Sixteen (1972)

I Saw A Film! Country folk come into some money and go to the state fair, which completely changes their lives. I feel like someone should probably have known the cute sixteen year old daughter -- doing a poor man's Marsha Brady-- was going to fall for the "wall of death" motorcycle guy. Her brother…

What Did You Do In the War Daddy? (1966)

I Saw A Film! Blake Edwards, best known by me for the ridiculous Pink Panther films, much beloved by me as well, directs this massive comic fiasco about a stiff Captain ordered to take Valerno with a company of misfit soldiers. Much to the surprise of the Americans the Italians are not interested in fighting…

Hello Down There (1969)

One of those so clean, pressed and white adventures, outfitted with footage from sea world, and so rated G that you'll believe you fell into a Saturday morning circa 1972, hell Ken Berry and Tony Randall headline. Do you need further proof of this thing's abject innocuousness? How about the spicy rock quartet writing songs…

A Swingin’ Summer (1966)

Gary Lewis and the Righteous Brothers help a crew of cardigan sweater-wearing college buddies rescue a venue from financial extinction (this a fairly common theme of the period). This film is most notable for Raquel Welch's first on-screen role as the nerdy glasses-wearing bookworm (possibly one of the earlier uses of that silly trope), who…

Sugar Hill (1974)

I Saw A Film ! It's easy to forget that our popular concept of animated dead, the zombie, was originally a "voodoo" curse leveled on unfortunate people through a spiritual manipulation of death. The concept rather well understood (see The Serpent and the Rainbow from a couple decades back) involves a well measured poisoning that…

Cockfighter (1974)

I Saw a Film! This is a challenge. If you're someone who is dead set against this kind of entertainment spectacle (and you likely should be) you don't want to be watching this as the camera does not shy away from the carnage. Animals were harmed in the making of this film. Of course, chickens…

Muscle Beach Party (1964)

I Saw A Film! "That's cool, Frankie, but solid gold surfboards don't float too well." Little Stevie Wonder makes his appearance in this film alongside Dick Dale, but they can't really do much for this ridiculous installment of the adventures of dreaming Frankie, and buzz killer Annette. As usual, a bunch of young people with…

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

I Saw a Film! again. It's been a while, I was right at the age this would have mattered to me most, and did know the girls who were influenced by Pat Benetar. I had vague memories of Sean Penn, but thought he had more import in the film. In fact, I thought the film…

Queen of Blood (1966)

I Saw A Film! Set in the far future of 1990, when man has made trivial traveling to the moon, The question of whether or not there is other intelligent life in the universe is shattered when a message arrives from Mars that Basil Rathbone as Dr. Faraday decodes as a distress call. Our fabulous…

The Magnificent Cuckold (1964)

I Saw A Film! Meanwhile, the Italians were cooking up these fantastic darkly-comic jealously-filled raging, infidelity stories. Ugo Tagnazzi has it made! Married to the fabulous Claudia Cardinale and beloved on the side by Christiana who visits him in hotel rooms and readily plays sexy fantasy games for him. Poor suffering idiot! Here's where the…