On The Line

January 30, 2018 § Leave a comment

Oh good god, why am I reviewing this movie? I mean, I didn’t expect to look at On The Line which is a movie where Lance Bass finds the love of his life while being aided by Joey Fatone, so really, how did Jeff Fahey end up in this one? Well, that’s easy. I’m actually reviewing a different movie with the same title but hey, we may not have two *NSYNC members but we do have Coolio instead. I’m not saying it as a bad thing and he was still relevant at that time. Shame really, he is an awesome rapper that should be known for anything other than that one song really.

Again, little to talk about on the director with Elodie Keene being more known for television works. The same can be said for Walter Halsey Davis with him being the writer for The Great Escape II: The Untold Story. Yeah, he’s the guy who wrote a sequel that I don’t know if somebody wanted. And Vickie Patik? Not much except she won an Emmy back in 1985. Seriously, it’s the most easy month for me to look into who wrote and direct those movies, I could even joke about Eric Bross who directed the other On The Line movie but even he has little credit to his work.

Hmm Anyway, the movie focuses primary on Jean (Linda Hamilton) whom after years on working on cases involving sexual assault and crimes, she wants to be transferred to the homicide department while caring for her son Jack (Tim Redwine). As she partners up with Dan Collins (Jeff Fahey), a group of teenagers wreak havoc in the streets robbing banks with all but one wearing afro wigs… to hide their identity that we all can see anyway?!? So Jean and Dan finds their way to stop them along with the help of other detectives Gil (Coolio), Manny (Dean Norris) and Ed (Paul Herman).

Despite that, her new work has a bit of missteps as anybody but Dan pulls prank on her for a brief time before accepting her as their colleague and her previous case is still a bit ongoing before a suspect has been captured. She also has parental problems with her son being fearful she’ll be a victim to all this. They planned to capture those teenagers which they manage to succeed and her work is done here and there so movie finish, right? Um, this is when the next part is going to a different path.

As Jean and Dan were having their drinks, Laslo (David Kagen), a drunk customer nearby shows his gun and prepares to aim at Dan. He shot him and has been shot, ending the movie with her and her friends are at a loss and Jean going to the arcade to care for his son. Honestly, if you take the last bit out, the movie would have been okay as a unsold pilot to an interesting television series. The movie is both gritty and somewhat comical with Linda and Jeff giving their all while Coolio and Dean help out as supporting casts, the story is okay with few flaws but the ending just kind of killed it since it came out of nowhere. Has Dan being played by somebody else? I still stick with what I said.

And given that I said “comical”, it’s even that in one unintentional moment of the movie where Jeff and Linda were talking in a bar while the area they are sitting in seems to be spinning around with me laughing out that their discussion was going on while we can see the background turn. It’s possibly the best part of the movie overall and while this movie is worth checking out for the plot and acting, just wait till you get to that sequence and tell me this is hilariously dumb.

Well, what a month to end this not with a bang but with the fact that I have watched a movie that contains that sequence. Well, there is other stuff to check out like more Bibleman, a bit more Lookback reviews and a couple of Zack Snyder movies (yes, I said “a couple”) so until next time.

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Curiosity Kills

January 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

Last Week, I have a look in a movie where Jeff Fahey plays a blind former police officer and mention The Sketch Artist II since that movie has Courteney Cox as a blind person so it makes sense that I’m reviewing another movie related to that by having Jeff and Courteney star in this as well. And believe me when I say that this movie is surprisingly hard to find but I found it and am looking at it anyway. Curiosity Kills is a 1990 movie starring C. Thomas Howell and this is not the only time he stars with Jeff since they later sort-of collaborate again in 1996’s The Sweeper. I say “sort-of” because yeah, they are both in it but they don’t share scenes together. Will explain that movie eventually because that one is really insane.

It’s directed by Colin Bucksey who is more known for TV works with shows like Breaking Bad and Fargo, that and he won awards for his work. The two writers of this movie also has good credits with both Joe Batteer and John Rice being best known for writing Windtalkers and Blown Away. Okay, maybe I do lie that I have more to talk about this director last week but hey, even next week’s movie has a little checking on the director and writers so this is really an easy month for me to look at who’s involved in each movie.

C. Thomas Howell plays Cat Thomas, a janitor and a photographer living his life while planning to move to Miami with his fashion model girlfriend Gwen (Courteney Cox). He and his neighbor Jane (Rae Dawn Chong) discovers their friend and neighbor Harry (Lawrence Dobkin) died by suicide in bath but when actor Matthew Manus (Jeff Fahey) moves in to Harry’s apartment, Cat is then suspicious since he discovered that Matthew is planned to move to the same apartment before Harry’s “suicide” and he and Jane investigates on whether Matthew is a good guy or not.

And obviously, Matthew is not since he’s not an actor at all but a killer who has connections even to a member of the police force. It took a long while before Cat and Jane had been found out and Matthew has to complete his job by getting Cat on the rooftop but he’s shot and Matthew’s informer (and crooked police captain) McGarrity (Richard Foronjy) appears on the scene and as Cat notices McGarrity’s cough, he is danger but Jane saved his life. The movie ends with Cat and Jane being more than just neighbors as they fell in love (and Gwen might be living in Miami or something, she left him after thinking Cat is cheating).

This movie plays out as a bit of early 90s retelling of Rear Window except that Cat is not in his wheelchair (or being house arrest like Shia’s character in Disturbia). It’s okay and they all did a good job. Jeff did play it menacingly while hiding it with his fake persona and I see C. Thomas Howell and Rae have chemistry which makes sense since they met in Soul Man and got married until after sometime after this movie is finished. There’s no minor parts except that it might be edited-for-television since that’s how I got my copy but worth checking out if possible.

Silverado

January 7, 2018 § Leave a comment

Sigh, why did I made this pic above? I wish I have more time but anyway. Last year, I mentioned that I may look at this movie eventually and ain’t it obvious that I’m looking at it today. And honestly, this is a different start since I’m looking at a movie that is made by well-known screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan who practically needs no introduction. No really, any movie I might bring up is not even worth mentioning so you know what stuff he wrote or direct. Had I review a movie by Robert Rodriguez instead? I’ll basically copy and paste those words and get on to the movie straight away so what should I say about Lawrence that hasn’t been said? Well okay, he directed Dreamcatcher and it bears my mind that he’s the one who wrote that as well so yeah, time to move on from that Stephen King adaptation.

Even this movie itself would be tough to talk about since it’s one of the well-known movies he made back in that time and has a large cast that you know of like Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Kline, John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover and even Brian Dennehy whom both he and Jeff later reunite in The Last Of The Finest. And this is probably sad enough because as much as it’s his first theatrical starring role, it’s him in a more supporting role. Basically, he plays a character that’s not a lead or secondary lead.

The movie starts off with Emmett (Scott Glenn) whom after he got ambushed by three man but survived. He decides to go to Silverado but not before he meets Paden (Kevin Kline) who’s left in the desert. They befriended each other and make a stop to a nearby town to discover that Emmett’s brother Jake (Kevin Costner) is in prison and sentenced to hanging by its town’s sheriff John Langston (John Cleese). Both Emmett and Paden encountered Mal (Danny Glover) and team-up to save Jake which they did the four formed a team that shows their friendship and survival.

After helping few settlers along the way, they arrived to the town that’s now “policed” by its sheriff and Paden’s old friend Cobb (Brian Dennehy) who has some shady history with him and his team including his right hand Tyree (Jeff Fahey) and later town arrival Slick (Jeff Goldblum). They pinpoint that he’s the one behind all this from Mal’s father being murdered to how Emmett got ambushed earlier and they bring him and his goons down before it gets worsen.

Despite the fact that Jeff hardly stars in it, it don’t matter really because this movie is indeed a western classic and made in the time when the genre is heading to its tough times with blockbuster films beginning to reign supreme. The genre managed to stood still and survive with movies like Unforgiven and Dead Man even though the genre diverges to different fields. I honestly can’t explain what’s good or bad about this movie except that it’s worth checking out. Scott Glenn sold as a lead rather than a supporting character that I seen him nowadays like Stick in Daredevil, Kevin Kline and Danny are already memorable and Kevin Costner whom I’m not much a fan of at least does well as wise cracking cowboy who has a heart.

The story is stunning, the action is well-directed and the acting is good even with John Cleese in one of his few non-comedic roles (and a much better role of his than The Day The Earth Stood Still remake if I may add). Oh, and Jeff Fahey? He’s role is minimal but good. Oddly enough, Jeff Goldblum also has a minimal role with him coming within the close of the second act and he gets top billing but maybe it’s because he became an it thing at the time with movies like The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and Transylvania 6-5000. Makes sense since he became more known in The Fly the following year.

At least next few weeks is him at least being the star of the movie but other than that, do seek this movie if you haven’t seen it and anything Lawrence has done except Dreamcatcher… uh, I don’t know he is involved in that and he shouldn’t really but at least he’s still in business and deservingly so.

Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week: Legends Of Tomorrow

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.

Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week: The Marshal

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 clichĂ©s 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.

Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week: Miami Vice

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.

Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week: Alfred Hitchcock Presents

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.

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