In the 70’s and 80’s, there was no one bigger in the world of stand up and comedy than the legendary Richard Pryor (The Toy). That is why for today’s film I chose to watch a film from late in his career in Critical Condition. Kevin Lennihan (Pryor) is kind of a con man, but more of a Bullsh** artist if you ask me. One day as he was going to ask a mobster for a loan, he is framed alongside the mobster in a jewel smuggling scheme which sends him to jail. After faking that he is insane, he is sent to a psych ward at a hospital for them to evaluate him to tell if he’s insane or not. One night during a major storm, he is mistaken in the hospital for a doctor and he has to BS his way out of it. The film also stars Bob Saget (Full House) as Dr. Joffe, Rachel Ticotin (Total Recall) as Rachel, Rubén Blades (Fear The Walking Dead) as Louis, Joe Mantegna (Baby’s Day Out) as Chambers, Bob Dishy (Don Juan Demarco) as Dr. Foster, Sylvia Miles (Midnight Cowboy) as Nurse Lesser, Randall “Tex” Cobb (The Golden Child) as Box, Joe Dallesandro (Flesh For Frankenstein) as Stucky, and the film was directed by Michael Apted (Enough).
This was definitely an interesting film to say the least, but it’s one that I felt was a little all over the place. At first I thought we were going to get a film that was about him trying to prove that he is insane, but then it turns into a film where he’s trying to get by pretending to be a doctor hoping that no one will catch him. I have to be honest in saying that the best part of the film is when he becomes the doctor because you can kind of see the brilliance that was Richard Pryor come out on screen. There is the awful cast rapping scene, the helicopter scene, and even the scene where he’s is negotiating with the drug addicts that was pretty good. Some of my favorite scenes also took place in the psych ward, but it as scenes without Pryor in them. They really gave Mantegna and Cobb the spotlight during those scenes as Mantegna’s character is trying to negotiate his way out of there. I have to admit as well that Bob Saget really held his own in this film as he has some memorable moments and if you look you’ll notice a young Wesley Snipes as an ambulance driver. Of all the Pryor films that I have seen (which is not a lot) this is definitely not my favorite one. I am not saying that it was a bad film, but it’s probably just one that once was enough for me. I am going to give the film an B-/C+ for a final grade. It’s somewhere between those two.
With less than a week away from Super Megafest which happens in Marlboro, MA. I wanted to watch a film that starred Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) as he will be one of the guests there. With a suggestion from a friend, I decided to check out Kull The Conqueror which stars Sorbo as the title character. You see Demons had once ruled the land under the rule of the evil Akivasha until they were banished by the Gods. We fast forward in time and the King of Valusia has gone mad after one of his heirs tries to challenge him for the throne.A barbarian known as Kull (Sorbo) ends up defeating the king and he in turn becomes the king. Another heir is jealous at this fact and comes up with the plan of resurrecting an old witch Akivasha (Tia Carrere) to try and regain the throne of Valusia. The film also stars Thomas Ian Griffith (The Karate Kid, Part III) as General Taligaro, Litefoot (The Indian In The Cupboard) as Ascalante, Roy Brocksmith (Total Recall) as Tu, Harvey Fierstein (Mrs. Doubtfire) as Juba, Karina Lombard (Legends Of The Fall) as Zareta, Edward Tudor-Pole (Quills) as Enaros, Douglas Henshall (The Eagle) as Ducalon, Sven-Ole Thorsen (The Running Man) as King Borna, and the film was directed by John Nicolella (Sunset Heat).
Reading some of the facts about the film made a whole lot of sense to me because if this was released as a Conan film, it would have been the straight to video sequel that we have seen happen in so many different franchises. This film was supposed to be titled Conan The Conqueror, but Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t want to reprise his role and Sorbo took over. Well, then Kevin didn’t want to be the guy that had to start things all over and so they changed it to Kull The Conqueror. While the idea was there, the execution was quite not for the most part in this film. There was some great special effects (which were bare minimum for a while), but when it came time for them, it was a little cheesy. Tia Carrere was very ht in this film with the red hair and she did a good job for the most part. Her counterpart in the film was Karina Lombard who was also beautiful in the film and she did an amazing job as well. These types of fantasy films can be great when they are done right or they can be just OK or cheesy. I for one am not a gigantic fan of the genre, but I definitely enjoyed the Conan films as a kid. The fight choreography is actual pretty decent with this film as some of the fight scenes can be a real highlight and I definitely enjoyed some of the set designs. Overall, it’s not a bad film, but I am going to give it an C+ because it’s not a great film.