Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bunny Yeager's Nude Las Vegas (1964)

Director: Barry Mahon

Writer: Vernon Marsh

Composer: Henri Woode

Starring: Bunny Yeager, Bud Irwin, Peggy Pepper, Moe McEndree, Al Ruban, Veronique, Dodie Fields, Marya Linero, Darlene Myrick, Jackie Norris, Gloria Linero, Shelby Young, Pat Farmer, Barbara Pardini, Henry Thomas

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You Are There ... Seeing It All!!

Plot: Platinum blonde Bunny and hubby Bud take a vacation in Vegas. As Bunny’s rolling the dice, she’s interrupted by Peggy, a friend from Miami, who asks Bunny to loan her a thousand bucks. Seems Peggy lost a cool G in gambling and needs the cash before her husband, Jack, returns. But Bunny has a better idea. Promising to photograph her doing “natural things,” Bunny will get Peggy a thousand dollar advance from a nudie magazine if Peggy will pose in the altogether for some “intimate and alluring glamour shots.” But there’s a catch: the magazine agrees only on condition that Miss Yeager also shoot a Las Vegas pictorial complete with local girls in the buff. Well, before you can say, “nudie cutie,” busy Bunny’s out recruiting girls with the fervor of a cult leader while sleazeball sidekick Charlie lines up locations, and Bud just sort of... well... hangs around. Soon, the girls are strippin’ and Bunny’s shootin’ and a Las Vegas travelogue quickly turns into a boobathon.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

If you've never seen any of Bunny Yeager's stunning photography just Google it.  She definitely had an eye for it.  She's iconic in the realms of nude photography from the 50s and 60s.  Her work with Bettie Page is legendary.  This film is just an excuse to see girls topless, not that you need an excuse.  We get lots of that...

But what I really enjoyed were the shots of Las Vegas from fifty years ago.  I would love to have been there during the days of the Rat Pack, you know, back when Vegas was for adults and not all Disneylanded up like it's been for the past twenty plus years.

Hahaha.  Low budget fake casino interiors are horrible.

Yeah, there's a story, some bad acting, horrible line readings and blandly composed shots but really, do we care, I mean should we care if we're watching a movie called BUNNY YEAGER'S NUDE LAS VEGAS?  No, we don't.  It's OK and borderline dull.  I liked the eye candy of the girls but mostly I dug the vintage Vegas street scenes.  I know, I'm weird. 

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

Director: Peter Hewitt

Writers: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon

Composer: David Newman

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William sadler, Joss Ackland, Pam Grier, George Carlin, Amy Stock-Poynton, Jim Martin, Hal Landon Jr., Annette Azcuy, Sarah Trigger, Chelcie Ross, Taj Mahal

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Once... they made history. Now... they are history.

Plot: The world of our distant future is a veritable utopia, thanks to the lyrics of two simple-minded 20th Century rock and rollers, Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan. However, a would-be conqueror threatens to throw history off-track by sending "most non-non-heinous" evil robot Bill and Teds back to kill their good counterparts. Finding themselves dead, the boys must outwit the Grim Reaper and traverse Heaven and Hell to return to the land of the living, rescue their "babes" and have a "most triumphant" concert at the all-important Battle of the Bands.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (1989) was cute and fun for a while but it ultimately suffered from pacing issues. This one has the same problem except it drags in more spots and it's not as funny.  It does have its moments.  Playing Battleship with the Grim Reaper ala THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957) was hilarious and the first ten minutes were creative and fun but the rest has only the occasional laugh which wasn't near enough to sustain this weaker sequel.  I dug the boys going to the location where the famous STAR TREK: OS episode "The Arena" was filmed.  That was neat-o.  It's been rumored recently that there's a third film in the works.  I'd probably go see it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)

Director: Mike Clattenburg

Writers: Mike Clattenburg, Robb Wells

Composer: Blain Morris

Starring: Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, Lucy Decoutere, Lydia Lawson-Baird, Cory Bowles, Michael Jackson, Alex Lifeson, Barrie Dunn, John Dunsworth, Patrick Roach, Sarah Dunsworth, Shelley Thompson, Jonathan Torrens, Tyrone Parsons

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The greasiest movie of the year!

Plot: The boys get arrested for robbing an ATM machine and spend 18 months in jail. When the get out, they decide to pull off "The Big Dirty" which is to steal a large amount of coins because they are untraceable and quit their life of crime forever.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? YES!!!

Holy fuck do I love these guys!!!  The show is friggin' hilarious.  It took me a few weeks to get through the entire 7 seasons and now I'm working my way through them again.  It kills me.  The opening had me in fucking stitches.  The police pursuit of Ricky and Julian is unbelievably funny, and when Ricky gives the cops a bullshit story and they buy it, I about lost my lunch through my nostrils. I loved that they made an effort to keep the feel of the show intact.  The word 'fuck' is spoken 163 times and Lahey works in 16 shit analogies.  What kept it from completely feeling like the show is having a music score and nudity.  They swear like mother fuckers on the TV show but seeing boobs threw me for a loop.  I kind of felt weird about it almost like it would have been better without it.  I know, I'm weird.  I'm sure all of that is going to disappear when I watch it again after I'm finished watching the show all the way through twice.  I REALLY want to see the new film that opens today in Canada.  I'm just thrilled that they're not done with the show just yet.  I can eat this shit up every day.  Love it!

Mondo Bizarro (1966)

Director: Lee Frost

Writers: Bob Cresse, Le Frost

Composer: Lawrence Von Lattman

Starring: Claude Emmand, Lee Frost, Dick Osmun, Vito Paulekas, Karen Wyatt

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  A World of Beauty, Sensuality and Repulsion

Plot: A faux travelogue that mixes documentary and mockumentary footage. The camera looks through a one-way glass into the women's dressing room at a lingerie shop, visits a Kyoto massage parlor, goes inside the mail room at Frederick's of Hollywood, watches an Australian who sticks nails through his skin and eats glass, checks out the art and peace scene in Los Angeles, takes in Easter week with vacationing college students on Balboa Island, observes a German audience enjoying a play about Nazi sadism, and, with the help of powerful military lenses, spies on a Lebanese white-slavery auction.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? I doubt it.

I love these phony documentaries.  They try to make them seem real but you know it's all bullshit.  It's exploitation and there's no shame in that.  It's loaded with nudity and you get it right up front during the opening credits with a hidden camera in a dressing room at a L.A. lingerie shop.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Sweet Sickness (1968)

Director: Jon Martin

Writer: G. Foy

Composer: ???

Starring: Vincene Wallace, Art T. Romans, Vicki Carbe, Poochie Norton, Victor Izay, Dick Osmun, Raul and the Revelations, Marguerite Zalud, Sharon Wells, Yuki Tani

More info: IMDb

Tagline: a RAG and a BONE and a hank of HAIR

Plot: A young woman gets sexually used and abused by every man she meets while on her way to rising to the top of Hollywood's entertainment industry.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

This is exploitation for exploitation's sake.  Hollywood has a casting couch.  Get it?  Girls get naked and learn that if you want to succeed in Tinseltown then you've gotta start at the bottom. Girls continue to get naked.  Not a bad racket, eh?

It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.

Harry Knuckles and the Treasure of the Aztec Mummy (1999)

Director: Lee Demarbre

Writer: Ian Driscoll

Composers: Graham Collins, Josh Grace

Starring: Phil Caracas, Jeff Moffet, Feisal Mohamed, Alexandra Fattah, Isabelle Arnedo, Josh Grace, Ian Driscoll, Tim Devries, Bill 'Big Willy' Furlongen, Jacob Richardson, Veronique Robert, Jocelyn Patten, Nancy Riehle

More info: IMDb

Plot: Harry Knuckles (code name Spanish Fly) must stop his nemesis who has kidnapped his daughter and poisoned her. Harry and his partner, Santo must find the serum that can save her and stop the ancient Aztec Mummy and it's evil zombies that pursue.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

Watch this first...

That's the first film directed by Lee Demarbre and the first with this team that would later bring us a fun little flick, JESUS CHRIST VAMPIRE HUNTER (2001).  That's a fun picture but it suffered from going feature length.  What works about AZTEC is it's just under a half hour. That gives it more of a replay value. It's funny, often well shot and edited and it's creative.  How about those awesome Bond-esqe opening titles?  On one hand I like that the voices are dubbed but on the other, I would have preferred them dubbed but done so that it sounds like it might have been recorded on location.  It's obvious the dub was done in a studio.  It's too smooth.  Roughing it up a bit would have fit the video and vibe of the picture better.  But, hey, this is what it is and it's entertaining with some really goofy, off the wall stuff thrown into the mix.  And it's only 26 minutes long.  It's not going to hurt you.  I just ordered the Blu-ray of JESUS CHRIST and the DVD of this film's sequel, HARRY KNUCKLES AND THE PEARL NECKLACE (2004).  They were both inexpensive and so far I've enjoyed what this team has produced.  What the hell.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Powder Keg (2001)

In 2001, BMW produced a series of 8 short films starring Clive Owen as The Driver.  They were made with the top action directors and various famous actors to showcase the performance aspects of various BMW cars.

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Writers: David Carter, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Guillermo Arriaga

Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams

Starring: Clive Owen, Stellan Skarsgard, Lois Smith

More info: IMDb

Plot: January 13, 2001. Times war photographer Harvey Jacobs is wounded while witnessing a massacre at Nuevo Colon by terrorists. In a desperate effort, the United Nations sends a vehicle to get him out, a BMW driven by the mysterious Driver.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Probably not.

Wow.  The bit at the checkpoint was intense.  The film is only 11 minutes but it packs an emotional punch.  This is the extended version (about 3 minutes longer, I think) that's on the DVD with the other 7 short BMW films.  It rounds out the disc and it's a great one to go out on.  Highly recommended.  Good score, too, by Harry Gregson-Williams.