April 30, 2013

Movie Review: Bamboo Gods and Iron Men

I think I may have just seen the ultimate red herring movie. No, it is not a movie about a fish, it has a fantastic dodge. The focus of the movie turns out to be a complete nothing. Think of it like the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. Do you remember what was in it or of it really even mattered? That is exactly what is going on here. Well, it has that and the fact that it is a wonderful mash up of blaxploitation and kungfusploitation. The movie is the oft forgotten gem Bamboo Gods and Iron Men. No, the title doesn't really describe the movie, but it certainly is catchy, right?

April 28, 2013

Movie Review: 984 - Prisoner of the Future

It has been a few movies since I hit the minor peak of the challenge with Hands of Steel a few days ago. Since then it has been a steady descent downward. Hopefully with this last film we have hot rock bottom and can begin to steady back off. I know that is rather unlikely with so many movies left on this set. I was sort of aware of the fact hat I would come across movies that would either leave me with little to say or a desire to not write about them. 984: Prisoner of the Future is one of those movies.

April 24, 2013

Movie Review: Blood Bath (1966)

I did not set out to watch Blood Bath on purpose. It is one of those movies I had tossed into my Netflix queue to revisit somewhere along the line. Well, that future time came the other day when I was looking for something to watch, preferably short, this happened to come up. It is a title I was rather unfamiliar with but with a word like "blood" in the title, I was more than willing to press play.

April 23, 2013

Movie Review: The War of the Robots (1978)

After that B-movie gem Hands of Steel, we are back into the slog of the Sci-Fi Invasion set. It turns out that movie was just a tease. I can only hope that I stumble across more movies like that, or better, along the way. There are still a lot of movies to go. The next movie to play is another Italian production, The War of the Robots. It is another goofy outing that makes little sense, but I guess it still has a little charm, albeit not much.

April 22, 2013

Movie Review: The Lords of Salem

The Lords of Salem, where to begin. This movie, the fifth from Rob Zombie, sees him return to the land of original material for the first time since 2005's The Devil's Rejects. This is likely his most accomplished effort, and easily the most bizarre of his offerings. Still, in keeping with his previous output, it is surely going to divide audiences. Personally, I loved it, but I also enjoy his other films as well. Zombie is a creator with unique vision, whether you like it or not, at least he isn't out there regurgitating the same old thing.

April 21, 2013

Movie Review: Hands of Steel (1986)

With disk one of the Sci-Fi Invasion box set complete, I have moved on to disk two. I approach it with a little trepidation as the first disk offering were, well, less than stellar. So, with the fifth movie watched in the set, I have finally found one worth watching, maybe even revisiting. Don't get me wrong, this is still squarely B grade material, so your personal enjoyment will definitely hinge on own ow much you like this sort of thing. The movie in question is Hands of Steel, aka Vendetta from the Future, aka Atomic Cyborg, aka Paco (yes, Paco).

April 18, 2013

Movie Review: The Eyes Behind the Stars

This Sci-Fi Invasion box set challenge is getting tougher by the moment. Four movies in and I kind of want to claw my eyes out, or at least take a nap. It is times like this where my enjoyment of B-cinema is seriously tested. This movie is called The Eyes Behind the Stars and it is a really good cure for insomnia, taking a couple of attempts to make through to the end. My first attempt ended with about a half hour to go when I thought I blinked and found myself staring at the disk's main menu, wondering what happened.

April 17, 2013

Movie Review: The Day Time Ended (1979)

This journey into the Sci-Fi Invasion box set is off to a rough start. I am a mere three films into the 50 that it contains and have so far suffered through a trio of duds. The latest one is called The Day Time Ended, however you may know it as Earth's Final Fury, Time Warp, or Vortex. It seems that they just could not agree on what to call this thing, or hey just decided to trot out a new name with successive releases hoping you wouldn't notice and go see it again. Allow me to warn you against this movie.

April 15, 2013

Movie Review: The Head (1959)

Horror and science fiction cinema have had a long running relationship with mad scientists and surgical horror. The Head, aka The Nude and the Devil, is an obscure example from Germany. The 1959 feature is not without it's charms, but it is also seems a little flat to me. In a decade that brought such films as The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Fly, and even Manster, The Head seems out of place, as if it would be more comfortable among the films of the 1930's and 1940's rather than with its contemporaries.

April 14, 2013

Movie Review: Brain Twisters

Have you ever heard of a movie called Brain Twisters? No? Well, consider yourself among the lucky. However, if you ever find yourself unable to sleep and desperately need to get some rest, find a copy of this movie. It is guaranteed to put you out in no time flat. The movie has nothing to it and is populated with some of the dullest actors you are ever likely to see.

April 11, 2013

Movie Review: The Crow - Wicked Prayer

As my series on the films of Brandon Lee came to a close with the amazing The Crow, I felt inspired to continue. This continuation meant moving forward with reviews of the other Crow films. Now, I have reached the end of that brief journey (it's not like covering the seemingly endless string of Hellraiser sequels). The final film (to the time of this writing, anyway) is by far the worst. It is goofy, poorly written, badly acted, and exceptionally dull.

April 9, 2013

Movie Review: The Crow - Salvation

Here is an interesting movie. It is one that you have to question its existence, at least from a studio suit standpoint. If you look at The Crow: City of Angels and is paltry $17 million take at the box office and is disappearing after just stow weeks, or have to wonder why anyone would want to bother making another one. You would have to think it would be a losing situation. Still, someone thought it was worth exploring, the end result being The Crow: Salvation, which was released straight to video after poor test screenings. Sounds like a winner right?

April 8, 2013

Movie Review: The Crow - City of Angels

The Crow is a film that probably did not need a sequel. It is a fantastic film whose modest box office success could be partially attributed to those curious about the foal performance of Brandon Lee, who tragically passed away during the making of the movie. In any case, the decision was made to make a second film. The resulting film was The Crow: City of Angels. The movie was a box office disaster, disappearing after just two weeks.

April 7, 2013

Movie Review: Evil Dead (2013)

Let me begin his by saying I am little tired of seeing posts in various places that start with "I don't normally like remakes but..." or "I hate all remakes." Guess what? I don't care. Seriously. I have nothing against remakes, if they are bad movies, they are bad movies. Why not be open to the possibility of other creative types ability to be inspired by and bring something new to the table, a different interpretation, or different angle on the material? There is just too much abject negativity when it comes to new takes on beloved films.

April 6, 2013

The Movies of Brandon Lee: The Critcast Watches The Crow

I wrap up my series on Brandon Lee's filmography with this rambling video talking about one of my all time favorite movies.

April 4, 2013

Critical Capsule: The Host (2013)

I know I shouldn't have bothered. I had a strong suspicion it would not be a good movie. I would have been better off going to see The Call or Meet the Croods. Still, I somehow managed to find myself sitting in a theater watching The Host. If you know me, there is a good chance that you are wondering why I went, certainly there must have been something better I could have gone to see. You would probably be right. I am sure there was. Unfortunately, there is no going back in time like Christopher Reeve in Superman II.

April 2, 2013

Movie Review: G.I. Joe - Retaliation

The second G.I. Joe movie as finally arrived. It only took a nine-month delay, a 3D post-conversion and some extra scenes inserted. I am not sure I will ever bother to look up the real reasons for the delay, but I suspect it was, at least partially, due to a studio afraid of a potential bomb and using the 3D ticket premium to help front load it and guard against a low opening gross. Either way, I was already interested in seeing it. It looked better than the first and I am also in for the nostalgia reasons, I did love me some G.I. Joe when I was a kid.