Saturday, February 10, 2018

Wild Riders


I managed to dredge up an old biker flick that we hadn't seen before. I got copy of Wild Riders from 1971 and we fired it up on Wednesday night.

It opened with bikes and boobs. Some pretty awesome freakin bikes, to be honest. And a nice set of cans. But after the first minute or so it went downhill for the majority of the flick. And then BOOM it redeemed itself in the last minute of the movie in glorious style. Many of these biker flicks have a common component; a totally random / wacky / unexpected / shocking / nonsensical ending. And this movie really came through with a classic. The audience (all six of us) were pretty much on our feet. It required some rewinding for additional views.

The movie starts off as a biker flick in all the right ways but then after a couple of the dudes bugger off they leave the biker movie behind and it's pretty much a rape-y b-movie for an hour.

It was worth it for the ending.

Innovation by Design


I'm really interested in furthering the concept of Design Thinking at work. I'm working on a strategy for adoption. This is the first book that I've read specifically on the topic and I was hoping it would give me some insight on how to frame it and have it successfully implemented at work.

It was so-so. There were some good nuggets. But I felt it fell short of legitimate actionable steps to walk away with. I need to read some more books on the topic and formulate my own plans...

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Naked Angels


We watched Naked Angels at Motorcycle Movie Night this evening. We washed it down with some great Buddy's pizza and cider. Good times.

Naked Angels is the epitome of classic era biker flicks. It's by the king of biker b-movies, Roger Corman. And it was shot in 1969 with members of the Hells Angels. What more do you need? Here's my full description of the flick from the first time we watched it.

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives


I'd never heard of Stretch Armstrong or Bobbito before I came across this doc. But any time a music doc pops up on Netflix I'll look into it. I'm glad I clicked on this one. It was killer.

Stretch and Bobbito hosted a hugely influential independent hip-hop radio show in the 90's in NY. The list of talent that they had come on and freestyle is nothing short of royalty. And the super cool thing is that almost all of these future legends appeared on their show before they were signed. We're talking Jay-Z, Nas, Wu-Tang, Biggie, Eminem, etc. The biggest of the big.

Anyhow, this show was on from 1am til 5am on Thursdays. People in the know at the time would record the show on their boomboxes. It was gospel. It was dope.

Bobbito actually put this doc together. It's a great nostalgic trip even though I wasn't even aware of the show before I hit play on the doc. But it makes you feel like you were there. Like you had these memories, too. It's really cool like that.

The music is amazing. It's all classic 90's shit. But freestyles you haven't heard before. Very cool.

Friday, January 19, 2018

31


I finally watched 31.

I'm not sure how I feel about it. It was good. It was gnarly. It was filled with tension. So mission probably accomplished. But the reason I'm not totally sure how I feel about it is that I didn't think it really had the Rob Zombie ambience, scope, or X-factor that he normally brings.

It felt low budget compared to all his other stuff. And it didn't have the same feeling you got from House of 1000 Corpses or the Devil's Rejects. 31 seemed to go for the jugular right off the bat and missed the big build up. It felt less psychological and more like a 2nd rate Running Man.

I think people who like shit like Saw would like this. It has a sick premise. But I guess it just didn't feel as sophisticated as his other works. Maybe the cinematography wasn't even up to snuff now that I think about it.

None of 31 was bad...except maybe some of the acting. Y'know, that might have been a strike against it. It didn't have a real strong cast.

I come to expect a LOT from Zombie, and while this would have been a great film for most other horror directors out there, I thought it was just a "good" movie from Zombie.

My ranking of his flicks:

Devil's Rejects (my favorite modern era horror flick)
House of 1000 Corpses
Halloween
The Lords of Salem
Halloween II
31


Eddie Strongman


I just watched another strongman documentary on Netflix. This one was called EDDIE STRONGMAN and follows the life of Eddie Hall in 2015. Wow, this was good. There's a certain moment at the end that even brought a tear to my eye. The power of the deadlift compels thee.

Eddie is a really likable character and makes for an entertaining watch. Nice family, too. This is a good doc regardless of whether you've ever squatted or deadlifted in your life.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Love Witch



I saw the trailer for this a while ago and finally got around to watching it. It looked like a campy take on 70's occult flicks. And that's what it is. But it's not very good. Yet it's still mesmerizing and I watched two hours of it and would probably watch another two hours of it. The lead character, Elaine, had me transfixed.


See why? The director couldn't have picked a better lead. Robinson was born for this role. 

I would like to point out the great lighting in this shot. The film had a great use of saturated color. It was beautiful and very 70's with the edge lighting and the color casts. Reminiscent of Vertigo at times, too. Evidently that's an aspect the director of this flick is known for. 

Those cheeks.

The movie is about a witch who uses sex magick to ensnare her men. She's looking for love. Men die. There are a lot of hot chicks. And plenty of witch-y type things happening. Think Hammer Horror meets Alfred Hitchcock meets Russ Meyer. 

While the film is somewhat satirical and is obviously a pastiche / homage, evidently the feminist undertones and sexism monologues are to be taken seriously (according to something I read on IMDB). 

Anyhow, I didn't think it was a particularly good film. I dunno. It was alright. I think the more I think about it the more I like it actually. Maybe it just took time for it to sink in. But I think I've been bewtiched...

I loved the opening scenes. 

Hell of an outfit.

Hell Ride


How is it humanly possible that I haven't posted about Hell Ride before? I don't see it in my prior posts???...

Hell Ride is a film from about ten years ago. Larry Bishop acted in quite a few classic era biker flicks, and now he's responsible for this modern take on the genre. I think he pretty much did everything on this. Wrote, directed, and starred, if I'm not mistaken.

Hell Ride had Quentin Tarantino's backing and included Tarantino favorite, Michael Madsen. Not to mention small parts by Vinnie Jones, David Carradine and Dennis Hopper. So its not slouch in pedigree.

While you'd never mistake this for a Tarantino film (obv cuz of the dialogue), it's still certainly a kindred spirit. It's a grindhouse movie for the 2000's. It's fun. It's over the top.

Larry Bishop wanted to do a classic era biker flick for modern audiences. This meant he could get away with a lot more sexuality than the old classics. And Larry does a fantastic job in this department. The women throughout the film are drop dead gorgeous and full of variety. And the bikes are pretty fucking rad, too.

I think Larry Bishop really achieved what he set out to do. His vision was well executed. Top notch stuff (if sexually charged B-movie biker flicks are your thing).

There are Indians, Triumphs and Harleys in Hell Ride. Oh, and there are beautiful women, too. Almost forgot.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Hellraiser


I haven't seen Hellraiser since I was a kid. Marie was outta the house tonight so I gave it a watch. First time in a couple decades. It was a chore to get through it, to be honest.

I dug the music, the 80's nostalgia from my youth, and....that's about it. Kristy was hot.

The movie has no plot or drama, really. It's extremely rudimentary. I've probably seen some deeper plots and dramatic moments in some of the shitty 60's biker flicks I watch, and that's saying something.

Hellraiser does have great special effects. Stop motion / live action is always superior to CGI. There'll come a time when CGI is 100% indistinguishable from real life and at that point we can say it's better. But until then; physical effects are definitely superior.

Hellraiser also has a few good one-liners that really stick in your 10-year-old head. Cuz that's the age that you should be when you watch this to really fucking enjoy it. I hate one-liners, but Hellraiser has some classics that any kid would love and repeat in the playground to their friends.

I didn't enjoy it. But I just had to watch it since it's been so long. Tell ya what, Night Breed is faaaaaaaar superior. Night Breed is legit as fuck.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Born Strong


I started the year off right and made up for the crappy last lifting film of 2017. The Perfect Physique sucked, but Born Strong was pretty kick ass.

This was another one that appeared on Netflix recently. It's a doc about the Arnold Classic Strongman competition. Obviously I'm more interested and aware of the bodybuilding aspect of the Arnold Classic, but this strongman component was really cool to watch. These are dudes in excess of 400lbs! Some of them are only 6'2" and weigh that much. It's gnarly. But there are guys like 'The Mountain' who are something like 6'9". They lift obscene weight. Absolutely insane feats of strength.

Anyhow, this is a legit doc that follows the top four contenders from around the world. There are interviews with their spouses and their friends. They show their eating/lifting routines etc. It's all very different and very interesting.

The thing that struck me most about these strongmen was the fact that they're all so likable as individuals. There's certainly bravado that goes along with being a strongman, but it's nothing like the peacocking of bodybuilders. They can get rather douchey. Let's be honest. But Eddie Hall (I believe it was) really hits it on the head...with a strongman competition it is black and white. You either lifted the most weight or you didn't. It's not subjective. You can't influence a judge. Lift the most. That's it. But with bodybuilding it's all in the hands of the judges. It's a 100% subjective sport. So there's a lot more showmanship, peacocking, bullshit machismo and mind games that come into play.

I'm getting off topic. Born Strong is a good doc. Well worth watching if you've ever been to a gym. Good way to open 2018.