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Re: List Thread-Third Annual Drive-In/Exploitation/B-Movie Challenge Mar 31-Apr 30 20


Goal: 60
Legend:
First Time Views *
Watched With Wife *
- March 31st -
1.)
Android (1982) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: Super cheesy 80's Sci-Fi, sort of like Black Hole except with tits and Androids instead of Droids. It also stars the ever creepy Klaus Kinski and Charlie from the Critters franchise. I liked this movie but it dragged a bit too much for me to love it. An 80 minute move should not feel like a 2 hour one.
(3.5 out of 5)
Justification: Actor On Safe List: Klaus Kinski
2.)
Commentary For Android (1982) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: I love it when a commentary is better than the actual movie. Highlights: Klaus Kinski is creepy in real life too, the director seeing Blade Runner the same year and thinking "What have I done?", Charlie (he will always be Charlie to me) talks about writing the movie, building parts of the set and working on Escape from New York.
(4 out of 5)
Justification: A rare Don Keith Opper commentary
3.)
Hidden Agenda (1999) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: So this was in one of those Echo Bridge Sci-Fi 4 packs. They changed this cover to make it look like a Minority Report rip off which sounded... interesting... Unfortunately, what it actually was was some lame 90's spy "thriller". There was a surprising amount of near name actors but everyone was really stiff, almost like we were watching a rehersal or something made for tv. It really makes me dread watching the other 3 gems Echo Bridge has waiting for me.
(2 out of 5)
Justification: Kevin Dillon trying to play Jason Bourn's brother
4.)
Tripping The Rift: The Movie (2008) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: So so bad. I was under the impression this show was for adults, seems to me it is more a show for preteens. Not once in this entire "comedy" did I even crack a smile. I will give it half a point for being colorful and having some nicely rendered girls but otherwise a complete waste of time.
(1.5 out of 5)
Justification: A SyFy original property
5.)
Emanuelle In Bangkok (1976) (DVD) **
My Thoughts: Laura Gemser is perhaps the perfect woman. And I loved every second of this sexy travelog. I wish life could be like this, traveling around, having sex with everyone, not sure if I would be down for the opium though... I am planning on going to Thailand here in the next decade or so and I hope my time is even half as fun as her montage was. I mean Cobra/Mongoose fights?!?! Thats awesome!
(4.5 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "A little weird and I'm not sure about what they want to say, freindship or love. I don't understand that FIN well. So many naked ladies guy must like this movie. (I) want to go to Bangkok to see my friend. I expected a little more but just many naked ladies and story-wise... there is no story just traveling and naked lady everywhere."
(3 out of 5)

Justification: A Black Emanuelle film
6.)
Caligula (1979) (Blu-Ray) **
My Thoughts: A hedonistic good time. To be fair I was a bit intoxicated during the viewing of this movie but I think that complimented the source material well. But had this movie been a cleaner less debaucherous affair I don't think I would have been quite as into it.
(3.5 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Choto very creepy, so many peepee to boob ne almost like porn, not history move ne. Almost like porn. I give 3 star I want to say 2.5 but they did choto creepy stuff ne?"
(3 out of 5)

Justification: It's not a porno, we swear!
- April 1st -
7.)
Foot Fist Way (2006) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: So, I don't really like those movies that try to make things really uncomfortably/awkward/squirmy. And that is pretty much exactly what this movie is. Danny McBride plays I man with an extreme social disorder that you really hate for more than half of the movie. But something happens toward the end of this experience and you actually start liking this guy. I might have liked this, but I can't quite be sure. Would have played a little better with some booze and some friends but it was an interesting ride.
(3.5 out of 5)
Justification: Low budget indie that was Danny McBrides breakout film
- April 2nd -
8.)
Document Of The Dead (1985) (DVD)
My Thoughts: I think I tried to watch this once when I originally got the DOTD Ultimate Edition but had watched so much content by the time that it just couldn't hold my interest and it almost couldn't this time either. More a documentary on all of Romero's work at the time than a Dawn of the Dead specific documentary. I really wish I had a copy of this back in 2003 as it would have really helped with a Romero term paper I wrote in high school, excellent over analyzation of some horror classics. Unfortunately because of that and compared to the more recent slew of horror docus, this one just doesn't holdup.
(3 out of 5)
Justification: Documentary on one of the best b-horror films ever
9.)
Commentary For Caligula (1979) (Blu-Ray) *
My Thoughts: About the best commentary you could possibly hope for. Malcolm McDowell has a wonderful presence is simply a pleasure to listen to throughout the entirety of the film. And he talks about everything you could want him to: the controversy, the shooting, his life/philosophy and even Helen Mirren's asshole.
(4.5 out of 5)
Justification: Malcolm McDowell commentates on his non-porno
10.)
Commentary For Foot Fist Way (2006) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: A generally fun group of guys to listen to. Nothing too outstanding but it does play as a nice juxtaposition to an admittedly dark movie and there are some interesting insights into the shoot.
(3.5 out of 5)
Justification: An uncomfortable commentary?
11.)
Demonic Toys (1992) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: Ahh, Full Moon... what can you say. This is perhaps one of the worst of the "good" Full Moon films. Completely ridiculous in ever aspect but that is part of the charm. What stuck out? Well Baby Oopsie was the obvious star of the toys (although, they should have gone with a different voice actor), that chick from the last few seasons of Babylon 5 was in it, and there was a naked girl at one point.
(3 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "My little boy... ok... Full Moon movie is always kind of creepy and ending I can guess so I going to give 2.5 star. I like bad baby."
(2.5 out of 5)

Justification: A Full Moon feature
12.)
Commentary For Document Of The Dead (1985) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: A decent commentary. It probably helped that the director was also a film teacher. I didn't agree with some of his ideas but he was interesting throughout if a little bland. Also I learned a valuable lesson during this commentary, never invest in one of this guy's movies (With the exception of Street Trash).
(3 out of 5)
Justification: At one point during the director calls this movie the best documentary about independent movies ever made
- April 3rd -
13.)
The Green Inferno (1988) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: Damn it! I was expecting a dark gore-filled tale of woe. This was an adventure in the Amazon movie! You would think an item often billed as Cannibal Holocaust 2 would have at least a little bite. But no, no raping/killing of indigenous South Americans and no debauchery prior to a slow painful cannibal death. What we do have is a group of scientist who go looking for a professor they catch monkeys, snakes, meet some cannibals and have a nice conversation with them and then fight slavers on a dash for Inca gold. And of course they learn a valuable lesson along the way. Sheesh. It was still kinda fun, just not what I was in the mood for.
(3 out of 5)
Justification: The film that ended the cannibal sub-genre
14.)
Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996) (Blu-Ray) *
My Thoughts: Ah, I do miss Japan. The wife wasn't actively watching this with me but would from time to time make comments about things like pointing out places in the movie that were hit by the recent tsunami and saying that Stephen Seagal's daughter looked weird. Anyways, pretty good modern monster movie. I think I even liked it better than the first one. Looking forward to part 3.
(4 out of 5)
Justification: Japanese guys in rubber suits
- April 4th -
15.)
Ninjitsu (1958) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: Wasn't really into the whole magical ninja thing. But it was interesting in that all Japanese movies I have seen from this time period were so deadly serious. This one has the aforementioned magic ninjas disappearing, teleporting, using ninja force powers, running/fighting on clouds. The movie is pretty light-hearted throughout until the bad guy is caught at the end and sentenced to be killed by boiling pot. They don't show it but yikes it it out of tone, even if historically accurate.
(3 out of 5)
Justification: Ninjaaaa
16.)
Fifty/Fifty (1992) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: A perfect late eighties/early nineties action movie. Basically the plot of The Expendables except well, good. It has ever buddy action movie trope you can think of and it relishes in them, it's so good I would almost think it was a parody of them if it had been made at a later date. A small part of me wanted to go 5 out of 5 with this one but I still couldn't in good conscience put this movie on the same level as Star Wars.
(4.5 out of 5)
Justification: Buddy action flick with Petter Weller and Robert Hays
17.) - 18.)
Supernova (2005) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: Well, color me surprised, this was not a bad movie! Think Deep Impact with no spaceship subplot. Bunch of B&D level actors doing a decent job in a 'what if the world was going to be cooked' movie. The effects are pretty bad but they make up for that by having a lot of them and with liberal use of b-roll. I was actually quite entertained with this one, the whole "Oh I made a calculation error, we are going to be fine" bit was a little lame. And Hallmark just couldn't resist a woman overcoming her traumatized past subplot but yeah give it a go, if it's on. EDIT: This movie was written by the star of Android!
(3.5 out of 5)
Justification: A Halmark original film
19.)
The Phantom (1996) (Blu-Ray) **
My Thoughts: I remember when this and the Shadow came out and thinking to myself that the audience for these properties were already dead. Also I was in some sort of focus group when I was a kid and the trailer to the Phantom was something I gave my opinion on. Something which I believe boiled down to downplay the magic skulls in the trailer. Anyway, the movie is passable. Not quite as good as I remember as a kid, very cliched but it had it's moments. Unfortunately there is just something about Billy that makes him a bit odd as a leading man.
(3 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "It is pretty good actually, I did not expect that much. Demo choto time frame ga too much skipping ne. I want to go island ne. It's cute I like white horse. Did not have that much deep story in it. Billy Zane is ok, but I did not like his eyes. But he did ok this time."
(3 out of 5)

Justification: A Billy Zane superhero movie
- April 5th -
20.)
The Last Gun (1964) (Blu-Ray) *
My Thoughts: Plays a bit run of the mill western at first but settles into it's spaghettiness nicely. Guitar is the obvious star of this one, think a happy Blondie. And he falls for this very very Italian saloon girl. Bandits, gunplay & gold, it's all you really need out of a good western.
(3.5 out of 5)
Justification: I could go for some Italian
21.)
Robo Vampire (1988) (DVD)
My Thoughts: More like Weird Hopping Mystical Kung-Fu Chinese Zombies vs a Horrible Chinese Robocop Knockoff. Before you get too excited no, it does not live up to the cover art, not even close. I remember being really bummed the first time seeing this, but I went in this time with no preconception and had a decent time. Robo Vampire really rides the line between 'so bad it's good' and just 'bad bad'. Horrible dubbing, nonsensical plot, awful awful effects but there is some fun here to be had, I wonder if there was ever a MST3K or RiffTrax on this title...
(3 out of 5)
Justification: Never was a film more made for this challenge
- April 6th -
22.)
Black Dynamite (2009) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: A fantastic sendup to the Blaxploitation genre. It took me a little while to really get into it or for the alcohol to kick in, either way once I was in it was awesome. While wondering why this kind of film hadn't been done more often I thought of Undercover brother. While somewhat similar the hard R really lends it's self to this genre very effectively. I only wish there had been a little more nudity.
(4 out of 5)
Justification: For the longest time I called it blacksplotation
23.)
Commentary For Black Dynamite (2009) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: A fun commentary by an interesting bunch of guys. I enjoyed hearing where all the references came from, and have added a few titles to my 'to buy' list because of it. Worth a listen if you liked the film.
(3.5 out of 5)
Justification: There needs to be more commentaries on blaxploitation movies.
24.)
Mesmerized (1986) (DVD) **
My Thoughts: Fucking creepy. The first half of the movie John Lithgow offscreen rapes Jodi Foster and on screen mentally rapes her, then the second half of the movie Jodi Foster slowly poisons him to death. I kinda dug it, but I could have used a bit more explicitness, it would have helped me root for Jodi a bit more in the second half of the movie.
(3 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Demo choto poor old guy ne? Pretty good actually. Demo lady wa kowai ne. Demo that guy creepy. But I don't understand why she don't like that guy that much, because creepy?" (Then she threatened to poison me)
(4 out of 5)

Justification: Is Jodi Foster subject to John Lithgow's strange sexual proclivities
- April 7th -
25.)
Ninja Hunt (1964) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: Surprisingly awesome and easily the best ninja flick I have ever seen (in a Seven Samurai sort of way, not in a B-Movie challenge sort of way). Also really dark for an earlier Japanese film, the paranoia in this is almost palpable. There is one point where a Ronin kills 5 people just because he suspects 1 is an accomplice of the Ninja. Also we have some extreme ninjaness without being cooky or completely unrealistic (except for the Needle Spitting eyeball piercing trick). I must speak to this release though: It's Letterboxed!?! That is all.
(4.5 out of 5)
Justification: Came in a ninja 10 pack
26.)
Dollman (1991) (DVD) **
My Thoughts: Tim Thomerson brings the bad assery, as always. But man I would have just loved to see him playing the bad ass space cop he was in the the first 10 minutes of the movie (on his dystopian planet). I think that would have been a much better project than this fish out of water story. But I can see why they did it. And there was still quite a lot of awesome with Dollman in the Brox
(4 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Pretty good demo choto too violento. Demo ending not that great. Puppet master movie, not Puppet Master... Full Moon movie thay should spend a little more and do something different, cause can kind of guess what is going to happen. Either blow everyone off or die everyone. They need to spend little more time. Also their movie most under 2 hours so they cannot keep up good story. If ending good I am going to give 4 point."
(3.5 out of 5)

Justification: I like the Japanese title better: MicroCop
27.)
RoboGeisha (2009) (DVD) **
My Thoughts: This one really straddles the line between crazy fun and wtf for wtf's sake. And I went back and forth between liking it and not wanting to be belittled by it. Overall I align slightly towards like, but don't go in expecting a Takeshi Miike level of wtf, but something a little more contrived.
(3 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Story wa choto extreamly silly like ass shuriken and katana from butt, choto hen. Dem sister story good ne. Hope people think Japanes not creepy like that. So far good but too silly but ending was very good, good sister relationship."
(3.5 out of 5)

Justification: Did you catch the title of the film?
- April 8th -
28.)
Sister Emanuelle (1977) (DVD) **
My Thoughts: A cinema classic. I didn't quite like this one as much as Emanuelle in Bangkok but it deliver on the exploitation. It focuses more on a side character than Emanuelle herself which in my opinion is it's comparative downfall. Also not near enough girl on girl. All that being said, it was still an Emanuelle movie.
(4 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Thats good movie, that lady reminds me of my friend. Demo that lady that actress always want to be nudity seems like. Not bad 4 star I like that ending. Dirty, dirty, dirty whore."
(4 out of 5)

Justification: A Black Emanuelle nunsploitation flick
29.)
Red Planet (2000) (Blu-Ray) *
My Thoughts: I always get this and Mission to Mars mixed up in my head, the other Mars movie that came out that year. With that in mind I expected something amazing to happen towards the end and it kind of pittered out like Apollo 18. In fact this was strikingly similar to Apollo 18, sans killer robot. It was decent but just.
(3 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Good good I like that ending demo middle choto slow. I give them 4 star, 4 star scifi movie. That guy, he cheated, he is always that kind of guy he is weak or betrayed (you don't even know who that is) I know, I know I know 2 more movies." (After a trip to imdb, she was right (for once))
(4 out of 5)

Justification: 14% tomatometer rating
- April 9th -
30.)
Lifepod (1993) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: A decent 10 little indians who done it. Several people escape a sabotaged ship in a lifepod but could the saboteur be among them? And then people start dying so yeah they probably are. It's a bit paint by numbers on the survivors of a disaster waiting to be rescued but there are quite a few interesting scifi elements here. I particularly enjoyed the Tool-e, the mechanically enhanced tool-equipped human (A midget who cut off his arm and had a robotic replacement installed). Decent but I will be in no rush to see it again.
(3 out of 5)
Justification: A Hitchcock remake, in space
31.)
JCVD (2008) (DVD) **
My Thoughts: I have never really got this whole collective notion of Van Damme as a bad actor. I think he is a pretty good actor, he's just in bad movies. That being said I wasn't amazed by his acting in this like so many others were, it was just JC being JC at an extremely meta level. I liked it but prefer his more genrey entries.
(3.5 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "I wondering is that true story or not? Seems very real. It's good story. Demo his imagination and real story is kind of mixed. Sometimes hard to tell. Cause back and forth times. And we don't see Jean Claude Van Damme lately. so I wondering if he was really arrested?"
(4 out of 5)

Justification: Stars actor on safe list: Jean Claude Van Damme
- April 10th -
32.)
4 Dollars Of Revenge (1968) (Blu-Ray) *
My Thoughts: Another run of the mill but slightly above average spaghetti western. We have a man betrayed who must breakout of prison and extract justice. I liked this movie but there was this song, the only song, and they would play it again and again and again and it really almost killed the movie for me. Especially when it didn't even remotely match what was happening on screen. It brought the movie down from slightly above average to just above below average, if that makes any sense.
(3 out of 5)
Justification: My fist could hold a a few more than 4 dollars
33.)
The Purple Hood Ninja (1958) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: Sort of like the Ninja version of Robin Hood. Some good sword play but otherwise this movie struck me as fairly ordinary. Except maybe for the color purple? It was interesting that at no time during the movie did anyone say 'ninja' and that a more appropriate translation for the title of the film is The Purple Hooded Man.
(3 out of 5)
Justification: I don't know if I would have chose the color purple, it really didn't work out well for the Foot Clan
34.)
King Of Texas (2002) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: I liked this one, Patrick Stewart always does a good job of playing a demented old man. I am also a fan of Shakespeare interpretations, this one got me itching to watch Throne of Blood again. Oh and Cheif O'Brien is in it too.
(4 out of 5)
Justification: Patrick Stewart doing Shakespeare in old west Texas
35.)
Dream To Believe (1986) (DVD) **
My Thoughts: 80's-tastic! This movie hits maybe every 80's teen cliche you could think of: talented unpopular girl realizing she can do it, inspirational speeches, multiple training montages/dance montages, gymnastics street competitions, eating disorders, abusive parents, death of a parent, coming to an understanding with step-siblings, non-threating/dancing minority characters, everything! (Run 80's black guys, your no match for the 90's black guys!). I had a cheesy good time with this one and you get to see a few hints of Bill and Ted here and there.
(4 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Almost like footloose. Keanu cute. Very good story. Step dad suck ne? The friend, I like the friend and I like Keanu too. Where is the rich guy? He just came later just a little bit. Where is Yamata, Yamada only little bit I was expecting Yamada."
(4.5 out of 5)

Justification: Before they were famous: Keanu Reeves circa 1986
- April 11th -
36.)
Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010) (Blu-Ray) *
My Thoughts: The alternate endings for the second one really got my hopes up for how this might be but no. Too bad that the other Corey was too busy, this could have been his send off picture. So we got Feldman, and while I wasn't really on board with his performance in the 2nd film this time they made him the main character and it sort of worked. I enjoyed this movie, not too much and probably only because of it's relation to the '87 classic, but I enjoyed it.
(3.5 out of 5)
Justification: Could have been some great Coreysplotation
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