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Caved In (2006)
One for the Worst lists...
If you like bad movies for the camp value, you might enjoy this steaming pile, otherwise step carefully around it and keep moving.
I laughed my butt off.
So many glaring errors and "it doesn't work that way"s, I can't imagine the writers did much other than drink and scribble on cocktail napkins.
A favorite was the endless pump action shotgun that never ran out of ammo. A "queen" beetle has to rank up there, too. And the 1980's had better CGI.
This movie could be re-made entirely from clips of other underground/giant insect movies, from the rickety swinging rope bridge to the hang from ledge edge and have your hands stepped on by the bad guy. They really covered every cliché possible from the genre, more to fill time than as any sort of "homage".
I couldn't spoil the ending if I wanted to. You already know it. You'll know every move the movie makes on the way there, too, including all the terrible telegraphed one liners, and the attempt to distract the audience from that knowing - with odd blaster guns and graphic violence - only highlights the fact that there isn't an original moment of the 90 minutes you'll regret having spent watching this.
Stay away, unless you like to laugh at the absurd.
Desert Steel (1994)
Just plain bad, and not in a good way
It is hard to say exactly why this movie is so bad. A typical sports oriented cliché plot and storyline doesn't help, but by itself wouldn't sink a movie. The acting is bad, but I've seen much worse. The sets and action scenes aren't great, and again I've seen worse. I guess it is just the total mix of all the bad elements. There really isn't anything here to redeem the package, and it isn't bad enough to make for good camp fun. I like a lot of movies other people think are bad, and not just the campy stuff, but this one couldn't win me over - which is saying something.
Oh, one more thing -- (comic book guy mode on) WORST... FOLEY... EVER! (comic book guy mode off)
Spare yourself, and skip this one. Really.
It's Good to Be Alive (1974)
Serious, solid drama
We get a front row seat to serious trials and tribulations as Roy Campanella, Major League Baseball's first black catcher, struggles to rehab from a car accident that left him paralyzed below the shoulders. We get some flashback moments to show how Roy got to where he did, but the focus is on his life after the accident, dealing with his own agonies and those of his family as they all try to cope, sometimes well, often times not.
There are some trite/cliché moments in the movie (including a scene very reminiscent of the Lou Gehrig farewell speech), but even those hold up well due to the quality of the acting, and the realism of the direction (Kudos to Michael Landon in his directorial debut!).
Solid acting performances by all the players, and a realism (I'd like to use the word "gritty" even though it isn't quite right, but neither is any other adjective I can think of) that hit me right in the gut.
I think even those who don't like sports movies in general, but who appreciate a good real life drama, would enjoy this mostly "lost" TV movie. I'd never even heard of this before I saw it the other night, and it deserves a wider audience strictly on its merits, and even more so as an important piece of history many probably don't know about.
Shatner's Raw Nerve (2008)
Raw Nerve is that and more!
OK, a celebrity interview series with William Shatner hosting. The joke almost writes itself, doesn't it? No! Heck No! There is no doubt that in many regards the iconic Shatner winds up being a comedy/self parody element rather than a "serious" talent. This interview series shattered that perception for me.
If you want something in depth, that really gets to the essence of what has made a celebrity what they are today, a real honest glimpse of what makes them tick, instead of the plug for recently made material and a couple of gratuitous cliché "funny moments", this is the series you want to watch - forget the late night talkies. No BS! The first of these I saw, I thought it had to be a fluke. Luck. No one gets a celebrity to expose themselves this way! After I'd seen three or four more, and each interview reached that same level of intimacy, I knew this wasn't luck. This was indeed talent. Maybe it is the crew behind the scenes doing the magic, but Shatner is putting the face on it, and he is not just pulling it off, but performing absolute magic.
If you've been avoiding this only because of the camp factor involved with things William Shatner, do yourself a big favor, put that aside, and watch two episodes. You won't regret it. Heck, you'll be hooked.
If you can point to a better celebrity interview series, please email me directly, because that is something I want to see! I _have_ to see the rest of these, even if the interviews I haven't seen yet are only shadows of the couple episodes I've seen.
10 out of 10. Kudos, Shatner!
Not great but not bad - wonderful aboriginal dancing!
This 1930's Australian adventure flick has all the typical clichés found in movies of the period, including some obvious nods to "The Sheik", and the writers had to have seen a Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movie or two... ("Homage" not "Rip Off", right?)
The story is a bit slow at parts, and telegraphs most of its punches well in advance, but there is one nice plot twist, and the slow story advancement isn't overly off-putting in such a short work, especially when some very nicely done travelogue style cinematography fills the gaps. Worth watching at least once, if only for the awesome native dances done by the aboriginal cast!
Download it from Archive.org, the price is right...
Xiao lao hu (1973)
Not a great kung fu movie, but far from the worst
I got this movie as part of a three pack, with the other two titles being Snake Crane Secret (which is on at least half of the compilation kung fu DVD's), and Breathing Fire (which as one reviewer here said is "Crap-tastic!"). Bargain Bin.
The blurb on the DVD box incorrectly states Jackie Chan is the taxi driver/hero of the movie. He actually plays one of the thugs, with a bad mole on his face, and is only a supporting actor - which means less screen time, and less of him in the fight sequences. Too bad.
Some of the fights are good, but most are only average for a kung fu flick: better than the Phillipino stuff, but not by much, and definitely not up to the Chinese Movie Village standard. The car chase scenes are almost bad enough to be funny. Almost.
I have to agree with the other comment, for an action movie this is quite slowly paced, and seemed like much longer than 90 minutes.
I wouldn't avoid seeing it, but I'd avoid paying money for it unless you are a Jackie Chan complete-ist - and be ready for Chan to take a back seat, not center stage.
Shira: The Vampire Samurai (2005)
Worst. Movie. Ever.
I love bad movies. You know the phrase "so bad it's good", well in this case it isn't. It is just plain bad.
I couldn't finish watching it bad.
I didn't have any clue that the Japanese scenes were supposed to be 16th century until I read it elsewhere. The casting is terrible. The costumes suck. The "effects" are horrid, worst fake blood I've seen in quite some time. The acting is bad, but not bad enough to have camp value. Worst fight choreography I've seen anywhere. No continuity between many of the scenes, they just jump to what they want to show next without any tie-in to plot or previous action. Even the T&A, which would have been this flicks only redeeming virtue, was done poorly.
Worst. Movie. Ever.
I think this would be a fine candidate for the 100 worst movies, except it will probably never get enough votes to make the list - which is a good thing, because it will mean many folks never saw it and were spared intense suffering.
Not great, but not bad either
A remake of a classic film isn't usually the best place to start from, but I was pleasantly surprised that this one wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I can't say it is great, but I did enjoy it. Harry Anderson seemed to be trying a little too hard at times, but I could understand why with such a great performance in the original by Jimmy Stewart. His Elwood grew on me as the movie progressed. (Incidentally, Mr. Stewart wasn't happy with his performance, and wished he had done a better job putting more into the character, from what I've read).
Not great, but not horrible. I'd watch the original over this is a heartbeat, but I wouldn't change the channel if this version were to re-air. I gave it a 5 out of 10.
Far Out Man (1990)
Not up to Cheech & Chong originals, but funny anyways
I liked this movie. It has some lame moments, but then I think all of the C&C, except for Up In Smoke (an absolute classic), have a few of those. I'd rate this better than Still Smokin' and definitely a step above The Corsican Brothers (which I really didn't care for).
Cheech & Chong had a hard time of it thru the 80's, with the Drug Wars in full swing, and were basically blackballed from Hollywood. Cheech caved in, and went "straight" to keep working (since he is the son of a cop, I can't blame him too much). Tommy never gave up, and suffered for it. This movie was an attempt to make a little money, and I think the main reason the family fills out the cast is because they would work cheap. The few others (C. Thomas Howell, Michael Winslow, Judd Nelson) are in this film mostly as favors, including the cameo by Cheech. Don't take this as gospel, it is just what I've heard thru the grapevine. I also heard they almost didn't get this film published, the "heat" was still on.
The plot is thin, but so is the plot in every other C&C movie. Cheesy at times, it still has some great lines and a few laugh out loud moments. Oscar material it ain't, but as a silly stoner movie it isn't half bad. If you are looking for Northern Lights, the commercial Mex quality will disappoint. Don't expect too much, and you'll probably enjoy it.
Pull up a dick and have a seat.
All units, we have a report of a crazy mutha-fuka with a gun... a crazy mutha-fuka with a gun.
worst of the c&c movies, only hardcore fans need apply
This one is a dud. I wouldn't call it the worst movie ever made, but the jokes and running gags are pretty lame. A couple of moments buried in the midst, and they really aren't worth digging for.
I would pass on this one, and watch Far Out Man or Born In East LA instead in a heartbeat, neither of which are classics, but they are far better than this steaming monkey pile.
They went for "straight" comedy to fight a Hollywood blackballing in the middle of the Reagan-era drug war hype, and their humor obviously suffers for it. Cheech decided to cave in, Chong did not, and that is the reason for their split more than anything else.