Friday, April 29, 2011

"Angel, Angel Down We Go" is on Netflix Streaming..

Many movies are referred to as "rarely seen" and this is one of them.


There are bad movies we love, and there are just bad movies. Produced at the time when studios were trying to capture the youth market, this ham-handed "thriller" involves the plutocratic Steele family: former porn star turned Society Matron (Jennifer Jones, miles past that Oscar), her closet-case Industrialist husband and overweight (as we're told about every 10 minutes) daughter Tara Nicole. Into their lives comes messiah figure/pansexual nutjob Bogart Peter Stuyvesant, and bedlam ensues.

Not much about this is good. For instance, the director isn't content with referring to a character as a cow; he has to cut to a painting of the character's face pasted over a cow, while there are cowbells and mooing on the Soundtrack. This little trick he seems to find completely fascinating and repeats it endlessly. The musical numbers are Partridge Family good and the plot is so determined to shock, shock, shock you that it ends up being laughable.

As laughable as having a movie where Jordan Christopher sings, but Lou Rawls and Holly Near really don't.

Under "Cult of the Damned" on Netflix Streaming, if you dare.

Link: YouTube

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bette Davis in "Beyond the Forest"

Bette Davis was one of the best actresses working, responsible for such classic performances as Mildred in “Of Human Bondage”, Regina Giddens in “The Little Foxes” and Margo Channing in “All About Eve”.

Rosa Moline in “Beyond the Forest” was arguably her worst performance.

40-ish Bette stomps around picturesque Loyalton, “Wisconsin” snarling one liners, chain-smoking and shooting small animals (“They irritate me” she sneers). Young Rosa is unhappily married to the town Doctor (Joseph Cotton), a do-gooder whom she despises for his lack of desire to actually collect his fees. She’s hot for Chicago Industrialist Neil Latimer (David Brian) and the rich, big city life she feels is her due. Needless to say, she’s willing to do anything, anything to get it. And does, to unintentionally hilarious effect.

The movie is considered a camp classic: Bette is, as she said herself far too old for the role and cranks her personal acting switch up to 11, perhaps to try to make us not think about the plot, which has holes large enough to pilot that Chicago-bound train she’s always mooning over through. It doesn’t help that it’s directed by King “subtlety? never heard of it” Vidor who gives her free reign and matches her with directorial choices that redefine “over the top”.

But, if you’re a fan of these sort of eye-popping things you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t.

Long unavailable except on overpriced VHS tape, someone posted it to YouTube in 10 minute increments. Click on above to watch, before someone makes them take it down.

Video Source: YouTube

Friday, April 15, 2011

1973 Cutlass Road Test

I love these old boats. New cars are better in every way, but the styling on these are sheer 70's corporate flamboyant...

source: YouTube