Good music, funny accents. What's not to like? Having survived several self-destructive bands myself, I can tell you this one is right-on.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Arguably the best of the Abbott and Costello movies, also featuring Bela (yes he's still alive) Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr. I like A&C, but to me all their movies are pretty much the same: Abbott spends about 90 minutes yelling at Costello, who reciprocates by trying to be as annoying as possible.
Wait, that's my house.
The Tao of Steve
I searched for and recorded this show on the recommendation of Mirty and Doctor Bean. I think it has an interesting central idea (the whole "Tao" thingie), but otherwise it is a cliche-ridden predictable movie with characters that I don't identify with and find pathetic and despicable. Sorry, but when I was 30 years old I had been married for 10 years with 5 kids and mortgage and medical school loans out the wazoo. Multiple sexual partners? Please.
George Lucas' first hit movie, a few years before Star Wars turned him to the Dark Side. An amazing cast (Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, etc), great dialog and music, and bold, wide-angle camera shots prove that once upon a time George was actually a good film-maker. Before he surrounded himself with Ewoks. I think this film was the direct inspiration for Happy Days, so you can love him or hate him for it.
How come some movies don't seem to age but others look incredibly dated? This one looks like it should have been destroyed by 1980. I think mostly it has to do with the horrid disco/synth soundtrack that makes it sound like a lost episode of CHiPs!
I recorded it because I remember hearing about it in 1978 and thinking, "Wow, Luke Skywalker made another movie, I have to see this!" and never getting around to it. For some reason, I thought this was the last movie Mark Hamill made before his face was rearranged in a car accident. It turns out, it is the first movie he made after the surgery, and his features seem to be shifting over the course of the film. This is one of the few non-Scifi/non-Cartoon roles he's had since Star Wars, and he's not a bad actor, so for that alone it's worth a few minutes of your time, but not more.
The Odessa File
I don't remember much about this other than the fact that it was cool and had Jon Voight back when he was a good actor. I haven't watched it yet.
How is it that Charleton Heston is so incredibly cool even though he delivers all his lines like he has bad case of gas? This is an atmospheric, moody movie, and typical of the type of near-future apocalyptic stuff he was making shortly after Planet of the Apes. As such, it involves a lot of swearing, neck-grabbing, and death scenes with an outstretched arm. The conservation/global warming theme is a little heavy-handed, but it really does inspire some thinking. The death scene with Edward G. ("where's your Messiah nooooooooow") Robinson is touching, both for the contrast of the beautiful images and classical music with the bleakness of the rest of the film, and because he actually did die a few days later.
Genius. Pure genius. Not Ed Wood, he was a terrible film-maker. Tim Burton. This is an incredibly well-crafted yet hysterical tribute that even the late Ed Wood, world's worst director, would have appreciated. Featuring great performances by Johnny Depp and Martin Landau as a morphine-addicted formaldehyde-drinking Bela Lugosi (which won him an Oscar). Too many great lines to mention, but one of my favorites is when Orson Wells counsels a drag-wearing Ed Wood about being true to his vision:
"Why spend your life making someone else's dream?"
Good advice for anyone.
This underrated film is a perfect spoof of Tim Burtonesque Superhero movies. The cast is incredible. Hank Azaria, as The Blue Raja (who wears green) seems to be channelling Major Minor. My favorite dialogue:
The Shoveler: Well, maybe if we had a benefactor like billionaire Lance Hunt it wouldn't be an issue...
Mr. Furious: Lance Hunt IS Captain Amazing!
The Shoveler: Don't start that AGAIN. Lance Hunt wears glasses. Captain Amazing DOESN'T wear glasses!
Mr. Furious: He takes them off when he transforms.
The Shoveler: That doesn't make any sense, he wouldn't be able to see.
Murder By Death
Another great 70's film with an amazing cast. This is an adaption of the Neil Simon play spoofing "great detectives." The best performance is given by Peter Sellers as a politically-incorrect Chinese detective Sydney Wang. Ever spouting Fortune-cookie parables, he gets upset when his son drives off in the middle of one:
Sidney Wang: Ah, yes, well, dog barking at night like mushroom. I- (drives away)
Sidney Wang: Idiot! Not finish mushroom story! You... idiot!
Another Chuck Heston film with a huge cast and a lot of stock footage from the War in the Pacific. I recorded this mainly to see it in wide-screen, as it's usually only available in Pan and Scan. Chuck really needs some Rolaids.