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Intergalactic Swingers (2013)
Erotic b movie fun
I the chance to check this movie out and have to see I was entertained. The plot is borrowed and the special effects are quite decent for a movie in this genre.
The plot involves two aliens (Christie Stevens & Krissy Lynn) trying to find a new planet for their species to harvest. They end up helping a scientist in blowing up an asteroid heading to Earth.
Both Stevens and Lynn give credible performances, both acting and in their sexual performances. Erika Jordan is also pretty good in this movie, though she seemed bored in her sexual scene with Ryan Driller. Jordan clearly prefers women, and that becomes clear during her lesbian encounter with Stevens, and later during a steamy three way between her, Stevens, and her other boyfriend. Lynn has a steamy encounter with Sophia Bella that is one of the best I've ever seen in a soft core film like this.
Overall, if you are a fan of the soft core direct to video movies like this, you won't be disappointed. It has a fine cast, acceptable acting, and decent special effects.
Wild Rebels (1967)
Plan 9 of biker films
Let say, thank you to MST3K for getting me into this movie.
After years of searching I was finally able to locate a compilation DVD that had this film on it. I wanted to see the original version.
What I got was a movie that was so bad it's good, entertaining in a Plan 9 from Outer Space sort of way.
After wrecking his car during a race, Rod decides he's had enough, and is going to retire, and just enjoy life. He winds up in Florida at a go-go club. He carries his trusty guitar with him everywhere he goes. While at this bar, he is noticed by a group of outlaw bikers from a gang called Satan's Angels. One of them recognizes Rod from his race days, and a plan is hatched. They are going to hire him as their driver for a series of robberies. After Rod performs with the band, The Birdwatchers, a terrible Monkees clone band, that is playing at the club, they make they move. The use the seductive skills of Linda, (Bobbie Byers, a sexy woman that could charm anyone) who happens to be the girlfriend of the leader of the gang, Jeter.
Somehow, Rod ends up being followed by the Florida state police, and is used by them to infiltrate the gang to bring the them to justice. The film climaxes with a gun fight at a Lighthouse.
Yes, there are plenty of gaffs and continuity errors. You'll see a few scenes that are supposed to take place at night, but clearly take place later in the afternoon. You'll see guitars disappear and re-appear, People who seems to wear the same clothes everyday, despite this film's plot unfolding over several months. and you'll see plenty of vehicles that catch fire for no real reason.
The dialog is pretty bad, even worse then Plan 9, because even the actors seem like they are having a hard time saying them without laughing. Steve Alamio simply is a horrible actor, mediocre singer, and a terrible choice for the film's hero.
Add all of that up, and you have the perfect so bad it's good entertaining b movie that is perfect for a day when nothing good is on cable, and by judging of the play list for the premium channels as of late, that's a lot of days. I highly recommend this movie for all lovers of b-movies!
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Bad movie lives up to legend
From the opening, where we told about people testifying about future events that haven't happened, to some of the worst set designs ever, Plan 9 From outer Space lives up to the legend of it being one of the worst movies ever.
And this is where the movie is actually okay, if the plot could be co-herent. The plot, if one could call it that is about a race of aliens looking to invade Earth using an army of the dead, which can be controlled by Electro guns.
There are several cases of night turning into day, and day into night, and a scene where a police officer scratches his head with a loaded gun. This all in addition to severe overuse of stock footage to advance the plot.
That all being said, Plan 9 is not with out charm. It is the perfect b level low budget film. It is entertaining, funny in spots where its not supposed to be, and filled with enough over the top scene chewing acting, It really is a so bad it's good style movie.
However, I don't think that Ed Wood should still have the honor of being the worst director of all time. At least, not while Michael Bay is still making movies
J. Edgar (2011)
Eastwood misfires with the bio pic
I'm not really sure where to begin.
I could start with the consistent jumping back and forth in time. It happens at such a pace you can't tell when is the "present day" and when is the past. The script is rather tepid and poorly delivered. The set design is drab, and the consistent poor lighting is also a distraction.
One of the main sticking issues is..does Eastwood want to paint Hoover as a hero? Does he want to paint him as a gay man trying to lead a secret public life? Do we Pity J.Edgar? Should we despise him? When the film drags on and on, not really going anywhere, you find yourself not caring at all about one of the most controversial figures in modern American Times. And when the time comes for J.Edgar to pass away, the film treats it with a "hey look, he's dead" attitude.
I enjoy bi-op films, but this just really dragged on, like the dentist appointment from hell. Even if you are a die-hard fan of anyone in this movie, or of Eastwood's films, avoid this one as if it didn't exist.
Funny buddy film with a twist.
It is hard to figure out where to start as to why this film works on so many levels.
The movie opens as a young girl witnesses an UFO crash on her front lawn, in the process, squishing her dog Paul to death. We next catch up with Graeme (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost) as two sci-fi fans who've come to America on holiday. After a less then friendly meeting with their idol, a writer named Adam Shawdowchild, the two friends begin to check out the many sights, running into some unfriendly hillbillies along the way. While trying to escape them, they witness a car crash. The driver is an alien named Paul, trying to get to a point where he is to meet the mother ship.
What happens is a buddy road trip film where Paul becomes friends with Clive, Graeme, and Ruth (Kristen Wiig, along for the ride after she and Paul get into an argument over the existence of God).
Throw in FBI Agents (Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, and Joe lo Truglio) on Paul's trial, and a very bad government agent (played with zest by Sigourney Weaver), and you have quite a funny movie that works on all levels. Paul even attempts to connect with Tara, now a grown woman who's life was turned upside down after her encounter with Paul as a child.
Paul is a movie that is funny, sentimental, creative, and at the same time, pays homage to sci-fi films like Star Wars, Aliens, and many other as it incorporates lines from those films into its own plot. The twist at the end works as well, as this movie is truly underrated. Yes, the humor may be crass at times, but there is also charm as well. A must see movie that is very underrated!
I thought I knew it all.
I should be clear that I am a film history buff, and i really thought I knew pretty much everything there was to know, until I saw Moguls and Movie stars.
The documentary starts off in the penny arcades, where we are told that films are considered the entertainment choice of the poor and less educated. This quickly dismissed medium soon takes the world by storm.
We then learn how powerful women where at the beginning stages of Hollywood, working as writers and directors, and producing some of the biggest films of the era. The documentary examines the pre-Hayes code films, and what Hollywood did to clean up its own image.
Hollywood's handling of Hitler and World War II is told with amazing insight, and it contains a real eye opening story on how Casleblanca may never had been made if it weren't for Pearl Harbor.
We then move on to the films of the 50's and 60's, and the story of James Dean is told. The series does end way too soon, as the 1970's, and the era of the cheap drive in flick don't get this stories told.
Christopher Plummer is amazing as the narrator, and makes the entire series enjoyable. Hopefully, another installment will be produced, connecting a hundred plus years of Hollywood. This is a must series for not only the true film buff like myself, or the novice with a new interest in the history of Hollywood.
machete is a true action film
There is a list I have. The list is exclusive, only a select few or on that list, and Machete is one of them.
The list consist of films that I don't care how farm in it is, I'm going to watch it when its on TV. It could be all done save for the last half hour, I'm going to watch it.
The film starts with Machete, then still a fed, on a case, hunting for a drug kingpin played by Steve Seagall, making his debut as a pure villain. Machete, much like the anti-heroes in Robert Rodriguez's other films, is forced to watch his wife be brutally murdered. The scene plays out in the opening segment.
When we later find Machete, he's slightly down on his luck, when he is approached by Michael Booth, played with evil delight by Jeff Fahey. The plan Booth hatches is for Machete to hatch a assassination attempt on the congressman that Booth works for, Sen. McLoughlin (Robert Deniro), Machete(Danny Trejo) shoots the senator in the leg, only to learn he himself is targeted to be a martyr so that the senator can conspire with a group of anti-immigration bigots led by Von Jackson, played with chilling effect by Don Johnson, playing against the type we are used to see him play. Machete is aided in exposing the plot by a rogue agent named Sartana (Jessica Alba), and a mysterious woman named Luz (Michelle Rodriguez). The supporting cast features fine performances from Lindsay Lohan, Tom Savini, Shea Wingham, and as the ill-fated priest, Cheech Marin.
The movie is amazing one of Robert Rodriguez gems, and the action is fast paced, and the soundtrack helps create the mood and setting of the movie. Yes its a little violent, but the violence is never not justified. And simply one of the best films released in 2010
La zia svedese (1981)
A true classic soft-core film
It's been well over 20 years since I last saw this film, so forgive me if the memory is a little foggy.
The Other Woman, known here in the states as My Swedish Aunt, is a well acted soft-core erotic film, with an attractive cast, wit, and some arousing erotic scenes. Marina Hedman ism a drop dead gorgeous Blond that many men would lust over, and Laura Levi is stunning as Alice the maid, a woman that everyone who's ever had a Maid fantasy would think about. Peter Thompson is great as the hapless, in over his head Marco.
The dubbing is bad, as sometimes, the lines come after the person has actually spoke. That is the only thing that is bad about this movie.
It would be great if Cinemazx and show time started showing these imported late 1970's and early 1980's soft-core films...something that helped spawn the cable networks success in the early days.
Catching Hell (2011)
Amazing tale of a man who should be forgiven
Im not sure how ESPN goes about choosing those who direct the documentaries in the 30 for 30 series, but they always seem to find the best.
The documentary is as much about Bartman as it is the overall reaction of long suffering Cubs fans. Add in the description of how the Cubs securities forces got Steve Bartman out of there alive, and you have a fast moving, very entertaining and informative docudrama.
And there is plenty of new light shed on the infamous incident. Testimonies from fans that sat near Bartman (many of whom sympathize with the hapless Cubs fan) and learning that Bartman was actually at the game with friends was interesting. However, this pails in comparison when there is focus on the little league team (whose sweater Bartman was wearing that night) that Bartman was coaching at the time, and those young ball players support of their coach.
If anyone comes out the villain, it's the arrogant Cubs fan who left his seats in the nose bleed section to yell at Bartman, a man who to this day admits that he'd do it again, and blames Bartman for the Cubs lose.
Moises Alou doesn't come off too good at all. Alou comes off arrogant, and dismissive of the suffering that Bartman went through. Even with Alou's thick accent, you can tell that he still deep down blames Steve Bartman for the Cubs never making it to the world series.
This film not only manages to shed tons of new details on the incident, but also manages to have the viewer walk away wanting to buy Steve Bartman a beer and pat him on the back, instead of crucifying him.
And maybe that's what the Cubs (and their fans) need to do. It's time for the Cubs to forgive Steve Bartman the way the Red Sox forgave Bill Buckner.
PS It was interesting to know that Buckner was wearing a Cubs batting glove on his hand when he missed the bunt from Mookie Wilson.
South Park: You're Getting Old (2011)
greatest episode yet
For the 35 years I've been alive, I can say that there are few times that I've been shocked. One was the season finale of House, and the second, was the episode of South Park that aired on June 8th of 2011.
The plot starts off rather standard, with Stan's parents at a crossroads because they are feeling out of touch with the younger generation. They also feel they are in a rut, repeating the same patterns over and over again. Little did they know, that this feeling is also being experience by Stan. This causes a divide between Kyle, Cartman and Stan. And while Stan tries to prove he hasn't outgrown that which entertains his friends, he fails badly. The boys agreed to see a movie, which resulted in Stan annoyed at the countless ads for movies featuring Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, and others. He sees, well crap where his friends see entertainment. After being critical of one too many previews, Cartman and Kyle leave him behind.
Stan pleads with Kyle to give him one last chance but is rebuffed. What follows is a montage where Stan comes to grip with his feelings, while its learned that the Marshes are leaving South park.
And this is where the shock comes in: You spend the time waiting for kyle to forgive Stan, and all to be well. The moment never comes, and we close with Stan laying in bed, in a brand new town. And as Stan lets up a depressed sigh, the closing credits roll. What is the future of Stan Marsh? While Kyle seek for him to return to South Park? we don't know.
It was Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman in the beginning. Kenny has faded away, and it looks like Stan is a goner, leaving just Kyle and Cartman to carry the load. Since it debuted 14 years ago, South Park has relied on gags to shock us. Little did we know they could shock us with a little heart.
I'm already looking forward to the next season of South Park...the fate of Stan Marsh.