I remember when watching “I Love the 70s” on VH1 a long time ago I heard about the car wash song and that it was based on a movie. I even wanted to try and work at one the car wash places around here where I live but I never really saw the movie until I watched it on demand to see what it was all about.
This movie starts off with 1970s Los Angeles and a bunch of guys who work at the car wash. It’s surprising how car wash places used to hand wash the car or put it through a cycle where you can watch it go by. Today now you just go in along with the wash cycle.
This movie is mostly just a bunch of people who hang out at the car wash and work there. There’s also a taxi driver and a preacher played by George Carlin and Richard Pryor, they’re not in this movie much just so you’ll know. Also, there is this hooker who gets dressed in the car wash bathroom at times as well they even mention a pop bottle Bomber but nothing really comes of it in the movie. The end though at night worried me a bit though it didn’t end too badly from what I saw.
Anyway, this movie seemed like a nice little movie from the 70s and the soundtrack is amazing. You can give it a watch if you want just a little laugh for escapism or what life was back then, “can you dig?”.
Recently I saw the DC movie Shazam! and it was pretty good and lighthearted and doesn’t take itself too seriously, almost like Aquaman. The movie is about this kid, Billy Baston, who is given magic powers from the wizard Shazam, played by Djimon Hounsou because he is of a pure heart. The name Shazam is also an acronym for the Greek pantheon, S for the wisdom of Solomon, H the strength of Hercules, A the stamina of Atlas, Z the power of Zeus, A the courage of Achilles, and M for the speed of Mercury. The last one is a bit off since Mercury was the Roman name for Hermes.
When Billy gets this power he ends up having fun with it with his friend Freddy helping him along the way. There is also a villain, Dr. Sivana, who wanted this power that was at the Rock of Eternity when the wizard Shazam tried to recruit him and Sivana failed. Sivana wanted this eye that the 7 sins whispered to him about for ultimate power. The wizard Shazam also mentions that he tried to recruit someone a very long time ago but nearly destroyed civilization.
Along the was Billy tries to find his mom who was lost at some fair when he was little. Also when he is Shazam he abuses his powers at times but he learns responsibility later on. At the end where Billy confronts his long lost mother it’s a bit heartbreaking but kinda lets Billy move on. During the final battle between Sivana and Shazam, Billy learns he can transfer his power to his foster siblings and they end up being something of a Shazam family.
At the post-credits and maybe the end credits they try to build up some of Shazam and his enemies, like Mr. Mind and maybe even Black Adam. Mr. Mind I think is some kind of super intelligent worm or Caterpillar from outer space, which is weird since he seems a bit out of place for a Shazam villain. Black Adam is considered an evil Shazam though he gets his powers from the Egyptian pantheon instead of the Greek pantheon.
Originally Shazam was called Captain Marvel but I guess since Marvel had a Captain Marvel, DC changed his name to Shazam. Also earlier in the 1970’s they also made a show about Shazam as well and had the Egyptian Goddess ISIS in it as well. She would later make it in the comics aand team up with Black Adam since she also gets her powers from the Egyptian pantheon. Anyway, I hope we get a sequel to Shazam soon and hopefully see Mr. Mind in it as well. Give this a watch if your tired of all these dark serious comic book movies now and would like something more lighthearted.
“By Your Command”, But not really though I just wanted to say that. But like watching the original Battlestar Galactica since without the original, the reboot wouldn’t be around. I remember watching this on the Syfy channel as mini marathons to show people the original before the reboot aired. Originally aired in 1978 and was kind of attacked for being too much like Star Wars. Also had a big budget and had to be sent to be a bit censored as well. The big budget went to the computer since computers were big expensive things back then before today.
To the show, this show is about an alien race of people who after their world are destroyed by robots called “Cylons”, go on a journey to try to find the last planet known as earth. Leaving this convoy of ships that survived is it the battleship or Battlestar called Galactica. Along the way they meet aliens, the Cylons trying to stop them, as well as the mysterious people trying to tell them something or lead them. There’s also other people on other planets but I think at times they’re just there so the main cast can talk to some other people.
After Battlestar Galactica was cancelled NBC tried to resurrect the show with Galactica 1980 but I heard it was pretty bad and didn’t last long. It was then rebooted I think in 2003 with a miniseries and then a show in 2004 where Richard Hatch makes a cameo as well.
Anyway if you want to give this a watch go ahead, it’s a bit more lighthearted compared to the gritty reboot. Also might help you get a just and feel for the plot too.
I remember seeing the DVD cover for this at a Circuit City a long time ago. Also remembered the Cinema Snob reviewing it as well as the sequels and this movie made the director, Lucio Fulci into a horror icon. There was also barf bags when this movie was in theaters in case it was too graphic, but now people throw up when there’s too much shaky cam in theaters nowadays.
Anyway, on to the movie, the movie starts off with someone shooting a dead body in the head and putting this body on a boat. After the opening credits, the boat makes it to New York City where some cops see it. Just so some people know there’s a lot of bad dubbing in this movie since it was an Italian exploitation movie. After the cops board the boat a zombie is onboard and one cop gets bit, the blood also looks kinda like red paint when it happens. After the zombie falls overboard they bring the boat to shore where this girl confirmed it’s her father’s boat. Then this reporter gets info from a guy played by Lucio Fulci himself as a cameo to check out the investigation.
Both the girl and the reporter go to the dock at night and we get to see a “Fakeout Makeout” from them and then they find some info from the girl. Something about the boat came from an island somewhere so they try to go to that island. Along the way we meet Dr. Mennard, trying to find a cure for what’s happening to the island people. His wife wants to leave but he wants to stay and do everything he can to make sure what’s happening to the island people doesn’t spread to the mainland.
The girl and the reporter get a boat ride halfway there to the island from these people. One of the boat people go do some diving and see one of the zombies trying to attack a shark and the shark is a real one as well. I hear sometimes there’s legit animal killing in some of these Italian exploitation movies but it seemed like only this shark gets hurt in the movie.
After that, the movie goes to Dr. Menard’s wife and the zombies end up attacking her at her house. There’s this scene where she gets a massive splinter in her eye and it’s pretty gruesome so I just skipped it. When the boat with the girl and the reporter make it to the island they try and find Dr. Menard and he tells them to find his wife. When they do it is pretty gruesome as well and then we see the zombies rising from their graves. One of the island people mentions there are zombies as a part of some voodoo curse and it’s almost like the hell filling up speech from Dawn of the Dead.
As the crew gets back to Dr. Menard’s research tent the Dead people there end uprising and it’s also a bit weird since the people alive don’t try to run away. During the struggle, Dr. Menard ends up getting bitten as well as the boat crew while the girl and reporter try to burn down the tent. When they escape though they find out that New York City has been overrun with the zombies and then it ends.
This movie seemed a bit okay and I looked up his IMDB to check out some of his other movies but might not watch them, at least on a full stomach. Though if you like these movies try and give them a watch since they seem to be more about atmosphere, tone, and a foreboding mood.
Looking around at Crunchyroll I found and rediscovered this show. I remembered watching this on Adult Swim late at night and what I didn’t know is that is was part 2 of a show in 4 parts. They also made a movie by Miyazaki that I’ve never seen, yet, that is. As well as a show dedicated to the girl in the gang Fujiko Mine which is on the FunimationNow app.
This show is basically Lupin the 3rd, the grandson of this famous thief, and his gang doing heists around the world instead of just Japan. Also, this Interpol Agent Zenagata that tries to capture them though when he tries to catch Lupin the 3rd it’s like Wiley Coyote trying to catch the roadrunner. They were only able to dub 79 episodes though I might want to watch the rest subbed just to see if the Japanese voices were any good.
First heard of this show from hearsay but it wasn’t until I found out it wasn’t until I found out Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, did the model work for the show. Also was surprised that Martin Landau and Barabra Bain were in it as well. They were both in the Mission Impossible TV show and I guess this is what they did after it ended.
This show takes place in the retro-future of 1999, this show was also made in 1975 and you can tell from the opening credits. The first episode gets the series going and after that, all the journeys they go on are pretty cerebral. Theirs’s a lot of talk about nuclear radiation and immortality motifs in it so far. I’m still watching it on and off on tubi.tv since the DVDs and digital copies are hard to come by. They also made a 2nd season that’s more on the action side and a 3rd season, though it was canceled last minute.
This show became a cult hit in the later years and you can watch it on tubi.tv if you don’t mind commercials. There’s even a comic about the fate of the earth after the first episode. It’s a pretty good show so far and I’m just going to say this show isn’t Star Trek at times.
This was one of the first blaxploitation films I saw besides Superfly. I think I saw it on demand though some movie channel called Moveplex and also my parents saw it at a drive though in the 70’s, which I thought was kind of interesting. It was also the first Pam Grier movie I ever saw as well and she was amazing in this as the leading lady.
The movie starts off with this drug dealer and Coffy, played by Pam Grier, going to the dealers place at night. As the dealer looks away Coffy blows the guys head off with is kind of a cool effect. She then explains to the other guy that her little sister got into some contaminated heroine and became an addict. So she is tuning into a vigilante to stop the drug ring around the city, she’s also a nurse too at some hospital.
The whole movie at times makes me feel like if Coffy did take out the dealers it won’t change anything. Probably even do worse than them and other dealers might even fill the void Coffy left behind at times. Although this is a blaxploitation movie from the 70’s and it’s more of underground or grindhouse entertainment.
The cast all did a good job and some of the music is top notch, and it’s nice seeing all these sets they made. I was also surprised that a white guy did this and I found that out when watching the American Grindhouse documentary. Since it seemed like at times these movies were promoting reverse racism at times. It’s also pretty amazing in HD like it was truly digitally remastered. The movie also got a Blu-Ray release if any of you really enjoyed it.
Basically this is a movie to just turn your brain off and enjoy some 70’s exploitation cinema. Also if you want to look up American Grindhouse, I’m sure you can find the documentary anywhere online and on DVD.
I got this movie a long time ago at a Big Lots since I’m a fan of Sean Penn. Back when he was Spicoli in his Fast Time at Ridgemont High days. Watching this I was surprised at how much he’s grown up from that. Milk is, for those who don’t know, about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person in San Francisco to run for office in the 1970’s.
Something about back then in the 1950’s being gay was considered a mental illness in the opening. Wasn’t until 1973 it wasn’t considered to be one but they still had some problems with voting. As well as being accepted the public eye with being attacked and discriminated. The movie also doesn’t hide the fact about the future of him but I won’t tell you for those who don’t know.
Anyway there’s a lot of rising stars and this movie is practically a classic. Also kinda glad we don’t live in a decade where gay people were considered monsters. Or that they had acid for blood or were less of men for liking men that way.
Last January I bought a Amazon Prime membership since I was surprised at all of the underground movies they had. As well as Blaxplotation Cinema so I decided to watch a blaxploitation movie called Velvet Smooth. When watching it starts of with some random guys in masks beating people up. So this guy call’s Velvet Smooth a lady private eye to figure out who is behind the attacks. The audio and video to this is okay but I think is in mono witch is kinda of bad since it’s like eveyone’s wispering at times. I also won’t tell most of the story since I’m still watching it and also trying to avoid spoilers with these reviews now.
Amazon video said this was digitally restored and I can kinda see it. Still looks like it was from a low budget theater since there’s still some film scratches and dust spots on the film. Those flaws seem kinda down to earth at times. Also these blaxploitation things where the fight scenes are okay and almost every white person is the bad guy I heard almost promoted reverse racism.
Still if you just want to turn your brain off and see a glimpse of the 1970’s underground cinema. As well as most of underground cinema give this a watch on Amazon prime. It’s kinda mostly talking and not as great as some other blaxploitation movies like Coffy. I’ll also soon even do I Coffy review since I’ve seen that and Foxy Brown.
First heard about this on the Cinema Snob’s review to commemorate Roger Ebert. The Cinema Snob made it sound real amazing and like a grindhouse epic. Was able to get it on hold at the library and to me it seemed okay. There’s a lot of nudity and this is a NC-17 picture after all. Still felt okay and it was good to know Roger Ebert actually made some movies in his life and didn’t just talk about them. Heard also from the Cinema Snob that this was one of the best movies of the 1970’s. Maybe also a must see for inspiring film makers I think, haven’t seen the Cinema Snob review of this in a long time. If you also want to know more just watch the Cinema Snob Review of this if you want to know more.