MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Rock and Rule (1984)

Nelvana was a Canadian animation powerhouse in the 1980's, producing the Boba Fett cartoon in the Star Wars Holiday Special, Droids, Ewoks and even the live action Whoopi Goldberg movie Burglar. Along the way, Nelvana's franchises have been shown on over 360 television stations in more 180 countries, in approximately 50 languages. But their first major film was Rock… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Rock and Rule (1984)

MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Can’t Stop the Music (1980)

This movie -- and Xandau -- are why the Razzies exist, awards that celebrate the worst in movies. It's the only movie that Nancy Walker -- Rhoda's mom and the Bounty paper towel lady -- ever directed. It's Bruce Jenner's film debut. And I don't care what anyone says, I love it in spite of everything… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Can’t Stop the Music (1980)

MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

In the 90's, there were two Julie Browns on one channel. MTV. One was the wubba wubba wubba fashionista. The other was a wild redhead who sang songs like "Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun." One guess which one we preferred? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSDfpVWsGLI Written by Brown (along with frequent collaborator Charlie Coffey and Terrence McNally) and directed by Julian… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: One from the Heart (1981)

In his series, My Year of Flops, Nathan Rubin said, "It's telling that when a filmmaker succeeds in running his own studio, it's because he's learned to let his inner businessman veto his inner artiste. Coppola ran Zoetrope with his heart. It nearly destroyed him." One from the Heart wasn't just director Francis Ford Coppola's dream project.… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: One from the Heart (1981)

SARTANA WEEK: One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana! (1970)

The spaghetti western heroes Django, Trinity, Sabata, Ringo and Sartana all fell victim to the strange copyright laws of Italy, where sequels to films just happen (such as how Bruno Mattei's Cruel Jaws was also shown as Jaws 5: Cruel Jaws). There are several non-cannon Sartana films, including Sartana Does Not Forgive, Shadow of Sartana... Shadow of your Death,… Continue reading SARTANA WEEK: One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana! (1970)

SARTANA WEEK: I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin (1970)

In the third of the five original Sartana films, our hero gains a new actor: George Hilton takes over for Gianni Garko with Giuliano Carnimeo staying in the director's chair. In this installment, Sartana faces Mexican bandits and Sabbath, a man who may be his equal. Hilton was in a ton of films. Of note, The Strange… Continue reading SARTANA WEEK: I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin (1970)