Wednesday, November 30, 2011

JFD86: Vanilla Sky, Border Radio, Hardbodies


Open your eyes, JFD listeners. Um, open your ears, I guess.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, our first movie this week is Cameron Crowe's romantic sci-fi mystery "Vanilla Sky." Paranoia abounds as Tom Cruise tries to make sense of his life after a car wreck. Penelope Cruz, Kurt Russell and Jason Lee also show up.

Then we take a look at Allison Anders' student film "Border Radio" from 1987. The film centers around the '80s LA rock scene and appropriately stars Chris D. and John Doe.

Finally, we talk about the quintessential '80s beach sex comedy, "Hardbodies," from 1984. A beach cassanova teaches three old, but rich, geezers how to score with chicks. There's lots of montages and roller skating in bikinis, too.



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Thursday, November 24, 2011

JFD85: Stacey, Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Guns

Get ready for girls, guns, bullets and bombs as Junk Food Dinner fills your Thanksgiving with a cornucopia sleazy mayhem when we pay tribute to the king of late-night cable T&A action trash, Andy Sidaris.

Up first we take a look at Mr. Sidaris' first film, Stacey from 1974. This perplexing piece of early 70's exploitation fare sets the formula for all future Sidaris flicks; tropical settings, gorgeous women kicking ass, plenty of gratuitous nudity, gun battles and explosions. Stunning Playboy Playmate Anne Randall plays the titular Stacey, a private detective hired by the wealthy matriarch of a dysfunctional family to see who is worthy of her fortune.

Next, a little something for everybody; sexy DEA agents, stolen diamonds, cancerous snakes, skateboarding assassins, bazookas and a deadly Frisbee in the Sidaris masterpiece Hard Ticket to Hawaii from 1987. This goofy action flick stars Sidaris-mainstays Donna Speir and Hope Marie Carlton along with soap opera star Ronn Moss and kick boxer Harold Diamond, hot on the trail of a gang of evil crime lords in the Aloha State. Suffice to say, many breasts are bared and many things get blown up.

And finally, Erik Estrada joins the party as a South American gunrunner who hires a couple of bumbling assassins to take out Donna Speir and her sexy friends, only to find out that these ladies aren't going out without a fight in the awesomely titled Guns from 1990. Along with more Sidaris favorites like Roberta Vasquez and Cynthia Brimhall, this movie also features future Machete star Danny Trejo.

All this plus witty banter between friends, listener feedback, Nerd News, DVD & Blu-ray releases, and so much more!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

JFD84: The Man from Hong Kong, Big Bad Mama, Silent Rage



Junk Food Dinner returns like a flaming, golden, bearded (all 3 of us have beards right now, I think) phoenix! This week, our palette cleansing ban on horror brings us high kicks, guns, explosions, and hang-gliding!

Up first, JFD alums Jimmy Wang Yu (Episode #45) and Brian Trenchard-Smith (Episode #6 & #59) team up and butt heads in the 1975 Ozploitation ass-kicking classic - THE MAN FROM HONG KONG!

Next - Angie Dickinson, William Shatner, & Tom Skerritt star along side a whole host of Roger Corman mainstays including the lovely Robbie Lee (Episode #4) hit the road in the prohibition era fast-paced, sexy grifting romp - BIG BAD MAMA!

Finally, we again veer terrifyingly close to meme-baiting as we look at another Chuck Norris fist-fest. This time an unstoppable man-monster is menacing the small town where Mr. Norris hangs his sheriff hat, kicks ensue - SILENT RAGE!

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Roger Corman doc trailer!

On the new episode, we talked a bit about this upcoming documentary about one of JFD's favorite film makers, Roger Corman. Here's the trailer:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

JFD83: SubUrbia, The Wizard of Speed and Time, Chained Heat


JFD returns from a brief hiatus with three very different films!

First up, we debate the merits of Richard Linklater's 1996 flick "SubUrbia," based on a play by Eric Bogosian. The film stars Giovanni Ribisi, Steve Zahn, Nicky Katt and some other people as chatty 20-something slackers stuck in suburban Texas.

Then we look at "The Wizard of Speed and Time" from 1988. The film is an autobiographical comedy concerning Mike Jittlov, a special effects master, as he battles Hollywood producers, thugs, unions and Uncle Sam to make a film about an extremely fast wizard. Spoiler alert: the effects in this film will make your brain explode.

Finally, we get sleazy and dirty when we watch the creme de la creme of Women in Prison flicks, 1983's "Chained Heat," staring Linda Blair, Sybil Danning, their breasts, and John Vernon. A young woman (Blair) must toughen up to survive a stay in prison.




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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Trailer Trash: Bad Girls 1980 Edition

In an effort to, say, cleanse the pallet from our horror-packed Schlocktober festivities, I'm going to go in a decidedly more salacious direction with my picks for November. In the coming weeks on the podcast you can expect reviews of such tawdry sleaze classics as Chained Heat, Big Bad Mama and an entire episode dedicated to the king of cheesy late night T&A action flicks, Andy Sidaris.

So, in keeping with that trend, this installment of Trailer Trash is dedicated bad girls, those lovely ladies of film who not only blow you away with their looks and sense of style, but also have attitude and a desire to shake things up. And 1980 was a particularly good year for fans of bad-girlsploiation. So, without further adieu, here a three different, but equally badass bad girl trailers from that magical year.

Foxes (1980)

Between starring in Taxi Driver in 1974 and winning her Oscar for The Accused in 1989, Jodie Foster did some crazy flicks (check out The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane and Carny). However, my favorite of the post-Taxi, pre-Accused era Foster is still Foxes from 1980.

Foster along with Cherie Currie of The Runaways, Marilyn Kagan and Kandice Stroh (all 3 had never acted before) play a group of jaded teenage girls in the San Fernando Valley, trying to figure out life and have some fun while doing it. The standard girl gang character traits are applied; Foster is the level-headed leader of the group, Currie is the druggie, Kagan is the nerd and Stroh is the slutty one. While all the typical "growing up too fast" tropes are here and despite an unfortunate glam-disco soundtrack, Foxes manages to be an entertaining watch, mainly due to it's excellent cast, which also features a young Randy Quaid and an even younger Scott Baio. Check it out!



Little Darlings (1980)

While the late 70's and early 80's a filled with T&A summer camp movies about horny guys chasing girls, Little Darlings is the only one I know of that flips that stereotype and has the girls doing the chasing. The girls in question are the Irish tag team of Tatum O'Neal (Bad News Bears) and Kristy McNichol (TV's Family and later TV's Empty Nest).

O'Neal plays the rich goody goody to McNichol's lower-class badass. As you'd expect, the two polar personalities clash at first, culminating in a wager to see which one can lose their virginity first. Despite it's salacious subject matter and R-rating, this film is pretty tame, in fact, a TV version of the film was edited together which eliminates the sexual subplot all together. Nevertheless, this often forgotten piece of 80's summer camp nostalgia is a fun watch, especially for McNichols' bad girl persona and her onscreen banter with her romantic interest, a young, shaggy Matt Dillon.

The movie flaunts a decent soundtrack too, featuring the likes of Blondie, Rickie Lee Jones, Supertramp, John Lennon and The Bellamy Brothers. Unfortunately, it's that same soundtrack that has kept the film from having an official DVD release thus far, as the licensing of those tunes would cost a pretty penny. Still, if you can hunt down a copy, you should check out Little Darlings.

[My apologizes for the weird German advertisement before the trailer]


Times Square (1980)

Just like Little Darlings, Time Square uses the rich girl/poor girl dynamic, only this time the setting is not summer camp, but the mean streets of New York City and the goal is not to score boys, but to gain notoriety as a punk rock icon.

Trini Alvarado (later of The Frightners) plays Pamela Pearl, a rich girl, who meets homeless punk Nicky Marotta, played by Robin Johnson. With her wild eyes, raspy voice and heavy Brooklyn accent, Johnson is one of the most convincing street punks ever portrayed on film. The two quickly start a friendship (rife with a muted romantic subtext) and navigate the streets of the Big Apple trying to find truth, freedom and get Nicky's music heard. With the help of rebellious radio DJ Tim Curry, the girls do eventually find notoriety but turmoil as well and as the title (and trailer) implies, the film climaxes with a performance in Times Square.

Times Square is a really well-made, well-acted and likable film. The characters are believable and sympathetic and the film boasts one of the best soundtracks of the late 70's/early 80's with punk and new wave jams by the Ramones, Talking Heads, Suzi Quatro, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Patti Smith, The Pretenders, The Cure and XTC. Director Allan Moyle would go on to direct such other teen fare as Pump Up the Volume and Empire Records.

The Starz/Anchor Bay DVD of the film is, sadly, out of print but this 80's bad girl epic is definitely worth seeking out.



That's all for now. Look for future installments of Trailer Trash in the upcoming weeks.

If you have any suggestions for a ridiculous, cool, absurd, perplexing or just generally Junk Food-y trailers, send 'em my way.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cool 'Zine Alert: I Love Bad Movies

While visiting New York, Matt D of Forbidden Planet turned me on to this excellent 'zine called I Love Bad Movies published by Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh.

Fans of the wacky and bizarre brand of films we discuss on Junk Food Dinner should do themselves a favor and head over to Ksen Zines' Etsy page and pick up an issue or three. Only a measly $5 for an issue or $11 for all three, these hilarious and well-written essays on junk cinema will keep you entertained for hours. Pick 'em up!

Cory Smoot aka Flattus Maximus dies

Cory Smoot, of GWAR died yesterday while on tour. Smoot's been playing the Flattus Maximus character since 2002.

As a life-long fan of GWAR (well, since I was 14. And, honestly, life doesn't really begin until you're a teenager), this is a total bummer. If I was involved in some sort of Wishmaster-esque ultimatum and I was forced to live the rest of my life with only the music of two bands, and all other music being destroyed forever, GWAR would be one of those two bands.

Anyway, our collective JFD thoughts are with the band.

Tigrantula!!

Have you listened to the Halloween episode yet? Well, on that episode, we discovered the newest, scariest threat to the world: Tigrantula!!

Well, listener, Glenn, made this picture to accurately portray the very frightening (soon-to-be (?)) reality:

Friday, November 4, 2011

Scary Movie Trailer Time!!

Ti West's "The Innkeepers" finally has a trailer. I'm eagerly awaiting this flick, as I am totally into his previous movie "House of the Devil" (which we talked about last Schlocktober). And I could also envision a world in which I could learn to enjoy his "Cabin Fever 2." Anyway. This screened a few times in LA last month and I was too stupid to go, so I'll probably have to wait it out for DVD or VOD. Oh well. Check it out, dudes.