The Best Of “The Last…”: EPISODE VI

So…

…What’s On Tap For Today?

THE LAST EXORCISM

THAT’S WHAT!

😀

I’m Sure There Are A Few Of Y’all Out There Who Are Saying…

“WHY THIS FLICK?!”

…And I’m Sympathetic To Your Questioning.

This Flick…

…Odd As It May Sound…

…Truly Resonated With Me.

Honestly…

…It IS A Fun FUN Flick.

.Period.

I Have NEVER Been A Fan Of The Ole “Shaky-Cam” Flicks.

I Have A VERY Weak Stomach And Get Nauseated VERY Easily.

I’m Perfectly Fine With All The Blood & Gore In Flicks…

…But I CANNOT STAND For The Camera To Be Shaking All Over The Place.

Nevertheless…

THE LAST EXORCISM

…Is A Rare Exception.

It’s A Flick, But It’s Shot As A Documentary.

And I Sincerely Feel This Flick Is Made BETTER By The Use Of The “Shaky-Cam” Fo SHO!

PATRICK FABIAN

…Is…

COTTON MARCUS

…A Reverend Who Is Allowing A Documentary Film Crew To Film The Last Exorcism He Plans To Do In His Career.

He’s A “Professional” In The Field Of Exorcising Devilish Demons From Innocent Souls.

EXCEPT…

…He’s Actually A Personally-Devout NON-BELIEVER…

…And He’s A Brilliant “Showman” When It Comes To Making Others BELIEVE He’s Really Exorcising Demons!

The Catch To The Whole Flick…

…Is…

…The Young Girl He’s Supposed To Be Aiding With His Talent For Exorcism…

…Is…

…ACTUALLY POSSESSED!!!

😀

I Found This Flick To Be SMART And INTERESTING…

…And Honestly Quite ORIGINAL.

It’s Not The Best Exorcism Flick I’ve Ever Seen…

…But It Is Entertaining Enough To Hold AND Keep My Interest.

It’s Well Acted.

It’s Well Directed.

And It’s Co-Produced By…

ELI ROTH

…The Mastermind Behind Horror Flicks Like…

CABIN FEVER

HOSTEL

&

HOSTEL: Part II

😀

So…

…I Say Give This One A Shot, My Peeps.

See What You Think.

You MIGHT Actually ENJOY It.

MIGHT Being The Key Word, Of Course.

😉

The Best Of “The Last…”: EPISODE V

For This One…

…We’re Going HORROR/THRILLER!!!

Can You Guess It???

Do You Know What It Is???

Think, My Peeps!!!

Think Think Think!!!

Awe…

…YOU GOT IT!!!

That’s Right, Kiddies…

…Today We’re Talkin’…

SEAN S. CUNNINGHAM’s

…Production Of…

WES CRAVEN’s

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

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So What Could I Say That Hasn’t Been Said Before?

This Flick Has Been Reviewed To DEATH…

(Pun Totally Intended)

…And I Know That.

So…

…Instead Of Reviewing It…

…I’m Going To Touch-Upon The First Time I Actually Watched It.

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

…Honestly…

…Truly…

…FREAKED-MY-ASS-OUT The First Time.

I Had Honestly NEVER Seen Anything Like It.

It Blew Me Out Of The Water, As They Say.

When It Begins…

…It Tells You That What We’re Watching ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!!

T’is Based On A True Story…

…With The Names And Locations Being Changed, Of Course.

What Got Me, Though, Was How Realistic It Felt.

It Was More Like Watching A Lavishly Produced Snuff-Film, Ya Know?

SURE YOU DO!!!

😉

I’ve Been A Fan Of BOTH…

SEAN S. CUNNINGHAM

…And…

WES CRAVEN

…For As Long As I Can Remember…

(And I Can Remember So SO Much)

...BUT…

…I’ve Also Always Been A Fan Of…

DAVID HESS

…Who Is The Psycho Leader Of The Baddies In…

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

.Period.

I Became A Fan Of His As A Child When I First Saw…

SWAMP THING

…Another Film By…

WES CRAVEN

…That I Truly Love And Enjoy.

When It Comes To…

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

…You’ve Seriously Got To Be IN-THE-MOOD To Pop It On.

It’s A Flick I’ve Seen A Dozen Times (or more)…

…Yet Its Impact Continues To Remain Steady And True.

It’s A Harsh Flick…

…And It’s NOT Something You Break-Out When The Squeamish Are Watching With You.

It’s Disturbing.

It’s Brutal.

It’s A Classic.

If You’ve Seen It, You TOTALLY Get What I’m Saying.

If You’ve NOT Seen It, You TOTALLY Should.

Just Don’t Break It Out When You’re Watching Movies With Your Grandma.

Just Sayin’.

😉

😀

The Best Of “The Last…”: EPISODE IV

Today, My Peeps…

…We’re Going To Touch-Upon A Nifty Little BIOPIC

..Namely…

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

(2006)

…Starring…

(The OSCAR WINNER For BEST ACTOR For HIS PERFORMANCE In THIS FILM)

FOREST WHITAKER

…And…

JAMES McAVOY

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I Knew Going Into This Flick That If…

FOREST WHITAKER

…Was Serious About The Role Of Ugandan Dictator…

IDI AMIN

…He’d Seriously Do It Some Justice.

WAS I EVER RIGHT!!!

WOW!!!

And…

…Apparently…

…The OSCAR Voters Felt The Same Way.

I Also LOVE…

JAMES McAVOY

…Regardless Of His Role…

…Though In This Flick…

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

…I Felt He, Too, Was Spot-On.

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The Film Is BASED On The RISE And FALL Of Ugandan-Dictator…

IDI AMIN

…During The 1970s.

JAMES McAVOY

…Is…

DR. NICHOLAS GARRIGAN

…A Young Doctor Who Has Come To Uganda To Escape His Overly-Conservative Parents…

…While Practicing His Craft Helping The Local Community.

After Lending Assistance And Aide To…

IDI AMIN

…Following A Car-Accident…

…The Young Doctor Becomes Swallowed-Up In The Goings-On Of The Dictator…

…And Then Eventually Becomes AMIN’s Personal-Physician.

GARRIGAN Becomes Blinded By The Charisma And Charm Of The Dictator…

…Not Noticing (Until He Is Forced To Do So) The Horrors AMIN Is Bringing To The Local Populace.

*** *** *** *** ***

It May Be A Fictitious Re-Telling Of Factual Events…

…But…

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

…Is A Wildly Mesmerizing Film.

It’s One Of THE VERY BEST FILMS Of The Past DECADE…

…Without A Doubt And Fo SHO!

FOREST WHITAKER

…Really Does Give Everything He’s Got Into Playing The Mad-Man-Dictator…

…And I Sincerely Felt He DID Deserve His ACADEMY AWARD.

.Period.

I’ve Always Been A Fan Of His…

…But THIS PERFORMANCE Was Pretty Damned BRILLIANT.

If You’ve Seen It…

…We LIKELY See Eye-To-Eye.

If We Don’t?

Eh, Such Is Life.

If You’ve NOT Seen It…

…You Really REALLY Need To Make The Time For It.

I Have Yet To Watch It With Anyone Who Wasn’t Blown-Away By The Quality Of The Performances AND The Story-Telling.

Biopics ALWAYS Hinge On The Performances Of The Leads.

Will They Make Me BELIEVE I’m Watching The REAL Person???

In THIS Instance…

…I So SO BELIEVED.

.PERIOD.

It’s Almost One Of Those Times When You Say…

“WOW, This Dude Was MEANT To Play This Dude.”

After You Watch It…

…Try To Think Of Anyone Else Who Could Have Pulled-It-Off.

It’s A Tough Chore, Fo SHO, My Peeps!

😉

The Best Of “The Last…”: EPISODE III

Today…

…I’m Doin’-Up The Flick Most Of Y’all Were Already Expecting:

THE LAST BOY SCOUT

(1991)

…Starring…

BRUCE WILLIS

…And…

DAMON WAYANS

!!! !!! !!!

The Tagline???

("THE GOAL IS TO SURVIVE.")

😀

That Alone Makes Me Wanna Watch It!

How’z ’bout Y’all?!?

Yeah…

…I Figured You’d Wanna Watch It, Also.

😉

Directed By…

TONY SCOTT

(Who Also Directed TWO (2) Of My Other FAVE-FAVES: "CRIMSON TIDE" and "MAN ON FIRE"!!!)

…With A Screenplay…

…Written By…

SHANE BLACK

(The Writer Of "LETHAL WEAPON" and Co-Writer Of "MONSTER SQUAD"!!!)

…And…

…Co-Produced By ULTRA-Producer…

JOEL SILVER

(Do I Even Have To Make Mention Of What He's Done? It Could Take DAYS!!! Alright... The "LETHAL WEAPON" Series, The "DIE HARD" Series, The "THE MATRIX" Series, Etc Etc Etc!!!)

…It’s Hard To Deny That…

THE LAST BOY SCOUT

…Had The MEGA-Chops To Flex…

…And Was One Of The Most FUN Action Flicks Of The 1990s.

.Period.

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THE LAST BOY SCOUT

…Is…

…A Classic “Buddy-Flick”…

…And…

…An “Action-Dramedy”…

…Centering Around…

BRUCE WILLIS

…As A Burned-Out Private-Detective…

…Who Has Just Taken Over The Duties Of Protecting A Young Stripper…

…Played By…

HALLE BERRY

…After Her Former Protector Was Blown-Up In His Car!!!

Her Boyfriend…

…Played By…

DAMON WAYANS

…Is An EX-PRO-Quarterback…

…Who Isn’t Taking To Kindly To Her New Protector.

But When She Gets Killed-Off…

WILLIS & WAYANS

…Become An Unlikely-Duo…

…Trying To Figure-Out W.T.F. Is Going On…

…And…

…WHY?!?

The Results Are The Meat And Potatoes Of…

THE LAST BOY SCOUT

!!! !!! !!!

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If You’ve Seen It Before…

…I Hope You Liked It.

If You’ve NOT Seen It Before…

GET WITH IT, SLACKER!!!

😉

THE LAST BOY SCOUT

…Has Been A Personal FAVE-FAVE Since My First Viewing…

…And I’ve Had A Copy In The Ole Collection For The Bulk Of The Past 20-YEARS!

It’s One Of Those ’90s Flicks That Has Yet To Get Old To Me.

And…

…Honestly…

…That’s A GREAT Thing!!!

In Fact…

…I Think NOW Would Be A FINE Time To Give-It-A-Go!!!

Wouldn’t You Agree, My Peeps?!?

SURE YOU WOULD!!!

😀

The Best Of “The Last…”: EPISODE II

Today, My Peeps…

…We’re Going With Another Personal FAVE…

…That Really Didn’t Get Half The Acclaim It Truly DESERVED.

Today, We’re Discussing…

THE LAST CASTLE

(2001)

!!! !!!

This Flick…

THE LAST CASTLE

…Boasts A Pretty Strong Cast/Crew…

…Including…

…Stars…

ROBERT REDFORD

&

JAMES GANDOLFINI

&

MARK RUFFALO

&

DELROY LINDO

…Director…

ROD LURIE

(SIDE NOTE: ROD LURIE Directed Another Personal Fave "THE CONTENDER" (2000) Starring JOAN ALLEN, GARY OLDMAN and JEFF BRIDGES)

…And The Score Was Done-Up By Score-MASTER

JERRY GOLDSMITH

!!! !!!

ROBERT REDFORD

…Stars As…

EUGENE IRWIN

…A Recently Court-Marshaled ARMY LIEUTENANT-GENERAL…

…Who Has Just Arrived As The Newest…

…And Most Famous…

…INMATE At A MAXIMUM-SECURITY Military Prison.

JAMES GANDOLFINI

…Stars As…

COLONEL WINTER

…The Prison’s Quietly Sadistic WARDEN.

COL. WINTER Is In Awe Of GEN. IRWIN…

…And Has No Issues With Expressing Said Awe…

…Until He Overhears GEN. IRWIN Does NOT Feel The Same Way About Him…

…Nor Soldiers Like Him.

(SIDE NOTE: COL. WINTER Is A Desk-Jockey, And Has NEVER Been IN Nor AROUND Combat, Yet Speaks Of His Love For BATTLE And Its HISTORY, Something GEN. IRWIN Does NOT Respect In Any Way.)

Once GEN. IRWIN Starts Discovering What Really Goes On Inside The Prison’s Walls, The Sparks Start To FLY!

Eventually…

GEN. IRWIN Begins To Rally The Other Inmates Into Revolt Against COL. WINTER And His Sadistic AND Murdering Ways.

The End Result Is A Battle-Royal Between…

GEN. IRWIN And The Other Inmates…

…-VS-…

…COL. WINTER And His Army Of Prison Guards!!!

!!! !!! !!!

If You’re Still Reading Me…

…Then I’m Banking On Y’all Trusting Me.

Audiences AND Critics, Alike, Were VERY SPLIT Over…

THE LAST CASTLE

…When It Was Released In Late 2001.

BUT…

…Please TRUST ME When I Say…

…I Wasn’t Split.

I Actually Took Someone ON A DATE To See This Flick In October Of 2001…

…And I LOVED IT!!!

(SIDE NOTE: I Loved THE FLICK, Not THE DATE... Just Sayin'...)

 I’ve ALWAYS Been Into…

ROBERT REDFORD

…And…

JAMES GANDOLFINI

…And BOTH Actors…

…DO A BANG-UP JOB…

…In…

THE LAST CASTLE

Fo SHO, My Peeps!!!

FO SHO, INDEED!!!

So…

…If You’re In The Mood For A Damn-Fine Prison-Drama…

…With Some Quality Stars Flexing Their Acting-Chops…

…And A GREAT Musical Score…

…Then…

THE LAST CASTLE

…MIGHT Be One You’d ENJOY!!!

That’s The Important Part, Right, My Peeps???

Everyone NEEDS/CRAVES A Little Enjoyment In Their Lives…

…DON’T THEY???

YOU BETCHA THEY DO!!!

😉

!!! !!! !!! !!! !!!

😀

The Best Of “The Last…”: A New Series!

I’ve Been Pondering This One For A Bit…

…And Finally Decided How I Wanted To Handle It.

I’m Going To Be Discussing…

…The BEST Films…

…Whose Titles Begin With…

THE LAST

…And Our First Example Is Today’s Selection…

THE LAST STARFIGHTER

(1984)

(Tagline: "He Didn't Find His Dreams... His Dreams Found Him.")

😀

I Began With This Selection For ONE GLARING REASON…

…It’s MY FAVE-FAVE!!!

😉

Of All The Flicks With The Title…

THE LAST

...For ME…

…It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than…

THE LAST STARFIGHTER

.Period.

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Alright…

…First Let Me Say This…

…YES…

…YES There ARE Many MANY Movies With A Title That Begins With…

THE LAST…”

…And I Personally Own NINE (9) Of Them!

(Quickie Examples: "The Last Boy Scout", "The Last House On The Left", "The Last King Of Scotland", etc etc etc)

But When I Stop And Think About It…

THE LAST STARFIGHTER

…Remains THE FIRST FLICK I Tend To Think Of.

.Period.

SO…

THE LAST STARFIGHTER

…Gets The Call, Today.

It Stars…

LANCE GUEST

&

DAN O’HERLIHY

&

ROBERT PRESTON

…AND…

…It Was Directed By…

NICK CASTLE

…Whom You MIGHT Remember Was…

…THE ORIGINAL ACTOR TO PLAY…

THE SHAPE

(aka “MICHAEL MYERS“)

…In The…

HALLOWEEN

…Horror Film Series!!!

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THE LAST STARFIGHTER

…Is Honestly A Pretty Simple Flick To Follow.

LANCE GUEST

…Is…

ALEX

…And He’s THE BESTEST BESTEST BESTIEST BESTEST EVER EVER At Playing An Arcade Game Called…

STARFIGHTER

!!!

The Catch Is…

…It’s NOT JUST A GAME…

…It’s AN AUDITION (of sorts).

The Game Has Been Planted All Over The Galaxy In The Hopes Of Finding Young And Talented “Players” And Turning Them Into “RECRUITS”!!!

There’s A War On.

And…

…THE WHOLE UNIVERSE COULD HANG IN THE BALANCE!!!

The “STAR-LEAGUE” Needs “STARFIGHTERS“…

…And…

ALEX

…Could Become THE BEST.

BUT…

…Following A Sneak Attack By The Bad-Guys…

ALEX

…Is Now…

…The UNIVERSE’S ONLY HOPE!!!

He’s It.

He’s…

THE LAST STARFIGHTER

!!! !!! !!!

This Flick Has ALWAYS Been A Personal FAVE-FAVE…

…And…

…When Beginning A New Series Of Anything…

…You’ve Gotta Come-Out SWINGING!!!

So Why Not Begin With The Flick That Brings About The MOST JOY?!?

EXACTLY, My Peeps!!!

GLAD WE AGREE!!!

😉