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Steelyard Blues (1973)
It's kind of ironic that someone wants to have his/her own place in this world. But if you have been in trouble with the law, you would considered to be an outcast to society. A rebel is a person who won't conform to society means. Donald Sutherland plays Jesse Veldini, a demolition driver who seems to be on the edge. Howard Hesseman plays Frank, his brother and D.A. who seems to help his brother get on the straight and narrow. Jesse is notorious for wrecking every kind of American car during his times in the demolition derby. When he sees the 1950 Studebaker, he has to wreck it. With all the other misfits he hangs with, they get to restore a plane. This movie is a barrel of laughs. And it's a reunion of Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda. Two years ago, they did "Klute" where Sutherland played a cop. Fonda plays a prostitute again in this film. This is a story of find a place in society, more like finding your own world. What a better place to be like the junkyard. The ultimate treasure yard. I enjoyed it very much. 4 out of 5 stars.
Enough to make your skin crawl!
Southern living is a way of life. People like to fish. That's good. But when a storm happens, some things aren't what it's like there. Lightning struck the ground. What harm does it cause? Plenty! The man selling worms became the victim of his own business. Unknown to him, the worms he's been gathering has become carnivorous. The baits becomes the predators. When the sun goes down, the locals become dinner for these worms. While the non-local tries his best to help out, knowing that the worms only attack at night. When the house scene where the worms attacked, I thought all the people were finished by the worms. It turned out that the sister found a hiding place where the worms couldn't penetrate. When the power company fixed the power, things are back to normal . With worms, I would expect giant sized earthworms. Perhaps, the night crawlers are the perfect example. May have been a mixture of worms. A cult classic, worth the watch. 2 out of 5 stars.
Kiss of the Tarantula (1976)
Get your fear on!
A disturbing movie is great when the best friend you have isn't a human being. And the family is very dysfunctional. Susan Bradley(Suzanna Ling) has a great fascination for spiders which irks her mother, greatly. Her father is a mortician which the wife really hates. She starts seeing his brother who happens to be lawman. Susan uses her pet tarantula on her mother to cause her to have a fatal heart attack. After that, she would use it on anyone who gets in her way. When some of her so-called friends come into the mortuary to give her and her father a hard time, she release her anger on those responsible. Susan would grab a couple of those big spiders, and the scream fest begins. Especially at the drive-in movie. The scare fest was intense when some of the tormentors die in the car, and one ended up in the hospital. Even the smallest and harmless spider would give her a scare. One of the other bad friend gets scared to death at work, while of the friends who died in the drive-in scare gets killed by Susan's creepy uncle. This movie is like "Psycho" meets "Arachniphobia". Of course, that movie doesn't come out for 14 years. This movie is not for the weak. You must be brave to see this. 4 out of 5 stars.
Happy Death Day (2017)
Like "Groundhog Day", only scarier!
Ever experienced Deja vu? For this college student, it's a first. Tree Gelbman(Jessica Rothe) experience it for the first time after a wild night of partying at a university. She wakes up in a dormitory where she meets Carter(Israel Broussard) with questions on how she got here. Eager to get back to her sorority, she encounter the scenes, sounds, and people around her. Today's Tree's birthday, and she's not a happy camper whatsoever. When she goes out to celebrate, she is killed. Only to come back to the dormitory where she crashed. And everything seems to repeat itself. Over and over again. In the second time, she tries to go to a different direction, only to be killed, again. On the third time, she would try to find out who wants her dead. With Carter's help, she would get closer to the killer. In one deja vu, she walked out in her birthday suit causing a lot of dropping jaws. Then she would make restitution for her past behavior. Most of it is when she lost her mother. This movie has a lot of scares along with a lot of laughs. The hospital scene was great. And that kill when she was handcuffed in the police car was amazing. I enjoyed this film very much. It was highly entertaining, and worth my while. A must see. If you like Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day", then this is for you. Christopher B. Landon did an excellent job on this film. 5 stars
See it, believe it , enjoy it
Dealing with your demons can be a difficult thing to do. When you battle with them, you can overcome what life throws at you. But you are dealing with "Gargoyles". Normally you would see them as statues on buildings. Interesting to see, but you can actually see them in action. A father and daughter travel with a statue from Mexico to add to his collection. But strange encounters come along the way, when he meets a man who collect different artifacts. One of them was a skeleton of an unusual creature skeleton. Met with skepticism by the father, they have a conversation. That night, both the father and daughter meet a horrible fate when they are attacked and the owner of the tourist trap is killed. A strange creature attacked them while they are driving. The creature is a Gargoyle. They are considered the fallen angels from Heaven. They will attack mankind for as long as they can. But mankind can take action, and keep these horrible creatures at bay. This movie is a small start on horror films. The special effects were not bad. An interesting sight on how these creatures can look so convincing. The quality of the movie was fine. Consider it a cult classic. 2 out of 5 stars.
You talk about taking a wild ride!
There have been a lot of reboot of TV shows in the past. Some were good, others not so much. The ones I have seen were fine. Warner Bros. have done a few movie versions of their past TV shows. "Starsky & Hutch" was a Sony product which Warner Bros. snatched was comedic. They made "The Dukes of Hazzard" raunchy. But "CHIPS" has topped that. There were more puns and innuendos than anyone else. Making Jon Baker(Dax Shepherd) the underdog. And Frank Poncherello(Michael Pena) the more serious character of the film. This movie is different from the hit TV show. Larry Wilcox was serious. Erik Estrada was serious. Shepherd and Pena, take their roles to a whole new level. This Jon Baker is tattooed and riddled with scars. Poncherello on the other hand isn't a CHP, he's a federal agent. These two are investigating crime inside the department. This is heavy. Since this version is 21st Century, crime fighting has gone to a new level. Who would know that the captain would hit on Ponch like that. To put it like this, there was too much negative results. The heavy language, sex jokes, and the pictures from cell phones was just too much. More comedy than action. Without Erik Estrada, this movie would have been a bomb! He did save the movie. Enough of the critics, they were right about the bad points, but I enjoyed it though. This is made for individuals. But I won't forget the original TV show. 2 out of 5 stars.
Hostel on rails
Who remembered the movie "Hostel"? Well, "Train" is like ride you will never forget. And other horror films dealing with terror on board a train. American college students in Eastern Europe participate in a very hard match. After they win, the celebrate at an underground club. After blowing off too much steam, they miss the train to Odessa. In luck, they are able to find a train ride to go to Odessa. However, they don't know that it may be their last ride. When the doctor(Koina Ruseva) who invited the coach and team to their train, a surprise awaits them. The doctor subdued the coach. And everyone on the wrestling team are being tortured in different ways. They get maimed, disembodied, and other grizzly things that are in their fates. This is not a train, it's a mobile torture chamber. Thora Birch("Now and Then", "American Beauty", "Ghost World") played Alex, one of the wrestlers. Confidence is crucial when you are dealing with the opponent, you got to know one's weakness and use it as an advantage. Watching "Hostel" is one thing, "Train" is a little more challenging. 2 out of 5 stars.
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968)
Talk about finding yourself
The 60's. The year of the revolution. It's The Squares vs. The Flower Children. More likely "Hippies". While the common man work and provide the way they do best: Working for a living to provide. While the Hippie culture are considered to be the "Slackers". Sitting around, smoking pot, and roaming around in psychedelic vehicles. Peter Sellers(1925-80), plays Attorney Harold Fine, a very serious man who has happened to propose to his girlfriend, Joyce (Joyce Van Patten) when the family butcher dies, his brother living in Venice Beach happen to be a hippie. His girlfriend, Nancy (Leigh Taylor- Young) started to take a liking to Harold. Not only does he began to resent his life, he decided to delve into the hippie lifestyle after sampling Nancy's pot brownies. When he walked out of his wedding day, he started to get involved with Nancy in more ways than one. The best part of the film is when Harold kisses the butterfly tattoo on her thigh. After time, he finds out that the hippie life is not for him. Finding yourself is always something, indecision can hamper anyone. Are you happy where you are at? This movie is kind of interesting to see. You must know what the lifestyle is best for you. I can't make that for you. Watch the movie and see for yourself 3 out of 5 stars.
Birth of the Dragon (2016)
The Fight of the Century!
Bruce Lee(Philip Ng), is a legendary martial arts master. Quick, swift, efficient, and downright amazing in his art. However, a Buddhist monk named Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu), who traveled to San Francisco to challenge Lee. Wong came to San Francisco because Lee was teaching Kung Fu to non-Chinese. Bruce Lee was teaching this technique to them because he wants the everyone to know what the martial arts are like. Since martial arts are passed down from generation to generation, teaching outsiders was considered a violation. Bruce Lee made that change. So when Lee and Wong battle it out, it was an all-out brawl. But Wong wanted to keep it, simple. Though no absolute winner was declared, Lee's student Steve McKee(Bill Magnussen) made it personal for himself. I enjoyed the movie for myself. Rather silly than serious. The fighting in the scenes wasn't that bad. Though one character was made up, it was nice he was ever to help out someone that he cared for. "Dragon, The Bruce Lee Story", is a starter for those who want to hear the story of his life. This one is like a starter for his way of transformation of Kung Fu. Good for a rainy day. 2 out of 5 stars.
Motel Hell (1980)
The ultimate tourist trap!
Horror movies are normally used to scare the viewer. But who says, it couldn't be funny. For "Motel Hell", it's a riot. It kinda spoofs "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Without too much gore. The owner of Motel Hello, Vincent Smith(Rory Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Nancy Parsons, "Porky's) run the place. Not only does he run the motel, he's a farmer, butcher, and meat smoker. Unfortunately the meat he's smoking for his well-known sausages, are actually human meat. The owners are also CANNIBALS!! They would first, set up traps to disable the vehicles. They grab the victims, bury them from the neck up. And they would slit their throats so them wouldn't cry for help. The only person who was suspicious of the crimes is Vincent's own brother Bruce(Paul Linke, CHiPs' "Grossman) who happens to be the sheriff. Terry(Nina Axelrod) and her boyfriend Bo(Everett Creach) are the Smith's first victims. Bo was planted for harvesting while Vincent took advantage of the girlfriend. When Vincent was wooing Terry, Ida would try to get rid of her herself. Once Vincent tells the secrets of his success on smoking meats, the darker the plot gets. The cast of characters are great. DJ Wolfman Jack playing a reverend, Elaine Joyce playing a swinger, John Ratzenberger before "Cheers" playing a musician. The victims about sounded like zombies in a sense. The movie was more funny than scary. In the 1980's, satires were on the rise. You eat just about anything you want with this movie. You would need more than popcorn to watch this film. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.