Monday, September 15, 2014

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #181!

Hollywood Burlesque  (Continental Films, 1949)

 Girls who will show less skin than they show on early hours prime time TV now!

Altered Species  (Rojak Films, 2001)

I know nothing about this killer rat movie other than the star is Allan Lee Haff - who was the original yard sale guru in the first few seasons of Clean House with Niecy Nash. That fact alone would prompt me to watch this given the chance.

Five Guns West  (American Releasing Corporation, 1955)
This early Western directed by Roger Corman has escaped me all these years, but I'll track it down one of these days! I'm sure it'll be a little slow and talky - but who cares? It's ROGER CORMAN.

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies 9/14/14!

Who cares what picture we see?

James Sikking would - I think - so let's pick this one...

Looking back, this Star Trek flick is not as good as the ones on either side of it - but it's still a fun adventure movie, with some prime moments for pretty much everyone in the cast. It was also the first of two directed by Leonard Nimoy.

This one resides in the video vault on Blu-Ray - and we could be helping look for that pesky Vulcan at any time, even this very evening - if you want to search for my place and come over!

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Klingon, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

6 Degrees of Separation Blogathon: Tom Atkins + Britt Ekland!

A quick announcement -

This is the 850th post at Let's Get Out of Here!

Now on to your regularly scheduled post...

The always amazing Maynard from the ever incredible Maynard's Horror Movie Diary challenged me to participate in this blogathon - The 6 Degrees of Separation Blogathon - based on the old internet sensation 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game - a game I still maintain was invented by my pal Jeff Goodwin and myself sans Mr. Bacon in the early 90's - before there was even an internet as we know it now.

But I digress.

(And I will tell the story of how we invented that game one of these days...)

But I digress.

Maynard challenged me to connect Tom Atkins - a great actor known to genre film fans for appearances in several John Carpenter movies and other fun flicks like Night of the Creeps and Creepshow - to the always lovely Britt Ekland - who had several movie roles in the 70's and 80's.

My job is to work my way from one to the other through other actors they worked with - and do it in 6 steps or less.

Challenge: Accepted!

Tom Atkins appeared in Escape from New York with Kurt Russell.

Kurt Russell starred in Tango and Cash with Sylvester Stallone.

Sylvester Stallone showed up in The Expendables 2 with Jean Claude Van Damme.

Jean Claude Van Damme was in The Quest with Roger Moore.

Roger Moore acted in The Man with the Golden Gun with Britt Ekland.

Challenge: Accomplished - and with a bonus Bond connection!

Thanks, Maynard! That was fun!

If I can figure out someone to challenge, I'll come back and update - and I know they're going to get Telly Savalas and Vin Diesel.

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Random Stew 9/10/14!

Sometimes, what ends up on paper - has a whole different meaning...

...as in this perfectly innocent milk ad featuring a couple of Disney characters...

Um...did he just say what I think he said?

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #180!

Theme Week!

This week three posters for the same movie -

Battle in Outer Space  (Toho Studios, 1959)

This was brought over for American release by Columbia Pictures in 1960.

This is on record as being the first Japanese science fiction film to have the Japanese cast listed on the American posters.

I like all three posters, and in fact can't even point to a clear favorite. I haven't seen this movie - but I sure would like to!

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies 9/6/14!

Who cares what picture we see?

Crispin Glover would - in his own way. Therefore - here's the pick:

This movie was such a huge thing when it came out - it was the first Friday to be released where I could go and buy my own ticket - and my trip to opening night with my friends is one of my fondest movie going memories.

In fact, if you'd like to read all about that night - and my experiences seeing the previous three movies - here's a link to my award winning blog post (part one of three).

I have this one in the video vault twice - once as a stand alone special edition disc and once as a part of a Ft13 boxset - so we could get this one in the machine and spinning with relative ease anytime - even tonight - if you're not too afraid of hockey masked goons to come over and see me!

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Nerds Redux: Whither Gilbert?

Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise  (20th Century Fox, 1987)

Before the Camera:

Robert Carradine  (Revenge of the Nerds)
Bradley Whitford  (TV's The Good Guys)
Larry B. Scott  (Revenge of the Nerds)
Timothy Busfield  (Revenge of the Nerds)
Courtney Thorne-Smith  (TV's Melrose Place)
Andrew Cassese  (Revenge of the Nerds)
Donald Gibb  (Revenge of the Nerds)
Ed Lauter  (Death Wish III)
Barry Sobel  (Martians Go Home!)
James Hong  (Big Trouble in Little China)
James Cromwell  (Revenge of the Nerds)
Curtis Armstrong  (Revenge of the Nerds)

Look fast for:

Anthony Edwards  (Gotcha!)

Behind the Camera:

Directed by Joe Roth

Produced by Peter Bart, Richard Chew, Robert W. Cort, Ted Field, Joe Roth, and Peter Schiff

Written by Dan Guntzelman and Steve Marshall

Based on characters created by Tim Metcalfe, Steve Zacharias, Jeff Buhai, and Miguel Tejada-Flores

Three years after the success of Revenge of the Nerds - a sequel set one year later was put in play. This time out most of the nerd crew from Lambda Lambda Lambda are headed to Fort Lauderdale for a Greek Council convention. Sitting out the trip are Brian Tochi (Toshiro) and for the most part Anthony Edwards (Gilbert). Gilbert is first shown with a broken leg in a cast - preventing his character going along. I guess Edwards didn't want to do the movie but agreed to a token cameo. But then he turns up two more times before the end credits - with enough screen time eventually you wonder why he didn't just agree to be fully in the movie. It actually would have made more sense considering some of the plot developments.

But I vaguely digress.

The nerds make it to Florida with no problem - a missed opportunity as there's a scene at the airport where it looks like a prank is being set up to humiliate the boys and send them in the wrong direction - but no, they just arrive and all is well. Once they arrive you get some fun moments as they drive through the city, ogling the bikini babes and the beautiful Florida beaches. Once at the hotel, they quickly run afoul of hotel manager Lauter - who is an alumni of their enemy fraternity - and current enemy frat boys Whitford and our old pal Gibb as Ogre - the only original antagonist to show up here.

Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in a Car

On the positive side is the aptly named Sunny (Thorne-Smith), a hotel desk clerk with eyes for Carradine's Lewis. But that's where it would have been better for Gilbert to be along - so he could be the romantic nerd for this flick. Lewis is still with Betty (though Julia Montgomery sits this movie out) - Lewis puts her picture in his luggage and she does turn back up with Lewis in later sequels. So, this means Lewis's schmoozing with Sunny here is cheating, which takes away from the fun.

Crappy cellphone pic: Ed Lauter and Bradley Whitford are a little blue.

While Whitford and crew escalate their war with the nerds, little else happens other than Booger meeting his personal guru Snotty (Hong) and grossing us out. By the time the nasty frat guys strand the nerds on an island so they can vote the Tri-Lams out of the Greek Council - the movie has pretty much ground to a halt. The entire island sequence is pretty boring, though at least things brighten up a bit when the nerds track down some abandoned military equipment to effect their escape and get back to the Council meeting in time.

Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in trouble with the law.

This is the kind of sequel that hurts the very idea of sequels. It's watchable, but nowhere near as fun as the original movie. In this case, only a couple of producers were a part of the first film. The writers and director are new - and frankly, they're not as good as director Jeff Kanew and the first film's writers. I saw both of these movies in the theater when they were new - loving the first movie a lot and finding this one pretty meh.

When the hotel is called something unwieldy like"Hotel Coral Essex"
you just know something like this is going to happen eventually.

This killed the theatrical franchise - but later on they made two more sequels for TV - with some of the original writers back for both - so we'll check those out sometime down the road.

Let's Get Out of Here ?

At roughly 1:02:50 - Bradley Whitford is all done stranding nerds on an island.

Eye Candy ?

There are of course several dozen hotties in bikinis scattered among the extras, but none get showcased all that well, and Courtney Thorne-Smith just doesn't float my boat, so it's a no. Sorry ladies.

Buddha Man Sez:

"Revenge of the Nerds II - the nerds are in paradise - the viewer
is in decent movie land. Good enough."

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Nerd, Cause I Am Outta Here!