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Timber Tramps (1975)
A fun old timed film about the timber cutters in Alaska
Considering that this movie was made in 1975, and considering the time, this was a fun movie. There are lots of popular stars of the time in this picture, and plenty of drinking fist fights, and action.
People need to remember that times were different back then, it was more old fashioned. How easy it is to sound smooth and sarcastic and mocking of such a film, but these people weren't there and I was. I was born in Alaska, and the old days were fun, adventurous, and exciting.
No current movie could capture the spirit of old timed Alaska like this one. And it never will. So people, take this movie for what it's worth--a low budget comedy action movie made in Alaska when life was rough and tumble, and people really lived like this! I ought to know, I was born here in Alaska 57 years ago.
Watch this movie and enjoy it for a fun, slapstick peek into the past, when Alaska was wild, adventurous, and fun!
The Lone Wolf (1954)
Louis Hayward is Cool!
As mentioned in another interview, the new Michael Lanyard of the Lone Wolf TV series is Louis Hayward. Hayward was perfect as the Lone Wolf--soft spoken, slight smile on his face, and tough boxer who knocks out the bad guys when needed. The Lone Wolf always seemed to have enough money to take on juicy cases that mostly involved old friends who were wronged or were in desperate trouble of some kind. He was always jet-setting around and drove nice cars, mostly convertibles. He stays in nice hotels and has many lady friends who would be glad to noose him and settle him down. A cool thing is when he needs to see someone and can't get to them, he leaves a small coin with a wolf insignia on it and the person knows it's only from Michael Lanyard, the Lone Wolf. They always know how to get a hold of him. Louis Hayward is the slightly swaggering, mannish, soft-spoken hero of the detective TV 50's. He's always cool and knows what to say. Also mentioned the show now plays on American Life TV after It's a Great Life, another fun 50's series. I record the shows and play them back to back some weekend afternoons for fun detective time where the good guy always wins. If you can't stay up that late program the show in and replay it when you can. I think you'll like the ultra cool artsy image it conveys. Cool lines, cool cars, cool characters. I only wish that the show was on DVD. I'd buy it in a minute. If you like good guys to win in the end, you'll like The Lone Wolf!
Dead & Deader (2006)
Fun movie for a Saturday night!
One thing I've always liked about Sci-Fi channel is their fun movies they like to produce themselves.
Army Lt. Bobby Quinn (Dean Cain) and his platoon are assigned to a special trip to Cambodia to find out why a secret scientific lab stopped sending communications to the United States, and upon arriving at the secret lab, they are confronted with dead soldiers and scientists who are zombies infected by a mysterious mutated species of insects that the lab was working on. The zombies attack and kill Cain and his platoon and are later discovered by another expedition sent in to investigate.
The second group transports Cain and his platoon back to the United States to another secret research compound where he is presumed dead and awaiting processing in the morgue, when he wakes up during autopsy. Although Lt. Cain was bitten and infected and died like his platoon, for some reason, he doesn't completely die and turn into a flesh eating monster like the other soldiers. Seems that he has something in his blood that limits his zombie traits although he does take on some of the characteristics of the zombies like needing to eat raw meat. He is told that he has to stay on the compound but Cain's platoon, now flesh eating zombies, start waking up and killing the military and scientific staff at the compound. During the confusion Lt. Cain escapes the military compound with the help of his new friend, army cook Hieronymous Judson (Guy Torry) who, by the way is very comedic. Judson, Cain's new sidekick, is very funny and provides plenty of comic relief throughout the movie. Keep your eye on Guy, I'm betting you see more of him in the future.
So, Caine and Judson go on a crusade to find the compound with the source of the infection in the other secret compound. In a bar where Cain and Judson stop for a bite to eat (ha ha) he meets a saucy bartender named Holly (Susan Ward), a beautiful but independent heroine that is typical modern American woman: she can beat you up while looking beautiful. When Cain is caught by local authorities to take him back to the military compound where he's accused of murder, Holly steps in and rescues him, and gets caught up in the crusade after she sees friends at the bar die at the hand of hungry munching zombies. As the movie progresses, it becomes obvious that Holly has a thing for Cain.
As these three go from location to location looking to destroy the source of the infections, and kill zombies, they encounter bad guys and plenty of hungry zombies who love a good fight. There's lots of humor and flirting going on between Cain and Holly, and lots of good fun and cheesy zombie effects. So people, when you watch a Sci-Fi movie like this, be glad that they choose to carry on the great tradition of weekend horror movies that provide light entertainment and enjoy them for what they are: fun times and some good scares and laughs. This movie is recommended for a good time with that good friend, some popcorn and your favorite beverage!
Unknown Powers (1978)
An interesting movie about the supernatural from the 70's
Unknown powers is an interesting documentary from 1978. As expected, the quality is quite dated. Various older movie stars from the 70's host a variety of short stories on a variety of elements of the supernatural, everything from faith operations in the Phillipines (which has now been debunked) to ghostly apparitions found in the old prisons of the Civil War.
There's an interesting segment on Jim Jones as a faith healer from San Francisco, who migrated and built his own town and named it Jonestown. Times were different then, less cynicism, more interest in exploring the spirital in church led to many poor desperate people latching on to scheisters like Jim Jones, who took all their money for himself,slept with all the women, then had them all murdered before he committed suicide.
The movie does have some real cheesy parts to it, but some actual footage of some of the stories and the scary background music put a good spook in you. This movie would be a pleasant distraction for a rainy afternoon, watch it to see what spiritual documentaries were like in the 70's.