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Sibling Rivalry

forgotten bannersiblingThis another one of those movies I love to look at- full of stars before they were really big, at the start of their careers before their more iconic roles…

It stars Kirsty Alley, Bill Pullman, Carrie FIsher, Sam Elliot, Scott Backula, and  Ed Oneil, not to mention being directed by Carl Reiner. It’s funny I really like Backula and O’Neil in most things, but not in their signature roles (Quantum Leap/Enterprise and Married With Children respectively), and I’ve always really love Kirsty Alley. Let’s see what IMDB has to say here:

Marjorie Turner is suffocating. Her younger sister Jeanine has no ambition, and her 8 year marriage to Harry puts her in constant competition with his family (all doctors), whom he is also competing for the affections of. One day, she snaps while food shopping, and beds a mysterious man, who die during the moment of passion. When she forgets her wallet, a vertical-blinds salesman finds it, and things get complicated from there…

It’s a smart farce, but really I wouldn’t expect anything less from Carl Riener who created so many of my favorite comedies. I got it on VHS for a buck but It is available on DVD and occasionally surfaces on Netflix. Definitely one to check out on rental first and very likely one you’ll want to own.


Baron and the Kid

forgotten bannerMV5BMTIwNDMzMDE5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTUxMzgzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR51,0,214,317_There’s a pool table in my Library. i like to put this film on when I play or have people over to shoot pool.

From IMDB:

The Baron and the Kid 1984

Johnny Cash stars as a legendary pool hustler, back in town after a long absence. He encounters a young punk who’s got more swagger than skill at pool, and who turns out to be  his son

The film plays itself very straight and doesn’t really earn that kind of serious tone, especially for a TV movie. It’s predictable but what saves it is how much fun it is to watch Johnny Cash chew the scenery. Richard Roundtree shows up and I’m in B movie heaven.

It’s not to hard to find the DVD (and it tends to be inexpensive) and definitely a great movie to put on while you do something else.

No trailer for this by the way, but we do have the music video of the song that inspired the film, and it does a great job of conveying the feel of the movie


Hollywood Knights

forgotten bannerknightsI think I’m just going to dive straight into the IMDB description on this one.

Hollywood Knights 1980

Led by their comedic and pranking leader, Newbomb Turk, the Hollywood Knights car gang raise hell throughout Beverly Hills on Halloween Night, 1965. Everything from drag racing to Vietnam to high school love.

God I wish this was better. I mean, look at this cast! Fran Dresher, Tony Danza, Robert Whul, Michelle Pffiifer most of these before these people were really famous..or to put it another way, at the time, Tony Danza was the biggest name here.

It’s weird, there are really two separate stories going on here…enough to make me wonder if the “A” storyline and the “B: storyline were even conceived together or if this was a mashup of two different scripts.

It’s just to raunchy humor for me to really get into. To many scatological gags, fart jokes and vulgarity.  On the other hand, I know a lot of people dig this kind of movie. My friend Sean loves it and Imagine William would really like it too. If this kind of comedy  is your cup of tea, I really highly recommend it, especially to see so many of these people at the start of their careers!


Under the Rainbow

forgotten bannerMV5BMTgyMDIyMzI2MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNTgxMTk5__V1_SY222_SX144_I fist discover “Under the Rainbow” because part of it deals with the creation of the Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland.

From IMDB:

Under the Rainbow 1981 In World War II era Los Angeles, the manager of the Culver Hotel leaves his nephew in charge for a weekend. The nephew changes the name to the Hotel Rainbow and overbooks with royalty, assassins, secret agents, Japanese tourists, and munchkins (from the cast of _Wizard of Oz, The (1939)_ ). Secret Service agent Bruce Thorpe and casting director Annie Clark find romance amidst the intrigue and confusion.

This is an interesting film in that it’s got some infamy amongst those that know about it  mostly because Carrie fisher undresses – not down to much, underwear that covers more than most bathing suits actually.  Much like Corvette Summer, it’s kind of a  “What they did next” movie.  Fisher is ably paired up with Chevy Chase and a fairly well thought out script. It’s a farce with a great deal of “misunderstandings” creating the humor. I really should have enjoyed this more, it seems custom made for me. Perhaps I was just disspaointed that it didn’t have a closer relationship to OZ (as I had assumed) or it’s just my indifference to Fisher, but this never really clicked for me. Check it out if it shows up on netflix, otherwise it may not really be worth seeking out.

 


In Defense of Hudson Hawk

defenseuntitledI’m going to give you  two words as too why you should like Hudson Hawk. Two words, and they aren’t even “Bruce Willis”! No, those two words are “Oceans Eleven”.

Seriously. In so many ways, this is cut from the same blueprint…and it’s possibly even more expansive. This is a funny heist movie featureing a couple of buddies, starring one of the biggest stars in the world at the time.

Of course, it was never marketed that way. No, because Bruce Willis was an action hero, this was always marketed as an action movie. Can you imagine if Oceans Eleven was markted as an action flick? What kind of criminal mismanagement would  that be?

Seriously, though, go into it with that mindset. It’s a different kind of humor than ocean’s eleven- where that is more buddy related fast talking kind of humor, Hudson Haw is more like Cohen Brothers weird off the wall humor. Still, WIllis pulls it off admirably and Danny Aiello is perfect in the film.  There are strange characters permeating this film, slick the candy-bar spies, and the psycho gangster millionaire…and Sandra Burnhart……imagesCAOSBM0Z

The heist has a treasure hunt feel to it, every bit as good as National Treasure, and with just about as high of stakes. The romance falls a little flat, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of chemistry between Willis and Andi McDowell (but then again I never really liked her and I’m not sure what her appeal is supposed to be in the first place). but really the movie hits just about all of it’s notes perfectly.

It’s readily available on DVD and probably on any number of streaming services.


Mother, Jugs and Speed

forgotten bannerjugsWe’ve got a new column this year, showcasing weird but fun films that I keep discovering and wonder why I never heard of them before.

We’re kicking this off with “Mother Jugs and Speed” from 1976

Look at this films stars for a moment….Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Bruce Davidson from before he was quite as well known (though I spotted him immediately. I’m a big fan not only form X-Men, but also Kingdom Hospital, Lords of Salem and a whole slew of other stuff).
Larry Hagman’s in this too! This is before Dallas, he still had the good guy image from I Dream of Jeannie (although this film would manage to kill that noise real quick)  and Harvey Kitel!

From IMDB : Competition between privately owned LA ambulance companies is played for humour.

Yeah, that really doesn’t begin to describe it.

imagesCAV50E7MIt’s very much a product of it’s time, with ambulance calls going awry, Raquel fighting to be taken seriously despite her gender, Cosby popping beers while he drives…but good fun, never particularly raunchy even though it may seem like that kind of movie.

Things get serious a couple of times, but never enough for you  to mistake this for a drama. Seriously, give this a try, I found it on Amazon for under $10. It’s great vintage Cosby, shaggy Bruce Davidson and really fun to watch just how big a douche Larry Hagman plays!