Sunday, April 22, 2018

Non-Cannon ~ Episode 7 - Escape From New York (1981)

Bet you didn't expect this one, huh?

If you know anything about '80s movies, action films, or any bit of pop culture, then you are perfectly aware of what this movie is and what it's about. But some have never seen it, so here's the skinny, cat: In the near-future, a convict gets sent to the prison island of New York and must rescue the president within hour, or he will die. That's all you're getting out of this summary, so listen the episode!

And make sure to watch this movie! It will help give you an idea of why '80s cinema still has its fans today. It also holds up exceedingly well.

But what did we think? You might be surprised at our thoughts on this classic. Listen in, as always, for our full analysis.

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

Up Next: American Ninja!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Episode 24 - Thunder Alley (1985)

In the tradition of the band movie comes this entry from Cannon. Join these ragtag musicians as they rise up from the bar scene toward stardom as temptations such as drugs and women lure them astray. Basically, if you've ever seen a band movie then you know where this is going. There aren't very many wrinkles in this one.

That said, it's a pleasant enough watch that is enjoyable on its own. If you like a solid band film then this might be for you. Tune in to listen to our full thoughts on this obscure music film.

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

Up Next: Escape From New York

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Episode 23 - Lifeforce (1985)

Today we look at a classic. Well, it's not so much a classic as a very off and divisive film. Lifeforce is a film about space vampires who come to steal the . . . life force . . . of humans. Valiant and fallible humans battle with seemingly impossible odds against monsters far beyond what they know. What we have here is a science fiction, fantasy, and horror hybrid unlike anything else. Director Tobe Hooper really put out something original here.

We had a bit of a hard time watching this episode for technical reasons, so we would have to get back to it to solidify our opinion, but we came out a bit split on this. Tune in to see what we thought!

Randy's Score: 2/5
JD's Score: 4/5

Up Next: Thunder Alley

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Episode 22 - Hot Chili (1985)

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This week we cover another raunchy teen comedy. If you've seen one of these you've seen a hundred of them. The difference is that this one has far better pacing than the other ones we covered so far. There are a few good gags and if you wanted to watch one of these you could do a lot worse.

That said, it's still a teen comedy from the '80s. Nothing is going to make you like it if you just don't like this genre.

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

Up Next: Lifeforce!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Non-Cannon ~ Episode 6 - The Ice Pirates (1984)

This time we look at a cult favorite sword and planet adventure called The Ice Pirates. This part send-up/part homage to the movies and stories Star Wars influenced was unique for its time and is practically unknown now. The comedy might not always hit, but the two of us still found a movie well worth watching.

Tune in to see what we thought of it!

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

Up Next: Hot Chili!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Episode 21 - Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)

Now we come to the next Norris film from Cannon. This is, unfortunately, one of his lesser efforts. The story behind the first two MIA films is well known. They were filmed back to back, but the second one was so much better than the first that they decided to put it out first so that there would be a market for the second one to release in. It turned out to be a great idea as the original movie became a hit and one of Norris' best known films.

But the second and original film does not fare anywhere near as well. To find out just why, watch the episode.

Suffice to say, there are far better Chuck Norris movies to spend your time on than this one.

Randy's Score: 1/5
JD's Score: 2/5

Up Next: The Ice Pirates!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Episode 20 - The Ambassador (1984)

This week we take a look at a political thriller starring Robert Mitchum, Rock Hudson, and several other older (for the time period) actors. Unfortunately, the movie wastes a good set up and plot idea with a lot of meandering followed by an ending that is just too out there to work. This was based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, but very loosely. It can definitely be seen in the creakiness of the story.

It is a shame because there are some good aspects to this film. Listen to the episode to hear them and our other thoughts.

As a whole, however, we just didn't go for it.

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

Next week: Missing in Action 2: The Beginning