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« Reply #2085 on: July 02, 2022, 05:40:29 AM »

"Goin' Coconuts" (1978)
Time for some serious retro crap!
Donny and Marie Osmond play themselves in this hellishly bad 70s comedy/musical/adventure. When the brother and sister act arrive in Hawaii to perform a concert, Marie is given a necklace by a mysterious man. The duo then spends the rest of the movie being chased all over the islands by a gang of bumbling crooks, who want the necklace because it holds a clue to a lost treasure. TV sitcom level hijinks and terrible musical numbers ensue.
... I'll admit it, I sat through this movie several times on cable when I was a kid, due to my raging pre-teen crush on Marie Osmond. Even then, I thought it was cheap and corny as hell, but when it popped up on YouTube I still couldn't resist pressing "play." It certainly hasn't improved with age!
Legend has it that Marie turned down the role of "Sandy" in "Grease" to make this movie instead. I bet she still kicks herself for that decision on a regular basis.
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« Reply #2086 on: July 02, 2022, 02:55:04 PM »

MST3K: DEMON SQUAD: Joel's brief return to hosting the series is one of the highlights of the current season. He slips right into character (which, honestly, is pretty much just his own laid-back personality anyway). The movie is a likeable little modern indie made in Mobile, Ala. for 15K, about a detective in a city where monsters and demons live alongside humans (a la CAST A DEADLY SPELL). Riffing is standard for this season, but I liked the "Cheers" parody host segment (mostly for the credits and cool artwork). 3.5/5.
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« Reply #2087 on: July 02, 2022, 02:59:36 PM »

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The Omen 2 - They were going for more of a drive-in / grindhouse sort of vibe with this one. It's not high art but at least it's unpretentious. Damien goes to military school and gets ready to join his illustrious industrious family's big corporation. He is clearly cut out for the role of soul less big business guy, and his secret army of helpers will of course make sure he gets there. If you remember anything about this it's probably the various relatively creative kills like the women attacked by the crow or the guy at the frozen lake when they're playing hockey.

Nothing beats the original film though "It's all for you , Damien. it's all for you!" Sure it rode on the Exorcist's coat tails, but what a ...coat tale rider

4/5
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« Reply #2088 on: July 03, 2022, 09:55:25 PM »

GELATERIA (2019): An experimental series of surreal/absurd sketches, where the style changes every couple of minutes, that follows a PHANTOM OF LIBERTY/SLACKER structure for the first half and then eventually turns into a short film about a woman (played by a man in half-assed drag) who falls for a scam where a gallery on a remote island agrees to host her paintings. It's very rough and unfinished, like a sketchbook or work in progress, but it's only an hour long and enough of the unpredictable ideas work to keep you interested. There's also some quite fine musical performances (and one deliberately terrible one). You're not likely to stumble across it but it's on Vimeo for $2 to rent or $5 to own. 3/5.
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« Reply #2089 on: July 04, 2022, 12:54:58 AM »

Mad God.

A stop motion movie that has been made over 30 years and brought to you by the man who made Starship Troopers 2. I'd heard a lot about this one, but few concrete details. Having watched it I can understand why reviews were short on what it is actually about. While it has unintelligible noises scattered throughout, there are no actual words spoken in this film. It seems to be a collage of random scenes set after some sort of apocalyptic war (or possibly in its last days) and everything has just broken down. Crowley's "And do what thy will shall be the whole of the law" is the mantra and everyone is engaging in their basest instincts to torture. If there is a plot running through it then I wasn't paying enough attention to pick up on it.

You might find the imagery powerful and moving, you might find it grotesque or you might just find it random and pointless. I am surprised it rates as highly as it does. Normally I'd expect a movie like this to gather a very limited audience who proclaims the genius of its maker while the rest of the world finds it pretentious at best.

I'd be more interested in the Rev's take on this film than I was in the film itself.
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« Reply #2090 on: July 05, 2022, 08:47:47 AM »

ALIENS, CLOWNS & GEEKS (2019): A failed actor finds himself hunted by gangsters and clown aliens, all of whom are after the mysterious obelisk that appears in his ass. B-movie comedy with a 90s feel that's substance free and festooned with vulgar bling: butt jokes, vomit jokes, drag queen jokes, dwarf jokes, cameos from old sitcom stars. 3/5
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« Reply #2091 on: July 05, 2022, 12:32:43 PM »

"House Of Wax" (2005)
College kids on a road trip have car trouble near a seemingly abandoned small town. They eventually learn the only two remaining residents are a pair of insane twin brothers who keep their family's roadside wax museum attraction running -- by turning unfortunate travelers into statues.
Pretty typical early 00s teen-horror remake, loosely based on the Vincent Price oldie. It's the kind of movie where the characters are all such morons that they totally deserve everything that happens to them. It's got some cool gooey gore effects, though, and the "wax museum" set design is impressive (esp. at the end when it's all melting and falling in on itself).
The movie is probably best remembered for its casting of then-popular annoying socialite bimbo Paris Hilton in a supporting role, then using the fact that her character dies horribly as a marketing hook ("SEE PARIS DIE!").
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« Reply #2092 on: July 05, 2022, 01:36:49 PM »

Eyes of Fire.

An 80s movie (which surprised me as for one thing it had escaped my notice previously and it did not look like it had been filmed 40 years ago). A small group of religious outcasts wander from British territory to French trying to escape persecution for adulterous behaviour. They come under attack from Shawnee Indians before taking shelter in a valley where the Indians seem afraid to pursue them. Inside supernatural forces stalk and torment the small group killing them one by one.
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« Reply #2093 on: July 05, 2022, 02:21:05 PM »

Doe - decent enough sci fi thing where a guy wakes up not knowing who he is and then realizes he speaks hundreds of languages. He gets married, becomes a language professor but then starts to get the bug to find out who he really is, which is when the trouble starts.

B list cast and B list writing/ plot make for a decent B list night.

3.75 /5

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« Reply #2094 on: July 05, 2022, 04:53:58 PM »

Sheep Skin - Some guys kidnap a man they believe is a murderous werewolf for revenge, and hold him to see if he'll change.  It's a chamber piece in mostly one location and limited cast.  I found this relatively well made for an obvious micro budget, but after 15 to 20 minutes I had to call uncle and skip to the end.  The problem?  The worst audio I may have ever heard in any film in my entire life.  Cast is muffled, some people are very low talking, highly annoying mechanical droning sounds, fluorescent light noises constantly, and a dull bass overpowering everything on top of it.  If you turn it up loud enough to hear the audio, you'll probably get a headache. 

Based on what I was able to get out of Sheep Skin, the director/writer has some talent, just BADLY needs to fix his audio.  Hell, the film could be saved if they just ADRed the whole thing, why not?

Fun fact - the director of this worked on the resurrection of New York Ninja as editor.

Eyes of Fire.

An 80s movie (which surprised me as for one thing it had escaped my notice previously and it did not look like it had been filmed 40 years ago). A small group of religious outcasts wander from British territory to French trying to escape persecution for adulterous behaviour. They come under attack from Shawnee Indians before taking shelter in a valley where the Indians seem afraid to pursue them. Inside supernatural forces stalk and torment the small group killing them one by one.

Kind of reminded me of Aguirre, I watched this one recently too.  An interesting film, worth checking out.
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« Reply #2095 on: July 07, 2022, 08:58:34 AM »

LO (2009): Justin uses a spellbook to summon the infernal spirit Lo to help him see his dead girlfriend, but the demon may have other ideas. This is the kind of low budget movie that wouldn't ever cross a Hollywood producer's mind: the subject matter would make fundamentalists protest, the protagonist spends (almost) the entire film inside a pentagram, and the flashbacks are staged on theatrical sets. Good stuff, unexpectedly touching. 3.5/5.
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« Reply #2096 on: July 07, 2022, 01:22:10 PM »

The Grandmaster (2013)

A romanticised life story of kung fu grandmaster Yip Man, who would later train Bruce Lee. This is a bit of a disappointment. All the visual flourish of Wong Kar Wai is there, and Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung look suitably glamourous, but both the plot and the characters are wafer thin. There are a lot of fights, stuff happens, many people are thrown through doors or walls, but there is very little emotion linking it all together.  If instead of stylish clothes, the characters wore flowing robes and had complicated hairdos, this could very well pass for your standard wuxia epic.

Also, a remarkably claustrophobic movie, with a lot of the shots as close ups, which gives it a distinctive atmosphere.
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« Reply #2097 on: July 07, 2022, 04:04:31 PM »

"The Mentors: Kings Of Sleaze Rockumentary" (2018)
The long and bizarre history of the notorious pervert El Duce and his merry band of porno rockers is examined in a warts & all documentary that is far more entertaining than it has any right to be, given the subject matter. A total hoot.
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« Reply #2098 on: July 08, 2022, 03:13:48 PM »

Dark August (1976) - This was apparently mentioned in the book Nightmare USA which was a big deal in our sort of circles about 20 years ago. The actors and actresses are not very attractive, the story takes quite a while to get going, and there are no special effects to speak of so no surprise is is available for free on tubi.

The plot is: A guy accidentally hits a little girl and the girl's grandfather is so upset he starts to weirdly stalk the guy. It looks like one of those swampy horror movies MST3K makes fun of combined with, say, Antrum.

Despite it's extreme lack of Hollywood flair, it's generally pretty watchable. I'm guessing it was made cheaply to be shown as the opener at a Drive in and that some of you would enjoy it, if you haven't already.

3.75 / 5
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« Reply #2099 on: July 09, 2022, 05:36:00 AM »

Land of Cards/Tasher Desh (2012)

Spurred on by Reverend Powell, I gave it a try to see if I could make sense of it, and no, I can't.

Land of Cards is a 1933 play for children by Rabindrath Tagore, and this movie is a deconstructivist take on it. The second part, in the land of the cards, is by far the most watchable.
I am unfamiliar with the play itself, so I can't tell whether all the postmodern trappings are a clever comment, or whether the director is just a poseur. Given that  the original is a children's book, I would doubt that it has as much sexiness, however.
The music (taken from the original play) is nice.
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