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The Google search for this one made me want to kill myself.
Luckily I didn’t do that, because this weel’s list gets way the fuck better from here.
BLIND WOMAN’S CURSE (1970)
UK distributor Arrow Films has been putting out some incredible-looking titles as of late. This one is no exception!
BLUE SKY (1994)
You don’t get to choose your parents, and I’m perfectly happy with at least 50% of my own, but if ever I had to choose, maybe I’d consider these two right here.
*** PICK OF THE WEEK !!! ***
BREAKIN’ (1984) /
BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO (1985)
There is zero irony in my one-hundred-percent love for these movies. You can look for it. It isn’t there.
CELL COUNT (2012)
CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH PART II: SUBHUMANOID MELTDOWN (1991)
So much gross.
COOLEY HIGH (1975)
Fun fact: Boyz II Men’s album Cooleyhighharmony was named for this film, and their school-dance landmark song “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” is a cover of one of the film’s signature songs. Maybe you knew this already, but hailing from the new-jack-swing era myself, I didn’t! Directed by Michael Schultz, who also made favorites-of-mine WHICH WAY IS UP?, KRUSH GROOVE, THE LAST DRAGON, and DISORDERLIES!
DANCE WITH ME, HENRY! (1956)
DEEP IN THE DARKNESS (2014)
Whoa! Creepy! What if this is awesome? Never heard of it before today.
DOLLMAN VS. DEMONIC TOYS (1993)
I mean, you know…
*** PICK OF THE WEEK !!! ***
*** PICK OF THE WEEK !!! ***
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
No doubt you’ve seen this movie before. No doubt you’ve read my landmark article pitching an all-female remake (dated back way before the all-lady GHOSTBUSTERS project, thank you.) Still, and as much as we all probably revere this movie, repeat viewings help to remind one what a taut, impressive, unique, and thoroughly weird chunk of genre cinema this really is. It’s worth owning, and owning again if you’re like me and you already have multiple versions of previous packaging. Shout! Factory will always treat your money right.
Salma Hayek’s Liam Neeson movie, damn right I’ll give this a shot.
NOW I get it! Finally! Chuck Norris reminds me of Little Bill.
42ND STREET (1933)
This movie is an example of what people mean when they reference Busby Berkeley’s style of choreography. If your only frame of reference is THE BIG LEBOWSKI (and understandably so), still you ought to go back to the source.
Wikipedia advertises, “created and written by Low Winter Sun‘s Simon Donald.” In other news, have you read the comic Whiteout by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber? It’s way radder than the Kate Beckinsale film adaptation. And Low Winter Sun. I can’t speak to Fortitude, but then again, I haven’t.
Hard to find out much about this one. May be for Michael Madsen completists only. Here’s the trailer.
GHOULIES (1985) / GHOULIES II (1988)
I’m not sure that isn’t the greatest combination of poster and tagline in human history. That’s a double-negative, and it isn’t fair. OK. It is the greatest combination of poster and tagline, and I will maintain that point of view until somebody corrects me.
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (2014)
Billed as “The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made,” I’m excited to give this one a chance, and have been since the second I first heard about it.
THE MARINE 4: MOVING TARGET (2015)
Titties and guns and wrestlers and guns. America! The first one in this series was dull but watchable and it had Robert Patrick. The second one had Michael Rooker, the third had Neal McDonough, and it looks like by the fourth they ran out of money to pay any interesting character actors. Looks like one for the choads out there, no offense.
TEXT MESSAGES FROM THE DEAD (2015)
Ted V. Mikels has been out there making movies since the early 1960s, and he’s still making movies, and this is the proof. From the title you may think PARANORMAL EXTREMES is a knock-off and from the subtitle you may think it’s a joke, but hey, current horror hit UNFRIENDED is working with a bigger budget and pretty much the same premise.
THE PETE WALKER COLLECTION
Here’s some detailed information on this six-film collection, which includes THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW, FRIGHTMARE, HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN, HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT, MAN OF VIOLENCE a.k.a. MOON, and THE BIG SWITCH a.k.a. STRIP POKER. Here’s Little Miss Risk’s take on Pete Walker’s HOUSE OF WHIPCORD.
THE RIVER (1951)
Well, this one is just too high-falutin’ for me to make a stupid comment about. I’ve seen a couple Renoir films but not nearly enough of them, and as always, Criterion provides the convenient means for a proper introduction.
Seen the trailer for this movie in front of a lot of recent DVD & Blu-Ray releases. It’s intentionally provocative and probably well-meaning. Is it any good? I’ll probably find out. You’re talking to a guy who’s seen a whole lot of direct-to-video Danny Glover movies, and can’t seem to stop himself.
TAKEN 3 (2015)
I dig on so many recent Liam Neeson action films, from THE GREY to NON-STOP to A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, but it’s beyond me why people flock to these dopey TAKEN movies while leaving those better ones to fall by the wayside. 9 times out of 10, it seems, people will choose McDonald’s over In-N-Out Burger or Clarke’s Standard, even when they’re on the same block. And they wonder why I’m considering buying my own island.
THE THREE STOOGES COLLECTION: VOLUME ONE
These two triple-features collect six of the Stooges’ feature films. This one has TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM (Larry, Moe & Curly), ROCKIN’ IN THE ROCKIES (Larry, Moe & Curly), and HAVE ROCKET, WILL TRAVEL (Larry, Moe & Joe DeRita). I love the Stooges, and Moe and Larry are worth watching no matter what, but Joe DeRita is no Curly Howard. He’s no Shemp Howard either, in my opinion. He’s better than Joe Besser, but anything’s better than Joe Besser. I stubbed my toe on the way to the bathroom last night and that was better than Joe Besser.
THE THREE STOOGES COLLECTION: VOLUME TWO
This one — all Joe DeRita joints — has THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES, THE THREE STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE, and THE OUTLAWS IS COMING. The latter of which co-stars Adam West! It was the last of the Stooges feature films. By that time the series ending was probably for the best. Real Stooges aficionados know the story was always, deep down, a sad one, but as time went on it only got sadder.
THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II (1989)
Haven’t seen it. Not the biggest Troma booster, truth be told. In this one, the title character heads to Japan. Most notable as the film debut of the great Michael Jai White.
THE WICKED LADY (1983)
Great tagline. No idea about the movie. This is the first I’m hearing of it! And that’s why we do this.
But that imagery is no way to end things for the week, is it? How about a reprise?
We did it, guys. We finished another column. We saved Miracles. Can you feel that rhythm coming out of the night? Let’s dance!
— JON ABRAMS (@jonnyabomb).
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