Godzilla (2014)

I had a lot of fun here talking about this film. As I say in the show, it was an incredible reminder for me that I needed to see it. After all, 2014 was 3 years ago and I somehow missed this action/thriller? Shall we call it a horror? Eh, maybe not but so so good. The monsters are glorious and so much fun to watch. Please check out my recorded podcast!

Music: Take me Higher by Jahzzar

Godzilla: King of the Monsters & What I’ve Been Watching

Plus mini reviews of Gremlins 2, Fire in the Sky, The Girl in the Spiderweb, Infliction, The Car, Bubba Ho-Tep, Eden Log, & Testament.

Glassland

There is a scattered and often intriguing plot here with the incredible performance of Jack Raynor, I won’t criticize the plot much. He carries this film and makes it amazing.

Glassland (2014)
1h 33min | Drama | 18 March 2016 (USA)
Set in Dublin, ‘Glassland’ tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction.
Director: Gerard Barrett
Writer: Gerard Barrett
Stars: Toni Collette, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter

My Summary: John is a taxi driver in Dublin. He has no family or girlfriend and has the self-assumed role of taking care of his alcoholic mother, Jean. Through time, John gets frustrated and takes his mother to rehab. At that point is some of the best acting Raynor does in the film. Jean shows little promise of quitting drinking. John has demands on him financially so he enters into an unspeakable side job for his boss.

My take: You may have surmised by now I loved Raynor’s acting in this film. I must warn you it is very slow and not much is revealed ever about what the director wants to say. You come to your own conclusions. Still, it is a very entertaining film despite its plot flaws. If you like Jack Raynor, go see this movie. If you don’t, I am not sure how much you’ll like the film. In my opinion, a film should have more going for it than the talent of the lead actor.

6/10

Podcast Music: Zombie Disco by Six Umbrellas

Clown

I know I’ve posted this before but I really think this is an amazing horror and people should check it out. Produced by Eli Roth.

R | 1h 40min | Horror, Thriller | 17 June 2016 (USA)

A loving father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party, only to realize that it’s cursed.
Director: Jon Watts
Writers: Christopher Ford, Jon Watts
Stars: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare

Creep (2004)

Another great indy horror from dir/writer Christopher Smith. Listen to my review! Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who’s being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city’s streets.
Director: Christopher Smith
Writer: Christopher Smith
Stars: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood

Airplane

Great comedy like this doesn’t just fall out of the sky. Much should be remembered about how the three directors worked for years to build a style of comedy in a theater group they would later mold into the 1980 film Airplane! In addition to being laugh-a-minute hilarious, it also stands as evidence that hard work pays off in Hollywood.

The directors of this film, David and Jerry Zucker as well as Jim Abrahams Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker (abbreviated ZAZ) made something to be quintessentially proud of here. They had worked on the Kentucky Fried Theater group together so they had a lot of experience riffing and coming up with improv stuff before they ever directed any movies. John Landis took their humor they had developed and made it into a film called The Kentucky Fried Movie. It is full of dichotomous humor juxtaposing serious settings and scenes with surreal and slapstick humor. Watching the Landis film yields all sorts of influences seen in Airplane! It is a lot more racy however, specifically in its nudity.

This film stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty and features Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Lorna Patterson. There are several other cameos by then well-known actors and celebrities. Robert Hays, the lead actor, was an unknown at the time. He does a good job but his role is more of a cog in a larger machine of comedic actors. Leslie Nielsen is by far the most memorable actor in the film. He had been in loads of episodic television as well as films like The Poseidon Adventure. Though he hadn’t done comedy before, Airplane! showed the world he was a closet comedian.

The film is a fairly simple plot derived from the 1957 film, Zero Hour! Note the exclamation mark in both titles. His serious look helps the deadpan humor work so well. The rest of the cast is side-splitting making the film a must watch for any filmcritic or lover of films.

As a kid growing up in the 80’s, this film was alluring to me. Older kids would talk about it and how their parents let them see it. After all, there is a bare breasted woman in it for about 2 whole seconds (the scandal!). Unfortunately I didn’t see it until after I was 10. I don’t recall my exact age but I know it was in my teens. It was the funniest film I had ever seen. Others have come close since, but I think it still hovers around that ranking with me still.

FINAL THOUGHTS
It’s no wonder Airplane! is one of the worlds funniest films. Its three directors took years to hone their comedic skills and work together. Finally, they put their own money up to pitch the idea to movie studios. After persistence and hard work, the film was made and it remains to this day one of the most exciting and funny films ever made. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

10/10

Ma

Jason Blum has given us a winning horror this time! It’s a good thing too because I was starting to wonder if horror would reside in his films anymore. Ma wants to give kids booze, ad they are all to happy to accept. But could there be an ulterior motive? Plus I give podcast updates, movie news, and my 50th birthday update since I am turning as such tomorrow!

After Hours dir by Martin Scorcese

A weird movie I love to watch again and again. Martin Scorcese did an amazing piece of art here. It’s a film that creates a creepy atmosphere and delivers some great performances along the way. Listen to me talk about it here in this 5 minute review. NOTE: This is from last year when I was doing much shorter shows.

After Hours (1985)
R | 1h 37min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 11 October 1985 (USA)

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Joseph Minion
Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom

Weird movies are a lot of fun, if you’re into them. Of course, I am quite so. This is a movie that takes a look at the idea of a guy going out with a dangerous woman instead of the traditional other way around.

This is directed by Martin Scorcese, a verified master of the film-making craft. Most recently I loved his Hugo and he’s done so many other films down through the years. In this film he really shines in his ability to revisit a place and force the audience to see it differently. It’s sort of like a recipe for an open mind. The sets and backgrounds take you into the film. When he shows you the clock, you feel like it’s way past bedtime and YOU ought to be getting home.

There is a cast of thousands here but the lead is played by Griffin Dunne. Dunne has been in many films but you remember him as the English teacher in My Girl. He’s a great actor and it’s always impressed me how much he looks like Dudley Moore.

This is a goofy film and suspense abounds. This guy is having the worst night of his life and we experience it with him. I highly recommend this quirky film, it’s an intriguing work of art that stands up now over 3 decades later.

10/10

Director Lars Von Trier w Guest The Vern

 

Hi listeners! My guest today is The Vern @cinema_recall & @videovangaurd

It always works wuite well when he guests.

I have 8 other guests lined up for the rest of the Summer so I hope you sub.

NO write up for this one, but I did publish the outline for the show (belo) By the way Lars von Trier has a new movie coming out: “The House that Jack Built.” I didn’t get around to posting the audio of the trailer in the podcast episode but here is the youtube, audio trailer if you’re interested.

I also know you will enjoy my guest in this episode, he is the hardest working man in amateur podcasting! If anybody hits it big of all our friends, it will be him! Enjoy the show and …

Enjoy your day.

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Show Notes: Ep 108 Director Focus Lars von Trier

1. I introduce guest.

My guest today is The Vern from Cinema Recall

I appreciate his interest in movies and the energy he puts into his podcasts. I subscribe and listen to his podcasts.

Vern, can you tell us a little bit about your podcasting life and career? How did you get started etc?

We each discuss our individual experiences with Lars von Trier films. ie; Film that had the most impact … Least. What makes him unique. Finally, a preview for “The House that Jack Built.” Some anticipation buzz/reaction about the film.

2. Films: We go down the list discussing if we have something to say(feel free to add movies not on the list)

Breaking The Waves
Dancer in the Dark
Dogville
Manderlay
Antichrist
Melancholia
Nymphomaniac Vol 1 and 2

3. Whatchya been watching segment. Open movie banter.

4. Plugs

5. End.

Take Shelter

This is an early attempt I made at doing these audio reviews. What it lacks in expertise and ease, it makes up for in passion for the film. “Take Shelter” is in my top ten of all time favorite films.