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    B-MOVIE BINGO: GYMKATA


    GYMKATA (1985)

    Showing Tuesday 11/1/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    In 1980, the Soviet Union hosted the Olympics, and the United States boycotted the games. This meant that world champion gymnast Kurt Thomas was unable to compete. One thing led to another, and he eventually went on to star in a movie called GYMKATA in 1985. It was his only starring movie role, and his only real attempt at anything movie-related, and we’re finally showing it for B-Movie Bingo.

    Thomas stars as Jonathan Cabot, a fighter who is approached by a CIA-like entity known as the “SIA” (Special Intelligence Agency) to participate in something called “The Game”. The Game takes place in the mysterious and dangerous country of Parmistan, which is sort of near the Himalayas. In this game, he navigates a disorienting obstacle course through the rugged Parmistan backcountry while fighting off vicious Parmistani warriors. His prize for winning The Game is his life–and one wish. The US government wants him to use that single wish to secure permission to install a missile detection system.

    Along the way he falls in love with the daughter of the Parmistani king, trips through a village actually populated by the criminally insane, and draws the ire of a Parmistani warrior played by B-Movie Bingo favorite Richard Norton, who seems to show up in about a third of the movies we show. That’s us staying true to our vow of bringing you movies featuring friends, relatives and employees of famous people (in the 1970s, Norton was a bodyguard for The Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, David Bowie, ABBA, John Belushi, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, to name a few).

    From the back of the VHS box:

    Kurt Thomas, athlete extraordinaire and the first American to take the gold in world gymnastic competition, makes his film debut in a martial arts spectacular like none seen before. When the deadly secrets of the East and the fighting skills of the West are united in an Olympic-class gymnast, the result is astounding: the Gymkata warrior!

    The key to national security lies in obtaining a “Star Wars” warning location in the savage country of Parmistan. To win this vital site someone must play The Game, a deadly test of endurance and risk. Jonathan Cabot (Thomas) volunteers to try and accomplish the impossible.

    Under the guidance of a beautiful and mysterious princess, Jonathan turns his incredible array of gymnastic feats into a lethal arsenal. Braving betrayal and terrorists, Jonathan gets his turn at the terrors of The Game. Can he win? Thomas’ charisma and his ability to electrify his audience transfers powerfully to the screen. The talented producer-director team that introduced Bruce Lee to American audiences ensures non-stop action. Together, they promise GYMKATA means excitement!

    Directed by Robert Clouse.

     

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN


    FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (1989)

    Showing Tuesday 10/4/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    In the spirit of Halloween, we’re showing our first Jason movie! It’s rather difficult to find horror movies that align with our list of action and cop movie tropes, and this one works only because it features New York City in the 80s, which featured a lot of guns and violence.

    So, after miraculously coming back from dead yet again, Jason tags along on a sexy boat ride to New York City. After killing nearly everyone onboard, a few survivors escape into the bowels of New York, where Jason attempts to hunt them down so he can kill them.

    From the back of the VHS box:

    The Big Apple’s in big trouble, as indestructible psycho-fiend Jason Voorhees hits the road to New York City–and paints the town “red”. After a shocking return from beyond the grave, the diabolical Jason ships out aboard a teen-filled “love boat” bound for New York, which is soon transformed into the ultimate voyage of the damned. Then one of his terrified victims escapes into the nightmarish maze of Manhattan’s subways and sewers, only to confront Jason one final time.

    Rated R. Directed by Rob Hedden.

     

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: RAMBU THE INTRUDER


    RAMBU: THE INTRUDER (1986)

    Showing Tuesday 9/6/2016 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.

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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.