Grizzly (2015) – Review

3 Stars

Grizzly, originally titled Red Machine, which made it sound like a political thriller from the 1980s, is actually a horror/survival thriller in the vein of Jaws, Anaconda, and The Edge. This isn’t exactly a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, but they share a few qualities, namely an attacking 18 foot grizzly bear that is protecting his environment from the ‘bad’ humans breaking the laws of nature. Even with its cheap thrills, on-the-nose dialogue and unoriginal narrative situations, the movie has an earnestness that sneaks up on you to be a surprisingly entertaining time.
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The Crow: City of Angels (1996) – Review

1 Star

Simply stated at the top, The Crow: City of Angels is one of the worst sequels ever produced and shown theatrically in this country. This is a stunning fall from the creative heights of the first film, almost nothing works in this limp follow-up, which apparently was slashed down from 160 minutes to its current length of 84 minutes. Not that a nearly three-hour long version of this depressing (although beautifully shot) sludge would benefit anyone, but it would most likely be more coherent than what is present here.
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Thomas Jane set to co-star with Stallone in ‘Headshot’

Former ‘Punisher’ star Thomas Jane has been cast alongside Sylvester Stallone in the new action film ‘Headshot’. The film has been in the media lately after original director Wayne Kramer left the project due to ‘creative differences’ with Stallone. That sent the star and producers on a quest for a new director, eventually settling on Walter Hill (48hrs, Last Man Standing). Today it was announced that Jane will be joining the cast playing a New Orleans homicide detective whom teams with a hit-man (Stallone) for a job. The film is scheduled to go into production by summer’s end. In related news Sly has also announced that he won’t be directing the sequel to ‘The Expendables’ though he will be returning in an acting role. Leading some to speculate that ‘Headshot’ may be a warm-up for Hill before a possible shot at taking over duties on ‘The Expendables 2’. More updates to follow…

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Give ’em Hell Malone (2009) – Review

3 Stars

Russell Mulcahy’s retro throw back to the L.A. noire films from the 1940s is a pleasurable re-imagining of the genera in a somewhat modernized setting. Thomas Jane is the square jawed protagonist ‘Malone’ a private eye hired to retrieve a brief case belonging to a shady underworld figure. In the process Malone gets double crossed and mixed up with a beautiful damsel that may be the sister of a deceased friend. The screenplay by Mark Hosack is peppered with verbal jabs like “you wear mean about as well as you wear that ridiculous mustache” and others that bring to mind Raymond Chandler and I. A. L. Diamond.
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