Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Episode 128 - Cheap Thrills/I Heart Huckabees

Episode 128

This week we watch the new comedic thriller, Cheap Thrills. Then, we continue O. Russell Fest with a discussion of I Heart Huckabees. Then, Eli just saw Captain America and The Silence of the Lambs in the theatre. Plus, Mom reviews Noah!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Episode 127 - The Sword and the Sorcerer/Three Kings

 Episode 127
The Sword and the Sorcerer
Three Kings

Cral convinces the guys to watch Sword and the Sorcerer, then O. Russell-fest continues with a discussion of Three Kings. Plus, Eli saw Noah and Mom saw A River Runs Through It!

Eli Just Got Out of the Theatre
Mom's Review

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Episode 126 - The Baby/Rites of Spring/Flirting With Disaster

Episode 126
The Baby
Rites of Spring
Flirting With Disaster
This week we talk about the 1973 grown man in diapers epic, The Baby. Then, we saw the horror/thriller, Rites of Spring. And O. Russell-fest continues with a discussion of Flirting with Disaster. Plus, Mom reviews Philomena.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Episode 125 - Child's Play 3/Spanking the Monkey

Episode 125
Child's Play 3
Spanking the Monkey

This week Jeff and Tucker return to talk another Chucky movie, Child's Play 3. Then, they begin David O. Russell fest with a discussion of his first film, Spanking the Monkey. Plus, Thomas sheds a tear remembering Morphine in T. Paul's Soundtrack Corner. And Ed Kildow from Five Things Podcast stops by Merrill Street Studios. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Episode 124 - Ghostbusters/National Lampoon's Vacation/Top Five Gilliam Scenes

Episode 124

National Lampoon's Vacation
Top Five Terry Gilliam Scenes

We pay tribute to Harold Ramis with a discussion of Ghostbusters and National Lampoon's Vacation. Then, we cap off our Gilliam fest with our top five Terry Gilliam scenes. Plus, Jeff and Tucker discuss the Oscars in What We Been Watchin', and Mom reviews 
As Good As It Gets.

Top Five Gilliam Scenes

I bet Tucker loved this getup.

Mom reviews As Good As It Gets

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

This Coleslaw Archive: John Carpenter's Vampires

Movie Review: John Carpenter's Vampires (1998)
By Tucker Battrell
John Carpenter was a major player in creating the modern horror film. His fans are many and passionate, and not without merit. Carpenter is responsible for some touchstone films that will continue to inspire gorehounds for generations. Films such as Halloween and The Thing are still finding fans today, and many of his other films enjoy strong cult followings. While these films continue to maintain Carpenter's reputation, it is hard to argue that his movies have gone into a bit of a slump. I don't think any of his films are in any way unwatchable or even bad, it's just that some of them aren't as good as others, and that is where I would have to put Vampires.
Vampires stars uber-cool James Woods as Jack Crow, an old-fashioned badass that would be comfortable in an eighties action movie, but feels a little outdated here. Crow was raised by priests in the Catholic church after his parents were bitten by vampires. He was trained to be the ultimate vampire slayer. Crow and his crew find nests and kill blood-suckers by shooting them with a crossbow which has arrows attached to a winch that pulls the vampire into the sunlight where they catch fire. That's pretty cool. Then they meet the king-shit vampire and they have to stop him.
This is not among Carpenter's best, but it is a lot of fun. Woods chews the scenery, snarling and spitting every line. He also asks a priest if Crow's kicking him gave him wood, so he's okay in my book. He wears shades, a leather jacket and scowls when he's not laughing at some badass line he just delivered. James Woods is out of his mind in this film, but the bat shit crazy award goes to Daniel Baldwin as Crow's partner who is infected after Laura Palmer bites him. Seeing these two behave with such incredible machismo is something to be seen. And Vampires delivers some great gore to boot.

It may not be Bergman, or even Big Trouble in Little China, but Vampires is a fun horror/action hybrid that is a John Carpenter movie through and through. I recommend anyone interested in boobs, Laura Palmer's butt, a priest decapitation, things catching fire, or a few buckets of blood to watch this movie, because it has those things plus James Woods doing a gratuitous roll and stabbing a vampire with a stake while screaming "Die, fucker!". And I don't think anyone else exists.
Grade: C
Entertainment Value: B

This Coleslaw Archives: Mrak! reviews A Shot in the Dark

Movie Review: A Shot in the Dark (1964)
by Mrak!

Peter Sellers plays Inspector Jacques Clouseau in this first and arguably best sequel to The Pink Panther, although there's plenty to be said about the others. The filmmakers made the likable mistake of not including the words "Pink Panther" in this title, so some people don't even realize this movie exists, which is a shame because it's in this film that the character of Clouseau is the funniest and most fresh.
The movie opens with a fun, gimmicky single-take sequence in which we watch through the windows as a mansion full of privileged deviants skirt from one room to another, narrowly missing each other as they conspire to commit indiscretions of all kinds. The sequence ends, of course, with a shot in the dark. Enter Clouseau (alright!). From the first moment you see him, you can sense how funny this movie is about to be, and all he does is ride in his car to the crime scene and narrow his eyes slyly, as if preparing himself for what he believes will be a battle of wits (though of course he has none).
A murder has been committed by someone in the mansion, and Clouseau spends the movie piecing together a completely nonsense version of events, making wild assumptions that bewilder everybody including his reasonably competent colleagues, all the while tormenting Commissioner Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) with his own epic incompetence and trying to get laid by the sexy, naive young temptress, who, if you look at the evidence, is obviously the murderer.
I'm not sure how many murders take place, but there are quite a few, and by the end of the movie, with nearly everyone a suspect in one murder or another, there is a serious mess of events to clean up. But this movie doesn't even try, which is one of the many things that makes it great. Instead, we get one of the best mystery resolutions ever in which Clouseau's hair-brained plot to catch the murderer(s) goes awry and the film ends in an oddly violent, but very funny and satisfying way.
So much hysterical stuff happens in this film, and most of it, for me, comes from Sellers' superb, casual characterization and his ability to sell the littlest jokes and turn them into belly laughs. The way Clouseau accidentally sucks ink from his pen or can't get rid of his hat... his silly accent that causes him to mispronounce simple words... his militant confidence... and of course his incredible lack of awareness and coordination. Sellers' Clouseau set the bar for all future characters of similar ilk, and he's at his best in A Shot in the Dark.

Grade: A
Entertainment Value: A+