Here at The Nerds Templar, we get a lot of movies sent our way to watch. Some are new, some are older. We get Blu-rays, DVDs, online screeners and everything in between. Sometimes we just don’t have time to write a 1000 words about every movie. Sometimes the movie doesn’t deserve a 1000 words. We do like to discuss the movie though and in those situations we do articles like this, Review Round-up.
First is XXX: 15th Anniversary Edition. The third film just hit theaters and this Blu-ray anniversary release is just good timing. I hadn’t seen the film in a few years so it was nice to catch up on it. When it first came out it was over the top. It used X-Games type action with snowboards and dirt bikes. Even at just 15 years old, it does feel kind of aged. Vin Diesel steals a car and drives it off a bridge. Well they use hand held cameras and camera rigs on the car and it’s kind of funny because now it would just be 1 or 2 GoPros the size of your palm. That being said I still like the film and I’m happy to add it to my collection because I’ve never actually owned it. It’s definitely just a James Bond type film with extreme sports attention spans. There’s a hot woman, a chemical weapon, action and explosions. But I’m fine with that because that’s all I want sometimes. If you haven’t seen it in a while, check out this new edition.
Next is the original Gone in 60 Seconds. I had only seen the remake with Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie so I was happy to see this one show up. The original has some really bad acting in it, but you watch it for one reason, the epic car chase at the end. Seriously, this is one of the greatest car chases in film history. It has the speed of Bullitt with the crashes of The Blues Brothers. It has to be 20 minutes long and goes through many cities in California. If you’ve never seen it, you have to watch it. The yellow Mustang does jumps, crashes, all kinds of crazy stuff. H.B. Halicki directed and starred in the film and he was the King of Crashes. You can see he was fearless in this film because the stunt work is top-notch. You may snicker at the acting, but the stunts and car chases are fantastic.
Third is Parasites which hits digital HD January 24th. This has a Judgment Night vibe to it, but isn’t quite as good. Three college friends get lost in Los Angeles and run into a group of homeless people. The homeless kill two of them and chase after the third when he escapes. I’m not exactly sure what the filmmaker was going for here. Was he trying to make homeless people look bad? He does, especially their leader. If he was trying to show that the college guys were bad for looking down on the homeless he doesn’t accomplish that because the homeless in the film are crazy and should be feared. If he’s trying to shine light on the homeless problem, having them killing people isn’t the way to go. It just didn’t do much for me.
Next is 80’s Beat, an 8 film collection from Mill Creek. The films are: Flatliners, True Believer, The New Kids, Little Nikita, The Legend of Billie Jean, Private Resort, Life Father Like Son and Side Out. Flatliners has always been underrated in my book. There’s a remake coming out this year, but the original has a big cast of Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and more. It’s classic 80s realistic sci-fi and is the best movie here. The Legend of Billie Jean is a cult classic that if you don’t own you should. Private Resort has a very 80s Johnny Depp. Kirk Cameron and Dudley Moore star in Like Father Like Son, your classic body switcheroo story. Little Nikita has the late River Phoenix in it and a young James Spader stars in The New Kids. If you grew up on these films and don’t own them, this is a great little collection.
Also from Mill Creek is the Don’t Forget About Me Collection. This is four movies that I honestly did forget about. There’s four movies of big named 1980s celebs, but not in their biggest roles. The Freshman stars Matthew Broderick as a film student who accepts a job with a local mobster played by Marlon Brando. No Small Affair has Jon Cryer falling in love with Demi Moore after taking her photo. Fresh Horses is as 80s as you can get with Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy, but the shocker is Ben Stiller and Viggo Mortensen in a film from 1988. Last is Immediate Family with Glenn Close, James Woods, and Mary Stuart Masterson. Close and Woods want to adopt a baby and Masterson plays a teen who is pregnant, but has issues with giving away the baby. I probably haven’t seen any of these films in 25 or more years and honestly had forgotten about them.
Last is Sad Vacation another documentary on Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Did we need another documentary on the late Sex Pistol and his girlfriend? Probably not, but there is some cool old footage and interviews in it. This one seems a lot more in-depth and authentic with people who were around Sid and Nancy and were part of the punk scene then. Obviously you already know if you are interested in watching something on Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, but I did like how it was made and its vibe.