Rupert Pupkin Speaks ""

Friday, August 16, 2019

Underrated '89 - Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher is a writer-producer and the host of KEVIN GEEKS OUT, a live video variety show. You can see his video essays at www.LoveKevin.com.

1989 saw the start of the Bush presidency and the demise of “7-Up Gold”. Mel Blanc died, and Jake Lloyd was born. Movie theaters were showing a number of franchise sequels and launches, but here are six films that didn’t get their due.

SONNY BOY (dir. Robert Martin Carroll)
Filmmakers like Jess Franco talk about combining grindhouse and art house, SONNY BOY delivers. The result is a polarizing cult film, which some viewers will inevitably call “difficult to watch.” But the rest of us will be thrilled to see weirdo character actors in starring roles: Paul L. Smith shines. Brad Dourif showcases an array of hairstyles over the film’s 20-year story. Plus, Sydney Lassick with a fake mustache.
Amazon Button (via NiftyButtons.com)

THE TALL GUY (dir. Mel Smith)
This British rom-com puts the “light” in delightful. THE TALL GUY is structured as a charming triptych, alternately focusing on West End revues, a love story and high-concept musical theater. (Director Paul Smith and screenwriter Richard Curtis were old pros of sketch comedy, so they do for ‘80s revues what 30 ROCK did for TV Sketch shows.) Plus, it’s Jeff “Brundlefly” Goldblum playing an actor playing the Elephant man in a stage musical.
Amazon Button (via NiftyButtons.com)

LEVIATHAN (dir. George P. Cosmatos)
The summer of ‘89 included a rash of undersea adventures. LEVIATHAN is like an Italian knock-off of THE ABYSS, copying bits of JAWS, ALIEN, and DIE HARD for good measure. This is by no means a “hidden gem waiting to be rediscovered” but a late ‘80s action movie that’s better than its reputation. The secret weapon is Ernie Hudson.
Amazon Button (via NiftyButtons.com)

HOW TO GET AHEAD IN ADVERTISING (dir. Bruce Robinson)
Satire doesn’t deal in lot of laugh-out-loud moments, even more so when it’s British Satire. This critique of advertising is preachy, but bizarre. Plus, a superb performance by Richard E. Grant. For best results, go back in time and show this film to your impressionable teenage self.
Amazon Button (via NiftyButtons.com)

SKIN DEEP (dir. Black Edwards)
By 1989, Blake Edwards’ brand of comedy was an endangered species. (Not because of its dated sexual politics, but because of the gag-driven approach.) This was the second-to-last theatrical feature from the director of THE PINK PANTHER, VICTOR/VICTORIA and THE PARTY. Watching SKIN DEEP today, it’s refreshing to see the lack of ad-libs and lengthy improvisation. Here’s a filmmaker constructing comedic scenarios and letting them play out like a farcical Rube Goldberg machine, filled with a horny lothario, a hateful mother-in-law, zany car accidents, and a tough-talking shrink (played by choreographer Michael Kidd!)
Amazon Button (via NiftyButtons.com)

(Buy this poster here: https://etsy.me/2Tzhgh0)
THE ‘BURBS (dir. Joe Dante)
It took me multiple viewings (over several years) to “get” THE ‘BURBS, the same way people require repetition to unlock THE BIG LEBOWSKI or Radiohead’s OK Computer. In 2016, Joe Dante screened it as a double-feature with IT’S A GIFT, and I understood how parts of THE ‘BURBS play like a W.C. Fields film.
Amazon Button (via NiftyButtons.com)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Just The Discs - Episode 119 - "Odds & Ends" Vol. 1

In this new series, I take a big pile of discs I've been meaning to talk about on the show, but haven't necessarily had time to watch and run through each one briskly. Some labels discussed on this episode include Shout Factory, Scream Factory, MVD Entertainment, Mill Creek, Arbelos Films, Twilight Time and also - Scorpion Releasing, Disney Movie Club, and GarageHouse Pictures (all three of which have not gotten much air time thus far).

Please rate and subscribe if you like the show!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/justthediscss-podcast/id1205661081

The show is also available on Stitcher:

http://stitcher.com/s?fid=131109&refid=stpr

And Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/4pVs0GizflEFQT23FDFsY2

Or You can Listen to and download the episode right here:


Follow the Show on Twitter here for Episodes and new Blu-ray News!
https://twitter.com/justthediscspod


We're also on Instagram!
https://www.instagram.com/justthediscspod/


We now have t-shirts (& other merch)! Support the show and get some cool stuff! 

https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/4782952-just-the-discs-logo

Discs Covered on This Episode:
SPACE: 1999 - THE COMPLETE SERIES (Shout Factory)

SILENT HILL (Scream Factory)

THE MAFU CAGE (Scorpion Releasing)
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (Disney Movie Club)
SHOWDOWN (MVD)

DOUBLE IMPACT (MVD)

DOUBLE TEAM (Mill Creek)

EXCESS BAGGAGE (Mill Creek)

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS(Mill Creek)

FOES (GarageHouse Pictures)

WARLOCK (Twilight Time)

MERRILL'S MARAUDERS (Warner Archive)

ROAD TO ZANZIBAR (Kino Lorber)

Monday, August 12, 2019

New Release Roundup for the week of August 13th, 2019

VICE SQUAD on Blu-ray (Scream Factory)
https://amzn.to/2KnNVTM


THE NEW KIDS on Blu-ray (Mill Creek)
https://amzn.to/2Kr0q11


BLACKMAIL on Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)
https://amzn.to/2KnWdLg


MURDER! on Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)
https://amzn.to/2TkhTe0


WAGON MASTER on Blu-ray (Warner Archive)
https://amzn.to/31Avi4V


WHITE LINE FEVER on Blu-ray (Mill Creek)
https://amzn.to/2ThxOK8


TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI on Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)
https://amzn.to/2Kt8Pkw


PORT OF SHADOWS on Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)


GALAXY OF TERROR Steelbook Blu-ray (Scream Factory)
https://amzn.to/2Z13h4R


FORBIDDEN WORLD Steelbook Blu-ray (Scream Factory)
https://amzn.to/2YZ6zWa


ENDLESS LOVE on Blu-ray (Shout Factory)
https://amzn.to/2YTG6sV


ROXANNE on Blu-ray (Mill Creek)
https://amzn.to/2KtERg9


RADIOLAND MURDERS on Blu-ray (Universal)
https://amzn.to/2YCHp4d


FIERCE CREATURES on Blu-ray (Universal)
https://amzn.to/2z2HIq1


WAKING THE DEAD on Blu-ray (Universal)
https://amzn.to/2Tlrlho


MOONFLEET on Blu-ray (Warner Archive)
https://amzn.to/2YF8ALF


THE INLAND SEA on Blu-ray (Criterion Collection)
https://amzn.to/2H1DUtc