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  1. Body Count (1995) An assassin escapes from prison, sets out to get revenge on the cops who set him up. From the generic title to the even-then hackneyd plot, you know you're in for a meh time with this cheap'n'cheesy straight-to-video caper. Sonny Chiba slums it as the wronged assassin, bringing as much eastern cool is it is possible to this construction of cliches. If the film could go for the obvious it does, from the FBI taking over the case to a fight in some industrial space. We get the world's slowest chase when Chiba seems to think a tram is the ideal getaway vehicle. The lack of budget is evident everywhere, anything expensive happens off-camera, as you'd expect. Brigitte Nielsen admittedly is pretty hot and hams it up admirably, giving some good physical action, although it's obvious her career is sliding further away at this point. Robert Davi does what Robert Davi usually does: New Yoik moody cop who smokes a lot, which leads to some heavy-handed cop-who-breaks-all-the-rules shit later when he ceremoniously pulls down a No Smoking sign - that'll show em etc. Aging Jan Michael Vincent doesn't get a chnace to add to the fondue as he's quickly sent off the top of a building. Nothing here for the casual viewer unless you're really bored and for whatever reason have no other option.
  2. Ah Prisoner. In the late 80s/early 90s I watched tons of late-night Central ITV, and Prisoner was all part of the diet of middling 60s and 70s films, The Hitman and Her and James Whale. Part of me wants to dive back into it but I know it'll be hard going a second time around, probably hasn't aged well. RIP though, even if it's just for that.
  3. Vimster

    Disco Elysium

    I'm just glad to see a beefy RPG that isn't done-to-death Tolkein-esque fantasy. I hope it does really well.
  4. Next year the proper https://www.weeklybeats.com/ will be on, a lot more people will be doing that, I think.
  5. It's one of those songs where the actual song doesn't matter. It is Popular Popstar feat. Popular Popster - Generic Title. The saddest thing is that alone gets it plays on Spotify.
  6. Maybe it's because I live on my own and could be accused of prioritising my interests over keeping my flat tidy, but I somehow manage to get something out, even if it's just 2 minutes of a groove, because doing anything is better than doing nothing, it keeps me from just withering creatively. And it's been bloody hard, there have been weeks I've knocked stuff out on a Sunday afternoon with a hangover. But even then the act of sitting down and doing it has been worth it. It's hard with life though, totally. Personally I'm amazed it's October and I've put a track out every week, even a few I really like. I've got into a routine and it feels good. Mind you I am not getting the time to go in-depth and properly work on full tracks.
  7. I have been busy this week. I have another track just about to go up tomorrow or Friday, but also knocked out this bit of Gameboy d&b. Didn't want to have too much GB in my weekly tracks.
  8. The laser etching on the keys is pretty cool actually.
  9. I wish I could remember the name of it, but I remember seeing this early Spectrum game, a 2D Tempest. And it wasn't half bad. Will have to have a look and see if I can find it.
  10. Can they add Frostbite to that?
  11. Operation Delta Force 5: Random Fire (2000) Dela Force come up against a Middle-Eastern terrorist mastermind who is using mind control on captured soldiers. I've watched some absolute shit films in my time but this will take some beating for the top spot. Sometimes dumb can be fun, but sadly this is no fun whatsoever, in fact there's no humour at all in a script clearly drawn up on the back of an MRE ration pack bought from an Army surplus store. The Delta Force soldiers barely had an ounce of personality between them, even the Captain barely registered much in the way of character beyond having a girlfriend, a girlfriend who disobayed orders and gave the General that much back chat I was surprised they didn't throw her in the brig or wherever they throw Delta Force operatives. The baddie was brown, of indeterminate nationality and spoke with an accent - he clearly had to die, if not for being a terrorist then for the crime of merely being arch; he literally stood there and spoke, only throwing the worlds least effective punch during what a more generous person than I would describe as a tense showdown. The film ends with said girlfriend drinking what I hoped was the world's larget G&T before Captain turns up and unceremoniously chucks a ring in her drink. Mission Accomplished. You don't have to watch this crap.
  12. "There go my nipples again"
  13. Raw Justice aka Good Cop Bad Cop (1994) A guy is framed for the murder of the mayor's daughter. He teams up with a bail bondsman and ex-stripper to set things right. I was expecting a lot less than I got with this tongue-in-cheek cheapo action/comedy, in fact by the end I was feeling pretty satisfied, although it may have been the cider. It employs every cliche in the book to good effect, David Keith is the rough diamond bail bondsman, Stacy Keach the suitably malicious baddie. Add in Pamela Anderson and Robert Hays, oh and Charles Napier. Some low-budget car chases and Police Squad-style shoot-outs. I burst out laughing when Keith and Anderson just suddenly got it on whilst hiding out in a warehouse - where did that come from? And it's all backed by this comedy southern-US bluesy soundtrack. Dumb as the proverbial box of rocks, cliched to hell, but entertaining.
  14. Jumanji (1995) A couple of orphans find an old board game each turn of which has extraordinary real-life consequences. This is one of those films that's on every Christmas and yet this is the first time I've seen it. Very much a case of "why did I leave it so long?" This is adapted from a novel but I've not read it so this is my opion of the film. And what a superb film it is. Not having any children of my own, the phrase "family film" usually fiils me with dread, but thankfully this is an exception, being a very enjoyable experience for adults, although I would probably have been bowled over by it as a child. Like a child's imagination the story is unfettered by adult concerns about explaining everything and just runs wild, in a tightly-directed way, if that's a possibility. Loved the way it subverted the sappy when the boy was crying, Robin Williams gives him a pep talk complete with suitably heart-tugging music only for a quality comic reveal. Mind you, when there is a genuinely emotional bit at the end I was invested enough to feel happily emotional which surprised me. Unlike a lot of more recent films this didn't feel like a series of vignettes, it all came together with elements from earlier feeding into the chaos. If I had an issue it would be Robin Williams' performance was compaatively understated. Hugely enjoyable, exceeded my expectactions.
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