Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I reluctantly tried to watch Dumb and Dumberer when it was first released on DVD. I will admit to liking Dumb and Dumber, even though I am not a fan of Jim Carrey. I think the Farrelly magic was working because I really did not want to like Dumb and Dumber , but it grew on me like a fungus. This... prequel, however, I can honestly say... I slept through it. Therefore, I can go into watching it this time like an innocent babe in the woods.

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Llyod (2003)
PG-13, Film, 85 Minutes
Comedy
Dir: Troy Miller

The Synopsis: Harry and Lloyd met in a special education class during high school and become friends.

The Pro:

Elden Henson as Turk. I am not so much impressed with the character of Turk as I am fascinated by Elden Henson. Not only was he Fulton Reed in the Mighty Ducks franchise, but he is also going to play Foggy Nelson in the upcoming Daredevil series.

Brian Posehn's deadpan is a work of art. "Please pay me the 2.50..."

I hate Bob Saget. I don't understand the whole family crap... the only time he is moderately funny is when he is working blue. However, his role in this movie was the only laugh out loud moment I experienced.

I am not opposed to the assets that Rachel Nichols adds to Dumb and Dumberer .

The Con:

Did I ever mention how much I dislike most of the cast from SCTV ? That includes the never funny Eugene Levy. Mr. Levy, who I hope saved every dime from all of the American Pie movies, happens to be the principal.

The Procon:

None

The Verdict:

Would I recommend this film? Sure. It's not brilliant by a long shot, but it means well. Miller tries very hard to mimic the Farrelly Brother's style and aesthetic, but it is painfully obvious that this is a movie that is trying too hard to be something that it can never achieve.


Monday, November 10, 2014

I decided to take a break from typical Geex flicks and check out a movie I’ve had waiting in the wings, Chasing Mavericks . The movie is based on the life of Jay Moriarty, a California surfer who epitomized Soul Surfing. Like many, the closest I will ever come to surfing is watching Blue Crush repeatedly.

Chasing Mavericks (2012)
PG, Film, 116 Minutes
Drama/Biography
Dir: Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted

The Synopsis: This movie follows the life of young Jay Moriarty as he attempts to find love, respect, and surf the biggest waves in Santa Cruz.

The Pro:

. One of my favorites from Karate Kid on.

The lead actor Jonny Weston is charming and believable.

The Con:

The villains of the movie don’t make much sense. I am sure that several events and people needed to be concisely rolled up into one bad guy but there was never really an explanation what made some of the people “trash” and some “not-trash”. I mean, they all lived in the same area and hung out at the same beach.

The Procon:

The cinematography is usually one of the top draws to any surfing movie, however, it really wasn’t all that great in Chasing Mavericks . It’s not terrible, but it’s not a spectacular wave-fest.

The Verdict:

Would I recommend this movie? Yes, with a caveat. This movie, while kinda set up to be a feel good movie, is incredibly depressing. I only advise you to watch Chasing Mavericks understanding that hard work and aptitude pay off… and then you die.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

I had to finish the Madness 2014 with a Charles Band movie. It wouldn't be right to do it any other way. I remember Arcade as not being terrible... of course I remember most of the Puppet Master movies the same way. 100% wrong.

Arcade (1993)
R, Video, 85 Minutes
Science Fiction, Horror
Dir: Albert Pyun

The Synopsis: A virtual reality video game possesses the players.

The Pro:

Albert Pyun directs a David Goyer screenplay... and Charles Band produces... doesn't seem right. This might have been a Procon except Albert and David together override the Band-man.

A young A.J. Langer. Always loved her.

I'm a sucker for any more with a real video arcade.

The Con:

The CGI. Just don't do it.

A bit slow and dull in parts.

The Procon:

None

The Verdict:

Would I recommend this film? Yes. It's not the worst, not the best, but the good outweighs the bad. Watch Arcade to see an Albert Pyun movie.

Never watched the original Waxwork . Not that I remember at least. However, Waxwork 2 left an impression. A bad one.

Waxwork (1988)
R, Film, 95 Minutes
Horror, Comedy
Dir: Anthony Hickox

The Synopsis: An evil genius uses his wax creations to unleash evil on the world.

The Pro:

It's a time of where CGI is just not practical for a low budget movie, therefore... PRACTICAL EFFECTS! I give the movie one thumb half-way up for this alone.

The Con:

It's almost like an anthology horror movie... I am not a fan of anthology horror movies.

The Procon:

Anthony Hickox. I am usually a fan of his work, but I must say... this is the exception.

The Verdict:

Would I recommend this film? Maybe. Depends on what else you had to watch and/or if you had laundry to do. It's like watching an episode of Fantasy Island where the writers were confused as to whether they wanted to make a comedy or a horror episode.


This is an excellent opportunity to watch a really cool movie that I haven't made time to watch before The Madness.

Strings (2004)
PG, Film, 91 Minutes
Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
Dir: Anders Rønnow Klarlund

The Synopsis: (Per IMDB) A prince leaves his city and sets off to avenge his father not aware his father wasn't murdered and in-reality committed suicide and soon learns the truth about his people from a warrior woman.

The Pro:

I really cannot point out all the awesome that emanates from Strings . I suggest you find it, buy it, and watch it.

The Con:

None.

The Procon:

None.

The Verdict:

Would I recommend this film? Absolutely! This is truly an amazing, magical film. The marionettes are more expressive than most humans I know. The work that went on to bring this production to life... unbelievable.


You gotta love the DVD cover for I, Robot ... at least this version. Yes, it sez I, Robot, but you can barely see the robots, even then you can't really tell what they are - they might be alien eggs. However, a rather pensive looking Will Smith is very prominently displayed.

I, Robot (2004)
PG-13, Film, 115 Minutes
Science Fiction, Action
Dir: Alex Proyas

The Synopsis: Robots are supposed to follow their programming - do not harm or hurt humans. Something went wrong. Now Will Smith has to get jiggy wid it and destroy some funky robots.

The Pro:

I, Robot is full of robot killing action. Which is good if you like that sort of thing.

The Con:

This is not Will Smith's finest hour. In fact, he straight out sucks in I, Robot .

Thanksfully, Will's son, Jaden was not in this movie.

The Procon:

None.

The Verdict:

Would I recommend this film? Not really. I can't imagine Will Smith was a huge draw for this unnecessary movie. It's not like fans of Will Smith even know who Isaac Asmiov was.



I like Sasha Mitchell. Well, except when he is kicking his pregnant wife in the belly. I don't care much for him then. I hope he doesn't do that in Class of 1999 II: The Substitute .

Class of 1999 2: The Substitute (1994)
R, Video, 87 Minutes
Science Fiction, Horror, Action
Dir: Spiro Razatos

The Synopsis: (Per IMDB) In the original movie, the cyborg-teachers were all destroyed. Well that's what we thought, but there's one more rogue military robot out there determined to clean up the education system.

The Pro:

Sasha Mitchell. The protagonist of Class of 1999 was named Cody. Sasha Mitchell played a man-child named Cody on some mind numbing ABC show that I am not even going to bother to look up. Coincidence? I think not.

The Con:

Lame... I watched this movie because he was supposed to be a cyborg/robot. I won't spoil it much further by telling you what he is... but now you know what he ain't.

The Procon:

None

The Verdict:

Would I recommend this film? Not really. No, not at all. It lacks the flair of the original. Which is not saying much.



Brand new find for movies with dolls! Let's run Finders Keepers through the old player and see what turns up. It's a made for TV movie so.... As I often say, "What could go wrong?"

Finders Keepers (2014)
TV13, TV, 84 Minutes
Horror, Thriller
Dir: Alexander Yellen

The Synopsis: (Per IMDB) A divorced mother of one is thrown into turmoil when her young daughter becomes obsessed with an evil doll left behind by the previous occupants of their new home.

The Pro:

Stone Cold Steve Austin? As the garbage man... okay. Sounds good.

Jamie Presley... I thought she graduated from this garbage after Poison Ivy 3 .

The Con:

The doll is a creepy mess. Someone just take the damn thing away from the kid in the beginning!

This movie plays like a cross between a LyfeTyme made for TV drama and a SyFy made for TV pile of crap. The end result when you mix drama with crap is crap.

The Procon:

None

The Verdict:

Would I recommend this film? No. Just not my cup of poop. To be clear though I am not a fan of most of SyFy's masterpiece theater releases. They are worse over all than anything Charles Band ever puked up on screen.


I think I watched Class of 1999 around when it was released on VHS. It was at a New Years Eve party. I don't remember much about the movie.

Class of 1999 (1990)
R, Film, 99 Minutes
Science Fiction, Horror
Dir: Mark Lester

The Synopsis: Cyborg teachers are used to control students until the teachers decide the best way to control the students is to murder them all. Oops.

The Pro:

I'm not a fan of Stacey Keach, but... when he dyes his hair blonde, sports a rat-tail, and wears clear contact lenses; I gotta give the man props.

I love the glee on the engineers faces when the teachers spanks the unruly students. Very.. interesting choice.

The cars are very stylish - from the retro deco to the armored sedans. Pretty cool.

Pam Grier acting like a robot. Odd.

The Con:

I'm not sure I understand the premise... most of these kids probably should be murdered by robots. What's the problem?

The Procon:

None

The Verdict:

Would I recommend this film? Maybe. Depends on what else you might have going on. It's not terrible, but it's certainly not good.

The Black Hole is one of the most awesome (considering 1979) technologically advanced (for the budget) movies I remember from my childhood. I wanted to be able to share it with all my Geexplosion buddies in the event you are too young to remember Vincent and Maximilian.

The Black Hole (1979)
PG, Film, 98 Minutes
Science Fiction, Family
Dir: Gary Nelson

The Synopsis: (Per IMDB) A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.

The Pro:

The robots: Vincent, Bob, and especially Maximilian and the Drones, both of which gave me nightmares.

Anthony Perkins and Maximilian Schell in the same movie? Unbelievable.

The sets are amazing.

Stick around for the ending. It also gave me nightmares.

The Con:

It does drag in spots.

The Procon:

None.

The Verdict:

Would I recommend this film? Absolutely. Even though it gave me nightmares it is like a Swiss Family Robison in space... okay, it is nothing like that. Watch it anyway!



Another Horrorthonpalooza over..

So glad.

68 movies 31 days 84 posts
That Was Horrorthonpalooza 2014

Believe it or not finding time to watch these movies AND blog about them becomes a chore. It's bittersweet. I enjoy watching the movies and doing the mini-reviews and I love Halloween. Hard to believe that a whole year needs to pass before Horrorthonpalooza 2015. I need the time to gather up another supply of gore and horror.

Hororthonpalooza 2014 is over but since The Madness 2014 did not start until October 4th I still have some work to do. I will post the final standings of The Madness 2014 once all of the viewing schedules are submitted and the judges make their final rulings.

After The Madness 2014 ends I will post a list of the movies watched and reviewed during Horrorthonpalooza 2014 and The Madness.

I hope you had an amazing Halloween season.

Thanks for visiting Geexplosion and I hope you stick around.