For today’s film, I chose a film that I have only seen bits and pieces of either to not having the time to watch or other things had come up. I also decided on the film Suicide Kings because of the mere fact that Christopher Walken (The Dead Zone) starred in the film and he’s one of my favorite film personalities. The film follows five friends who decide to kidnap a mobster by the name of Carlo Bartolucci (Walken). You see the five friends are hoping to squeeze some money out of Carlo in hopes of getting enough to pay a ransom note on one of the friends kidnapped sister. The only problem is that Carlo decides to play mind games with all of them in hopes of turning them against themselves. The film also stars Denis Leary (Rescue Me) as Lono Veccio, Nina Siemaszko (Airheads) as Jennifer, Henry Thomas (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) as Avery Chasten, Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints) as Max, Jay Mohr (Pay It Forward) as Brett Campbell, Jeremy Sisto (Clueless) as T.K., Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) as Ira Reder, Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) as Jeckyll, and the film was directed by Peter O’Fallon (Legit).
This was a pretty interesting film to say the least, but it’s a Christopher Walken film where he plays a mobster. What more can you ask for from a film like this one? The idea of he kidnapping is actually pretty solid and when you find out a detail that the abduction of the sister was an inside job, you begin to try and figure out who did it. All I will say to you is that I should have gone with my first choice personally cause I would have been right. That is the beauty of films with a little mystery thrown in there is that they make you try to guess to the who-dunnit scenario. I really like Johnny Galecki, but his character really annoyed me a little bit, but then again he did his job right. The acting in the film for the most part was really good from everyone even Denis Leary who plays a cool driver/hitman kind of guy. This is actually a pretty good film despite getting a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes, but according to the audience score it must be a cult classic by now. I saw that one reviewer compared the film and it’s style to Quentin Tarantino and I can honestly see that as far as the dialogue is concerned. That was definitely the highlight of the film for me was the dialogue because the film was well written. The film is currently available to watch on HBOGO so check it out if you dare. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.
When it came to choosing today’s film, it was one of those whose concept grabbed my attention right when I saw it on Netflix. The film is called Hot Bot and it stars Zack Pearlman (Staten Island Summer) as Leonard and Doug Haley (Hansel & Gretel Get Baked) as Limus, are two best friends who are sexually deprived teenagers and virtually unnoticeable at their school. One day it all changes as the two of them stumble upon a sex robot named Bardot (Cynthia Kirchner) that will change their lives. The only problem is that this very expensive robot belongs to Senator Biter (Larry Miller) and he wants her back. Now the boys will try everything they can to make sure that the Senator doesn’t get his hands on her. The film also stars David Shackelford (There’s Something About Mary) as Benny, Anthony Anderson (Me, Myself, and Irene) as Agent Frazier, Danny Masterson (That 70’s Show) as Agent Koontz, Donald Faison (Clueless) as Mr. Huffington, Angela Kinsey (The Office) as Mrs. Huffington, Kirby Bliss Blanton (The Green Inferno) as Kassidy, John Robinson (Transformers) as Rodney, Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5) as Sophia, and the film was directed by Michael Polish (90 Minutes In Heaven).
I read a quote on IMDB.com that read like this, “If Return of the Living Dead (1985) had been directed by Dan Aykroyd and the premise was a mash-up of One Crazy Summer (1986), Weird Science (1985), and Cherry 2000 (1987) in a world where Superbad (2007) had never been made, that film would be Hot Bot (2016), a surprisingly genuine sex-comedy without any sex.” I couldn’t agree more with the quote as that is exactly how I felt about the film. The film in it’s style reminds me of a lot of those great comedies he listed in his quote and that is what I loved about it. At fist glance jut from reading the name of the film, you may think that this could be a really stupid film, but it’s quite the contrary. It’s actually smart and it just seems very natural. What I mean by that is that the actors and their lines seemed so natural and unforced almost as if they were making it up as they went. Some after viewing this film may complain that besides the one part with the breasts, there really isn’t a whole lot of sex in the film. That is certainly fine by me because the film didn’t really need it. There were a lot of hilarious scenes in this film, but there was one scene that was just downright awkward. Larry Miller visits Limus in his room and it just gets really weird at one point. Larry Miller never really gets enough credit, but he has always played a really good antagonist no matter what the role. There was a study I read about some time ago about how there are humans that love having sex with robots and that the robots almost fully replace the idea of another human in the relationship role. This film doesn’t really talk about it, but it touches upon it a little in the comedic sense. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.
For today’s film, I wanted a little comedy in my life and so I chose a film featuring my favorite actor to ever play Batman in Michael Keaton (Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)). The film is called Johnny Dangerously and it stars Keaton as the title character in this spoof film of 1930’s gangster movies. Johnny was just your ordinary average kid in New York City until some unfortunate events plunged him into the gangster life. Johnny is able to keep his life of crime a secret from his family for a very long time, but how long could it last. His brother Tommy (Griffin Dunne) is the district attorney hellbent on bringing down all the gangsters of New York. After being set up by a rival gangster named Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo) and sent to jail, Tommy will have to prove that Johnny is is innocent before he gets the chair. The film also stars Marilu Henner (Taxi) as Lil, Maureen Stapleton (The Money Pit) as Ma Kelly, Peter Boyle (Young Frankenstein) as Jocko Dundee, Richard Dimitri (When Things Were Rotten) as Moronie, Dom DeLuise (Blazing Saddles) as The Pope, Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) as Burr, Ray Walston (Lost In Space) as Vendor, Dick Butkus (My Two Dads) as Arthur, and the film was directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless).
I want to start off saying that I am huge fan of anything that takes place in the 1930’s gangster prohibition era and even though it’s a spoof film, I loved it. Michael Keaton is just masterful as the slick, charismatic gangster Johnny Dangerously. He is everything you would expect from that era as his personality certainly fits the character. Marilu Henner is also fantastic and she looks absolutely beautiful in this film. For a spoof film, there are so many heavyweights of the comedy world for that time. You have the always colorful and great Dom DeLuise who graces us with his presence. There is the very underrated Joe Piscopo who never gets enough credit for his comic abilities and the great performances he has had over those years. Then there are guys like the late and great Peter Boyle, Danny DeVito, Ray Walston, and so many more. I was a huge fan of Richard Dimitiri in this film with his overly broken English with his words like Fraggin or Icehole which reminded me of most of my family members. The film was fun to watch as I laughed so much at all the small things and the obvious jokes. Spoof films used to be fun and they always had great writing unlike the spoof films we get today which are overly sexual in their joke writing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, they don’t make them like they used to. Check the film out on Netflix if you are a fan of spoof films. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.