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DVD Review: “Killing Hasselhoff” Inspires More Than A Few Laughs

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A struggling nightclub owner resorts to desperate measures in order to pay off a loan shark.

 

Judging from the trailer for “Killing Hasselhoff,” I honestly expected this movie to be disastrous. But I digress, sitting down to watch it with absolutely no expectations whatsoever, my wife and I actually laughed out loud and on more than one occasion. The film hearkens back to the low-brow comedies of the ’80s and seeing that Mr. Hasselhoff himself, was a product of the ’80s, they both go hand in hand.

A movie like this cannot be taken seriously and the fact that David Hasselhoff appears in the movie as himself  –James McDonald

Chris (Ken Jeong) lives in Los Angeles and is a struggling nightclub owner. Every year, he and his buddies Fish (Rhys Darby) and Tommy (Jim Jefferies) participate in the annual “Who Will Die This Year” celebrity death pool, and every year, Chris always picks David Hasselhoff. He doesn’t hate him, he just feels that his career has run its course and that he should keel over any day. When Hasselhoff’s manager Barry (Jon Lovitz) calls Chris and says that the Hoff would like to make an appearance at his club within the week, Chris goes all out to promote the gig but the night of his appearance, the Hoff changes his mind and travels to another club with his entourage of women in tow. This pisses Chriss off and things get progressively worse when he discovers an underage famous singer in his VIP room snorting cocaine and when he tries to have her and her companions ejected from the club, he accidentally gets embroiled in a photo op which leads to charges of sexual and physical abuse against said singer.

With his fiancée refusing to believe that he is innocent, and with him owing $400,000 to a local loan shark, he goes to visit his friend Fish, who is now in a psych ward having lost his mind after discovering his girlfriend was cheating on him. While there, Chris opens up to him about everything going on in his life and Fish hands him a diary he was writing which includes various methods and techniques on how to kill a person, tactics he had planned on executing on his girlfriend’s lover before he was admitted. With his life in the toilet, Chris decides to kill Hasselhoff himself, then he can claim the money from the celebrity death pool which now stands at an estimated half a million dollars. What could possibly go wrong?

A movie like this cannot be taken seriously and the fact that David Hasselhoff appears in the movie as himself, granted, an exaggerated version, and that he helped produce it, means that the man is not afraid to poke fun at himself. I think too many celebrities these days take themselves and their careers way too seriously so it is actually refreshing to see an icon like Mr. Hasselhoff, ridicule his life, career, and fellow co-stars, just for fun. I don’t think he will ever be taken seriously again, at least where his career is concerned so why not roll with it? Throughout the film, he constantly explains to his manager Barry, that he wants to make a martial arts superhero musical, where his character can shoot lasers out of his dick. While Barry emphatically refuses to believe that it will ever happen, believe it or not, this reviewer was actually intrigued by the very thought of witnessing such a spectacle, either on stage or on film. I also think that it would elevate superhero movies to the next level to the point that Marvel would have their work cut out for them.

While it works as a comedy, the character that needs to be killed off could have been played by any aging TV or movie star (George Hamilton, Lee Majors anyone?) but the fact that Hasselhoff plays the part, means that his past in TV accompanies him so we are privy to an endless supply of jokes about “Knight Rider” and “Baywatch,” and Mr. Hasselhoff’s celebrity status in Germany. The cast overall appears to be having fun and as the final credits roll, we get to see bloopers and outtakes, a testament to the fact that it was just as much fun making this film, as it was watching it.

Available on DVD & Digital HD Tuesday, August 29th

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, James is a Movie Critic and Celebrity Interviewer with over 30 years of experience in the film industry as an Award-Winning Filmmaker.

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Coronavirus: Upcoming Movie Titles That Have Been Delayed

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As “Social Distancing” is rapidly becoming the new norm. Streaming services have ramped up their campaign more than ever for watching cinema in the comfort of your own home. On the other hand, theater has taken a hit. Of all the places in the world to be, sitting in a jam packed theater full of movie goers, isn’t the safest place. Many believe, this will be a catalyst for a movement that was inevitable all along. Which is, sending major blockbuster films, straight to streaming. Some companies have already taken the opportunity to do so, as Blumhouse recently moved ‘The Invisible Man‘ to streaming with a $20 household price tag.

As of right now, many of the films scheduled for release and others that were in the process of filming, have now been either delayed or halted indefinitely. Notably, ‘The Batman,’ and ‘Matrix 4’ have both halted production.

Below, is a list of upcoming films that have been delayed via – Los Angeles Times.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” (Universal)
Original release date: July 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“The Painted Bird” (IFC Films)
Original release date: April 17, 2020 (wide)
New date: Summer TBD

“Antebellum” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: April 24, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Run” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: May 8, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Spiral” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: May 15, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD


“Mulan” (Disney)
Original release date: March 27, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“New Mutants” (Fox)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Antlers” (Searchlight)
Original release date: April 17, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“The Truth” (IFC)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (N.Y., L.A.)
New date: Summer 2020, TBD

“The Artist’s Wife” (Strand)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (N.Y.); April 10, 2020 (L.A.)
New date: TBD

“F9″ (Universal)
Original release date: May 22, 2020 (wide)
New date: April 2, 2021

“A Quiet Place: Part II” (Paramount)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD


“Blue Story” (Paramount)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (limited)
New date: TBD

“The Lovebirds” (Paramount)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (Sony)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: Aug. 7, 2020

“Slay the Dragon” (Magnolia)
Original release date: March 13, 2020 (N.Y., L.A.)
New date: April 3, 2020

“No Time to Die” (MGM)
Original release date: April 10, 2020 (wide)
New date: Nov. 25, 2020

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Director Matt Reeves Drops Our Fist Look At The New Batmobile

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“It’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation”

In the modern era of cinema, the internet is no stranger to leaks and set photos. Most Directors are faced with the difficult challenge of deciding when and when not to release official photos. Recently, an onslaught of set photos have hit the web, showing the newly re-designed batman look, along with a glimpse of the “Batcycle” and possibly a look at catwoman.

Today, Matt Reeves decided to break the internet, giving us our first look at the new batmobile. Reeves describes ‘The Batman’ as a noir style film, told squarely on the shoulders of the dark knight. It would appear that Reeves is going with a truly grounded approach to the character. A “Year two” Batman, taking on Gotham’s criminal underworld, with a rogues gallery of villains.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” he said. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

‘The Batman’ hits theaters June 25, 2021 | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeffrey Wright 

 

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Jordan Peele Produced ‘Candyman’ Official Trailer – HD Drops Thursday

A hook-handed boogeyman spits out swarms of bees and haunts a housing project in Chicago.

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Genre:

Horror, Thriller

Release Date:

June 12, 2020

Director:

Nia DaCosta

Cast:

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Plot Summary:

A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

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