Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Film: Ninja Assassin
Naomie Harris (28 Days Later) is a government agent who stumbles across some evidence that compells her to investigate the legend of the Ninja.
What follows is a series of action scenes in which Rain gets to show off his considerable skills as he attempts to eliminate the clan that raised him.
In an inspired piece of casting 80's Ninja movie stalwart Sho Kosugi steals the show as the brutal Father figure to the young orphans he trains.
This is a bit thin on the ground plotwise and the acting, Kosugi aside, is just plain dull.
More suited to dvd so wait for that, get the beers in, switch off your brain and enjoy.
Ric's Rating: 59%
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Film: It's Complicated
Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin play a divorced couple who hit it off again at their son's graduation in this comedy.
Streep is excellent as the ageing single mother trying to get her life in order when she starts to have an affair with her ex husband.
Baldwin too is fantastic as the ex who is now married to the younger woman that he originally had an affair with while married to Streep.
Lots of laugh out loud moments as the oldies carry on like a pair of teenagers, even indulging in smoking pot.
Steve Martin shows up as the new man in Streep's life and he is ok but looks slightly odd from too much botox and something suspicious about his hair.
That aside this is surprisingly the first 2010 contender for film of the year. I expect it will be beaten as the year goes on but it'll be worthy of a top ten spot.
Rick's Rating: 87%
Saturday, 23 January 2010
TV Show: Steven Seagal: Lawman
on patrol with real life cops.
Seagal has supposedly been a serving deputy sheriff for 20 years and has just now decided to make this public. Income from the straight to dvd market can't be so good.
In the three episodes I have caught so far Seagal looks better than he has done in his last few movies, gone is the long leather coat, and he seems very comfortable on camera in some potentially dangerous situations.
At one point a suspect reaches under the seat of his car after announcing that he has a pistol. Up steps Big Steve to unceremoniously wrench the guy from the car and send him sprawling across the street. When things settle down the unfortunate induividual comes to his senses, looks around and whispers to another cop "That's Steven Seagal over there" when the cop tells him it was Seagal that threw him out the car the guy becomes starstruck. From menacing thug to starstruck fan in two minutes, priceless.
Elsewhere we have Seagal and the team helping out with rebuilding houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and Seagal and his band (he is an accomplished musician and I happened to catch a gig in Glasgow in 2007 where he put on a great show) performing a charity concert for a local children's hospital.
Far better than any film he has made in the last few years so highly recommended for any Seagal fan or anyone who enjoys any real life cop shows.
Look out for Seagal's return to the big time in the upcoming film Machete in which he stars alongside Robert De Niro.
Rick's Rating: 88%
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Top Books read in 2009
1. THE LOCH BY STEVE ALTEN
Murder mystery set against the legend and magnificent backdrop of Loch Ness.
2. STILL BLEEDING BY STEVE MOSBY
Disturbing tale takes you on a journey to the dark side of the internet and into the world of murder and suicide memorabilia. Mosby is one of the most original authors on the scene today and I highly recommend his books, but be warned, they are not for the faint of heart.
3. WICKED PREY BY JOHN SANDFORD
The long running Lucas Davenport series still delivers the goods but you'd need to start way back at the beginning with Rules Of Prey to get the best from this one.
4. BLOOD BROTHER BY JACK KERLEY
Carson Ryder tracking his serial killer brother in this top notch thriller.
5. INFECTED BY SCOTT SIGLER
Join "Scary" Perry Dawsey as he tries to stop "The Triangles" taking over his body. This book is far more than you'd expect. Highly recommended.
Friday, 15 January 2010
Top Films Of 2009
Ignore the predictability of the story and just enjoy the sheer spectacle. You too will want to be a Na'vi.
2. STAR TREK
Everything a re-make should be.
3. SEVEN POUNDS
Will Smith gives an excellent portrayal of a man looking to make amends.
4. INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
Tarantino is back on form with this WWII drama. Top notch script and great performances all round.
5. THE HANGOVER
Most unusual these days, a comedy that's actually funny and literally about a hangover. Brilliant.
Dark comic book adaptation.
Violent unpredictable drama.
8. DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM
Not as good as the original but Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle should be given a break in Hollywood after another amazing set of action scenes.
9. X MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
Appearances by Marvel characters Gambit and Deadpool along with another good turn by Jackman and great action earn this one a place on the list.
Daniel Craig is much better than any of his Bond performances in this WWII tale of survival.