Sunday, July 15, 2018

Summer Special #2 - The Gate (1987) [Non-Cannon ~ Episode 11]

This week we talk about a little known (family?) horror movie called The Gate. A low budget film with surprisingly good special effects, it holds up quite well. This was one we had completely missed, and being that it is right up the alley as the type of summer film we enjoy, it was a no-brainer to start with.

However, it's not perfect, for reasons we go into in the episode. Despite our issues, it remains a solid film well worth your time.

Randy's Score: 3/5
JD's Score: 3/5

Up Next: Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summer Special #1 - The Miami Connection (1987) [Non-Cannon ~ Episode 10]

For the next few weeks, Cannon Cruisers are going to be doing a bit of a side project. We're going to be covering a few Non-Cannon films that we've never got around to that are a bit out of the way. We'll be continuing with regular episodes afterwards, but for now enjoy the summer festivities! This week we start with the cult classic The Miami Connection.

This was one I had heard about third-hand, but never thought I could see. It was a rarity on VHS and went unreleased on DVD for years afterwards. Then Drafthouse Films re-released this on Blu-Ray with a HD remaster for a tenner, and I had no excuse. I'm a big fan of buddy movies and action flicks, and this one is supposed to be a cult classic on top of it. So how can I lose?

Turns out that I didn't. Full impressions in the episode.

Randy's Score: 4/5
JD's Score: 4/5

Up Next: The Gate

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Episode 32 - Season 02 Wrap-Up

This season was a might bit shorter than the last, but we ended up packing the most 1985 Cannon content we could in one season. It was a wild ride, so enjoy our rambling, unedited thoughts on everything season 2.

Season 3 will cover 1986 in Cannon's history, which is probably their most important with the most high profile releases in the studio's history. It is also the year the wheels began to come off. But w'll be to that when we get to it. For now, please enjoy this episode.

That's a wrap on season 2. It's been fun, and we're just getting started! We promise that season 3 will be even better.

Up Next: The Miami Connection

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Episode 31 - Runaway Train (1985)

For our last movie of the season we cover the hidden gem known as Runaway Train. Two convicts board a train after escaping  prison and go on a high speed escape as they are pursued by an obsessed warden, guided by inept railway officials, and must keep safe the lone passenger aboard as they barrel onward to certain death. Be ready for thrills and excitement, because you will get plenty of both here.

Runaway Train is a Cannon film through and through. There is violence. There is action. There is over the top insanity. But it's all masterfully done. Based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Runaway Train is a film that thrills and entertains, but also manages to have a lot under the hood a the same time. There is quite a bit to discuss. To hear our full thoughts be sure to tune in above. You won't regret it.

This is the best Cannon film we've seen so far.

Randy's Score: 5/5
JD's Score: 5/5

Up Next: Season 2 recap!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Non-Cannon ~ Episode 9 - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

This was a curveball. The two of us had seen a lot of movies from this decade, but Buckaroo Banzai is one we'd always missed out on. It's a satire and homage to old Doc Savage style pulp stories with quite a star-studded cast and a lot of hype behind it. Surely this is the exact type of movie we would go for.

Well, yes and no.

To find out exactly what we thought, check out the episode above!

Randy's Score: 3/5
JD's Score: 3/5

Up Next: Runaway Train

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Episode 30 - Fool For Love (1985)

Based on a play by Sam Shepard (who also stars), Fool For Love is about an arguing couple who come to a motel after a large scale blow out and end up discussing deep seated issues that reveal themselves as the story progresses. This soon includes two other characters seemingly unrelated to the events that pop in to give context.

Not the usual Cannon fare, Fool For Love tries something a bit different. Here they take a play and transpose it to the big screen. Do they succeed? Well, tune in to find out.

Randy's Score: 3/5
JD's Score: 2/5

Up Next: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Episode 29 - King Solomon's Mines (1985)

Cannon tries their hand an old school adventure film! Based on the H. Rider Haggard book of the same name (which turned 100 at the time of the film's release) and starring Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone, this had everything going for it.

Unfortunately, it just doesn't quite come together. For reasons mentioned in the episode, this adaption misses the mark. This is a shame with the cast it has and the material it is based. But it isn't a total loss. Find out how in the episode above!

Randy's Score: 2/5
JD's Score: 2/5

Up Next: Fool For Love