Saturday, September 16, 2017

More bad news

While other things are getting better for me, this blog has a problem. I lost the list of the next 80 films I was going to review and my notes on them. I also lost the back-up of just the list of films. I also lost some of the original source material, so I can't recreate the list.

It's gonna be a while, folks.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

All hell breaks loose

Sorry - this blog's hiatus will be longer than expected. Lots of personal stuff to tend to.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Temp post

I just finished with the "S's." I thought that would never end. Now I need a week off to do other things.

Surf II (1984)

How bad is it? Dated silly comedy.
Should you see it? If you're old enough to remember 1984, it has its moments, so yes.

This has a terrifically weird cast. Eddie Deezen stars as a nerd (of course) who gets revenge on a group of surfers by giving them plutonium laced cola, which turns them into zombies with a punk esthetic (mohawks, ripped clothes, etc.). Ruth Buzzi, Lyle Waggoner, Cleavon Little, Linda Kerridge, Carol Wayne, Eric Stoltz, Terry Kiser, Ron Palillo and Brinke Stevens are all in it. There's a great soundtrack, featuring bands like Oingo Boingo. The humor is spotty, and often dated and politically incorrect - and Deezen's an acquired taste to be sure - but there are a couple of good laughs.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Superchick (1973)

How bad is it? Mediocre 1970's sex farce.
Should you see it? Only for the cast.

This film stars Joyce Jillson, who became an astrologer and (yes, this is true) advisor to Nancy Reagan in the White House. It also has John Carradine, Dan Haggerty (unbilled as a biker) - and Uschi Digard and Candy Samples, so there's some enormous breasts on display. There really isn't much of a plot; the story just follows a stewardess/kung fu expert through her escapades, which include a pot party, a hi-jacking, the mile-high club, a run in with a biker gang and about twenty lovers. It's mild exploitation of the very-1970's breezy style (as opposed to most 1970's exploitation I cover on this blog).

Friday, September 1, 2017

Suicide Cult (1975)

aka The Astrologer

How bad is it? Interesting premise, badly botched.
Should you see it? It's dull and confusing, but worth a look, I suppose.

This got re-titled, I think, because there was another film (made by Craig Denney) that year with the same name. The CIA (actually an organization called Interzod, but it's CIA) has computers that are able to use astrology to figure out what each person's potential future could be. There's a guy in India that may be the anti-christ and he has the cult of the title. Meanwhile, the CIA researcher's girlfriend may be destined to be the mother of the second coming of Christ, so he has to avoid having sex with her while the bad guy pursues her... but wait, there's more! The baby's actually already here, there's all kinds of odd subplots that don't go anywhere, including a psychic lady that keeps appearing for no discernible reason. There's some ideas, like implanted eyeball cameras, that get tossed around. There's ping-ponging between locales (3 continents in 8 minutes), all of them looking similar and India especially looks fake. The director tries to be artistic, but it's distracting to see every scene dissolve into its negative. The acting is spotty, there's little action or violence and no gore, and there's one Playboy playmate that goes topless (memorably).

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Swimsuit: The Movie (1997)

aka Swimsuit

How bad is it? Unfunny comedy.
Should you see it? Not really.

Not to be confused with "Swimsuit: The Opera," of course. This meant to mock the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and other things of that ilk, while still parading beautiful women in skimpy beachwear. That should work. Unfortunately the script fails where the similar "Drop Dead Gorgeous," which lambasted beauty pageants, succeeded. Some surprising people are in the cast: Nia Peeples, Jack Wagner and Cyd Charisse, but they aren't given much to do. Characters are stereotypes and most were hired for looks, not acting. The plot has a failing chemical company set up a contest to find the perfect model for a new line of swimwear... hmm, not much more to say about this one.