Saturday, November 15, 2014

Synchronized Hynosis - Exorcist 2




Well, I'm diving right into this film. I had planned to watch this during October, but I am kind of glad I waited so I can really give this a good bit of my attention and try to find some value in it. I decided that a brand new look at the film was in order. I remember renting this on VHS a few years ago after quite a considerable absence. I recall not exactly coming away all that thrilled about what I had to endure. Still, I'm willing to give it another shot regardless of how I have felt in the past and its rep as an absolute turkey.


The chanting at the beginning of Exorcist II: The Heretic as the credits came across the screen was more than  a little unnerving I must admit. Kind of made my skin crawl.



I guess Richard Burton must have asked himself during the making of this film if sacrificing for Equus to star in Exorcist II was worth it. I can only imagine he never expected to be in a film like this towards the end of his career. I guess he just gobbled the booze and dealt with it the best he could.

Burton's priest faces a difficult exorcism
 Does he have faith to do the job?




Burton's priest is commissioned, much to his dismay, to verify what exactly happened to Father Merrin in regards to the Reagan exorcism case. While Burton is tortured in "God's silence" he still believes the soul of Regan could be threatened of evil while Louise Fletcher's "mind doc" feels her mind has been "diseased" and that her situation derives from mental trauma not spiritual.











Reagan is fascinated by a priest interested in her present condition

Despite the silly looking head gear and idea of “synchronized hypnosis”, it does provide Exorcist fans with an answer as to how Merrin perished. I mean, it was kind of obvious in the previous film that his heart was weak and this battle against the Devil involving Reagan’s mortality and soul exhausted him beyond his capabilities at such an advanced age. But it does allow the “science verses religion” theme to be explored which I have always found worth pursuing creatively in plot. You have “it” which Burton insists still remains and could return at any time while Fletcher looks at Reagan’s condition as a mental trouble that can be cured through scientific “therapy”.

 










The visuals of the past and present at odds with Fletcher’s life in danger as her physical body was imitating that of Merrin’s fate I did find rather striking. Fletcher barely surviving thanks to the efforts of those understanding her dilemma and not remembering, allowing her to maintain her belief that everything going on with Reagan isn’t spiritual but psychological, you can sense the frustration of Burton who continues to debate that evil hasn’t gone away but remains. The convergence of that fateful night where Merrin fought and lost his fight against evil and how Fletcher was in a similar place as he really impressed me, I must admit. That whole battle there, where science allows for evil to possibly murder the scientist, fascinated me.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Passionate Intentions




Passionate Intentions (2015) added 7/17/16
First off, let's just get this out of the way: Ash Hollywood is a feast for the eyes. She shags the same guy in pretty much the same series of positions (Daniel Hunter, as her husband, Greg) over three times and because she simply knows how to move that body and express how good it feels, it never tires to see her work the screen. This is a mean-spirited softcore outing from MRG which includes staples quite familiar with the smut genre: adultery, greed, and blackmail. Ash stars as Lisa, soon to gain a trust fund worth a pretty penny. Greg works out of a rather condo-looking office, with an assistant named Maggie (softcore mainstay, Michelle Maylene) worried about her secretarial job once Lisa gains the money will be in jeopardy. Instead of just seducing Greg, Maggie also wants to blackmail him so she can get some of that trust fund money. An opportunity to do so comes when Greg listens on at a private conversation between Lisa and her best friend, Deirdre (Adriana Chechik). Deirdre speaks on a lesbian encounter (too rushed for my tastes as the two ladies are hurried to get all the usual spots in during maybe four minutes) while Lisa mentions a fantasy regarding making whoopee with an art student she knows (she attends a painting class)…Greg happens on the story as Lisa is in the middle of telling it, so the guy (instead of just confronting her about it) assumes he's been cheated on. So he flies over to Maggie's and the two waste little time undressing and getting jiggy with it. Maggie records it and soon threatens to use it against Greg. Well, Lisa learns of the infidelity and returns the favor to Greg by actually bopping the very chiseled art student she had a fantasy about! Not only that, Lisa tells Greg their marriage is over even though he mistakenly assumed she had cheated on him first. Talk about an up and down day! Jon Fleming is Maggie's lover, Tommy, completely okay with her screwing Greg because of the payday they assume will come after recording it! 

Maylene has the "sitting on the lap of some lucky guy, as she gyrates her lower torso" act down to a science. It would actually seem painful if actually performed in one of her typical hardcore hetero sex performances, but in a softcore film seeing her petite body moving athletically as she moans approvingly with her partner it doesn't get old to me anyway. But Ash is the babe I paid all my attention to in this film, and I think her best sex scenes involve the art guy who has little to do in the overall plot except show how the long stay in the gym has helped his physique. I think it might have been that Ash enjoyed working with him more than Daniel, but her best scene (with Daniel) which involved a surprise sexual embrace in the kitchen between Lisa and Greg was certainly memorable…her wearing a nice black dress, not used to an aggressive Greg wanting dessert (mad at her for the supposed adultery, right after screwing Maggie), their final sex scene together has a bit more electricity that the first two. Ash should see more softcore time I imagine in the future. One complaint: I would have loved to see Lisa enact her revenge by sleeping with Dierdre (both are known to appear in lesbian hardcore videos, so that wouldn't seem to be a problem they'd object to). We only get one brief scene with Adriana, and she has too nice a naked body to be misused (there could have been one of the sex scenes between Greg and Lisa & Maggie and Tommy cut so that she could get one more scene in, preferably with Lisa) as she is. I thought the final scene, where Lisa had wanted Greg to leave their home and brings back to her couch the artist, is pretty arousing due to its flippant nature…the way Lisa seems enthusiastic and so spirited during the sex scene would indicate the adultery just gave her a reason to fulfill her fantasy, with little guilt in totally enjoying every last minute of it. Begging the artist to get her panties off quick, a face full of delight, Lisa seems free whereas while in her marriage to Greg she was oppressing her innermost sex kitten.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

John Wick


Wick's rage is fueled.
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My review for my Imdb account...



I’ll say this about John Wick, this sure wasn’t boring! The plot set up is ridiculous and laughable. A dog’s death--and animal lovers may just get behind this (me realizing this as I write it)--fuels the rage of a former hitman named John Wick (Keanu Reeves in a role tailor made for him), known to as the man you call to “kill the boogeyman”. Wick had left behind a trail of dead bodies, a life where he perfected the art of the execution. A man he worked for, a Russian crimelord named Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist, of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series), unfortunately has an entitled punk kid named Josef (Alfie Allen; Game of Thrones) who seems to look for trouble and has been coddled by his pops to the point that he is burdened to clean up his messes. When Josef sees John parked by a gas tank pumping for a 69 Mustang, he wants it and, along with a couple of his crook cronies, home invade Wick, taking the keys of the car and killing his cute pet dog (purchased for John by his dying wife as a parting gift so he wouldn’t be all alone). So Wick, furious and seething with rage, will wage a one-man war against any of Viggo’s hired thugs and hitmen (or hitwoman as one case arises) that gets in his way of executing Josef. Because Josef is such a creep, seeing him narrowly escaping Wick who must destroy an army of Russian henchmen, it is hard to imagine even Viggo would be so inclined as to relinquish so much in favor of saving that piece of human excrement he must endure as a son. Yet family means something…until Wick has a machine gun pointed Viggo's direction! When Wick destroys a vault (hidden within a church that is a cover for all his compiled black mail docs and dirty money) that is precious to Viggo, the heat is on.

Viggo hires Willem Dafoe’s Marcus to take out Wick, but he instead winds up rescuing him twice from narrow demise. Dafoe, just to tell you, is rather wasted in his role, but with Ian McShane (as the owner of an exclusive hotel for a particularly criminal clientele), Bridget Moynahan (as the wife who dies from cancer, supposedly “taken by God because of Wick’s life of murder for money”), and John Leguizamo (as the owner of a car shop that seems to operate illegal chop shopping) all make brief appearances as folks Wick encounters or knows. McShane’s character has eyes and ears that could very well assist Wick on his journey because rules within his “Continental” were not met (Adrianne Palicki of the Friday Night Lights television show is a hitwoman who accepts a contract that would urge her to break the code held for anyone within the confines of the hotel to not practice within this “safe zone”) and it was because of Viggo this was usurped. So Wick has friends that will help him on his mission.

With plentiful gun violence and lots of John Woo-stylized gunplay within martial arts and hand-to-hand combat, “John Wick” rarely takes a breath once it gets going. It starts dramatically and once Josef does what he does, the film takes off and remains a body count actioner the rest of the way. With a determined face that has a lot of pissed off aggression barely contained, Reeves recovers some of that old action star mojo that was missing in the big budget flop, “47 Ronin”. The film does absolutely nothing new…simply put, Reeves, with guns, fighting skills, knives, and speed, cuts a swath through a lot of men, leaving a mess of bodies in his wake. I think the first major sequence—in Wick’s home when Viggo sends some men to kill him—shows Wick kill about 20 men in like three or four minutes. Oh, just wait until you see him in the Red Circle club…Viggo has a lot of bought “protecting bodyguards” that service the film as gun fodder. Not to let cars go to misuse, we see lots of vehicular carnage where men don’t fare well as open targets on foot (or inside the car). It doesn’t matter if men are up close or at a distance, Wick can put down targets with relative ease and barely flinch. It is like watching a shoot-em up video game. Wick is a bad ass who drops human targets of all shapes and sizes from all directions. You enter his orbit or within his line of sight (and are an enemy threatening his mission), your ass is grass. If this is of interest to you, check the film out. Don’t expect to receive a cerebral dramatic work of art…this ain’t it. But Wick will not only shoot you in the eyeball or forehead, he'll make sure to punch you in the larynx or break your arm before doing so. Oh, and you would think criminal scum would have learned from Chuck Norris movies...don't mess with man's best friend because when you do, you will die.


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