Strange Aeons Radio

NEW HOST ANNOUNCEMENT!

December 14, 2023 Strange Aeons Radio Season 5 Episode 252
Strange Aeons Radio
NEW HOST ANNOUNCEMENT!
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NEW HOST ANNOUNCEMENT!

We discuss the possibility of a fourth host, and then the gang digs into their 1970's flicks. And folks, these flicks are 70's AF!

Also discussed: Where the Devil Roams, Onyx the Fortuitous, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.

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Oh, I'm sorry, did I break your concentration somewhere between science and superstition such sites to show you strange aeons. Welcome to strange aeons radio. That's Eric over there. Hello. That's Vanessa over there. Hello. I'm Kelly. Hey guys. So I did it again. I normally try to come up with something to vamp about. And I have completely forgotten to do that this time. Really anybody have coming up with ideas of I know, I'm gonna have to have a list in the car as I'm driving over just in case. Actually, I you know what, I do have something that we could talk about, right. So all right, I've got I've got an idea for you guys. And just tell me, maybe maybe I'm really off base. Maybe it's really inappropriate. But you're here, the audience's here. What would you guys feel about if we had another person on this podcast? I know it's a big it's a big one. We'll try to set it three fairly well, and where would we put them a discussion that could be had? I don't know. I'm not very comfortable with it. Well, okay. What if I told you though, this might change your mind. We've had someone else here all along. Kelly, did you play with some alien eggs? And just told Vanessa, what what are you talking about? Well, I am pregnant. Congratulations. Yeah, yes. So we've had another set of years hanging out with definitely, brain has developed enough to know you guys by now. No, I really been watching what I was saying. I think that all the time about myself. So ears hanging. Well, holy cow. Congratulations on this amazing news. I guess I am okay with a fourth person on this podcast. At least for at least for a little bit longer until she decides to show up. Oh, another female voice. You have me and you lost? Oh, you lost your chance to blow something up in pink. Dang. Oops. My favorite of the colors. That that is absolutely amazing news. I'm so happy for you guys. Yes, but I thought it would be worth mentioning also in the air, because obviously that means we might have a little bit of change up and down the road. Are you saying that you don't think you're going to be able to do the show from the delivery room? If that's the case, I'm just saying give me maybe a week in case. I'm like, You know what, it's Sunday. I'm on my way to the show. But unfortunately, something happened. And now we make an offer on the hotline will offer you a matching salary for vacation time for what you get now. Thank you. I really appreciate that you guys are so thoughtful. Well, I imagine that's going to mean we'll be doing some zoom calls. We'll probably Yeah, so we'll get our recording software up to date. We'll get our audio stuff up to snuff and snub snuff and our fair Snuffy, and yeah, we'll get everything prime so that we can do a little bit of remote stuff and then there may be a guest now and again, so yeah, well, however it works to best serve you Vanessa. Oh, yeah. Have you in the baby said that was cold eyes. I heard the hesitation in your heart. Well, that is big news. And I don't think there's any way to beat that news. Right? So once again, congratulations and I'm not gonna ask on the air if you have a name yet. We do have a name but I will not be telling people until it is on a certificate of birth because I am too easily influenced by case Yeah, you know, somebody's gonna be like all that I knew somebody with that name and they were such a Duke and I'm be like somebody's broken tell me should tell Margaret and me because if it's a name that's easily Teasle we'll know it. Are you sure you want her to go through with what she's going to run into high school and Jana? Oh, no. Maybe I will offer yeah, there's Eric stuff but it's a weird name for girl you know, why not? What the hell nowadays? My last name however Yeah. So yes, very easily but I'm just saying that we have been the recipients of teasing through the years and you know, smelly Kelly. Yeah. Nobody likes to be called smelly Kelly. Especially all through grade school. Kids are gonna do what they're gonna do, though, like I was made fun of and you can't do anything with the name, Vanessa. Well, at some point, other ways, some point your name became a very easy target to me made fun of Well, you're a little older by that point. I was. I was one week old when she won Miss America. Okay, so my mom thought it was a very original name to call me Vanessa Williams. And then one week later, what a heavily televised very big event happened in America. And the first ever African American Miss America one and then she lost the problem. And then she continued to be famous. is now something else entirely. Whatever. proving my point, I guess you've embarrassed me in front of Vanessa. Oh, congratulations. Enjoy the new baby. Spine, but that sounds rude. All right. Can we talk about something important? Like the things we've watched and not me anymore? I watched new movie called where the devil roams where the devil reps was this on? This is on rent. Okay, but it's also available for free on screen box right now. I don't know if I am going to give this a hard suggestion. But it is pretty good. It is made by the Addams Family, the family made help Ender, and I've seen this one. And their story is more interesting than any movie they've made. But they've made some cool movies. And this is really gorgeous looking. And very interesting. But it drags Dre parts a lot. But the parts that I liked about it, I liked a lot. So yeah, I would say where the devil roams. If you dig that family and what they're doing, it's worth it just to kind of show some support to true indie filmmakers that are doing it right as far as I'm concerned. Oh, yeah, they hit far more than they miss for sure. Um, well, you know, it's getting a little wintry out there. And I have been in the mood for some reason to watch hockey movies. Okay, sure. Oh, wow. That this was going? Yeah. I watched a classic that I had never seen before. slapshot. You go love. slat is one of the hockey movies. What a fucking weird movie. It's just like I you know this Paul Newman guys really famous. I don't think I've seen him in hardly anything. I would love to see what he's up to. And I'm watching this film. And I'm like, what? The brothers names again? Oh, the Oh my God, those forgotten, but yeah, the enforcers. And it's just like the, there's a lot of cringy stuff because it's sort of like Native American team. And there's, you know, it's in the seven, eight. So there's a lot of weird, like, things that are being said on screen that perhaps you would not say these days. And that's all fine and well, but there's no like moral to this. Really, no one changes, at least not for the better. Everybody ever everyone status quo was maintained. I was like, okay, so they're gonna play a clean game at the end, because that's what matters. Nope, that lasts for like one quarter of the game. And then they're like, Screw it, go out there and beat the crap out of everybody and make this a spectacle. Vanessa, I'm always surprised when you pick a movie like this, because you have come out and just said, I'm not interested in comedy. True. And this movie is very much a comedy. I'm not lacking a soul. I still want to see movies. Sometimes they're supposed to be funny. I just don't usually find them funny. So what did you think at the end of it? I you know, I'm really glad I watched it. It's fucking weird. It's wacky. It's really. It's an interesting film. And it has really strong like ideas for the time where it's like, you know, women who are just like, fuck you. We're divorced. I'm gonna go sleep with whoever and you have to deal with it. And it's like, damn, okay, that's cool. But, and it was fun. I wouldn't say I laughed, but it was, you know, fun and moments. Um, I liked it. I don't think it's going to be something I'll return to time and time again because I didn't grow up with it. So I don't have the nostalgia. I think if somebody was coming to me and saying, I'm looking for a Paul Newman film, I don't know much about him. What film is the best representation of his work? I'm not sure slapshot would have been my first probably. There's some other good choices. Well, I'll find them eventually. But Like I said, I was in the mood for hockey. Yes, midnight, and I was like, I gotta watch something. I gotta watch some weird movie cravings when you're pregnant. Through weird lead through. Sadly, if you're a modern hockey fan, that's not how hockey can be played anymore. The enforcers have basically been removed from the game so Oh, no, because the next one I have a lineup is going to be good. That's also a great Yes, comedy. So we'll see how that goes. You never know. I might enjoy it. Don't sleep on Youngblood. Oh, yeah. Oh, there you go. Nice, Mighty Ducks. Right. The first one is to watch all rewatch Mighty Ducks for sure. And I do also want to see what's the one with a hockey player that like has to get into figure skating. Oh, the cutting edge on I'm gonna see the cutting edge for sure viewing with any young couple fell in love. I think. There you go. And I'll see you can learn how to shoot a movie when it's obvious your skaters aren't as good as you want them to be and wide shots. Lots of wide shots. So I've dove in and watched probably the bad release of the year and lived up to its billing the Winnie the Pooh, let me know. Just you know, cuz it's that weird culture horror thing. Second catches got it. Check this out. And anybody who watched that and it ruined Winnie the Pooh for you. If it's I think you had an uncomfortable attachment to Winnie the Pooh or something. I mean, there's no Tigger. There's nothing Winnie the Pooh about that thing at all. Just like yeah, this is not in influencing my feel of the original Winnie the Pooh. Would you agree with me that okay, it starts off with that kind of sharp animation. Yeah, that was that was I was like, Oh, I guess this is going to be kind of a serious movie. And the idea is not bad. Right? Oh, no, the idea of doing something like that where they lose their shit because Christopher Robin disappears. That was my first sec. Well, this is an interesting start. Right? But then it just also, I mean, doesn't help that the budget had to be in the hundreds of dollars. Yeah, that's true. The fact that they just turned it into a a camp slasher movie about 40 minutes in so it just takes away everything. So these stuffed animals were able to create a camp that had electricity that had several different buildings that had like cooking facilities and all this stuff, but somehow they were driven insane. Like, there's a disconnect here from point A to point B. Well remember they were driven insane because they were so hungry that they had to eat er. Cannibalism is what drove them insane. Your finger if you could just if you can build your own cabin and or keep your cabin running with electricity for several years, you can figure out how to hunt. Listen, I'm not gonna try. I'm not gonna defend the story issues. But I do I do wish that when a movie like this is frustrating, because it's close. Yeah, you're like, Oh, you guys really needed to bring in a another person to kind of massage this story or something. Because the base of the beginning is really cool. The slasher stuff is good enough. Fine. So just an adjustment to what was going on. Maybe make them I think they should have kept him cute. You know, keep that connection to Winnie the Pooh a little closer. And that might help this is a lot of it's not bad filmmaking. Right as a whole. It's just there was a bad core problem right when they started making it, but I don't know that they could have kept it kept them cute and kept them away from looking like the Disney stuff. Yeah, so Well, I guess you can cross that off your must see list. I watched a movie. I haven't finished the movie. I'm not sure I'll finish the movie. Oh, I don't even remember the entire title of the movie onyx, the fortuitous. And he's something something of something. This is based on a character who I guess is a very popular YouTube guy. Okay. And he's very nerdy. He talks fast and he's just one of these over the top characters who finds himself in a in a movie situation where he is along with four or five other people brought to this Yeah, onyx the fortuitous and the talisman of souls. It's it's horror comedy. And it's more comedy than horror. But there's all sorts of horror elements in it because they are in a gigantic house and they are going to be summoning some kind of evil creature there. It is acted very well it is shot very well. This movie looks like it costs you know several million dollars and I know that they raise the money on a Kickstarter. She so I think it was less than a million dollars. It looks way way better than that. But these kinds of characters really great on me. I don't like you know, Ace Ventura pet detective, but I think I would have loved it as a 40 minute film. Sure. Just an hour and a half of it is too much and, and this guy is that kind of character super annoying when everybody else is kind of normal. And at about an hour and about an hour into it. I was like, Okay, I might be able to handle this. How much left? Do I have another hour? It's too goddamn hours. And I thought I think I might be done with this. I don't think I can handle another hour of this guy. But I bet you there are people out there who either love this character from the YouTube stuff or love this actor is the actor is the director and the writer of this. So I think he must have a pretty big fan base if he was able to raise all that money and Scott Jeffrey Combs and and Barbara Crampton. And all the acting is really really top notch. So yeah, onyx, the fortuitous and the talisman of souls. Your mileage may vary. And please don't count this as a recommendation. Mentioning of well, I watched something that was a recommendation of yours. I started watching bodies. Oh yeah. I'm only a couple episodes in but it's fun, really interesting, really fun and makes me really want to check out the comic as well. That's really like the third episode, I finally watched a credit and it said it was based on the graphic novel and I was like, Oh, no. I have a good series. So I don't know that it wraps itself up or anything like that. But I am glad you're liking it. Yeah, it's really fascinating. I love the kind of jumps through time. I think there's like maybe one time period I haven't been like as into which is maybe the leg or time period. I keep like zoning out whenever it comes on. So I guess I don't like it as much. But that's the one that's was so that's during World War Two. Know that? Yes. Yes, it is. That's the World War Two, one. What's that one? Oh, it might maybe it's just the guy. I don't know. Why me? Why me? I'm just like, Oh, okay. All right. What is this on again? This Netflix. Yeah, Netflix. Yeah. And it's just I really love how that first episode ends on that sort of. And now we're going to go much further into the future timeline. And, but it's also I mean, as soon as that happen, I thought that was really cool. And then the more I thought about it was like, Are they ever going to solve this? Yeah. Am I going to be very dissatisfied with the ending or where to know? It's hard to know. Yeah. And I feel like the end of each episode has its own weird thing that occurs. So I'm stoked about that. And we'll see if it lives up to it. Yeah, I love the idea that through all this timeline, there's some kind of shadowy government thing that you are love. Yeah, you're like, Okay, there's all sorts of questions. I hope some of this gets answered. For sure. Absolutely. For sure. So yeah, so that was a great recommendation and I'm stoked to continue to go down that rabbit hole since I have to do something while I wait for monarch to show up. Exactly, is that what you're naming or monitor? That's not Clue Number One. not pretentious at all. I was referring to the Kurt Russell TV show, right. Okay, monarch? Yes. Yes. So as I continue to catch up on the world of stuff I missed in the 100 days, right. I finished up actually not directly talking about this. But as soon as I finished winning time, which I didn't hate the ending of by the way, it's like it's sports. You can't can't call your show winning time and end on the season. They lost. Because they won that. couple others in the middle of it. I'm just angry that it was canceled vessel that definitely Jesus. But immediately afterward, I watched magic and bird courtship of rituals. I did too bad it was really good. It's really good. But the odd connection between those two individuals is players and people is really interesting. Yeah. And the story of their friendship is incredibly powerful. Yeah, it really is. I would say even if you're a marginal basketball fan and don't feel like watching two seasons a winning time, which why wouldn't you because it's fucking great. Even if it drives you nuts the way in and watch this because this is just wonderful. I don't know that I would have loved this documentary without seeing winning time. But I am bummed that you don't tell him my brothers who don't like basketball, but just love good film. And they're both like not interested. And like, I need you guys to watch this. Trust me, you will like this. I don't like basketball. Is it? Because it's sports? That they don't like it? Yeah, I think it's just because it's basketball. That's a bummer. Because like, I feel like any like, they're some of the best movies or sports movies, because it's so compelling. I don't like actual watching sports, but like, man, there's some great sports movies out there. I think that I don't know. The problem really is there's just too much out there to watch. And we all have to kind of pick and choose what we will or won't watch. Like we were talking a couple weeks back about lower decks. It's like, sure, I just don't think I will like it because Star Trek is just not my thing. And there's too much other stuff. That is my thing that I haven't caught up on. Yeah, so I think where they are, I'd say it's been a while since I've mentioned it, but sports is like right up there with right near horror. For me. I love sports movies. I also love sports. But the movie part where they condense it down until this wild shit that happens to some of these people. is fascinating to me. I haven't really liked Well, I didn't like basketball since the Sonics got taken away from Seattle 1112 years ago. And I tried to watch it a little bit recently, and it's starting to have the same problem I have with soccer. Like I don't like soccer because so many people take dives it's not the sport it's the weird dives to get things and basketball is starting to get filled with that Ooh or you watch footage of these guys plan or the 90s period with just beating the shit out of each other and now it's like touch flop so anyways weird side angle there yeah watch winning time and then watch this because they're both pretty fucking good. I agree. In fact how about we take a little break we all sit down and watch both seasons of winning time and then we come back we do we're talking 70s as fuck. Evil good evil sold separately or would the Evil Knievel stop cycle from ideal we have returned and we are talking 70s as fuck. Per Jamie's request after hearing Vanessa say the phrase 70s as fuck sometimes things are just 70s As this episode is gonna be excellent. Oh yeah, I'm gonna start it off with a movie. Good. From 1979 We're on the right show called Meteor. Space timeless, infinite, eternal. For countless millennia the stars and planets travel their silent pads in perfect harmony it was called Orpheus the meteor shower is greater than all the hydrogen bombs its speed is greater than any rocket ever conceived and shatter continents its mask and level not images it cannot think it cannot reasonably can not change its course and it's going to strike the earth in six days. That means yard is five miles wide and it's definitely gonna hit us. coming apart a million pieces are government collaboration with best scientific brains at its disposal? Develop the project to deal with this emergence attitude correction complete A situation nominal, or the impact is a contra alleging in their mind that you're wrong. Once the rockets have been launched, they switch over to their own internal decision making systems. And if these systems perform perfectly well then there's no problem or if there's a malfunction What are the odds? Your guess is as good as mine we can expect the first splinters in 24 hours we picked up another Splinter a big one direction. The United States, the eastern seaboard. It's five miles wide. It's traveling at a speed of 30,000 miles per hour. And there is no place on earth to hide. Nice budget of $16 million box office of $8.4 million off Rotten Tomatoes critics have it at 5% No, the audience has it at 14% No. Direct by Ronald Neem, who has 26 directing credits including The Poseidon Adventure, the Odessa File and Scrooge the Albert Finney musical version three telling me this is going to be awesome because it's called Meteor by the guy from Poseidon Adventure written by Stanley man who has 44 writing credits including a theater of blood Vanessa, Damien omen to Firestarter Conan the Destroyer, and it was also written by Edwin Edmund H not. Excuse me. Take two also written by Edmund H North who has 35 writing credits including The Day the Earth Stood Still Patton and submarine x one starring indie cast that includes Sean Connery. 94 credits including the first six double oh seven movies czar does have boobs too far time bandits Highlander Huffer Red October Dragonheart. The Rock and was Indiana Jones father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, also starring Natalie Wood, who has 74 Acting credits including West Side Story Rebel Without a Cause Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and brainstorm. She died under some mysterious circumstances in 1981. also starred in Karl Malden was 73 credits, including on the waterfront Patton, A Streetcar Named Desire Phantom of the room org, the cat of nine tails which I talked about in our in our Italian What'd he call it? Joe jello Thank you. Probably most recognized from 120 episodes of the streets of San Francisco. Also starring Martin Landau, Joseph Campanella, Henry Fonda and Brian Keith. This movie is 70s as fuck in the way that although it's 1979 The filmmakers are definitely not looking towards the 80s but instead are stuck in the disaster flicks of the 70s like earthquake airport, Towering Inferno or Poseidon Adventure. It is a gigantic star studded cast that comes together during a disaster. Yes, before Armageddon before Deep Impact. There was this giant pile of shit. Oh no. We are given a voiceover in the beginning and a shout of outer space for some pretty bad effects of a comment that is new to us when this never been observed before. And it is heading towards an asteroid field where there are some gigantic asteroids just milling about, like near do wells at the mall. And there is an American science rocket with a crew of three that is in the area and they are diverted to get footage of this new comment. But while they are there, the comet strikes a particularly large asteroid which breaks into several several smaller asteroids all heading for Earth. Oh no. They wait. They wipe out the science crew and that tips off the US that there is a threat to the planet. We're gonna then introduce to Dr. Paul Bradley who is Sean Connery. He does not want to be brought in to talk to his ex boss Harry. But apparently it gets his will Paul was tasked to create an orbiting nuclear missile platform in outer space a few years earlier. And he is finally tucked into coming in to try to use the nukes to take out the main Meteor heading towards Earth. It is five miles wide. And if it strikes Earth, it would be an extinction level event. In this movie, me sure I have, he agrees to help but quickly realize this that even all of America's orbiting nukes would not be enough to save the planet. If only there was another untrustworthy superpower who had their own nuclear missile platform orbiting the planet as well. Oh, well enter Alexei Dubov. And his stunningly gorgeous translator Tatiana Dubov, is not allowed to admit that there is a Soviet nuclear satellite up there. But in a kind of funny soon, Bradley starts talking about theoretical ideas if there was another platform and how they might be able to stop the meteor and the scientists starts going along with him on how a theoretical plan of attack might happen. So they start working together all through the help of his translator, who is of course Natalie Wood. And the rest of the movie is them trying to figure out the mathematics of both satellites launching 20 minutes of hearts so that they reach the media at the same time and such intercut with this is the arrival of the smaller meteors, which are striking different parts of the planet and causing all kinds of carnage. The effects really aren't up to the challenge. But I liked these scenes the best because they would suddenly cut to an intimate family in a large tent in the middle of the tundra. And we get a few minutes of them talking and living and all this and then the media would strike and kill them under an avalanche. There was another one in Hong Kong, where we follow one person a Meteor has struck in the ocean and creates a massive tidal wave. So while other disaster movies would show all the destruction, this movie follows this one person while everyone's running around in men, everything he's trying to get to his wife and kids as the wave is approaching. And gets away from the kid. He goes back grabs the dog and makes it out of the apartment starts running. And then the wave hits and everyone was killed. Excellent. And then there was another one that just followed this beautiful chick who skiing down a mountain and then she takes off her skis and meets her friends at a resort and they're laughing and chatting and all of that and then they're dead. It's it's just this weird, these weird little vignettes of life happening and then it's like, well yeah, it's a I didn't hate this movie. Yeah, it sounds like it's fun. Will the US and Soviet Union be able to work together to stop the media from destroying life as we know it will immediately strike the World Trade Center and a scene that will make everyone who was alive during the 911 attacks in America super uncomfortable. Will Sean Connery kiss Natalie Wood at the end of this movie, even though they have had a very sterile working relationship with no hint of romance, but they do tune in to Tubi where I watch this and find out. Like I said, this movie is bad, but it's not horrible and the acting is great. The problem is that there was just way too much acting and not enough destruction. You really want one of these movies to have you know, unfortunately, the Deep Impact and Armageddon kind of stuff going on taglines. It's five miles wide. It's coming at 30,000 miles per hour. And there's no place on earth to hide. I kind of like it. Yes, fun. Trivia Natalie Wood could speak fluent Russian in real life. Her parents were Russian immigrants in her birth name was Natalia Nicola van Zakharchenko. And Brian Keith, who plays the Soviet scientists is also fluent in Russian. So all their scenes, they are actually speaking Russian. And I thought that was cool. That's cool. Yeah. Several visual effects production teams were fired during the course of the length of production for failing to produce adequate effects on a very limited budget. Sure, the final company was forced to provide the effects scene in this movie for what money remained. That seems like a great choice dollars. I like this, the final sentence of or the final line of that sentence is seriously compromising the results. And it's true. The effects of the asteroid you know, for 1979 and Star Wars coming out, Superman coming out and all of that stuff. This looks very well 70s as fuck, early 70s as fuck the asteroid looks like a piece of lava rock that they've just filmed kind of spinning in space is quite bad. It is one of the final movies from American International pictures. This film's huge failure at the box office is considered to have contributed to the studio's downfall. And then thanks to the nerds out there. I found this little bit the meteoroid is heading for Earth at about 35,000 miles an hour and we'll hit Earth In a week, according to the movie, it says that 35,000 miles an hour, an object would take at least six months to travel from the asteroid belt to Earth orbit. So I love that there's nerds out there who are like this movie sucks. And let me tell you, why. Not because of the effects is because of the science. Still, I watched this movie, it kept my attention the entire time. And, you know, 5% seems a little rough. I'm gonna check this out this sounds to be you're gonna be disappointed in the lack of distraction. But I think you're going to love the Hong Kong family that is trying desperately to get away and make it. No, they do that. Roland Emmerich had to have gotten those little like, character studies somewhere. Yeah, I think so too. I'm turning off the buzzer. And I am turning it back on for Vanessa. All right. Cool. So speaking of Sunday's as fuck there is definitely a 70s film that was missing from my viewing history. And that was the 1974 film czar doors. This is the future our future the Earth has been divided into two separate worlds. The vortex, a perfectly structured utopia, where man's ultimate technology has conquered death. For a chosen few. Here man will never die. Go forward to perfection. Surrounding the vortex or the Outlands. Passionate, barbaric die where hordes of exterminators freely slaughter, on the command of Sadat's god of the Vortex where God is good. And 20th Century Fox presents Sardars starring Sean Connery as the invader from the Outlands chosen to discover the flaw in paradise How did you get into the vortex? What is your purpose? I don't remember tell me show me. You must tell me no. No, me has been given seven days to complete her study. Then Zed will be terminated. Zed arouses in the people of the vortex of forgotten sensuality knife out of you. flows into must be destroyed. Why? Can you unknow what you know know about me? Here is a new kind of adventure the future hopes of mankind depend on one man this is a race against time. In a timeless word. A startling look into the future. Our future? zada was filmed by John Borden which I had never seen, so I'm pretty stoked about this. Pregnancy. You couldn't take drugs to watch this and wondering how this really works without drugs. Oh, you know, I don't know if you need drugs. Really. It is just that fucking weird. Oh, so Rotten Tomatoes score 50% from critics 53% from audience budget of 1.5 7 million box office and 1.8 us Canadian rentals. quaity but that's what I got. This was written, directed and produced by a surge John Borman 32 credits to his name, including hope and glory Excalibur deliverance and exorcist to the heretic. Starring sir Sean Connery. 91 credits his name weird as he plays dead, our main person you would know him from James behind the rock the intangibles behind for Red October Highlander, sadly ending his career on serve Billy before he died in 2020. But he was also in a cool little movie apparently called Meteor. So check that out. Charlotte Rampling is a police console Ella in this 131 credits her name she has beautiful eyes. She was in Farewell my lovely the damned the night Porter Stardust Memories, and more recently Reverend Mother in dune and she did some video game voice work for Assassin's Creed. Sara customer 63 credits her name she plays may lots of UK TV and mini series including in the flesh Holby City gentlemen Jack invoice Star Wars nets the Republic to the game, John Elderton plays friend he has a really cool face and I was sure he was in something 62 credits was name and that's something was lots of TV like please sir and Fireman Sam and ForeverGreen the cartoon Little Miss which had the like little circle people and the film calendar girl so I have not seen him anything. I uh, he just looks very familiar. And Niall budgie as the kind of the narrator almost and also the one of the main characters Arthur friend 73 credits to his name, including alien three Hellraiser as a dinner guest the pope, the pope must die it Mamma Mia and lots of UK TV. So there's a lot of UK TV people out here. The story we get a slightly cryptic fun opening, fun with large quote marks here from a magician who admits he is pretending to be God, but he's not a God and He wants to tell us a story. We start by seeing a giant floating stone head roaming over the landscape and a group of men with long braids and read speedos and read holsters for their bullets following the head across the landscape. When it lands, the head announces to all that it would like them to continue to murder and hunt and it barfs out a bunch of guns and ammo. We then see Sean Connery point a handgun at the screen and we get credits. Zero does is there God floating stone head head who's enjoying its romp across the sky while Connery is inside and emerges from a pile of grain. He kind of wanders around and finds a lot of people cellophane wrapped, which I don't understand why but that's okay. There's a lot of that in this film, and a set of stone stairs which he wanders around and then he sees a man, that is the narrator we just met the man implores him not to shoot and offers to show him great things and explain a bunch of stuff but instead, Connor shoots him and he quote unquote falls slash floats very slowly out of the ships mouth and to his death. The stone hand and stone head head and land choose us safely at a fancy Manor nearby, the man said Sean Connery emerges to discover a paradise of godlike individuals who run this world each have a sector that control and are in charge of various functions of the planet. Some have needs, some sectors have needs, others have accesses, so they need to be redistributed. And these guys are kind of in charge of that. They all have telepathic powers, they're able to move things read thoughts and often communicate with one another. In this way. It's kind of almost like a hippie commune though with a lot of rich white people. It has a very Alice in Wonderland feeling to it where things are just very strange. When they discover him, they give him three weeks to be studied and examined by May and friend to the characters, after which he will be put to death. As he remains quiet and gets to know about this place. He discovers that the beings are immortal and powerful but not happy. When they commit a crime. They're given sentences where time is added to their life, as in they're no longer 20 forever. They're now 25 And forever are 25 and three months and forever. And eventually they have enough charges that they are put into this sort of section for old people where that is reserved for the worst criminals who are all kind of like running around and being goofy with each other as old people do. It's very zany friend is discovered to be really depressed and given a status of unredeemable he sent to live with the old folks. There's also another guy on a public trial where he's gonna get several years everyone's sort of glued to their rings which are like Google but with a display. I'm trying my best to tell you guys what this movie is okay? Like it's it's fucking weird. So may discovers that said is actually hella smart and possibly smarter than and physic more physically fit than anyone else in their god commune. Which is also very weird and comes out of nowhere. She wants to know his true purpose for being there, which remains a mystery but one thing is for sure he's destined to change their entire society and free them from their boredom and possibly their love. eyes? Um, well, this film is definitely better than I thought it would be. I didn't think it was gonna be anything. And there's definitely a story here. It's fucking weird. I mean, it is insane. Like there is some LSD. In the DNA of this film, I cannot tell you what is happening from one moment to the next. Honestly, it is just constantly whiplash of madness. But it's kind of a crazy, interesting ride at the same time. A lot of the characters are extremely irritating, and you do have to watch them prance around. It's pretty rough for women in this movie. There's a lot of boob grabbing and sex stuff. However, it's okay. They like it. Don't you worry. They're very I think this is written in a way that's very obsessed with literary references. There's a lot of metaphor moments like Alice in Wonderland, the Bible Wizard of Oz Sardars. It reminded me a lot in parts of the film mother, where it's just like, there's a lot of allegory going on, and you're not entirely sure from moment to moment what they're referencing, but you know, it's something Sean Connery is doing his best, but clearly has no fucking clue what film he's in. And the cinematography, I think is cool, the landscapes are cool, that dreamy atmosphere is cool. And there's some weird backwards filming moments that work pretty well. So I liked this movie. There's a lot of trivia. Borman was inspired to write Sardars while prepping to adapt JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings for United Artists. But I know when the studio became hesitant about the cost of producing the film version of the books, Foreman continue to be interested in the idea of inventing a strange new world. And he wanted to make a film about the problems that are hurtling us at such a rate into the future that our emotions are lagging behind. The original draft was set five years in the future, and was about a university lecturer who became obsessed with a young girl whose disappearance prompted him into seeking out communes where she had lived. Bormann visited many communes for research, but decided to set the story far in the future where society had collapsed. I'm gonna skip some of this because there's there's great info here, but I really want to talk about drugs. So the opening sequence of this was it had that weird introduction which Borman said he was forced to do by 20th Century Fox executives to help the audience understand the movie. Probably because foreman. He admitted that he was under a heavy drug influence while writing the film and during production, He also claims other he's not even sure what parts of the film are about, mainly due to the haze of drugs that he wasn't in at the time. It feels like there were several scenes that are kind of pointless. The atmosphere away from the filming by a nearby town was fueled by copious narcotics in the town of Gary Kennedy was so heated not a hedonistic that it was given temporary access to a mobile STI clinic afterwards. And the census that took place in 1975 revealed that the population of the village grew by 15%. You know, I love John Borman and I think that this is indicative of all of his films like Exorcist, too, you can't tell what's going on Excalibur. I still can't figure out if that's a good movie or not. It's gorgeous, but it makes no sense. I think that's just who he is. That's fair. I well, I guess if deliverance is your most straightforward, then that does say something about you. I mean, it's an incredible feat. I mean, it's he went above and beyond in this film, but I have no fucking idea why everyone's in like a crystal. And they went to space maybe I guess at one point, but are they still there? And is it real? I'm, there's a lot of questions I have. I have never seen this film. Like I need I don't know. I don't know that. That straight is the way to do it. But I happen to know that you're never straight. Cricket mind cricket. I did see an amazing Halloween costume, maybe a couple years of a man who had dressed up as the giant stone head. He had his baby in the Tsar dog or in the Zed outfit. Yeah. And I thought that was just adorable, but it's incredible that it's such a good costume. There's a lot A lot of cool things you can do with this better than the other way around. Indeed. Eric I don't know that you're gonna be able to beat Zardoz This is a completely different kind of comparing the sort of an exercise in futility 10 minutes is on the buzzer for you. I have got also from 1979 Skate Town USA now might remember when roller skating was a lonely sport the skaters were discrete. The skates were obsolete and the background had no beat at all. Well time sure have changed do with memory Welcome to skate Town USA. Where boy meets girl in a celebration of love on wheels. From coast to coast rock and roller disco is the most the most fun the most excitement the most beautiful girls the most outrageous guys the most daring encounter between two rival champion on your stand the most fantastic music all comes together in the greatest story ever wrote big stars get a new faces turn around in scape Town USA the world's biggest funniest toughest, loudest rock and roller disco movie ever imagine? ski town USA. It's an on wheels and it's heading your way. 79 that says no critics ratings a 33 from audience which Sure. Directed by William a levy. Well known for wham bam, thank you Spaceman. Hellgate the happy hookeri Goes to Washington and blackened Stein. Okay, so written by Nick Castle, who wrote tag the assassination game. Escape from LA. lockout. William A. Lovey, also sound familiar. Wrote wham bam. Thank you, Spaceman slumber party 57 and Night Patrol. Who do you need to see the first 56 slumber parties to know what's going on? No, I may have to find that out. Lauren Dreyfus who's rose Fantasy Island to two episodes, and Detective school dropouts. This stars many people Greg Bradford who was in zapped Greece chips. Let's do it. Picture a 70s Quite a blind man. This is him. Judy landers who's an armed and dangerous Doctor alien 15 episodes of Bj and the bear 14 episodes of Vegas with $1 sign and eight episodes of The Love Boat. very recognizable. 70s personality, Maureen McCormick who most of you will know is Marsha from The Brady Bunch 132 credits overall. This was her first film. Oh, least that's what somebody said. Catherine Kelly long garlic and gunpowder evil speak. Check this out. The Bold and the Beautiful 6272 Episode Ah worth and the movie debut of Patrick Swayze. This also has Scott bayo is Pat as the sort of like an agent, I guess for the blonde guy. Oh, for the skater thing. He really doesn't do much but Bichon, Flip Wilson. Nice, Ruth buzzy Bill bartie. Ron Palais Lo, better known as horshack. Okay. And Dorothy Stratten. Wow. Which I'll get back to later on that one. But no, Sean Connery, huh? No, no, Sean Connery. He was busy on media opens up with a great skate town song with people skating around LA beaches with those little sail things that people used to use to skate with and a giant conga line forms of skaters. So you got this has got to be interesting. And in the credits, it says Ruth, Buzzy as Elvira. Just the name, she definitely is not dressed up as a fire. Thank God as right. So the first guy to speak in the film. It's like he's the DJ. But he floats down from someplace and you can see through him. So I'm like, is this a spirit or a ghost? I don't know. It's never addressed in the film. He just does his thing. He snaps his fingers and suddenly this skate down is filled with skaters. So they do a little bit of skate skating around some fancy skateboarding. And we meet the cast. And then Patrick shows up leading his gang. That man they could have been right out of the warriors with their West wheelers, leather jackets, and they're all skating. They were much better dressed than the skaters that are in the Warriors. Come in, disrupt everyone skate around and dance sways he's got what might be the best 70s hair ever. And a little strange things all through the movie, like the bathrooms are labeled curves and muscles. Part of what keeps this movie going is the sheer volume of music that is played. There is almost constant music and that helps this movie a lot. Is it recognizable music or some of it is yeah, a lot of it is. So you've got this one thing. Where are they? They're confronting the two guys, you know, Patrick Swayze and the blonde guys. I couldn't go to get each other. And his think Marsha is his sister. Because sitting there you've got horshack and Patrick Swayze, and she hits on a horshack Oh my god, like no, that's not how it should work. But across some Puritan types, which is where Ruth buzzy comes in, show up trying to make sure this is a clean establishment with no drugs and sex. And it seems to imply that he's the owner gives them free pizza with kind of implies that the pizza is laced with something because they then begin to have a great time. And they make an announcement over the thing. I'm sorry lines for pizza can be no longer than 462 people. Random flip comes in, in his classic flip is a woman bit where he's married to the owner. And he's there to st make sure the owner is being good. Unknown comic makes an appearance This is 70s as fuck. And suddenly dance card contest begins. We get a village people song, macho man or one of the dances. There's no reason and trying to describe the film. Just crazy shits gone on. So I'll just continue on with the weird shit I learned about it. The rock and roller disco movie of the year is the tagline. Oh, sure. And reason you probably have never heard of this film. And no idea existed was because when Patrick Swayze got rich enough, he bought the rights and banned it from being released at all. Oh my God. His autobiography stated he was embarrassed for the film. So he bought the rights and buried it. Wow. Oh, and this is one of those. I actually rented this from scarecrow because I could not find it anywhere. Oh my god. It's one of those bare bones. You put it in the display or it starts playing there's no extra so it's like Sony released that. I think just as well. Here we have this right. Marine McCormack interview book. Here's the story surviving. Marcia Brady and finding my true voice. She writes like a disco at the time. There's a lot of cocaine being done on the set. Many people were very open about using it. The film is dubbed the first roller disco movie, released a few months before roller buggy. Oh that same year. Filming was done largely at the Palladium. Built in 1940s was sprawling hardwood dance For chandeliers and soap bubbles used for the Lawrence Welk Show nice, which they use, I believe. But in Star ad, which I believe you talked about recently, yes. Dorothy's threatened. The movie was renamed to ball bearings. Because this was her first movie. And it really wasn't much of a part right? She just kind of stands there. Ordering Pizza Can we get a pizza and looking at another pizza and then some weird I know he's somebody famous by couldn't remember who it was. But this weird old comedian guy starts telling jokes. I mean, like vaudeville bad kind of jokes. Disco tinged themed on skate town was written by Mason and Brenda Cooper. Let's see fell in love with a cover of his own 1968 feeling all right. Among other songs on the soundtrack or Patrick her name Z's born to be alive. One you probably recognize if you heard if you don't Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire. Shake your body by the Jackson Jackson's Boogie Nights by the heatwave, baby HOLD ON by any money. Oh. No, stop at us now. McFadden and Whitehead. I mean, I want you to want me by cheap trick. I mean, this is full of music roller girl. Perfect dance by Marlon McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Disco nights rock freak, a cover of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards under my thumb. And of course skate Town USA. And I think when so might have seen this movie and written this review that I better off forgotten how this movie falls in with all of the discount movies. It's better off mothballed and forgotten as much of the disco areas movies go. They reflect a time that was ridiculed for the etc that goes behind, or goes hand in hand with disco music. Oh, this is a terrible movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am going to look for some illegal means to own this. This sounds amazing. I gotta find there's gotta be a vinyl world soundtrack. I would hope so. Yeah. But part of the way through. I figured I'm gonna see if this is blu ray somewhere. And I did find the oblique DVD had one left. Fuck I'm ordering it shows up. I appreciate that. That is That sounds amazing. That sounds 70s As far as faithfully so I mean, you know when you get to these things that if he could 60s 70s 80s It's always like the last two or three years. So this 79 is, is 80s man. I mean, it's fun to check out especially if you love disco, and you want to see Patrick Swayze chewing scenery. He is so serious in this his skate dance, which is moderate, let's just say competitive skating events like Wow, really. He uses his belt as like a whip. He takes his belt off. When he first starts dancing. He's dancing around with his belt. It's worth checking out. Ah, man. When you first said skate town, USA for some reason, I thought this was going to be a skateboarding movie. Roller skating, roller skating, although there is some skateboarding. Okay, but it's basically it's definitely a roller skating. I went on a kick. Couple years ago when I was sick and stuck at home. And I was remembering that awesome podcast that never got finished. 80s all over? Oh, yeah. And they would just list movies. And I just write down the movies and find those movies. And there were a lot of skate movies in the early 80s. Like Linda Blair, or one of her first adult roles was an escape movie that is just awful and awesome. I'm sure. So this sounds like something I would absolutely love. Thanks, Jamie, for the suggestion that we do a 70s as fuck yeah, so it definitely worked. But that means Eric that you have to come up with a topic that got one this is another suggestion. I noticed in my notes so I don't know when he made this request. But we'll allow out there gave us an idea that might go well this sounds fun. movies that have a large bases and underground or tunnels in some way. So it could be something like turning to the side of the Earth or something kind of like speed that has scenes in a subway. I don't think it needs to necessarily be okay. 100% Underground because it limits a lot. The Descent Kang versus God. That's right. Okay, that sounds cool to me. Thanks. Well for that suggestion. And thanks to everyone who's liking and sharing posts who's To join the discussion on the strange aeons radio talk page, which is about the only place I like hanging out on Facebook anymore. Yeah, yep. Very interesting bunch of nice people arguing about films in a very nice way in a fun way. Usually the negative comment is tinged with some wonderful humor. Yes. So keep it up, keep coming back. And if you haven't posted or said anything yet, feel free to join and talk a little bit. We're all decent folk. Yeah, absolutely. And also, thanks for the people who are donating money through the bias pizza page, or just sending random amounts of cash that is really nice. 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