“Land Of The” — Sorry, “Revenge Of The Lost”


Trash Film Guru

Dinosaurs! You love ’em, I love ’em, everybody loves ’em — and we love ’em even more when they look cheap.

The good news is that if you’ve got a low-rent dinosaur itch, there’s  a brand-new (2017 release date and all) number available for streaming on Amazon Prime called Revenge Of The Lost that’s sure to scratch it for you. The bad news is that aside from the admirably cheesy practical-effects dinos, it’s not a flick that really has much else going for it.

The brainchild of director/co-writer/producer/star Erik Franklin and co-writer/producer Daniel Husser’s less-than-imaginatively named Franklin-Husser Entertainment, a Seattle-based production outfit that apparently has some ambitious plans for the future, this is a film that fell far short of its fundraising goal on Indiegogo, but what the hell — our intrepid Pacific Northwest auteurs didn’t let that stop ’em from unleashing their debut opus on the world, and…

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Rough week for us #SnarkAlecs; But family sticks together.


As most of you you know, us #SnarkAlecs are a family; each and every one of us. And when something happens to one of us, it happens to each of us.

As a family we have suffered several great losses this week.

The first happened with the passing of our #SnarkAlec Sister Amy Fegaro. At this time it is not sure exactly her cause of death. Her fiancee, Patrick found her unresponsive and they were not able to revive her. Amy was one of the funniest, and at the same time, honest person I have ever known.

Not that that was enough.

Our Sister #SnarkAlec, Janeen lost her Mother. I have never met Janeen’s Mother, but have had many conversations with Janeen about her.  She is a very special woman. She passed away peacefully, which is is some comfort, but there is no words to describe the loss of a parent.

And, lastly, (hopefully for a while)

Our Brother #SnarkAlec Steve Seigh (and Sister #SnarkAlec Bronwyn Kelly’s husband) Lost his Grandmother. Jazz singer, healer and pancake maker.

As much as we all Snark things together; when tragedy strikes our family we all bond together as a family!

Condolences, sharing, and financial pages are being set up now. More on those soon.

I don’t know how to express the deep sadness I feel for the loss my #SnarkAlec family has suffered. This is just a few words I could share.

I love each and every #SnarkAlec family member!

 

Death

 

A Movie A Day #166: Warning Sign (1985, directed by Hal Barwood)


The world might end, again.

There is a laboratory in the middle of the desert.  While everyone thinks that the lab is developing pesticides, it is actually a secret government facility where the scientists have developed a chemical that will turn anyone exposed to it into a homicidal maniac.  While the scientists are celebrating the success of their project, Dr. Tom Schmidt (G.W. Bailey — yes, Captain Harris from the Police Academy movies) steps on a vial and releases the chemical.  The lab locks down and the army (led by Yaphet Kotto) arrives.  The government wants to let the scientists kill each other off but a pregnant security guard (Kathleen Quinlan) is also trapped in the lab and her husband, the county sheriff (Sam Waterston), is determined to get her out.

Warning Sign was blandly directed by Hal Barwood, a longtime associate of both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.  (Barwood wrote the script for Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express and designed the title sequence for Lucas’s THX 1138.)  Barwood tried to take a very Spielbergian approach to Warning Sign, a mistake because successfully imitating Spielberg is easier said than done.  Replace the shark with germs and the ocean with a lab on lock down and Warning Sign is  like Jaws, without any of the suspense or humor.  Sam Waterston’s germaphobic sheriff feels like a knock off of Roy Scheider’s aquaphobic police chief while Jeffrey DeMunn, as an alcoholic scientist, stands in for both Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw.    With the violence and the gore kept to a minimum, this is one of the most tasteful zombie films ever made.  Just compare it to George Romero’s The Crazies (or even the remake) to see how needlessly safe Warning Sign is.

One Hit Wonders #3: LONG, LONESOME HIGHWAY by Michael Parks (MGM Records, 1970)


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Did you know the late actor Michael Parks (1940-2017) once reached #20 on the Billboard charts with the song “Long, Lonesome Highway”:

Parks was appearing at the time in the NBC-TV series THEN CAME BRONSON, a sort of ROUTE 66 on two wheels, riding his Harley across America in search of meaning. The show aired during the 1969-70 season, and was a nod to the counterculture movement going on at the time. THEN CAME BRONSON had some good writing and featured guest stars both established (Iron Eyes Cody, STAR TREK’s James Doohan, LA Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale, Beverly Garland, Gloria Grahame, Jack Klugman, Fernando Lamas, Elsa Lanchester, James Whitmore) and up-and-coming (Dabney Coleman, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd, Penny Marshall, Kurt Russell, Martin Sheen, folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie), but lost it’s ticket to ride because of CBS’s ratings powerhouse HAWAII FIVE-O, and was cancelled after 26 episodes.

The song was written by James Hendricks (not…

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Music Video Of The Day: The Chemical Brothers featuring k-os — Get Yourself High (2003, dir by Joseph Kahn)


This music video features digitally enhanced footage from a 1980 film called 2 Champions of Shaolin.  According to Wikipedia, here’s what the video’s director, Joseph Kahn, had to say about it:

“I edited this on a laptop on a plane to Chicago. I rearranged the time sequencing of the actual movie. The bad guy with the big boombox is actually a minor henchman who dies in the first 30 minutes, but in my visual remix he’s the ultimate antagonist. The lip syncing was motion captured, then applied to 3D models of jaws. I didn’t know 100% if the technology was achievable with the time and money, nor did I know if we could actually get rights to a Chinese kung fu flick. It was a risky venture, but Carole gave me a check and then left me alone. She had some major balls.”

(And if it’s on Wikipedia, it has to be true!)

Anyway, I really love this video and the song.  The only unfortunate thing is that the Get Yourself High clown doesn’t make an appearance.  Who is the Get Yourself High Clown?  If you’ve seen The Chemical Brothers live, there’s a good chance you’ve seen him.  Check him out in this footage from their 2007 performance at Glastonbury:

Enjoy!