Archive for Reviews
Shaft (1971) begins our 6th annual Blaxploitation History Month with a classic. Richard Roundtree plays the titular character, a private detective caught up in a kidnapping case and a mafia turf war. Does it live up to its theme song and reputation?
After the break, Harlo gives his thoughts on Arrival (2016), Maki talks about his favorite movie, Out of Sight (1998), we take some listener mails and discuss dollar theater experiences of our pasts. Enjoy!
Rage (1995) isn’t Gary Daniels’ first BMFcast movie, but it’s definitely his first as the lead. (Spoiler: Also the best. So far.) He’s an unassuming second grade teacher who gets caught up in a government experiment gone wrong and must now battle his way to freedom, while murdering and/or defenestrating lots and lots and LOTS of bad guys.
In the second half Harlo reviews Passengers (2016) and the Mexican movie theater experience, Chuck and Maki discuss why Hail, Caesar! (2016) is one of the Coens’ lesser works, Maki sees a musical (The Book of Mormon) and we even have time for a listener e-mail. Enjoy!
Space Buddies (2009) is what we watch when Harlo skips an episode. Our intrepid crew of golden retrievers somehow ends up in space and makes friends with Spudnick, a russian dogsmonaut and Gravity, a ferret who’s an expert in atmospheric re-entry trajectories. Or something.
After the break Maki rewatches John Wick (2014) and we take a metric ton of listener e-mails! Sequels to Titanic (1997) are hatched, Saved! (2004) gets a shout out and plenty more. Enjoy!
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!
Dollman (1991) brings back the triple threat of Tim Thomerson, Charles Band, and Albert Pyun in the story of a hard-boiled alien cop who happens to be the size of a doll when he crash lands on earth. Can he stop a ruthless group of gangbangers led by Jackie Earle Haley and the disembodied doll-sized head of the criminal he was chasing?
In the second half it’s time for our annual GOLDEN JOX AWARDS! We tell you our favorite movies of the year for 2016 in what becomes a super-sized second half. 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!
Santa’s Slay (2005) is our holiday episode this year, and what a ride. A slay ride, if you will. Bill Goldberg plays a pissed off demon Santa looking to cause mayhem and go to strip clubs.
Second half is jam packed with Chuck’s Christmas marathon of Die Hard 2, Gremlins and Love Actually, Harlo attempts to revisit Space Jam, the second X-Men trilogy is discussed, and then some other movie what was it oh yeah Rogue One: A Star Wars Story makes a spoiler-free appearance. Enjoy!
Johnny Mnemonic (1995) marks Keanu Reeves’ official first-half debut, and he’s joined by a bevy of BMFcast alums including Ice-T, Udo Kier, Henry Rollins, and Dolph Lundgren. Keanu is a future courier, trading corporate secrets in his brain. Every one wants what he’s got, or wants him dead. If’s a wonderland of mid-’90s cyber-whatever. This is a fun one.
After the break, we discuss HBO’s Westworld (2016) and get into spoiler speculation in weekly reviews before Maki gets all indie in his year-end catch-up, talking about The Fits, Green Room and The Witch (or The VVitch, if you are so inclined.) 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!
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!