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Film Frequencies

Feb 27 '13

Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Biggest Assholes of the 80’s. 

#4. Pretty in Pink’s Steff played by James Spader

Man….what an asshole. You look up 80’s asshole, in the dictionary, you’ll get James Spader. Whether he was being an asshole, as an adult (Sex, Lies, and VideoTape), or as a teen (Less Than Zero), you couldnt avoid this “asshole” in the 80’s. Armed with a Don Johnson-esque Miami Vice white suit, killer pair of aviators, a lot of his parent’s money, and a contempt for the girl from the other side of the tracks, Steff was out to make Andie’s life a living hell. Shit, he couldn’t even get her name right. Whether he’s aimlessly loitering in the school hallways, chain smoking, or throwing rad 80’s parties, you can be sure he’s up to no good. Especially if you’re poor. Don’t be poor around Steff…he doesn’t like poor people…or red heads. 

Favorite Quote: “What’s her name…Eddie?”

Feb 25 '13

Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Biggest Assholes of the 1980’s!

How does the criteria for an asshole apply? Simple…Do you pick on people smaller/younger than you? Yes? Do you make money off your asshole behavior? you know…like a real criminal? No? Do you eventually get your comeuppance in the end? If yes, does this comeuppance usually mean your death? No? Than you’re definitely an ASSHOLE! And film frequencies loves you! Our first candidate?

 

Chet Donnelly, played by Bill Paxton

What are big brothers for? Best friends? The one to call when you get arrested, so mom doesn’t find out? The one you share records with? Share clothes with? In a normal scenario? sure, that’s what brother’s do. But, in the 1980’s, the “big brother” was as hated as the nazis. Chet is the archetype for every asshole brother known to man. Treats you like shit, blackmails you, robs you, but eventually…all that comes back to him. Played hilariously, by Bill Paxton, this son of a bitch thinks/acts like he’s military & and you can’t help but laugh, every time he’s on screen! Not all older brothers were like Denny Lachance…especially not Chet! That’s why he’s our #5 favorite asshole of the 1980s! Cheers Chet!

Memorable Quote: “Boy, I wouldn’t give a squirt of piss for your ass right now.”

Feb 24 '13

Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Bad Action films you’ll love #1 DEATH WISH 3!

My sincere apologies, for those who wanted to know what #1 was. We had a little communication breakdown…but we’re back online!

Death Wish 3, what’s to say about Death Wish 3? Well…there’s gangs, planks with teeth, puerto ricans with zip guns, world war 2 mounted machine guns (being carried by hand), Martin Balsam, a very sweet (and completely inept understanding of current music) soundtrack by Jimmy Page, Wieldy Magnums, Alex Winter, and rock….wait, I can’t give that away. Death Wish 3 continues the series made popular by Charles Bronson, back in 74’. Bronson is back as Paul Kersey, the bleeding heart liberal who’s had enough, and now dispenses his own brand of justice. The thing about Death Wish 3 is the level of preposterous things happening….NON STOP. Bronson is clearly too old, though that didn’t stop him from making 2 more after this (I’m not kidding). But I digress….Kersey comes back to NY, after leaving a bloodbath in LA in part 2. Visiting his old war buddy, he comes to realize that his friend’s neighborhood is being terrorized by a gang with finger painting on their foreheads. He decides to stay, after the death of his friend, and all hell breaks loose! Cars explode, people explode, buildings explode, and the you’re going to have a hell of a good time watching this. Death Wish 3 is more of a guys film, so ladies might want to sit this one out…unless they are down with watching these types of films, if so? You’re marriage material. Without further a do….#1 DEATH WISH 3!!

Feb 21 '13

Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Bad Action films You’ll love #2 Miami Connection

in 1987, Y.K. Kim, the film’s producer, actor, writer, made a film called Miami Connection. His ambitious project was meant to be an amalgam of martial arts action, heartfelt friendship, and some what a musical? Upon it’s release, the film cost nearly a million to make and was destroyed by critics. It nearly bankrupt YK Kim & ruined any possibility of future film projects for all involved. Some calling it the worst film of the year, in the 8 theaters or so who saw it. Fast forward to 2012? The Alamo Drafthouse has unearthed this film for a re-release, that’s been met with the warmest, funniest, and rabid reaction this side of Troll 2. The story is Mark, a tae kwon do master, is in a band called “Dragon Sound”. They are the new multi-national “in” group in downtown Orlando. The previous band doesn’t like that…so starts the hiring of thugs and a big showdown. Doesn’t stop there, as Dragon Sound turned out to be “tae kwon do bad asses”. Now, the thugs enlist their “Miami Connection”. Who happen to be a motorcycle gang of “stupid cocaine” dealing ninjas!!! No, I’m not making this up. This film is another level of campy and hilarity. You can see that the execution was so heartfelt, yet the filmmakers/actors were so inept at making a great film. You have a product that makes “The Room” look like 12 Angry Men. Full of hilarious lines, fight scenes, memorable character moments, and infectiously catchy (but god damn cheesy) 80’s jams, Miami Connection goes down in the books as quite possibly the funnest time you’ve ever have watching a movie. We can’t recommend this enough for a blind purchase, because chances are? you’ll never forget you’ve seen this. It’s especially fun to watch with friends. Pick it up at Alamo Drafthouse’s site and have fun yelling “TAE KWON TAE KWON!!! TAE KWON DO!” My favorite character? has to be the poor man’s John Oates looking guy, with the killer guitar riffs and goofy soul glo white guy mullet. Classic!!! If you’ve seen it? Who’s your favorite character!?

Feb 20 '13

Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Bad Movies You’ll Love # 3. Road House. 

Picture this…you’re a bouncer, with modest sensibilities, who has a PhD in Philosophy. You’re asked to shape up a new “classy” joint, in Jasper appropriately named “Double Deuce”. Problem is, Jasper is terrorized by a gangster named Brad Wesley, who just happens to look like Ben Gazzara. You’ll fall in love with a hot blonde doctor, you’re best friend is a dude with a penchant for growing awesome facial, and a huge stuffed bear will fall on a fat guy. Oh yeah, your arch nemesis will tell you that he’s “fucked guys like you in prison”. Swayze’s grindhouse turn in the late 80’s shocked just about everyone. I guess he was tired of being typecasted as a heartthrob, though following up this with Ghost, was smart…yet contradictory. None the less, this is a fun film from start to finish. Campy dialogue, fun fight scenes, LOTS of boobs, and Jeff Healey acts/performs in it too! You can’t go wrong. So, to counteract my advice from watching American ninja? Road House is definitely one for the ladies. Dudes can enjoy the blood and boobs, and ladies can enjoy Patrick Swayze. Thumbs up! 

Ps. He killed a man once…ripped throat out with his bare hands. 

Feb 19 '13
Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Bad Action films you’ll love #4 American Ninja
Ok, for those of you that grew up in the 80’s? What was bigger than horror? Ninjas!!! They were everywhere! And no movie captured the campy love affair of ninjas, in America, like American Ninja. You’ve got your “riveting” premise about a stoic loner named (ha!) Joe…he’s in the army, and his convoy is attacked by “Black Star ninja”. No, neither ninja is Mos Def or Talib Kwali (did I spell that right?). Joe, shows tremendous talents, in the arts of Japanese assassination, while defending his conv…who gives a shit about the story?! Guys…Michael Dudikoff fights 100’s of ninjas! Stop sitting around on your ass and look for this. Watch it with friends, loved ones, spouses, or girlfriends that you really want to purposely piss off to dump you. This movie will do the trick.

Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Bad Action films you’ll love #4 American Ninja
Ok, for those of you that grew up in the 80’s? What was bigger than horror? Ninjas!!! They were everywhere! And no movie captured the campy love affair of ninjas, in America, like American Ninja. You’ve got your “riveting” premise about a stoic loner named (ha!) Joe…he’s in the army, and his convoy is attacked by “Black Star ninja”. No, neither ninja is Mos Def or Talib Kwali (did I spell that right?). Joe, shows tremendous talents, in the arts of Japanese assassination, while defending his conv…who gives a shit about the story?! Guys…Michael Dudikoff fights 100’s of ninjas! Stop sitting around on your ass and look for this. Watch it with friends, loved ones, spouses, or girlfriends that you really want to purposely piss off to dump you. This movie will do the trick.

Feb 18 '13
Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Bad Action films that you’ll love!
5. Showdown in Little Tokyo…I don’t really need to describe this gem, you really should just see it. Directed by Mark Lester, yes…the same Mark Lester that brought us the Schwarzenegger classic COMMANDO! The story is about two LAPD detectives, that happen to know martial arts, taking on a yakuza boss. This maniacal dragon man has plans to distribute a new drug called “Ice”, through beer bottles; supplied by a brewery he just bought. Oh, there is also a vengeance story in there, with one of the cops. Look…it’s cheesy, the continuity is non existent, but it’s entertaining! Plus, you’ve got Brandon Lee and Dolph Lundgren. I have fond memories of watching this, as a kid, to look at Tia Carrere’s boobs (yes, Wayne’s World’s Cassandra), only to realize, once I got older…she had a body double!! Damn you, Cassandra!!

Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Bad Action films that you’ll love!
5. Showdown in Little Tokyo…I don’t really need to describe this gem, you really should just see it. Directed by Mark Lester, yes…the same Mark Lester that brought us the Schwarzenegger classic COMMANDO! The story is about two LAPD detectives, that happen to know martial arts, taking on a yakuza boss. This maniacal dragon man has plans to distribute a new drug called “Ice”, through beer bottles; supplied by a brewery he just bought. Oh, there is also a vengeance story in there, with one of the cops. Look…it’s cheesy, the continuity is non existent, but it’s entertaining! Plus, you’ve got Brandon Lee and Dolph Lundgren. I have fond memories of watching this, as a kid, to look at Tia Carrere’s boobs (yes, Wayne’s World’s Cassandra), only to realize, once I got older…she had a body double!! Damn you, Cassandra!!

Feb 8 '13
Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation of Time Travel films #1 Back to the Future!!
Did you honestly think we would pick something else? This film needs no description, no more praise than it already has. It’s funny, great, amazingly written and acted. The era of 1955 is captured perfectly, the historical ties of Chuck Berry’s cousin “Marvin Berry” introducing Johnny Be Goode is amazing. I’m always taken back by anyone who hasn’t seen this film. It’s always going to be the type of film that has two scenarios. 1. “You’ve never seen this?! We’re watching it now!” And 2. “Oh hey! Back to the Future is on!” “But, it’s an hour in” “who cares?!” Am I right?! A staple in my childhood, that’s just as equally fantastic, as an adult” Ladies and Gentlemen…the number 1 film about Time Travel…BACK TO THE FUTURE

Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation of Time Travel films #1 Back to the Future!!
Did you honestly think we would pick something else? This film needs no description, no more praise than it already has. It’s funny, great, amazingly written and acted. The era of 1955 is captured perfectly, the historical ties of Chuck Berry’s cousin “Marvin Berry” introducing Johnny Be Goode is amazing. I’m always taken back by anyone who hasn’t seen this film. It’s always going to be the type of film that has two scenarios. 1. “You’ve never seen this?! We’re watching it now!” And 2. “Oh hey! Back to the Future is on!” “But, it’s an hour in” “who cares?!” Am I right?! A staple in my childhood, that’s just as equally fantastic, as an adult” Ladies and Gentlemen…the number 1 film about Time Travel…BACK TO THE FUTURE

Feb 7 '13
Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation week. #2 Nacho Vigalondo’s Timecrimes. This was a huge surprise to me, when I first saw it. Recommended by few, very highly, as a true modern day Sci-Fi masterpiece. As much as there is happening in front of you, as well as behind the camera, the fact is…this film is fascinating overall. Shot for less than a million, maybe even less than 600,000, and a grandiose story told in your very own backyard. This film bridges a gap that makes Time Travel and the events of the film quite believable. A man named Hector, just moved into his new home, is intrigued by someone in the woods. Following to investigate, he’s eventually thrown into an unlikely scenario that involves murder, time travel, and a lot more, for which I’m choosing not to spoil. To go into this film with no idea, is the best way to go. It’s suspense factor is very much in the realm of Hitchcock, the performances and camera work are very precise, and the screenplay is water tight. By the final conclusion, it’s impossible not to feel satisfied. I can’t recommend this film enough.

Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation week. #2 Nacho Vigalondo’s Timecrimes. This was a huge surprise to me, when I first saw it. Recommended by few, very highly, as a true modern day Sci-Fi masterpiece. As much as there is happening in front of you, as well as behind the camera, the fact is…this film is fascinating overall. Shot for less than a million, maybe even less than 600,000, and a grandiose story told in your very own backyard. This film bridges a gap that makes Time Travel and the events of the film quite believable. A man named Hector, just moved into his new home, is intrigued by someone in the woods. Following to investigate, he’s eventually thrown into an unlikely scenario that involves murder, time travel, and a lot more, for which I’m choosing not to spoil. To go into this film with no idea, is the best way to go. It’s suspense factor is very much in the realm of Hitchcock, the performances and camera work are very precise, and the screenplay is water tight. By the final conclusion, it’s impossible not to feel satisfied. I can’t recommend this film enough.

Feb 7 '13
Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Time Travel Films #3 Terminator 2: Judgement Day. 
Pardon the delay, we will post 2 today…but now on to Terminator 2. Much thought and debate has gone about whether I should choose 1 or 2. On principle? Terminator started it all, and I should give credit where credit is due. But, in the summer of 1991, when I sat down at the local theater in Chesterfield Missouri, to witness Terminator 2, my world was turned completely upside down. James Cameron has done the (near) impossible and created a sequel, that’s better than it’s predecessor. The effects, alone, are still copied and utilized today, which still don’t look half as great as they did then! If you’re honestly not familiar with the story, I think you should walk into oncoming traffic, but I’ll explain anyway. John Connor is the savior of the human race, after a cataclysmic explosion that destroys civilization, machines rise from the ashes and begin protocols towards the extinction of man. John Connor is the leader that gives humans hope, to fight again. With the machines knowing that? They send a terminator back in time to kill John, as a boy. John, sends a machine back in time to protect his young self. A film that has so much action and splendor, yet so much heart and meaning, Terminator is a staple in pop culture, that action fans, sci fi fans, and film fans enjoy immensely. The concept of the liquid metal T-1000 is so fascinating and suspenseful. After the first battle in the L.A. Mall, you immediately are hooked, worried about how they are going to beat this thing! The performances all around are fantastic, even from a wooden Schwarzenegger, he still has the ability to give the T-800 character and depth.Edward Furlong’s performance, as young John Connor was solid. Robert Patrick is menacing as the T-1000, and empowering females everywhere…will always remember the first shot of the tough Linda Hamilton and the importance she played in the film. James Cameron, whom i’ve forgiven for the beautiful but endlessly pointless, Avatar, has created one of the best action films of all time, behind Die Hard and Hard Boiled. Overall? If you haven’t seen it, yet? I hate you. Otherwise, our number 3 choice, not in numerical order…Terminator 2: Judgement Day. #2 will be up shortly, as well.

Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Time Travel Films #3 Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Pardon the delay, we will post 2 today…but now on to Terminator 2. Much thought and debate has gone about whether I should choose 1 or 2. On principle? Terminator started it all, and I should give credit where credit is due. But, in the summer of 1991, when I sat down at the local theater in Chesterfield Missouri, to witness Terminator 2, my world was turned completely upside down. James Cameron has done the (near) impossible and created a sequel, that’s better than it’s predecessor. The effects, alone, are still copied and utilized today, which still don’t look half as great as they did then! If you’re honestly not familiar with the story, I think you should walk into oncoming traffic, but I’ll explain anyway. John Connor is the savior of the human race, after a cataclysmic explosion that destroys civilization, machines rise from the ashes and begin protocols towards the extinction of man. John Connor is the leader that gives humans hope, to fight again. With the machines knowing that? They send a terminator back in time to kill John, as a boy. John, sends a machine back in time to protect his young self. A film that has so much action and splendor, yet so much heart and meaning, Terminator is a staple in pop culture, that action fans, sci fi fans, and film fans enjoy immensely. The concept of the liquid metal T-1000 is so fascinating and suspenseful. After the first battle in the L.A. Mall, you immediately are hooked, worried about how they are going to beat this thing! The performances all around are fantastic, even from a wooden Schwarzenegger, he still has the ability to give the T-800 character and depth.Edward Furlong’s performance, as young John Connor was solid. Robert Patrick is menacing as the T-1000, and empowering females everywhere…will always remember the first shot of the tough Linda Hamilton and the importance she played in the film. James Cameron, whom i’ve forgiven for the beautiful but endlessly pointless, Avatar, has created one of the best action films of all time, behind Die Hard and Hard Boiled. Overall? If you haven’t seen it, yet? I hate you. Otherwise, our number 3 choice, not in numerical order…Terminator 2: Judgement Day. #2 will be up shortly, as well.