*mumbles* I… I love “Dracula: Dead and Loving It,” ding dang it…
It’s a fun movie in spots but I think you wouldn’t argue that it lacks - you’ll pardon the pun - the ‘bite’ of Mel’s earlier films. Some time around Robin Hood : Men in Tights - which is a film I definitely enjoy - it was clear that Mel either wasn’t as funny, or wasn’t as concerned about being funny as he used to be.
I’ve got a few friends that argue he peaked with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, and I’ll try to argue back with History of the World and Spaceballs, but I don’t know that they don’t have a point.
Short version : I’m not saying Mel’s Dracula is as bad as Sextette; I’m just saying that the humor is similar.
Except the bit about knowing where to stand during a staking, that shit was gold.
Bad Movie Night - Sextette (1978)
When she’s good, she’s very good, but when she’s bad, she’s in this movie.
Let me make one thing very clear: I am a fan of Mae’s. I love most of her work. But this is still a very bad movie. A very, very bad movie.
Imagine if Mel Brooks - after he totally lost his edge, so around Dracula : Dead and Loving It - wrote a movie treating Mae West’s shambling corpse as an irresistible sex symbol. The broadest, limpest possible humor with the bevy of cameos serving to prop up what could be, at best, a mediocre film.
This is one of the few bad movie night films I had seen before, but pal Kirby had not, so I gritted my teeth to sit through it a second time. And there’s plenty to mock - we joked that this movie drove Keith Moon to suicide, and I’m not sure we were entirely kidding. I was also amused when Kirby was riffing on Timothy Dalton, suggesting his character as a James Bond type, because I dimly recalled the ending where that’s revealed to be the case.
Kirby easily had the best line for this one, though. As we watched, I had called up IMDB on my laptop and was browsing some of the trivia - there was a bit suggesting that Mae had to have her lines fed to her through a hidden earpiece, due to age and numerous script changes preventing her from memorizing the lines. Kirby quipped, “Actually, they just rubbed some peanut butter on her gums and dubbed her voice in later.”
Makes me want to watch She Done Him Wrong again just to cleanse the mental palate.
Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle
Perfect way to start my day.
by Mackelmore (Feat. DJ Jason Todd)
I wear Dick Grayson’s clothes /
I look incredible /
I’m in this big-ass cape /
from that Bat-Cave down the road /
I’m gonna beat some ass /
Got a batarang in my pocket /
I, I’m hunting, looking for a scumbag /
this is fucking awesome.
Twenty-five years and three days later, reality takes a tip from fiction and charts “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album Mandatory Fun at number one, with over 100,000 sales during it’s first week. In his 31 year long career, with 14 studio albums to his name, this is the first time he’s hit the top- and the first comedy album by ANY artist to hit #1 since 1960! Congratulations, Al!
We do not yet live in a fallen world.
New Comics Day - 7/24/14
This week’s modest haul :
- Wolverine and the X-Men #6
- Mighty Avengers #12
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #15
- Batman #33
- Batman Beyond Universe #12
Bad Movie Night - The Fury of the Wolf Man (1972)
We return, once again, to.. Samurai Werewolf!
When Kirby and I realize we had easy access to one of the other films in the series that gave us Dr. Jekyll vs. The Werewolf .. well, we had to check that out. Let me get this out of the way first : I have no idea if this is a prequel, or a sequel, or they basically just got Paul Naschy to play in a bunch of unrelated Werewolf movies with the same name for the main character. The reason I’m not sure is because he seems to die at the end of every one of these.
Naschy plays Voldemort Kandinsky*, college professor and wolf-about-town. Apparently, he survived a yeti attack in Tibet and came back with strange new powers. So I guess technically, he’s a were-yeti. The academic politics and secret affairs on his campus are run amok, though - and he comes into conflict with the slightly sapphic professor of mind control studies. At least, I think that’s what she teaches. Might just be her hobby.
*May not be his real name.
This one was not as fun as the first, but still had a pretty good portion of ‘WTFs’ to keep us rolling.