So, I watched the version of "Zatoichi" that came out few years ago the other day. Ive wanted to see it for ages and I finally got a chance when my friend Camille borrowed it from the library while staying at our flat.
I would try and explain the plot but I still don't fully understand it so Ill just say that there were lots of Japanese ganglords, women (and men)disguised as geishas to avenge their murdered family, a blind masseuse who is a dab hand with a crappily disguised sword and a guy who runs round his neighbours house everyday sreaming while dressed as a samurai.
I wouldn't say that the actual film was sobaditsgood. It was pretty funny in a kind of WTF way, but it did have one redeeming feature that made the film pure genius in my eyes....
It ended with a musical number.
And Im talking a BIG musical number. Picture the scene....you've just sat through about 2 hours of feudal-Japan politics, revenge, samurai sword slashing and occasional burst of comic relief. The bad guy has just been killed and weve just seen someone kill themselves with their own sword 9Ive still not been able to work out who it was). So we cut to a stage and suddenly were in some Feudal Japanese version of STOMP. But thats not all. The WHOLE cast of goodies (save the main character)line up on the stage and launch into a tap dance routine that goes on FOREVER. Yep, those flimsy looking sandals they are wearing are actually tap shoes. And they look so HAPPY about tap dancing as well. It brought a tear to my eye.
Those last 5 minutes elevated that film to a state of perfection for me and I SO want to see it again now.
Anyone else seen this?
After months of being curious to see this film (the potential for hilarious trashiness was ripe), I finally rented it a couple weeks ago.
Not so amusing. Actually rather boring. Sharon Stone was terrible, but not in a way that was enjoyable. The plot wasn't silly enough, yet it wasn't good. David Morrissey (whom I adore in Blackpool
) was obviously there for the paycheck. As were many actors.
The saving grace was David Thewlis as the detective. Hilarious delivery of lines, random accent and teeth whistles. He knew what he was in and livened it up.
So yes, a disappointment for the possibility of being hilarious trash. It was more of a time-waster. Not something that is sobaditsgood
On another note, I really should revive this community. I'm not very good with layouts, but if anyone wants to make a banner or an icon, go for it. Any other suggestions for giving this place a bit of oomph?
I have just purchased Boa vs. Python
on DVD from Amazon.com. My god, I'm so excited. The plot of this film is that basically an 80 foot python is being transported by plane and it escapes into the airport or whatever. They send a bio-engineered 70 foot boa constrictor to catch it. Oh, and get this, the boa has a chip inside its brain that lets a scientist see what it sees! Is this not the greatest sounding film of all time???
OMG, customers who bought this also bought Frankenfish! I bought Frankenfish! =O It's fate, I tell you.
I bought the American version, which on the cover says "Get ready to rumble" which is very disappointing because the Australian version says "Get ready for a battle of massive scales!" which is MUCH more amusing. But alas I didn't really want to have one dvd from region 4 mixed into my collection.
Oh yes, I will be hawking over my letterbox next week. Eeeheeeheee!
Okay, there are movies out there that are enjoyably bad, trashy and fun. Right? What else could we ask for?
Sequels. Last night I was watching Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
, which I find enjoyably bad. But dude, there are worse films out there that have sequels (Wild Things
comes to mind), and you just go... hmmm. Or yay, even. Sometimes it's a yay.
So... what bad sequels do you enjoy? Or, to get pseudo-philosophical here, do most sequels automatically get a bad label due to the fact that they are a sequel, usually a sign of badness? A question to ponder.
But for now, let's talk about sequels.
To try and revive discussion (and I should work on graphics, but I'm inept, so that waits), I thought I'd bring up holiday films.
Tis the season where all the "typical" holiday films are shown, the cartoons are on TV and just various movies that conjure up holiday memories. But being the community that we are, I'm not interested in what makes you think of the festive season. Instead, I want to know all about the terrible holiday-themed films out there. Whether you enjoy it or not, please, tell me about these bad holiday films. I cannot even think of any and I'm dying to know what's out there.
*taps mike* Hello? Announcement! I HAVE A BAD FILM THAT I LOVE. Bring It On
had a good idea of picking a movie of the week, and having discussions about it. I know that not everyone will have the time to watch a "so bad it's good" movie each week, but it would be great to have some of you join in when you can.
To get the ball rolling, suggest a movie here. We can all take a vote to see what movie will be our first to watch.
If you have any other suggestions for the community, please, post it here.
It's a new community, and I started doing a bit more to it, but still -- I have a long way to go. So I have some questions:
* Do you think we should have movie of the week? A suggestion of something to watch so we can discuss it later. This could be hard to do though.
* Does anyone have any layout suggestions? I don't think we need a banner, but an icon would be cool.
* Does anyone have suggestions for interests? Or how about what to add to the info?
I think that's about it. Any other suggestions, just mention them.
I'm thinking of going to see Unleashed. I can't possibly think of a better premise for a bad film than a kung fu dog who listens to music and gets counseling from Morgan Freeman.
I challenge you to think of a film in which Morgan Freeman is NOT the wise mentor character who doles out sagelike advice.
One of my favorite movies of all time likely falls into the "bad movies" category for most people. Featuring Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis as the McKenzie Brothers (characters they created on SCTV) is the sublime Strange Brew
I also like The Man With One Red Shoe
, part of Tom Hank's earlier body of work. Val Kilmer was hilarious in Top Secret
. Kevin Costner starred in a flick about bike racing known as American Flyers
that I tried out for as an extra (didn't get it.) Oh, and I mustn't forgot a little gem featuring a very young Anthony Edwards, from ER and Top Gun (Goose!), known as Gotcha!
You know any movie involving paintball guns and spies on a college campus has to be good.