Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Surf II (1984), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.
The whole point of this podcast is to watch rare movies that pop up on YouTube. So we celebrate our fiftieth podcast with the super-rare classic, Surf II (1984), "the end of the trilogy," there is no Surf I. I saw this once in the mid-80's on cable, then I saw the VHS box at PathMark, and that's it. Never seen it again, and I'd checked Tower Records Outlet, Blockbusters clearance racks, and flea markets. Now it's on YouTube.
I remember every detail from my sole viewing, that's how good this movie is. Soundtrack's good, too.
Comedian Howard Stone joins co-host Carl and myself and, after the movie, tells us how he spent a speed dating night entirely in character as "former child actor and ex-con," Bolero Hattfield.
Listen to the podcast Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube, embedded below, and watch Mechanized Death (1961), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. .
Co-host Carl and I went to the same high school where this film is legendary. Our high school would play this "educational short"during Driver's Ed classes. Mechanized Death (1961) teaches safe driving by endlessly showing car fatalities. It's horrific. School stopped showing it by the time I was in class, but they would talk about Mechanized Death, show a lesser short, then turn it off 5 minutes in. Cool kids in our school had a punk band called Mechanized Death. The band got into an argument with Mr. Dino's Pizza and then held a "Rock Against Dino's" concert on the sidewalk outside Mr. Dino's. Anyway, Happy Mother's Day!
Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch Oh Heavenly Dog (1980), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.
Benji makes for one pitiful, needy Hollywood dog. He's too fragile to save Timmy in the well, too low-class to hang out with Frasier and Niles, yet is too kind and caring to spray water all over Charles Grodin's bed. He is as helpless as an infant, and wants your love. For the love of Benji, love Benji! In return, he will do anything to help you, even to the point of being an empty vessel for your soul.
That's right, years before A Dog's Purpose (2017) made canine reincarnation popular, Benji did it. He didn't reincarnate himself from one dog body to the next, but hosted the spirit of recently murdered private eye (Chevy Chase) so the detective can solve his own murder. Oh, heavenly God, its Oh, Heavenly Dog (1980).
Directed with flair by Joe Camp, the movie still loses momentum every time the two stars appear onscreen because, well, they don't technically appear onscreen. Benji is there, but we only hear Chevy. It comes off as bait and switch to promise audiences one of the biggest movie stars of the time, and majority of the film we only hear him.
Sound quality on this podcast gets shoddy, co-host Carl sounds like he's in the bathtub with Jane Seymour.
Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch School Spirit (1985), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.
Here's the secret to a good ghost comedy: don't kill off your main character and make 'em a ghost. That way the pallor of death doesn't linger throughout your film.
School Spirit (1985), is, in my eyes, will also be known for its videocassette box art:
Co-host Carl and I are joined by Jay Austin Graham, Kitten, and Ira Emsig.