Archive for April, 2017
A split decision this week as we watch 1972’s THE CASINO, an alternate universe Gambit origin story where the whole world revolves around dice games and ways to cheat at them. Also, kung fu, betrothed wives and revenge!
A*P*E (1976) continues APEril in grand tradition with a Korean King Kong knockoff with an incredibly low budget. Can abysmal editing, Joanna Kerns’ screaming, and one very annoyed colonel make everything better? (What do you think!?)
In the second half we give our thoughts on the first few episodes of Netflix’s Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2017), BJ finally sees John Wick (2014), and we discuss a new entry in a franchise we’ve mentioned in passing a few times in the past, The Fate of the Furious (2017). (F8! Get it!?) Enjoy!
Random Shaw Brothers flick this week has two kung fu schools battling one another, but then samurais and ninjas get involved. Who has the best kung fu? Well, we do, but these guys are a close second. Also, there’s a lady ninja.
Link (1986) is the second entry in this year’s APEril celebration. It’s a weird genre blend that eventually becomes a bit of a slasher film as a mad monkey named Link goes after young Elisabeth Shue. Terence Stamp is here to have weird hair.
In the second half there’s more Rogue One: A Star Wars Story talk, and also some quick thoughts on the Burt Reynolds / Hal Needham documentary The Bandit. Enjoy!
The origin story of this saga had concluded and we desperately wanted to watch the sequel immediately. So we did. And, well… it’s not what you think it’s going to be. That may not be a bad thing though. Tune in for the explanation!
The Mighty Peking Man (1977) begins a brand new APE-ril in Shaw Bros fashion! It may be yet another remake of King Kong, but it’s certainly got that Shaw Bros touch, with random love montages, monster trucks battling a giant ape, and of course, large-scale city destruction. Will all this add up to Jox?
After the break we talk some TV with the recently-concluded Big Little Lies and Review, while talk of Gareth Edwards’ Monsters (2010) leads to e-mails and discussions on Rogue One (2016) and everything Star Wars under the sun. Or galaxy. Or something. Enjoy!
Time for another one of the “big guns”. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (aka Master Killer) is one of the Shaw Brothers’ biggest hits. When you watch it, you can see why. Harlo and Chuck are here to break down all the action.