Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fool's Views Haikus (7/26 – 8/8)

Hey troops,

Well, all I gotta say is thank almighty Foot for Kitley’s Kryptic Army, since if it hadn’t been for his “alien invasion” monthly mission, I might not have forced myself to sit down in front of the telly during this period of “gainfully employed” acclimation. In spite of overwhelming learning curves at work and diminishing windows of spare time, you can’t let the team down, right? So, we also have my obsessive/compulsive nature to thank for getting us through these dark times.

Of these, I gotta give big props to Eduardo Sanchez’s Altered, a low budget creature feature that never overextends its hand, and delivers up some mighty fine effects and solid performances from a cast of relative unknowns. Check it out. And, of course, the double feature of Best Worst Movie and Troll 2 in a packed house at the Music Box Theatre is the kind of medicine you can’t find at the corner drugstore…

As always feel free to leave your two cents worth – we’ll make sure you get some change back.



Altered (2006)
(1st viewing) d. Sanchez, Eduardo
Sadly overlooked
Alien invasion flick
Blair Witch director

Battle of the Worlds (1961) (1st viewing) d. Margheriti, Antonio
Flying saucers whiz
Forgettable genre schlock
Claude Rains cashes check

Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999) (1st viewing) d. Kaneko, Shusuke
Some say third is best
Big G gives the world a hand
By burning his off

Strange Invaders (1983) (1st viewing) d. Laughlin, Michael
Halfway decent cast
Love note to 50s sci-fi
Good creature makeup

Troll 2 (1990) (2nd viewing) d. Fragasso, Claudio
“Worst movie ever”
Veggie goblins rule Nilbog
Best watched with a crowd

Best Worst Movie (2009)
(1st viewing) d. Stephenson, Michael
Troll 2 doc great fun
Dentist turned underground star
Cult film fans rejoice

Michael Jackson: This Is It (2009) (1st viewing) d. Ortega, Kenny
Pop king’s final days
Man could sing and dance ‘til the end
But why no moonwalk?

Toy Story (1995) (2nd viewing) d. Lasseter, John
Pixar makes its bow
With Buzz and Woody and friends
The magic begins

They Call Me Trinity (1970)
(1st viewing) d. Barboni, Enzo
Spaghetti Western
With sly knowing comic verve
Made Hill worldwide star

Trinity is STILL My Name (1971) (1st viewing) d. Barboni, Enzo
Hill and Spencer back
Hilarity with Mormons
E’en more fun than first

2010 Totals to date: 193 films, 140 1st time views, 116 horrors, 17 cinema


Twilight Zone – 10 episodes (103 total for 2010)
Monty Python’s Flying Circus – 2 episodes (29 total for 2010


  1. I wish I could see Troll 2/Best Worst Movie. Everything I've read about them makes it sound like a good night out.

    As for me, I didn't get to see that many films during the same time period, but that's because one week of that was my vacation and I was determined to take a break from my non-stop movie viewing. Incidentally, all of these were first-time viewings:

    Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, 1956)
    The Comedian (John Frankenheimer, 1957)
    Days of Wine and Roses (John Frankenheimer, 1958)
    LOL (Joe Swanberg, 2006)
    Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
    Cyrus (Jay & Mark Duplass, 2010)
    Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992)
    Up in the Air (Jason Reitman, 2009)

    The two Frankenheimers, incidentally, hail from Criterion's Golden Age of Television box set, which is worth checking out.

  2. I've been such a slacker this year comparatively speaking, I'll be lucky to crack 300 films, which is totally out of character for me.

    I like the Frankenheimer trend, and thanks for the rec - just popped those into my Netflix queue, along with ICEMAN COMETH (I love Marvin, and I'm curious to see him in that role). Didn't realize that DoW&R was originally a teleplay!

  3. I broke 400 last year, and I'm on target to do so again this year. Of course, I see a higher percentage of civilian films than you do, so you'll still outpace me when it comes to horror.