Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Amanda is on Twitter!

As you already know, I am on Twitter as part of Jigsaw's Lair.I have set my my own twitter account which is more personal and with which I can explore all of my interests.If you would like to follow me herehttps://mobile.twitter.com/account I would really appreciate it.Thanks!

Lethal Weapon 2 Movie Review 421

Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 action sequel directed by Richard Donner and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Joe Pesci.

The movie begins with Riggs(Gibson) and Murtaugh(Glover) working on a case involving South African gold. They are put off the case by a South African diplomat,Arjen Rudd(Joss Ackland) and his sidekick, Pieter Vorstedt(Derrick O' Connor) and Murtaugh gets a bomb in his house and just escapes with his life. The two cops have to look after an irritating witness called Leo Getz(Pesci) instead. The two cops know that Rudd is dodgy and that he has something to do with smuggling but he is a diplomat they can't touch him. Leo gets attacked and it turns out that he has something to do with the South Africans too.

Riggs isn't happy that Rudd seems to be getting away with his shady dealings and he sets out to harass him where he can. He meets Rudd's secretary, Rika van den Haas(Patsy Kensit) and they have a connection. They become close.Vorstedt is on the warpath and he is determined to kill all of the cops on the case. That includes Riggs and Murtaugh. They manage to kidnap Getz and Vorstedt gets Riggs and Rika. He kills her by drowning and he throws Riggs in after her, but he manages to survive. It turns out that Vorstedt was responsible for the death of Riggs' wife as it was meant to be him in the car. This makes Riggs want vengeance and he gets ready to take Rudd and Vorstedt down.

He tells Murtaugh what has happened and his partner agrees to help him no matter what. They go to the house where Leo is being held and they wreak havoc. They get Leo back and then they chase Rudd and Vorstedt who think that they can get away. They end up at the docks and there is a battle between Riggs and Vorstedt which results in Riggs dropping a shipping container on top of him, ending the fight! Riggs gets shot by Rudd but Murtaugh steps in and shoots him dead despite his diplomatic immunity. Murtaugh waits with Riggs as help turns up.

I liked this movie. It was all action and Gibson was great as usual. I liked all of the cast and the story was pretty standard, but good fun. This and the first movie are my favourites. Somehow three and four didn't hit the same heights. Joss Ackland was great as the slimy diplomat who thought that he was above the law. Pesci was great as the really annoying witness who never shuts up! All in all, this film is a great 1980's actioner. I recently watched it after many years and it is still great even after all these years. I will give it an 8/10.

Pirates of the Caribbean:Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer

This looks pretty good. I liked the other Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They are good, family friendly fun and of course, Johnny Depp is always great. This will be out next year, around May, so it will be interesting to see how they do with this one. I will be going to see this when it is out! Watch the trailer and see what you think!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Girl's Nite Out Movie Review 420

Girl's Nite out is a1982 horror movie directed by Robert Deubel and starring Hal Holbrook.

The movie begins with a man in a sanitarium who hangs himself. He is buried by two gravediggers who are them attacked by an unknown person. Cut to DeWitt University where the kids are having a party and they are talking about a man called Dickie Cavanaugh who killed his girlfriend. They talk about him being locked away. The dead girl's dad,Jim MavVey(Holbrook) works as security officer on campus. There is a killer on campus and when the mascot of the college team gets killed, the killer takes his outfit.

The rest of the film is pretty much a by the numbers slasher movie. The person in the suit goes around killing the students on campus. They are dropping like flies and MacVey finds out that Dickie has a twin sister who just happens to be working on campus as a cafeteria lady and she has been the one who dressed up as the mascot and kills all of the kids as revenge for her brother or something like that. She has her dead brother, who just happens to be the man who killed himself at the beginning of the film. She has his dead body in a wheelchair inside a freezer if you can believe that. She thinks that he is still alive.

This film was okay. There are no surprises here. It is a standard 80's run of the mill slasher movie.
The idea of the mascot being the killer was interesting enough, but after that, I thought that it was
mediocre. So, only watch if you enjoy 80's low budget slashers! I will give it a 4/10.

Amanda's Horror Years- 1990

The start of the 90's brought some great movies. On the whole, the 90's were not as good as the 80's for horror, in my opinion but there were some highlights. This year had some great movies and I will look back on them now.

To start with my favourites, I will begin with Flatliners. This film is one of my favourite 90's movies and the cast is great(apart from Julia Roberts). Kiefer Sutherland leads the group of med school students who decide to see if there is anything beyond death. Unfortunately, they bring something back from the dead with them. It is a great, tense movie which I did hear is going to be re made. I hope that this won't happen. Misery is another good movie from this year. I read the book by Stephen King first and I enjoyed it and the movie was entertaining too. I am not a huge Kathy Bates fan in general, but she was good as the psycho fan here. James Caan stars as the author who gets saved by Bates but she is not going to let him go back home... 

Another King adaptation was Graveyard Shift(avoid if you don't like rats) and IT which I really enjoyed. I loved the novel too.Of course, that is being remade too. A favourite movie of mine released this year was Arachnophobia. Anyone who knows me well knows that I hate spiders. That is why this movie is so scary to me, even though it isn't scary(you know what I mean). That big ass spider at the end made me hide behind my hands, I have to say. Tremors was a good, fun movie released this year starring Kevin Bacon. It is about some sort of weird creatures who are underground. It is not strictly horror, but it is a monster movie, so it is included. Clive Barker's Nightbreed was released too. It is kind of a monster movie, but not one of my favourites. Night of the Living Dead was a remake of the original 1968 movie which is a very good movie. I don't know about this. I am not a huge fan of remakes in general. There are always exceptions, but this isn't one of them.

Tales From the Darkside:The Movie is an anthology based on the TV series. I liked it as I am a fan of anthology movies. I liked the different tales. There was another TV movie called I'm Dangerous Tonight starring Anthony Perkins and directed by Tobe Hooper. It's not a bad movie about a girl who becomes a devil. It sounds worse than it is. The First Power is a horror/thriller starring Lou Diamond Phillips and it is about a shape shifting Devil who inhabits the body of a killer. It was a decent movie and Phillips was good in it. Whatever happened to him? Another few movies worth a mention are Buried Alive, Pledge Night, A Cat in The Brain, Two Evil Eyes, Brain Dead, Darkman(not strictly horror, but I threw it in) and Jacobs Ladder(kind of a horror movie so it's here).

Sequels were big business this year and the best of the lot was Psycho 4:The Beginning. I liked it as it showed us little Norman and how he got to be the killer that he became. Slumber Party Massacre 3 was out this year ( I must watch this one. I haven't gotten around to it yet),Predator 2,Prom Night 3, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, Child's Play 2(good fun), Gremlins 2(great fun),Sorority House Massacre 2, Basket Case 2(Not bad),Maniac Cop 2(good movie), Silent Night, Deadly Night 4(enough already!), The Exorcist 3(Okay).

So, all in all, 1990 was a pretty good year for horror movies and movies in general. I liked a lot of these movies and there are some of my favourite movies here such as Flatliners and Arachnophobia.
As always, if you have any movies that you would like to add, let me know.
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