Trailer Thursday 8/18

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on August 18, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Down here in Baton Rouge, most of the city is still reeling from the massive rains and flooding that we were privy to this weekend. I count my blessings that I was unaffected by this, especially when I see that my previous addresses in the city were underwater by Saturday morning!

With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to find a film about flooding. So, let’s take a look at the trailer for the 1976 film, Flood!

Trailer Thursday 8/11

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on August 11, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Remember how in almost every episode of MTV Cribs there would be someone who would have a room dedicated to a certain movie that they swore up and down was the greatest in the world, Scarface? Sometimes they would have multiple copies of the movie on DVD.

Well, how about we take a look at the trailer for this overrated film

Sahara

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

While investigating a deadly water-borne epidemic along the Nile River, adventurer Dirk Pitt uncovers a secret dating back to the U.S. Civil War and battles an evil industrialist bent on killing every living thing in the world’s oceans.

What people are saying:

“Sahara was a surprise find by my wife at a garage sale. Expecting the worst, it turned out to be about the best knock-off of a James Bond film that we have seen, so well done, and with its own plot (though with a few scenes right out of actual Bond films), that if someone had told us that it was put out by the Bond people to inject new blood into the mix, or to rejuvenate “the Franchise”, we might have believed them for a few moments.” 3 stars

“Despite the vast beauty of location settings in Morocco and Spain, the vast lack of chemistry between the two stars is appalling.” 2 1/2 stars

“This is a silly fun movie with a world class cast. Look it’s not a drama, so lighten up. McConaughey and Zahn are well matched. And in Wilson, Macy and the lovely Miss Cruz and you have fun. Good sound track beautiful locations. Give it a try. ” 4 stars

“Sahara was just like sex with a cactus, a terribly painful and scarring experience, but for some reason, I just couldn’t stop.” 1 1/2 stars

“Road to Morocco meets James Bond. A movie with fun written all over it. While an iron clad taking down a modern assault helicopter is a bit of a stretch (even for this movie), Sahara is a personal favorite that delivers on many levels: star power, love story and a happy ending. Two adventurers and a WHO doctor battle an evil warlord and corrupt solar power corporation on their way to finding an ancient civil war ironclad and source of a mysterious illness. Good cinematography, music and clever writing. Stand out performance by William Macy.” 3 1/2 stars

The River’s Edge

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , on August 9, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Ben Cameron (Anthony Quinn) and wife Meg (Debra Paget) struggle to build their small ranch in New Mexico desert. Bad guy bank robber Nardo Denning (Ray Milland) arrives in New Mexico looking for his girlfriend and her husband. At gunpoint, Nardo forces the couple to guide him safely to Mexico with the stolen money. Meg has a past with Nardo which her husband does not know.

What people are saying:

“This melodrama is a bit campy, but the high production values and a good cast make it entertaining. There are plenty of dramatic scenarios.” 3 stars

“A simple production (mainly just a cast of three throughout in the western wilderness) turns out to be an entertaining chase movie, although the emphasis is more on the character relationships than the pursuit. Anthony Quinn is the only stand-out performance though.” 3 stars

“A somewhat pulpy crime classic featuring a very bad ass Ray Milland, a suitcase filled with cash, and quite an interesting – if quite well worn plot. This is as vibrantly shot as it is entertaining, with a decent level of pacing. And once the opening sequence begins you’d assume this is a full-on romantic flick, but it’s not. In fact this quite a surprisingly violent film at times, with real flashes of sharp bite that still hold up even today. There may not be a whole lot here in terms of depth, but as far as relatively tough, censor pushing Hollywood pictures go that passers the time without ever really dragging its feet then look no further.”

“Good thriller with a dark edge and reasonably datk for 1957.Milland is trying to get over the border with a case full of loot. He hijacks a wilderness guide and his wife with whom he has ad a fling. The rest of the story is an exciting but modest tale. Great perfomance from the psychopathic Milland with equally effective perfomances from Quinn and Paget. ” 3 1/2 stars

“Not a western but a well shot and performed drama set in the West. The story is rather ordinary but benefits from the role reversal of Milland, usually the hero and Quinn, often the heavy but in opposite roles here. Even at the relatively brief running time the script could have been tightened a bit but overall a good film. One caveat-it would take a great deal to make a woman as stunning as Debra Paget was in her prime look bad but the filmmakers almost achieve that feat. Saddled with unflattering makeup and frightening Lucille Ball red hair that never moves no matter what travail she is enduring her beauty is almost completely obscured.” 2 1/2 stars

Trailer Thursday 8/4

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on August 4, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

First and foremost, it needs to be noted that today is Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s birthday!!! Whether you’re a jazz fan or not, this man has influenced every artist past, present, and future, so taking a moment to honor his legacy is the least we can do.

That being said, here is a trailer for a French documentary on the life of “Pops”, Mr. Jazz: The Louis Armstrong Story. Watch and enjoy!

The Brainiac

Posted in Classics, Horror, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , on July 28, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

This outrageous Mexican horror gem opens in the 17th century, where Spanish Baron Vitelius is being sentenced to death for heresy, thanks to his reputation as a Casanova and practitioner of the black arts. Before his death, he curses the bloodlines of the Inquisitors — a curse heralded by the appearance of a comet, which Vitelius declares will mark his vengeance when it passes again. Flash forward 300 years to the swinging ’60s, where the comet does more than just appear in the sky — it slams into the Earth, releasing a brain-sucking demon with a forked tongue, which then transforms into the shape of Vitelius.

What people are saying:

“A mysterious man with magical powers (which are never explained) is burnt alive by the Spanish Inquisition, then returns 300 years later to wreak his vengeance on the descendants of the celibate clergymen who condemned him. Fast moving Mexican silliness that’s famous (and worth seeing) for the ridiculous (but kind of creepy) monster with the three foot long forked tongue.” 2 1/2 stars

“You MUST see this movie!” It’s strange. It’s hilarious. It’s an absolute must see. What are the odds that a movie known as The Brainiac would prove to be so gleefully insane?” 4 stars

“It takes itself so seriously and actually sort of works at times as a slow burning, Dracula-esque horror film. What makes the whole thing fall into B-movie hilarity is the ridiculous monster. It’s like the fly crossed with the devil. It’s so bizarre seeing this movie building up suspense and drama (and it’s heavy on the dialogue by the way) only to flush that down the toilet real quick with the costume they used. The problem is this movie falls kind of in the middle somewhere. It’s not bad in a Plan 9, let’s riff this movie kind of way. Whenever the monster isn’t on screen it’s just fairly generic (almost a bit past its time) horror b-movie. When the monster is on screen it does fall into the Plan 9 territory. But overall it is just stuck in the middle and not good, but not that bad, and definitely not that funny.” 2 1/2 stars

“It’s the kind of outrageous movie that it’s impossible to get mad at. This is a movie that’s so ridiculously goofy that, if it were to come out today, it would torn to shreds, but because it came out in a time, it’s a movie for that time. However, it is definitely good for some corny thrills on a late October night.” 4 stars

“Pretty wild Mexican horror. You can’t call it good, but it’s entertaining.” 3 stars

Trailer Thursday 7/28

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on July 28, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

As we get nearer and nearer to presidential election, where it will be the vote for the lesser of two evils, I can’t help but notice how the movie Idiocracy is turning out to be a bit more of a look into our future than The Jetsons, Back to the Future franchise, etc.

Have a look at the trailer…

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