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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

9/17/17 Episode 67: The Girl from Starship Venus (1975)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch The Girl From Starship Venus (1975), aka Diary of a Space Virgin, aka The Sexplorer, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser.

An extraterrestrial lands on Earth and experiences human emotions. If this sounds like the plot to the thoughtful arty science fiction classic The Man Who Fell to Earth (1974) I assure you that wasn't the intention of the producers of The Girl From Starship Venus (1975) aka Diary of a Space Virgin aka Sexplorer. I believe their intentions was to shoot softcore pornography in London's porn theater district and then exhibit it in London porn theaters. Star Monika Ringwald even enters a porn theater and touches the screen. It's one of the many sights of Piccadilly Circus in 1974 she visits topless. She also wanders through massage parlors, sex shops, strip shows, live sex shows, photo shoots, and finally into the arms of Allen the dressmaker.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

9/10/17 Episode 66: Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986), embedded above, at the same time.  Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser.

Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986) is the semi-sequel to  Hot Dog...The Movie (1984). The similarities between the two movies are they both have fast-food-based movie titles, and the writer of Hot Dog directed Hamburger. The differences are one's a movie and the other is a motion picture.

Clinging closely to the Police Academy formula, despite it makes no logical sense, H:TMP has a young Mulroney-type who can only gain his inheritance by graduating college. So he goes to a franchise management course, modeled after McDonald's own "Hamburger U." Unlike H.U., which co-host Carl points out are day courses that last a few weeks, the movie presents a full university with dorm rooms and, logic be damned, an operating room.

School has rules, too, like no sex! and no eating outside food!, which leads to Randi Brooks getting under the table cunnilingus at a Chinese restaurant. Dick Butkus is the sergeant-at-arms (like Captain Harris from Police Academy) maintaining order and spewing racist bon mots to a black motorcycle cop. Movie ends with a busload of overweight tourists eating everyone's food.

Alas, there was no Burrito 3-D to complete the trilogy.




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

9/3/17 Episode 65: National Lampoon's Men In White (1998)


Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch National Lampoon's Men In White (1998), aka Men in White, embedded above, at the same time.  Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser

In the late Nineties, Fox Broadcasting and Saban International purchased the Christian Broadcasting Network's Family Network and (ahem) rechristened it the Fox Family Channel. It was meant to compete against Nickelodeon with line-ups of Saban properties like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They even made their own TV movies, like this one, which also has the National Lampoon brand attached to it, which is why we watched it. Co-host Carl and I love watching full-length National Lampoon movies on YouTube, but this has to be the first NatLamp movie we've seen aimed for kids.

Thomas F. Wilson ("Biff from Back to the Future") and Karim Prince ("Blue Power Ranger") star alongside check cashers George Kennedy, M. Emmet Walsh, and Brion James.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

8/27/17 Episode 64: Alien Private Eye (1987)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Alien Private Eye (1987), aka Space Dick, embedded above, at the same time.  Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Update: The full podcast has been posted. 

Alien Private Eye (1987): He keeps his Fedora on during sex, because, 1) it hides his alien ears; and, 2) he's a Private Eye. One actor does a Peter Lorre impersonation throughout. Fight scenes are great. A.P.I. kicks a baddie in the head, causing baddie to fly into the next room. One baddie jumps back like he was shot by a laser but the laser special effect was never added to the finished film. Oh, and the blinds in his detective office light his room like it's a film noir movie.

Thanks to my brother Adam of the Proudly Resents Podcast for recommending this movie.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

8/13/17 Episode 62: Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), embedded above, at the same time.  Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser. 

I have a "Skidoo!" rule for bad movies. The rule decrees that if you know a famous director for just the director's flops, you owe it yourself to watch the rest of the director's films. Like I've seen Skidoo (1968) enough times to seek out other Otto Preminger pictures, like Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) and the first twenty minutes of Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) every time it airs on TCM. If you enjoyed our O.C. and Stiggs episode, why don't check out the other films by Robert Altman?

The exceptional Billy Wilder, who casted Preminger in Sunset Boulevard (1950), made a lot of great movies - like Sunset Boulevard - but I can see bad movie fans watching this episode's film and no other Wilder film. Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) was a misguided sex comedy aimed at adult audiences, like Showgirls (1995) or A Night in Heaven (1983). Dean Martin, going meta as Vegas singer Dino, meets a songwriter with a scheme. Songwriter hires a prostitute (Kim Novak) to play his wife, and offers Dino a night with her in exchange of singing one of his songs. OK, then.

This rare movie is now on YouTube, which is what we celebrate on this podcast. I first saw this twenty years ago at the Roxie in San Francisco. My friend Steve said something very profound to me. He said, "Man, you can bounce a quarter off of Kim Novak's ass."

Programming note: Carl and I never finished the movie, promised to return to it, but I doubt we will.