Thursday, January 8, 2009

Cheesy Movies

I spent a fun New Year's Eve with my brother watching some old Mystery Science Theater 3000 movies. First up was The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy. If you can get your hands on this one, watch it. It's a classic. The movie itself is laughable and the riffs where outstanding. It's an early first season episode, so there's Dr. Larry instead of TV's Frank and Servo has a different voice. Definitely enjoyable.

Second was The Unearthly. This one is noteworthy because it has 2 shorts in front of it. The first one (Posture Pals) talks about the importance of good posture. The second one is great. Appreciating Your Parents is everything a 1950's short should be! The movie itself is about a doctor trying to discover a fountain of youth. Be on the lookout for Z-movie favorite Tor Johnson and his signature line "Time for go to bed".

We ended the evening with Gunslinger. This Roger Corman classic stars Beverly Garland (who recently passed away) as a marshal's widow who takes up his badge to avenge his death. One of my favorite parts is early on when two horses are standing motionless to the side of the camera. Once they get the cue, the actors ride them 10 feet and dismount. Other filmmakers would've reshot the scene so it would look like the cowboys were riding in from far away, but not our hero Corman!

Then I spend New Year's Day in hockey-land. First was the Winter Classic. Then more games of NHL09 than I can count. Then the Penguins/Bruins game. I should probably check myself into rehab or something.

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