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“Jumanji: The Next Level” The Wild World Awaits

December 13th, 2019 No comments

 

Review by: John M. Delia, Jr.

So begins another wild adventure in the world of Jumanji and in this one our heroes must uncover a mystery to save all from peril. Everyone is back including a couple of new funny characters that will keep you entertained throughout their new journey and that’s a good thing. Just like the last film there’s action and a something new at every turn as our heroes are trying to solve the levels of Jumanji game.
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CAT RUN to open April 1st

March 26th, 2011 No comments

LLEJU PRODUCTIONS TO RELEASE CAT RUN

IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON APRIL 1st

Starring Paz Vega, DL Hughley, Janet McTeer and Christopher McDonald

 

William O. Perkins, Founder and President of LLeju Productions announced that the company will release CAT RUN, from director John Stockwell, nationwide in theaters on April 1, 2011. This sexy, action-comedy stars Paz Vega (Spanglish), Janet McTeer (Tideland, Tumbleweeds), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore), Tony Curran (Gladiator, Underworld: Evolution) Scott Mechlowicz (EuroTrip), and DL Hughley.

In CAT RUN, Mechlowitz stars as Anthony, who has always dreamed of being a famous chef and his best friend Julian who only thinks about women. With neither ambitions really working out, the childhood best friends decide to start a detective agency. Unfortunately for them, on their first case they must help protect a sexy, high class escort who holds the key evidence to a scandalous cover up. The two bumbling detectives soon find themselves running from the mob, a corrupt US Senator, and a ruthless Mary Poppins-like assassin – all aiming to stop at nothing to hide the truth. It’s just an average day for two bumbling losers.

“From first reading the script, we knew that CAT RUN had commercial appeal.  We are excited to bring a film to audiences that is both entertaining and funny with an offbeat, edgy energy at its core—a combination not typically seen in theaters,” said Perkins.

CAT RUN was written by Nick Ball and John Niven and produced by William O. Perkins.  Mark Urman’s Paladin will be working with LLeju on securing theaters nationwide. The film will be LLeju Productions’ third theatrical release, previous titles include: the Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci thriller After.Life, and Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema, about a young hoodlum’s rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid.

ABOUT LLEJU PRODUCTIONS

Founded in 2008, LLeju Productions (pronounced “yay-who”) is a filmed entertainment production, financing and distribution company dedicated to stirring the emotions of audiences worldwide with unconventional and thought provoking material. Regardless of the genre – if a project is unconventional, risky or thought provoking – LLeju welcomes the opportunity to be “offbeat”. LLeju’s past films include After.Life, starring Liam Neeson, Justin Long, Christina Ricci and Josh Charles; Unthinkable, a psychological thriller which starred Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Sheen, Brandon Routh and Carrie-Anne Moss; and Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema, about a young hoodlum’s rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid.

THE GREEN HORNET review by John Delia

January 13th, 2011 No comments

“HERO WITH A HOT ROD”

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, and Edward James Olmos

Directed by: Michael Gondry

MPAA Rating: PG 13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content

Running Time: 1hr 48min

Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime/Gangster and Adaptation

Release Date: January 14th, 2011

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing

By John Delia

Sticking pretty close to the original television series, The Green Hornet makes a big bang on the screen.  The fun of this film is the story and although it spins out fairly slow in the first thirty minutes, it’s well worth the wait for the excitement to begin.  Choreography, cinematography and special effects break trail for an explosive adventure.  What it’s lacking in originality, it makes up for in creativeness.

Seth Rogan as Britt and Jay Chou as Kato try out the The Black Beauty

The story centers on Britt Reid, the son of a millionaire newspaper owner who finds himself at a loss when his father gets murdered.  A spoiled playboy, he decides to turn the company over to the stockholders and live off the dividends.  After realizing he has fired Kato his father’s latte making employee, he quickly rehires him.  But, it’s Kato’s resourcefulness that grabs Britt’s attention.  The two come across some thugs robbing a couple and Britt jumps in to save them.  After a near death experience the two retreats to Britt’s mansion and plan a new avocation, Heroes.

Rogan and Chou are great as the masked novices that make a lot of blunders on their way to trying to capture the bad guys.  Rogan plays the clueless Britt Reid with aplomb using his clueless comedy that has been his mainstay.  I was totally happy with Chou’s performance as Kato.  He reminded me somewhat of Bruce Lee when he played Kato on Television.   There is a cool reference to Bruce Lee in the movie, let me know if you catch it.

Michael Gondry and Seth Rogen on the set

The direction by Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) does a good job with the wacky script.  Although he does take a lot of time getting into the meat of the exciting part of the film, he sure makes up for it in non-stop action to the very end.  I like the way he handles his players, especially Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) who plays Benjamin Chudnofsky a mean looking antagonist.

The Green Hornet has some excellent gadgets, way better than James Bond could ever think of using.  The two barreled pistol that Chudnofsky uses in

Christoph Waltz shoot his two barrell pistol

the film levels anyone in his sites.  But the best creation by Kato is the famous Black Beauty, a car with amazing fire power and more gadgets than the Bat Mobile.

The film is rated PG 13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content so anyone below the recommended age should steer clear.

Final Analysis:  A fiery actioner that could use some editing. (3.5 of 5)