (2013 film). May 26, 2013
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Fast and Furious 6 (2013 film)
Really, film franchises that go past the # 3 sequel are rare and honestly, most of them aren’t that successful. I have to admit that I wasn’t exactly that fond of the first two films in the …
reviewed Samurai of Ayothaya (aka. Muay Thai W.... March 23, 2013
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Samurai of Ayothaya (aka. Muay Thai Warrior)
Remember what they say “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight”? Well, these guys in “Muay Thai Warrior” bring “Fists to a Swordfight” in several scenes. Originally …
reviewed Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. February 25, 2013
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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
The Street Fighter video game franchise may be one of the most successful video game franchises in history. It had spawned numerous video game sequels, countless remixes, an anime series, an American …
reviewed A Good Day to Die Hard (2013 film). February 17, 2013
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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013 film)
I am very fond of the first two “Die Hard” films. They marked a change in the 80’s action hero, because it featured a very ordinary cop named John McClane who was a cowboy, tough as …
reviewed The Last Stand (2013 film). January 19, 2013
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The Last Stand (2013 film)
I know many of you would be thinking that I went to see “The Last Stand” because it marks the return of action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger to the big screen (in the lead role) since “Terminator …
reviewed Safe House. December 13, 2012
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Safe House
There is no question that Denzel Washington is one of the best actors of this generation. The man is enough to draw me out to see a movie in theaters, or at least rent out a movie on Dvd. Washington has …
reviewed The Expendables 2. August 18, 2012
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The Expendables 2
2010’s ensemble action film ‘The Expendables” was an ode to the time when action movies ruled the multiplexes and when adrenaline-pumping stunts and explosions took precedence over plot …
reviewed Karate Girl (2011). May 31, 2012
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Karate Girl
Rina Takeda is a young Japanese actress and who began her Karate training at the tender age of 10. She is also an expert and a holder of a Kuro Obi in the Ryukyu Shorin-ryu Karate discipline. When she …
reviewed Safe (2012 film). April 30, 2012
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'Safe' Starring Jason Statham
Honestly, I have been a little sad that despite his acting talent, Jason Statham seems to have been reduced by Hollywood to a typecast that puts him in one mediocre action flick after the next. I know …
reviewed Point Blank (2011 French Film). February 02, 2012
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Point Blank (French Film)
Let’s see now. I have heard so many good things about this French action thriller directed by Fred Cavaye who was responsible for another French film “Anything For Her“ which was re-made …
reviewed Pathfinder. January 31, 2012
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Pathfinder (Unrated Edition) (2007)
Pathfinder (Legend of the Ghost warrior) is a film that I have to say would have to be an acquired taste. Loosely based on the Graphic novel published by Dark Hose comics, upon its production, it was …
reviewed Haywire (2012 film). January 22, 2012
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Veteran director Steven Soderbergh may have given some people pause when they heard that he was making an action spy-thriller that seemed aimed to appease the mainstream viewer’s appetite for explosions, …
reviewed Contraband. January 14, 2012
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I cannot believe sometimes how often movie remakes get made; I admit that some remakes have gotten better, and some have even surpassed the quality of the original. I wasn’t exactly expecting much …
reviewed Mission Impossible 4 : Ghost Protocol. December 18, 2011
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Mission: Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol
Tom Cruise seems have gone for broke with his latest action film “MI4: Ghost Protocol” after his far from impressive “Knight and Day”. Cruise remains the star and keeps the momentum …
reviewed Ong Bak 3. November 16, 2011
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Ong Bak 3
The film “Ong-Bak: Thai Warrior” was an international success and launched Tony Jaa into superstardom. Sure, its plot was simple and perhaps even filled with holes, but it succeeded in bringing …
reviewed Conan the Barbarian (2011 film). August 30, 2011
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Conan the Barbarian (2011 film)
I figured that it was a little odd that director Marcus Nispel’s (Friday the 13th remake) “Conan The Barbarian” was released first in Europe and the Philippines two days before it hit …
reviewed The Mechanic (2011). August 13, 2011
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The Mechanic
Remakes are a dime-a-dozen these days, and perhaps I should have re-watched the Charles Bronson 1972 original to director Simon West’s (Con Air) 2011 re-issue of “The Mechanic” with …
reviewed Shoot 'Em Up. July 03, 2011
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Shoot 'Em Up
I rented this film with low expectations. A friend of mine said that it was stupid so I saw this with an open mind and extra low expectations. "Shoot `Em Up" is a movie with a title that speaks …
reviewed Stake Land. June 24, 2011
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Stake Land
Amid all the “Twilight” vampire movies and the “Vampire Diaries” on network TV, HBO’s impressive “True Blood”, I’ve been looking for a vampire movie that …
reviewed Shaolin (film). June 21, 2011
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Shaolin (film)
Most folks are familiar with the real-story about the destruction of Shaolin Temple and many movies such as the 1976 classic by Chang Cheh and the same titled Jet Li 1982 film have used fiction to portray …
reviewed I Saw the Devil. May 12, 2011
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I Saw the Devil
Korean director Kim Ji-Woon has always been a film festival favorite and he has been one of Korea’s directors I follow religiously as with Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy), Kim Ki-Duk (The Isle), Hong Sang-Soo …
reviewed Thor (2011 movie). May 06, 2011
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Thor (film)
Those who follow my blurbs and/or write ups know that I have recently posted a sort of ‘guide’ to Thor since I think it is safe to assume that not that many folks have knowledge of the character …
reviewed Thor (2011 movie). May 05, 2011
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Thor (film)
It is pretty much to be expected that I will be reviewing the film “Thor” for Movie Hype since I am a Marvel comics nut and that I pretty much almost own (or owned, since I lost a small number …
reviewed The Man from Nowhere. April 28, 2011
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The Man from Nowhere
Would you like to know what was the highest-grossing film in South Korea in 2010? Made such a huge impact that it even shattered the records set by Hollywood blockbusters during that year? It was director …
reviewed Alien vs. Ninja. March 30, 2011
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Alien vs. Ninja
Alright. Fans of movies that blend Asian exploitation cinema and grindhouse sensibilities would be right at home with “Alien Vs. Ninja”. After all, the film is written and directed by Seiji …
reviewed Sucker Punch. March 26, 2011
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Sucker Punch
I’ve always said that Zack Snyder has the ability to take on an adaptation of the some of pop culture’s most groundbreaking creations such as with “300”, “Watchmen”, …
reviewed The American. February 05, 2011
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The American
I’ve seen a series of mixed reviews on director Anton Corbijn’s “The American”. A few of them gave the movie high marks while the majority gave it a less than average rating, claiming …
reviewed The A-Team (2010). January 24, 2011
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The A-Team (2010)
The 80’s TV show called “The A-Team” was a product of that generation. Sure, it was cheesy, sure it was campy at times and sure it often feels like a team of “MacGyvers” …
reviewed Buried. January 21, 2011
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…Nope, this is not a review on the upcoming Ryan Reynolds “Green Lantern” flick but a review on “Buried”. Sorry!!      There are three things that always …
reviewed Princess Mononoke (1997 Japanese Anim.... January 18, 2011
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Princess Mononoke (Dub) (1999)
How do you review something so compelling, so engaging and so brilliant that to do so would make one seem like a boy with a huge crush? Roger Ebert placed the film as one of his 10 best films of all time …
reviewed Piranha (2010 film). January 14, 2011
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Piranha 3-D (2010)
Remember how the now-classic monster film “Jaws” had inspired many films that portray of sea beasts on a rampage? Movies like “Orca”, “Alligator” and even the 1978 …
reviewed The Tourist (2010 movie). December 12, 2010
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The Tourist
Crime capers or in this case a scheme to “Catch a Thief”. Those who are familiar with Hitchcock’s beloved film know that it wasn’t one of the best Hitchcock movies (God, I punched …
reviewed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage .... December 11, 2010
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
It has been many years since I’ve read the first “Narnia” book; and I honestly cannot say whether I’ve read the second or third books since then. Well, quite honestly, I never …
reviewed Faster. November 27, 2010
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Of all the wrestlers who tried to make the transition from the cameras of the wrestling ring to the cameras of moviemaking, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seems to have had the most success. Not …
reviewed The Next Three Days (2010). November 21, 2010
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The Next Three Days
Remakes. Seems like Hollywood is at it again. After all the major publicity and promos that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” had packed in, one wouldn’t be hard-pressed to think …
reviewed Unstoppable (2010 movie). November 13, 2010
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Tony Scott and Denzel Washington together have given us some hits and misses throughout their careers. Well, didn’t the two create another train movie called “Pelham 1 2 3” very recently? …
reviewed Yo-Yo Girl Cop. November 09, 2010
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Yo-Yo Girl Cop
"YO-YO GIRL COP" has the kind of title that anyone shouldn't take seriously, and quite frankly, that's the only way to approach this latest film from Kenta Fukasaku (Asst. 2nd unit Director …
reviewed Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. October 28, 2010
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Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
I’ve always proclaimed that I was never a big fan of Bruce Timm’s adaptations of the storylines that originated from the comic books and now with “Superman/Batman: APOCALYPSE”, …
reviewed I Am Legend. October 25, 2010
I Am Legend
I AM LEGEND is a post-apocalyptic disaster film that is another attempt at adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel back in the early `50's. The first adaptation being "The Last Man …
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