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Martin (1978) Writer/director George Romero brings his unique vision and social commentary to the vampire mythos with this horror movie. We meet Martin (John Amplas-Creepshow) as he is being sent from the Midwest to live with his aged cousin in Pittsburgh. On the train he attacks a woman in her sleeping compartment with a drugged needle and razor blade, drinking the woman's blood, though it is not clear if he kills her. When Martin steps off the train in Pittsburgh, his cousin, the formidable Tata Cuda (Lincoln Maazel) immediately pronounces Martin "nosferatu" or undead creature. He tells Martin he is well aware of Martin's curse and that he means to stop it. Cuda's granddaughter Christine also lives with them, and she thinks Cuda is crazy because of his suspicions about Martin. However, Martin tells Christine he is 84 years old but that he has no supernatural powers, which he calls magic. The age thing seems impossible but would explain why he and the elderly Cuda are cousins. Christine doesn't believe Martin, but fears he is unstable from listening to Tata Cuda's rants. From there we watch as Martin continues to live the life of a fangless vampire, stalking people and using razor blades to drink their blood. He also takes to calling a radio talk show where he becomes a minor celebrity of the local airwaves, called the Count by the cynical host who doesn't believe anything Martin says but loves the sensationalism for his ratings. It is never clear if Martin really is or isn't a true vampire, but the distinction is kind of moot since he is definitely attacking people and drinking their blood.
|Sometimes vampires bare their fangs; Martin bears his fangs.|
16 Blocks (Warner Bros, 2006) Director Richard Donner shows he's still got it with this well done thriller. Bruce Willis is Jack Mosley, a worn out drunk marking time as a New York City cop. Although he is a detective, he's given crappy jobs babysitting crime scenes and filling in reports, and spends the bulk of his time with a bottle stashed away nearby. After pulling an all-nighter, Jack is given an assignment to transport a prisoner sixteen blocks to the courthouse to appear before a grand jury. It's a simple task, but weary and unused to being handed real responsibility of any kind, Jack begs off. Finally, he is ordered and takes the assignment. Shortly after, he meets his charge Eddie (Mos Def), a career petty criminal with a mouth that can almost match Chris Tucker's in volume (loud) and volume (lots o words). This only makes Jack wish he'd fought harder to dodge this job. Jack and Eddie take a car for the brief drive, but Jack's nerves and Eddie's non-stop monologue don't go well together, so Jack stops the car seconds into the trip outside a liquor store. When Jack drops in for some "nerve tonic," the men who have been watching and waiting move in. Jack's day hops in a handbasket and heads down to warmer climes; and before it is over, Jack will find himself threatened, chased, and shot at, and discover that even a tired old lush might have one shot at redemption if he can stop making the easy decision and instead make the right one.
|After all the incredibly loud gunplay in this movie, he was known as Totally Def.|
Breaker! Breaker! (American International Pictures, 1977) We're going back into some early Chuck Norris for this flick! Chuck plays JD, a trucker with an easygoing attitude and a heart of gold. He also has a little brother, Billy (Michael Augenstein, with a whopping two entries on the IMDB). Billy's learning to drive the big rigs like his big brother, and he sets out on a delivery of frozen TV dinners as JD winds down from the road in his usual way - dinner at the truck stop, flirting with the waitress, and topping it off with a arm wrestling match that turns into a brawl. Meanwhile, Billy finds himself diverted off the main highway by some traffic department signs and eventually detoured into a small town called Texas City. Joshua Trimmings (George Murdock - the doctor on the original Battlestar Galactica) is the town mayor, and the local judge. He's got a twisted way of collecting fines and taxes on goods that travel through his town, and soon Billy has disappeared. Of course, JD is not going to be long in following Billy's trail, and he's soon in Texas City, where he finds nearly every citizen turned against him. It's going to take some devastating roundhouse kicks and eventually a small convoy of diesel rigs to blow the lid off the corruption in Texas City and find out what happened to Billy!
|Stretch Armstrong couldn't move his body like that.|
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