Every week the people of Super Website (Super Blog) will give you a recommendation of a Film, DVD, Bluray, Book, Soundtrack or any other item for you the readers to check out.
Super Marcey Recommends:
New to DVD and Blu-ray, is the 5th installment of the Fast And The Furious series, Fast Five. This film I think is going to be one of those awesome Sunday afternoon films. Here is a little bit from my original review from KillerFilm.com
“To really enjoy this film and feel any kind of investment you really need to be some what familiar with the series, it does help to have seen the previous entries. They do however add in some details for those who aren’t in the know or need a quick refresher. Smart move in my book, as I hadn’t seen the other films for awhile and I had almost forgotten what had happened. We also see the inclusion of characters from the previous films with Vince (Matt Schulze) from The Fast and The Furious, Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Chris ‘Ludarcris’ Bridges) from 2 Fast 2 Furious, Han (Sung Kang) from Toyko Drift and Gisele (Gal Gadot) from Fast And Furious. So you have a lot of already established characters and it is difficult to connect with them if you aren’t already familiar with them. And new characters have a little bit of build up but nothing really substantial. I enjoyed being with these characters, they are likable and fun to be around. The main villain wasn’t really explained too well, he just looked evil which I think was meant to be good enough. The coolest new character and one I definitely wanted to see more about was Hobbs.”
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Logan J. Fowler Recommends:
Face/Off is by far one of my favorite flicks. Would I call it a guilty pleasure? I don’t think I can. I don’t feel bad watching it. In fact, I could watch it all the time if I could.
Face/Off tells the story of two men, Sean Archer (John Travolta) and Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage). Many years back, Castor sets out to assassinate Archer but ends up killing Sean’s son in the process. Sean is left haunted, seeking revenge for the death of his son, so he continues to hunt down Troy years later. After an intense shootout, a series of events leaves Castor unconscious. Sean thinks he’s finally buried his past, but unfortunately for our hero, the real problem is just beginning. Seems that Troy and his brother Pollux (Alessandro Nivola) have set up a bomb to detonate in the city in a matter of days, and Sean is told in order to disarm the bomb, he must literally go undercover as Castor Troy. After an intense surgery, Sean looks and talks exactly like Castor, and he heads to the prison where Pollux is being held to get the details of the bombs disarming. Each day Seas gets closer to the truth, but a surprise visit from an old enemy in a new skin revs the film into high gear from there on out.
Face/Off has two main stars, and while I enjoyed Nicolas Cage as the crazy Castor and the mild mannered Sean, John Travolta really steals the show here. His time as Archer is all quiet and ho-hum, but once he lets loose as Castor, the actor looks and acts like he had a blast playing the bad guy. That isn’t to say that Nic Cage isn’t bad; no, he’s insanely awesome in his brief time as “the villain,” and for that matter, Face/Off is insanely quotable between both Cage’s and Travolta’s time in Castor’s shoes…err…face. In my opinion though, Travolta’s bad guy is really the flick’s highlight.
Complete with furious shoot outs, a great score, a stellar side cast, and an overall original premise, Face/Off is one hell of a fun ride. “I’M READY, READY FOR THE BIG RIDE BABY!”
Pat Torfe Recommends:
Escape From New York
Anyone who’s anyone knows what film I’m talking about. John Carpenter’s Escape From New York is a cult classic action film that brought Kurt Russell out of his Disney phase and into the badass movie star he’s largely known for today. The story goes like this: In the far-off year of 1988, the crime rate in America rises 400 percent. To counter this, the government walls off Manhattan, turning it into a maximum security prison. In 1997, when the President’s plane is brought down by the anarchist group National Liberation Front of America and the President is kidnapped by the Duke of New York, US Police Force Commissioner Bob Hauk sends in convicted felon/hardass (and former Special Forces soldier) Snake Plissken to get the President out.
Really, that’s all you need to know, other than Kurt Russell is badassness personified as Snake Plisskin. Of course, there’s more to the film than that. Escape also features the talents of Lee Van Cleef (is it just me, or does he always look like a sly motherf*cker?), Donald Pleasance as the President, Isaac Hayes as The Duke Of New York and Adrienne Barbeau showing off her cleavage (which isn’t a bad thing). These characters aren’t just cardboard, either. Carpenter develops everyone into folks you either love or hate.
John Carpenter also does his thing with the budget, achieving the intended look of New York without having the location necessarily being New York. See if you can tell which shot is in St. Louis, Chicago or Atlanta. You really can’t, because that’s how good John Carpenter is with his technique. True, while some of the shots now are kind of dated (the computer-eque radar shots of Snake gliding into New York), it’s still impressive when you consider that this was 1981 and Carpenter was still relatively new as a Hollywood director.
Any sort of criticms would be levelled at the shots that seem kind of not quite right (the airport scene, for example). Also, given that the secondary characters have been developed as well as they have, it sucks that Snake’s basically the one left standing after all is said and done. But hey, it’s Carpenter’s decision. While the Blu-Ray sports a great transfer, the best version to grab is the 2003 DVD release, which has all the goodies like commentary and a making-of. Plus it also came with a mini comic book of the film, which was decidedly just as awesome as the film. Do yourself a favour and see this film if you haven’t already, and while you’re at it, hit up the sequel, too!
Nick Bosworth Recommends: