B-MOVIE OF THE MONTH - GREEN ICE (1981)

An additional tribute to Ryan O Neal this month. Green Ice, also known as Operation Green Ice, is a British adventure from the ever-reliable Lew Grade camp. Ann Archer co-stars as the femme fatale and O Neal had a very hard time working with her as they had two completely different ideas of what the film should be. It doesn't show though and O Neal looks great here, the film has a couple of strong saving graces including music by Bill Wyman and songs too! A couple of hot air balloon scenes set to one of Wyman's tunes are really quite nice. Give this one a shot, it's not bad. 2.75 stars/2.75

Monday, February 12, 2024

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON IS, LITERALLY, "THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA" (1976)

 

A British romance drama adapted from a 1963 Japanese novel, this is one whack film. First, we have a group of mischievious teen boys that have a club led by a cvigar-smoking 14-year old brat who calls himself "Chief." The others he refers to by numbers 1 through 5, ocassionally promoting or demoting their rank. Sarah Miles plays one of the boy's mother. She's a single mom who is desperately seeking a man. Enter Kristofferson, sans guitar and looking like he's on Bennies or pain pills, who becomes the new stepdad which ultimately puts him square in the path of the boy's club. A quirky, interesting and very Dartmouth drama, streams now on Tubi. 3.75 stars/5

(This post written by Stoney Jones, filling in for Tommy)


The incredible Sarah Miles, what a career.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER TURNS IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS CAREER AS A GREIVING FATHER IN A PLANE CRASH'S "AFTERMATH" (2017)


Good ole Arnie boy does his most impressive work, at least from the films I have seen.. Aftermath is a heavy (that's putting it mildly) drama about a plane crash, a grieving father and the air traffic controller (Scoot McNairy) that caused the crash. The film follows those two main characters path as Arnie seeks an apology for his daughter and the air traffic controller seeks the return of his sanity. Everything from the acting to the direction and production is top notch. Highly recommend if and when you're in the mood for this kind of flick. Currently streaming on Tubi, Plex, Freevee and several others.  4 stars/5

(This post written by Stoney Jones, filling in for Tommy while his broken arm is healing.)

Friday, January 19, 2024

SOCIETY OF THE SNOW (2023) - ANDES SURVIVORS STORY IS FINALLY GIVEN A PROPER FEATURE FILM TELLING, THERE NEED BE NO OTHER VERSION

 

Several times while watching Society of the Snow. I thought of the faces of Nando and Roberto, the two survivors that pulled off the amazing feat. Of saving. 14 other survivors out of the Andes Mountains. Following this story for so long since really it happened in the mid 70s. I almost feel like. I know them. That their friends of mine. I visualized them and some of the other survivors watching the final cut and what the expressions on their face might be. I could see pride and even rushed tears. At the magnificence of this splendid cinematic achievement. 

If they feel the way that I do, then the record has been set straight. There will never need to be another version. We went from one end of the. To the other. With the. Hollywood. Formula. Alive 1993. To this. Than a simple retelling of the story. An actual journey into the hearts. And minds. Of the survivors as it was happening. A 4th dimension, if you will. The film makers took endless effort to make sure that this version had no. Traces of. The previous versions and that includes the documentaries. None of the tropes associated with previous versions have been repeated. For example, the pilot asking for a gun so he could shoot himself. The I'll go for pizza and you buy line. The copilot warning that the plane is going to do a "dance." with unknowns and in Spanish, I believe they even took the extra effort of making sure the new faces didn't look like the. Photos of. Nando and. Roberto as we know them. 

The avalanche sequence is given a treatment here that no other film version has even come close. To reproducing. You will likely find one or two parts hard to watch. As the depth of this film. Really drives home. The emotional. Despair. They faced. Both the pre crash and after discovery parts of the story are given ample time. Perhaps too much on the after Discovery, as there's still 20 minutes left of film at that point. The special effects and cinematography are off the chart. 

Appropriately nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Society of the snow is surely to take home the coveted prize. I can't recommend the film enough. But it is a heavy two hours and 25 minutes that you are in for. Netflix only.  5 stars/5 

Sunday, January 7, 2024

HENRY THOMAS IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE FROM TWO KILLERS JUST FLOORBOARDS ABOVE HIM IN "CRAWLSPACE" (2022)

 

Henry Thomas is a conscientious plumber. His wife (Olvia Taylor Dudley) gets on his case about being too nice and extending too much credit to his customers. He goes out to a job and to his misfortune two bad guy poachers have decided to stash a big bag of cash that day in the crawl space under the house. When they find out he's down there literally crawling between them and their money, a big cat and mouse game ensues and it's not pretty for all involved. 

A satisfying enough thriller, what I like to call a "good two-star movie." Thomas is good but nothing along the lines of All The Pretty Horses or some of his other work. Filmed in Oregon, currently streams on Paramount, Fubo, DirecTV, Showtime and VOD, on sale right now for $5 on Vudu.  2.0 stars/5

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SOCIETY OF THE SNOW (2023) - ANDES SURVIVORS STORY IS FINALLY GIVEN A PROPER FEATURE FILM TELLING, THERE NEED BE NO OTHER VERSION

  Several times while watching Society of the Snow. I thought of the faces of Nando and Roberto, the two survivors that pulled off the amazi...

B-MOVIE GAZETTE RATING SYSTEM

5 Stars - Only awarded to the precious few.
4 Stars - Excellent, see by all means.
3 Stars - Very Good, you should like.
2 Stars - Fair, like a frozen dinner.
1 Star - Poor, like a spoiled dinner.

ALL B-MOVIES, DRIVE-IN MOVIES AND TV MOVIES HAVE A MAX AWARD OF 2.75 STARS.