tisdag 30 mars 2021
fredag 26 mars 2021
I stil remember certain details about the 80´s, even when i was very young at that time. And i especially remember our neighbor family The Ostwalds, because they used to get their hands on VHS films that i had no idea existed. They used to have a whole wall of VHS films, and i remember that i went through every tape, where i was especially fascinated about the covers. The Ostwalds owned a shop dowtown where they sold tobacco, candy, magazines, sodas, basically all the stuff you would want on a weekend. Next to their shop was a VHS video rental store, and The Ostwalds knew the owner, so they would get their hands on new VHS films from there, and this gave me some luck. I got to see some of the films they brought home. One of those films was Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, wich i thought had such a cool VHS cover. At that time i had no idea that this was the third film in the Mad Max franchise. Even if i was too young to watch Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, i enjoyed the film and loved the atmosphere of Mad Max, where people are stuck inside a apocalyptic world. It was also fun to see legendary music artist Tina Turner doing a role as the character Aunty Entity. I believe it was 2 years later, when i got to see the second Mad Max film The Road Warrior on VHS for the first time, as i found it on sale at a VHS store. I still remember the first time i watched this film, and i soon realised that this film is much better than Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. There were so many cool action scenes in The Road Warrior, and this film also had some really good characters as well. I did eventually watch the first film as well, but The Road Warrior was still the best in the franchise. Recently i was going through a list of films that turns 40 years old this year, and the year of 1981 had some really good releases. The Road Warrior was on this list, and i decided to revisit this film to see how i feel about it today. Does the dusty roads of The Road Warrior still work as effective today as it did in the 80´s, or have this film aged too much and don´t have much to offer?
The world have suffered through a global war and the collapse of civilization, where oil supplies were nearly exhausted. Haunted by the death of his family, former policeman Max Rockatansky ( Mel Gibson ) travel across the desert to find supplies, and survive against savages. Max manage to find an oil refinery, who seems to have a lot of supplies, as well as oil. But the compound is attacked by the desert savages known as "The Marauders", who wants all of their oil. The people who live on this compound will never let them in, and defend their ground. The people at the compound realise that they might be able to use Max to help them, to help them escape to a better world in harmony. Max agree on one condition, if he get his car back and give him as much fuel as he can carry. The only way to survive, is to risk everything on the highway.
When a film that was made 40 years ago have better looking highway action scenes than action films that are made today, i think that clearly proves that The Road Warrior was ahead of it´s time. This is one of the best desert action films ever made, and it is of course thanks to director George Miller and his oustanding camera work. Some of the highway battle scenes works so well, that you want to stand up and applaud infront of your TV screen. One of the biggest reasons why this film works so well, is thanks to the powerful acting performances, who are actually bad guys. Let us begin with the savage character known as Wez ( played by legendary actor Vernon Wells, who some of you might remember from the Schwarzenegger film Commando ). Wez have a mohawk hair cut, looks like a complete maniac and he have no compassion for any humans. As long as he gets to kill, nothing will stop him. Vernon Wells manage to bring out the insanity into the character of Wez, in his own unique way. The second character is the leader of The Maraders known as The Humungus ( played by Swedish actor Kjell Nilsson ). The Humungus looks like a muscle monster, who have a very cool look through his mask ( reminds me of Jason Voorhees ). Kjell have no problem delivering a character that you won´t forget, who is clearly a very powerful leader. So what about Mel Gibson as Mad Max? I think it is no secret that Mel knows exactly how to play Mad Max, and he does this wihout any flaws. One of the things i do think is good about the character of Mad Max, is that he does not need to talk a lot. You can see the pain and anger in his facial expressions, as he just focuses on surviving. You might think he have no heart at all, but that clearly changes towards the end as he tries to help a group of survivors on the highway. I am no big fan of car action movies, but if i would choose one film in this genre it would have to be The Road Warrior. This is how you make an action film on the highway, where there are no rules. Just imagine that they made these car scenes without any CGI effects, and made these scenes so well 40 years ago. If you want to experience a film where you actually feel the heat of the highway, The Road Warrior is the film to choose. A must see for action lovers, and car lovers as well. An iconic film in this genre that will live on to many generations ahead. If you ask me, the best work from legendary director George Miller.
onsdag 17 mars 2021
Sweden have a history of good directors, especially director Thomas Alfredson. If you for some reason don´t know what films he have directed, we need to bring up at least two films. Let us begin with my personal favourite, and that is the 2008 horror drama Låt Den Rätte Komma In ( Let The Right One In ). I mentioned this film in my review of Andra Sidan ( that i published earlier this month, and there you can read what the film is about ). This is one of those films i can watch again, no matter how many years go by, and it still holds the same level of quality as it did back in 2008. Let´s get to my second favourite film from director Thomas Alfredson, and that is the 2011 Cold War spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This is not a Swedish film, but if you enjoy really good thrillers, this is a film you need to see. Thomas Alfredson managed to bring back this genre on the right track, and especially with the fantastic cast of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones and many more. Just reading that list makes you jump of joy, because these are some really powerful actors. I suggest you watch both films if you have not seen them, both of them are really good. But there are directors that are originally from Sweden, who works hard in America and does not get the respect that they deserve, in their home country. A perfect example of that is director Harley Wallen, who have directed quite a lot of films over the years, including short films as well. The first time i saw one of his films was in September last year, and that film was Eternal Code. One of the first things i noticed with Eternal Code, is that director Harley Wallen knows how to take on a serious subject such as the medical industry, and create an emotional story. I also feel that this film did a great job with the portrait of character Oliver, played by legendary actor Richard Tyson. I suggest you check this film out on VOD, or DVD, as long as you support his work. I have been hearing for quite some time about a brand new independent TV series called Tale Of Tales, that is getting a lot of respect from critics, and even winning awards as well. I managed to get an exclusive look at Tales Of Tales, to write a review for the whole season. Director Harley Wallen seems to be getting the respect that he deserves, so is this brand new TV series one of the highlights of 2021, or were my expectations too high ?
Tails is not a White-collar gentlemen´s club. It´s a borderline-legal bar with topless dancers, where the owner Nick ( Harley Wallen ) makes sure his customers enjoy the striptease shows. When a young woman is found dead in the bathroom of Tails, Nick have no plans of getting blamed for this, so he does not want the cops sneaking around. Detective Alison Olsen ( Kaiti Wallen ) don´t believe anything that Nick says, and she is determined to find out the truth.
I am quite shocked honestly. I did not expect to see one of the best TV series of this year this early, but here we are with Tale Of Tales, and director Harley Wallen does not only hit a strike with this TV series, but this is also his best work as an director. Harley gives us a very realistic portrait, especially from the reality of a strip club. How do i know? I used to visit especially one favourite strip club in the early 2000´s, almost every month after payday ( i have so many wonderful memories from there, especially one night to the song Black Coffee by British pop band All Saints ), and i got a chance to know the girls, and the staff as well. So for me personally, i feel that Tale Of Tails does a very good job on portraying that business in a realistic way. One thing i have to mention is that this TV series looks really good, with really beautiful colors, especially in the strip club scenes. To be honest, i can´t remember the last time i saw girls doing striptease dancing that natural, as they do in Tale Of Tails. But the whole plot is not only inside the strip club, so there are other locations that are connected with the storyline, and the investigation. Let´s get into the acting, and i have to say that Harley Wallen delivers his best acting performance so far in Tale Of Tails, compared to his previous films. This is exactly what i wanted to see, Harley going all the way in for his character Nick. How would i describe Nick? Well, in some people´s minds i can imagine that they would think he may not be very nice. But i can understand him, from a business perspective. If you want to run a strip club, you need customers to pay, and you need the right kind of girls to please the visitor. Does he have a good heart? I would say that he does have a friendly personality to those who know him, but his bad side causes him damage. I also feel that he is struggling with a lot of personal issues, and he clearly have a lot of anger against his brother, and this affects him. Actor Trevis R. Marcum is the funniest character in Tale Of Tailes, as the character Roadie. And he is without a doubt the right man to call out every girl on stage, as he also gets to deal with many unexpected situations. Actress Kaiti Wallen definetely surprised me with her performance as Alison Olsen, and this is definetely her best acting performance so far. She clearly worked really hard to give her character a realistic portrait. Tale Of Tails takes on many different serious issues, such as murder, criminals and family issues, and do it in a very effective way. Director Harley Wallen knows how to connect the right strings, while adding some nice surprises along the way. If you don´t know what TV series is going to find an audience worldwide this year, i can tell you right now that Tale Of Tails will knock most of them out. Finally a TV series that´s both realistic and gives us an honest portrait of the strip club industry, and manage to to bring a solid crime story into the mix, with great characters included. I salute to you Harley Wallen, for making a TV series that´s definetely going to make a huge impact. Tale Of Tails is a must see for everyone.
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Easter, the holiday weekend where we get to eat lots of great food, paint eggs, wrestle with The Easter Bunny ( that son of a bitch is strong, i might have to use a sledgehammer next time ) and try eggnog, a milk punch drink that have been around for....at least 2000 years, i think? Every year we try and celebrate easter with a dinner, except for last year. Since it was not possible in 2020, we just changed plans. This year it looks like we will not gather family either because of the pandemic, so it is good to get a good advice on what to watch on physical media ( or on VOD ).
So if you have seen the Sharknado franchise, and you have seen all the Bring It On sequels ( yes, i know what men watch when their girlfriends / wives are not at home ), my best advice for this easter is that you watch the Renny Harlin film called The Legend Of Hercules.
Released in 2014, this film was a big box office bomb at that time. But i actually see this film as entertaining, for a couple of reasons. It has cheesy fun dialogue, fun characters that take their roles too seriously, and we get action scenes that delivers popcorn fun. I will say that this is not one of director Renny Harlins better films, he have done a lot better films in the past. But if you enjoy action fantasy films, especially that takes place in ancient Greece, then this should be worth checking out. Lead actor in this film Kellan Kutz ( Yes, the same guy from the Twilight films ), may not be the greatest action hero on the big screen, but as Hercules he does deliver a good time. Not because of the acting, but in the action scenes. This film also have legendary action actor Scott Adkins as King Amphitryon, who is actually one of the best characters in this film. So why this film of all the choices? Because not many people have seen this film, honestly. And i think the biggest reason for this is because this film was not popular, people did not really care to watch it. But i think we might turn this around this easter, if people give this film a chance. So remember the title The Legend Of Hercules, and i guarantee that the eggnog will help your movie night become more fun. I hope you enjoy my advice, and have a great spring, and i will see you soon with fresh movie reviews.
Cheers from Daniel!
Here is where you can find the film on Blu Ray from Germany at a good price ( just press the used Blu Ray from MEDIMOPS choice, and you can buy a copy for each family member for a great price ), isn´t that a fantastic idea?