Archive for 80s
Next up in our path through the world of the Shaw Brothers is 1980’s TWO CHAMPIONS OF SHAOLIN, which features The Venoms, a squad of martial arts masters. Probably wasn’t the one of theirs we should have started with, but here we are.
Like last week’s film, this one is available on Amazon Prime. And if you want to find more Shaw Brothers movies online, check out www.shawbrothersuniverse.com for links to every place you can legally watch these things. It’s a very helpful site!
It’s a new year and a new theme for BMFcast Extra. Gen 3 of Amityville movies went south, fast, and so we decided it was time to dive into the vast martial arts library of the Shaw Brothers, films that we are mostly unfamiliar with. Mostly.
We begin with 1980’s KILLER CONSTABLE, which is about exactly what the title suggests. Is it a good place to start? Well, the movie is available on Amazon Prime so check it out for yourself and then come back and enjoy our discussion!
Band of the Hand (1986) is about as ’80s a movie as we can get. Produced by Michael Mann and set in Miami, it’s the tale of a Vietnam Vet (Stephen Lang) who whips a team of juvenile delinquents into shape by training them in the Everglades and then helping them end the reign of drug dealers Laurence Fishburne and James Remar. Oh yeah, and a very young Lauren Holley is along for the ride. Will an explosive finale, great soundtrack and even better ’80s fashions ripped out of Miami Vice be enough to get Jox from us?
Second half Chuck reviews The Jungle Book (2016) and The Angry Birds Movie (2016), we discuss Captain America: Civil War’s airport fight a little more in-depth, and take some listener voice- and e-mails. Enjoy!
Mankillers (1987) brings director David A. Prior back to the show, as he tells us the story of an all-girl squad of inmates-turned-mercenaries out to take down a drug agent gone rogue in Columbia. (Or Columbia, South Carolina – we’re not sure.) Will this combination of Hell Squad and Deadly Prey work for us?
In the second half we briefly revisit Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and the series in general before Maki reviews Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond (2016), Harlo’s pinball journey continues with Barb Wire (1996) and we close out the show (and the year) with some heartwarming e-mails. Enjoy!
The Return of Captain Invincible (1983) is our return to musicals and boy, this one sure is a thing. It has Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee, songs by Richard O’Brien and a whole slew of head-scratching moments.
In the second half we talk Star Trek Beyond, Independence Day 2, The Flintstones and listen to your voicemails. Enjoy!
More like Amityville Snore, am I right? Yep, I am. Because Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989) and The Amityville Curse (1990) will cure your insomnia wicked quick. Luckily our discussion is fun, so come enjoy our misery.
The Lost Empire (1985) is the debut movie of Jim Wynorski. A team of martial arts knowin’ women enter an underground tournament on a secret island in order to locate a jewel that will be used to power a doomsday device. Or something? We expected lots of jokes and nudity, which we got. Was it enough?
Second half is a random grab bag of movies with The Accountant (2016), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994). Harlo also discusses the documentary Lucha Mexico (2016) before we take some listener e-mails. Enjoy!
Who would have thought that after watching the theatrical Amityville trilogy, Amityville 2 would be the absolute winner in the quality department? This sorta-third installment has 3-D gags galore and Meg Ryan, but little else. Enjoy our sadness.
The Apple (1980) is another long requested title. It’s from the early days of Cannon Films, and it’s INSANE. So insane that Maki couldn’t handle it and had to skip the show.
Second half has talk of the director’s cut of That Thing You Do, Lights Out, both Escape From New York and Escape From L.A., and some TV Talk™ with The Grand Tour and Mars. Enjoy!
Amityville II is the odd case of a sequel being WAY better than the original, despite having a WILD amount of problems in it. Come listen to our breakdown of this underrated sequel!