Posted by Bob Wallace, who, ah, doesn't know what to say!
Posted by Bob Wallace, who, ah, doesn't know what to say!
Posted by Bob Wallace, who sez, Essential Cool Film!
Posted by Bob Wallace, who sez, I think I'll have to buy this film.
I saw this as a kid and remember nothing about this movie except this scene, which has stayed with me all my life. Yuck, yech, blech, what a way to go.
Posted by Bob Wallace, who is still going, AHHHHHH!!!!
This movie has everything you could possibly want: a Martian invasion, an S&M queen dressed in skin-tight black leather, a cardboard robot with a police light on top of his head, and a disintegrator ray.
The S&M queen comes to Earth to kidnap human men, since their weezers are still working, unlike Martian men, whose has apparently fallen off. Yet the men don't want to go, the dopes! Sex with millions of Martian women! This is a problem? Where?
This is an underrated classic, which should be seen by every sci-fi fan!
Posted by Bob Wallace, who can't wait to go.
I thought it was some sort of Jonny Quest thing where a kid my age was going to seven different planets!
We ended up seeing it and boy was I disappointed. No Jonny and no seven planets, just some goofy Giant Brain using hallucinations to con the astronauts into taking it back to earth.
Even at seven I knew this was one lousy film, that I found out later on cost $75,000 and was shot completely on a soundstage. $25,000 of it went to John Agar, Shirley Temple's first husband.
Posted by Bob Wallace, who still snickers over the word "Uranus."
I haven't seen Jodie Foster's recent movie The Brave One yet, but I sure will when it comes to DVD in February. I've always found Ms. Foster very hot, and never more so than in this art that will grace the DVD packaging. There's nuttin' like a gun-toting dame, friends.
Posted by Wally Conger, who seldom thinks of Jodie Foster as "that little neighbor girl" from the old Courtship of Eddie's Father TV series of 1969 or so.
One day, being bored by school as I almost always was, I was working on my Man from U.N.C.L.E. badge when the teacher caught me.
It was a pretty neat badge, too. I cut it out of the backing of a package of Twinkles, colored it with a yellow Magic Marker, and drew all the appropriate symbols.
Then the teacher caught me.
She made me come to the front of the room with my badge, and asked me in a loud voice, in front of the whole class, what I was doing instead of paying attention.
Miss Wormwood, I hope you are sizzling in Hell right now.
She stapled a note to my badge, and made me take it home so my parents could sign it. My dad just looked disgusted, rolled his eyes, and signed it. I guess I returned it to school and gave it to Miss Cat's Eye Glasses.
I don't remember any of the episodes of The Man from U.N.C.LE. but I do remember how much I disliked school -- and a lot of the teachers.
Posted by Bob Wallace, who hears the theme song going through his head.
Tarzan was raised by talking apes; Mowgli was raised by talking wolves. Each ultimately had to return to his own kind.
Kipling was a far better writer than ERB, but ERB was fun, and Kipling was not only not-fun, he was deadly serious, even though The Jungle Books is much more for kids than adults.
By the way, the animated version is fun, although not exactly true to the source material.
Posted by Bob Wallace, who can dance like Baloo!
I rented the DVD of The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick a few days ago. It's a step in the right direction, but PKD deserved better than this. The whole movie is unending interviews with several people who knew him -- and some who didn't. There's not one picture of Dick in the whole movie, and no information at all about his life beyond some snippets about his drug use and how he was essentially a really disturbed guy. Anyone who didn't know anything about Dick would come away mystified aftering watching this. Basically, it's for Dick's fans, who are the only ones who can make sense of this.
Posted by Bob Wallace, who liked Dick's stories from the '50's, until he went really crazy.
I've missed almost all of the first run movies the last few years so catching up by watching movies on DVD from Netflix is great. And one of the great things about DVDs that's better'n 'n the theater is that you get bonus tracks along with the movie. Mostly though, what you end up with is listening to some lameoid director and an actor or two droning on about "motivation" and "emoting" or some drivel about what lenses they used and whatnot, or some producer bitching about how expensive movies are to make and how difficult the studios executives make things.
If we wanted to know any of that we'd go to UCLA and major in film and wait tables for a living. However, once in a while you get a DVD that has bonus tracks that are as good as the feature. I narrowed it down to the three DVD versions with the commentary tracks that I like the best so far so The Sudden Curve audience would be sure to see and hear them :
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra has the best commentary of an ensemble cast of actors on a dvd track that I've ever heard. The actors come across as actually ... likeable. Listening to it makes you forget that actors are the worst people in the world, except on screen when they are pretending to be other people. But in real life actors are yeeeeeech! This DVD has TWO commentaries that are great, both the actor's and the director's tracks are funny as heck- probably because they are the same people. The movie is great too, a drop dead funny homage to low budget Sci Fi films of the 50's.
Bubba Ho-Tep (Special Edition) Commentary with the King. Okay this is Bruce Campbell, doing Elvis, doing Bruce Campbell doing Elvis discussing an Elvis impersonator's performance. ???? Yes, that's what it is, and it's worth the Price of Admission. Also seeing Ossie Davis portraying JFK is worth it so just get it and Hail to the King, baby.
Conan - The Complete Quest Commentary by John Milius and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Everyone knows that the cinematography of this old sword and sorcery flick is amazing, and that it was Schwarzenegger's breakthrough film and that Sandahl Bergman was hot, hot , hot. But what hardly anyone knows is that Arnie and John Milius together are hilarious. You also can learn a lot of sword and sorcery movie genre factoids from the commentary and all kinds of neato Nietzchesque philosophy about war and battle and conquering and that the best thing in life is hearing da lamenations of dare wimmin.
posted by Tom Novak who talked like Elvis for a solid month after hearing Commentary with the King on Bubba Ho-Tep. " Think I'll watch it again, 'scuse me now, while I get me some popcorn, baby."
In the year 2505 the most popular channel is The Violence Channel, and the most popular program on it is "Ow! My Balls!" -- a series in which some poor sap gets his testicles assaulted in various ways -- dogs, wrecking balls, feet, two-by-fours.
Such is the world of Mike Judge's Idiocracy. Never heard it? Lots of people haven't.
The trailers for the movies tested so poorly 20th Century Fox quietly released the movie in only a few selected markets, and soon after it went straight to video.
The movie is not a must-see, and it's not even that funny -- but it is very clever, and it has become a cult hit, like Judge's other cult hit -- Office Space.
Idiocracy offends just about everyone -- yuppies, trailer trash, pro wrestling fans, people who watch cable -- if you're an American, he's going to try to offend you.
Idiocracy is a dyseugenic dystopia: the smart have quit breeding, so the stupid have taken over the world. It's an update on an old SF story called "The Marching Morons."
In 500 years the average IQ appears to be about 70. You can imagine the results. That's how "Ow! My Balls!" ends up being the most-watched program in the world.
I can't give this movie four stars. But I can give it three-and-one-half, and suggest that you watch it. You won't laugh, but you will smile -- because you'll recognize everyone in it.
Posted by Bob Wallace, who also got his law degree from Wal-Mart.