Thursday, September 30, 2010

Short Movie Reviews

Couples Retreat we saw on break during our vacation. We missed a bit of the beginning. Basically four couples go on a fun retreat, but find themselves in therapy. It has it's moments. Vince Vaughan, who is not one of my favorites, provides some high points. The crazy Yoga instructor steals a lot of scenes. (Cable)

Verdict: If it shows up on your cable, give it a shot.

The Awful Dr. Orlof (aka Gritos en la noche) is an early Franco horror film. It is a dark, slinky film full of morally negligent women getting bumped off my a crazy doctor who is trying to reconstruct his dead (?) wife, with his Frankenstein's Monster sidekick. The detective in charge of the case is a bumbling small-town guy with little experience. His lack of detective skills may be a jab at the Italian police and their handling of The Monster of Florence case, but the movie might predate that killer. (DVD)

Verdict: Interesting.

Unmasking the Idol is perhaps best summed up by Empress Kate as follows: "Have you ever wondered what James Bond would be like if he was an asshole ninja with a pet karate baboon?" You should consider her review here for a better description than mine. This movie is so very, very insane. It can't decide if it is a real action movie or a parody. The ending... Oh, Cheese! The ENDING was so bizarrely wrong. Really, I'm not sure I can talk about it. It was worse then the "it was all a dream" ending. Now, really. I am not telling you to avoid this film. It is so beautifully awful. It was by MGM, and has a bit of a budget... Think of it as a GI Joe cartoon mixed with a Mr T-less episode of The A-Team.

Verdict: If I was a 12 year old boy, it would be awesome!


Tommy Salami said...

Apparently in the SEQUEL to Idol, yes, a sequel also on Netflix instant, named Order of the Black Eagle, the baboon has a TANK. So queued!

Darius Whiteplume said...

Yepper, that one is in the pipe as well.

I have so many questions, many involve the monkey... It is just a glorious romp in awful.

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