Monday, 18 August 2014

Special ID


Check out my new review of Special ID over at Far East Films.

Dog


Check out my new review of Dog over at Far East Films.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

24 Hours to Midnight


24 HOURS TO MIDNIGHT (1985)

Written & Directed by: Leo Fong
Starring: Bernie Pock, Myra, Stack Pierce & Cynthia Rothrock (sort of!)

24 Hours to Midnight is just as mad, bad and rad as its title. Ok, maybe not so rad but definitely mad and also, unfortunately, quite bad. Often credited as action starlet Cynthia Rothrock’s first movie appearance (I don’t know for definite that it is but certainly could be considering when it was made and she is in it for all of 4 minutes!), 24 Hours to Midnight is also an early offering from onetime martial arts movie machine Leo Fong (Low Blow, Killpoint). Rothrock appears briefly as the wife of a slain informant who was going to testify against local mob boss ‘White Powder’ Chan (yes, that is his actual name!) and then vows revenge, using her martial arts and ninja skills to take out Chan and his clan. When the bodies start piling up cops, and all-round walking wardrobe disasters, McQueen (Price) and Jackson (Myra) are soon hot on the trail. Will Rothrock complete her mission of vengeance? Will the cops figure out what is going on first? Who really is that in the ninja outfit? Will anything at any point in this movie make sense?

The answer to that last question would be no. As while Rothrock is the main attraction here and the thrust of the story seems to be about her seeking revenge dressed as a ninja, she only appears in a few brief scenes early on and the person dressed as the vengeance gunning ninja, is, well, not Rothrock. Hell, her voice ain’t even her own: it belonging to B-movie queen Brinke Stevens. Apparently leaving the film early on due to some disagreement or another, Rothrock only shot a couple of scenes and the rest was used filming a double. Which would be fine, if the double looked anything liked her. This leads to a lot of unintentional hilarity, a lot of confusion and one gratuitous breast shot (again, not Rothrocks!). Fortunately she does get a couple of quick fights scenes and despite the often nonsensical and very low budget nature of the film, Fong at least packs in a lot of fights and shoot-outs.

B-movie and TV actor (and one time professional baseball player!) Stack Pierce and once prolific stunt man Bernie Pock (Die Hard, Freejack, Class of 1999 Part 2) are also on hand to elevate the B-movie awesomeness but 24 Hours to Midnight is perhaps for Rothrock completists only, proof (once again) that you really could make anything in the 80s and testimony that a film like this should only be watched with a group of likewise B-movie aficionados (and alcohol) and not by ones-self: like I did, which was a big mistake! I should have learnt by now.  



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

on Twitter


Cool Target
is now, finally, on Twitter:

@cool2target

Hoping to do regular updates on all the amazingly awesome and awful action movies out there as life and other commitments keep getting in the way of new review posts (though there will still be some of those as well). Follow me...if you want to!


Thursday, 7 August 2014

A Certain Justice


Check out my new review of A Certain Justice over at Blueprint Review.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Weekend of Trash


I met up again with a couple of the guys from Blueprint Review for another weekend of non-stop B-movie madness. We managed to get through an abundance of low budget insanity including LA Crackdown 2, Mind Killer, Foxy Brown, the classic In The Mouth of Madness and the awesome, awesome Nam Angels

Check out the write up.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection


Check out my new review of Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection over at Far East Films.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Enemies Closer


Check out my new review of Enemies Closer over at Blueprint Review.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Liberator


LIBERATOR (2012)

Directed by: Aaron Pope
Written by: Jim Cirile & Aaron Pope
Starring: Lou Ferrigno, Peta Wilson, Darwin Harris, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson, Michael Dorn & Edward Asner

This excellent short film/pilot gives the ultimate Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, a starring role as a onetime superhero attempting to put his life back together after the country he used to protect disowns him. He plays the Liberator, America’s former golden boy and all round ass-kicking superhero. However, he’s fallen on hard times, recently released from a prison stint which saw him serve time for a mission that went south and he took the blame for. Liberator, now scratching a living as a construction worker, plans to reveal everything in a tell-all book, clearing his name and hopefully re-uniting him with his estranged family. Yet, as is always the case, the government (the evil Michael Dorn and Peta Wilson) aren’t so keen on this and plan on crushing Liberator once and for all. Liberator, on the other hand, isn’t going down without a fight and the stage is set for a superhero smack-down.


A sort of love letter to the superhero genre and presumably a jumping off point for a series or film, Liberator is a short and sweet action hit that is a little bit grittier than your typical superhero fare. It’s great to see Ferrigno (who is still in awesome shape!) front and centre and getting the chance to display some dramatic chops. He balances the character’s feelings of loss and loneliness with tough and vengeful well and it’s great to see him doing something a little different. He still gets to kick ass once he suits up as the Liberator and has some good support from the like of genre favourites Michael Dorn, Peta Wilson and the always cool Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson. Mention should also go to Jessica Andres who plays Ferrigno’s onscreen daughter with their scenes providing several tender moments before the action and special effects kick in.


At just under 20 minutes, writers Pope and Cirile pack in a lot from family drama to double crosses to all out action and some nifty VFX. Ferrigno gets to kick some ass in an impressive scene where he takes on several military guards and the ending is set up nicely for the continuing adventures of Liberator even if it’s all cut just a bit too short once proceedings get going: as a fanboy, I was itching to see Ferrigno and Wilson got toe-to-toe! However, that’s for another installment and is the only downside to what is, a well made superhero short and fun action flick. Here’s hoping the live action Liberator adventures continue in either short or feature film form.  

Good stuff.



My Best Bodyguard


Check out my new review of  My Best Bodyguard over at Far East Films.