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    B-MOVIE BINGO: RAMBU: THE INTRUDER


    RambuRAMBU: THE INTRUDER (1986)

    Showing Tuesday 2/5/2013 at The Hollywood Theatre

    Indonesian Trash Cinema is back!  The cast of THE STABILIZER returns to the big screen in RAMBU: THE INTRUDER.  This movie knows what it is and delivers on every level!  Totally action packed–with bizarre dialogue, long scenes of food being wasted, and an army of tuk-tuks that come at Rambu’s command (tuk-tuks are auto rickshaws). Peter O’Brian, the New Zealand-born English teacher-turned-actor who looks like a Dorito version of Brian May, stars as Rambu, an unemployed police academy drop out.   Rambu mostly lays around and complains about his life while his girlfriend gives him greasy massages.  His main problem, aside from not being able to find work, is he somehow can’t help himself from materializing out of thin air just as gangsters start pushing people around.   He literally just appears out of nowhere, with no context.  He roughs them up and teaches them a lesson with his martial arts–and embarrasses them by bouncing mysterious boomerang balls off of their heads.

    Eventually these seeming “intrusions” come to the attention of the exotically named crime boss John White, played by Craig Gavin.  B-Movie Bingo diehards might remember him as Greg Rainmaker from THE STABILIZER, the man who killed The Stabilizer’s fiance with a spiked shoe.  One thing about Craig Gavin–he knows how to be a “white suit wearing, cocaine guzzling, sexual deviant boss” kind of character.  Angered that his henchmen are being outwitted by this “intruder”, as he refers to him repeatedly, he sets out to destroy Rambu.  Meanwhile, Rambu’s exploits have not gone unnoticed by John White’s rival crime boss, who tricks Rambu into working for him to take out White.  A few days later, at what looks like a city council meeting after-party, Rambu sees the rival crime lords shaking hands like old friends, realizes he’s been had, and smashes all the food laid out by the caterers… with a huge crowbar.  That sets up the rest of the movie, with many scenes of Rambu intruding upon everyone around him.

    For a movie that has a title so similar to RAMBO, it’s worthing noting that it bears little, if any, resemblance to the movies in the RAMBO franchise. There’s an awesome scene in which a babe ties a red bandana around Rambu’s head, and a scene where he’s running around with a massive gun while he’s shirtless wearing black sweats, but that’s about it.  It’s more like an “unemployed lone wolf cop who does what he wants and doesn’t care” kind of movie.  Directed by Jopi Burnama.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBlM6CSZDIc

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: REVENGE OF THE NINJA

    Revenge of the NinjaREVENGE OF THE NINJA (1983)
    Showing Tuesday 1/8/2013 at The Hollywood Theatre

    “Only a ninja can stop a ninja.”  –Cho Osaki

    This is perhaps the greatest film of the early 1980s ninja movie phenomenon, starring Japanese marital arts virtuoso Sho Kosugi (ENTER THE NINJA, THE MASTER).  He stars as Cho Osaki, a ninja who returns home from an afternoon stroll to find his family massacred, and bad guy ninjas hiding in the bushes.  With his mother and infant son he flees to Los Angeles, vowing to forsake the ninja life forever.  With the help of his American friend and business partner Braden (and his assistant Kathy, who is in love with Cho), he opens an art gallery, specializing in fancy Japanese dolls.  What he doesn’t know is Braden is actually an evil ninja who wears a silver demon mask… who’s also smuggling heroin into the country inside of the dolls!

    Six years later we see Cho running a successful gallery and living in peace with his mother and young son, Kane.  When Braden’s drug deal with the mafia falls through, he goes on a dark ninja quest to take out the mafia boss and secure his heroin.  Braden sneaks into Cho’s gallery to steal back his merchandise and has a duel with Cho’s mother, who turns out to be a crazy ninja warrior mom.  She is vanquished.  Kane witnesses this, and soon Braden has hypnotized Kathy into kidnapping Kane… and the culmination of all of this leads to a rooftop battle and Cho’s revenge, aka THE REVENGE OF THE NINJA!

    Things to look for: plenty of gratuitous fight scenes and throwing stars, a Jacuzzi torture scene, Evil Ninja vs. Ninja Warrior Mom, a full-on Native American mob henchman, and an awesome scene where Cho is relentlessly dragged by a van.  Directed by Sam Firstenberg (AMERICAN NINJA, AMERICAN NINJA 2).

     

     

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: XXX

    XXX (2002)
    Showing Tuesday 12/4/2012 at The Hollywood Theatre

    In XXX, Vin Diesel takes us on a one-way trip to the “Xander Zone“, a place as likely to be found on a Corvette falling from a bridge as it is hidden in a secret Czech mountain base.  Diesel plays Xander Cage, an all around extreme sports guy and virtuoso cyber-criminal.  After an NSA agent, played by Samuel L Jackson, catches up with him, he’s given an ultimatum: join us or go to prison.  Yes, he’s that good: if Uncle Sam can’t have ’em, no one can.  Now a reluctant secret agent (an “even-his-shit-is-ripped”, tatted-up version of Bond), he is sent to Prague to stop an evil Cold War-obsessed madman from destroying the world.  While executing well-known world-saving techniques like water skiing on a rocket and snowboarding away from an avalanche he caused, he meets the love of his life, Dario Argento’s daughter, Asia.  XXX uses sports to save the world, and wins her heart in what we all know will wind up the elusive “Tropical Ending”.

    There’s so many awesome scenes in this movie.  Some favorites: 1) Vin Diesel jumping a dirt bike over a barn of exploding cocaine. 2) Xander, while perched high on a mountainside, spies bad guys on snowmobiles and causes an avalanche to take them out, as he rides the wave down on his snowboard (already mentioned, but worth re-telling).  3) All the scenes with Vin Diesel.  Directed by Rob Cohen.

    PRIZES!

    We have some great prizes this month: a hunky Vin Diesel poster, a bunch of glossy promo 8×10’s, and the Grand Prize: a replica Seinfeld script.

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: SFX RETALIATOR

    Showing Tuesday 11/6/2012 at The Hollywood Theatre

    ***Election Night “Future Congressman” Chris Mitchum Showcase***
    Note: We recently found out that Mitchum recently ran for US Congress.  Even though he didn’t win, let’s celebrate by watching one his finest films!

    What happens when you double cross two crime bosses at the same time?  Special effects retaliation, of course!  In SFX Retaliator, Chris Mitchum (the blonde-haired son of legend Robert Mitchum) is Steve Baker, a movie special effects coordinator who drives a blue truck that has “Steve Baker FX” painted on the side.  He’s the only character in the movie who has a name, and it’s easy to remember because it’s on the side of his truck.  He becomes entangled with Linda Blair, who has just stolen a million dollars from a mob boss, when he accidentally runs her over with his truck as she flees from henchmen with machine guns.  Seeing a damsel in distress, he gives her a ride back to town.  When the mob boss, played by Gordon Mitchell, gets wind of this, he kidnaps Mitchum’s wife as revenge, and… well, it doesn’t really matter.  The main thing to keep in mind is that by the end of the movie, Mitchum has built a tank out of plywood.

    We’ve got some awesome movie prizes lined up, and we’re debuting two new squares inspired by SFX Retaliator: “KILL YOUR OWN MEN” and “SHOOT AT OR FROM MOVING VEHICLE”.  Things to look for: a bullet-spraying cobra and a “haunted house” home alarm system, and Chris Mitchum’s lone facial expression: boredom.

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: GLADIATOR COP

    Gladiator Cop (1995)Showing Tuesday 10/2/2012 at The Hollywood Theatre

    GLADIATOR COP is the story of Andrew Garrey (played by RENEGADE’s Lorenzo Lamas), an ex-detective (or cop?) trying to help an attractive woman who works for a history museum solve a recent theft case.  Alexander the Great’s powerful magic sword was stolen by a group of underground fighting-ring gamblers in order to win every fight… and get rich as hell.  The legend is that whoever wields the sword cannot lose a battle.  To make things simple, in a roundabout way, Lorenzo discovers that he is Alexander the Great reincarnated.  We later discover that the evil boss, Parmenion (Played by James Hong from “Seinfeld”), happens to be the reincarnated soul of a man who was killed by Alexander the Great in a sword fight that took place 2000 years ago.  Since Parmenion is a frail businessman that must be avenged for his 2000-year-old murder, he does everything in his power return the stolen sword to it’s rightful owner (Lorenzo) in order to recreate the legendary duel between himself and Alexander the Great once again.  To ensure his victory, Parmenion hires a massive screaming Persian beefcake (wielding the biggest scimitar ever) named Mongol to fight in his place in this final re-match 2000 years in the making. Think of it as MORTAL COMBAT meets HIGHLANDER.

    Expect to see lots of beefcake duels, warehouse fights, rolling heads and more male ponytails than you can count.  Oh and yes, someone does say “Gladiator Cop” during the movie…

    Rated R, 92 Minutes, Directed by Nick Rotundo.

    Check out the trailer: