Monday, July 24, 2017

Gremlins (1984)

Director: Joe Dante

Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman, Harry Carey Jr., Dick Miller, Polly Holliday

A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai" but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

This was one of the best movies when it came out. Almost every kids with to see this movie at the cinema. It was a "scary" movie for little kids. When this movie came out, you could not go into a store and not see merchandise from the movie. Gremlins were everywhere. That was not a bad thing though.

The movie was great. It was set at Christmas time, so you have the snow and all of the Christmas lights all over. It really set the scene for the movie. You have the "mogwai" that is the cutest little creature created for a movie. There are some gross and scary parts of the movie for little kids. This movie has something for everyone.

The cast for the movie was really good. There were no complaints about any of them. My favorite actor to see in the movie was Polly Holliday. I love Flo, and to see her as a hateful mean woman was shocking. She is so good. I just wanted her in the movie more. This movie was one of Corey Feldman's first movies. This movie had a really good cast. Most of them were great character actors.

I love this movie. It is one of those great movies from my childhood that is still good to this day. That is a rarity. If you have never seen this movie, then you really need to. It is so worth watching and owning. Yes, I mean you need to get a copy, if you like it that much. It is one of those movie that you may watch over and over. Enjoy.

Gremlins (1984) Trailer

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)

Director: Penelope Spheeris

Stars: Stephen Chambers, Flea, Gary Fredo

The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers.

This movie looks at a group of punk kids that are homeless and living either on the streets or flop houses in LA. There is nothing glamorous about this documentary at all. Many of these kids say that they will be dead within five years. They are mostly teenagers that did not get along with their parents. Listen up parents, you do not want this to happen to your kids.

The performances in the movie were by four different bands: Final Conflict, Litmus Green, Naked Aggression and The Resistance. You get to see what has happened to the LA punk scene. It is not what it once was at all.

This was a sad eye opening documentary that dealt more with the lives of these punk kids and less with the music. It is something to see. Enjoy.

The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998) Trailer

Warlock III: The End of Innocence (1999)

Director: Eric Freiser

Stars: Bruce Payne, Ashley Laurence, Paul Francis

A college student unexpectedly finds that she has inherited a derelict house. Accompanied by a group of friends, she goes there to clear it of heir-looms before the structure is demolished. Almost immediately, she and her friends are targeted by a powerful warlock who is very interested in her bloodline.

This movie has nothing, and I mean nothing to do with the first two movies. Julian Sands would not even come back to do this movie. It was that bad. The whole movie takes place during a weekend getaway in a house that their friend inherits. College students go party for the weekend in a strange empty house that none of them have been to before. That makes for a great movie that has been made to death, but it has been made way better several different times.

Ashley Laurence, from the Hellraiser movies, decided to be in this movie. It is sad that her career never did take off. She is a good actress and really pretty, but she kept on being in horror movie sequels. That is something that will kill your career. Bruce Payne took over for Julian Sands for this movie. Payne I only know from Howling Freaks. That is it. He is a decent actor, but he is no Sands.

This is one of those movies that has been forgot for a reason. It was too bad to watch. I would not recommend anyone watch this movie at all. It was really boring and not worth it. I watched, so you don't have to.

Warlock III: The End of Innocence (1999)

Why Him? (2016)

Director: John Hamburg

Stars: Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Tangie Ambrose, Cedric the Entertainer, Bryan Cranston, Megan 
Mullally, Adam Devine, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley

Over the holidays, Ned, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley millionaire boyfriend, Laird. The rivalry develops, and Ned's panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

I was so surprised by how much I liked this movie. I was thinking that this was going to be the worst movie that I would sit through. I was really wrong. I actually recommended this to others, and they were all surprised by what I said. The trailer looked so stupid that it did not even seem worth watching the trailer again.

This was a pretty funny movie. There was some slap stick crap in the movie that was okay. It was the awkwardness and the dialogue that made this movie funny. There are some really funny moments in this movie. This movie shows what those loser trendy unpopular douche bags do when they get lots of money.

The cast for this movie was really good. Bryan Cranston was great as the father. He is always solid. Cedric the Entertainer could have been completely left out. Anyone could have play that part. It was not really that important. The real star of the movie is Megan Mullally. She was so funny in the movie. I am a big fan of her. She really made this movie. James Franco needs to stop. He is the reason that I and too many others did not want to watch this movie. He is the most overrated actor that there is in Hollywood. He was perfect for this role. It seemed a bit too natural for him.

This is one of those movies that is worth watching once. I know, I was surprised as well. It is out there all over easy and cheap to watch. Enjoy.

Why Him? (2016) Trailer

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Black Caesar (1973)

Director: Larry Cohen

Stars: Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund

Growing up on the tough streets of Harlem, Tommy Gibbs has his life made even harder by John McKinney, a crooked cop who breaks the boy's leg, crippling him for life. Drawing on his anger at the racism he faces on a daily basis, Tommy grows up to become the crime kingpin of Harlem. Now that he has the power, he aims to take down New York's Mafia bosses, and also get bloody revenge on his nemesis, McKinney, no matter what the cost.

This is not the best Blaxploitation movie out there, but it is not the worst. It is the basic story of a poor kid in the hood that gets screwed over by a crooked white cop. That still happens today.  Now they are being shot, so this kid was lucky.

There was still an open tension between white and black people. It was these movies that help the rest of the country show how black people saw, and they felt about the racial tension that existed. These movies expressed how people were feeling about their own lives. Black people were seeing an image or version of their lives on the big screen.

The action in this movie is not bad. It is mostly all gun shooting with bad death scenes. It was the 70's, so what do you expect. This movie watches like a B-movie. It is cheesy as hell. The acting was not that bad.

This was a pretty good movie. There are better out there. It is worth watching once, at least. Enjoy.

Black Caesar (1973) Trailer

Monsturd (2003)

Directors: Rick Popko, Dan West

Stars: Paul Weiner, Beth West, Dan Burr

Escaped serial killer Jack Schmidt is on the run from the police and FBI after escaping from jail. They corner him and gun him down in a sewer tunnel, where he falls into a pool of chemicals dumped by the company who created it, Dutech. The combination of feces and this chemical transforms him into a half human, half feces creature, who goes on a killing rampage. And it's up to a group of local law enforcers to stop him.

What in the hell was this? I thought that maybe this movie would be funny or at least somewhat entertaining, but it was just a bad movie. I was not laughing or even amused. I can sometimes find something good in movies like this, but there was really nothing at all in this movie even worth talking about. I mean this movie is about a man that becomes a shit monster. Really? They really needed to make this movie at least funny scary, instead of childish and stupid.

If you are going to have the evil in a movie, you better make it look really good. They made a shit monster that looked like a bunch of rocks glued on a costume. Have they never seen the shit demon that was in Dogma? That is how it should have looked. It would have been so much, and the movie would have better.

The acting and the production was some of the worst that I have seen. I have seen some really bad movie, and this movie was so much worse. The acting was better in a fourth grade school play than this thing, and I think those kids did the production for the movie. It was just really bad.

I would not recommend anyone want this movie at all. It is one of the worst movies that I have seen. I would never waste my time watching anything like this at all again. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Monsturd (2003) Trailer

The Boys in the Band (1970)

Director: William Friedkin

Stars: Kenneth Nelson, Peter White, Leonard Frey, Cliff Gorman, Robert La Tourneaux

It's Harold's birthday, and his closest friends throw him a party at Michael's apartment. Among Harold's presents is "Cowboy", since Harold may have trouble finding a cute young man on his own now that he's getting older. As the party progresses the self-deprecating humor of the group takes a nasty turn as the men become drunker. Climaxed by a cruel telephone "game" where each man must call someone and tell him of his love for them.

This is the first gay movie that centers around a group of gay men. This was a ground breaking movie. I mean this was released in 1970. You really did not about gay people at all. There is not even openly gay characters in movies or on TV. This movie helped to start gay cinema.

This movie was made in 1970. For that time period this movie really did work. This movie got gay people out there in the public eye, at least in big cities. I cannot imagine this movie playing in small towns back then, but I am sure that it happened at least once. Anyway, This was an important movie. Gay men were finally seeing themselves on the big screen. All minorities know how important that is to have that presence in the entertainment media. It means that you matter in the eyes of the world to some degree. Now the trick is to see gay people in a positive way instead of being sometimes to joke about, laugh at or pity.

This movie shows these men as a bunch of bitches. This movie was released over forty years ago, and I guess this was the only way to show gay men in a movie. The problem that I had with the movie was the script. I know that this movie was originally a play, but I just do not understand why this movie and the play had to be so dramatic. It seems like they just went overboard.

For one thing, these men would not be friends. I know that they wanted to try and show each "type" of gay men that we knew of at that time. You have all of these different personality types that are hanging out together, and mostly all they do is verbally attack one another. I do not mean being bitchy and chatty. I mean straight up cruel for no real reason. The way they spoke to one another was the way you spoke to people that you don't even like, not your friends .

In the conversations and behavior in this movie among these gay men, you would think that this is the way that gay men treat one another. If you were to see this movie at the time of release and you did not know any gay men, you may think that this is the way gay men behaved among one another. This is how straight people might have thought about gay men, I mean who really knows. These men are just horrible in their words. People could believe after watching this movie that gay men are so desperate for other gay male friends that they will put up with any behavior just for a type of companionship or sex. I'm sure that in the late 60's this was pretty far from the truth. I just could not understand that any gay man would act that way.

The cast for the movie was good. You have these extremely brave men risking their career to be a part of this movie. I mean in today's world, you career could be over, if you are in a gay movie. Just depends on who you are. In those days, you may never act again, but many of these actors went on to have a long working career. I was really surprised by that fact. The director went on to do The Exorcist. The creation of the movie was great. I only really had a problem with the dialogue in the movie. It was just so mean for no real reason.

I do not think that a young gay male would want to watch this movie at all. They would not really understand how gay men had to live their life back in those days. It was not much of a choice if you watched to survive. You could only be somewhat openly gay in major big cities, and then you could still be injured or killed.

This is one of those movies that I have been wanting to watch for over twenty years. It is so hard to find a copy of it without just having to buy a copy. This movie was decent to watch. It was not one of the best or worst movies that I have seen. It is one of those movies that is worth watching once, but I just do not know about this movie being a rewatcher. I just don't see it. There is just too much self hate in it for me. Enjoy.
The Boys in the Band (1970) Trailer
The Boys in the Band (1970) Full Movie

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Aaaaaaaah! (2015)

Director: Steve Oram

Stars: Jade Alexander, Julian Barratt, Missa Blue

Ever imagined what life would be like if humans were apes in modern life? That is the portrayal in this deeply thought provoking mind boggle.

First of all, there is no dialogue in this entire movie. It is nothing but a bunch of grunts and screeching. I am not kidding. These people are acting like monkeys, so you are watching people acting very bad in front of other people. Women are letting their boobs just hang out. The women are being sexually aggressive toward men. People are just going up to one another and mating. It is strange to watch.

That all being said, this movie was interesting. I get and understand the point of the movie. I just do not know that if we really need to see the behavior reversal of humans and gorillas. The movie just does not play out as something that you would want to see even once. There is no way that someone would want to rewatch this movie over and over again. I would not think so. Watch the movie once, if you must. Enjoy.

Aaaaaaaah! (2015) Trailer

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

Director: Penelope Spheeris

Stars: Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne,
Bret Michaels, Rikki Rockett

Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

I remember when this documentary came out. It was one of those that I recorded off and watched over and over again. I just could not get enough of it. This movie came out in 1988, heavy metal was huge. Heavy Metal music was pop culture in those days. It was all over the place. All of the record stores filled most of their walls with the bands posters and other promotional material. Posters for sale in stores included the bands of heavy metal music. What I'm saying is that the music was all over the 80's culture.

This documentary looked at the metal bands that were playing in the clubs along with the bands and artist that have made it big. The film features concert footage and interviews of legendary heavy metal and hard rock bands and artists such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Megadeth, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne and W.A.S.P.. Spheeris explores the more famous musicians, including Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Mustaine and Paul Stanley. She then explores unknown bands, such as London, Odin and Seduce. The film also features interviews with members of Poison, Tuff, Vixen and Faster Pussycat.

This documentary is a look into the crazy 80's metal bands when long overly permed hair and mullets were the thing. I liked watching this again to wonder how all of that is now gone. If you can find a copy to watch, then do it. Take a blast from the past. Enjoy.

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988) Trailer

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Warlock: The Armageddon (1993)

Director: Anthony Hickox

Stars: Julian Sands, Chris Young, Paula Marshall

Every six hundred years, a great evil has the opportunity to escape and unleash Armageddon. A group of five stones has the power to either free the evil, or banish it for another six hundred years. An order of Druids battles with a Warlock determined to unleash his father upon the world.

This is a rarity where the sequel is better than the first movie, especially in a horror movie. I think what really made this one better was the female lead. The female lead in this movie was so much better. The acting was better and the creation of this character was better than in the first movie. The female in the first movie was filled with acting, and the character was just too stupid and silly to make it all work. This female lead was still a scared woman, but she did not act all stupid. She played the deep gothicish girl that was needy and confused. You know the type. She plays the same character a lot in movies. She helped make this movie better.

Julian Sands came back to play the warlock again for the sequel. He was a bit better in this movie than the first one. Paula Marshall, like I said, was so much better in this movie than the female in the first. She is type casted a bit, but for the 90's her look work to her favor in the movies.

I liked this movie, so much better than the first, but that is not really saying much. In my opinion, this movie is just average. It is not the best, and it is not the worst. It is just there for the viewing. Enjoy. 
Warlock: The Armageddon (1993) Trailer

Monday, July 17, 2017

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

Director: David Mirkin

Stars: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming, Camryn Manheim, Justin Theroux, Jacob Vargas

Ten years after their high school graduation, Romy and Michele haven't exactly accomplished everything that they set out to do. Despite their strong friendship, their personal and professional lives are still lacking. When they hear of their upcoming high school reunion, they take it as an opportunity to show their classmates how much they've changed, first by trying to reform themselves, then by creating a lie that eventually spins out of control.

This is one of the best comedy movies from the later 90's. This is the most fun movie that you could watch that never gets old. This movie deals with the real high school problems. You have all of the social issues to deal with and the crushes that you had in high school. The main characters have to deal with that crap ten after high school. These problems still haunt them. The only good part about it is that are not aware of how their lives are going. They have not accomplished anything. They are having to go back to face the four bitches of their class. All school classes have those four girls that are popular that look down on most of the other kids. Everyone knows those girls. You are thinking about them now, or you were one of them. I was so glad to see that they added those characters, because it just makes the movie more believable.

Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow seemed like they had been best friends for years. The chemistry between these two women is so natural that you almost think that they have been best friends for years. Janeane Garofalo is the best in this movie. She is so damn funny in this movie. Camryn Manheim is not in this movie that much, but I loved her character in it. She was just so upbeat and positive, and she looked over what was said to her while she was in front of them. The rest of the cast was great.

You really do buy into this movie and the story. All of the characters seem to become real. Like you could go and find and meet these people. The characters in this movie were great. You could really identify with several of the characters. You knew how they must have really felt in the movie. Romy and Michele are two girls that I would have been friends with in high school. They were just written and created so well that you just fall in love with both of them.

The music for this movie was wonderful. It was pop music from the 80's. You really cannot do better than that for a movie. Most people know the music or they remember that time period. They at least know something about the music.

I love this movie. It is one of my favorite movies. If for some reason you have not watched this movie, then by all means you need to do so. Enjoy.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) Trailer

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Haunt (2014)

Director: Mac Carter

Stars: Jacki Weaver, Liana Liberato, Harrison Gilbertson, Ione Skye

A mother and father and their three teen-age children move to a new home that was the scene of a personal tragedy. The son meets a mysterious neighbor girl and together they experiment with an old radio they find in the attic, that can be used to communicate with the dead. Something is unleashed that brings new horror.

I was so surprised by this movie. I thought it was going to be nothing more than a B-movie, but I was shocked by how good the movie was. The movie started out generic as hell, but as soon as the movie gets going it really picks up. Yes, this is one of those movies that you have to stay with to enjoy.

This is a typical haunting movie, so you already know what to expect. The odd part about this movie was it was so much better than all of the other haunted house movies out there. There is a ridiculous amount of them coming out every year. This one creeped me out a couple of times.

The ghosts and spirits in the movie are creepy to look at. They did a really good job of creating these extra characters for the movie. The ghosts were a great addition to the movie.

It was the cast that really got my attention. I was really excited to see Ione Skye in the movie, even though she was not in the movie that much. She plays the mother, so she is just shoved to the side through most of the movie. It is really sad that is all she does now. She was great back in the day. The rest of the cast were most unheard of, but they were really good in the movie.

I think this movie well worth watching at least once. I was not disappointed in it at all. If you have not seen it yet, then you should give it a chance. Enjoy.

Haunt (2014) Trailer