Category: Saturday Matinee

Saturday Matinee: The Monkey’s Paw

In my secret identity, I’m a mild-mannered high school English teacher. One of the lessons that I always do involves a reading of the classic horror story, “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W.W. Jacobs. It’s a great, tension-filled tale and most of my students really enjoy it. The short film version that I’m posting today takes some liberties with the material (mostly to condense it into the running time but part of the ending is slightly altered, as well) but it’s still a great version and is a little more visceral with the ending, which students really enjoy.

Hope you like it!

Saturday Matinee: Fantasy Films of the 80s!

still-of-tanya-roberts-and-marc-singer-in-the-beastmaster-tanya-roberts-1275101867Every so often I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at a trio of fantasy films released in the glorious decade of big hair and gratuitous nudity — the Eighties!

First up is the opening sequence to Sheena, starring Tanya Roberts. It’s a bad movie but it has its appeal, especially if you’re a young man with raging hormones.

Next up we have the simply awesome Beastmaster. I’m sorry, I do truly love this movie. And, hey, it also has Tanya Roberts in it! Here’s the trailer for the 1982 ‘classic’:

Surely all of you have seen the 1982 Conan the Barbarian movie? While it wasn’t the version of Conan that I would have wanted, it had its moments to be sure and I still rewatch it from time to time.

Saturday Matinee: Indiana Jones

200px-Indiana_Jones_in_Raiders_of_the_Lost_ArkEvery now and then I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history… the one and only Indiana Jones!

I’ve read all the Indy novels, own all the movies and I’m very passionate in my belief that we need even more Indy in the future! I don’t want any remakes or reboots — just cast somebody new and do a new story! The way they used to do James Bond before they rebooted that series.

C’mon, Disney, let’s do this!

The original film is Raiders of the Lost Ark, which in my opinion is one of the greatest films of all time.

The second film is Temple of Doom and it features a really fun opening song-and-dance number:

The third film, The Last Crusade, is many people’s favorites but I don’t think that it has held up as well as the first two movies. It’s still Indy, though! And this time you have his dad along for the ride!

The last film was Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and while it had many, many flaws, I still thought it was good fun. Loved seeing Marion back, too.

Saturday Matinee: The Ron Ely Tarzan

tarzanOn many Saturdays, I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at the Tarzan series that starred Ron Ely. This was my first introduction to the Tarzan character and I often picture Ron Ely when I think of the jungle hero even now. What I loved about Ely’s portrayal of the character is that he was intelligent and well-spoken, just as Tarzan was in the original Burroughs novels. The whole “Me Tarzan, You Jane” thing always pissed me off.

Ron Ely, of course, went on to play Doc Savage in the ill-fated George Pal movie. Quite awesome to have played both Tarzan & Doc Savage!

First up, we have the full opening credits:

And a nice clip of season one action. Love the way it’s described that Tarzan prefers this jungle to “the other one.”

Great stuff!

Saturday Matinee: Tomb Raider Revisioned

tomb_raider_cover_27__randy_green_and_izaak_wilson_by_paradoxdigital-d65st0aEvery Saturday I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at the Revisioned Tomb Raider animated series. This was a 10-part animated series that was distributed through the online game service GameTap from July 10, 2007 to November 13, 2007. The series featured a wide variety of animated versions of the character and was a lot of fun for folks who enjoy pulp-style adventure. You don’t have to be a fan of the video game to enjoy this so strap on your pistols and get ready for a fun ride. The entire series is linked below and it takes about an hour to view all the episodes.

The art accompanying this post is by Randy Green and is from Tomb Raider issue 27.

Saturday Matinee: Wonder Woman

wonder-woman-lynda-carterEvery Saturday I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at: Wonder Woman! That’s right, the Amazon Princess from DC Comics. Wonder Woman  has been on television screens quite a bit over the years but we’re still waiting on her big-budget film debut. Here’s a few clips to showcase WW’s screen history.

First, you have to talk about the Lynda Carter television series. Not only is it arguably the most memorable of her television appearances but it also firmly placed Lynda Carter into the feverish fantasies of many a young man. This video takes many clips from the television show and strings them together. Cute and fun, like the show itself:

Many people are unaware of the failed 1967 attempt to launch a Wonder Woman series. After watching this clip, you’ll probably agree with me that it’s a good thing that it didn’t get off the ground:

Shortfall Films has gotten a lot of attention for this fan-made short film that shows how a Wonder Woman movie could look. I like it a lot!

Wonder Woman also starred in her own direct-to-dvd animated movie. Here’s a clip:

Saturday Matinee: Original Sin from The Shadow

The_Shadow_Knows_by_E_MannEvery Saturday I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at: Taylor Dane’s Original Sin, which was the theme song to 1994’s The Shadow big-budget motion picture. Now, people have many different feelings about the movie itself — some love it, some loathe it and some (like me) enjoy it while recognizing its many flaws. But almost everyone likes the theme song — Taylor Dane delivers a big, powerful tune and the video mixes in all kinds of clips from the film.

It’s a good power ballad and it’s not too dated, though you can certainly tell it’s from the Nineties.

Enjoy!