Jewel of the Nile (1985)

I Saw A Film! Going back the 35 years to this little franchise that put Douglas and Turner together for a kind of fantasy adventure/romance reveals a surprise in that these leads don't look particularly baby-faced, which, somehow, adds gravity to the wholesale silliness of the adventure romance. This is a sequel, following up Romancing…

Clambake (1967)

I Saw A Film! Elvis is an oil baron rich kid who wants to know if he can hack being an everyman. Of course just swapping places with a water-skiing instructor at a water ski and boat racing resort isn't exactly slumming it. And he more or less hits it out of the park with…

Meatballs (1979)

I Saw A Film! You could be mistaken for not expecting very much from Saturday Night Live alum Bill Murray after watching this early attempt at giving him a perfect seat for his variety of exuberant irreverence and jokes. He's a lead kid's camp counselor at a budget sleepaway camp teaching alphabet burping and losing…

Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

I Saw A Film! OK I get it, this is what entertainment basically looked like in Shakespeare's day. Billy Wilder channels the god of all ridiculous situation comedy set-ups and let's the dominoes fall. I still don't have to like it, as I don't like Shakespeare comedies either (or the overwrought dramas for that matter--he…

Deathsport (1978)

I Saw A Film! There are films that are just plain hard to pay attention to. You can only watch so much of these painstakingly armored motorcycles buzzing around while gas bombs explode and David Carradine kind of smirks in his manties. I remember seeing this as a kid and desperately wanting it to be…

Disco Godfather (1979)

I Saw A Film! Rudy Ray Moore is always a good time. The Disco Godfather part of this is only about the first fifteen minutes, soon enough, he's Tucker, tough street disciplinarian looking to shut down drugs and their dealers through a combination of his patented verbal wit and karate. The only difficult bits of…

Rancho Deluxe (1975)

I SAw A Film! A great diatribe against the evils of pick-up truck debt exists in this big sky dramedy about a pair of livestock rustlers trying to get over on the wealthy big ranchers and have the ability to pursue some pleasures in life. It's notable that there have been some great stories about…

Saturday the 14th (1981)

I Saw A Film! An Abbott and Costello level horror movie spoof loaded to the hilt with weak gags that would amuse no one born after the turn of the last century. Despite a few name actors including Jeffrey Tambor (best known for Arrested Development these days) and Richard Benjamin (I always wished Benjamin and…

One Crazy Summer (1986)

I Saw A Film! In the 80s were launched all these kids having a great time films that served to remind us of the sort of lives my friends and I were not living, though, this film set nearby us on a fairly obscure but locally famous beach resort island seemed like a local story…

The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975)

I Saw A Film! A kind of Dirty Harry, rogue cop out for justice story with a strange comic penchant weaving through the murderous sex trafficking scheme. There's something only the Italians manage to get away with in these movies where lovely women are slaughtered in a kind of pointedly sadistic but stylish manner with…