• B-MOVIE BINGO: LONE WOLF MCQUADE

    LONE WOLF MCQUADE (1983)
    Showing Tuesday 5/7/2019 at The Hollywood Theatre

    World Karate Champion Chuck Norris (GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK) gives the finest performance of his career as the renegade Texas Ranger J.J. McQuade in this action-packed 1983 film. The blockbuster LONE WOLF MCQUADE is also the the first film of its kind to combine Western style with the excitement of the martial arts–and features the highly publicized bout between Chuck Norris and David Carradine (Kung Fu).

    Norris’ McQuade is a hard-driving, beer-drinking lawman whose somewhat unorthodox methods have helped him remain a successful loner. So, when his supervisor tries to saddle him with a partner, J.J. gives his new sidekick the slip. But soon they both become embroiled in the crime spree begun by cruel gun-runner Rawley (Carradine). To add to the growing tension, Rowley’s beautiful woman (Barbara Carrera) soon becomes McQuade’s fondest admirer.

    When the violence extends to J.J.’s daughter, he goes on a do-or-die mission of revenges, accompanied only by his partner and single FBI agent. Together, they hazard the treacherous hike to Rawley’s secret lair, where LONE WOLF MCQUADE finally confronts his enemy in a sizzling duel of hands and feet, a climactic battle between two of the most famous martial arts experts.

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: THE MAGIC CRYSTAL

    THE MAGIC CRYSTAL (1986)
    Showing Tuesday 8/2/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    While searching for a missing friend in Greece, jewel thief Andy Lau and his young son, Pin-Pin, stumble upon a plot involving KBG and Interpol agents, and a mysterious, glowing green crystal from space. They find their friend, Shen, in Athens being pursued because of this crystal, which he discreetly slips in Pin-Pin’s backpack. After discovering the glowing green rock in his pack, Pin-Pin soon finds himself able to communicate with it telepathically. The crystal houses the essence of an ancient extraterrestrial, and demonstrates a variety of super powers, including the ability to manipulate the thoughts and behavior of those nearby. It’s like combining The Force, a green light saber and E.T., and then making that into a lumpy green rock. Imagine how desirable a lumpy green rock with these powers would be to a devious mind!

    They form a bond and become friends, and find themselves caught between a villainous KGB agent, played by martial arts wizard Richard Norton, and a team of Interpol agents, led by our favorite heroine, Cynthia Rothrock. Only by working together can the friends of the Magic Crystal help it achieve its final destiny! Directed by Wong Jing.

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: THE STABILIZER

    THE STABILIZER (1984)
    Showing Tuesday 7/5/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    It’s time for Indonesian Action Cinema! For our 5th Anniversary of doing B-Movie Bingo at the Hollywood Theatre, we’re doing a re-run! We first showed THE STABILIZER in August of 2011, and it’s still one of our favorites. It’s really hard to beat these 80s Indonesian action movies. This movie stars New Zealand-born English teacher Peter O’Brian as Peter Goldson, or as he is repeatedly referred to in the film, “The Stabilizer”. This movie was directed by action-master Arizal and produced by the Punjabi Brothers, who first spotted O’Brian walking in Jakarta, and thought he was actually Sylvester Stallone. They followed him to his hotel and convinced him to be in their movie, and then half a dozen more through the early 90s. A star was born.

    Peter Goldson, or The Stabilizer, is a lone-wolf Interpol agent sent around the world to literally stabilize unstable situations. He is sent to Jakarta, where a famous scientist who developed a Narcotics Detector has been kidnapped. Up against him is a drug smuggling ring run by his arch-enemy Greg Rainmaker, an evil drug lord who once killed Goldson’s fiancee with his spiked shoes. In a flashback the filmmakers tastefully show this, and while it’s happening you see a framed photo of Goldson on the wall, in a black net shirt posing with a gun. He looks like a cross between Sylvester Stallone and Brian May. Be on the lookout for actual consumption of live reptiles. Directed by Arizal.

    Note: This movie has an awesome soundtrack.