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- March 26th, 2015Interviewed by: Todd Martin
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- Reviewed by: Dave Gammon
Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother’s death. So far that she gets them (she and two cousins) on a tour with a washed-out glam-rock group and a rising British punk band, radically changes her appearance, attracts a cult following and national media attention. With luck like this, what could go wrong?
Another one of those lost gems that took a bit “too … Continue reading
A small town band makes it big, but loses track of their roots, as they get caught up into the big-time machinations of the music biz. Now, they must thwart a plot to destroy their home town. Built around the music of the beatles, this musical uses some big name groups like Peter Frampton and Aerosmith.
While the film itself was created in 1978, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” appears … Continue reading
The tale of rock band KISS and their efforts to thwart a diabolical plan by mad scientist Abner Devereaux. Devereaux has found a way to clone humans into robots in his laboratory at an amusement park. It just so happens that he plans to uses the KISS concert as a platform to unleash his plan on the world. KISS must use their special powers to stop him.
A prominent New York City gang leader named Cyrus (Roger Hill) wants to wage an all-out battle against the police, and as part of his strategy he calls upon Gotham’s gangs to set aside their turf wars and come together at a summit. At the meeting, a rival leader kills Cyrus, but a Coney Island gang called the Warriors is wrongly blamed for Cyrus’ death. Before you know it, the … Continue reading
Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky’s memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal.
Alejandro Jodorowsky has created some fantastic visually engaging films over the years. Each of which I’ve seen is rich in ideology and surrealities. “Fando y Lis”, one of Jodorowsky’s early releases is no exception in idea but if a bit more alluding in … Continue reading
A group of hookers revolt against their greedy pimps.
OK…I fully believe that my boss hates me now. Why? I haven’t a clue (Although I suppose I could be quicker with my submissions), but I don’t think I’m a bad employee. I think I get the job done pretty well if I do say so myself and I work cheap. But he definitely hates me and I have proof … Continue reading
“The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is … Continue reading
A strange man known only as the “metal fetishist”, who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body, is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese “salaryman”, out for a drive with his girlfriend. The salaryman then notices that he is being slowly overtaken by some kind of disease that is turning his body into scrap metal, and that his nemesis is not in fact … Continue reading
After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.
“Naked Lunch” is so bizarre that it instantly falls into a cult film category without even trying. Director writer David Cronenberg brings to the screen a William S. Burroughs influence that … Continue reading
A woman on the run from her abusive husband encounters a mysterious hitch-hiker.
As with most isolated places, there are typically local spirits and superstitions that abound throughout the locals, having been either witnessed themselves or passed down over generations. Many of these types of spirit tales, at least according to the western folklore, are usually good beings that bring things like rain or a good harvest. However, although the film Dust … Continue reading
Professional motorcycle racer Bud Clay heads from New Hampshire to California to race again. Along the way he meets various needy women who provide him with the cure to his own loneliness, but only a certain woman from his past will truly satisfy him.
Technically and narratively “The Brown Bunny” is somewhat of an extremely poor film. Though like many films that produce controversial material, “The Brown Bunny”has … Continue reading
“A story of creation, love, hate, adventure and, most of all, sex. The story begins in Denton, Ohio as Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, after getting engaged, travel to see ‘the man who began it’ but wind up at the castle of Doctor Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite alien from the planet of Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania. And they meet Riff Raff, Magenta, and Columbia which leads to … Continue reading
“A young boy’s wardrobe contains a time hole. Through this hole an assortment of short people (i.e. dwarfs) come while escaping from their master, the supreme being. They take Kevin with them on their adventures through time from Napoleonic times to the Middle Ages to the early 1900s, to the time of Legends and the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness where they confront Evil.” (courtesy IMDB)
British television comedy … Continue reading
In a remote corner of England’s lavish Peak district, a young archaeologist, Angus Flint, unearths a mysterious skull. When Angus escorts Eve and Mary to “holiday” festivities at Lord James’ castle, the sensuous and snakelike Lady Sylvia Marsh seizes the moment – and the skull. Lady Sylvia brings the skull down into the dank recesses of her gothic mansion where she engages in the erotic worship of her pagan god, … Continue reading
“Middle-aged banker Arthur Hamilton is given the opportunity to start a completely new life when he receives calls from his old friend Charlie. The only problem is that Charlie is supposed to be dead. Hamilton is eventually introduced to a firm that will fake his death and create an entirely new look and life for him. After undergoing physical reconstruction surgery and months of training and psychotherapy, Hamilton … Continue reading
This film focuses on an outspoken priest and a group of sexually repressed nuns in 17th-century France.
I have this immense feeling of wanting to write about his film yet simultaneously I am at a loss for words merely because the landscape and the grandiose nature of what could be said about such an incredible cinematic achievement is simply so vast in its nature that the only upside to writing on such … Continue reading
Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else…
Oh boy where to startâ€¦
I guess I need to start with Kevin Smithâ€¦ He has NOTHING TO DO with this film â€“that I know ofâ€¦ But Kevin Smith is the place to start, more specifically the influence of his film â€śClerksâ€ť on a … Continue reading
Newtonâ€™s Third Law of Motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sure, thereâ€™s math to back that up, but the far more compelling proof is in the treatment accorded Manos The Hands Of Fate by those physicists of comedy at Mystery Science Theater 3000. Consider this legendary low point in film history, which depicts a family that gets lost en route to a vacation … Continue reading
A mad scientist transforms himself into an aquatic killer.
When I was first alerted about “Zaat“, I will confess, it being the first I’ve ever heard of this title. No mentions in reading, no lost VHS tapes, no late night viewing’s in the after hours, “Zaat” was simply off the radar completely. So of course with it debuting in the 70’s (1971), AND being restored, I was anxious to check out … Continue reading
‘Video Nasty‘ was a term coined in Britain around 1982 which applied to certain films distributed on video cassette that were criticised by the media and various religious organisations for their violent content. While cinema violence had been regulated by the British Board of Film Censorship for many years, the lack of regulations for video sales (combined with the claim that any film could be viewed by impressionable kiddies) sparked a massive … Continue reading
“Paranoid Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper of Burpelson Air Force Base, he believing that fluoridation of the American water supply is a Soviet plot to poison the U.S. populace, is able to deploy through a back door mechanism a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union without the knowledge of his superiors, including the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Buck Turgidson, and President Merkin Muffley. Only … Continue reading