November 24, 2017 § Leave a comment
As we are closing to the week, I thought of going with something very recent and surprisingly, it’s one of the shows that’s part of DC and The CW’s Belantiverse/Flarrowverse/Arrowverse line. Yeah, they should go with DC Television Universe or similar given that Supergirl kind of takes place in its own continuity. But I’m talking more about Legends of Tomorrow which may not be its own Justice League show but hey, we have a character played by an actor who once played Superman.
The show focuses on a group of lesser-known heroes and villains who unite by future time-traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) to stop the anomalies and apparitions that is damaging their own timeline. While he time-spliced himself across time and space during the second season with the others, it didn’t take long before the team reunited with the aid of Nate Heywood/Steel (Nick Zano) who knows history of superheroes and Rory/Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) who is left-behind in the timeship known as Waverider. The team then tries to solve the issues caused by The Legion of Doom that’s led by Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher). Good way to sum up this second season even though the episode I’m reviewing focused anything other than The Legion of Doom.
In the episode entitled Outlaw Country, The team discover the apparition in 1874 and travels there before encountering their friend Jonah Hex (Johnathon Schaech) is facing his doom as he’s about to get hanged, they stopped it and found out that the cause of the apparition is none other than Quentin Turnbull (Jeff Fahey) who had stolen a dwarf star from a now-deceased time pirate and uses it to form his home country. Also, Quentin is possibly not related to Malcolm Turnbull who’s currently a Prime Minister of Australia (and a worst one at best, equally as worst as Tony Abbott and John Howard).
Jonah also revealed that Quentin is the reason he got his scars and for the destruction of a town in Oklahoma so Jonah has his own vendetta against him. The team hatches out a plan to stop the apparition from happening so Nate, Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh) and Jax/Firestorm (Franz Drameh) infiltrate while Rory and Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) work together because… Rory is into the Wild West! Hey, Rory used to (or still is) steal stuff for his sake of fun after all.
They eventually stopped it with Nate putting a stop to the train with his powers and Jonah capturing Quentin alive rather than dead so the timeline is saved until what happens in the next episode (or after since the next episode is part of Invasion! crossover event). Legends is one of the two Arrowverse shows I watched regularly along with The Flash (but also watch Supergirl and Arrow only as a binge-watching DVD box set) and it’s obvious since I like time travel stuff.
Jeff did well as the villain of the week but it is a shame we might not see him again. We might see Jonah Hex again since come on, he’s a fan-favorite character in both this show and the comics (and maybe that much-disliked Josh Brolin movie as well). And this episode is pretty self-contained which doesn’t impact much on the second season’s plotline so it is best watched unless you wanna know the full story. It is over until January where I go back to his movies but for now, I am not gonna “Ragnarok and Roll| but next week, I am looking at a Thor movie that might not be best watched but who knows.
November 23, 2017 § Leave a comment
On to the penultimate part of this week and it is about time I am looking at the first show that has Jeff in his regular performance rather than a guest or recurring star. In truth, I never seen The Marshal before this but I do know that it’s one of the shows that came around a period in the 1990s that focuses on leading lawman in unexpected places like one with a Texas Ranger, one with a Royal Canadian Mountain Police officer and even one with a Chinese law officer who resides in Los Angeles. It was a unique time for shows like that so why not have a guy who’s living two lives – a family man and a man who tracks down fugitives. It’s almost like it’s an idea similar to this Chris Elliott unaired pilot.
Yeah, that’s a thing that exists. Going back to The Marshal and I do wish this show would not be cancelled but it did manage to have two seasons aired within 1995 plus one episode got a Emmy… for sound editing! Also and this is true, Don Johnson is one of the executive producers of the series and he chose Jeff specifically for this series because they are actually friends. It also explained why Jeff not only guest starred in Miami Vice but also Nash Bridges so yeah, I think I got another show to look at in the near future.
The show begins in the snowy forest with a fugitive getting away from the local policeman but while he is hiding in a cabin, something awesome has happened and Winston MacBride (Jeff Fahey) appears by hiding in the snow for who knows how long. He counted the bullets on the fugitive’s gun which led to Winston deciding to waste one of the bullets by shooting it on the roof and the show falls on the fugitive which ended the chase.
But the bigger story begins as we meet Mrs Sinclair (Laura Johnson), a housewife who was living a double life in the past as a wanted radical activist. Her past actions have been found out and escapes from authorities led by Tiger Larkin (Don S. Davis) but Winston knows her ways sooner than later and caught her in a college where she’s finding her daughter Teri (Molly Parker) who got sort-of kidnapped by her father Loyal (William Russ). Meanwhile, her husband Barry (Michael Brandon) felt betrayed by her wife’s past history so he decides to commit suicide by way of house explosion.
As Mrs Sinclair later found out about the news, she and Winston were about to get on the plane but Winston knows something in her and decides to find Loyal and Teri instead. They eventually did and with the reveal that Barry is actually alive and faking his own death to reunite with his wife. Mrs Sinclair however thought of a different plan as she is herself traded as hostage to Loyal with Teri freed. Winston and Barry stayed behind waiting for Mrs Sinclair and Loyal with Winston knowing a plan by getting out of the car and telling Barry to drive off to someplace nearby.
The two escaped but immediately caught by Winston by hiding in the water and well, Loyal is not loyal to survive (pun badly intended, apologies) and Winston lets Mrs Sinclair go by telling her to go to where Barry is located. The episode ends with Winston returning home to see his family and a next week’s promo which I wish I could watch straight away.
But I’ll get back to the show soon, maybe after I’m done with Bibleman because man, this show has action, humor and even clichés like having one officer saying that “it’s just a flesh wound”. Yeah, I think he has three days left to retire as well. It is a show I want to binge-watch in a heartbeat and this episode is a fine start with few admitted flaws like a worker at the gas station looking like he belongs in a bad 1990s generation x comedy. I don’t know what’s up with that but hey, he’s only a very minor character.
So yeah, I can’t wait to look more into this with twenty-four other episodes. As for tomorrow, I am practically looking in an episode of a show I have seen twice before and the show is good well except for the recent season which I’m catching up on and… I said too soon so come back tomorrow.
November 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
Miami Vice, what is there to say about this show that hasn’t honestly been said before? It’s a show that literally defined the 1980s and is part of our pop culture mindset from the buddy cop duo of Crockett and Tubbs to the soundtrack use of Phil Collins and Glenn Frey. It is a show that made Michael Mann a household name in directors but why am I saying all this when we all know about it? I mean, come on, it is the number one show in Bratislava.
And yes, it has Jeff in this episode that I’ll review but to keep this in mind, he is not the only notable name in this said episode. This show is known to have familiar cast before they are household names like Gary Cole and Viggo Mortensen. So I’m looking at season 3 premiere episode entitled When Irish Eyes Are Crying and judging by the title, you know it involves villains that originated from Ireland and guess who shows up as one in the very first scene. It’s not Jeff obviously but again, judging by the title, the actor who showed up is none other than Liam fucking Neeson.
Liam Neeson plays Sean Carron who’s former IRA member who’s speaking at a fundraiser attended by Gina (Saundra Santiago) but the fundraising event has some unexpected party guest as a gunman appears and is shot by Gina. Saving Sean’s life, he wants to repay her by a dinner date all while the investigation is going on. Also, Sean is secretly planning something with his friend Bunny Berrigan played by the late, great Paul Gleason.
Both Crockett and Tubbs along with his team-mates check out what’s going on along with Agent Richard Cross (Daniel Gerroll) who travels from Scotland Yard to reveal to them that Sean is still a terrorist. Gina doesn’t believe them and she falls for Sean. But hey, where does Jeff fit into all this? Well, he is another villain known as Eddie Kaye who supplies weapons to Sean and Bunny all while laughing a bazooka towards Crockett’s car as a test.
And yes, Sean and Bunny are planning to blow up the Concorde as their way of terrorist revolution and with Agent Cross and Eddie involved. The heroes take down Eddie and Bunny and arrested Cross for previous night’s phone call conversation. As for Gina, she attempts to stop Sean from bringing down the plane and he did before he is about to shoot Gina only for him to get shot by both her and Crockett ending the episode with him falling to the ground and Gina in tears that her lover is not whom she thinks.
It’s a solid episode and while it started changing from previous two seasons, I don’t mind that since the show may have its ups and downs but isn’t any show having the same thing anyway. There’s not much negative points and a usual police procedural story but with heavy weaponry involved so Law and Order? They don’t have one episode where Principal Vernon tries to shoot the cops so give it that.
Okay, maybe Jeff’s performance is a bit minimal but he did have part of the story and whether his character is in it or not, it don’t matter. The story is fine either way. So as much as I hate to say it, the next review doesn’t take place in the 1980s but it’s not much big loss because tomorrow, I am looking at the first episode of The Marshal and have to wonder why this show is a cult hit of its time so until then.
November 21, 2017 § Leave a comment
Continuing on and even after me looking at two episodes of a show that is not part of my expectations, I am moving on to his second Television Series role which is possibly the most easy one to look at. Granted, I could say the same for others but he starred in one show for the span of three years and is featured in Soap Opera digests and all so this is his next step and that next step is an anthology series. Alright, those are the type of shows that have actors before they gained fame or after it like Bruce Willis in one episode of The New Twilight Zone or Brad Pitt in Freddy’s Nightmares.
The anthology series he’s involved in is a 1980s revival of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and I have seen few episodes of the original plus a bunch of movies Alfred directed. Heck, I think I brought him up in my Psycho III review which is funny since both Psycho III and this episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents were both released in 1986 so I bet his agent said “Hey Jeff, you gonna be involved in something Hitchcockian so let’s see? You want this or that?” and Jeff decides to go with both because why not.
The episode is Enough Rope For Two and focuses primary on Scott (Tim Daly) who is in a relationship with Zoe (Darlanne Fluegel). As Zoe presents Scott on some television art project, Scott didn’t care much and is passionate about Zoe but she mentioned if she wants her mentally unstable cousin Ray Lee (Jeff Fahey) to come along for company. Scott declines but if you didn’t guess right now, Ray goes along anyway and it made Scott a bit of a third wheel.
And it shows as Ray goes inside the gas station and ask for a gun which well, he got it and shoot the attendant. Scott is shocked and still thinks Ray is not right. However, it’s then revealed that Ray and Zoe are not cousins but a couple going after a suitcase containing cash that Ray dropped off in a hole within the desert. A cop appears and Scott is about to panic but he plays it cool at least for a little while.
When they got there, Scott lost it and is about to kill Ray with an axe but Ray is the one with the gun so Scott is shot and died. Both Ray and Zoe continue to get the cash and as Ray got it, Zoe chops the rope off trapping Ray in the hole without the suitcase. Zoe then is about to drive off which didn’t work out since Ray has the keys so the episode ends with Zoe walking off an archive footage of Alfred Hitchcock bids farewell and to come back for the next episode.
It’s not bad and is fairly short in 23 minutes. It has a very minimal cast and is straightforward from start to finish so if you like a road trip thriller, this is up your alley and it’s not just Jeff that acts well as an antagonist but Tim and Darlanne acted well and it’s worth it as written and directed by a certain David Chase that went on to something like being the creator of some show called The Sopranos. Uh, you might have heard of it. It won some awards and stuff.
Okay, that does it all for today and tomorrow, it’s still Jeff Fahey in the eighties and oh what kind of eighties nostalgia am I about to look at. Yeah, we’re going to Miami for next one.
November 20, 2017 § Leave a comment
About time I’m getting into this and yeah, it’s a bit late to start but dammit, I promise to get back to this so here we go. Now to start off with, this is a good way to explain a bit about Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week since this focuses on his Television work minus TV movies whether it’s his main or guest performances only. And it’s possible I might not do all of those as well tracking down because maybe it’s hard-to-find or only aired once which this one is a major example since not only is One Life To Live his acting debut but there’s several episodes of the show that not only I manage to find two with him in it but information is somewhat complicated to check. Also, I’m not a fan of daily soap opera shows.
Suffice to say, I did used to watch something like Neighbors or E-Street but no, I don’t care about Days of Our Lives, General Hospital (unless James Franco is in it) or this one so this might be the only time I look into the show and move along to better stuff. And the worst part about this is me looking at two episodes of this show might be a “review” in quotes because I don’t honestly know what’s going on or care about what’s going on. This month is starting off with me looking at something with Jeff Fahey that I don’t give a damn about so how am I gonna review this in proper? The answer is I don’t honestly know.
The first episode I’m looking at is presumably aired in September 3, 1982 and it involves a planned sabotage of the movie Blood Moon with Marco Dane (Gerald Anthony) as the director. There is honestly not much to synopsis really since I don’t really know what’s going on but Gary Corelli (Jeff Fahey) is noted as one of the suspects plus he’s related to Marco. The only episode that get out of me is that Gary felt like he wants to run away from what’s going on and he’s acting a bit like a Revhead. He probably didn’t since well, there’s another episode I’ll look at in a second but long story short, he is not responsible for stopping the movie.
As for the second episode (presumably aired in September 10, 1984), it’s now a murder mystery of sorts with a couple being married. There is honestly a little plot involving Gary since he only shows up in one scene about to have a date but as for anything else, one of the suspects is being questioned and a news reporter is about to have an affair with a millionaire. Also, there’s a paper mentioning the mob is a very specific “previously on” esque detail so it’s assuming I should catch up on this.
It may be a rough start to this week but at least the four days doesn’t involve this show. It does gain a fact that maybe I won’t look at everything Jeff stars in and it is for the best that I won’t review One Life To Live again. These types of soap are not for me and I can see the noted cliché here and there. Jeff is fine but he doesn’t really do much in these two episodes so yeah, this is best suited for fans of the show and that’s it.
I do apologize if this is how I reviewed but tomorrow, at least I’m starting to look at something self-contained and not going so stay tuned.
October 31, 2017 § Leave a comment
Before I get to another Bibleman adventure, I should explain on when I’ll ever get back to Lookback series that doesn’t involve the hero and it is a good question but the thing is that I’m already planning two things next month and there’s Christmas after it and then Janu-Fahey so the sad answer is not this year but in truth, I am planning to end it since my purpose was to look at ones within 2010 timeframe. As for reviews focusing on material I reviewed in 2011 and beyond, not promising anything but maybe someday. Also, I am feeling a bit burned out after all this so my ideal experiment should have been a single year thing but three years? It is too much that the only Asylum movie I reviewed this is a Sharknado sequel (and still, a good one at best).
But hey, I want me some Bibleman action and this one is something because I kid you not when I’m gonna say this. When I reviewed past episodes, I only go towards various online sources like YouTube and this year made me found plenty. This episode however is from a VHS copy I have actually own. Yeah, of all the Bibleman episodes I reviewed and will review in the future, this is the only one I got on video. I may collect crap every now and then but why do I buy this along with the first movies in Apocalypse series is beyond me.
On to this episode, so Miles and Coats were preparing to leave after spending their time in the auditorium for “Clean is Cool” anti-drug campaign but after they left, Dr Fear (Brian Lemmons) and Ludicrous (Andrew Hicks) entered and replaced the two buttons with identical ones to cause whoever wore those to experience them being crippled by fear and anxiety. The buttons obviously falls to Miles but it also falls to student and basketball player Curt (Brad Sikes) during the event which involves a swing revival band and Bibleman dancing. I am not kidding about the last part.
Bibleman is experiencing his own fears whether it’s being interviewed on public access television or having nightmares of losing Coats in a tragic event while Curt has his with being a failure at basketball. It doesn’t take long before Bibleman and Coats discovered what’s going on and in usual Bibleman episode fashion, the hero fought against Dr Fear and Ludicrous so it’s another episode that’s similar to previous ones. Something tells me this episode was originally set up to be Anti-Drug message but it didn’t deliver since the main focus is fear itself and that’s just awkward. I’ve seen comic stories that comes across as a Anti-Drug PSA and at times it delivered but will there be Bibleman fighting against the war on drugs? Probably not.
Despite its loose message, it is a fairly okay episode but uses the copy-and-paste as usual. It has some interesting parts like the appearance of Dr Fear’s colleagues D.I.R.T. (all played by The Supertones, Scarecrow and Tinmen respectively) and how Ludicrous acts like Theodore Logan but if he joined the New Romantics movement instead of Hard Rock.
It probably is the closest thing to Halloween review as there ever could this year but it’s less scary and more mediocre so eh, another episode down. Oh, and one other thing I should bring up is that it has a new theme. I’ll discuss that on next episode but uh, I need to catch up on stuff and fast so until then.
October 18, 2017 § Leave a comment
So getting into another “Early Thoughts On” article and as much as I have my say on Heathers being rebooted as a television series, that is a little thing compared to something that is so much worth bitching about that it caused my schedule to delay for a few weeks. Admittedly, I also suffer personal problems which I won’t get into but other than that, it has been a while since I am hating on a theatrical reboot in the same anger I have when I saw Total Recall. Before I get to the reboot, I perhaps should start on the basis of it which is the original Death Wish movie franchise.
Now the first Death Wish movie was released in 1974 as based on a novel by Brian Garfield. Despite some changes to the source material, it became a surprise hit that it gained four sequels including the last one which is compared to The Dead Pool in that it has campiness right down to Paul Kemsey killing one of the criminals by using a remote-controlled exploding soccer ball. In my personal opinion, I liked those five movies and it’s just plain fiction involving vigilantism even right down to the ridiculousness of the last one.
And despite Brian’s displeasure, he did wrote a second novel called Death Sentence which focused on his take on Paul Kemsey that differed from his theatrical counterpart. Which in a way is funny since the novel became a loose basis of the movie starring Kevin Bacon, equally good if I should add my personal opinion. So yeah, I like the Death Wish series and like Death Sentence adaptation and like I said, it’s just fiction that might had its own political commentary that didn’t impact me. So now what do I had to say about the upcoming reboot starring Bruce Willis? I should say that I prefer to watch Hudson Hawk instead.
Really, this movie is a bad idea from the get-go and made in a more difficult time in terms of politics and recent happenings like the shooting in Las Vegas. It also a major development hell since it began back in 2006 with Sylvester Stallone tapped to direct and star in it but left due to creative differences. And then Joe Carnahan comes in to give his take with Liam Neeson and Frank Grillo set to star, he left but his script is left behind with Gerardo Naranjo replacing the filmmaker. And then he left and got replaced by Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado. And then they left due to not have their script rewrites allowed by the studio so now we have Eli Roth as the definitive director for this. So Eli Roth is directing the remake, yeah, that’s already a no-no for me.
The reason why is I actually dislike Eli and I have seen Cabin Fever and the first two Hostel movies to know my dislikeness. Even his acting chops didn’t help so I have to wonder why the guy who gave us the meaning of “torture porn” be the guy to remake Death Wish. And the obvious answer might be because money and MGM really are desperate to piss Brian Garfield in this day and age but they also didn’t expect to piss everybody off as well which thanks to the trailer release, everybody lost it big time and throw political rants at it. I have never seen anything like this but this movie might be so bad that it’s not because of Eli Roth but because of politics.
And Bruce Willis as Paul Kersey who’s now a doctor instead of architect because… just because! He is not fitted as the character, he may be a well-known action hero but I do have to confess and say this, Bruce Willis hasn’t been a good star in a long while. Yeah, he might have good roles every now and then but after Get Free or Die Hard and the Red series plus his attitude which caused him to get fired from The Expendables 3, he is already not the same Bruce Willis we cheered back in the 1980s and 1990s. And he is now doing movies for paychecks so really, how low can he go when a DVD set of movies we didn’t know he starred in is in the bargain bin section.
The supporting cast is puzzling as well. We get Vincent D’Onofrio as his brother Frank, a character not in previous franchises unless one can count that this is a reiteration of Detective Frank Ochoa from the first two movies. Dean Norris and Kimberly Elise are in the case as Detective Rains and Jackson respectively which is not much but Dean did explain he likes being typecast as authority-led characters so at least he’s doing something after the cancellation of Under The Dome. Mike Epps and Elisabeth Shue is in this but I can tell that their roles are hardly gotta be used even for Shue whose character is gonna get killed off so Elisabeth, you were in Leaving Las Vegas so how could you say yes to a movie in which your role is shorter than the others.
The last actor I should add is Beau Knapp as the main villain of the piece and well, he might do good since any actor who plays a villain in Death Wish series has some memorability. Jeff Goldblum and Lawrence Fishburne are notable examples and Michael Parks as well for the last movie so off all the casting calls, I think the only positive is the villain of this and that is gonna sad if I’m gonna predestined to hate the movie where the only good thing is the bad guy.
I mentioned development hell earlier and what I’m gonna say is not helping much matter but last week, the movie that was scheduled to be released next month is now moved to March of next year. Now it might because of the shooting that I brought up earlier, the studio make a right decision on delaying the movie to a later date. But to be honest, I think it should be delayed indefinitely instead because the world is right now in a dangerous place and I dislike shootings but what would happen if there’s another one coming up, would the studio delay it again? I don’t know but outside of my dislikeness on the material and the cast, I think this movie should be cancelled or have a quieter release.
Everybody has already ranted on this and many are triggered by its content so if I were in a studio, I would burn the copy of it and not let it see the light of day. Then again, my words wouldn’t work anyway because in the end, we all know Hollywood is being Hollywood and will continue to be that way even after the recent Harvey Weinstein controversy so I’m a unpaid reviewer whose say is not gonna help fix the issue of this movie and everything else. I might speak my opinion but it’s not gonna start world peace or similar, I’m just one man bitching about the movie and the way the world works right now. So to end this topic, the only thing I should say is uh, wait for The Punisher to come out instead. I think I became a hypocrite after saying that but again, it’s fictional vigilantism plus Netflix is being good with Marvel stuff… except maybe Iron Fist! I think I should get to reviewing now.