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8/5/18 Episode 113: Bail Out (1989) (Rebroadcasting Episode 93)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch W.B., Blue, and the Bean (1989), aka Bail Out, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.

If you haven't watched David Hasselhoff in Bail Out yet, you should. This is an rebroadcast of an earlier episode

7/29/18 Episode 112: This Nude World (1932)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch This Naked Age (1932), aka This Nude World, aka This Naked World, aka The Nudist World, aka Back to Nature, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.

If you're a bad movie fan, you get compelled to watch all genres of bad movies. Don't do it, you sad bastard. Some genres are tough to watch, inducing, ironically, the nudie documentary, where parading naked bodies and no story line numb the senses. This Nude World (1932) created this genre, which reveals the 1930's weirdest fad, the nudist colony. Highlighted are locations in France, Germany, and Upstate New York. The leader of the German colony created the concept, so there's that historical moment. Otherwise, it's scene after scene of naked calisthenics in open fields.There's one full-frontal shot of a lady midway through and there's a handsome nude gentleman sitting a table, but otherwise it's just shots of bare pale asses as people exercise. 

7/22/18 Episode 111: Psych-Out (1968)



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Psych-Out (1968) sells out the hippies with this limp love triangle melodrama from Dick Clark Productions. Jenny (Susan Strasberg) arrives to the Upper Haight and falls for both boorish rocker Stoney (Jack Nicholson) and chill Dave (Dean Stockwell, killing it). At the end, she psyches out on LSD and wanders across the Golden Gate Bridge, like deer. Dave sacrifices himself to save her, and she's stuck with Stoney.

Nicholson plays Stoney like such an asshole, too. In an early scene in a hippie diner, Stoney "proves" to fellow band-mate Elwood (Max Julien) that Jenny is deaf by covering his mouth while talking towards her. He also makes an off-color joke to Elwood that falls very flat (I first heard that as a sample).

Director Henry Jalgom appears in Psych-Out as a hippie freaking out on acid. Notably absent, however, is director Roger Corman, whose earlier film The Trip (1967) was also about acid and starred Strasberg, with Nicholson as screenwriter. Ripping off hippies and Corman? What's up with that, Dick Clark?




7/15/18 Episode 110: C.H.U.D. II : Bud The Chud (1989)

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Night of the Living Dead (1968) and C.H.U.D. (1984) are two socially relevant horror films, but their sequels (or, in case of Night, their unofficial spin-off) play for laughs. Return of the Living Dead (1987) plops Reaganite punk rockers against zombies, and, at the end of its 77-minute run time, has the government nuke an American city to prevent more zombies. It doesn't outstay its welcome and respects its source.


Now let's talk C.H.U.D.s. C.H.U.D. positions the New York City homeless as Cannibalistic Humaniod Ungerground Dwellers. (I may not have seen the movie but I damn know what the acronym stands for.) Its sequel replaces politics with beer commercial-quality comedy. "Meet Bud, party animal of the living dead," teases the tagline, and sure enough the titled hero of C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the Chud (1989) is not a cannibal, humaniod, nor is he an underground dweller. He does like to party. He's an oversize white guy, basically a zombified Koogler from Community, inflected with the "C.H.U.D. virus," which makes him twitch and wander into rooms. He's escorted throughout the film by two guys, like they do in Weekend at Bernie's (1989). C.H.U.D. 2 reminded me of Return of the Living Dead, so I wasn't so surprised, when, during our podcast, Carl mentioned that this script was meant to be a sequel to Return. That explains the shift in tone. I find it ironic, too, because the actual sequels to Return shift the tone to gothic Pinhead-levels of self-mutilation. Or at least, that's what the trailers show me. May I never watch a horror movie sequel again.

7/8/18 Episode 109: Rent-a-Cop (1987)



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My brother Adam Spiegelman, host of the influential cult movie podcast Proudly Resents (it influenced me), joins LWAFLMOYT to watch the no-so-excellent Burt Reynolds cult movie, Rent-A-Cop (1987). Aimed for fans of Burt Reynolds crime pics like Heat, Stick, Malone, Blart (I made the last film up), the movie pairs up the distracted Burt with the exuberant Liza Minnelli.  She witnesses Something Bad and needs protection from Bad Guys, she rents a cop. Despite the classy movie poster, there's no chemistry between Burt and Liza. No sparks fly. Burt's a dead weight. He really doesn't want to be there. Then, years later, he stars in Cop and a Half (1993).

You misspelled "Loni"
True story: As kids, Adam and I saw Burt's Best, The Cannonball Run (1981), in a packed movie theater. When Adrienne Barbeau and her partner ran to their Lamborghini at the start of the race, the couple sitting in front of us says, "They win the race!"

7/1/18 Episode 108: Hardbodies 2 (1986)



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This sequel has nothing to do with the original, Hardbodies (1984), which took place in Southern California and had a surfer named "Fraggle." Here we're are on the beaches of Greece, which, as the opening credits aggressively inform us, there are topless sun bathers. Like Truffaut's Day for Night (1973), Hardbodies 2 (1986) is a film about shooting a film, albeit a teen-sex comedy about filming a teen sex comedy. The actors portraying actors behave the same as the characters they portray in the movie within the movie. Only character actor James Karen seems to have fun, probably because he got a free trip to Greece.  First time I've "meta" a meta-film I didn't like.

Entourage fun fact: Ari's wife, Mrs. Ari, appeared in the non-existent sequel, Hardbodies 3.