The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)

I Saw a Film! This old thing was a major amusement of my life long ago. Like so many entertainments I adored as a young person, it isn't anywhere near as clever or sexy as I once imagined. Somehow I remembered Barbara as far less comical looking. Her outfit, a bit of silly, lacy lingerie…

Bikini Beach (1964)

I Saw a Film! I think I've finally seen all five of these corny-as-hushpuppies Frankie and Annette films, though I guess there was a reunion one made in the eighties (I've heard rumors) that I may have to endure for reasons of completism. I'm thinking of doing this particular film as a list. Here are…

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

I Saw A Film! Set in the far future of 2021, the internet is by this-that time a virtual world we can basically "jack" into with our consciousness alone. Imaginative DMT-inspired trippy lights and colors represent in 1995 what blue lit costumes did for Tron (oh no, I may need to log back into that…

Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

I Saw A Film! Another 80s classic I missed as a young man, returning to it now I was a bit surprised at how ridiculous the entire enterprise was. Bear with me here, it's not just a matter of the gear and the lack of fashion, as Nerd is wont to mean (incidentally, it's a…

Dune Warriors (1991)

I Saw A Film! Ah Road Warrior spawned a whole genre of dirty, flaming, dusty, motorhead films. This one, a Santiago production, features a post apocalyptic Pilipino-based (though the stars are still Anglo) desert war over resources, especially water (the future culture makes the ugliest and least functional wicker junk I've ever seen). Lucky for…

G.I. Blues (1960)

I Saw A Film! Elvis is an army tank gunner stationed in West Germany (like my brother was 25 years later), who has a singing combo in a little German pub, and falls for a dancing fraulein. The basic plot is that the boys make a bet that one or the other of the GIs…

Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (1967)

This show was a kind of staple of my earliest entertainment memories. A vaudeville kaleidoscope of fast jokes (often puns or really bad one-liners), pop-culture references, and short sketches run rapid-fire against the more staid and bland Rowan and Martin straight man, goofy man stand-up. The demographic feels blue-collar. The political jokes are reserved mostly…

Zappa (2020)

I Saw A Film! Zappa! I may not be the world's biggest fan, I'm mainly focused on his first ten years of output (and especially with the original Mothers of Invention), but consider this man's artistic accomplishments. He basically, following on the shoulders of blues and experimental music greats from Johnny "Guitar" Watson to Edward…

Boxcar Bertha (1972)

I Saw A Film! I'm not enough of a film aficionado to know that this was a Scorsese project (his second feature), and so I watched it without reverence, nor much in the way of expectation of enjoyment. Boxcar Bertha is a solid story about the creation of unions and the corporate power structure set…