• Pottersville

    Pottersville

    Even at 85 minutes this movie feels interminably slow-going. None of the humour lands, the quirkiness is sub-Hallmark and the whole thing is about as welcome as a fart in the mouth.

    Frankly, I hated it, but at least Judy Greer got paid.

  • My Friend Irma

    My Friend Irma

    ★★★

    Marie Wilson is an absolute delight in the titular role. It's not just her endearing portrayal of the cotton-brained, kaiju-hearted blonde, but her comedic timing and physicality too. She perfectly inhabits the character she first breathed life into on the radio. While this really is an inconsequential flick of the era. There's more to it than just the Martin and Lewis performances.

    Low-key can't wait to watch the sequel.

    We'll be discussing My Friend Irma, The American Friend, and Deadly…

  • Deadly Friend

    Deadly Friend

    ★★

    A compromised mess of a movie, Deadly Friend squanders more than half of its runtime in set-up, and only really gives us one baller fatality.

    But by god, what a fatality.

    We'll be discussing My Friend Irma, The American Friend, and Deadly Friend on the August 18th episode of the Sudden Double Deep podcast. On our show we watch three films linked by a word in the title.
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  • The American Friend

    The American Friend

    ★★★★

    A well-crafted adaptation that only falters with the casting of Dennis Hopper. Look, I know people love the guy but he really doesn't suit the role and I couldn't help but spend the whole film wishing Cassavetes had taken it instead.

    We'll be discussing My Friend Irma, The American Friend, and Deadly Friend on the August 18th episode of the Sudden Double Deep podcast. On our show we watch three films linked by a word in the title.
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  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★

    Absolutely a movie I admire in concept more than execution, Prey does something that the Predator franchise should've done a long time ago, and just Assassin's Creed the setting. Just shift to a different period and location for each subsequent movie instead of splashing in the shallow end of nostalgia like the previous two instalments have.

    Eschewing the contemporary setting, one-liners, and callbacks (bar one), Prey is very much its own beast. Amber Midthunder's Naru makes for a compelling protagonist,…

  • Honor and Glory

    Honor and Glory

    Besides a brief appearance of Liu Kang from Mortal Kombat, and a couple of unintentionally funny line deliveries, Honor and Glory is an ineptly shot, snoozefest. Honestly, this is the most dull White Guy Karate movie we've watched so far for White Guy Karate Summer.

    letterboxd.com/hotdonkeybear/list/white-guy-karate-summer-2022/

  • Light & Magic

    Light & Magic

    ★★★★

    It's funny, the minute the evolution to digital hit its tipping-point, Light & Magic and the whole process behind their innovations became far less interesting.

    But those first four hours, man. Goddamn. I just wanted to park up and fucking live in them.

  • Triple Cross

    Triple Cross

    Oh dear, oh dear.

    Ineptly written, shot and edited. Triple Cross/ Angel of Fury is filled with incomprehensible action, a plot that makes zero sense, and a horrifically hilarious series of events leading to a child getting murdered.

    Poor Cynthia Rothrock is given nothing to work with, as she's stuck dealing with Christopher Mitchum's coke-fuelled script. There were times when I was so confused by the visual language of the movie that I thought I had developed early onset dementia.

    Watched this as part of White Guy Karate Summer. Hoping to watch a bunch more Cynthia Rothrock to strike this movie from my brain cels.
    letterboxd.com/hotdonkeybear/list/white-guy-karate-summer-2022/

  • The King of the Kickboxers

    The King of the Kickboxers

    ★★

    From the director of No Retreat, No Surrender 3.
    Starring the dude from NRNS2 and NRNS3.

    The King of the Kickboxers is rote af but still has a janky charm. Loren Avedon is a great martial artist but a bad actor. Billy Blanks is a hulking ass-kicker. Reptile from the Mortal Kombat movies is a barely-interested Yoda. The whole movie meanders until the final reel but by golly... that final reel slaps hard.

    Watched this as part of White Guy Karate Summer!
    letterboxd.com/hotdonkeybear/list/white-guy-karate-summer-2022/

  • The Monster Squad

    The Monster Squad

    ★★★★

    How this movie doesn't have a half dozen sequels is utterly beyond me. This shit fucking ruled the school when I was a kid. It's still dope af today.

    We'll be covering Hollywood Vice Squad, The Monster Squad, and The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, on the August 4th episode of the Sudden Double Deep podcast. On our show we watch three films linked by a word in the title.

    Come find us!
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  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    ★★★★

    Cuban?

    No, Dutch-Irish. My father was from Whales.

    We'll be covering Hollywood Vice Squad, The Monster Squad, and The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, on the August 4th episode of the Sudden Double Deep podcast. On our show we watch three films linked by a word in the title.

    Come find us!
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  • Best of the Best 4: Without Warning

    Best of the Best 4: Without Warning

    ★★

    Philip Rhee's second, pure and unadulterated vanity project seems to have a higher budget than the last. It seems to borrow from a gaggle of other (mostly 90s) movies, but once again lacks the energy and steady footing of the first two movies in the franchise.

    While it's great to see Sven Ole Thorsen, Tobin Bell, the gun runner from Ghost Protocol, and Ernie Hudson paying the rent, I really wish it had been in a better movie. The tonal…