The World of Kanako (2014)

  
Akikazu Fujishima (Kôji Yakusho) , an ex-cop, is contacted by his estranged wife to find their daughter Kanako (Nana Komatsu) who has gone missing. Akikazu agrees to help, believing that the return of his daughter can help repair the damage to his family. However the majority of Akikazu’s familial problems stem from his aggressive mental state. 

  
As Akikazu begins his investigation, he gets to know some of Kanako’s ‘friends’. They paint a completely different picture of the girl Akikazu thought he knew. It soon becomes apparent that Kanako was not the person he thought, and is the focus point for many people’s misery. The deeper Akikazu treads into the investigation, the more dangerous it becomes, leaving no chance of redemption for Akikazu. 

  
The opening credits were very 70’s, with a mixture of Saul Bass art and funky exploitation music.  This is a supremely dark movie however, and there is barely a ‘likeable’ character amongst the cast. All of them having some sort of problem in their lives and not leaving you many people to root for. That said, Yakusho is great as Akikazu, portraying a very Raymond Chandler-esque sort of character. A man with many faults of his own and desperate to get back a life he never really had to begin with. 

  
The violence, when it happens, is brutal and very harsh. There are scenes that some may not have the stomach for, but it’s done in a way that serves the story. All of the actors portray their respective characters brilliantly and you believe the story that is being told. It is a very good movie and one I recommend you see. 

4/5

JM

  

 

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JM

Battle Damaged RoboCop by Hot Toys

 
“Come quietly, or there will be….trouble.” From a movie that is endlessly quotable, comes a stunning 1/6 scale figure that is equally memorable for all the right reasons. Fresh out of the box it is plain to see why Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles are the head honchos when it comes to making high end figures and statues. The detail is incredible, from the face sculpt which perfectly captures every nuance of Peter Weller’s likeness, to RoboCop’s battle scarred suit, it really is second to none. 

  

  

Every single blemish and burn that RoboCop suffers throughout the movie, is perfectly replicated on this figure. There were so many times that I was scanning the figure where my jaw literally dropped at the astounding level of detail that has been put into this release. Firstly you get three jars of baby food, that if you remember, RoboCop uses for target practice near the end of the movie. The leg holster works a dream and can fit the handgun no problem. Though to be specific you get two handguns, one of which goes in the leg. One is die cast and is too heavy to be held in RoboCop’s hand, so that goes in the leg holster. The other is light plastic, with a sliding barrel and removable clip that has tiny bullets in it. You also get the big rifle that RoboCop uses to dispatch ED-209 with at the end of the movie. This also has a removable clip and a sliding bolt action at the side. 

   
 

There are interchangeable hands for RoboCop too. You have a closed fist for both the left and right hand. You also have open palms for each hand with moveable fingers which can be fixed round the gun. Also for the right hand is the metal spike that RoboCop uses for the computers and also which he uses to kill Clarence. It’s covered in blood which is a nice touch. The base is very sturdy and has a nice polished sheen to it. The box is also beatifully designed, which just shows that nothing is left out in Hot Toys’ strive for perfection. 

   

This really is a work of art. Like I said everything is done to perfection and the detail is just astounding. This RoboCop figure was generously provided for review by the kind folks at http://www.sideshowtoy.com. It is now available for pre order and you can do so by clicking on the following link: http://www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/robocop-robocop-battle-damaged-version-hot-toys-902286/. Stay tuned to reelgingermoviefan.com for more toy reviews in the future. 

5/5

JM

  

Street Law (1974)

 
Street Law aka Vigilante II, stars the enigmatic Franco Nero as Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, Italy. Whilst collecting a package from the post office, Carlo is beaten and kidnapped by three armed robbers. After surviving his ordeal, and disillusioned by the police who seemingly refuse to act, Carlo seeks vengeance against those that wronged him. 

 
After his amateurish attempts at making underworld contacts leave him coming close to a beating, Carlo tries again, this time making contact with a robber called Tommy, played by the late Giancarlo Prete, whom he blackmails into helping him track down the 3 robbers responsible for his beating. All leading to a breathtaking shootout in a warehouse. 

 
This is my first real foray into the Euro Crime genre and I must say I was very impressed. The action is used sparingly, but staged believably so.  Carlo doesn’t immediately become a gun toting vision of vigilante justice. No. His fear and anxiety come through on screen, showing that he is still just an ordinary guy refusing to be afraid any longer. That’s what I liked about it. Franco Nero really sells it too. There’s no John Woo balletics here, but raw, gritty action instead. 

 
Everyone is on point here. Barbara Bach who plays Carlo’s love interest isn’t really given much to work with, but does well with the screen time she is given. The soundtrack is amazing too. The music by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis is very catchy, and it’s safe to say you’ll be humming it long after the credits roll. I can highly recommend this if you haven’t seen it. Enjoy. 

5/5

JM

  

Captain Rex ‘Phase II Armour’ from Sideshow Collectibles. 

 

As you can see in the above picture, even Captain Rex gives this the thumbs up. What a stunning release this is from the very talented folks over at Sideshow Collectibles. The detail is astounding. There were two releases of Captain Rex, with the first release having him in pristine white armour, and not the battle worn armour you can see in the pictures. That said, I have to say I prefer this one. I love the scuffs and scratches all over his armour. I also like the little notches on his wrists that show you how many enemies he has killed. 

 

The notches are also etched onto the base, which also details Captain Rex’s regiment. Captain Rex can be seen in The Clone Wars series. He is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker in the series, but has the likeness of actor Temuera Morrison who played Jango Fett in the movies, well I think so anyway. 

 

 The head and helmet are interchangeable, but can be a bit fiddly in places. I struggled to fit the head on securely, but the helmet fits on no problem. When I took the Jetpack out of the packaging I did wonder how on earth it would clip on, as there wasn’t any noticeable bits sticking out. I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s magnetised, and actually clips on very nicely. 

 

You get two pistols which can be holstered on Captain Rex’s waist. You also get a very nice blaster rifle which has an underslung shoulder stock. Also included are two grenades and several pairs of interchangeable hands which really add character to the piece. The artists and sculptors at Sideshow really have produced a fine piece here, which will definitely sit proudly amongst my other sixth scale figures. If you are intersted in this figure and would like you get your own, then pop along to http://www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/star-wars-captain-rex-sideshow-collectibles-1002221/, where it is available for a very, very reasonable price. Believe me. 

 

I want to thank the fine folks over at http://www.sideshowtoy.com for their generosity in providing this figure for review. It’s thanks to them that I can bring you these fine items to review. Stay tuned for more great toy reviews. 

5/5

JM

 

   

Watch “Mad Max: Fury Road – Trailer HD – Official Warner…” on YouTube

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I’ll be honest, when I first heard that Tom Hardy was taking over as Mad Max, I was totally convinced. However, after seeing this amazing trailer I can honestly say I cannot wait for this movie. It looks insane. May 2015 can’t come quick enough. Check it out below:

Mad Max: Fury Road – Trailer HD – Official Warner…: http://youtu.be/rtKfNYpXp3c

JM

The Guest (2014)

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When David (Dan Stevens) knocks at the door of Laura Peterson (Sheila Kelley) and her family, things will never be the same. David says he was a soldier who was with Laura’s son Caleb when he died. He says he was injured and has just recently been discharged. Laura invites him in to meet her family who she says will want to meet him.

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As David has nowhere to stay, Laura and her husband Spencer (Leland Orser) say he can stay in Caleb’s old room. Not long after David has settled in that things around town change. Local bullies are given a beating and Spencer’s boss, who was stopping him getting a promotion, is found dead. However there is more to David’s story than he is letting on, and it could have fatal consequences.

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The acting from everyone involved is great. Dan Stevens is fantastic as David, and you can see why he is being lined up to play the new Snake Plissken.  However there are some moments in the movie that seem a tad unbelievable in terms of how quickly people trust David. Also disappointed in the direction it takes later on in the movie. That being said, it’s a great watch and well worth seeing.

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4/5

JM

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My Soul to Take (2010)

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Years ago the town of Rivereton, Massachusetts was stalked by a serial killer known as The Ripper. At the start of the movie you see that the Ripper was a family man with several personalities. When he is put to rest it is thought that his souls or personalities inhabit the bodies of seven children who are born the same night he dies. Years later the kids gather together on the anniversary of the Ripper’s death to make sure he doesn’t come back. It’s seen as a silly ritual but soon takes on a more serious tone when one by one, the teenagers are slain.

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Bug (Max Thieriot) is seen as the most vulnerable of the group. He is mercilessly bullied by Brandon (Nick Lashaway) and his own sister Fang (Emily Meade). He is chosen on the night to be the one that banishes the Ripper back in to the river. However he panics and doesn’t go through with it. He thinks it’s his fault that people are dying and that the Ripper has returned. He teams up with his friend Alex (John Magaro) to find out the truth about the Ripper and to discover who exactly is committing these murders in the Ripper’s name.

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I really enjoyed this movie. It feels like the sort of enjoyable movies Wes Craven used to do back in the 80’s. I think part of my enjoyment came from the fact that this movie got panned by critics and some movie goers alike. So my expectations were low. I stumbled across it on Netflix and I enjoyed the hell out of it. It’s a great popcorn flick, with some good scares and great gore. Max Thierot is brilliant as the naive Bug, who steps up when the time comes.

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I really recommend it. It’s worth watching and not listening to the nay sayers. Watching this made me realise that Wes Craven still has the talent when he puts his mind to it. He needs to stop doing the Scream movies and instead put his talents to use in nurturing stories like this. Very good.

4/5

JM

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Braquo (TV series) (2009-)

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Wow! What an absolute stunning piece of television this. I could literally use every superlative in the English language to lavish praise on this show, and it still wouldn’t be enough. Jean Hugues-Anglade plays Eddy Caplan, the leader of a group of Parisian police officers, who have no qualms about stepping over the line when it is required.

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They spring into action when their colleague Max commits suicide after being mercilessly persecuted by Internal Affairs, which is headed by the slimy and borderline socio-pathic  Roland Vogel (Geoffroy Thiebaut). The team seek to do whatever it takes in clearing Max’s name, even murder. They are a team held together by a strong bond, and clearly have morals of which they never waver. They all have flaws, some which threaten to bring them down on occasion, but it’s their togetherness which carries them through.

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The action is nothing short of breathtaking. It is visceral stuff, and doesn’t skimp on the gore or sex. The acting is top notch from everyone, there is not one character I would say that lets the side down. The story-lines are equally gripping, showing that sometimes the police and criminals are more alike than either would care to admit.

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The creator of the show, Olivier Marchal, is a former police officer, so the attention to detail is second to none. It’s this meticulousness which really gets across the shows quality. I really cannot recommend this series enough. I did start watching it when it was showing on FOX. I am now on season 3 which was graciously provided by the wonderful folks over at http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk. Season 1 and 2 are available to buy now and season 3 is available to pre-order now, due for release on July 21st. It is a show I highly recommend. If you are a fan of The Wire or The Shield, then you will absolutely love Braquo.

5/5

JM

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Lord of Illusions (1995)

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Philip Swann (Kevin J . O’Connor) is a young trainee magician under the tutorship of fanatical cult leader Nix (Daniel Von Bargen). When Nix goes to far by capturing a young girl called Dorothea, Swann and some other cult members cast Nix down into a grave and seal him away from the world. 13 years later and Swann is a successful stage illusionist who is married to Dorothea (Famke Janssen). Dorothea hires private eye Harry D’Amour (Scott Bakula) to protect Swann, as elsewhere a group of rogue cult members seek to resurrect Nix.

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When Swann and other cult members that buried Nix are killed, Harry and Dorothea must seek to find the killers and stop them from bringing Nix back as it could spell the end for all mankind. Scott Bakula is great as Harry D’Amour. I have always felt he was an under appreciated actor, and he does very well here. Folks who read Clive Barker’s literature and the fantastic Hellraiser comic series will know that there is much more to Harry D’Amour, as he has tackled some truly evil characters, even a man with pins in his head. Hmmm whomever could I mean?

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Famke Janssen is also good as Dorothea who is not quite a damsel in distress, and does learn to hold her own. Kevin J. O’Connor is great as Swann, and I always like the kooky characters he plays in films like Deep Rising and The Mummy. The house that belongs to Dorothea in this movie is actually the house of the director Clive Barker, bit of trivia there.

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This copy of Lord of Illusions was provided by the very kind folks over at http://www.101-films.com. It is available now from all good stockists. The transfer is very nice, and with this release you get the directors cut on DVD too. It’s worth noting that the blu ray version is only of the theatrical cut. I do recommend it for those fans of horror and all things strange. It is a perfect film for a rainy night.

4/5

JM

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