March 8th-Rock & Rule from 1983 (Director: Clive A. Smith, Writer: Story by Patrick Loubert & Peter Saudere and Screenplay by John Halfpenny & Peter Sauder, Stars: Don Francks, Susan Roman, Paul Le Mat and Catherine O’Hara, Runtime: 77 min)
This scifi rock musical from Toronto is a cult classic. I guess. Maybe. Anyway its set in a post apocalyptic world with mutants, a rockstar is looking for the perfect voice to summon a demon from another dimension. Or something… The animation is pretty damn good. Apparently this film was in production for years and cost 8 million. Its is a great looking film. The music is pretty good. not a classic rock musical but some good stuff. The movie features singing voices of Lou Reed and Debbie Harry, original song by Earth Wind and Fire. Fascinating.
March 9th-Forbidden Planet from 1956 (Director: Fred M. Wilcox, Writer: Story by Irving Block & Allen Adler and Screenplay by Cyril Hume, Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen, Runtime: 98 min)
The scifi classic finds a starship venturing to a distant world to find out the fate of an expedition team 20 years earlier. The Commander and his crew meet Robby the Robot, Dr. Morbius and his daughter. The doctor shows off the technology of the planets long dead inhabitants, talks of an evil force that killed his crew years prior. Things start going bad as the movie progresses of course. This film was… Alright. I guess I did see it in my youth. The effects were pretty decent, the acting was fine. Its weird to look at Leslie Nielsen as a young man in a scifi classic. I don’t have much to say about this film, it was fine.
March 10th-Stardust from 2007 (Director: Matthew Vaughan, Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughan based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Strong, Runtime: 127 min)
A man goes to find a falling star in order to bring it back to a woman he loves. The falling star turns out to be a woman, who many people are after. A group of brothers looking to be king and a few witches. I read this book years ago, actually after the movie dropped, but never saw the film. I liked the book but it was not a favorite. Watching the film… I liked De Niro. The cast was good. But something felt off as I was watching it. I can’t describe what it was. Overall, fine little fantasy film.
March 11th-Kong: Skull Island from 2017 (Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Writers: Story by John Gatins with Screenplay by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Runtime: 120 min)
A group of monster hunters, scientists, and soldiers hoping to get home after Nam go to chart an uncharted island. Things go very fucking bad. Skull Island was a fun, big, monster movie. Jackson and Reilly were the best players in the film. Hiddleston and many others were low key good. Kong looked cool, cool monster fights. The special effects were top notch, the mass grave design was cool. Check it out, big recommendation.
March 11th-Golden Voyage of Sinbad from 1973 (Director: Gordon Hessler, Writers: Brian Clemens and Ray Harryhauseny, Stars: John Phillip Law, Tom Baker,Takis Emmanuel, Caroline Munro, Runtime: 105 min)
Sinbad looks to help a Vizier beat an evil Prince to the Fountain of Destiny. Effects, classic stop motion, was pretty good. Story was whatever. Acting was fine. I really don’t have an opinion, my midn tried to tune out after the first 30 minutes.
March 12th-Dragonslayer from 1981 (Director: Matthew Robbins, Writers: Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins, Stars: Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, Runtime: 109 min)
A sorcerer apprentice takes up his final mission to slay the dragon Vermithrax Pejorative. Thats the short of it. One of the great film dragons, Vermithrax Pejorative, is actually a cool looking dragon. The effects, for 1981, are actually pretty damn good. The story dioes drag a little in the opening and the start of the second half. I’m sure in part because the majority of the budget went tot his dragon that they could only afford to use for a small time. The stuff with king and his daughter is interesting. the politics of sacrificing damsels. This is pretty cool little fantasy film, I would have shaved off a few minutes somewhere if I could, and probably kill one character-you’ll know who I’m talking about at the end. The truth is, you want to see this to see Vermithrax Pejorative. Interesting film trivia, this is a Paramount and Disney film. Disney was not comfortable releasing a film with darker tone. So Dragonslayer may have been why Disney founded Touchstone a few years later.
March 13th-Pete’s Dragon from 2016 (Director: David Lowery, Writers: David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks and Based on Pete’s Dragon by Malcolm Marmorstein, Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford, Runtime: 102 min)
A kid name Pete spends 6 years in the woods with his friend Elliot, a dragon. A chance encounter with a young girl exposes him and soon the dragon. So I don’t remember the original film too well. I saw it on Disney a few times when I was young but for some reason I thought it was Puff the Magic Dragon, which I guess came out around the same time. Whatever. Anyway, this is fine little childrens film. Plays pretty straight forward, I like Pete and Natalie getting along. Pete’s scene running around the city scared is a highlight. The dragon looks fine. Karl Urban seems wasted though, but easy paycheck probably or maybe he just really wanted to do it. Either way, its one of those kids movies that you won’t grown about watching as an adult which is great. One of the best movies I’ve watched thus far.
2. Planet of the Apes (1968)
3. Flash Gordon
4. Kong: Skull Island
5. Pete’s Dragon (2016)
7. Rock and Rule
8. Forbidden Planet
10. I Come In Peace (aka Dark Angel)
11. Fantastic Voyage
12. Golden Voyage of Sinbad
13. Omega Man