DREAM HOME (2010)

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Directed & Story By: Ho-Cheung Pang
Written By: Ho-Cheung Pang, Kwok Cheung Tsang & Chi-Man Wan
Cinematography By: Nelson Yu Lik-Wai
Editor: Wenders Li

Cast: Josie Ho, Michelle Ye, Norman Chu, Eason Chan, Juno Mak

Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive – even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead.

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THE SHEIK (2014)

Edited & Directed By: Igal Hecht 

Story By: Igal Hecht, Jake Neiman & Jian Magen 

Cinematography By: Igal Hecht, Jon Corbin, Jesse Cappe & Elad Winkler 

Featuring: Bret Hart, Jim Duggan, Hulk Hogan, Dwayne Johnson, Nikolai Volkoff, Jake Roberts, Jim Ross, Jimmy Hart, Seth Green, Jack Black, Mick Foley

Filmed extensively between 2006 and 2014, this is a touching story about the unlikely revival of a former wrestling superstar. At age 72, the Sheik has embraced an unlikely new career as an outlandish social media sensation; known for hilarious outbursts and massively popular antics. Watch as we recount the Sheik’s one-of-a-kind life journey.


The film explores the Sheik’s personal relationships with those closest to him, and those who know him best: his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his contemporaries and colleagues. Interviews were conducted with the Sheik’s family, Wrestling and Iranian historians, friends, and over 25 wrestling superstars.

This documentary is an entertained subject in itself, though it seems more interesting and devoted to people into wrestling especially the 80’s era WWF (now WWE) now while it might be almost a wet dream for those fans. This is still a compelling look at an athlete who stood for the American Dream. Though his public persona was supposed to be as an enemy of it.

Throughout the tale, we see and hear how great he is and was. As we also witness and hear him at his worst. We learn about personal triumph as well as tragedies, especially the one that truly devastated him and continues to haunt him. Though it gives a fair view of him. Knowing it is being made who handles his business affairs. You can’t help but feel it is stronger weighing in on the positive.

One of the pleasures of this film is not only catching up with him but also seeing the ring legends talk about him with such admiration and to actually see these co-workers of his. Who I remember as Titans of the ring. What they look like now is shocking and amazing. It is also an element that is entertaining and jolting for the audience that only adds or gives the people (audience) partly what they want. It makes humans of them all. It reminds you it’s a job for them, but they also know the joy, entertainment, and melodrama they bring to an audience who most know that it is fake, but still, get lost in the fantasy. These men were heroes to more kids and teens in their youth. One of the first live physical examples of a superhero and an equally built supervillain.

The film also gives the audience a glimpse behind the curtain of the 80’s wrestling scene where the business and sport were coming more into the mainstream and though the theatricality has always been there this was when it was beginning to turn into more of an entertainment circus. More acts then it seemed athleticism to a degree. It also lets you learn more about the real people and personalities behind the masks.

This was nostalgic for me because even though I wasn’t a die-hard wrestling fan yet at the time. It was becoming more and more noticeable on my radar. The Iron Sheik I remember for just at the time being the embodiment of all evil and wondered why didn’t the government step in at the time. Keep in mind I was only 7. Even though he was still a villain. I believe I kind of recognized him more as an actor pretending to be a heel, because of two instances. One I used to watch the Saturday morning cartoon HULK HOGAN’s Rock and wrestling and realized that he came off more as a buffoon than a seriously dangerous threat, plus he would be interviewed live-action in character. If he hated America and Hulk Hogan so much why would he be on his cartoon show? Yes, I had some logical skills at the time. (Though still thought if I fake got hit by a car and my female crush see it. She would Come to my aid and nurse me back to health and in that action, we would fall in love)

Secondly reading about how he got busted with drugs with all AMERICAN Hacksaw Jim Duggan blew my mind. Because hacksaw wasn’t a traitor. So that must be they were friends like co-workers and ever since then the illusion was shattered. Though I will admit in my teen years that didn’t stop me from getting carried away in the hoopla of supposed beef and fights in wrestling believing the performance full-heartedly.

The film also shows the influence The Sheik had on many wrestlers and how he might have been the one to really fuel the fire of hulk-amania.

What really hurts to me is that always when it comes to wrestling documentaries is that they never include Mean Jean Okerlund.

Grade: B

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (2019)

Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

Written By: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick & Dave Callahan

Cinematography: Chung-Hoon Chung Editor: Chris Patterson & Dirk Westervelt

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch, Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia, Victoria Hall, Victor Rivera 

A decade after their first adventure, the zombie-bashing team of Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland. Here, they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of their own makeshift family.


Just like the first film, this isn’t really a horror film more like an action-comedy that has horrific elements or a more horror background.

This sequel definitely feels less than inspired as the main cast does come back for the sequel but throughout they all look disgruntled or miserable to be here. Even though one would like to think at least they would be back to enjoy each other’s company, but it seems like everyone is more here for only here for a bigger paycheck.

The only time they seem genuinely like they like each other is in a moment towards the end when coming together in what looks like certain doom 

Though this film Came about after a failed pilot for a Zombieland television series with a different cast. Which is where Even the parody or actors Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch playing bizarro

Versions of Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg’s character come off as cheap weak humor. Though seem like they would be the replacements of the actors either choose not to come back or the straight to streaming sequel or if they couldn’t have gotten the actors for the first film.

Woody Harrelson seems to be the only one here who seems to give a damn or bother showing any excitement. Maybe as he finally gets a love interest and not as lovey Dovey as Jesse Eisenberg’s romance from the first film.

Even though Abigail Breslin character goes on her own throughout the film And the characters are trying to find her. The film still gives her the least amount of screen time and attention as her character just seems to be going through a teenage rebellion.

The film pretty much continues the adventures of the characters and adds very little so that it would seem more of the same. Except at least in the first film the story seemed at least creative. Here it feels like the movie and script are running on fumes.

Zoey Deutch is a newcomer to the film franchise and provides the only distraction and is the only truly funny thing about the movie. As she brightens up her scenes as a dumb blonde stereotype. As she reminds me of Valeria Andrews character in the Ashton Kutcher movie JUST MARRIED where she was one of the truly bright spots of that movie and she only really had a few scenes. 

Zoey Deutch does a lot of heavy lifting on her scenes and makes the film almost entertaining. Even though she supposed fate is telegraphed and predictable. When she is absent it Feels like they are struggling to come up with material as it goes along. Maybe an excuse to expose more of Eisenberg’s Character’s rules and theories. As well as expand them

The ending is pretty fun could have used that ingenuity earlier especially the credits sequence. 

While watching this film I kept having thoughts just as I had when watching THE WALKING DEAD.  How do they have power? Fireworks attract zombies but not lights? No defense against zombies except gates in this so-called Babylon. There is always a suspension of disbelief but one  Shouldn’t be wondering these things as you are watching it, though the film does have it’s moments. Which are mostly stylistic. This seems to be one of the only ways the director seems to want to enliven the sequel and set it apart. As with each new film he makes even outside of the franchise usually has a few visually striking scenes where you can admit you have never seen that before.

Such as the fight within the Elvis HEARTBREAK HOTEL. Which is an action sequence that manages to feel epic in such a small amount fo space that seems to depend on excellent choreography. The other sequence is the ending when forced to fight an overabundance of zombies with no guns. 

In the end, the sequel is a majorly disappointing feeling like it was made only because of demand not necessarily well thought out or organic. 

Grade: D+

THE TRANSPORTER: REFUELED (2015)


Directed By: Camille Delamarre Written By: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Luc Besson Based on Characters Created by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen  Cinematography: Christophe Collette & Vincent Richard  Editor: Julien Rey 

Cast: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic, Noemie Lenoir 

In the south of France, former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin enters into a game of chess with a femme-fatale and her three sidekicks who are looking for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin.


I can understand the desire to keep this franchise going, but they needed to try a bit harder to make something more Dramatic that would justify it.

As this film with a new lead playing the character might as well have been a better-funded episode of the television series based on the films. As the lead is serviceable but like the film itself is forgettable.

As the film is basically more of the same from the original films only without a recognizable charismatic leading actor.

It still has plenty of action scenes that are hand to hand and gunplay as well as plenty of high-speed chases and car stunts. So you get what you came for. As well as plenty of beautiful European women in states of undress.

Here the story revolves around the past and has more double-crosses than you can count as the transporter’s father is part of the schemes and plans this time. As the transporter seems to the only character with a code.

Watching this and the movie HITMAN is confusing as they are both similar with noticeable differences. As they both have seemingly invincible leading characters only one is actually enhanced which is why he stays invincible and faces others like himself. Here the lead character is always smarter than everyone else and extremely lucky. Not that it is ever explained fully why.

It feels like more of the same but less personal. As we have to get used to an all-new driver who lacks history or any real charisma. As to why we should care. We seem here only to watch how he completes his mission. As he comes off more as a super-spy undercover in a criminal element.

So if just looking for a quick fix of action and pretty European locations. This is a film for you. As at least I can say you will find some fun and excitement at times with this film. No matter how generic it mostly comes off as.

Grade: D

ANOTHER 48 HOURS (1990)


Directed by: Walter Hill

Written By: Larry Gross, Jeb Stuart & John Fasano
Based on characters created by: Roger Spottiswoode, Walter Hill, Larry Gross & Steven E. De Souza
Story By: Eddie Murphy
Cinematography: Matthew F. Leonetti
Editor: Donn Aron, Carmel Davies, Freeman Davies, & Tim Ryder

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Andrew Divoff, Brion James, Kevin Tighe, Brent Jennings, Ed O’Ross, David Anthony Marshall, Bernie Casey, Tisha Campbell

With a pending old debt from the past and the genuine threat of losing his badge for good, the tough and gruff San Francisco police officer, Inspector Jack Cates, pushes his luck and turns to his reluctant former partner, Reggie Hammond. Having spent seven long years in jail after the events of 48 Hrs, Reggie is about to taste the air of freedom, when an attempt on his life drags him into a new circle of violence, as Jack is almost obsessively trying to prove that the elusive criminal mastermind known as the “Iceman” exists. But, this time, the odds are against the mismatched duo. Will Cates clear his name?



A sequel that seems on autopilot. As everyone including behind the scenes seems less engaged. Even as most of the original team returns.

This film feels more comedic but also more like a chore. Even as the film has more action and the same level of violence. Though it still ends up feeling less hard-hitting. 

The film seems to hit the same beats as some scenes feel repeated. Though this film has virtually no thriller elements. It just feels like a retread of the original only with some Different faces. Which makes it feel familiar and adds nothing as there are no surprises. 

The villains are related to the main villain from the first film seeking a kind of revenge. So again it seems hell-bent on reminding us of the first better film

Nick Nolte seems more here only for the paycheck as he comes off on autopilot. While Eddie Murphy has fewer places to go with his character though at least his character has a kind of side mission that ties into the film minorly. 

The screenwriters think they are smart by having the main villain who is behind all the menace of the first film And second is not only a dirty cop but a supporting character from the first film. Who somehow Murphy’s character recognizes immediately at first sight. 

Figuring this works because they shared no scenes in the first film but it still feels illogical and a kind of a cop-out. Yet once again ties itself to the first film. 

Even another scene where they go to a cowboy redneck bar and Eddie Murphy takes control. Only to less effective as we have seen it before.

Again at least Eddie Murphy tried but is more on cruise control. He still is at least fun there but this film reeks of a kind of desperation. A disappointing reunion. Where they try to look like they are having fun. But the longer you spend with them you can feel the low energy 

It just feels like the film is missing things. As it feels like there are plenty of things cut out. As it was rumored there was a longer cut of the film up to a week before the film was released and then the studio decided to cut it down. So that it could play more times a day in theaters in the summer. 

The film is loud and tries to hit like a sledgehammer but is unfortunately instantly forgettable 

GRADE: C

TOKYO! (2008)

Directed By: Michel Gondry (INTERIOR DESIGN), Leos Carax (MERDE), Joon-Ho Bang (Shaking Tokyo)
Written By: Michel Gondry (INTERIOR DESIGN), Leos Carax (MERDE), Joon-Ho Bang (Shaking Tokyo)
Interior Design Based on The Graphic Novel “CECIL and JORDAN IN NEW YORK” by: Gabrielle Bell
Cinematography BY: Masami Inomoto (INTERIOR DESIGN), Mitsuo Hirada (MERDE), Jun Fukumoto (Shaking Tokyo)
Editor: Nelly Quettier (MERDE), Michel Gondry (INTERIOR DESIGN), Joon-Ho Bang (SHAKING TOKYO)

Tokyo is a city of transitions in three short films. A young woman who finds her life useless experiences a metamorphosis. A disheveled Caucasian emerges from a manhole to face arrest, trial, and execution; he calls himself “Merde” and speaks a language only his look-alike attorney understands. Is he human? A recluse experiences human contact when a pizza-delivery girl faints at his door during an earthquake. He conquers fear to seek her out. A chair, a corpse, a hermit: sources of urban connection?


I don’t know if I’m right but the three short films that make up this anthology seem like films that are entertaining to the directors but to the audience not so much. They seem like larks to explore a foreign city and use it as a grand scheme to explain being an outsider sometimes in your homeland at least that’s what it feels like they are saying. Other than being over the top pretentious.

INTERIOR DESIGN

this is the first short and it follows a down and out a couple. He’s a filmmaker. She is his girlfriend and feels more and more useless as her despair grows. She finds herself transforming into a chair. She finally starts finding herself useful and able to give the proper support. This film feels like a punchline to a joke no one presents. While the special effects are inventive as usual from Mr. Gondry. I still found the film a disappointment. I really wanted to like it as I am a fan, But like the rest of the shorts, i found it extremely dull and boring.

MERDE

This short which is like a human spoof of Godzilla as a Disfigured Frenchman in a green suit terrorizes Tokyo. He seems to be unstoppable and possibly Schizophrenic. No one seems to identify him or understand him. It’s almost like the ugly American stereotype. This one started well with a lot of energy and humor. that the former short lacked. It seems like it was for nothing as this one fizzles out and soon makes no sense. It offers no explanation things just seem to happen.

SHAKING TOKYO

The last short has moments of intriguing ideas. A man who’s afraid to go outside, He’s Agoraphobic. Meets a delivery girl who faints in his apartment after an earthquake. He notices she has buttons tattoed on her skin that seem to control her. He feels a connection and he finally decides to venture outside. This was shockingly the best short. maybe because it was so low key. It didn’t try to use a grand or shocking idea as a jumping-off point. Plus it was romantic. It had great ideas but moved so slow that it felt longer then it should

GRADE: D

THE CENTER OF THE WORLD (2001)

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Directed By: Wayne Wang
Story By: Wayne Wang, Miranda July, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt
Written By: Ellen Benajmin Wong
Cinematography By: Mauro Fiore
Editor: Lee Percy

Cast: Molly Parker, Peter Sarsgaard, Carla Gugino, Mel Gorham, Pat Morita, Bahlthazar Getty, Shirley Knight

A successful computer engineer meets a stripper in a cafe. He offers her $10000 and she offers 3 days and nights of no penetration in Vegas.

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THE DAY AFTER TOMMOROW (2004)

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Directed & Story By: Roland Emmerich
Written By: Roland Emmerich & Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Cinematography By: Ueli Steiger
Editor: David Brenner

Cast: Jake Gylenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Dash Mihok, Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward, Jay o. Sanders, Rick Hoffman, Ian Holm, Arjay Smith, Tamlyn Tomita, Austin Nichols, Glenn Plummer, Adrian Lester, Nestor Serrano, Perry King

Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. Continue reading “THE DAY AFTER TOMMOROW (2004)”

THE WRONG MISSY (2020)

Directed By: Tyler Spindel Written By: Chris Pappas & Kevin Barnett Cinematography: Theo Van De Sande Editor: Brian M. Robinson 

Cast: David Spade, Lauren Lapkus, Nick Swardson, Jackie Sandler, Geoff Pierson, Rob Schneider, Molly Sims, Sarah Challe, Chris Witaske, Jorge Garcia, John Farley, Jonathan Laughton, Bobby Lee, Vanilla Ice, Allen Covert 

Tim thinks he’s invited the woman of his dreams on a work retreat to Hawaii, realizing too late he mistakenly texted someone from a nightmare blind date.


Let me just say this right off the bat. I am usually a sucker for a David Spade film. Won’t call them good, but for me usually at least entertaining and funny. Especially when he is playing more quick-witted, sarcastic jerks who people usually like unless playing the villain or nemesis.

His career seems to follow the trajectory of a professional sidekick or side character who made it to the big time. Finally playing more leads to minimal success but usually funny at least.

I will say this is his funniest starring role since THE DO-OVER which before that his best was THE ADVENTURES OF JOE DIRT. (unless you too have a weakness for the film DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR or are you more a LOST & FOUND fan)

Here he plays not as smarmy and while still open to embarrassing himself. He is looking older than usual here. The film leaves him with little to no sarcasm. Which is one of his main strengths? Here most of the time he seems more the straight man to everyone, but mainly…

Lauren Lapkus who is hilarious as she is funny, energetic and gives it her all. Especially physically as she seems to have no fear in her role. One only wishes the material and the cast all around her were on the same level. She gives a star-making performance throughout and is the main reason to watch this film.

Rob Schneider is here in a small role for no real reason. As he doesn’t really add anything to the film or overall, especially laughs.

The film has more sexual humor than expected though seems to pop up more in recent David spade starring movies for HAPPY MADISON productions.

The set prices are inspired and funny. As well as gorgeous looking like a film made just to use the location and female it feels like a vacation (something Producer Adam Sandler has been accused of with a bunch of his movies and which he openly will admit to)

The film feels like a SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE skit movie. Where the sketch character becomes the star. As the actual SNL star and character isn’t the true star only the name to get you to watch the film. 

The film never truly explains why Spade’s Character and his ex broke up. The film introduces her character and shows she chose a jerk and fellow coworker of his over him and she is open to readily clear on her husband. Yet never explains why she choose him in the first place. Also, we see him cheat on her partially and never is found out. But this is not their movie so these little details are not deemed important. As this isn’t exactly a film that deals with rationality not being detail-oriented.

The film truly lets loose in the third act. By the end the film it all comes off as energetic, sweet, and ridiculous. 

Grade: C-

AMERICAN PIE 2 (2001)

Directed By: J.B. Rogers
Written By: Adam Herz
Story By; David H. Steinberg & Adam Herz
Cinematography: Mark Irwin 
Editor: Larry Madaras & Stuart Pappe

Cast: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, Alyson Hannigan, Natasha Lyonne, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy, Chris Owen, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cho, Molly Cheek, Eli Marienthal, Joanna Garcia, Lisa Arturo, Denise Faye, Casey Affleck, George Wyner, Joelle Carter, Larry Drake, Bree Turner, Nora Zehtner, Adam Brody, Kevin Kilner, Luke Edwards

Jim and his friends are now in college, and they decide to meet up at the beach house for some fun.


A sequel Was inevitable considering how much of a surprise hit the first one was. Though this one is very disappointing most of all because it’s rushed.

This film had a lot going against it. As it has a built-in Audience that expects the material to be on par or better than the first film. So there is an excitement watching this film, unfortunately, the film never rises to the heights of the first film. Never actually comes closer as it not only lives in its shadow but seems to be repeating some aspects of it.

The film has a different director which with the change seems to feel like the strengths of the film have changed hand with someone who didn’t know how to keep the elements as strong.

Most of the film is more for the same type of jokes and humor from the first film. Only here they aren’t as inspired. So that there is no real reason for half of them except for trying to shock or top the scenes from the first film. 

Which hurts the movie because they are obviously trying way too hard. Which doesn’t really amount to anything. As nothing really happens plot-wise and it’s More watching  them In their college years 

Most of the cast returns for the sequel except that excluding Alyson Hannigan most of the returning female cast members are barely in the movie except for cameos and small supporting roles. Which takes away some Of the excitement. Especially when they only Seem here in relation to the romantic entanglements with the guys from the first film More to put an ending with them. At least in the first film, we saw some of their hang-ups and fears. Here they are more like obstacles.

So that half the film becomes a kind of comedic romance as Alyson Hannigan prepares Jim For sex which seems Like a sure thing for him when Nadia comes back to visit. 

Though he slowly finds himself falling for her. That is really the only Sweet part of the film. It also allows Alyson Hannigan to become More of a full-fledged cast member. She fits the ensemble rather well.

As most of the rest of the cast is around and has their Storylines they are treated more as Minor primarily serving only the main plot of Jim. 

There is only one scene which is supposed to be a Centerpiece of the whole film that is memorable and that is when they are caught spying on two men who they think

Are lesbians and then once caught the guys have to do to own another what they want the girls To do to own another. While at first, it keeps raising the stakes it ends up never rising to the comedic height it could have gone and tries to set up. Which is pretty much what the movie is like. 

It’s Nice that the cast Comes together but just like the film they all seem here under contract and already onto their fame at the time. They’re never really there in the film. Not that the film gives them Much to do either.

Grade: D