Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.
Comedian Nicole Love joins me in the studio to watch a film that's not Star Wars (1977) but has the same plot.
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) is known among Star Wars fans and Roger Corman fans as "that Star Wars knock-off produced by Roger Corman." Infamously it was released theatrically shortly after the premiere of Empire Strikes Back.
Robert Vaughn, George Peppard and John Saxon star and none of them look thrilled. Saxon's the bad guy, Peppard's The Cowboy, and Vaughn sits on a throne bathed in blue light (see screen grab above)
The spaceship corridors scenes remind me of TV shows like Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Battlestar Gallactica, and Sealab 2021. Also, there's a lot of scenes that take place in spaceship corridors.. Recommended for fans of science fiction and hallways..
Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Senior Trip aka National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995) aka National Lampoon's Animal House Babies, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.
Imagine National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) as the head of an ouroboros. Its body begins with school sex comedy knock-offs like Porky's (1981) and Revenge of the Nerds (1984), then the endless shit like Loose Screws (1985) and National Lampoon's Dorm Daze (2003). At the little tip of the tail, the tip that the head devours is National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995), where high schoolers replace frat boys, and a yellow school bus replace the frat house. This theatrically-released movie (notable for a latter-day NL film) updates the after-school special story line of high school seniors visiting Our Nation's Capitol. Film was shot in Canada and the cast are squeaky-clean 90s grungesters. And what the cast: Matt Frewer (Max Headroom), Tommy Chong (winkingly as himself), and Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) might had held my interest back during a decades-old basic cable viewing, but now I can see a young Jeremy Renner and Twilight Princess voice talent Tara Strong. The director's next movie was Kids in the Hall: Brian Candy (1996), God bless him.
Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Koyaanisqatsi (1982), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.
The plot to this movie is hard to describe, but allow me:
After watching his partner (Christian Bale) get murdered by two pairs of identical twins (Bette Midler, Shelley Long), FBI triple agent (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has a choice: retire in the country with his wife Shelby (Jennifer Lawrence) or stop the twins' murder spree. His choice decides the fate of the twin's latest target, international cricket player, Mayor Bobby Schulze (Air Bud). Shot entirely on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank in two days.
Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Dragstrip Riot (1958), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.
Dragstrip Riot (1958) gives the kids of the era what they want: a musical number with Connie Stevens, a Calypso number at the beach, and a bunch of Corvettes going vroom, vroom. Bad guy threatens our hero with a spear gun, and that's all I remember. Nice to see what the star of King Kong (1933), Fay Wray, looked like in 1958 (looking good). The malt shop set, however, looks like shit; Happy Days had a better set.
Carl and I are joined by Carl's brother, Marcus. Marcus tells us his experience being interviewed by Michael Moore in the movie, Capitalism: A Love Story (2009).