Friday, December 6, 2019

2:22 2017 8 out of 10

2:22  2017  8 out of 10

In 2:22 an air traffic controller has a strange occurrence on the job that leads to a couple of planes crashing.  His quick actions help to avoid the accident, but he is put on leave while the incident is investigated.  His friend gives him tickets to an interesting acrobatic play where he meets and hits it off with a beautiful woman.  They find out that both of them share the exact same birthday. 

He starts to notice some strange patterns that seem to keep repeating over and over again every single day at the same time.  He investigates these weird occurrences trying to explain it and discovers that he is destined to replay the deadly events of a murder that happened 30 years ago on the day he was born.  It was a clever and interesting film.  I have seen TV episodes that play with this theme before, so it isn’t a completely new concept –but I really enjoyed how this version of that theme was told.  The noticing of the daily patterns was interesting and could have gone in many different directions which was interesting. 

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Time Freak 2018 7 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 15)

Time Freak  2018   7 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 15) 

Time Freak was a fun Time Travel comedy/drama about a physics student who is dumped by his girlfriend.  He is devastated by the breakup and channels his frustration into building a time machine. He and his stoner best friend travel back to key points in his relationship trying to fix the things that went wrong. This time travel machine basically works as a phone app where they jump into their bodies in those moments in the past.  He can basically rewind moments and try them over again.  This app leads to some good comic moments for example as he keeps reliving a really good moment his friend is stuck in an elevator and going insane. He is finally able to successfully fix things to where they don’t break up, but he becomes obsessed with using the machine to basically fix even the slightest of things to create the perfect life, which ironically is too perfect and flawed by its lack of conflict.  He finds out his friend has been secretly using the machine as well to fix his life.  We fast forward two years and now he is married and we see a dinner party where she burns the meal.  He uses the time machine to set a timer so it doesn't burn.  He finally comes to the realization that he is basically playing god and has basically been unfairly manipulating his wife into a what amounts to a prison of a relationship he has created.  His use of the time machine is basically equivalent to a drug addiction. 

 Despite being a comedy – when you really think about what he is doing it is really a dark film, which is why for me it should have ended differently.  The film should have ended differently.  If it had ended the way it should of it probably would have been an 8 out of 10 instead of a 7 out of 10.  Who wouldn’t want the chance to fix things in their life that have gone wrong?  To correct bad decisions or moments and avoid pain.  I really like how this movie made me think about things.  That is probably one of the reasons Time Travel films interest me so much.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Curvature 2017 5 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 16)

Curvature  2017 5 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 16)

As Time Travel movies go Curvature is a very average film with nothing really new or super interesting to add to the genre.  The film centers on Helen whose husband as recently died from "suicide".   Still grieving she returns to work only to blackout for several days awaking at home where she receives a phone call from herself warning her the someone is coming to kill her.  From here the movie turns into a cat and mouse chase film as she tries to figure things out with the help of a friend.   She unravels the mystery which involves her husband's work on a time machine in which somehow she has sent herself back to keep herself from killing the person that actually murdered her husband.   

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Annihilation 2018 2 out of 10 (Really quick thoughts)

Other than revisiting Veronica Mars this was one of the first things that caught my eye to watch on Hulu.  I like Natalie Portman.  I like Sci-fi movies and it was directed by the director that did Ex-Machina.   I even thought the concept of the movie seemed interesting, so I was hoping that I was in for a good sci-fi film.   Unfortunately, I found the film dull and boring and lost interest in the story and the characters about halfway through the movie.   Being a completist I reluctantly stuck it out to the end.

It was like watching grass grow.  Sure, the grass was some mutant multi-colored fungus grass that formed in the shape of people –but it was still grass.  It felt like watching characters sleepwalk through a boring dream that has no purpose.  The ending although visually interesting was predictable.  Needless to say, this film was a real disappoint.

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Friday, November 1, 2019


Three years in the making, we finally review the “cult classic” Bloodsucking Freaks.  The film was originally called “Sardu: Master of the Screaming Virgins”.  Later on it was renamed as “The Incredible Torture Show” and then finally as it’s final title, Bloodsucking Freaks. This strange film was earned cult status among our group of friends because of the characters Ralphus and memorable lines that were often misquoted and remembered differently.  The film was never as good or funny as we remembered, but the stuck in our heads.  After name dropping it since the start of the podcast we finally felt brave enough to discuss it.

WARNING this episode is not for the faint of heart or easily offended.  I can't even include the trailer on this one.
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Arena 1989 6 out of 10 (Re-watch)

Arena 1989 6 out of 10  

I was adding some movies to the Facebook Movie Archives the other day and I came across Arena which I had apparently given a 1 out of 10 back in the day.  I watched the trailer and said to myself  “There is no way this is a 1 out of 10"   I found it on YouTube and settled in for a re-watch.     The creature masks alone make this show better than a 1 out of 10.  Upon re-watch, I was starting to dig certain aspects of the film and had high hopes that it could end up being much more enjoyable than I had thought back in the early 1990’s when I first saw the film.  

The movie has a very simple plot.  Steve Armstrong is a bumbling short-order cook on a space station in the year 4038 who ends up in a fight with a creature named Fang.   After defeating  Fang Steve ends up in a series of circumstances that lead to him being the first human in over 50 years to fight in "The Arena" an intergalactic boxing match.  So the movie is basically the Star Wars Cantina scene meets UFC. 

What there was to like about the film on re-watching it:

1. The Creatures.   There are some cheap-looking monsters straight out of the background of Star Wars and there are also some pretty cool looking Muppety creatures like the slug monster he battles in his first match and a dinosaur creature seen below that he spars with.

2.  I actually liked some of the sets in the movie.  This movie was made in 1989 but some of the sets felt like a mix of original Star Trek meets Logan's Run.   They were definitely going for the Star Wars Cantina scene which upon re-watch made me like the bar and casino scenes.  The casino scene in this film actually felt more Star Wars to me than the casino in Last Jedi.

3. The fights were cheesy which actually enjoyed.  Watching Steve Armstrong battle a giant slug monster --was like watching Jabba in a boxing match.  Pretty funny stuff.    Meet his final opponent Horn.  Talk about a cheesy villain.  Cyborg Minotaur. 

4.  Hottie 1980's Sci-Fi Blonde.   Shari Shattuck as Jade.   

I so wish he had actually fought this shark looking dude.

As I revisited this film --there were many things I enjoyed about it the second time around.  There was enough good campy chessy stuff to elevate this from a 1  (What was I thinking) to a 6.   But I can't give it higher than that.  The plot was just too simple. This easily could have just been an episode on a Sci-Fi TV show like Trek or something.  The story itself wasn't really movie-worthy. 

Here is the trailer for this weird 1989 film

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Zombie Tidal Wave 2019 6 out of 10

Zombie Tidal Wave 2019  6 out of 10

The Sharknado franchise came to a wacky and strange time travel conclusion last year.  Ian Ziering not wanting to fade from the public eye decided to move on to the zombie/natural disaster genre. Instead of just battling zombies ---why not spice it up a little with a Tidal Wave.  Zombie Tidal Wave is a decent campy low budget zombie flick.    The problem with modern day Zombie films is that post The Walking Dead –viewers are never going to connect with and care about the characters in a zombie film as much as they did for that TV show.  Basically, with that series Zombies have already been done just about as good as possible.   All these low budget zombie flicks are generally not as good as the best episodes of the TV series -  that being said they can still be a fun distraction if your expectations are not too high.

So, what is the point of watching Zombie Tidal Wave?  Ian Ziering has in my mind become the new king of cheesy and campy low budget fun.   It is fun watching him with a Taser/Machete electrocuting zombies that look like they have been dipped in Windex to save money on zombie makeup.  It was pure campy goodness.   He has one great fight with a Zombie that seems to know so wrestling moves near the end that was enjoyable.

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