Friday, April 24, 2020
Format: Amazon Streaming Tweet-a-Long
Director: Brendan Steere
It was amazing.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Format: TCM on DVR
Director: Lloyd Bacon
Hoo-boy. Apparently Howard Hughes realized, after loaning out Jane Russell to Fox for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1952) and watching them make a mint, *he* had a Jane Russell under contract at RKO that he didn't need to loan out at all. So, he decided to make another splashy musical about Jane Russell on a boat headed for Paris all on his own. And if people liked a bit of sexiness, he was going to shove Jane Russell into even sexier outfits! And he'sdrelease the movie in 3D! Jane Russell would be dancing and standing around as if she were in the room! You guys get it? wink wink nod nod need I say more?
Viewing: oh, you kidders
Director: Richard Donner
Ryan is joined by fellow Superman super-fan, StuartW, as they take on the 1978 superhero film that made the world believe a man can fly. It's a discussion of how lightning was caught in a bottle and set a template that the better superhero films still emulate. It's a geek-out fan-fest as Stuart and Ryan fly high into the movie that maybe both of them have seen way, way too many times.
More ways to listen
Music: - All Songs from Superman: The Movie, OST, composed by John Williams
- Prelude and Main Title March
- The Planet Krypton
- Lois and Clark
- The Flying Sequence/ Can You Read My Mind?
- Finale and End Title March
Ryan's Random Playlist
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Description: After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas.
Time: 8:30 Central
Location: Amazon Streaming
Twitter Hashtag: #dinoninja
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Director: Ron Underwood
No, I'd never seen Tremors (1990), and it's just one of those gaps that happened for no reason. I always assumed it was exactly what it turned out to be, which is something I am not against and often enjoy if you catch me in the right mood. And, hey, yes, it was exactly that movie. And that's okay!
It fits neatly in with a lot of movies from the era, while also being generally better acted and produced with, frankly, amazing practical effects. Good stuff and an entry-level horror I might show a kid.
I have nothing to add to anything about this movie except that I am joining my voice to the chorus that believes this is the prequel to Dune. Fan theories! Totally a legit way to watch movies!
KAIJU WATCH: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah - Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) AND Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II
Watched: 04/19/2020/ 04/20/2020
Viewing: First/ Firstish
Decade: 2000's/ 1990's
Director: Shusuke Kaneko/ Takao Okawara
I am unsure what I'd heard about Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) as a particular entry in the G-franchise, but it *seems* to be pretty popular. Godzilla v MechaGodzilla II (1993) may be marginally popular with kaiju fans. Arguably, GMAOA is aimed at an older crowd, and harkens back to the existential threat of Godzilla as first presented in 1954. GvMGII seems aimed at a younger crowd, but still works pretty well.
Monday, April 20, 2020
Format: Amazon Prime Streaming
Decade: Italian 1970's
Director: Luigi Cozzi
Bunch of chuckleheads got together on Friday evening for a live-tweeting of Starcrash, the finest Italian-produced 1978 sci-fi film featuring a cowboy robot that I've ever heard of.
And I will defend Stella Star's fashion choices with my last, dying breath.
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Format: TCM on DVR
Director: Robert Stevenson
Pivoting from the exotic locale of Macao to the oasis in the desert that is Las Vegas, Nevada, Jane Russell drops Mitchum and picks up Victor Mature, Vincent Price and "the guy who will be a bad guy", Brad Dexter.
Format: Hulu Streaming
Director: Olivia Wilde
I'd had a few trusted sources go to the mat for this one and been interested in seeing it when it was out, but... didn't. A few blunt points on the movie: in many ways, this movie is very, very familiar as a high school comedy about privileged kids and has a lot in common with movies that get routinely dismissed as dumb comedies.
But, sometimes it's about the execution.