A B movie with a professional score is music to my ears


The Sword And The SorcererThe David Whitaker musical score for The Sword And The Sorcerer is truly magnificent, helping to raise the movie out of its low budget origins. And shock of all shocks, the movie does not suffer from being directed by Albert Pyun.

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    Sorry — still no Roundtable entry

    Cold MoonOK, I know. It’s bad form to be late to a Roundtable that was my idea in the first place… especially considering my near-total non-participation in the Cabal this year. Trust me, it’s not out of a lack of interest.

    In the meantime, here’s a review to prove I’m actually still alive:

    Cold Moon (2016)

    I spent my teen years hoping someone would make a movie out of Michael McDowell’s “Cold Moon Over Babylon”, and my adult years hoping they wouldn’t. Now that they have, the result is a good news/bad news situation: the good news is the movie is remarkably faithful to the book. The bad news… is exactly the same.

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      Oozy listening


       

      It’s a little known fact that nothing inspires song-writers quite like films about disgusting creepy goo…
       


       
       
      THE BLOB (1958)

      Steven McQueen vs rampaging red jello!

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       


       
      THE GREEN SLIME (1968)

      Richard Jaeckel vs rampaging green polyps!

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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        Well… it could have been worse

        A Christmas Story 2The belated sequel A Christmas Story 2 is too little and too late for even the biggest fans of the original movie.

        Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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          Taking Note, When Notes Take YOU

          In general, the purpose of a movie’s music is to complement the action without getting in the way. Even a soaring John Williams score, with memorable themes representing the major characters, is meant to enhance the impact of what we see on screen, not replace it.

          But sometimes you — yes, you, personally — can’t help but notice the music.

          Have you ever found yourself absolutely electrified by opening credits, only to be bored to tears by the movie that followed? Has a musical ever inspired you to sing along with it, even though you don’t speak Tamil or Cantonese? Have you ever gone crazy over the music for a movie you couldn’t stand — or vice versa? Has a terrible movie ever made you furious by ruining your favorite song? Love it or hate it, sometimes music follows you out of the theater and refuses to leave you alone. It’s a difficult experience to try to put into words — so that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

          This month, we celebrate the movies that — for better or for worse — added something to the soundtrack of our lives. Join us as we consider movies… In the Key of B.

          In The Key of B

          All through November at the B-Masters’ blog!

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            Amityville: The Awakennngghh…. zzzzzzzz…

            Yes, at long last… it’s Amityville: The Awakening (2014… no, 2015… no, 2016… no, 2017! We mean it this time!).

            So was it worth setting the alarm for this Awakening? Oh, of course not. It’s not as painfully bad as its multiple reshoots and reschedulings might have led us to believe, but the final product is so depressingly generic that I found myself wishing I were watching Amityville Death House instead. Give me enthusiastic incompetence over dreary corporate-approved indifference any day!

            PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCMENT: Amityville: The Awakening is free to watch on Google Play from now until October 28, 2017.

            UPDATE: Sure enough, Amityville: The Awakening was released to theaters for a very limited run on October 28, and its nationwide gross was… $742. This sort of thing just makes me mad.

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              True and compelling

              I Will Fight No More ForeverThe made for television movie I Will Fight No More Forever more than deserved a theatrical release.

              Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                When Nikkatsu Met the Shaw Brothers

                ASIA-POL

                We have Jimmy Wang Yu, woefully outclassed by his co-stars from Nikkatsu. Scenes between Wang Yu and Shishido play less like a battle of wits between super villain and super spy and more like a world-class talent struggling to work with a petulant upstart, or the cool older kid trying to school the spoiled young brat on how to be suave. Everything Jô Shishido does can’t help but expose Wang Yu’s limitations. Ditto Ruriko Asaoka, who does her best to spark some chemistry between her and Wang Yu but can’t draw much blood from the stone.


                Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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                  Kiddie kung fu

                  The Power WithinPM Entertainment was much better at making action movies for adults rather than for children, and The Power Within is proof of that.

                  Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                    The screenplay’s the thing…

                     

                    …wherein we are caught, an unconscionable thing.

                     


                     
                    AMITYVILLE PLAYHOUSE (2015)
                     
                    In which…

                    …actually, come to think of it, nothing happens.

                     

                     

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