Friday, November 11, 2016
11/06/16 Episode 22: "Head" (1968), "F.T.A" (1972), and "Never Too Young Too Die" (1986)
Watch Head, embedded above, and listen to the podcast at the same time. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.
"Never Too Young To Die" (1986) inspired this podcast. A listener of Proudly Resents posted on the podcast's Facebook page a link to the movie. I'd never heard of it, but should had, you know? I watched the full-length movie and loved it, and was grateful it was available on YouTube. You can tell John Stamos is a spy. He literally graduates spy school at the beginning and his dad is one-time Bond actor George Lazenby. When Lazenby dies, Stamos drops out of school and battles Gene Simmons in a Los Angeles straight out of Class of 1984 or the Purge movies. The gender and body politics are through the roof. Henchmen are pumped up Rambos, Simmons plays a "hermaphrodite", and Stamos eggs a henchman by calling him Simmons' boyfriend. But the film belongs to the late Vanity, who shoots machine guns, fights, and just has a good time throughout. There's even an awful seduction scene between her and Stamos. Even the title is an overstuffed portmanteau of "Never Too Young" and "Too Young to Die."
"Never Too Young to Die" was one of my back-up movies for the podcast, in case my main film got yanked off YouTube. "F.T.A." (1972), the main film of this episode, did indeed get pulled from YouTube, but I couldn't find "Never Too Young to Die" on YouTube, so we went with the feature-length theatrically-released Monkees movie, "Head" (1968).
A week after the broadcast I did indeed find "Never Too Young to Die" on YouTube and I've posted it after the break.
"Head" delves deep into the artifice of popular culture before dissolving into one long chase, and it's the ideal acid come-down movie (just saying), but special co-host Carl Haupt and I wanted to watch "F.T.A.", a documentary about Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland hosting anti-war shows throughout military bases in the Pacific Rim. The movie's broken up into ten minute segments on YouTube and only the first segment was posted. The opening credits take up ten minutes, by the way, and is also posted after the break.