200 Motels (1971)

I Saw A Film! Fifty years ago the Mothers of Invention with their genius ringleader Zappa created this document, one part disjointed surrealist play, one part homage to the music, and two parts go-f&%$-yourself as an ostensible story about what it was like being on tour with the band. Narrated by Ringo Star (dressed as…

The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976)

I Saw A Film! It's another of those: Women who have had enough and decide to take on the world through a series of old fashioned bank-robberies and fighting with the law type films. Lucky for them they are up against goony ineffectiveness in a series of slack-jawed men who basically nut themselves on fence…

The Four Musketeers (1974)

I Saw A Film! Part two of this thoroughly enjoyable franchise has the Faye Dunaway character (I always remember her best from Network, and she is unusually beautiful in this film), the right-hand-lady of the Cardinal Richelieu (Heston-he looks cute too) getting her revenge after her plot of embarrassing the queen didn't work out in…

Ladybugs (1992)

I Saw A Film! Honestly you only need to know Rodney Dangerfield is in this and you'll have a rough idea of the sort of amusement you're on tap for. Personally I'm not crazy about the old school comics. I generally had wearied of the set-up to punchline style jokes by the time I was…

The Three Musketeers (1974)

I Saw A Film! I remember loving this silliness as a kid, and decided it needed a revisit. I somehow, did not grok the fact that this thing is meant as a kind of adventure comedy, though Michael York's D'Artagnan sort of falls into the midst of it in a more serious way, having to…

The Stoned Age (1994)

I Saw A Film! In the vein of bildungsroman (been wanting to use that term for a while!) we have here a story of some youths on the verge of adulthood, considering the moral and psychological paths of choices, poor and otherwise, leading to some sort of growth. Right? Well, much of the tale is…

The Cheap Detective (1978)

I Saw A Film! It could be my love of Peter Falk, or my devout adoration of Madeline Khan (or the hard ginger beers I picked up at Wholefoods), but I found this light comic spoof of Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon and Bogart noir in general, to be an absolute delight. I don't get to…

Harry In Your Pocket (1973)

I Saw A Film! A low-end grifter, and pick-pocket (the dude from the old Reincarnation of Peter Proud) teams up with a cute young woman and attempt to make some change by ripping off random people. Eventually they find themselves in the company of more professional team pick-pockets headed up by old Walter Pidgeon, snorting…

Fear and Desire (1952)

I Saw A Film! If you didn't know that Stanly Kubrick directed this little hour long drama you certainly wouldn't ponder it much past the closing credits. Because it's a war drama, and because it delves into the psychological pressures of warfare and brutality we're kind of beholden to draw some depth from our conclusions.…

Coming To America (1988)

I Saw A Film! With the impending sequel to this silly romantic comedy, one of the oldest popular movie tropes (going at least as far back as Valentino and White Sheik), Eddie Murphy brings his incalculable skills to bear on the story of a dissatisfied prince demanding a "grand tour" experience (like the European grand…