Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

MST3K Film Candidate: The Wraith

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

How was I unaware of this film until now?

Not only is it Knightrider meets supernatural revenge fantasy, it’s so 80s it hurts.

Capsule Movie Review: Ip Man

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Ip Man is a movie with first rate fight choreography (courtesy of Sammo Hung) in a third rate plot so trite and hackneyed (and a lead character so one-dimensionally perfect) that the Shaw Brother would have been slightly embarrassed to put it up on screen.

Here’s the justly famous “10-1” fight scene:

Watch the fight scene highlights and skip the rest…

Elvis vs. King Kong vs. Godzilla

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Mark Finn reminded me that Elvis Presley’s birthday was this week, so to celebrate I thought I’d put up this very, very silly video…

MST3K Renewed For 12th Season

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

This news just broke via MST3K Kickstarter mailing list: They’ve been reviewed for a 12th season by Netflix!

Deadpool 2 Trailer Channels Bob Ross

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Very silly and very Not Safe For Work (which the word “Deadpool” should imply anyway).

Halloween Horrors: “Remains of the Day”

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

I always thought this musical number from Corpse Bride was pretty cool, and I still do. It also has more than enough dancing skeletons for Halloween:

Jerry Lewis, RIP

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Comedian, actor and director Jerry Lewis has died at age 91.

It’s hard to evaluate the work of someone who absolutely dominated their field for an extended period of time and then almost immediately went out of fashion. Lewis was far and away the most successful comic actor of mid-century America, appearing in an extremely successful series of movies with Dean Martin, then having a successful solo career as both a actor and director.

But after The Nutty Professor, it was a long, long slide. Between 1963 and 1980, you had Rowen & Martins Laugh-In, Lenny Bruce, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Richard Pryor, Saturday Night Live and Robin Williams, yet in Hardly Working (intended as a “comeback” film), Lewis was doing the same tried physical shtick. (Roger Ebert called it “one of the worst movies ever to achieve commercial release in this country.”) In between he directed the amazingly ill-conceived and incomplete The Day the Clown Cried, about a clown (Lewis) entertaining children on the way to the gas chamber in Auschwitz. Surviving footage suggests it is every bit as awful and cringe-worthy as you’d imagine.

In the meantime, he taught an acclaimed directing class at USC attended by (among others) George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and was a familiar face for decades of television viewers for his Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon. And he turned in the occasional fine dramatic performance, such as in The King of Comedy.

For someone who smoked as much as he did, had as many health issues, and battled prescription drug abuse, 91 is a very rip old age indeed.

Here’s a very early footage of Lewis and Martin from what I think may be the very first MDA telethon:

Here he is making his appearance as nutty professor alter ego Buddy Love:

And here’s a long, interesting piece on Lewis I linked to once before.

Hail the Departing Godzilla

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Haruo Nakajima, the original actor inside the Godzilla suit for the first twelve Toho films, has died at age 88.

The suit was so hot and heavy that Nakajima evidently fainted several times during the making of the original Godzilla.

Here are some video tributes:

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Trailer

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

It would be remiss of me not to share this…

Premiering on SyFy August 6.

Three Sentence Review of Tora! Tora! Tora!

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

1st part: Slow, static and talky.
2nd part: Slow, static and talky.
3rd part: HOLY FUCK!!!!!