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Re: "Last Film you watched" chain

Post by Mafwanix » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:46 pm

Hmm, been a while since I posted one of these. I know there seems to be little activity here on the board anymore, but I notice in the past week, there has been over 100 views of the Oscars thread. So, someone is looking at these posts, and I'm in the mood to mention a few old films I've viewed over the past 2 months.

The Bowery Boys made 48 films between 1946 and 1958. This ensemble was a later incarnation of the East Side Kids from 1940 (22 films), and originally the Dead End Kids from 1937 (6 films). As the Bowery Boys, many of their films were patterned after popular Abbott & Costello films of the 1940s. Watched a small handful of them:

Master Minds (1949)

Horace Debussey Jones AKA Satch gets a toothache and becomes able to see into the future. To make some money, the boys put him to work as a carnival attraction, until he gets abducted by a mad scientist who wants to put his brain into a half human wildman in an effort to create a superhuman army. OK film.

Ghost Chasers (1951)

The boys are aided by a real ghost as they try to expose a fake psychic who is swindling one of their friends. Pretty averge film, a few good parts, but the ghost angle is dumb.

The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954)

Probably one of the better known BB films. Outright silly, juvenile movie. Directed by Edward Bernds, well known for directing Three Stooges comedies. Kinda stupid film includes everything, 2 mad scientists, robots, a vampire, wild gorilla, and a man eating plant. They went over the top with this, and it just comes across badly. This one's a dud.

Spook Chasers (1957)

One of the last few Bowery Boys comedies, after Leo Gorcy left the group. Written by Ellwood Ullman, who worked a lot with The Three Stooges, this fast paced comedy recycles a bunch of old Stooge's gags, and primarily features Huntz Hall (Satch). I thought this one was above average for one of these kiddie matinee movies and a lot of fun.

Cavemen and Dinosaurs!

One Million B.C. (1940)

The original, starring Victor Mature and a bunch of trick photogrsphy iguanas and lizards. Silly, unrealistic movie made for kids by Hal Roach Jr., who'se father was famous for 'Little Rascals' 'Our Gang' comedies, among others.

One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Hammer films remake of the Hal Roach film, featuring the Dynamation dinosaurs of Ray Harryhausen and a scantily clad Raquel Welch as a cavegirl. The poster of her was probably more famous than the film itself, as seen in The Shawshank Redemption. Same basic story but much better film than the original. Decent movie.

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

More animated dinosaurs, this time by Jum Danforth and Dave Allen, in a sort of fantasy sequel to Hammer's previous caveman movie. Hot cavegirls in bikinis! Whoohoo! From the period that Hammer was including more nudity in films.

The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

More Ray Harryhausen animation! Some rodeo/circus folk discover a secret valley where dinosaurs are still alive, and capture one to bring back and put in their show. Of course, it all goes wrong. Pretty good movie.

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Re: "Last Film you watched" chain

Post by Mafwanix » Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:54 am

I gave the Oscars a pass this year, but was able to watch the one part I like to see: the In Memorium tribute short. ABC had it on YouTube. I was a bit surprised that, for actor James Karen, they showed a clip from. . .

Return of the Living Dead (1985)

.. So I felt like giving it a re-watch. Horror/Comedy, spawned a whole slew of sequels. This one is a real good dark comedy that blends more elements than you would expect in a straight up zombie film. One of my favorites.

While I was in the mood. . .

City of the Living Dead (1980)

Directed by Lucio Fulci, an Italian contemporary of George Romero, known for a slew of gory zombie movies. This one was supernatural based, but I think suffers a bit from a sort of abrupt editing. Weak story, some plot points make little sense, but a very visual driven film. The sets are pretty creative, even with an evident low budget, and the make up/gore effects range from cool and creative to outright cartoonish. Good for one watch and a few laughs, although I don't think it was meant to be funny.

The Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

The original! I dunno where this new one came from, this is the one I remember. Ten chapter Republic serial. Typical serial from the day, not the best, and I'm not really a superhero fan. Shazam! and Billy Batson is transformed into Captain Marvel to battle the evil Scorpion and save earth from a powerful weapon uncovered by archaeologists. OK movie, if you like this sort of stuff (I do).

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