0

Motion Picture Purgatory: THE TOWER (1985)

Happy new year–or is it? The future can be a scary place as Rick Trembles learns as he kicks off the first Motion Picture Purgatory of 2019 with a look back at the futuristic no-budget ’80s techno-thriller THE TOWER. Look out Siri and Alexa, because here comes “Lola,” a disembodied digital female personality whose job running the complicated systems of an office tower is interrupted by fits of jealousy related to her nerdy Canadian creator! Long considered the best (or at least, most entertaining) of Emmeritus’ Hamilton-shot SOV movies, THE TOWER is a nice ’80s time capsule before this technology became commonplace. Sure, THE TOWER may feature non-Union actors struggling through a Twilight Zone-like script, but it’s still considerably more engaging than many other Emmeritus releases of the time, and director Jim Makichuk of GHOSTKEEPER fame seems to be having some fun with it. Rick sez:

0

Motion Picture Purgatory: THRILLKILL (1984)

Canadian genre film steps boldly into the exciting future world of 1984 with THRILLKILL, a movie about newfangled “video games” starring former local TV weatherman Robin Ward as a police detective solving the mystery of competing theives out to steal millions of bucks. Director Anthony Kramreither, the notorious Canadian producer behind MONDO NUDE, MONDO STRIP and MONDO MACHO, among other exploitation delights, offers his vision of technology gone haywire with this confusing thriller about arcade murder simulators and e-embezzling. It would almost seem ahead of its time if it wasn’t full of clunky computers, mammoth modems and weird hot dog dates. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles hacks into the film’s complicated plot mechanics but finds mostly loose wires and fried motherboards. Rick sez:

0

Motion Picture Purgatory: SUMMER’S CHILDREN (1979)

Julius Kohanyi, an independent filmmaker who started making documentary, experimental and narrative shorts as early as the 1960s, directed only one feature–the 1979 oddity SUMMER’S CHILDREN. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles takes a look at this offbeat incest drama that takes a more arthouse-influenced approach to Toronto’s sleazier side then other Canadian entries like DRYING UP THE STREETS (1978) and the earlier PLEASURE PALACE (1974). Featuring memorable turns by local talent Michael Ironside and Don Francks, the film was partially financed by the Canadian Film Development Corporation and premiered on the CBC after a festival run. Rick sez:

0

Motion Picture Purgatory: FIREBALLS (1989)

“Pull out your hoses…here comes Fireballs!” Starring a couple of actual Toronto firefighters taking a break up in Wasaga Beach the bizarre ’80s Canuck sex comedy FIREBALLS (1989) isn’t really anybody’s idea of a good movie. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles takes a look at this four-alarm B-movie catastrophe of beer, bikinis and bad mullets that appeared at the end of the tax shelter’s last gasp and concluded Canada’s unofficial streak of dimwitted “balls” comedies (alongside MEATBALLS, ODDBALLS, GOOFBALLS & SCREWBALLS. Rick sez:

0

Motion Picture Purgatory: LASERHAWK (1997)

Long before Mark Hamill returned to the sci-fi film role that made him a household name, the once notable Jedi knight was slumming it in extended cameos in north-of-the-border genre efforts like TIME RUNNER (1993) and LASERHAWK (1997), in which he plays a insane asylum patient convinced he arrived on Earth from another planet. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles takes a look at this latter Cancon-laden science fiction entry–a convoluted blend of comics, UFOs, CGI and Canadian jock rock. Rick sez:

Pages ... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11