#419 – Bad Taste

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The story is quite simple – a group of friends must save a small town whose residents have been eaten by aliens. The blue jean and collared shirt wearing aliens have disguised themselves as humans and roam the town, picking off the remainder of the population before preparing for the flight back home. Unfortunately for them, Deryk, Frank, Giles, Barry and Ozzy are not scared to fight back, leading the aliens to show their true form as the battle between human and alien ensues.

Now let me just say, Bad Taste is not for people who can not appreciate the ridiculous. It’s basically nonsense; awesome, hilarious nonsense that a lot of people won’t enjoy. The title alone gives that away I think, but just be warned – you’re in for a ride. Highlights include headbutting a seagull, putting missing pieces of your brain back in your skull, mopping up blood from the floor mid recon mission because it’s dangerous, and Derek’s rebirth.

The beauty of this film lies within the story of its making. Bad Taste is the big break of Peter Jackson (LOTR), filming on weekends with his mates over 4 years using his own creativity for special effects. Apparently, a friend in the movie business was so impressed that he encouraged Mr Jackson to enter it into a movie festival where it won many awards and became a massive hit. Hats off to a man who has a serious passion for filmmaking and doesn’t need all the bells and whistles to do so effectively.

Enjoy

E x

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#406 – Little Miss Sunshine

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This is the strangest and most wonderful movie I have watched in the longest time, loved it! And don’t give up half way through when it keeps getting more and more outrageous; the ending was the best part of all, and sold me on the whole thing.

Little Miss Sunshine provides the audience with characters I’m not sure if I love or hate (I think both), who are so unique in the movie world and when combined with a few special, awkward and hilarious moments you get one hell of a movie.

I recommend it for a good giggle and a few life lessons as well. If that’s not enough for you, the grandpa is the comedian of the show and really loves being a dick or talking about sex, which gets quite amusing.

Enjoy!

E x

 

# 423 – Lethal Weapon

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Do you really wanna jump? Do you wanna?

Yes, you do! Jump straight into the Lethal Weapon franchise. The first instalment is the only one that makes the list though so if you hate it don’t feel forced into watching the others.

You know I don’t like ‘reviewing’ the classics – I’m just a noob recording what movies I watch from some dumb list, I don’t have the skills of a real reviewer. Just know that it is actually awesome, I love it, and you should watch it! One of my favourite parts is at the end when all the cops just stand around and watch the good guy V the bad guy in a fist fight because he deserved it. HAHA, so great.

Oh, and how’s this for a headspin – according to IMDB, Bruce Willis was considered to play the role of Riggs but he turned it down, he got his role in Die Hard after Mel turned that down! Crazy stuff.

Enjoy

E x

# 430 – Big Trouble in Little China

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I have got to look into these movies before I watch them! Yet again, I had this one all wrong.

It is a must watch, honestly, it’s great… in a ridiculous, over the top, total nonsense kind of way. Very entertaining and funny. It’s almost like it’s taking the piss the entire way through.

Directed by John Carpenter (he’s a big deal, done lots of stuff, look him up) it has this ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ kind of feel to it. Damsel in distress, cocky typical American guy and the weird old magic Asian just come together to make a fun movie with terribly awesome costume designs and one liners.

Here’s a spot of trivia for you gaming nerds:
Apparently Raidens’ (Mortal Kombat) appearance is taken from the lightning character in BTLC.. don’t hold me to that, it’s just what I’ve read.
WoW players may know what the Six Demon Bag is, a trinket with which the tooltip says “Blast enemies with the power of wind, fire, that kind of thing!”… a direct quote from one of the characters about his six demon bag.

So there you have it, fun for the whole family!! Get watching 🙂

E x

# 422 – Jerry Maguire

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I feel like Jerry Maguire is one of those movies people my age always here about but have never actually seen; being released when we were too young to watch, but such a big hit that everyone talks about it.

To be honest, I think it’s popular for only three reasons:
“You complete me.”
“You had me at hello.”
Surely you seen this one coming… “SHOW ME THE MONEY!!”

Those lines are referenced ev-er-y-where. If you haven’t heard at least one, you must live under a rock. In a very deep hole.

I legit knew two things about this movie before I watched: Tom Cruise and ‘show me the money’, which led me to believe it was about some hostage situation. It’s not.

Moving on, it’s not a bad show, I was just expecting more because it’s so widely talked about. It’s a sweet love story with loveable characters and the best little kid that just makes you want to squeeze him. It’s more rom-com than anything else.

I’d recommend watching it just because it’s, like, a part of your duty as a movie-lover.

E x

#412 – Men in Black

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It was so good to watch this again! Unfortunately II and III aren’t on the list but I think I’ll watch them soon anyway, such an awesome trilogy.

I really can’t think of much to say about it though. Men dress up in suits and fight aliens. That’s pretty much the gist of it. I can’t even say anything bad.
It is a given that Will Smith makes this movie. Without him it probably would get dropped down a few notches, I really enjoy him and wish he would be my friend. Jada, you are one lucky lady!

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen it… dig it out! Or download it. Whichever.

# 415 – Heathers

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So it’s the 80’s and Veronica (a very young Winona Ryder) is one part of the most popular foursome at school, The Heathers.
Heather, Heather and Heather make up the rest of the gang, obviously.
Veronica doesn’t quite fit in though, and she pretty much hates her best friends. She soon meets crazy JD (Christian Slater) and she unwillingly turns into a murderer.

I was surprisingly entertained! A comic thriller at it’s best.
It’s quite dark actually, and was very controversial when it was released. Teen suicide and characters trying to blow up a school are issues bound to create a little controversy.

Now.. apparently this is the movie where The Veronicas found their name…
JD – “Are you a Heather”
Veronica – “No, I’m a Veronica.”

Definitely put this on your ‘to watch’ list.

E x