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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Blade (1998)

"Blade" (1998) is a superhero horror film directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer, starring Wesley Snipes in a career-defining role. Created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, Blade is part of Marvel Comics, first appearing in 1973. This movie was a symbolic release, as few black superhero films existed before 1998. Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Sanaa Lathan, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, and Arly Jover are additional cast members.

Director: Stephen Norrington
Writer: David S. Goyer

Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Sanaa Lathan, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Arly Jover, Traci Lords, Kevin Patrick Walls, Tim Guinee, Eric Edwards

A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother's death and rid the world of vampires. The modern-day technologically advanced vampires he is going after are searching for his particular blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a crucial role in their plan to execute the human race.

Demolition Man (1993)

  • Wesley Snipes
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Sandra Bullock
Frozen in 1996, Phoenix, a convicted killer is "thawed" out for parole well into the 21st century. Revived into a crime free society, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. Spartan, the cop who captured Phoenix in 1996 has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he didn't commit. In desperation they turn to Spartan to help recapture Phoenix.

I simply love the way the future is portrayed in this film, it is a wonderfully satirical crime free environment where the humans have become ultra-placid geeks under the new regime. Sandra Bullock and Nigel Hawthorne are the two main police-persons that we see and they are brilliantly funny in their performances.

Demolition man is as funny as it is action packed and although it's pretty shallow, it is still great fun to watch.