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Monday, June 26, 2017

6/25/17 Episode 55: The Son of the Sheik (1926)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch The Son of the Sheik (1926), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Years ago, I lived in San Francisco's Tenderloin District in a beautiful building called the Alhambra. I took a cab home and the driver told me during the 1920s, Rudy Valentino owned the building, and, he had one floor filled with women, and another filled with men. Whether it's true or not matters little to the myth of Rudolph Valentino or the skankiness of my block. Why wouldn't my place be a multi-storied whorehouse warehouse for Valentino? He's Valentino, the sexiest movie star I've read about but never watched one of his films until now. (Also, thank God my cabbie wasn't taking me to the St. Francis Hotel.)

In his best-known film, The Son of the Sheik (1926), Valentino plays both the son of the Sheik, and the Sheik himself, reprising his role in his earlier film, The Sheik (1921). That's right, this is the first movie sequel where the lead plays multiple roles and the lead isn't Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Medea, Steve Carrell, or Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Like The Jazz Singer (1927), the cinematic innovations of Son of the Sheik are overshadowed by the balls-out racism of white guys covered in burnt cork. One character's named Ramandan, ffs.

Co-host Carl is relieved we're watching a good movie after last episode's Futz! 

Comedian Pam Benjamin is our guest.

Friday, June 23, 2017

6/18/17 Episode 54: Futz! (1969)


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Comedians Jennifer Dronsky and Alyssa Westerlund join Carl and Mike and attempt to watch this unpleasant adoption of an unpleasant experimental play.

Futz (1969) recounts the story of Futz, a hippie who fucks pigs. He's the original hippie pigfucker. Greek choruses of filthy hippies hop up and down a wooden platform/stage, recalling and performing the time Futz fucked a pig. Futz goes to a prison, which is actually a barn.

Very unwatchable. Content warning: there's lots of rape scenes in this movie.

6/11/17 Episode 53: A Night in Heaven (1983)


Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch A Night in Heaven (1983), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Since the airing of this episode and my finally writing this blog entry, John G. Avildsen, the director of this film, has passed away on June 16th, 2017 at age 81. He was best known for Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid (1984) and not this misguided but grounded martial crisis fluff. I had written about how the movie tried to ride a fad like Chippendales into a Saturday Night Fever (1977) phenom (see my notes after the break), but I'd like to change tracks and say really liked Avildsen's films. Knowing him for just A Night in Heaven (1983) is like knowing Otto Preminger only for Skidoo (1968): it's not an example of the director's quality.

One of my town's movie houses showed Avildsen's then-latest, The Karate Kid Part III (1990), as a free screening. Everyone went. It was an event. That's what I liked about Avildsen's films like Rocky, Rocky V (1990) and Lean On Me (1989), their releases were events. Rest in Peace.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6/4/17 Episode 52: Nosferatu (1922) and Frankenstein (1910)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Comedian Danny Dechi, Carl and I (Mike Spiegelman) prepare ourselves for The Mummy (2017) by watching classier, more engaging horror films shot over 90 years ago. Nosferatu was so old that Dracula wasn't in the public domain yet and the estate of Bram Stroker successfully sued the movie producers.

Episode wraps with with the innovative 1910 production of Frankenstein (seen after the break). It's weird to watch both Dracula and Frankenstein without Abbot or Costello.

Friday, June 2, 2017

5/28/17 Episode 51: This Is America Part 2 (1977)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch This is America Part II (1977, 1978 or 1980), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Times Square is featured a lot in this #fakenews documentary of Seventies America. There's sex club Plato's Retreat and a "bounty hunter" asking 42nd Street hookers if they see this guy? Dis guy in the photo? Pre-Giuliani Time Square would had loved to screen This is America Part II. Travis Bickle would have to take his date to this movie. Clocking in at one hour and forty five minutes, the documentary offers nothing for nobody, because nobody wants to watch fake footage of a dog bordello or Maine kids eating worms.

Look for Ron Jeremy in the "Chicago" topless car wash. Movie begins with Jello Biafra running for San Francisco mayor.

Full disclosure: Special guest Hatch and I only watch the first 90 minutes.