Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Halloween GAIDEN Special #3 - House II: The Second Story (1987)

Continuing from yesterday, I decided to cover the very different sequel to the original House. This one isn't a horror movie, being more of an adventure story. In many ways it is the opposite of the first film, yet it retains many of the themes at the same time. It also helps that has much of the same staff and crew from the first movie to help retain quality.

As always, check the episode above for full impressions! This one is cross-posted on Wasteland & Sky, just as the rest in this mini-series will be. So check it out wherever you prefer.

JD's rating: Recommended

Up Next: Zombie cops?!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Halloween GAIDEN Special #2 - House (1986)

Today we're getting a gander at the obscure favorite, House, from 1986. This is a haunted house story with enough dark comedy to unsettle most audiences, but still manages to retain a chilling atmosphere at the same time. From the director of Friday the 13th Part 2 and Part 3, as well as Warlock, and the writer of Night of the Creeps and Monster Squad, comes a hidden gem that shouldn't be as hidden as it is. Find out why in tonight's episode!

As an aside, a reminder that this it being cross-posted at Wasteland & Sky, my other blog! You can enjoy this episode at either location. It's up to you! 

JD's rating: Recommended

Monday, October 26, 2020

Halloween GAIDEN Special #1 - Night of the Demons (1988)

Bet you didn't see this coming!

That's right, since we didn't get a chance to record a Halloween episode this year, for obvious reasons, I decided to make some bonus episodes of Cannon Cruisers GAIDEN to take us to the 31st! So get ready for six extra episodes of Cannon Cruisers GAIDEN as I chat about some seasonal movies. It's being crossposted on my other blog, Wasteland & Sky!  

Up first I decided to cover a bit of hidden favorite, Night of the Demons from 1988. This is an odd one that I thought deserved discussion. Check the episode above for my thoughts!

JD's rating: Recommended

Up next: Tune in tomorrow!

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Episode 81 - Kickboxer (1989)

From the director of The Perfect Weapon and also the producer of Bloodsport. Kickboxer is the third of three official Cannon movies Van Damme did (there is one more they produced, but was released by another company) and was one of the most successful Cannon did period. It also led to four sequels starring Sasha Mitchell and Mark Dacascos throughout the '90s. Needless to say, this was easily one of Cannon's biggest hits of 1989, and one of their last before their demise.

So how does it hold up? Very well. Much like Cyborg and Bloodsport, Kickboxer injects a vitality and spirit missing from much of Cannon's output at this period. As always, our full impressions can be heard in the episode above.

Randy's score: 3/5
JD's score: 4/5

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Episode 80 - Outlaw of Gor (1989)

We're already back with another episode of Gor goodness. We decided to watch this one via MST3K for variety, but mostly for a change of pace. It didn't end up changing much, because it's more Gor. The difference is that Outlaw of Gor has a more connected story and constantly has things going on. Of the two Gor movies, this is the more enjoyable.

On another note, this was the last episode we recorded before our unexpected hiatus threw us off. Do our opinions hold up? Find out for yourself. (Enjoy a treat at the end due to the otherwise short episode)

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

Up next: Kickboxer!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Episode 79 - Cyborg (1989)

One of the few standouts in this latter period of Cannon has been Jean Claude Van Damme. As the once powerful studio continues its downhill tumble towards bankruptcy, it is Van Damme that begins his ascent. He made four films for Golan and Globus, and this is the second of the quartet.

Cyborg is a post-apocalyptic action movie directed by Albert Pyun. We've had a rocky relationship with Pyun on Cannon Cruisers, but this is one of his better efforts, most likely saved in editing (once again) by Van Damme's secret skill. Because it is otherwise the weakest Van Damme picture from his early career. But it's still not bad. In fact, it has many interesting parts worth discussing, which we do in the episode above.

Cannon might be on its last legs, but that doesn't mean they didn't still put out some winners. This is one of them. Check it out today!

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

Up Next: Outlaw of Gor!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Non-Cannon ~ Episode 53 - Streets of Fire (1984)

It's time for a movie I've wanted to cover for a long time! From legendary director Walter Hill (Hard Times, The Driver, The Warriors, 48 Hrs.) comes a Rock & Roll fable with enough romance and wonder to shake a stick at. It's the criminally overlooked and unfairly underrated Streets of Fire from 1984! It's also one of my favorites.

Of course it doesn't mean the film is perfect, as the episode will show, but the purpose of covering it is to give you a look at a movie that might be one of the most influential in a decade full of influential films. There isn't really anything like Streets of Fire, and if you haven't seen it may this be your excuse to do so. No better time than the present.

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

Up Next: Cyborg!