Rolf

teacher and film (list) buff,
loves Columbo
70s Italian Euro Crime & Michael Mann
GGTMC & Row Three & Silva and Gold

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  • Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown

    Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown

    ★★

    Four troubled young men are trained by Michael Jai White for an underground MMA tournament...
    As much as I can tolerate MMA porn (apparently this starred some actual 'stars' of that sport) I could not handle the 'drama' NEVER BACK DOWN 2 attacked me with. It was a knock out. No chance for me.
    Calling the plot 'soap operatic' is an insult to any soap opera. It's the absolute worst in here. A screenplay written for ten year olds and…

  • Black Eagle

    Black Eagle

    ★★

    A plane with some laser devices crashed into the sea. Now the Russians and the Americans try to capture that device...
    And lots of boring spy stuff ensues. So, yeah we've got Sho Kosugi and JCVD working for the opposing forces here but nothing much is made of that. In fact most of the time BLACK EAGLE feels like a Maltese travelogue. Yes, the scenery is nice but nothing much happens. We get the occasional 'guy-being-followed-and-try-to-shake-his-followers-off' stuff and of course…

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  • Marked for Death

    Marked for Death

    ★★★

    While visiting his little sister and her family Steven Seagal gets involved with the local Jamaican mob who mark him for death!!!
    I never wasn't a big fan of that Voodoo trend that ruled the late 80s/ early 90s genre cinema. So this is basically PREDATOR 2 minus the Predators unless you count Seagal as one. He's John Hatcher, an FBI (?) agent on vacation as he cannot take the shit that comes with his job anymore. Instead he likes…

  • Vengeance

    Vengeance

    ★★★★★

    After his son-in-law and grandchildren are murdered by triads Costello (Johnny Hallyday) promises his daughter who survived the hit badly injured to avenge the act. He seeks out hitmen to help him as he suffers from increasing memory loss which will complicate things for him...
    After having watched VENGEANCE a second time I now am happy to say that I finally - after six years - found a new entry for my top 10 movies of all time. VENGEANCE for…