Thursday, November 4, 2010

Short Movie Reviews

Young Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the one Steven Spielberg film I really like. Well, it and Jaws. And Poltergeist... but YSH is my favorite. This is a non-cannon tale of Holmes and Watson meeting whilst in high school. It is definitely not as cheesy as it might sound. It is an adventure story with lots of horror and danger, sword fights and mystical cultists. I have loved this one since I first saw it, and perhaps always will.

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Verdict: A fun and scary Victorian romp.


The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood has Martine Beswick as Xaviera Hollander who goes to Hollywood after an offer to make a film of her memoir. Well, the studio wants to disregard the book entirely, but ride on its notoriety (go figure). She decides to pull out [ahem] and make it as an independent film. There is copious nudity and some decent laughs. Also, look for H.O.T.S. girls Susan Kiger and Lisa London. Adam West plays a scummy producer, and Phil Silvers is in it. What the Hell?

Netflix / IMDb

Verdict: Enjoyable. Not great. Lots of hot '70s babes.


The Godson stars Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall) and Fabiana Udenio (Austin Powers IMoM, Summer School) as the children of mob bosses set to inherit their fathers' positions. Obviously, they are from rival families. Also in this one are Rodney Dangerfield, Dom DeLuise, Lou Ferrigno, Paul Greenberg (The Vacant Lot, The Jenny McCarthy Show), Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911), and Barbara Crampton (The Re-Animator).

Netflix / Hulu / IMDb

Verdict: Pretty funny.


Dr. Goldfoot & the Girl Bombs stars Vincent Price and Fabian in the Mario Bava directed sequel to Dr. Goldfoot & the Bikini Machine. It is a funny spy spoof where Dr. Goldfoot (Price) has a machine which makes robotic bikini girls who explode when kissed. He sends them to the top NATO generals to eliminate them, then plans to start a nuclear war. It's corny and silly at times, but is a lot of fun. Price is wacky and gives some good laughs.

Netflix / Hulu / IMDb

Verdict: A nice bit of nostalgia comedy.


How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is a Frankie and Annette Beach movie with Dwayne "Dobie Gillis" Hickman. Frankie is away for Naval Reserve duty and worries that Dee Dee (Funicello) is not being faithful to him. He enlists a witch doctor (Buster Keaton) to spy from afar. The witch doctor also sends a decoy girl to keep the other guys interested, but things go a bit wrong. When a big motorcycle race is planned it brings Eric Von Zipper and The Rats back to the beach to claim the prize, and the decoy girl.

Netflix / Hulu / IMDb

Verdict: Too many songs for my taste, but fun.

8 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

The young sherlock holmes is a classic.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I always liked it. Actually, prior to the recent RDJ Holmes I was never really interested in the character. Unless House counts? ;-)

TS Hendrik said...

I love Young Sherlock Holmes. I never understood how come Nicolas Rowe never became bigger. He was great in that and Lawrenceville Stories.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Maybe Rowe was one of those child actors who decided to go to med school or something. Make the money while your cute to pay for making the money for the rest of your life? :-D

TS Hendrik said...

Actually, I believe he was the son of an English lord or something like that. So I don't suppose he really needed to pursue it any further. lol

Darius Whiteplume said...

That seems likely as well.

Kal said...

I like those movies that take a different take on the Holmes mythos. The show Sherlock on PBS which takes a modern look at the detective is great. Young Sherlock Homes is one of my favorites that gets better with age. Michael Caine is terrific in 'Without a Clue'. Holmes as an actor created by Watson (Ben Kingsley) - fantastic.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I have been wanting to watch the Caine/Kingsley film. Thanks for reminding me!

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