Focus On Film: Episode 53 - August 2017 Criterion Titles

Focus On Film Episode 53 is up!

Rygar and Danman try not to obfuscate whilst we go over the line, make flippy floppy, pay with rivers of blood, leave for good and take the corpse!

In this episode:

"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella


Alien: Covenant (2017) ***

Yet another flawed but intriguing and entertaining film in this franchise. I don't think this is any better or worse than the 3rd or 4th films so come at me, I guess.


Shogun Assassin (1980) ***

Finally got around to seeing this. It's fun and the music is really cool but I don't like the dubbing or the voiceover. I much prefer the original films, LONE WOLF AND CUB: SWORD OF VENGEANCE (1972) and LONE WOLF AND CUB: BABY CART AT THE RIVER STYX (1972), of which it's comprised.


Phenomena - Italian Version (1985) ***1/2

It's really easy to have a love/hate relationship with Argento and Fulci films, primarily because what's good about them is so good and what's bad about them is really bad. But I can think of few other directors for which I am so forgiving of their films' flaws.

My thoughts from my previous blog write-up remain largely the same but I'm awarding PHENOMENA another 1/2 star this go around. It's one of those films (as with others by both directors mentioned above) where my opinions fluctuate, but it's just so gloriously scattershot in a fantastic way that I can't help but appreciate it.

I'm also thrilled that we finally have a better and properly restored version from Arrow Video (huge uptick in picture quality), produced by my friend and fellow podcaster Michael Mackenzie and released in a handsome limited edition with excellent writing contributions from Rachael Nesbit and more!


The Horror Show (aka House III) - Uncut European Version (1989) *** [(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party Pt. 3]

House IV (1992) ** [(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party Pt. 4]

House II: The Second Story (1987) *** [(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party Pt. 2]

The first film was a solid little horror flick with some comedic touches. I'm not sure why the creative team behind this sequel decided to go the "everything in a blender" route and ditch the horror almost altgoether, but I kind of love them for it. 

This is a film that only the 80s could birth and not have it turn out completely stupid. Somehow the filmmakers were able to mix a western, action/adventure, swashbuckling, dinosaurs, and up the comedy yet retain some sort of cohesiveness. To be sure, this film is ridiculous (and pretty silly), but very entertaining.

House (1985) *** [(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party Pt. 1]


Focus On Film: Episode 52 - July 2017 Criterion Titles

Focus On Film Episode 52 is up!

Danman and Rygar discuss the current hip lingo that the kids are into these days, our new working relationship, ))<>(( + more!

In this episode:

"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella