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S.W.A.T Firefight

Posted in Action, drama, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by aliciamovie

 

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Stage 6 Films

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Benny Boom

Review Rating: 7 Obstacle Courses

Los Angeles SWAT Instructor Paul Cutler is sent to Detroit to train a SWAT group in FBI certification, but training gets a harsh dose of reality on a live response to a domestic dispute call.

You wouldn’t think they would bother with a sequel to the SWAT movie deal, considering that the first one, while fairly lauded and somewhat popular, didn’t make a whole lot of film waves; but they did. And to give the movie gods credit, it’s not half bad at all. Like, literally. Half the film is greatly watchable, and the other half, well, judge for yourself. Director Benny Boom seems to have a clear understanding that a SWAT movie needs a healthy balance of action, but also respect for all that they do, undergo, and fight for. Half the movie focuses on training under the boyish but firm hands of Gabriel Machts’ character Paul Cutler, with all manner of weapons, situations, hostage negotiations and so forth. The other half of the movie, where they attempt to toss all this nifty training into a real life situation and have the trainees go through it that way too, is rather sloppy and ill-explained. Which is unfortunate, because the bad guy in this instance is Robert Patrick of Terminator 2 fame, and he really deserved a more well-defined character. Interestingly enough, we also have another Terminator baddie, Kristanna Loken, who sadly gets all of five minutes face time before her face ends up on a wall.

Since the first SWAT movie had several noteable actors and gave the shot to a few lesser-knowns, the sequel seems to follow the same pattern. Aside from Macht, Patrick and Loken, we have several others of middling fame to round out a pretty nice-looking cast. Nicholas Gonzalez, of True Blood (that should get some attention), Anacondas and Spun note, stars as Justin Kellog, member of the team that gives Cutler the most trouble. Shannon Kane of Brooklyn’s Finest wings in as Lori Barton, the token female of the SWAT gang who of course happens to be a very fine sharpshooter and can hang with the guys all night long. Micah Hauptman, yes he was in Iron Man, stars as Richard Mundy, the somewhat methodical and contemplative member of the team. And Matt Bushell, yes he was *sigh* in Twilight, lends strength as another member of the team, Danny Stockton. Gino Anthony Pesi, of The Vampire Diaries and the newly released Battle: Los Angeles stars as Wayne Wolport, yet another teammate. And Giancarlo Esposito, who’s been in the biz since the 70’s and in everything from Do The Right Thing to CSI: Miami, gives a very fine performance as Inspector Hollander, leader of the Detroit SWAT group under Cutler’s training.

If you like gritty reality police-style dramas, this heartfelt attempt at a sequel is for you. Just bear in mind, the attempted plot has several holes; enjoy the action and try not to expect toooo terribly much. S.W.A.T. Firefight gets a rating of 7 Obstacle Courses!

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Spike Scream Awards 2009 Voting Begins

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Historical, horror, Movies, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by aliciamovie

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR “SCREAM 2009”-

“STAR TREK” TOPS LIST WITH 17 NOMINATIONS

 4th Annual Global Event Honoring The Blockbuster, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Comic Book Genres of the Year

Tapes Saturday, October 17 At The Greek Theater In Los Angeles

 “SCREAM 2009” Nominees Chosen By Advisory Board of Hollywood And Genre Leaders Including

Tim Burton, Wes Craven, Roland Emmerich, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Eli Roth,

Zack Snyder And Many More

 Two-Hour Event To Reveal Exclusive World Premiere Footage Of The Most Anticipated Releases of 2010

 Voting Begins Today Only At Scream.Spike.com

 

New York, NY, August 31, 2009 – “Resistance is futile” this October as Spike TV
<http://www.spike.com/>  presents the fourth annual “SCREAM,” the first and only
global event of its kind to honor the best in  sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic
genres.  Taping on Saturday, October 17 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA,
“SCREAM 2009” celebrates the hottest films, tv shows, comics, actors, creators,
icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped the industry.  This year’s show
will also continue the tradition of featuring exclusive World Premieres from some of
the most anticipated movies of 2010.  The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on
Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).  Presenters and musical
performers will be announced shortly.
 
“Eight out of the 10 highest grossing films of all time are in  the ‘SCREAM’ genres,
which is due to the incredible passion and loyalty of these fans,” said Casey
Patterson, executive producer of “SCREAM 2009” and senior vice president of event
production, talent development and studio relations for Spike TV.  “We’re thrilled
to once again to present the only global event honoring their heroes.”
 
Some of the nominees’ reactions include:
“Without all of the fans, the claws would have been sheathed a long time ago! 
Thank you so much,” said Hugh Jackman after hearing he was nominated for two
“SCREAM” awards and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was nominated for 13.
 
“Everyone knows it's the VILLAINS who have the most fun.  Thanks to the ‘SCREAM’
team and congrats to everyone at ‘True Blood.’  This is very exciting for the whole
show,” said Best Villain nominee and star of  HBO’s “True Blood” Alexander
Skarsgard. 
 
"Thank you for the nomination and thank you for letting me frighten you.  I look
forward to doing it again sometime soon,” said Ryan Kwanten after hearing he was
nominated for Best Horror Actor for his role as Jason Stackhouse on “True Blood.”
"Getting nominated for kissing a Vulcan is a better fate than logic," said “Star
Trek’s” Zoe Saldana after getting word she received two “SCREAM” Awards nominations
for Best Breakout Performance: Female and Best Science Fiction Actress.
J.J. Abrams’ Sci-Fi action-adventure “Star Trek” tops the list with 17 nominations
including The Ultimate Scream, Best Science Fiction Movie, Best Director, Best
Ensemble, Holy Sh*t Scene of the Year and a nod in the all-new Fight-to-the-Death
Scene of the Year category.  Comic book-inspired blockbusters “X-Men Origins:
Wolverine” and “Watchmen” each nabbed 13 nominations, while HBO’s vampire-themed
television series “True Blood” garnered nine nominations. 
Ballots were sent out to Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2009” advisory board, consisting of some
of the most respected and well-known members of the horror, sci-fi, fantasy and
comic book worlds who were responsible for advising on categories and determining
nominees in each category.  All films, television shows and comic books were deemed
eligible for inclusion if they were released between August 9, 2008 and July 15,
2009 and were representative of the genres listed.  Winners will be determined by
online voting at scream.spike.com <http://www.spike.com/event/scream2009/> .

 

 

Esteemed members of this year’s advisory board* include:

*A full list of Spike TV’s 2009 Advisory Board members can be found on spike.com.

 

Tim Burton, (writer/director/producer “Edward Scissorhands”)

Wes Craven (writer/director “A Nightmare on Elm Street”)        

Roland Emmerich (writer/producer/director, “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “2012”)

Neil Gaiman (writer/producer “Beowulf,” “Stardust,” “Mirrormask”)

Frank Miller (writer/producer/director “Sin City,” “300,” writer/producer “The Spirit”)                                      

Eli Roth (writer/producer/director, “Hostel,” “Cell”, “Cabin Fever”)         

Zack Snyder (director, “300,” “Watchmen”)

Beginning today, Monday, August 31 and continuing until Saturday, October 17 fans can vote for their favorites, as well as view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of the event, by visiting scream.spike.com.