Exploring: Andy Sidaris

Starting with 1973’s Stacey and 1979’s Seven, the former director of ABC’s Wide World of Sports and innovator of instant replay, slow-motion replay and split-screen views created a world of men that can’t shoot straight and gorgeous female agents. He called his movies b-movies, not because they were lower in quality, but because he filled them with what he referred […]

B-Movie Blast: Superchick (1973)

“A Supercharged Girl! Always Ready For Action . . . of Any Kind!!” — Copywriter innuendo to make you buy that ticket While this sounds like a female-spun, Sexploitation-era James Bond knockoff, à la Cherie Caffaro’s Ginger McAllister from Ginger (1971), The Abductors (1972), and Girls Are For Loving (1973) — which, along with Ted […]

Roadracers (1959)

An American-International Pictures release along with Daddy-O, Roadracers is all about Rob Wilson (Joel Lawrence, who mostly worked in TV), who has a racing accident that causes his father to disown him to the point that his rich pop sponsors a rival racer, which doesn’t seem like good parenting at all to me. Liz Renay was originally […]

Mill Creek Sci-Fi Invasion: Top Line (1988)

We can blame this Italian hodgepodge waste bucket of influences — shot and theatrically released under the title of Alien Terminator, becoming Top Line for video — on George Lucas and Steven Spielberg for giving us their joint jungle-sci-fi Indiana Jones adventures. Oh, and James Cameron for The Terminator. And once you toss in a […]

Record City (1977)

Record City is no High Fidelity, Empire Records, or even FM. Not even Trax in Pretty In Pink. Nope, Record City is a huge story filled with way too many people that all meander around with no story whatsoever, but if you’re interested in film as time capsule of an era, this is certainly one worth opening and looking inside. […]

Django Strikes Again (1987)

After waiting two decades for a sequel, in 1987 Franco Nero and director Nello Rossati (Alien Terminator) finally delivered the sequel that Italian Western fans had been craving (and had kind of received with thirty unofficial sequels). Where was Sergio Corbucci, the director of the original, who had co-written the sequel and had initially agreed […]

The Racing Scene (1969)

James Garner was a huge star in 1969, coming off the TV series Maverick and roles in films like The Great Escape, Support Your Local Sheriff! and Marlowe, a movie in which he fought Bruce Lee. He also made the movie Grand Prix for John Frankenheimer, which was the sixth movie of his that didn’t do well at the box office. […]