Peter Cook At a Slight Angle to the Universe, 2002 - ★★★★

Peter Cook At a Slight Angle to the Universe, 2002 - ★★★★

REVIEWED



"Just because I'm called Mr. Jolly doesn't mean I have to be Jolly all the fucking time."

- Mr. Jolly (Peter Cook)
clip from the Comic Strip



BBC TV documentary tracing the life of the comedian and satirist from his school days, through the Cambridge Footlights, to Beyond the Fringe and his partnership with Dudley Moore. Through to co-owning Public Eye and his decline into bit part TV and his struggle with alcoholism.


Fact filled documentary mixing new interviews from those who worked with and loved him the most, during his ups and downs. With archive comedy clips and interviews with Cook and his Beyond the Fringe chums. It captures Cook as a man who struggled with life, especially later on at his pain of peoples expectations of him being funny 24-7.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

The archive clips of the man himself are always a treat to see again.






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Shakes the Clown, 1991 - ★★★

Shakes the Clown, 1991 - ★★★

REVIEWED



"Make me believe your that little pussy."

- Mime Tutor (Robin Williams)



The Clown That Dried... out: Darkly hilarious grossout comedy following a washed up alcoholic clown Shakes, who gets framed for the crime of killing of his own booking agent Mr. Cheese.


I caught Bobcat Goldthwait's directorial debut 'Shakes the Clown' back on its release and in truth thought it sucked. Since then its grown a substantial cult following especially among Juggalos who rank it as their 'Citizen Kane'. He's clearly struggling between pleasing his 'Police Academy' fans by doing his squeaky voice shtick, but also trying to branch into something different. Its still a preeetty bad movie, but also a weirdly funny badtaste one. Which does tackle alcoholism pretty well (in the same way as Barney from The Simpsons does). The clown of course representing the fact Charles aka Shakes never grew up, which you learn when he gives a genuinely heartfelt alcoholics anonymous speech towards the end, I've been cleaning myself out recently (hence the overkill of moovies) so might steal it on my next awareness meet. Its also become notable for featuring an early Adam Sandler performance. Enjoyed it and glad I watched it again, which I can't honestly say for every 90s comedy.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Judy's (Julie Brown whose great in this) cute speech impediment and her dweam of being a bowler. Great seeing Sydney Lassick as Pep the barman clown. And the 'Invisible Rope' school of mime is pure comic gold, featuring Robin Williams.






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Windy City Heat, 2003 - ★★

Windy City Heat, 2003 - ★★

REVIEWED



"Break a leg!"

- The Director (Bobcat Goldthwait)



Perry 'the little fridge' Caravello believes hes landed his big break playing Stone Fury in a faux noir action flick titled 'Windy City Heat', only the whole productions an elaborate prank to showcase how much of a fool he is... apparently.


If this had been done for real to an aspiring actor, it'd have been comedy gold. Sadly, its so obviously faked. The whole movies vibe is blown within a few minutes when Perry's fucktard buddies are introduced, then the movie turns into bargain basement episode of 'Entourage'. Fairplay to Goldthwait and his typewriter monkeys for coming up with an interesting concept, but he blew it execution wise. If the jokes had actually been funny it could have worked as a mockumentary.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Odd inclusion of an 'Escape to Victory' moment, only with a basketball game featuring Nazi soldiers and Jewish prisoners (now thats a movie Bob should make). Romanian Yergi's hot models.






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Camp Dread, 2014 - ★

Camp Dread, 2014 - ★

REVIEWED



"I don't watch horror movies... because I think that they suck."

- Sheriff Donlyn (Danielle Harris)



An unscrupulous failed horror director decides to resurrect his career via way of giving his big summer camp horror comeback a reality TV spin.


Substandard pile of crap, I spent longer writing that synopsis than they did with the script. Its hard to believe Eric Roberts used to be a real actor.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Outside of Danielle Harris looking fine in her sheriff outfit absolutely nothing stood out. Move along, theres better things to see than this.






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The Witches' Mountain, 1972 - ★★★

The Witches' Mountain, 1972 - ★★★

REVIEWED



"You don't think it could be an hallucination?."

- Delia (Patty Shepard)



The film starts with a backflash of Carla walking in on a girl (daughter, sister or kid shes sitting we never learn) whose killed her cat, because the cats killed the kids birds. Carla's infuriated and takes the girl to the garage and sets it on fire. After the kid barbecue we then learn Carla's photographer boyfriend Mario wants nothing more to do with her. Mario being a lady magnet soon picks up the attractive Delia. He takes her on vacation but they get stranded on an mountain pass, eventually taking refuge in an elderly womans home. Mario goes to shoot some photos of the interesting eerily deserted hillside village, eventually stumbling onto a procession of witches.


Raúl Artigot's 'El monte de las brujas' aka 'Witches Mountain' is an evocative Spanish horror, with a strangely unique, surreal dreamlike quality. Its also extremely muddled, infuriatingly pedestrian and at times downright inept. The whole movie feels like two films glued together and redubbed with a made-up script. While its obviously a badly produced movie, you can't deny theres real atmosphere here and genuine weird moments like Mario shooting photos of the hills which cut to photos of witches standing there. Plus the foggy mountainside scenery and creepy music add to overall dreamlike vibe. I'd love to see this one day as it was intended without the atrocious English dub.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Mario's funky 70's Jason King chic, complete handbar stache. The witches danceoff ceremony. Fade to medieval chastity belt?






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The Damned, 2014 - ★★★

The Damned, 2014 - ★★★

REVIEWED



"You have no idea what I'm going to do with your body."

- Lauren (Sophia Myles)



When their cars thrown off the road a group of four friends are given shelter in a remote manor. Only they stumbled on a girl named Ana locked in the basement. At first they suspect shes been imprisoned by sick pedophiles, only Ana's behind locked doors for an even darker reason.


Suspect pro-life agenda, and an over use of Exorcist's Regan voice shenanigans aside 'The Damned' blends European and American genre styles together really well into a surprisingly atmospheric horror. I say 'surprising' because its directed by the usually horrendous 'Victor Garcia' who horror fans last seen taking a huge Godzilla sized shit on the 'Hellraiser' franchise. Hard to ever forgive... but those willing to give him another shot, will likely enjoy this supernatural tension builder. Its one of the better none studio horrors of 2014, though admittedly its hasn't been a vintage year so far.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Always a treat seeing Sophia Myles who hasn't changed since her role in Doctor Who's The Girl in the Fireplace a decade ago.






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Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, 2014 - ★★★

Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, 2014 - ★★★

REVIEWED



"Nice pet Michael looks like an ass with teeth."

- Insert generic mom name (Shannen Doherty)



Hilariously bad, cliché riddled biological disaster movie about a small town plagued by killer lampreys.


WTF is everyones problem!!! this movie was the shit, where else can you see a giant slimy water slug climb up Doc Browns ass? From the moment the black dude dies, you've a feeling Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys is gonna deliver everything you expected from it. Yeah the effects are syfy, the plots horrendously generic, actings ropey..blah..blah, but thats its charm. I enjoyed the hell outta this, be a sad day in moviedome when they stop making cheesy epics like this. For its pet dog survival gag alone, its the most fun I've had with an Asylum movie.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Waits patiently for Rifftrax's edition, and the big wave of killer lamprey movies to push zombie flicks out the way.






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