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#reactflix Final Cut: #IEatYourSkin (1964)

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 I Eat Your Skin starts off exactly like the kind of movie you’d think it is and then immediately after the opening credits takes you on an entirely different journey. There is a bizarre vacation comedy feel at times that creeps in to the movie that confuses an already very busy plot. If you are looking for a gorefest or even a freak out kind of movie, you will not be getting that from this film.

 This movie combines a lot of different elements together, while it does a lot of things unconventionally that leaves it hard to follow at times. The music in this film is pretty standard low budget affair, I feel it didn’t take away from the movie and added enough to credit it for being there. I think where this movie carries itself best is in the islands “zombies”. I enjoy the creative makeup work done to bring life to these monsters, even in black and white they really stand out on screen.

This film is probably best left for the 60s Horror buffs who’ve seen everything else before this. There are just too many more important exploitation movies to get checked off your list.

-wariovanpeebles 

#reactflix Final Cut: #Medusa (1973)

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  I first struggled to find the right genre to place Medusa, I realized it’s probably best left in the Action/Drama section of mostly extinct video stores. The two standout characters in this movie are played by George Hamilton and Cameron Mitchell, both characters are barrels full of tough guy crazy!

To me the dialog and the “casual, happy, singing mob family” setting were the strongest points of the movie. The music rarely drove the movie and to me was lacking,. I don’t know if this is the best transfer you can find of this, but more than likely is, if you can overlook the dubbing issues and other production flaws this is still a very fun movie if you are just looking for something different.

While this movie is named Medusa they only ever seem to slip in different mentions of Greece through the movie to remind the viewers of the setting the movie takes place in, overall I think this movie would have done much better being marketed around the exploits of Hamilton’s psychotic playboy mafioso character “Jeff”.

I don’t think I could safely recommend this movie to anyone but if this has intrigued you, I think it’s safe to say you’ll know with in the first 15 minutes if you can handle the pace.

@wariovanpeebles 

#reactflix Final Cut: Memorial Valley Massacre (1988)

While writing these reviews I will still not try to spoil too many major plot points even if I may have done so during the live tweets. I thought there was a good chance I’d find a movie in this box set that would become a new favorite with me. Look no further than Disc1 SideA for Memorial Valley Massacre.

The story that unfolds in this movie is pure insanity, the characters actions and dialog left me laughing and rooting for the chaos that unraveled. About half way through I had completely stopped caring what direction this film has, and yet was still engrossed in the story. The films terrible characters really make you dislike them, and the likable characters I found myself wanting to see avoid harm because of how they fit in to the story. This movie would fit well in between a triple feature of Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) and Sleepaway Camp (1983).

While this movie might not work for everyone, it left me fully entertained. I have my crowd of friends who enjoy the more strange horror movies, this will be one burned in to my memory to recommend. If you don’t take your horror movies seriously or like the feel of a movie that feels like a banned After School Special at times (especially with the music) I would highly recommend checking this movie out!

@WarioVanPeebles

#reactflix now on Bad or Rad Reviews!

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#reactflix is a live reaction movie review hashtag created by myself, I will be watching movies and reacting to them live via Twitter. I will post a short review here on the site called #reactflix: Final Cut.

The first two movies are Death Rage (1976) and Memorial Valley Massacre (1988), both of these are part of a 50 movie box set I was gifted several years ago. In this set are some movies I’ve seen, and some I haven’t. My plan is to try doing all 50 of these movies and see how things are from there. If no one seems to care about this I may never reach all 50 movies reviewed in this format.

I will be tweeting about the #reactflix days before they happen and look forward to anyone who wants to watch their own copies and tweet along or anyone who has seen the movie I’m watching to join along! Just please remember no spoilers, I am watching these movies without researching them (unless I have seen them before) and will be trying to give you the purest reaction I can to the movies I haven’t seen.

If you haven’t followed me on Twitter yet find me @wariovanpeebles!

Garbage Day Reviews #2: Ready To Rumble

Where cinema trash, is cinema treasure.

Ready To Rumble (2000)

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Rotten Tomatoes: 23%         IMDB: 5.3/10

Written By: Steven Brill

Directed By: Brian Robbins

A movie that only could have only been made at the height of    wrestling’s popularity in the late 90s.


 

Plot Summary:

The buddy road trip movie, two lifelong friends throw everything aside and embark on a journey to save their favorite wrestler in his darkest hour.

The cult status of this movie is undoubtedly in question at the time this article was written and even in the pro wrestling community this movie is considered insulting in the portrayal of wrestling fans.

My Aside to this –

What I feel is an attempt to make fun/goofy characters look like total underdogs living out their wildest dream comes off instead like two goofy guys with crappy lives that are made to look stupid. Also committing the most foul adult pro wrestling fan thing to do: they think pro wrestling is real. That is where the movie can lose the prospective wrestling fan who wants to put themselves in the shoes of these characters. Perhaps this movie would be better suited for people who don’t care as much about the world of pro wrestling as the fans who are vested in it, but instead people who aren’t overwhelmed by the pro wrestling overtones to get to a goofy road trip comedy with a lot of funny moments. I will make my case for the humor below.


 

Reasons to check this film out!

– The CAST! Oliver Platt as “Jimmy King” shades of Jerry “The King” Lawler (pro wrestling legend), Dusty Rhodes (pro wrestling legend) and the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder’s “Jim” in Blazing Saddles), Joe Pantoliano as “Titus Sinclair” the promoter, Martin Landau as “Sal Bandini” and many other interesting casting choices outside of David Arquette and Scott Caan as the main characters. 

– An easy to follow story with an over the top “National Lampoons” style that would have probably been more popular in the late 80s/early 90s than a decade later with the wrestling fans.

– Writer Steven Brill also wrote characters for D2 and  characters/screenplay for D3 The Mighty Ducks sequels, Heavy Weights (1995) with Judd Apatow and a movie that has nearly the same ratings on IMDB (5.3) and Rotten Tomatoes (22%): Little Nicky (2000) and his latest effort Walk of Shame (2014) hit right above the same zone with IMDB (6.0) and Rotten Tomatoes (25%). His IMDB is proof of movies that have a lot of the same kind of over the top scenes and ridiculous character types as you see in this movie.

– Although I have never seen anyone write contrary, this is a very well shot movie by Director Brian Robbins who also directed Varsity Blues (1999). It adds to the easy digestion of this film, great driving shots and well done action scenes, not just the wrestling ones.

– A soundtrack that fit not only the movie but the a great time capsule of songs from the era.

– Sports comedy fans might give this one a try, it doesn’t try to outsmart you for not being a wrestling fan.  In a genre that doesn’t get much love anymore, what do you have to lose?

 

5 out of 5 Trash Cans

Garbage Day Reviews #1: Maximum Overdrive

Where cinema trash, is cinema treasure.

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

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Rotten Tomatoes: 17%       IMDB: 5.4/10

Written and Directed by Stephen King (yes that Stephen King)

Plot Summary:

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A cult classic that feels right at home as my first review. A film that even the writer/director himself discredits, citing it as the worst of his film adaptations.

I still wonder what made Stephen King choose “Trucks” to be his first directorial effort.  With so many other stories he has written that would have been far easier to adapt and direct, maybe his career as a director would have been different had he started with a less ambitious project.


Reasons to check this film out!

– If over the top action, strange dialog choices and an offbeat plot are things you look for in a movie, this has it all in strong doses.

– Fans of movies with heavy stunt work, at the time CGI wasn’t developed to a point that you could use it to shoot a movie like this. A few notable accidents happened on set, including one that caused the Director of Photography to lose his eye.

– The AC/DC soundtrack that drives this movie picks the pace up nicely even after the parts of the movie that drag the most.

– Not for Shushers! Great film to watch in a group of horror fans. Plenty of moments ripe for commentary and fun with a mix of people who’ve both seen the film and are seeing it for the first time.

 

5 out of 5 Trash Cans

 

 

 

Batman (1989-Tim Burton) by Danny Fastpaws

So I rewatched Tim Burton’s “Batman” for the first time since the 90’s last night. My use of quotation marks here is to be derisive not for punctuation. I didn’t remember it being good, but I also didn’t remember it being so terrible. Has there ever been a worse adaptation of anything?

In Tim Burton’s film:

I. Jim Gordon is rewritten as a Mr. Belvedere looking dude who is in 30 seconds of the film and doesn’t add anything.

II. Billy Dee Williams is Harvey Dent, thus Tim Burton utilizes him (again, Billy Dee Williams) by not really having him do anything and be in about 30 seconds of the film.

III. Alfred, who Tim Burton made just as a boring butler instead of Bruce Wayne’s father figure or symbol of past/familial conflict or anything interesting, just lets Vicki Vale into the Batcave since Bruce Wayne is stupidly considering telling her the truth about himself. This clearly mentally troubled Alfred at least doesn’t speak in a cockney accent.

IV. The Joker, a wanted mass-murderer and terrorist, hijacks the airwaves to announce exactly where he’ll be on the night of Gotham’s bicentennial and that he’ll be giving away 20 million in cash to very suspiciously draw a crowd and very obviously do something terrible to them while a Prince song plays and simultaneously challenges Batman to a murder-off in front of City Hall. Batman responds to this by flying around the sky in the Batwing for an hour while the Joker’s plot is allowed to proceed unhindered. He then intervenes after a street-full of people are already starting to be poisoned, and then helps the situation by shooting bullets and missiles around randomly. The police respond, naturally, by not showing up during all of this until way after when the Batwing crashes into a cathedral.
The Joker announced over a loudspeaker that he’s about to murder all the people in the street and no one panics or even understands that the person who just said he’s going to murder them all is about to attempt to murder them all. Even ace-reporter Vicki Vale apparently only puts two and two together when she notices that there is poison gas spraying from the parade balloons — and, you know, the fact that the Joker just declared he was going to murder them all. Vicki helps out by not warning anyone and getting into a car to ram her way through the confused crowd.

V. Joker’s backstory is clarified. Stupid. The Joker kills Bruce Wayne’s parents instead of Joe Chill to give Batman unnecessary motivation for stopping a psycho-killer. Stupider. Joker claiming Batman made him, then Batman claiming the Joker made him by killing his parents and the Joker knowing what he’s talking about. Stupidest.

VI. Michael Keaton. Probably as bad as Christian Bale as Batman and worse than Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne.

VII. Batman barely solves anything and doesn’t prevent any crime apart from figuring out what products the Joker has poisoned with Smilex (Tim Burton dedicates about 10 seconds to all this). Most of his detecting amounts to sitting in a computer chair wearing a turtleneck and playing things back on a VCR. He helps out with the poison balloons, roughs up some petty criminals at the start of the movie, murders the Joker, and that’s about it. Burton’s Batman is too busy boning Vicki Vale to give a shit about Gotham.

VIII. Batman kills people. In fact, I’m pretty sure he kills more people than the Joker. The Joker, according to Action News, kills 13 people with the Smilex chemicals he laces the products of Gotham with, kills a crooked cop, a couple of gangsters, leads his mistress to suicide, and an undetermined small number of idiots probably died from the poison balloons. Batman kills the Joker, throws one of Joker’s goons down like twenty or thirty floors of the cathedral staircase, and blows up an entire factory filled with Joker’s thugs and scientists. Christopher Nolan bungled up Batman’s code a bit — Tim Burton, apparently didn’t even know about it.

I understand why “Ed Wood” was so good now. Who better than Tim Burton to relate the story of a terrible filmmaker?

Rating:

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Reviewed by:Danny Fastpaws 12/23/2013