Trine and Winning

Over the last two months I bought a few things off of my various wish lists.

The first group of games were all from a recent sale on the PlayStation Store. Slain: Back From Hell has interested me since it was released with a bunch of tweaks to overhaul how the gameplay felt. There was enough positive thoughts on it that I figured I might like it.

I also, on a whim, bought the trilogy of Trine games. I did play the demo of the original many years ago. It was decent, but nothing that was amazing. At the very low price all three games were going for I thought what the hell why not and bought the package deal.

Finally, here’s two movies I’ve been wanting to get. Yes, that’s two. You can ignore Halloween 6 and 8. I bought that triple feature because it was the only way to get Halloween H2O on Blu-ray. Best of the Best 2 isn’t even available on BD so I opted for a more expensive DVD. Previously I’d bought it on a used VHS tape in 2011. Here’s where I published my thoughts on it.


Ninja Commando Masters of Combat

A few more games this time around for the collection. Not all were necessary, but it’s how these things go sometimes.

The first game is very much in that “not necessary” category. I already have Legend of Kay on the PS2. It was one of those games I didn’t know about, but ebbderelict had fun with it as he’d mentioned in his review of the game he did six years ago. As usual I’ve yet to play that one and bought the PS4 rerelease Legend of Kay Anniversary anyway.

In Neo-Geo news, I picked up Garou: Mark of the Wolves and ADK Damashii on PSN when they were on sale for around 50% off. These both are PS2 imports for play on PS4. ADK Damashii is a compilation of five games: Aggressors of Dark Kombat, Ninja Combat, Ninja Commando, Ninja Masters, and Twinkle Star Sprites.

I also bought a recent disc release of Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours by Limited Run Games. This is the first time I’ve shopped with them and I also plan to do so for the rerelease of the Sega CD game Night Trap that they’ve announced is coming soon.


Finally, I picked up the Harrison Ford movie, The Fugitive and the great 1980s series Cosmos by Carl Sagan. This latter is a DVD set since there hasn’t been a Blu-ray version made as of yet. I also have another DVD on the way of Best of the Best 2. Wayne Newton is fantastically cheesy in this film and I loved it.


Pick 5: Recently Watched Films


I’ve watched a number of the movies I’ve recent bought in the last few weeks. Of those I’d like to share three I liked the most and two that weren’t so great.

The first of the more enjoyable ones stars Pierce Bronsnan and Alexandra Paul as UN agents trying to get back a stolen Rembrandt painting, but come across a worse scheme.

It’s a fun watch for a few of the action scenes. Bronsnan sports a a goofy looking mustache and beard and has great comedy timing when in a hotel room faking sex to fool anybody who might be listening.

This is one of Steven Seagal’s more well know films where he plays a cop as per usual. Also typical is how all of his characters run together since he just plays as himself.

The action in Hard To Kill is good with fun shoot outs and fight scenes. Of course the details of the plot has holes you can drive a semi-truck through, but that’s a part of its charm. I recommend it just for how Seagal gets away from a killer on a gurney by pushing himself with a mop after just waking up from a seven year coma.

Andy Stewart: [to the comatose Mason Storm] Would you like a little pussy?
[she places a kitten on his bed]

Best of the Best 2 lives up to its name. Everything about it was hella cheesy and hella fun to watch. It stars Eric Roberts and Phillip Rhee wanting to get back at those running The Coloseum to avenge the death of a friend.

Where do I start with this one? At the top I guess with Wayne Newton of all people. He plays the ring announcer of The Coloseum and overacts all the way and it is glorious! The main baddie that did battle was Ralf Moeller who played Brakus. That name by itself is major cheese, but then he gets a scar on his face and complains about it to great effect on my funny bone. As Newton’s character says in the film, “You love it! You know you do!” I definitely did.

Now onto the two pictures I wasn’t very fond of. This is another Seagal flick where he investigates the dumping of toxic waste in Kentucky. If this sounds like it could be alternately titled On Deadly Ground 2, then you’d be correct.

The plot itself is fine with me, but another large hole is created when near the end of the movie the mine with the toxic waste inside gets blown up. For someone who really is an environmentalist, this doesn’t seem like the most Earth friendly way to deal with contaminated materials. I also didn’t care for the backwoods southern town setting. The action could’ve been much better too. On Deadly Ground is a better way to get your green action cheese.

Hanner SR: You’re violating my constitutional rights.
Jack Taggert: I will show you a new meaning to the word “violation.”

Considered an actual good movie, Soldier stars Kurt Russell who hardly says a word and his main rival here is Jason Scott Lee. Both play genetically engineered soldiers and the latter has replaced the former.

I’ve enjoyed both Russell and Lee before (the latter in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story), but here they are both wasted. Sure the action scenes are fun to watch, but the story itself of Russell protecting a peaceful colony is paper thin and boring in the downtime.

Todd: Soldiers deserve soldiers, Sir.
Sandra: But one soldier, against seventeen. What are you going to do?
Todd: I’m going to kill them all, Sir.

Cheesy Fun Action Movies


Over the last few months I’ve become a fan of two similar shows on which focus mainly on bad action movies of the last 30 years. Both Bad Movie Beatdown and Obscurus Lupa Presents are entertaining to me because I’ve seen a number of these films while renting them during the mid-1990s. Cheap seven day rentals, of course.

More recently I bought some of these bad, but cheesy fun action movies. The following list of eight movies were $1 each because they’re on the obsolete VHS format.

Above The Law (Steven Seagal)
Best of the Best 2 (Eric Roberts)
Detonator II: Night Watch (Pierce Brosnan)
Hard Target (Jean-Claude Van Damme)
Hard To Kill (Steven Seagal)
Nowhere To Run (Jean-Claude Van Damme)
Sniper (Tom Berenger)
The Specialist (Sylvester Stallone)


Along with those I also picked up DVDs with multiple feature films on them as you can see with the next list.

4 Film Favorites: Kurt Russell Collection
Executive Decision (1996)
Soldier (1998)
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Unlawful Entry (1992)

4 Film Favorites: Steven Seagal Collection
Under Siege (1992)
The Glimmer Man (1996)
Above The Law (1988)
Fire Down Below (1997)

4 Film Favorites: Sylvester Stallone Collection
Tango & Cash (1989)
Demolition Man (1993)
The Specialist (1994)
Over The Top (1987)

4 Film Set: Chuck Norris/Charles Bronson
Logan’s War: Bound By Honor (1998)
The President’s Man (2000)
Family of Cops (1995)
Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II (1997)

2 Pack Action: Lone Wolf McQuade/Breaker! Breaker!
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
Breaker! Breaker! (1977)


I would also like to find others like the American Ninja series and Delta Force on the cheap. Those were amusingly fun to watch back in the day.