A Japanese couple discovers that the boy they have been raising as… MoreA Japanese couple discovers that the boy they have been raising as their son was actually switched at birth with a child from a poorer family. Well-made and acted, but fairly obvious, family drama.
Italian filmmakers travel back in time to make a scathing documentary… MoreItalian filmmakers travel back in time to make a scathing documentary about slavery in the American South. With underage rape, teeth knocked out for force feeding, mass enemas, massacres of both blacks and whites, bizarre comedy routines, and characters speaking lines from actual pro-slavery texts of the 1800s, this experiment from the makers of MONDO CANE is a baffling mix of tasteless exploitation and biting satire.
An accountant finds that his searing intestinal pains come from a… MoreAn accountant finds that his searing intestinal pains come from a monster that lives in his lower intestine, who emerges from his bowels to kill whatever is causing him undue stress in his life. A lot more thoughtful and psychologically probing than the usual movie about butt-monsters, which may explain why it's failed to resonate with midnight movie crowds---this is a case where the movie might benefit from a less tasteful approach.
Trapped underground, a Mexican miner hallucinates, encountering a… MoreTrapped underground, a Mexican miner hallucinates, encountering a green alien creature who leads him into the spirit world. Interesting at times, but it lacks the visual effects budget it needs to realize its overly ambitious psychedelic visions. Good evidence as to why you should always splurge for the top shelf peyote; never settle for the dried and shriveled buttons they're offering at half off.
An American neurologist bunks with an Irish family to study the… MoreAn American neurologist bunks with an Irish family to study the eccentric behavior of the brain-damaged father who's recovering from a stroke; naturally, his objectivity erodes as he becomes emotionally involved with the wife and children. Mature drama that would have benefited from brisker pacing.
New York professionals are imprisoned (for speeding) by a… MoreNew York professionals are imprisoned (for speeding) by a self-appointed judge in his ramshackle house inside his own New Jersey fiefdom. With a grotesque pair of adult babies and a ridiculous rap number, Dan Akroyd, Chevy Chase, and Demi Moore would prefer you forget they were ever in this flop comedy-it's even an embarrassment in the filmography of Tupac Shakur. Still, it's never boring, the junkyard production design is not bad, and if you watch it in the right spirit of mockery it's actually sort of entertaining.
In a world made of Legos, one incredibly average Lego-man is chosen by… MoreIn a world made of Legos, one incredibly average Lego-man is chosen by a prophecy to stop the evil President Business from freezing everything in Lego-land in perfect order with a giant glue gun. Despite the generic, brand-forward title, this is an extremely clever and entertaining comic adventure, probably the greatest toy commercial ever animated.
The makers of MONDO CANE spend three years in Africa documenting the… MoreThe makers of MONDO CANE spend three years in Africa documenting the transition from colonialism to self rule, capturing massacres of both wildlife and humans. This is a difficult movie to watch, and to evaluate. On the one hand, there are the allegations that some scenes are staged, other scenes (such as the drawn-out killing of an elephant with spears) are needlessly exploitative and tasteless, and the entire tenor of the film seems skewed towards contrasting European civilization with the savagery of the native African. On the other hand, the directors unearthed an amazing amount of historically important footage of massacres and crimes against humanity that were going on in Kenya, Rawanda and other places in post-colonial Africa, which progressive Europeans of the time did not want to admit or see. A troubling film all around.
The Italian mafia tries to horn in on the ghetto numbers business in… MoreThe Italian mafia tries to horn in on the ghetto numbers business in 1956 Chicago. Stars Paul Harris and Frank DeKova are too good for this incoherent, exploitative, and occasionally incompetent period blaxploitation picture that features a transvestite hit man.
A botanist on an expedition in the Himalayas gets sidetracked into… MoreA botanist on an expedition in the Himalayas gets sidetracked into capturing a Yeti, then flies him back to Los Angeles where the creature quickly escapes. Dull, by-the-book creature-feature.