My Movie Reviews 
The Ascent
Alive
Alphabet City
Blood Ties
The Christmas Path
City of Hope
Creator
Dead Silence
The Deadly Look of Love
Deathlands: Homeward Bound
Goosed
High Frequency
Indian Summer
Medusa's Child
Prophecy III
The Rats
Texas Rangers
The Unknown Cyclist
Reviews of movies Vincent Spano has directed:  Betrunner and Tony and Bobby

Other online reviews

Like you care what I think, right?  But as one fan to others, I'm just providing a slightly skewed review of the movies Vincent has been in that I have seen. Let's face it, most critics are so unkind. But me, well, I'm much nicer... about these movies, anyway. Usually I can find something wrong with almost anything if you give me a few minutes. It's the Virgo editor thing. But I'm nice about these movies, since they've got Vincent in them, doing his thing. Hopefully these reviews will help you decide which movies are the best to rent, buy, or look for, since some are hard to find. On to the reviews.


The Ascent
This movie really jumped out of nowhere and smacked me hard. It is probably the reason this page is here. I was visiting my mother and searching for something non-offensive on afternoon television, and this movie came on the Odyssey network. I saw Vincent's name in the opening credits so I watched it, and I am so glad he was in it and I did. I don't usually like war-related movies, but this one has a slow, beautiful pace to it, and the photography is wonderful. It is based on a true story. Vincent's character is an Italian prisoner-of-war who keeps escaping. He charms visiting British folk, irritates the mess out of the leader of the POW camp, expertly navigates mountainous terrain, becomes a hero to his peers, and does pull-ups in his solitary confinement cell. It's a good movie. Check it out. There are also some other people and plot lines in this movie.
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The Christmas Path
I finally have my own copy of  this (thanks, Dottie!) and got to see it. I like this movie; in it, Vincent plays a not-so-perfect Christmas angel (Balthazar) who is trying his best. He is sent to help bring hope back to a little boy and the child's family as the holiday season approaches. Of course, since it is set in the Christmas season, there have to be a great many traumas, or, well, it just wouldn't be the holiday season. But with Balthazar's help, it all works out okay. Vincent wears white in this, and has lots of long hair -- even longer than mine -- in this movie.  Gotta be a wig, you can sort of  tell.  Anyway, this movie isn't readily available anywhere, so watch the television listings in December and check it out. There are also some other people in this movie.
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The Deadly Look of Love
Oh dear. I really didn't like this movie, and if Vincent wasn't in it, I would throw the copy of the tape across the room. It says in the previews that he is a 'lothario' in this movie, but his character just seems too likable to be considered that. In this movie, he plays a guy who is engaged but is still fooling around with this young chick who just happens to be a psycho hose beast. Whoops. At any rate, Vincent's character gets blamed for a murder he didn't commit, and the young irritating psycho hose beast goes free. Oops, did I give away the ending? You would have figured it out anyway.  Despite everything, Vincent did a good job in this movie, and the only reasons to keep the sound on at all are his lines, and when he says, "mmmm..." deep in his chest. You ought to watch it for that.  Also, great clothes, suits, leather jacket and car, and great hideaway cabin. There are also some other people and plot lines in this movie.
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Alphabet City
This movie is very, very 80s. There are some sweet scenes with Vincent's character and his wife and child. He wears some fab 80s garb and drives a nice car. The writing and direction could have used a little tightening up, but Vincent does his best with the script, and looks fab doing it. There are also some other people and plot lines in this movie.
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High Frequency
All Vincent, all the time. Well, almost. About half. This is a cool show, and one you could watch with kids or parents, except for a few cuss words, which are pretty appropriately used. Vincent's character is alone in the Alps, filling in for someone at a satellite station thing (pretty technical language, eh?). He makes radio friends with a young boy, and together they get into a great deal of  mischief and international espionage. Seriously. There are many, many scenes of Vincent's character, who sports many days worth of stubble over his dimples -- talking, yelling, playing drums, being sly, comforting, snuggling with Pierre --  a bunny. Nice. There are also some other people and plot lines in this movie.
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Creator
This movie is actually very sweet.  I just saw it recently.  Spano plays a grad student who falls over backward in love. His girlfriend feels sick and thinks she is pregnant, but falls into a coma, and he begs and pleads with her not to die, to just please wake up, and he entreats the doctor and her parents not to pull the plug on her. It is SO sweet and sad and convincing. He also champions the cause of  his slightly eccentric professor to his doubtful peers. I don't know if it is just that I've always had this thing for grad students and eccentric professors or what, but I liked this movie. There is nudity in this movie, but I'm not saying who or what or when, or how much. Nope, not saying. It's a secret. There are also some other people and plot lines in this movie.
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Prophecy III: The Ascent
Vincent plays such a badass angel in this movie. It was great. Great wardrobe, great hair, great tongue, great knife/heart grabber thing, great black contacts! He really does evil quite well, and he says "monkey" with the greatest of disdain. I like the way he tips his head to the side when he is thinking about something. I was totally cheering for the bad guys in this movie. I don't want to spoil anything -- but he leaves the movie much too early. And hey, you need to get yourself emotionally prepared for that. Christopher Walken was also good in this, and I had never really thought much about him one way or the other. (What, another actor's name actually mentioned in one of these reviews? *gasp*!) There are also some other people and plot lines in this movie.
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City of Hope
This movie, unlike most of the others Vincent has been in, actually received critical acclaim. And I liked it too. Most of it. Vincent's character is a tough guy wrestling with family issues, his friends, a lack of funds, a cop with an attitude, and life in general. He meets a woman in a bar, and they talk a lot. They knew each other in high school, and eventually hit it off. The writers gave Vincent's character some lines with the love interest that are a bit hard to carry off  -- most men just don't EVER talk that way -- but he pulls it off. Their scenes together are sweet. The ending, though... I'm not wild about it. I realize this kind of movie is hard to bring to a close with satisfying resolutions for all, but...  If you peer down at the ending from the lofty heights of  themes and poignant symbolism, it is a strong ending. But, if you look at it head-on from the mess of your oddly furnished living room, it is frustrating. There are a great, great many other people and plot lines in this movie.
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The Unknown Cyclist
I finally got to see this movie. It's a really, really good movie. All the actors do great jobs. It is really funny in spots, and very touching in others. Frank, Vincent's character, is a homophobic guy introduced to gay and gay-friendly people during the course of  a bike marathon. His wide-eyed stares of shock are priceless. Very well done all the way around.
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Alive
I saw this movie recently, most of it... I didn't see the first part. It was a really, really disturbing movie. I wouldn't want to watch it again. The thought of those people living through such horrific circumstances is... disturbing. The ones that did make it. Many, many of them didn't. If it was a made-up story, that would be different. But since it really happened... I don't know. To see them all so cold and hungry and miserable... to see them lose loved ones... to see them realize that the search had been called off....  Anyway. Vincent's character tries to provide discipline and order to keep everyone and everything together as best as he can. It is a very dramatic role, and he does a great job. But, I don't like the outcome for his character in this movie (hint, hint). There are strong dramatic performances by all of the cast.
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Blood Ties
Vincent plays another bad guy in this movie, and he shouldn't do that, because he really makes me want the bad guys to win, so much. Tsk. He is very bad in this movie... very frenetic, and gangsta, and very Italian! He does lots of fun-looking drugs, and is rough with his girlfriend (lucky cow), and waves a gun around, and is all-around naughty. Not that Italians are like that. I don't mean that. I mean, I've heard that Italians (especially Italian men) are very nurturing folk. I just mean it is set in Italy, and Vin looks right at home there. I'll stop now before I get myself into any more trouble. There are some other people and plot lines in this movie.
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Indian Summer
Okay, see, everyone needs to see this movie. It's such a good film. Vincent is SO AWESOME in this. He looks great, and he does cool things, and he laughs and you get to see that smile, and those dimples, and, well, it's good. He also plays the husband who just doesn't get what's going on really well. But it's just a part in a movie, so you can't hold it against him, ha ha. And his ex-girlfriend from his early teens is there, and they have some sparks. She is definitely interested in having a go, and he seems to be too. And, sorry, but no story of fish guts from Uncle Lou could deter me from that. Anyway, do catch it if you can, it's a jewel. There are quite a few other people (an ensemble cast, actually) and plot lines, and a moose, in this movie.
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Deathlands: Homeward Bound
This movie was great. Really. Very entertaining. It did have some violence and blood squirting around, which always squicks me out, so I had to look away. You'd think after all of my surgeries and medical procedures the sight of that wouldn't bother me, but it does. Especially when the violence was directed toward Vincent's character, Ryan. And there was quite a bit of that. He played a great hero, very strong, yet vulnerable, but only to a select few. The theme or message of the movie is that you can't keep running from your past, you have to deal with it, even if it doesn't seem like a good idea at the time. Okay, have I been nice long enough? Good. This movie made me want to rant and rave...  So the rant finds a home in my review. Here it is.

Okay, see, it is not fair. It is not fair for everything so good to be concentrated all into one person.  To have that talent -- it makes you feel like you know the character, and with even subtle looks or gestures, it makes each character sensitive and smart and portrays them in a way you can  identify with --  and that deep rumble of a voice, and that jawline, and those eyes, and those lips, and those dimples, and that smile... not forgetting that chest, and those hands, and that height, and that hair, and . . . !   It's not fair. It seems all of that might be spread around to several different people, so the rest of us might have a chance to experience it in person. But no, Vincent got it all.    I may rant, but I'm glad he did.

I'm through ranting for now. Sorry about that. Had to say it, though. This movie's script was wonderfully tight, with some great comedic bits, and one of the greatest lines ever... "It's an ass worth saving."  Hopefully this movie will re-run many times,  and hopefully the SciFi network will make more of them from the series of books. It might be a good idea to hop on over to their website and let them know that we'd like to see more movies from that series. (I grabbed this from their website, hope they don't mind: SCI FI CHANNEL: If you have suggestions or comments for our Programming Department about the SCI FI Channel or any of its shows, please contact: program@www.scifi.com ). There were also some other people, plot lines, and mutants in this movie.
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Dead Silence
A great film, should have been released in theaters rather than straight-to-video, in my opinion. It was shot in a short space of time, but you would never know it. Vincent's character is a detective who is busy solving a case,  protecting a little girl who saw too much, and doing a bit of delicate repair work on a broken-up relationship.  You do realize I am way over-simplifying things here, right?  This film's  plot has some good twists and surprises in it, and I don't want to spoil anything. But I will say that his character wears such great clothes in this, he looks great, really, and he has a switchblade at the ready when things need to be ripped open, which I always find attractive in a man, ha ha!  Time for me to get my hands on my own copy of the DVD.
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The Rats
This is an interesting movie with some icky parts. Not for those of you who do not like or cannnot handle the thought of being overrun by evil rodents. There is a flying ear. Ew. Okay, enough. Vincent's character works with a team to try to stop the invasion and runs into quite a few problems (and big rats) along the way.  Okay, I cannot lie, I haven't seen ALL of it. I watch parts and try to skip through others. I once spent a short time in a place with rats in it,  and they were not the Hollywood-trained-with-a-rat-wrangler kind.  Anyway, Vincent's character is very sweet to the heroine and to her little girl.   The three walk together hand-in-hand, but what really happens to all those rats?  There are A LOT of RATS in this movie.
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Medusa's Child
Okay, this is a good movie. A bit long, but very good. Vincent is a super-heroic pilot in this movie, and he is going to face the problems and prevent disaster no matter who tells him to do otherwise.  The title is a bit misleading, since neither Medusa or children show up. Which is a good thing. There is political intrigue, and a sassy heroine for Vincent to argue with and then work together with and then have sparks with. Sigh. And he is going to try to help save the world. Defiantly. Against all odds. All while he is looking very, very nice in his pilot's uniform. There are some other people and plot lines in this movie, but of course, if you don't know it from  reading these reviews by now, they are not the part of the movie I am reviewing in these reviews! This movie was previously terribly hard to find, but sometimes Lifetime television, WE, or Lifetime Movie Network will have it. Check it out. It is about four hours long.
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Goosed
This is a cute, silly movie. Jennifer Tilly, the woman with the really, really large chest (no, really) and the really unique (and/or irritating, depending on your point of view) voice is a woman with a mission to find a doctor named Steven. Not too bad of a quest, I'd think.  She finds a few (sort of). Vincent plays one of  the boyfriends she finds, a lead singer and guitar player named Steven, who is the frontman for the band "Medicine Man".  She decides this counts as him being a doctor (I would too) and they get together. It's really convenient, with him living right next door and all. She eventually drives him crazy, you know, in a bad way, and he breaks up with her, but he still comes around to visit the twin boys they had together. And they stay friends, in fact she stays friends with most of her ex-boyfriends and they all hang out, which has to be the most unrealistic part of this movie. Ha ha. This movie is like whipped cream... not especially vital for life, but lots of sticky, naughty fun. It is silly and light, with quite a few famous cuties hiding in it. Probably will only ever be available on vhs, but worth the search and the buy. Oh, also, Joan Rivers is in this movie, before she had that totally scary facelift.
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Texas Rangers
Vincent is so barely in this movie that I was really disappointed. He is a bad guy again. It's cool. Go, bad guys. Couldn't he have shot/manhandled/disrespected/beaten up a few more people for some additional screen time? Come on, you Rangers are all way too serious anyway. I'm kidding. It was a pretty good movie, I think, since I am not really what you'd call a western-watching kind of girl. There are a lot of other people, especially dudes that other people tell me are nice looking, in this movie, and the plot has an interesting little twist.
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Betrunner
This is a dramatic short film, and it gives you an inside look at a Angela, a betrunner (someone who takes bets on horse races) in a busy casino. But, the hectic pace, the constant flow of money, and the tension and excitement of choosing winners starts getting to her, and pretty soon she is in over her head with a load of problems to deal with. Addiction is never easy to handle, and the addict is usually the most oblivious to the problem. It would be difficult to be around so much money and not become addicted to getting a little of your own. That's why I don't work for a bank!  Anyway, this very nicely, tightly constructed short has its share of memorable characters, from the slightly creepy lady who cleans the bathrooms to the menacing 'boss' to the couple with the lucky troll. Check it out.
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Tony and Bobby
This award-winning short is really good, it will make you laugh with its premise of 'who's-on-first' confusion -- but in a slightly tougher neighborhood and set of circumstances. How the two actors managed to memorize all of those lines and names, and deliver them without cracking up, I will never know. It gave me an extra laugh, because I am absolutely the worst at remembering names and who is doing what and why. As far as I know, it has not been distributed nationally yet, but hopefully it will be someday. Vincent was the director,  producer, and editor for this short film.

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Others' Movie Reviews

Another review of  Indian Summer

Check out this review for The Rats

Detailed reviews of  City of Hope

A review of  Prophecy 3, The Ascent

Other bits of reviews:

“Even if you haven’t seen the earlier films in this series, this one is strong enough to stand on its own – and if you have seen them, it manages to bring the trilogy to conclusion. Anyone who likes apocalyptic films should take a look at this one.”    -- Apollo Guide, regarding Prophecy III

"City of Hope (1991, John Sayles)  Sayles weaves together many strands--there are some 36 meaningful speaking roles--in a story of how life, work, race, and politics connect in a modern New Jersey city. Joe Morton is poignant as a black alderman who tries to effect change but is efficiently pushed toward the system, and Vincent Spano is lost and touching as a man whose father supplies him with a job, but not with an occupation." -- From Ebert's Top 20

"An actor of striking intensity, Vincent Spano's work displays his versatility as both a comedic and dramatic talent.  His aggressive approach to his craft and proven ability have consistently delivered measurable performances." -- from the bio page of  'The Unknown Cyclist'

"While we can  have nothing but respect for the bravery of  both Ted and Janet Harduvel, Afterburn is basically just another up-from-adversity TV  movie. But this one is redeemed by the complex performances of Spano and Dern-they give Afterburn the emotional weight its real-life subjects deserve." -- Ken Tucker, reviewing 'Afterburn' for Entertainment Weekly

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