Film a day week 13

Rough week job wise, thought I’d be able to catch up a little on the films at least but nooooooooo. A real mish mash of films this week, discovered some sub Reddit’s featuring some real bizarre stuff

26th March
Maniac (1980)

Having recently seen the remake I thought I’d give the Joe Spinell orignal a go to see how it stacked up. The POV stalk and slasher stuff is there but only in doses, which is fine as this versions Frank Zito is much more intimidating physically compared to Woods creepy little bastard.  If I had to choose between the two… I cant. Both are outstanding pieces of works and the remake is an original take on the story so as to stand out on it’s own rather than being consigned to the never ending stream of bollo remakes/boots/imaginings.

28th March
The Story of Wish you were Here

Saw this a while back on the Beeb, a great doc about one of my favorite albums of all time.

29th March
Dogs in Space

Aussie indie flick starring Micheal Hutchence. Stuff happens, more stuff happens, some other stuff happens… end… not entirely sure why I enjoyed it but I did.

31st March
The Atomic Man

British sci fi crime romp… I think romp is the correct term for a film that has a plot revolving around a newspaper reporter trying to stop a nuclear bomb with comedy music cues.

This is my Street

Drama based around the residence of a run down british council estate, it’s Pretty much Eastenders but much more glamourous.

3 Ninjas Knuckle Up

Picked up 3 of the 4 3 ninjas films at a charity shop a while back and this is the only one I’d yet to check out. Now the plots of the films are generally the same even if the ninjas aren’t. Kids go off with Victor Wong (who is somehow their grandad) who teaches them to be ninjas and fight bad guys. We watched them out of sync. Starting with the 4th (Starring Hulk Hogan) then the 1st now we’re watching the 2nd which apparently was the 3rd that was filmed…. confused? you will be. This outing is easily the worst of the bunch, the other two we’ve watched are perfectly fine as kids films this however, failed on every level. The kids have no energy, the story has no pacing the plot is thin… I know it’s a low budget kids movie dammit but put some effort into it!!!!

1st April
Rat Pfink a Boo Boo

…So from a film that has a thin plot to… a film that changes direction entirely half way through. Ray Dennis Steckler was an interesting cat, a master of B-Movies like Corman but less organised, and this film sums him up more than his infamous film “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?” He started out making a straight thriller but got bored, rather than scrap the film he simple changed the plot half way through… amazing!

2nd April

The Devil & the Death Penalty 

Documentary about the death penalty… apparently, it felt more about the Toy Box Killers, 2 serial rapist and killers who went on a spree of raping and killing over 5 months in 1979. It’s a decent doc about a horrible subject, worth a watch.

Outer Touch (AKA: Spaced Out)

Super Sunday Sex comedy from Britain… it’s after films like this I’m glad I was around when the internet existed, I’d have been a total wreck if I had to rely on stuff like this for titillation.

Weekly Count – 9
Overall count – 89 (3 over par)
Film of the Week – Maniac – Great stuff
Runner up – Rat Pfink a Boo Boo


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