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Tag [2015] Take Point [2018] Taken [2008]
Taken 2 [2012] Taken 3 [2014]
The Taking of Deborah Logan [2014] The Taking of Pelham 123 [2009]
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three [1974] Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight [1995] Tales from the Darkside: The Movie [1990]
The Task [2011] The Tax Collector [2020] Tea with the Dames [2018]
Tears of the Sun [2003] Tell Me How I Die [2016] The Terminator [1984]
Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991] Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003] Terminator 4: Salvation [2009]
Terminator 5: Genisys [2015] Texas Killing Fields [2011] Them! [1954]
There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane [2011] These Final Hours [2013] They Live [1988]
This Is the End [2013] The Thompsons [2012] Thor [2011]
Thor 2: The Dark World [2013] Thor 3: Ragnarok [2017] Thoroughbreds [2017]
Three [2016] Three... Extremes [2004] THX 1138 [1971]

The Taking of Deborah Logan [2014]


         

A crew of filmmakers intend to document the decline of Deborah Logan, an Alzheimer's patient. It doesn't take long to realize there is something far more horrific going on here. Jill Larsen is perfectly cast as 'Deb' forcing the viewer to, not once, doubt that she is the terrifying victim of something insidious. Everyone's actions are logical and extremely genuine. But the highlight is the pacing creating an anxiety filled tension that never lets up ...regardless of how prepared you are, the jump scares get you every time. Good, scary fun!

The Tax Collector [2020]


         

A 'tax collector' for a gang organization in L.A. runs into a player who plans on taking over the territory. This is a far-too-familiar and cliche story with a good deal of plot holes, unlikely scenarios, and unnecessary side trips. It's strength is in the well portrayed, fully developed characters which solidly grabbed my attention, making me care about what happens to them and elevating the film above its low ratings. Direction, editing, photography, and action choreography were excellent. Despite its weaknesses, I really enjoyed this film.

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight [1995]


         


An entertaining and rather campy horror flick which is pretty much what you would expect as a Tale from the Crypt. Whole lot of gore, whole lot of gags, some very colorful characters ...and critters, and an excellent and amusing performance by Billy Zane. What's not to like?

Taken [2008]


         


"If you don't [let my daughter go], I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you". What a way to start a intense international chase across Europe as a man, with incredible skills, hunts down the kidnappers of his daughter. It's an action feast that just doesn't quit. Liam Neeson is great. Check it out!

Taken 2 [2012]


         

More of the same as before (above) except this time, our man-of-action and his wife are kidnapped by the father of one of the poor saps that was involved in our hero's daughter's kidnapping in the first film. This time his daughter is helping him escape ...and then the war begins. Excellent car chase sequence and, overall, an exciting and worthy sequel punctuated with a great performance by Rade Serbedzija as the bad ass antagonist.

Taken 3 [2014]


         


His wife is killed and he's framed for her murder. We're all used to the Taken style at this point and this one offers no real surprises but Liam Neeson (despite the fact that he's starting to show his age) and Forest Whitaker give excellent performances and overall it's exciting, action packed with lots of crashes and gunplay, and certainly worth the ride. Isn't that the reason we watch the Taken movies?

The Taking of Pelham 123 [2009]


         


A group of thugs take over a subway car in NYC and demands $10M dollars. John Travolta, as the ruthless leader of the gang, and Denzel Washington, as an every-man dispatcher who is suddenly responsible for the lives of a couple dozen hostages, both have stellar performances in an edge-of-your-seat tension filled thriller. Awesome!

Tag [2015]

aka Riaru onigokko

         

A girl's life seems to change realities while everyone else around her gets slaughtered. At least, that's what I think it's about. Beginning with one of the most audacious and shocking openings I've ever seen, this film is violent, ponderous, gory, strange, surreal, aggravating, artistic, a whole lot of running and totally incomprehensible. Certainly no lack of action and excitment but I don't really know if I liked it or not.

Tell Me How I Die [2016]


         

Bunch of students volunteer for the testing of a new drug that improves memory. This premise is used quite a bit with the drug's side effects driving the story forward. I've never seen a really good one and this one was the worst. People who have taken the drug can see glimpses of the future. Sounds interesting but they spend too much time on things that are irrelevant (like the opening seminar speech), and the overall concept is poorly defined rendering the film silly and incoherent with the ending resolving nothing.

These Final Hours [2013]


         

A blast wave from a comet impact will reach Australia in 12 hours. Out of fear, a man decides to get totally wasted and head for an end-of-the-world party. Along the way, he saves a girl and everything changes. Unlike Melancholia (which was 1/2 boring and 1/2 pathetic) this movie wonderfully realistically portrayed the way people may act on the brink of the apocalypse. Very personal, and touching, it's a story of redemption, and figuring out what's important may not be what you think you want. One of the best and most honest apocalypse films I've seen!

Thoroughbreds [2017]


         

Two upper-class teenage girls, rekindling their friendship, begin plotting to kill one girl's stepfather. Unlike the trailer, this is not really a comedy ...although the situations that develop are quite humorous in a morbid sort of way. Rather, this is an extremely dark character study where one girl - a self-professed sociopath - is providing advice to the other about how to commit murder. Watching this smoldering drama leaves one equally amused and appalled ...like watching a pretty train wreck. Sticks with you long after viewing.

The Terminator [1984]


         

The future, being controlled by machines but losing to the human resistance, sends back a Terminator to kill the resistance leader's mother before she gives birth to him and the resistance sends back a soldier to save her. One of the classic thrillers of the 80's by newcomer James Cameron, is still just as exciting today as it was then. Arnold Schwarzenegger in his initial outing in the iconic, bad-ass role that he would never outdo. Great action, gunfights, car chases, twisted story line, all moving at a breakneck pace that will keep you glued to your seat.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991]


         

A decade later, two cyborgs are sent back in time to find their target, John Connors - an old style terminator to protect and a liquid metal terminator to kill. After the huge success of the first film (see above), the sky was the limit on the budget for this one and it shows in some of the most chaos driven action on screen. Many consider this the best of the Terminator films. Some consider this one too Hollywood and prefer the hard edged, lower budget, organic quality of the original. Either way, they're both winners in my book. Watch the extended edition.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003]


         

Another decade goes by and the Terminator is sent back, once again, this time to protect John Connor and friend. The machines send back a more advanced terminator, with both liquid metal and a variety of attachments, in the form of one mean chick. Much more action oriented and less invested in emotions and story as the first two films, with an ending that's pretty bleak, but I've grown to like this film more every time I see it. The action is grossly over-the-top but exciting and well designed even if the overall construction is lacking in the personal touch. It's fun!

Terminator 4: Salvation [2009]


         

A prisoner, to be executed, agrees to give his body to science. He wakes up in the middle of the war with the machines not knowing quite what was done to him. I really liked this film. It has its plot problems and the ending is kind of sappy but there's some good solid, realistic sci fi action, that's not nearly as over-the-top as the previous film (see above), and a good, albeit simple and familiar story. Great pacing, lots of crashes and explosions, a cameo by Arnie, and a logical sequel to the story. Great escapist entertainment.

Terminator 5: Genisys [2015]


         

When Kyle Reese is sent back to 1984 to save Sarah Connor, he finds that everything has changed, including timelines, and he's having memories of events he never lived. This film gets a lot of flak as being confusing. I don't care ...it's a time travel story. None of them make sense, if you think about it. This one has lots of incredible action, a complex story (that you can follow if you're paying attention) and a logical conclusion. Has a good deal of humor in it, as well ...especially the constant one-upmanship contest between Kyle and the Terminator. Good fun!

Thor [2011]


         
  
Thor's father, Odin, strips Thor of his power and hammer and exiles him to Earth for an attack that he impetuously committed against the Frost Giants just before he was crowned to be king. This was a fun movie that nicely balanced Thor trying to integrate with earthlings, which was quite humorous at times, and the attempts by his brother Loki to take over the throne on Asgard. Lots of great action, a good deal of humor, great characters, a bit of romance, good, complex story, everything you'd expect for an MCU movie.

Thor 2: The Dark World [2013]


         
  
As Thor deals with trying to rid the 9 realms of the Marauders, the Convergence is near and Melekith, leader of the dark elves, has re-appeared in an attempt to destroy the universe. Great story and characters, as usual. You don't see a movie with at least a half dozen worlds as various setting very often and jumping around immediately from one to another was rather fun to watch. Another Marvel masterpiece that fits right into the universe. Good humor, as well.

Take Point [2018]


         

A band of mercenaries enter a bunker to kidnap a high ranking, North Korean leader and end up in a fight for survival. This film ratchets the tension level up to 10 and leaves it there from start to finish with non-stop kinetic chaos and panic that's almost too much too bear ...in fact, it starts to lose it's appeal and impact after a while. The broken English employed by most of the characters is irritating making everything somewhat difficult to understand. The characters weren't particularly compelling, either. You certainly won't be bored with this one, though.

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie [1990]


         


TFTD was a fairly entertaining, tongue-in-cheek, horror anthology TV series. For a movie, however, you'd think they would have turned it up a few notches ...especially with the talent backing up the writing. But, basically what we have here is 3 stories that are no different than watching 3 episodes of the TV show. It's not bad - in fact, I enjoyed it for what it was - it just wasn't anything special.

The Thompsons [2012]


         
  
This sequel to The Hamiltons was surprisingly much better. Our family, inflicted with a disease that forces them to drink human blood, are on the run again. This time they travel to Europe in hopes of finding people like them. There, they meet the Stuarts ...and let the fun begin. Good story, including a nice romantic sup-plot, fast-paced, lots of blood and mayhem and a few twists kept me entertained throughout. I liked it.

The Task [2011]


         

Six people must stay in an old abandoned prison overnight and complete tasks given to them as part of a reality game show. This had great potential for somebody, with a vivid imagination, to really make a good film. Unfortunately, our filmmakers do not have said imagination. The first thing to happen to anyone took 40 minutes, the tasks were simplistic and stupid, and most of the time was spent wandering around with flashlights. Bringing in a paranormal killer didn't help. The most horrific task was sitting through this entire film. What a snoozer.

Texas Killing Fields [2011]


         

A pair of detectives, with differing ideas, and a detective from another jurisdiction get wrapped up in the area known as the killing fields where young women keep disappearing. This is a very gritty, hard-edged and disturbingly realistic portrayal of a few different story lines that grabs you and doesn't let go. It gets rather complicated but easy enough to follow along as long if you're paying attention. There's even a couple story lines that do not get resolved which, for me, adds to the realism in that you can't win 'em all.

There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane [2011]


         

A woman drives the wrong way on a freeway causing a head-on collision killing herself, 4 children and 3 passengers in the other car. She had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system, and a high level of THC. This documentary proceeds to cover the family's misery and their unwavering believe that she wasn't drunk. Obviously, she was a wonderful person, a good mother, and a good wife but, after sitting through this overly long tragedy, the results are the same making this just painful, depressing and futile.

Three [2016]

aka San ren xing

         

Chinese film about a thief in the hospital who's been shot in the head and refuses treatment presumably to be ready for his buddies to break him out. Apparently, Chinese's sensibilities towards their entertainment is different from us dudes in the US as this is basically a study of characters that were rather pathetic and nothing really happens for an hour. When the action does start, the movie goes into this stylistic slo-mo shoot-out that felt like The Matrix on downers. For me, it was marginally entertaining.

They Live [1988]


         

A drifter stumbles upon a pair of sunglasses that allows him to see aliens among us. Since I keep seeing it pop up in cult listings, I figured it's about time to watch it. And now I'm wondering what the attraction is. The acting is bad, the dialogue is atrocious and it looks painfully low budget. Certain plot points didn't make much sense like an overly long, protracted fight scene taking place simply because one of the participants didn't want to put on the sunglasses left me shaking my head in wonder. I must be missing something.

Thor 3: Ragnarok [2017]


         
  
Thor finds out he has an extremely evil and powerful sister who wishes to lord over Asgard. What an incredible afternoon at the movies. I've become quite impressed and pleased with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this film is the quintessential comic book movie. Colorful and charismatic characters, absolutely stunning visuals, extreme and exciting action, and funny as hell, I felt like a kid who fell into his comic book. This is the reason we still like to watch movies on the big screen. Fantastic entertainment!

Three... Extremes [2004]

aka Sam gang 2

         

As the title implies, 3 extreme films by 3 of Asia's top horror directors. "Dumplings" - A woman will do whatever it takes to regain her youth. I found it incredibly unsettling and hard to sit through. "Cut" - A director and his wife are terrorized by an extra who feels entitled. Interesting but kind of flat and long-winded. "Box" - Beyond it being a story about overwhelming guilt, this one left me completely mystified. Overall, It was an enjoyable watch with great acting, writing and directing but not an anthology favorite for me.

Them! [1954]


         

Nine years after the atomic tests, giant ants appear and if they're not destroyed, the queens could create colonies all over the world. Drive-ins were filled with films featuring radioactive mutated creatures in the '50's and '60's. This one, however, stands leagues above the rest. Although certainly dated by today's standards, the mechanical ants used in the film were really quite effective for it's time and the movie is quiet well-made. If you want to see an excellent and best example of the atomic age creature feature, this is it.

THX 1138 [1971]


         

In a future society, where technology watches over every aspect of the human life and is totally void of humanity, roommates THX and LUH are arrested for the crime of drug evasion and physical love. This is essentially just a chase movie but I'm fascinated by the totally complete futuristic world that one is pulled into (and surprisingly not dated after 45+ years) where even those moments of humor are quite serious and your entire knowledge of human existence is simply what you've been told. Genius film!

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three [1974]


         

Four men hijack a subway car and demands the NYC mayor pay them $1mil dollars in one hour or they're going to start killing hostages. I really like the modern day version so I went back to look at the film that inspired it. I was disappointed. I liked it but this film is firmly planted in 1974 and didn't age well, imo. Considering the ratings, I'm obviously a minority but for me, unconvincing, obnoxiously over-the-top characters (except Matthau), actionless, tenseless story, and a silly, anti-climactic ending.

Tears of the Sun [2003]


         

A group of Navy Seals are sent into the middle of a Nigerian civil war to extract a doctor but they end up escorting several Nigerian refugees to Cameroon. Aside from being too long, they spent way too much time yanking heart strings to the point of distraction. In fact, I was getting so tired having my sympathy sucked out of me towards the end, I was going, "Jeez, let's get this over with". Fairly realistic depiction of genocidal warfare, though ...there were some pretty rough moments. Good film just more war, less drama, please.

Tea with the Dames [2018]

aka Nothing Like a Dame

         


An open conversation and a trip back through time with Dames Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith. My wife and I really enjoyed this film. It included a lot of film history through archival footage and still shots. The chatter around that table was obviously among old friends that have known each other forever. At times touching, oftentimes LOL funny, it was really quite enjoyable.

This Is the End [2013]


         

A bunch of comedians and stars are partying at John Franco's place when Armageddon begins. Comedy is subjective for each person and my personal rating is just that as the humor here didn't really do much for me. The beginning of the apocalypse was great, and some of the sight gags were fun but about 60% of the film is just them talking, debating, arguing, and insulting each other with that sort of good buddy bathroom humor that, for me, just made it dull. If you like that type of humor, you'll love it.

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