Footloose (1984)

I Saw a Film! It's been a goodly number of years since I last laid eyes on this drive-in, teen angst schlock. I have to say I still didn't pay enough attention to collect the details that explained Kevin Bacon's dancing hero, nor why so much of this beautiful town, with it's remarkable backdrop of…

The Hunting Party (1971)

I Saw A Film! A pair of rapists and murderers fight over a woman. Or watch Gene Hackman and Oliver Reed rather dully (but bloodily) struggle ferociously over Candy Bergen. Lots of atrocities to calculate here. Reed wants school teacher (though, she's really just rich wifey of rich bank-owner) Bergen to teach him to read.…

Teresa’s Tattoo (1994)

I Saw A Film! A screwball, dark comedy involving a kidnapping and some kind of digital information ransom (I forgot exactly what it was the crooks wanted), much like Fargo, a couple of years later, though more amusing than that. The louts wind up accidentally killing their charge (she accidentally knocks herself out and drowns…

Mad Max (1979)

I Saw A Film! This here being the prelude to the wildly popular, post-apocalyptic Aussie dystopia known as Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, which is the film that dominated our imaginations for a few years (especially in the parking lot right outside the cinema after viewing) I was a bit surprised that: One, I'd…

Chato’s Land (1972)

I Saw A Film! Back when Charles Bronson, a son of Lithuanian working class folks, could wear buckskins and pass for a Native American (half-breed!), and in his early fifties look as lean and powerful as an olympic wrestler, he had already been a major European action hero. This film wastes no time with a…

Bad Company (1972)

I Saw a Film! Starring both the big and little Lebowski (The Dude), this gritty tale of Civil War era (1863) strife and woe follows the lives of a handful of young war dodgers (service back then was pretty much press-gang style, families did their best to hide their service age sons, going so far…

So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)

I Saw a Film! Between Wayne's World and Austin Powers, Myers dropped this little Hitchcockian spoof that included some of his favorite Scottish jokes (if it's not Scottish, it's crap!), a few of his best Dad larks and a touch of very silly beatnik / jazz poetry (in my mind he wore a beret, but…

Slithis (aka Spawn of Slithis) (1978)

I Saw A Film A toxic/radioactive spill has combined with some canal muck speeding up evolution to produce a kind of Creature From the Black Lagoon for Venice, California. Dogs are killed (booo!), homeless are harassed, some elderly are chomped, and if you squint real hard you might see something in the night shots. Never…

The Man Who Loved Women (1983)

I Saw a Film! This Blake Edwards (Pink Panther, 10) piloted romantic comedy is a kind of song of hetero male libido. A fantasy of a singular man being able to indulge himself whimsically with any ladies who strike his fancy, in a modernized Henry Miller (Miller'd only been dead a few years in 83)…

Dead and Buried (1981)

I Saw A Film! A small seaside town full of homicidal people murders its visitors in explicitly nasty ways. It's one of those films that invests pretty heavily in the gore, like an Italian horror film, but the blood is normal not shocking crimson. A local cop tries to uncover what is going on and…