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Act of Valor (2012) – Wow – Way Better Than I Expected

Act of Valor (2012) was a movie that got a bit more press than it might have normaly got due to the fact that the movie used real Navy Seals. This is a good action film – not a great film, but a good action movie.

So, the Seals are used to extract a kidnapped female operative that had been posing as a doctor, helping poor kids in Mexico. Add to this the fact that the kidnappers are working with a Georgian (in Russia, not the Southern U.S.) Terrorist who plans on having 16 suicide bombers detonate themselves in 16 different locations in the U.S., using high tech, undetectable suicide vests, thereby plunging the U.S. economy into chaos.

Well filmed, and action packed, I really enjoyed this film. THere are no award winning performances, and there wasn’t any particular character that I liked or particularly hated – but this film didn’t need that. It had a good balance of explosions and gunshots and plotting. Sure, it’s a bit of U.S. flag waving (and I am not an Amaerica), but that said, this is a great “guy’s movie.”

So, in short, if you want to watch a good, military action film, check out Act of Valor.

Check out the trailer here:


Explorers (1985) It Can Still Make Me Smile After 27 Years

I absolutely loved this film when I was a kid. I am ld enough to say I saw it in the theatres without my parents. 

For years I have occasionally thought of this movie, fondly of corse. When I saw that it was available here on Netflix I was hesitant – I didn’t want this to be one of those situations where I watch a movie that I loved as a kid and then end up walking away hating it for being a piece of garbage, ruining a great memory, After watching this I am very happy to say that isn’t the case with this film: it’s still a fun movie.

It’s the story of three good friends that build a space ship based on some schematics that one of them, Ben Crandall (played by Ethan Hawke) dreams up his brainy friend Wolfgang Muller (played by the late River Phoenix) builds into a circuit board and contrlloed by his might Aplle IIC, combines it with part of an old Tilt-a-Whirl. Along the way they pick up a new friend, tough guy with a big heart Steve Jackson (played by Jason Presson) and it’s off they go. After a few bumps during test flights (including just about getting caught by a chopper pilot), they make the big flight and fingd themselves brought aboard a larger spaceship where they finally get to meet the aliens that set the whole thing up… with a twist.

This is a fun movie and admittidedly is a kid (teen) movie – that said, it’s a fun adventure that has aged well.

Here is the trailer:


Timestalkers (1987) – Made for TV Time Travelling Turd

Slow, boring… it’s like they just barely tried.

Timestalkers, a 1987 made for TV science fiction movie with Western overtones just barely manages to entertain.

A history professor,Dr. Scott McKenzie (William Devane) who specializes in the early days of the settling of America’s West is drafted by traveller from the future, Georgia Crawford (Lauren Hutton) to help stop a fellow traveller from the future, Joseph Cole (Klaus Kinski) from changing to past.

Dr. McKenzie and his good friend, and fellow Western history buff General Joe Brodsky (John Ratzenberger) go half on an auction of two steamer trunks full of memorabilia from the old west. Included in the trunks are some old photographs (“tin types”), in which one of them, upon closer examination shows a gunslinger with a 357 magnum, a gun from the 1980s, an not he 1800s. Dr. McKenzie writes a paper that receives ridicule about the anachronism in the photograph, that all tests show to be actually from the 1800s. Fortunately, the paper didn’t go completely unnoticed, as it was preserved, and used by Crawford to look for clues as to where Cole went when he escaped to the past in an attempt to destroy the Crawford Family, the one’s he believes are keeping him from monetizing his discovery of time travel..

Cole, 600 years in the future, has developed a method of time travel, and wants to profit from the discovery, but that goes against future convention, and is told that the idea must be shared by Georgia Crawford’s father, Dr Crawford (John Considine). Upset by the news, Cole travels back to 1866 in an attempt to Kill Crawford’s forefather, Matthew Crawford (also played by John Considine) assistant to the president. By destroying Crawford’s ancestor, he should therefore destroy the future Crawford family.

This movie, of course, is the store of how they must stop Cole while doing the least damage to the timeline, though they don’t seem to concerned with this…

Kinda’ boring, and kinda’ slow – still, I’ve watched much worse. Should you watch it? Well, I wouldn’t go out of your way to, if I were you.

I’m pretty sure this will disappear soon, but since I can’t find a trailer or clip of the movie, here is a link to the entire movie on Youtube:




Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985) – This Movie Deserved to Be Part of Series

Well, we watched the 1985 action film Remo Williams, the Adventure Begins, last night and like a number of these films I’ve watched over the last few months, I find myself asking the question: why have I not seen this movie earlier.

Based on the paper back book series, The Destroyer, the film is a bout a police officer, Sam Makin (played by Fred Ward that has his death faked (without his knowledge), and is forces/recruited into a secret organization named Cure that gets justice against big shots that appear to be above the law. Sort of like an Equalizer against guys like Bernie Madoff. 

Our Hero, Police Officer Sam Makin, is given a new name, Remo Williams (I laughed so hard during the scene where he gets his new name) and is sent to live with Korean martial arts master Chiun who is to teach Remo on how to be a martial arts killing machine. Chiun is a lean, mean bullet dodging machine who seams slightly racist against non Koreans. This Chiun is a great character. Remo learns the ways of Sinanju” despite a rushed training and is set out to take care of the antagonist George Grove, president of an arms company ripping off the Government and producing weapons that are almost as dangerous to the soldier using it. Throw in an inquisitive Major Rayner Flemming (played by Kate Mulgrew) and some bad-guy 

lackeys and you have a fun film. That and a pretty cool scene that takes place on and in the Statue of Liberty.

One of the coolest things about this film is the fact that the good guy, Remo doesn’t use a gun – he uses his new found prowess in martial arts to defeat opponents that are armed.
 This is something that you don’t see too often outside of Jet-Li films nowadays. There’s some star power (kind of) in the fact that Wilford Brimley as Harold Smith, leader of Cure

I say watch this film if you like action adventure films, as it really does seem fresh compared to most. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Check out the trailer here: