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Re: Seventh Annual Drive-In/Exploitation Challenge LIST THREAD April 1-30, 2016


Goal:
30 Movies

Legend:

* = FTV

Wife's Thoughts In Blue
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- April 1st -
1.)

Commentary For Robot Jox (1989) (Blu-Ray)*
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My Thoughts: Interesting track with director Stuart Gordan and a moderator. They talk about how it is really just a remake of the Iliad and how the director watched The Right Stuff everyday just so he would have a good procedural feel for the guys maintaining and readying the robot. And while the Iliad remake is a somewhat dubious comment you can really feel the inspiration of the latter, everything just feels so real, in fact we could make these things right now! Maybe not with the hop to space ability but the ground fighting stuff is all very doable. A fun but not earth shattering track, that is until Gordan starts talking about the actual play need sequel to Robot Jox. It would have been both sides teaming up to fight off an alien invasion, thats right Pacific Rim done in the 90s! Man that would have been awesome. There is also several interesting asides about Empire going bankrupt during post production. An informative and long awaited track to one of my childhood classics.
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(4 out of 5)
- April 2nd -
2.)

Caliber 9 (1972) (Blu-Ray)*
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My Thoughts: A beautifully shot Italian crime drama. The characters get a bit over the top passionate, not sure if that is due to this one's b-movie status or just an Italian thing... The film revolves around a man, just released from prison, that everyone thinks ripped off the mob for a large some of money. This is my first delve into the Italian crime here and I quite enjoyed it. There were a few parts that came off a bit goofy when compared to their gritty American counterparts of the same period but still a solid movie. Can't wait to watch the rest of this Italian Crime Collection from Raro Video.
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(4 out of 5)
- April 3rd -
3.)

Exterminators Of The Year 3000 (1983) (Blu-Ray)
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My Thoughts: One of the more shameless Road Warrior ripoffs. I have a bit of history with this title, I picked it up from a closing rental store as a kid. But it was so dark, Darker than AVPR dark, that I just really couldn't tell what was going on. The audio stuck with me though, the quest for water and the wasteland gang who is always calling people "mother grabbers". Now being able to finally see everything this movie doesn't quite live up to it's epic title and cover art. Not an awful entry in the Italian post apocalyptic catalog but not the standout that I remember it being. But hey, now I can get rid of that unwatchable VHS tape!
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(3.5 out of 5)
- April 4th -
4.)

Commentary For Exterminators Of The Year 3000 (1983) (Blu-Ray)*
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My Thoughts: Someone at worked asked me what I was watching today and when I told them I was watching a commentary and they just couldn't relate. Why would you rematch the same movie? I told them, "Well, if I hadn't watched this commentary, how would I have known that the actor who played the main bad guy stank or the vulture was really going after the main actor in that one scene...". I don't think I made a commentary convert of them. A very superficial track with a lot of 'oh she was hot' type info and the moderator was pretty crass. Was he a moderator? I don't know but he felt like a Brooklyn slime ball. But not every track needs to be a critical analysis of the subject matter. The main actor who is the real draw of this track is fun to listen to. And he is very skeptical about not only if anyone will buy this bluray, let alone listening to the commentary.
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(3.5 out of 5)
- April 5th -
5.)

Seven Dollars On Red (1966) (DVD)*
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My Thoughts: Bandits kill a mans family and take his son so naturally he becomes a wondering vigilante out for revenge against neerdowell and on the lookout for his boy. This movie bookends well but I found the middle to drag quite a bit. Being pre-TGTB&TU it feels a little bland compared to where the genre would go. Not bad also that Italian woman playing an Native American, ha. Does have one odd bar fight though...
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(3 out of 5)
- April 6th -
6.)

Italian Connection (1972) (Blu-Ray)*
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My Thoughts: Made the same year as Caliber 9 but oh so much better. There is a few bits of unevenness here and there but this movie was quite frequently epic. Time to wishlist Vol 2.
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(x out of 5)
- April 7th -
7.)

For Your Height Only (1981) (DVD)*
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My Thoughts: What would otherwise be a crappy Bond spoof is made an event picture by it's 2'9" star Weng Weng. In true bond style secret agent double 0 has to recuse a kidnapped scientist and of course the girl. There are several kissing scenes which are really weird considering the size of everyones heads. Also there are several points when out pint size kungfu expert slides across the floor and I couldn't help but think that it must have been someone's job to throw this guy, what an awesome credit. Anyway, it is a bad movie but you can't not like the main actor. He is, for lack of a better word, adorable. Also there are sequels which I am now going to have to hunt down.
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(4 out of 5)
- April 8th -
8.)

Challenge Of The Tiger (1980) (DVD)*
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My Thoughts: Quite possibly the best Bruce Lee-sploitation that I have ever seen. Being the free movie that came with For Your Height Only I didn't really expect much out this but wow was I in for a treat. Take a Bruce Lee movie, make it a buddy action flick add a liberal amount of sexploitation, a travelog aspect and than a few over the top scenes (like kung fu vs bull and topless tennis) and you have yourself a winner.
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(4.5 out of 5)
- April 9th -
9.)

Apocalypse Joe (1970) (DVD)*
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My Thoughts: Not bad, a struggling old west Shakespearean actor/gunslinger goes to investigate why his late uncle's gold mine claim has been taken. And then he proceeds to kill an entire town worth of people. Decent spaghettiage, nice music, horrible dubbing (“I know I haven’t been a good sherif, but I am going to try a lot harder from now on”) & some decent gun play. But man has this got me in the mood to watch The Good The Bad And The Ugly. Thats it, it's tomorrows movie!
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(3.5 out of 5)
- April 10th -
10.)

The Good The Bad And The Ugly (1966) (DVD)
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My Thoughts: I know I have talked about this before, if any of you were hanging on my every word, but as a kid I really despised the western genre. It was boring, something for old people. And I might never have even seen this movie... but for awhile there I was a release date junkie. Every week I would go to Best Buy and buy something and one week this came out, in it's neat oversized case and not having lived under a rock I had heard much praise about it. So I buy it, it's amazing and then I go to the web looking for more more, only to find out that I had just watched the shining jewel of the genre. It was a slightly disappointing reveal. So a few more years go by and this challenge comes a long and I decide to give spaghetti westerns another go. Realize they are not my grandfathers westerns and all of the sudden I am hooked. But I still always come back to the TGTB&TU every few years. It's captivating, beautiful, horrible, epic, dirty and one of the best movies ever made. And hey bonus, I didn't even know that mission I choose for my banner was from the movie!
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(5 out of 5)
- April 11th -
11.)

Blazing Magnum (1976) (DVD)*
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My Thoughts: A cops sister gets murdered and he gets to the bottom of it the only way he knows how... by... breaking the law? Like repeatedly. There are multiple scenes of him beating someone up and then flashing his badge. And he has this crazy car chase across the city just to ask this guy some questions, not even a suspect! But to be fair it was a fairly awesome car chase. Aside from the few bits of flair throughout this Dirty Harry knockoff struck me as exceptionally average.
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(3 out of 5)
- April 12th -
12.)

Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) (Theater) (Wild Card #1)*
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My Thoughts: Not nearly as bad as you have heard. In fact I was leaning in the 4.5-5 star rating their for the first 3/4 or so of the movie but it takes a bit of a predictable and somewhat tired approach to it’s final act. Seems every super hero movie lately has to have a city destroying finale. Definitely something that needs to get a little more creative. But I have to say I am looking forward to the extended version of this, especially if it is mostly plot. Even as long as this movie this still left me wanting more, maybe not of the doomsday fight but the origin of hate was very satisfying.
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(4 out of 5)
- April 13th -
13.)

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) (Theater) (Wild Card #2)*
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My Thoughts: Scott Pilgrim's girlfriend wakes up in an underground bunker and can't decide what's worse, what's on the outside or what's on the inside. I generally liked this movie even though it didn't really cover any new ground. Decent effects and an excellent claustrophobic atmosphere. Is it as good as it's namesake? Probably not quite but it is at least much easier on the stomach.
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(3.5 out of 5)
- April 14th -
14.)

Mad Max: Fury Road 3D (2015) (Blu-Ray)*
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My Thoughts: Not what I was expecting. Kind of like they took the last 11 minutes of The Road Warrior and stretched it out over the entire feature. Not bad but with near constant action no particular action scene really seemed all that amazing.
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(x out of 5)
- April 15th -
15.)

The Boss (1973) (Blu-Ray)*
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My Thoughts: x
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(x out of 5)
- April 16th -
16.)

Three Men To Kill (1980) (DVD)*
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My Thoughts: x
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(x out of 5)
- April 17th -
17.)

They Call Him Graveyard (1971) (DVD)*
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My Thoughts: If you are looking for the mostly annoyingly whistle based soundtrack, look no further.
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(x out of 5)
- April 18th -
18.)

Trancers (1984) (DVD)
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My Thoughts: Ah a bit of nostalgia from my childhood. I loved this movie, I even had my mom buy it for me when the video store we rented it from went out of business. And while it's universe feels somewhat cheap now to more discerning eyes I still love it.
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(4.5 out of 5)
- April 19th -
19.)

Trancers II: The Return Of Jack Death (1991) (DVD)
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My Thoughts: While not as good as the original this sequel is oddly satisfying. You get all the actors back from the first (even the little girl who turned into a fox in the last 6 years), and you get even more b-movie superstars added to the mix. The whole movie kind of feels like a made for TV affair but you just can't not like these characters and the whole late 80's cheesiness to it. This was Full Moon on their A-game before their mid 90's slide into trash cinema.
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(4 out of 5)
- April 20th -
20.)

Trancers III: Deth Lives (1992) (DVD)
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My Thoughts: When I think about Trancers I usually think that there is no reason to go past Trancers 3. And upon revisiting Trancers 3 I might need to update that mental note to be no reason to go past Trancers 2. There were a few things I liked here, Jack having marital issues, some good time jumping queues but the most disappointing aspect of this movie was the tracers. Take Jack and have him do something else! Now it's the military experimenting with tracers and it's just meh. I am now wondering how parts 4 and 5 hold up. Maybe they are better than I remember... although I doubt that.
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(3 out of 5)
- April 21th -
21.)

Trancers IV: Jack Of Swords (1994) (DVD)
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My Thoughts: x
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(x out of 5)
- April 22th -
22.)

Trancers V: Sudden Deth (1994) (DVD)
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My Thoughts: A 72 minute movie that spends the first 8 minutes on credits and flashbacks.
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(x out of 5)
- April 23rd -
23.)

Raw Force (1982) (Blu-Ray)*
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My Thoughts: x
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(x out of 5)
- April 24th -
24.)

The Price Of Power (1969) (DVD)*
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My Thoughts: x
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(x out of 5)
- April 25th -
25.)

Conan: The Barbarian 3D (2011) (Blu-Ray)*
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My Thoughts: x
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(x out of 5)
- April 26th -
26.)

Mr. Deathman (1977) (DVD)*
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My Thoughts: x
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(x out of 5)
- April 27th -
27.)

The Exotic Time Machine (1998) (DVD)*
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My Thoughts: Oddly relaxing
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(x out of 5)
- April 28th -
28.)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (Blu-Ray) (Wild Card #3)*
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My Thoughts: Because it, you know... exploited our childhood... Don't be all judging my wildcards.
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(x out of 5)
- April 29th -
29.)

Rulers Of The City (1976) (Blu-Ray)*
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My Thoughts: x
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(x out of 5)
- April 30th -
30.)

Speed Zone (1989) (Internet)
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My Thoughts: x
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(x out of 5)
Checklist
Spoiler:

Each Participant Has 10 Free Spots.

Watch one film from every decade of film history.
--- 1890 - (insert film title here)(Optional)
--- 1900 -(optional)
--- 1910 -(optional)
--- 1920 -(optional)
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
-x- 1980 - Robot Jox (1989)
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

Watch a film for each rating:
--- G - (optional)
-x- PG - Robot Jox
--- PG-13 - (optional)
--- R -
--- X (or NC-17) -
--- Unrated (post-MPAA 1968) -

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, Streaming Netflix type, UMD, theater, iPod, VHS-sourced{VHS transferred to DVD-+R is fine}).
-x- First format, (Blu-Ray), (Robot Jox).
--- Second format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Third format, (insert format), (insert title).

Watch a film in an actual Drive-in. (optional) (insert title)

Watch a film in the following genres:
-x- A Token Science Fiction B-Movie - Robot Jox
--- A Token Horror B-Movie -

Italian (or European) films of the following Genres:
--- Eurospy (James Bond ripoffs)
--- Giallo
--- Sword & Sandal
--- Spaghetti Western
--- Cannibal Film
--- Mafia/Gangster Film

Martial Arts film:
--- Bruce Lee-sploitation (Starring any variation on Bruce Li, Le, etc.)
--- Hong Kong (or other Asian) film
--- American film
--- Any "Ninja" film
--- Bonus* Actual Bruce Lee film

--- Asian Action Film
--- Biker Film
--- Stoner Film
--- Carsploitation Film
--- Blaxploitation

Sexploitation:
--- Any type
--- Nudie Cutie
--- Roughie
--- 70s Porn
--- Emmanuelle Film
--- Teen Sex Comedy

--- Nunsploitation
--- Shocksploitation
--- Rape/Revenge Film
--- Vigilante Film
--- Women in Prison
--- Nazisploitation
--- Eschploitation (religious end times, or general religious exploitation)
--- Hixploitation/Moonshiners
--- Roadshow Exploitation/30s-40s "Cautionary" films
--- "Hood" Film ("Gangsta")
--- Hollywood Gangster film (Film Noir era)
--- Juvenile Delinquent Film
--- 60s Beach Movie

--- Film starring Musical Group or Music Star (that did not become a legit actor)
---*Bonus* Elvis film

--- Ozploitation
--- Mexican Wrestling Film
--- Foreign "Ripoff" film (such as Turkish cinema)
--- Bollywood Film (actual, not a Hollywood pastiche)
--- Eco-Terror Film
--- Pre-90s Post-Apocalyptic film
--- "Mondo" Film
--- Documentary ABOUT B-Movies/Exploitation/Drive-ins or those involved in their production
--- Video Nasty

--- TV-Movie
--- Lifetime Channel Movie

--- Bad Sequel to a "Well regarded film"
--- Critical Bomb (Less than 20% Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic or IMDB Bottom 100 {Bottom 100 archive})
--- Financial Bomb
--- Razzie Winner or Nominee
--- MST3K/RiffTrax (or Cinematic Titanic) version of a film


Watch 10 films starring anyone from the actors safe list.
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--- 2
--- 3
--- 4
--- 5
--- 6
--- 7
--- 8
--- 9
--- 10

Watch 10 films Directed/Produced by anyone from the directors/producers safe list.
--- 1
--- 2
--- 3
--- 4
--- 5
--- 6
--- 7
--- 8
--- 9
--- 10

Watch 5 films from those in the Studio/Distributor safe list.
--- 1
--- 2
--- 3
--- 4
--- 5

Last edited by SterlingBen; 05-01-16 at 04:59 PM.
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