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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Underrated '77 - Sarah Jane

Sarah Jane has seen over 5,000 movies. She writes two columns for Talk Film Society; Overlooked & Underseen and Saturday Afternoon Kaiju. She is a member of the Girl Gang. She has appeared on several podcasts including Splathouse and The Screamcast. You can find her on Twitter at @fookthis. You can also find her on Letterboxd at letterboxd.com/fookthis. She has four cats, one husband and one kiddo.

Rolling Thunder – Directed by John Flynn
Oh, how I love this movie! William Devane is “Major Charles Rane” a former POW Vietnam Vet who comes home to a kid that doesn’t remember him and a wife who is in love with someone else. Things take a turn for the worst when he and his family are held hostage. Rane wants revenge in a bad way. He enlists the help of his friend, Johnny Vohden (played by the most excellent Tommy Lee Jones) to help him get it. Rane and Vohden are ready to kick some ass and boy, howdy, do they ever. Please, if you haven’t seen this, put it on your watchlist immediately!
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The Car – Directed by Elliot Silverstein
I am here to spread the word about The Car. How could you not want to watch a movie about a possessed car that goes around killing people? This stars James Brolin as a small town cop trying to stop said car. As I said in a piece I recently wrote about this movie, the car is rather an asshole. It doesn’t just run people down, no, it has to tease them with their death. The car drags out each one of the kills. Brolin does a lot a face acting, and I am here for it. For all you Richards sisters fans, both Kim and Kyle show up here as Brolin’s kids.
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Martin – Directed by George A. Romero
The recent death of Romero was a sad moment for the film community. Lots of his movies have been watched in his memory over the past couple of weeks. This list gives me an opportunity to highlight one of my favorite Romero films, Martin. Romero, working with Tom Savini’s special effects, has made gem of a vampire movie. Martin (John Amplas) is a young man who, well, has some issues. See, he likes to drug, assault, and drink the blood of women. Is he actually a vampire? You’ll just have to watch to find out. This movie isn’t readily available but it is worth your time in seeking it out.
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Demon Seed – Directed by Donald Cammell
Based on the Dean Koontz novel of the same name, Demon Seed stars Julie Christie as the wife of a scientist (Fritz Weaver), who has built a super computer called Proteus. Now Proteus, who can think for itself (?!), manages to come up with a way to cure leukemia which is awesome. What isn’t so awesome is Proteus starts to have a thing for Christie. I mean, who wouldn’t, right? Proteus ends up controlling Christie’s house and building a robot to do things for him. Yeah, this goes where you think it might. The movie is called Demon Seed for a reason. It’s batshit crazy and I love it.
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The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training – Directed by Michael Pressman
This is the sequel to The Bad News Bears, and although it isn’t as good as the original, this one is definitely worth a look. With Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) gone, the team, lead by Kelly Leak (Jackie Earle Haley), needs a new coach. Enter Leak’s long-lost dad, Mike (William Devane, again). The team needs to get to Houston so they can play a team there in the Astrodome. If the Bears win, they get to play the Japanese champs. With no money and no transportation, they have to find a way to get there. Call me a sucker, but I really enjoy these movies. They used to play this on Saturday afternoons when I was a kid. So, maybe it’s the nostalgia factor, but, hey, give this one a try.
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