Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Movie: Hard Ticket to Hawaii
Available at: (for $4) Amazon Streaming
Day: Friday - 05/29/2020
Time: 8:30 PM Central/ 3:30 Hawaiian time
Get ready for action, adventure, tropical settings and - I'm assuming - nudity. It's Hard Ticket to Hawaii! It's a NSFW foray into a very particular blend of 1980's movie making, merging automatic weapons with vendetta-mad baddies and athletic-wear models in shorts.
I've never seen it - so you cannot hold me personally or legally responsible. And, yes, it will cost you $4 unless you sign up for "Full Moon" for a free trial, which... hey, maybe Full Moon is amazing? How am I to say?*
A foretaste of the feast to come:
*looking at their website, it LOOKS like it's amazing
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Format: Amazon Streaming
Director: Carl Reiner
I watched this weeks ago and a stray comment from Jenifer reminded me I for to post about it, but I did watch it.
Now I'm too tired to write about it.
Monday, May 25, 2020
Format: Amazon Streaming
Director: I don't care
Back in the day, Hollywood settled upon a few formulaic items which generated endless, cheaply produced and ultimately very profitable movies. Some took place in college, some in high school. All were wildly horny, Rated-R and intended for a high school audience. One such formula developed that deeply owed a debt to Animal House wherein a group of misfit dudes got up to increasingly randy, episodic shenanigans in pursuit of good times and bad sex. The movies were an excuse to put boobs on screen, have young talent who couldn't act do Tex Avery character impersonations, lean into misogynistic and often racist stereotypes and somehow never quite be either as funny or sexy as you were figuring on.
Viewing: Unknown. A lot.
Director: Richards Lester and Donner
For more ways to listen.
Everyone loves "Superman II", or at least that's how they remember it. Listen in as two guys who have seen this movie way, way too many times, read too much about it and - frankly - thought more about it than an adult person probably should set about discussing the follow-up to the super-tastic "Superman: The Movie". This one has the big bad-guy fight! But also, weird powers, a shiny disco bed, and will the real Gene Hackman please stand up?
Can You Read My Mind? - Maureen McGovern
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
Director: Samuel Fuller
One of the deep dives I'm likely to do in the next couple of years is dive into the filmography of director Samuel Fuller. I've never seen a Fuller film I didn't like *a lot*. Pickup on South Street, Shock Corridor, The Naked Kiss... all solid films. A while back The Crimson Kimono (1959) played the Austin Noir City film festival, but I wasn't able to stay for the movie, and now I'm very mad at myself for not sticking around for the movie (I think Paul saw it).
Director: Michael Showalter
I wasn't sure what to expect. I don't love rom-coms, and there's a weird sub-genre of "couple gets caught up in a crime and run around downtown" sub-genre that I've never had an interest in exploring.
This one, however, worked for me. I generally like Kumail Nanjiani - and that continues on here - and I really liked Issa Rae. She's pretty great.
Anyhoo, not going to overthink this one, but it was the right movie for us this weekend.
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Format: Amazon Streaming
Viewing: Unknown. Probably 3rd?
Decade: Reagan 80's
Director: Joseph Zito
I am not wasting my time or yours by writing this up or asking you to read about this movie.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Director: Okihiro Yoneda
So, this movie was insane.
Rebirth of Mothra/ Mothra Returns (1996) arrived with those kind of groovy Godzilla films where they were re-doing the earlier movies in a 90's context, and decided to expand the franchise with some Mothra solo flix. It just happened to be directed by a second unit director who maybe wasn't quite ready for his own picture?
The first half has this weird vibe like an American kids movies of the late 80's - squabbling parents, a bratty younger sister maybe? But then enter the Twins/ The Faeries from prior Mothra appearances. And they HAVE NAMES. (Mona and Lora. Who figured?) They also have a gothed out sister who went evil who rides around on a tiny dragon.
Watch at: Amazon Prime
Day: Friday 05/22/2020
Start Time: 8:30 Central
Pause Video and Wait At: 20 seconds - as soon as the Cannon Logo locks in.
Because: CANNON - the sign of 80's QUALITY
The 80's were a time of amazing action movies that rarely, if ever, made any sense, but did provide plumes of flame and dudes with automatic weapons taking care of business. It was also the halcyon days of Chuck Norris before he became a meme. But how did he become a meme and why? We're here to find out.
Join us as America works through its paranoia and racism in the form of a land-based invasion force who seems hell-bent on... something. But apparently a single boatload of guys in camo pants is enough to set Reagan's America on its ear! You'll wonder how a country need be made great again when you're bad-ass enough to have Chuck Norris around to single-handedly save the nation!
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Format: TCM on DVR
Director: William Wyler
Y'all should know by now I like me some Bette Davis, and one of her early-career films you hear name-dropped a bit is Jezebel (1938). In all honesty, all I knew about the movie before hitting Play was that it starred Davis, was a period piece of some sort, a melodrama of some sort, and featured cinematography was by Ernest Haller. I figured on a big studio budget as Davis was, by 1938, a force. But I didn't think much else about the production.
Given the year, I assume this was Warner Bros. pre-emptive answer to Gone With the Wind, which would arrive soon after and took so long in all phases of production, Warner Bros. had an opportunity to catch up and did so by adapting a screenplay with very similar themes. Maybe I'm wrong, but the parallels of a romance about a spitfire of a girl in the antebellum south longing after a man she can't have and playing with a bit of a cad and it all ending badly has a certain echo to it.