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Friday, March 29, 2013

Full Eclipse (1993)

 

















Starring:
  • Mario Van Peebles
  • Patsy Kensit
  • Bruce Payne
blackhorrormovies.com
Mario Van Peebles parlayed the success of theatrical releases New Jack City and Posse into...a made-for-cable werewolf movie? Maybe he was biding his time waiting for Jaws V: I'm Not Quite Dead Yet. Anyway, as silly as the premise of Full Eclipse is...is as silly as the movie actually is. Not silly "ha-ha" or silly "directed by Uwe Boll", but silly in a modest can't-turn-away train wreck sort of way. Van Peebles, he of the perpetual stubble and dangly bangs, is hammy in his own right, but when you combine him with a plot involving werewolf super cops, you just have to throw all standards of excellence out the window and take it for what it is. If nothing else, it's nice to see a black person headlining a horror film (granted, it's equal parts horror and action). I particularly got a kick out of the opening scene that reversed the typical action movie cliche of the rebellious loner (white) hero cop losing his (black) family man of a partner -- generally involving an overhead shot of the hero yelling "Nooooo!" -- when Max's (Van Peebles) recently engaged white partner gets all shot up, sending Max into a deep funk that only lycanthropy -- and a little doggy-style action -- can cure. The werewolf cops that welcome him into their pack aren't really very "wolfy" when they turn; they just bulk up all Hulk-like and grow fangs and claws -- and yet for some reason, Max still doesn't realize until near the end of the movie what's happening to him. "You're a motherfucking werewolf!" he exclaims to main baddie Garou (Bruce Payne). Werewolves aren't the swiftest.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Dangerous Ground (1997)



















Starring:
  • Ice Cube
  • Elizabeth Hurley
  • Thokozani Nkosi
IMDB.com
Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy (he was organizing against apartheid, and left in fear of his life) to bury his father. He meets up with his brother Ernest, who tells him their other brother Stephen couldn't be contacted. Vusi goes to Johannesburg to find him, but at first can only find his neighbor/girlfriend, Karin, a stripper. Vusi proceeds to learn how conditions have changed since the end of apartheid, not always for the better for black men

The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

















Starring:
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Lane Smith
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph
IMDB.com
A Florida con man uses the passing of the long time Congressman from his district who he just happens to share a name with, to get elected to his version of paradise, Congress, where the money flows from lobbyists. But soon he learns the nature of the game and decides to fight back the only way he knows how, with a con.

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