Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch The Wizard of Gore (1970), aka Ew, Gross, Grandpa!, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.
No disrespect to the guy (he passed away in 2016 at age 90), but the hell with Hershell Gordon Lewis. I've read tons about the cult horror movie director (especially in RE/SEARCH #10: Incredibly Strange Films), and he comes across half-salesman, half-Sam Fuller. Then I watched his films and...blech. It's not the viscera or the gore that sickens me, it's the fact women have to keep bits of "gore" in their mouths until they dibble it out during their death scenes. Doesn't look fun.
Carl considers The Wizard of Gore (1970) a good bad bad movie, and it is.The range of bad acting on the lead actor is so expansive, it would make Diamanda Galás jealous. And the ending, which you just skip to, is truly a classic in muddled bullshit.
Montag the Magician has a live show (with a sign on an easel onstage). His act consists of maiming female volunteers. He (as Carl would say) "whammy jammies" the audience and victim into believe that Montag is not really pulling the brain out of a hole of blonde woman's head. But he is, much to the chagrin of local newscasters who return to Montag's show nightly. Then the newscasters have him perform on live TV. These newscasters are idiots. Fuck this movie.
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I've read a lot about horror director Dario Argento, but I've only seen one of his movies, and now, I've seen it twice. Suspiria (the 1977 movie, not the Cabaret Voltaire song) is so glacially slow, it became the first of a trilogy that concluded in 2007. What ties the trilogy together are witches, and, with this film, invisible witches. Jessica Harper battles an invisible witch. By "battle," I mean she walks down a hallway, see a seated old woman with a girl on her lap, then the girl pulls out a mirror and flashes light in Harper's eyes, and Harper freaks out. At the end, she enters the coven for payback, but, until then, it's death by dogs and indoor barbed wire pits for the supporting characters. Recommended.
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You hate your family by Christmas Night you want out. Knowing you'll watch anything in a theater to shed the holidays, Hollywood releases mostly shite films on Christmas Day. Ira Emsig rejoins host Mike Spiegelman as they watch two dozen more trailers to movies released on December 25th. The films ranged from the good (The Sting), the bad (Cheaper by the Dozen), and the ugly (Cheaper by the Dozen 2).
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Carl and I think outside the YouTube box this episode as we watch our first movie on Vimeo. (That's right, Vimeo has full-length movies now, it's not just uploads of art projects.) Carl says the Pet Shop Boys made this movie to avoid touring and make some more home video moolah. Neil and Chris (aka the Boys) walk, bicycle and drive all over an English Seaside Town, meeting nuns, priests, serial killers, ventriloquists, and whatever passes as English Humour. Occasionally they sing along to the background music (Neil does, Chris is the silent one). It enjoyable, even if Neil and Chris act otherwise.
Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch My Science Project (1985), aka Not Weird Science or Real Genius, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.
The less I reveal about My Science Project (1985), the more enjoyable this misfire of a motion picture will be. Let me instead say this about its writer and director, Jonathan Betuel. Ready Player One rips off Betuel's screenplay to The Last Starfighter (1984). And two, his last movie Theodore Rex (1995) is still on YouTube and should be watched first.
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As Carl points out in this episode, director Jack O'Connell was lucky. He was at the right place at the right time. He had his cameras filming San Francisco during the fuzzy cute side of The Summer of Love. He interviewed hippies like the volunteers at The Free Store and the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic. He shot footage in the Haight-Ashbury District, Inner Sunset, the adjacent Golden Gate Park, and the nudie beach west of that.
My only complaint is that O'Connell never left the Haight. I get this was marketed and released as a exploitative cash-grab aimed for a national theater-going audience piqued by filthy hippies, but I'd had like to see the rest of the politically-active City during '67, like the Castro, Fillmore, and Chinatown Districts. Some interviews did take place elsewhere. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen spoke from where I guess had to be either a Russian Hill or North Beach outdoor bistro and Chief of Police Thomas J. Cahill talked from behind his desk.
Carl and I are joined by George D-Smith. I first read about this film from Steven Puchalski's film guide Slimetime and his Shock Cinema Magazine (subscribe today). O'Connell expanded the documentary as The Hippie Revolution (1996) and revisited hippie proxy Louise "Today" Malone. She recounted how the Summer of Love got less cute and fuzzy. Hippie Revolution is embedded after the break.