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Forgotten Flix Remembers: Brainstorm (1983)

1983 Brainstorm - Proyecto Brainstorm (fra) 01In this episode of Forgotten Flix Remembers, Joel is joined by Gamma Dev (from 80’s Anthologies: Episode by Episode with Doug McCoy).

We talk about

  • why this was the last Hollywood movie directed by Douglas Trumbel
  • why Gamma feels such a strong connection to this movie
  • what state-of-the-art technique this movie was intended to employ, but never did
  • and much more!

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Special thanks to Jay V for his amazing music featured throughout the episode! You can hear more from Jay V at YourSecretIdentity.com.

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Peter’s Retro Reviews: The Running Man (1987)

The Running Man posterby Peter Nielsen

Damon Killian: “This is television, that’s all it is! It has nothing to do with people; it’s to do with ratings! For fifty years we’ve told them what to eat, what to drink, what to wear… For Christ’s sake, Ben, don’t you understand? Americans love television! They wean their kids on it! Listen… they love game-shows, they love wrestling, they love sports and violence! So, what do we do? We give them what they want! We’re number one, Ben, that’s all that counts! Believe me! I’ve been in the business for thirty years!”

Future Los Angeles

Future Los Angeles

Now, I could go into some sort of sociological analysis about the potentially violent and deadly future of TV game-shows… or the decline of TV with those crappy “docu-soap” type of shows like Big Brother or Paradise Hotel, for instance… I could also delve into the devious lengths some TV networks will go to attract viewers and numbers… Yeah, I could do that… But I won’t!

No, I will, instead, lean back and enjoy a great action movie from the late 80’s, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Raw Deal, Twins, Red Heat). It is, of course, The Running Man which was directed by Paul Michael Glaser, whom you might recognize as Starsky from the TV show Starsky and Hutch. As a director, he’s mostly done TV-work, but also movies like The Cutting Edge and The Air Up There.

Laughlin and Ben!

Laughlin and Ben!

From what I’ve read, Mr. Schwarzenegger wasn’t too happy with the choice of director, but I don’t think the movie’s that bad. Sure, it’s far from perfect, but it’s entertaining as hell, so I guess Mr. Glaser did ok, huh?

The Running Man is set in a future where the economy has collapsed and the U.S. is now a police state where most literature, TV and music is censored by the government. To appease the masses, TV networks show violent game-shows wherein convicted criminals get to fight for their lives and freedom in, what I suspect are rigged games. I mean, the government has no intention of letting them go; it’s all about exacting punishment and entertaining the public at the same time. Much like the gladiator fights in ancient Rome! And if you happen to get good ratings while doing that… yeah, well… that’s just a bonus, right?

Ben and Amber in the arena...

Ben and Amber in the arena…

Ben Richards (Mr. Schwarzenegger) is a police helicopter pilot who, at the start of the movie, is arrested for refusing to open fire on unarmed food rioters. He’s thrown into a high-security prison camp and when we next see him it’s 18 months later, and he and a couple of inmates are planning a breakout! The other inmates, Laughlin and Weiss, are played by Marvin J McIntyre (Pale Rider, Short Circuit) and Yaphet Kotto. I’m sure you’ll recognize Mr. Kotto from movies like Alien and Live And Let Die or the TV show Homicide: Life on the Streets. Both Laughlin and Weiss are members of a resistance movement and ask Ben to join them. He politely says no, and they split up.

Ben goes to seek refuge at his brother’s apartment, but finds that it’s now inhabited by a woman named Amber Mendez. Amber is played by Maria Conchita Alonso, whom you might recognize from Extreme Prejudice, Predator 2 and Colors, for instance. Ben decides to leave the country, using Amber as a hostage, but he’s caught at the airport after Amber alerts the security there.

Let the games BEGIN!!

Let the games BEGIN!!

Meanwhile, Damon Killian, who’s the smug and ruthless host of the hugely popular game-show The Running Man, has seen footage of Ben’s escape from the prison camp, and wants him as a participant in the show. Ben refuses, of course, but Killian shows him that Laughlin and Weiss has also been caught again, and they will take Ben’s place in the game if he doesn’t comply with Killian’s demand! Killian has no intention of keeping his side of the deal though, and on game night, when Ben is sent to the “arena”… Laughlin and Weiss are sent to join him.

Yeah, in case you hadn’t guessed this already, Damon Killian is kind of a douche-bag! He’s played by Richard Dawson who was the long-time host of the real life American game-show Family Feud. In The Running Man he’s the kind of guy you love to hate and he does a damn good job with that!

The “arena” is an earthquake stricken area in town, where the “contestants” are hunted by stalkers with colorful names, like Buzzsaw, Subzero, Fireball, Dynamo and Captain Freedom. Some of them are played by actors whom you might recognize, but who’s mostly done minor parts; Gus Rethwisch (House II: The Second Story), Professor Toru Tanaka (Revenge of the Ninja) and Erland van Lidth who played Grossberger in the movie Stir Crazy. The two stalkers, Fireball and Captain Freedom however, are played by actors I’m sure you know well, namely Jim Brown (Ice Station Zebra, 100 Rifles, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka) and Jesse Ventura (Predator, No Holds Barred, Ricochet)

Subzero, Dynamo and Buzzsaw reporting for duty!

Subzero, Dynamo and Buzzsaw reporting for duty!

Other recognizable faces are Sven-Ole Thorsen (Gladiator, Conan the Barbarian) and Edward Bunker (Reservoir Dogs). Mick Fleetwood and Dweezil Zappa also appear in The Running Man, so you see, there are actually quite a number of cool people in this movie!

It is very, very loosely based on a novel written by Richard Bachman, whom we today know was a pseudonym Stephen King used for a number of books. At the time of filming though, no one actually knew the two were the same person.

I read the novel many years ago and if you haven’t read it yet, I recommend that you do! It is a good read! The novel and the movie differ quite a bit, of course, and only the basic premise was used for the screenplay. They’re both highly enjoyable though!

The movie may be cheesy as hell, but it’s extremely entertaining and chock-full of action and awesome one-liners, and in case you haven’t figured it out by now… I effing love it! I’ve seen it a ridiculous amount of times and I’m sure I’ll watch it again sometime in the near future… right, Kevin?

So my friends… until next time, why not tell me your thoughts on The Running Man in the comment section below?

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Peter’s Retro Reviews: Supervan (1977)

SuperVan movie posterby Peter Nielsen

”Supervan takes on all corners… laser blasting… solar powered… Watch out!”

So, ladies and gentlemen, I’m finally back on track again… I know it’s been a while since my last review, but now, after having had a little breather, I’m back… or rather… WE’RE back, because by the time you’re reading this, the next installment of the podcast, Forgotten Flix Remembers, has already gone live! And just so you know… we have a great year, with lots of interesting and fun movies lined up for you, so without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s review, shall we?

There are lots of reasons for watching or buying a movie… the story, the cast, the director, or in my case… a toy car! Well, actually it was a picture of a die cast toy car; a little van which I thought looked cool as hell! I found out it was from a movie called “Supervan” from 1977, but would have never thought it had been released on DVD. It had though, so… here we are! Long story short (too late), I bought a movie based on seeing a photo of a toy car… Yeah, I’m weird like that!

Clint has had enough of his dad's garage!

Clint has had enough of his dad’s garage!

The DVD is just a crappy and scratchy VHS transfer and hasn’t been cleaned up or anything, but believe it or not, that only works to the movie’s advantage. There’s not much of a plot to speak of; it’s basically about the custom-van culture of the 70’s and showing off lots of vans! Lots and lots of them!

Clint Morgan, played by Mark Schneider (Santa Barbara, Babylon 5, Matt Houston), is tired of working in his dad’s garage and one day jumps into his van and takes off. He has no direct plan and is basically going to where the roads will take him. He has one goal though, and that is to go to a van gathering called “The Annual Non-Invitational Bicentennial Invitational Freak Out ‘76” where he’s going to enter his van into the competition and win the grand prize of $5000. That idea is quickly thrown out the window when, while saving a woman from a couple of bikers, his van is crushed in a large scrap metal compactor!

Vandora going full throttle!

Vandora going full throttle!

The woman’s name is Karen and is played by Katie Saylor, who only has eight credits to her name… The Swinging Barmaids, for instance. Supervan was her last movie!

Karen is “running away” from her rich father, T.B. Trenton, who sells large gas-guzzling muscle-cars, and everything that goes with it. You can actually hear radio-ads for his products all through the movie. He’s played by Morgan Woodward, an actor you might recognize from such diverse movies as Battle Beyond The Stars and Cool Hand Luke. T.B. Trenton’s a bully and a skirt chaser who wants everything to go his way, or not at all!

Anyway… Clint and Karen go to visit a good friend of Clint’s, who just so happens to be working for her dad. His name is Boseley and he doesn’t really like his boss much, which is apparent by the darts sticking out of a photo of him, in the background. Boseley WAS supposed to build a new gas-guzzling van for his boss to show off at the Freak Out, but has instead secretly built a solar powered van, called the Vandora, the titular supervan! T.B. Trenton is, of course, not too happy about this!

A romantic moment between Clint and Karen.

A romantic moment between Clint and Karen.

Boseley tells Clint to drive the Vandora to the Freak Out and enter that into the competition instead, and win the prize-money that way. The Freak Out itself is really nothing more than a gathering for “vanners” to smoke weed, party, have sex, and show off their custom vans! Oh, I did mention there are lots of vans in this movie, didn’t I? There’s also a wet t-shirt competition and the one spraying the water is none other than the cult author Charles Bukowski himself, in a very, very brief cameo!

This was a first-time watch for me, but it’s certainly not going to be the last, because for some reason I kind of like Supervan. Don’t ask me to explain why, because I don’t think I can… I mean, it’s NOT a good movie… Nope, not even close! But… there’s something about it that I just can’t help but like!

The Vandora shooting lasers!

The Vandora shooting lasers!

Maybe it’s the fact that it doesn’t take itself too seriously… or at all, if truth be told, and in Supervan’s case that’s actually a good thing! Maybe it’s the “carefree” nature of it or the silly car-chases, or the stupid dialogue or… hell, I don’t know! I guess it’s the whole viewing experience of a movie like this that gets to me! I should probably have been bored by the lengthy scenes with vans driving around accompanied by CB-chatter and soft rock music, but I wasn’t. The music is actually pretty decent in Supervan… No “chart climbers” of course, but it fits the movie perfectly.

One of the main reasons for liking the movie is, of course, the supervan itself! The Vandora is super-cool! When it drives it emits some sort of high-pitched noise which is pretty annoying, but it’s supposed to be, because it messes with police-car radios and apparently, sometimes the whole car too. The Vandora is super fast, strong, technologically advanced and it shoots friggin’ laser beams, for Pete’s sake! They come in handy when Boseley and Karen have to bust Clint out of jail at one point!

By the way? The State Trooper in the movie is played by Len Lesser, who’s been in a lot of stuff, but I’m sure you remember him as Uncle Leo on the hit TV-show Seinfeld.

Supervan was directed by Lamar Card, who’s only directed four other movies, Disco Fever and The Clones for instance. He’s produced a bunch more though, most notably Terror Train from 1980.

I’ll end this review by saying that I do realize Supervan is not a movie most people will like, but I sure as hell enjoyed it and, as I said earlier, it’s one I’ll be coming back to from time to time. In fact, I’ve already watched it twice this week!

Until next time, my friends… if you for some reason HAVE seen this movie, please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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S1E1 – Forgotten Flix Remembers: The Heavenly Kid (1985)

heavenly_kidIn this first episode of the first season of Forgotten Flix Remembers, Joel is joined by Darrell Taylor (of the Taylor Network of Podcasts).

We dig in deep and talk about

  • their earliest memories of The Heavenly Kid
  • whether or not they believe their guardian angels were drunk
  • proof that cocaine is a helluva drug
  • and much more!

Be sure to subscribe to Forgotten Flix on iTunes and leave a review! Click here to visit our iTunes page.

Special thanks to Jay V for his amazing music that you hear throughout the episode!

 

The Heavenly Kid Trailer

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Offscript: Episode 013 – The One About the 2013 Forgotten Flix Spooky Flix Fest

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In this episode Jason and Joel keep it short and sweet.

It’s all about Forgotten Flix’s Spooky Flix Fest ’13, and what it means for Offscript.

 

 

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Offscript: Episode 012 – The One About Barbarian Queens and Peruvian Russians

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In this episode Jason and Joel discuss Jason’s Corman-movie fetish via Barbarian Queen and whether or not Boris Vallejo is Russian, Peruvian, both… or neither.

And in Trailer Trash we delve into Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, Out of the Furnace, 47 Ronin, and The Monuments Men.

 

 

 

 

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster

Out of the Furnace

47 Ronin

The Monuments Men

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Offscript: Episode 011 – The One About Playing with Our Bad Milo

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In this episode Jason and Joel give a quick review of their recent viewing of The Conjuring and gush a little on their love of classically-styled horror.

Then Joel drops a movie boom-goes-the-dynamite surprise when he admits to watching a movie that Jason has talked and gushed over for a REALLY long time. I know what you’re thinking.  Joel watched a movie that Jason recommended?

It must have a gator-something or mega-whatever, but you would be wrong.  You’ll have to listen to hear what the movie is and what Joel thought.  Will he burst Jason’s bubble or drop his ego and say the rarest words in the English language, “Jason, you were right.”

The trailer trash for this episode goes all kinds of stomach virus when the guys review some crazy good upcoming trailers including Bad Milo, I Declare War, CBGB, and Enough Said.  You NEED to check these out, albeit not while at work, (that whole awkward scene with Julia Louis-Dreyfus kissing James Gandolfini shouldn’t be shown in any office setting.)

Bad Milo

I Declare War

Enough Said

CBGB

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Offscript: Episode 010 – The One About The Escape Plan of Frankenstein’s Army

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In this episode you get a LOT of Trailer Trash talk, including way too much analysis of The Escape Plan, Frankenstein’s Army, and Curse of Chucky (aka Child’s Play 6).

Plus, Jason taunts Joel about The Conjuring and they wade hip deep into a discussion about whether it’s okay for a movie to be “just” entertaining.

All this and OH so much more, so please give it a listen and tell us your thoughts!

 

Curse of Chucky

Frankenstein’s Army

Escape Plan

 

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Offscript: Episode 9 – The One About $150 Movie Tickets and Lt. Dangle

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What started out as an intellectual and civil discussion regarding the ideas presented by  two of the world’s most insightful and successful producer/directors, quickly spirals into an all out whine festival (complete with music).

Jason and Joel talk (complain) about the recent video showing Lucas and Spielberg discussing the future of movie theaters and blockbuster films.  The boys also gush slightly over Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and their writing chops.

Lucas/Spielberg Discussion

Here’s the link to the CNBC video of the Lucas/Spielberg discussion. http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000175595

Hell Baby

Maniac

Blood

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Offscript: Episode 8 – The One About Man of Steel

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No.  This one isn’t about Jason’s super six pack (ahem…pony keg.) This time the boys both went to see the latest Superman reboot – Man of Steel – on opening weekend so you know they have to talk about it.  The big questions are

1) Did they like it? and

2) Did it hold up to the legacy of Superman III and IV?

You’ll have to listen and hear for yourselves.  There may or may not be some man-gushing over Henry Cavill’s pecs.

The guys also pick through a little trailer trash including a quick sneak peek of Disney’s Frozen (no ski lifts included), Zach Snyder’s upcoming sequel to 300 - 300: Rise of an Empire – and a Thing-esque, post-apocalyptic, polar thriller titled The Colony.

Finally Joel goes gaga for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s latest film Snitch (and Jason is actually intrigued.)

 

 

Disney’s Frozen


300: Rise of an Empire


The Colony

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Offscript: Episode 7 – The One About Our Ghastly Love

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KevinMcCarthy-GhastlyLoveIn this installment of Off Script Jason and Joel engage in more upcoming movie trailers like Europa Report and The World’s End. Joel shares his thoughts (since he FINALLY saw them) on Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Attack the Block. He also gives his initial take on Season 4 of Arrested Development.

Jason tells you his thoughts on The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, which he recently reviewed as a guest host on our pal Kevin Bachelder’s Saturday B-Movie Reel podcast.

You get all that and, oh, so much more!

Also, in this episode’s CND Theater, your intrepid (or is that insipid?) Master Thespians try their hand at a REEEEEAL classic. Betcha can’t figure out which one!

Attack the Block Trailer

The Ghastly Love of Johnny-X Trailer

Europa Report Trailer

The World’s End Trailer

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Offscript: Episode 6 – The One About The Impossible, The Strangers, Almost Human and Big Movie Money

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In this installment of Off Script Jason and Joel cover some movies they’ve seen recently including Jason’s experience with the Smurfs (2011) movie, Joel’s emotional roller coaster watch of The Impossible (2012), and then goes on a rant after seeing The Strangers (2008.)  Then the boys dig deep into the dumpster as the trailer trash starts to fly including the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Almost Human (and the ultimately more disturbing Almost Human). Finally they wrap up talking about mega Hollywood money including Robert Downey Jr.’s tractor trailer of a salary.

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For more Off Script action join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter at @OffScriptCast. Most importantly, don’t forget to check us out on iTunes and leave us a review. The more reviews we get the higher we rate. The higher we rate the more listeners we get. The more listeners we have the more reviews we’ll get! It’s a vicious cycle! If you have questions or comments, keep them to your damn self! If you have a guess for CND Theater or a suggestion for ADD Top 10, email us at OffScriptPodcast@gmail.com.

Almost Human

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Impossible

The Strangers

 

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Offscript: Episode 5 – The One About Jersey Shore Shark Attack, Oblivion CGI, John Williams, and (yes, even more) Star Wars Talk

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In this installment of Off Script Jason and Joel dig deep (I mean REEEEEAL deep) as they discuss Joel’s inability to stomach the 87 minute running time of the SyFy classic, Jersey Shore Shark Attack.

They also discuss the newish sci-fi film, Oblivion, and why Joel now believes CGI may, in fact, be more than a passing fad. Jason explores his man love of John Williams, and your daring duo goes on yet another Star Wars rant discussion. It all comes to a messy climax with an all new CND Theater. Good luck figuring this one out!

But just in case you think you know which movie we’re bastardizing this week, please send your CND Theater guess to jason@offscriptpodcast.com.

Join In

For more Off Script action join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter at @OffScriptCast. Most importantly, don’t forget to check us out on iTunes and leave us a review. The more reviews we get the higher we rate. The higher we rate the more listeners we get. The more listeners we have the more reviews we’ll get! It’s a vicious cycle! If you have questions or comments, keep them to your damn self! If you have a guess for CND Theater or a suggestion for ADD Top 10, email us at OffScriptPodcast@gmail.com.

Jersey Shore Shark Attack

Oblivion

Excerpt from 1977 PBS show “Previn & The Pittsburgh”, Andre Previn invites John Williams as guest conductor – “Star Wars” suite.

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Offscript: Episode 4 – The One About B Movies…That is All

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In this installment of Off Script Joel loses his SyFy virginity to one of Jason’s favorite new creature features, Mega Piranha, starring Tiffany and Barry Williams. This cinematic showdown has been brewing for a long time. Jason’s love of cheesey creature feature B movies and Joel’s love of making fun of Jason. Who will prevail? Listen in to hear for yourself.

After the cheese-fest the boys also talk about a couple of new trailers including R.I.P.D. and this past weekend’s Michael Bay flick Pain & Gain. They cap it off with a little A.D.D. Top 10 and an attempt to list 10 vehicles as characters in TV or Movies thanks to Jason Pyles of the Movie Podcast Weekly. Can we make the list in 3:00 minutes? Can we even get through half of the list? Can Airwolf really be considered a character?

NOTE: Don’t forget to send in your guesses from last episode’s CND Theater.

Join In

For more Off Script action join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter at @OffScriptCast. Most importantly, don’t forget to check us out on iTunes and leave us a review. The more reviews we get the higher we rate. The higher we rate the more listeners we get. The more listeners we have the more reviews we’ll get! It’s a vicious cycle! If you have questions or comments, keep them to your damn self! If you have a guess for CND Theater or a suggestion for ADD Top 10, email us at OffScriptPodcast@gmail.com.

Mega Piranha 

R.I.P.D.

Pain & Gain (Danger: Red Band Trailer)

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Peter’s Retro Reviews: Steel Dawn (1987)

Steel-Dawn-Posterby Peter Nielsen

 

“He is the desert warrior, carving the future with his sword.”

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to return to a subgenre I have a soft spot for, namely the post apocalyptic action flick! Most of them were basically rip-offs of Mad Max (1979) and The Road Warrior (1981), and let’s be honest… most of them were inferior! A lot of them were actually pretty entertaining though, and this week’s movie choice is no exception… on both accounts! Steel Dawn is both inferior and entertaining!

It was directed by Lance Hool, who’s only directed three movies including this one; the other two being One Man’s Hero and Missing in Action 2: The Beginning. He’s produced a bunch more though!

Nomad eating like a pig!

Nomad eating like a pig!

Our hero of the movie, Nomad, is played by Patrick Swayze; an actor who doesn’t really need much of an introduction, but I’ll mention a couple of titles anyway… Point Break, Road House, Red Dawn and also Ghost and Dirty Dancing. I like Mr. Swayze, I always have and he actually does pretty ok in Steel Dawn. Not that it’s a particularly demanding part though… at least not acting-wise! But don’t get me wrong here, I’m not knocking the acting… at least not from the main cast. Apart from Mr. Swayze you also get Anthony Zerbe (The Dead Zone, Licence to Kill, the TV-series Centennial) and Brion James (Blade Runner, The Fifth Element, Striking Distance) as well as Lisa Niemi, the wife of Mr. Swayze. Her filmography isn’t too extensive and she’s mostly done minor parts.

Steel Dawn opens on Nomad meditating… in the middle of the desert… standing on his head! Yeah… don’t ask! He’s soon attacked by some sort of underground scavengers wanting his gear. He disposes of them fairly easy and wanders off to meet up with an old friend, at a tavern of sorts. They’re both soldiers who fought in the war, but now wander the land taking odd jobs here and there for food and lodgings basically. Nomad’s friend and mentor is played by John Fujioka (American Samurai, Tales of the Gold Monkey), but unfortunately he’s not in this movie for very long.

Brion James as Tark, the foreman.

Brion James as Tark, the foreman.

While they’re having a meal and talking about their future plans, Nomad notices that the very suspicious-acting bar-keep has drugged their drinks. He manages to swat the mug out of his friend’s hand before collapsing on the floor. A band of thugs enter the tavern and a fight between the leader and Nomad’s friend ensues. The thugs have apparently been looking for him, and Nomad can do nothing but helplessly watch as his friend is killed. A classic set-up for a movie, wouldn’t you agree? And this will, of course, come full circle before the end of the movie. When Nomad comes to, he buries his friend and then set out to find the thugs.

A boat without water is like a... well, a boat without water!

A boat without water is like a… well, a boat without water!

As I mentioned, the movie takes place in the desert, and I guess most of the world has dried up, so fresh water has become somewhat of a valuable asset. Our wandering hero eventually comes across a small water irrigation farm owned by the lovely Kasha (Lisa Niemi), and asks if she has any work for him. Kasha and her foreman, Tark (Brion James) are naturally a bit suspicious at first, but decides to let him stay, because they could actually need his help on the farm. Kasha is a lonely widow with a son, and she and Nomad soon take a liking to each other. Not that that was a surprise though, I might add. You kind of saw that one coming a mile away!

Now, it wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t have an antagonist, would it? And this is where Anthony Zerbe’s character, Damnil, comes in! He’s a local landowner who wants control of the area’s water supply and more specifically, Kasha’s water supply. Damnil and his band of thugs are terrorizing Kasha to get her to leave, but she’s a strong headed woman who won’t be bullied so easily. Damnil’s right-hand man is a hit-man/soldier by the name of Sho, and is played by Christopher Neame (Dracula A.D. 1972, D.O.A.). Sho is also the same man who killed Nomad’s friend at the start of the movie, so all of a sudden things get personal, and when they kidnap Kasha’s son, the shit really hits the fan!

My hair-do and I would like to fight you!

My hair-do and I would like to fight you!

As I stated earlier, Steel Dawn isn’t half-bad; in fact it’s pretty entertaining and I actually found myself liking it quite a bit. The action sequences are good and especially the fight scenes between Nomad and Sho, are badass! And although it’s set in the desert and the settings mostly consist of sand and rocks, there’s still a scene or two where the background kind of stands out. One such scene is where Nomad passes, what looks to be, a large cargo-ship that is half-way buried in the sand. Nice touch; I liked that!

What also stand out in this movie are the hair-dos! Those fabulous post-apocalyptic 80’s hair-dos! They actually have to be seen to be believed. Especially Sho’s hair… the word that springs to mind when seeing it is… hilarious! You almost expect it to jump off of his head and start acting all by itself, and doing a pretty damn good job too!

And with that, I think I’ll end my review of Steel Dawn… oh, wait! One more thing… keep a look-out for Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns) in one of his earlier parts. He’s one of Damnil’s thugs. And now I’ll stop!

Until next time, my friends… Has any of you seen this movie and would like to share your thoughts on it… the comment section below is all yours!

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130 – Forgotten Flix: The Future is Epilogue

2011 Podcast LogoIn this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, your host, Joel Robertson (that’s me!), celebrates the 4-year anniversary of Forgotten Flix, and this time he’s flying solo!

I’m going to share with you

  • some big news related to my future as a retro movie podcaster
  • why you’ll want to stay subscribed to the Forgotten Flix podcast feed
  • what the future holds for Forgotten Flix
  • and much more!

Be sure to subscribe to Forgotten Flix on iTunes and leave a review! Click here to visit our iTunes page.

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Offscript: Episode 3 – The One About Video Stores, Norman Bates, Wolverine, and Some Assault on Precinct 13 Wanna-be Trailers

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Jason is back from vacation. He went to a Blockbuster Video “going out of business” sale, which leads the boys into a discussion about the nearly dead world of video stores and the creeps that frequent them. Joel gives his thoughts on the Bates Motel T.V series pilot, which leads your daring duo to share their thoughts on creating a T.V. series that acts as a prequel to a movie.

Not only that, but J & J also discuss the problems that come with screwing with a movie’s timeline since Bates Motel is supposed to be happening present day. When they get into “Trailer Trash,” Jason gets waaaaay too down on the name of the new Wolverine movie, and Joel finds some good looking Assault On Precinct 13-style trailers, including The Purge and You’re Next.

This, of course, draws them into a diatribe about independent films and the work that goes into getting a big release.

Finally, they hand out a prescription for your next purified dose of CND (Cinematic Nostalgia Disorder) Theater that will blow your mind. Special congratulations to JayV!  You’ve been named Geek of the Week for guessing the answer to the last CND theater correctly (It was Tron.)

Join In

For more OffScript action, go to OffScriptPodcast.com, join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter at @OffScriptCast.

Most importantly, don’t forget to check us out on iTunes and leave us a review. The more reviews we get the higher we rate. The higher we rate the more listeners we get. The more listeners we have the more reviews we’ll get! It’s a vicious cycle! If you have questions or comments, keep them to your damn self!

If you have a guess for CND Theater or a suggestion for ADD Top 10, email us at Jason@OffScriptPodcast.com. The Wolverine

The Purge

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Offscript: Episode 2 – The One About Jurassic Park, Books-to-Movies, God-freaking-Zilla and the 1st A.D.D. Top 10

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What starts out as a simple discussion about the announcement of the director for Jurassic Park 4 leads the doofuses (doofi?) down a Spielberg-esque memory lane and a fairly heated discussion about book-to-movie translations. Joel also dangles a meat stick in front of the Jason tiger when he brings up the newest remake of Godzilla and actually causes him to drool. There is also an “amazing” spoiler for a new Vacation movie. The one trailer they cover brings out a mention of On Golden Blonde and Forrest Gulp. Finally the boys attempt their first A.D.D. Top 10. Do you think they can complete Top 10 list? Seriously?! Have you ever heard these guys? Tune in and find out.

Join In

For more Off Script action, go to OffScriptPodcast.com, join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter at @OffScriptCast. Most importantly, don’t forget to check us out on iTunes and leave us a review. The more reviews we get the higher we rate. The higher we rate the more listeners we get. The more listeners we have the more reviews we’ll get! It’s a vicious cycle! If you have questions or comments, keep them to your damn self! If you have a guess for CND Theater or a suggestion for ADD Top 10, email us at Jason@OffScriptPodcast.com.

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Killer School Girls from Outer Space

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Bruce Lee: Commemorating the Dragon on his Birthday

7130-bruce-lee-celebrity-wallpaperJackie Chan, Jet Li, Tony Jaa, along with every new up and coming martial arts star has been referred to as “The next Bruce Lee.” Lee practiced martial arts, taught others, brought martial arts to the mainstream via television and movies while breaking racial stereotypes in Hollywood. Now, some 40 years after his death,

Bruce Lee is still the unreachable standard, the very definition of what it means to be the representation of a martial arts expert. This year, on what would have been Lee’s 75th birthday which is being celebrated, in part, by Robert Rodriguez’ El Rey channel as part of their Thanksgiving “Way of the Turkey” marathon (check with your television provider for listings). In honor of birthday, let’s delve into this man who has set the bar so high for all who would dare to come after him.

Lee, born in San Francisco but raised in Hong Kong, began studying a form of martial arts called Wing Chun when he was 16. However, Lee’s fighting ability got him into trouble with organized crime when he beat the son of a triad family. For his protection, Lee was sent to San Francisco to live with his sister. A few months later, Lee moved to Seattle where he completed high school and began college.

In Seattle, Lee opened his first martial arts school Jun Fan Gung Fu (Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu). With the help of martial arts practitioner James Yimm Lee, he opened a second school. It was through James Yimm Lee that Lee would meet Ed Parker, American martial artist and organizer of the Long Beach International Karate Championships. It was from this performance that Lee eventually landed his role in the television series The Green Hornet.

Lee’s father, Lee Hoi Chue, was a Cantonese opera and film actor and because of this affiliation, Bruce had appeared in almost 20 Chinese films. He largely abandoned his acting career when he moved to the United States, choosing to focus on his Kung Fu. However, the premier of The Green Hornet began Lee’s path to a very unique stardom. Soon, Lee was very much in demand, but still focused on Jeet Kune Do to supplement his meager film income.

Jeet Kune Do (JKD) was Lee’s personal style of martial arts. This style of martial arts stemmed from Lee’s attempt to quiet his own mind when he felt himself becoming tense and angry during sparring sessions. JKD was explained by Lee to be “a style without style,” encouraging each practitioner to be fluid, allowing combat to be spontaneous.

Lee may have continued his martial arts training, with film on the side, if it wasn’t for an injury to his fourth sacral nerve in 1970. He attempted a 125 lb barbell lift that he did frequently, only this time, it landed him in bed for six months. The prognosis: Bruce would never do Kung Fu again.

While Lee was recuperating from his injury, he again attempted to break into stardom in Hollywood, with little success. However, during a visit in Hong Kong, Lee found that the Chinese filmmakers remembered him from his childhood acting days and had been following his American film career. It was with Chinese film company Golden Harvest that Lee made The Big Boss. The film, about a man named Cheng who works in an ice factory that is actually a front for drug smuggling, made Lee a star across Asia.

The Big Boss and its follow up, Fists of Fury made Lee a marketable commodity. He continued this success with another record breaking movie, The Way of the Dragon, a martial arts action comedy in which a man must help his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and defend against brutal gangsters who have been harassing them. Enter The Dragon followed in 1972 and Lee was once again working with Hollywood. The plot followed a martial artist, Lee, who used his participation in a martial arts tournament to spy on a reclusive crime lord.

Unfortunately, Lee would not live to see the release of his final movie. He passed away on July 20, 1973 due to a drug sensitivity to an otherwise benign painkiller. Lee’s reputation would continue to live in posterity and throughout the 1970’s, martial arts became increasingly popular, both in the movies and in practice. Lee is also credited with breaking through the stereotype of the Asian Villain; a cartoony Fu Man Chu was replaced with a strong and viral Asian fighter.

Bruce Lee was a record breaker, personally and professionally determined and disciplined. It is for that reason that in 32 short years, he was able to make himself an icon, as popular 40 years after his death as he was in his prime. Though many have tried to imitate his skills and career, Lee still sets a very high standard for all who choose to follow his example.

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Off Script with Jason and Joel: Episode 001 – The One About The Lone Ranger, The Conjuring, and Fire Marshall Bill

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Editor’s Note: Join your favorite comedy podcast chumps, Jason and Joel, as they go totally “off script” and take you into the minds of two of the most scatterbrained movie/TV nerds you’ll ever meet with all the shenanigans and tomfoolery you can handle.

From 60s sci-fi cheese and 80s nostalgia, to today’s billion dollar blockbusters and independent unknowns, they’ll bring you the flickering myths like you’ve never heard. Join them for CND (Cinematic Nostalgia Disorder) Theater, the ADD Top 10, and the ever entertaining Trailer Trash. If you don’t give yourself at least one facepalm per episode, they’re not doing their jobs.

This inaugural episode is featured here on Forgotten Flix to get you all hooked.  Think of it as audio crack.  The first one is here and free but the rest of the episodes will be on the new site, OffScriptPodcast.com and iTunes. (Actually they’ll be free too but you’ll pay for it emotionally.)

Strap in and enjoy.

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It’s finally here.  The very first episode of Off Script with the boys, Jason and Joel.  In this, their first episode Jason and Joel talk about some of the features of the show and why they’re doing it.  Because, you know, they need to justify this kind of crap.  After giving the 411 on the show, they jump right into a couple of recent movie trailers including Disney’s Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp and James Wan‘s The Conjuring (which scared the ca-ca out of Jason.) As always, the trailers are included below.

CND Theater

Cinematic Nostalgia Disorder never sounded so ridiculous. Listen to the boys as they amaze and awe you with their unparalleled thespianism skills by reading lines from a classic movie.  If you think you know the movie (that is if you can actually listen to the entire thing), send your guesses in to Jason at Jason@offscriptpodcast.com.  Make sure you put “CND Theater” in the subject line and include the episode number in your guess.  All correct answers will be put into a drawing to be crowned geek of the month.

Join In

For more Off Script action, go to OffScriptPodcast.com, join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter at @OffScriptCast. Most importantly, don’t forget to check us out on iTunes and leave us a review. The more reviews we get the higher we rate. The higher we rate the more listeners we get. The more listeners we have the more reviews we’ll get! It’s a vicious cycle!!

If you have questions or comments, keep them to your damn self! If you have a guess for CND Theater or a suggestion for ADD Top 10, email us at Jason@OffScriptPodcast.com.

The Lone Ranger International Trailer

The Conjuring Trailer (Beware!)

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5 Tips for How to Cope Now That The Forgotten Flix Podcast is No More

This-is-the-endThis is the end, beautiful friend….

We snickered, we cried, we marvelled as Jason and Joel heroically smashed the 2-hour barrier….

Yes my friends, the forgotten flix podcast is no more. All we’re left with is the sound of tumbleweed and the faint ghost of a terrible accent, like laughter in the wind.

How to cope? What are we meant to do with no new episodes to fill our time with? Fly to Florida and hang out at Jason’s house demanding a return to the podcast until he gets restraining orders taken out? Hide in Joel’s garage and just whisper ‘podcaaaaaaast’ every time he walks in, driving him slowly mad? Whilst that would be a lot of fun, it’s really not practical, and probably a little bit mean.

Because I was rubbish and totally failed to call in with a goodbye message, and because I can’t remember the last time I managed to contribute to the site (aside from laughing hysterically down Skype at Joel for this years spooky flix)… My parting gift has to be one last How To….

How to cope now that the Forgotten Flix podcast is no more…

1. Take a risk
Quoting young Grooms, as he said towards the end of the final episode, “take a risk”. In (I think) 2011, I got a message from a certain Joel Robertson asking what Subscribers to forgotten Flix wanted to see on the site. I took a deep breath, mailed back and asked if I could contribute, despite having little to no writing experience and thinking that everything I put on paper was more than a little rubbish. And bless him, he humoured me and not only published my inane ramblings, but continued to do so for as long as I was sending him stuff. Which was cooool.

So, what you should do instead of weeping quietly as you re-listen to episode 1, whimpering ‘but whhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyy??!’ to yourself is go and do something exciting. If that’s a little too intimidating at this stage, go and put on your favourite inspirational movie, one that fires you up and makes you want go and take on the world.

One of my favourites is ‘Working Girl’ because it’s awesome and because, well, if you haven’t seen it, don’t just dismiss it as a fluffy 80s chick flick- it’s smart and hilarious and glorious. Plus, if you’re ever in New York, I totally recommend riding on the Staten Island ferry and channelling your inner Melanie Griffith whilst humming Carly Simon to yourself. There are a dozen other flicks I could mention at this point, but won’t…. I think by now everyone knows that I’m rarely more inspired than after watching a training montage circa 1987.

2. I’m with stupid
So, we all know why Jason’s retired from the podcast and not one of us wishes him anything but the best of luck with all his new endeavours, but the truth of the matter is that J&J are/were an awesome twosome!

So, to get a dynamic duo fix, I’d recommend a buddy movie. And let’s face it, the best kind of buddy movie is a 1980s actioner…. Think Tango and Cash, Point Break, I’d even put my own feelings about Mel Gibson aside and say Lethal Weapon. For something more recent I’d point you towards In Bruges, and for those of you who don’t think there are any good female buddy movies, go and check out Outrageous Fortune with Shelley Long and Bette Midler. Love it.

3. Think of the children!
And by children, of course I mean Joel, left alone with no one to talk to, weeping quietly as he sits by himself. Slowly those tears turn to giggles, cold, humourless giggles that become more and more manic. Suddenly he realises he needs to find new friends, friends that’s won’t abandon him. Off Joel goes to the toy shop, feverishly hunting up and down the aisles for new co-hosts so he need NEVER BE LONELY AGAIN……

Er, ok, so maybe I have a slightly over active imagination when it comes to Joel’s home life, but is there anything more heartbreaking than a fallen angel, a hero turned villain? Anakin Skywalker, Harvey Dent, even Travis Bickle to a certain extent, and perhaps Joel, you shouldn’t watch The Shining for a while.

Although I am looking forward to your new podcast “All work and no play makes Joel a dull boy”….

4. To be continued…
So the lads have promised us, at the very least, a Spooky Flix fest in 2015. Very generous, chaps, but that’s A WHOLE FREAKING YEAR AWAY!!!

Back in 2001…2…?….anyway sometime in the early noughties I sat in a cinema as the credits rolled on The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring raging, RAGING, that The Two Towers wouldn’t be out for another year.

We live in an age if instant gratification nowadays: Netflix and the like allow us to stream a series (whether film or TV) instantly, no waiting required. So what to do whilst we wait for another aural fix of Forgotten Flix…?

Well, I’ve already mentioned The Lord of the Rings, but why not start at the beginnings of your fave film series and work through them…

You could go with the Friday 13th films, or Nightmare in Elm Street, or Police Academy, or the Fast and the Furious, if that’s your bag. Me, I might sit down with the Rocky films (conveniently forgetting the aberration that is Rocky V), because they are brilliant. Adriiaaaaaaaaaannnnnn!!!!!!

5. Do what it says on the tin…
So, Forgotten Flix. When was the last time you actually watched one of yours? I’m very fortunate that I live in a city with a cinema that shows old films regularly (last week I saw The Fisher King, and I’ve just bought a ticket to see The Crow), but as I said before, you can watch virtually anything online these days, if you can’t find a certain title on DVD, VHS, whatever your favourite format is.

Dig out that film that you love, that you get sick for enjoying, that took you ages to track down, the subject of an intense eBay bid.

Pop some corn, turn the lights out and enjoy!!!

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129 – Forgotten Flix: Is This The End?

iTunes_logoIn this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, it’s the last episode featuring that dynamic duo of Jason Grooms and Joel Robertson!

But is it really and truly the last episode… forever?

Well, you’ll have to listen in and find out!

Our Movie Picks:

Jason’s Picks:

Episode 012 – Throw Momma From the Train

Episode 015 – Assault On Precinct 13

Episode 66.5 – PariahCon

Joel’s Picks:

Episode 009 – The Blob

Episode 016 – Just One of The Guys

Episode 060 – The Lance Henriksen interview (and Episode 082)

Special thanks to:

  • The hilarious spoiler alert featured in this episode provided by Jay V. Please check out his hilarious podcast at JayVMail.com!

Be sure to subscribe to Forgotten Flix on iTunes and leave us a review! Click here to visit our iTunes page.

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Spooky Flix Fest ’14 – OTR Suspense: The House in Cypress Canyon (1946)

Suspense_1946_TitleThis year we wanted to offer up a special October Halloween treat. Take it up a notch.

In this bonus episode of the 2014 Spooky Flix Fest, we’re presenting an episode of the classic Old Time Radio series, Suspense!

This classic episode is called The House in Cypress Canyon and stars Robert Taylor.

Plot description (from otrplotspot.com): “A couple move into what seems an ideal house, except for one sealed closet from which strange animalistic sounds emanate, and blood runs out from under the door. Soon the closet begins to exert an uncanny influence on the wife. Stars Robert Taylor.

Be sure to subscribe to Forgotten Flix on iTunes and leave us a review! Click here to visit our iTunes page.

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128 – Spooky Flix Fest ’14: Lady In White (1988)

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In this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, it’s the second episode of the 2014 Spooky Flix Fest!

Jason and Joel learn what a dream walking really looks like and it’s creepy as hell in the Lady In White (1988)!

Do you remember checking this  flick out at your local video store (of course you do!)? Or maybe you caught them on HBO, USA, or one of the network channels?

What do you remember about it? Do you think it still holds up, or is it a raging case of CND (Cinematic Nostalgia Disorder)?

Our Movie Picks:

Jason’s Pick:

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Joel’s Pick:

Pet Sematary 2 (1992)

Be sure to come back in two weeks for the final episode of Forgotten Flix!

Join us as we remember four years of podcasting glory and fun, respond to listener feedback, and try to go out on a high note… or not.

Special thanks to:

  • The hilarious spoiler alert featured in this episode provided by Jay V. Please check out his hilarious podcast at JayVMail.com!

Be sure to subscribe to Forgotten Flix on iTunes and leave us a review! Click here to visit our iTunes page.

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Spooky Flix Fest ’14 – Bonus Episode 21: Stephen King’s Dollar Babies

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In this bonus episode of the 2014 Spooky Flix Fest, special guest host Peter Nielsen and Joel discuss Stephen King’s Dollar Babies!

What the hell’s a “dollar baby,” you ask? Well, I guess you’re going to have to listen in to find out!

Special thanks to:

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