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marcd30319 4/26/2010 6:35:15 AM

15. Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

Why It Sucks: Just about everything -- the total disrespect for the source material; the cheesy SFX; the cheap set design, art direction, costuming; the lack of period detail; the weird music and lyrics set to John Phillip Sousa; the poor casting (except for the two exceptions cited below); the campy dialogue ("Mona, you're a brick!"). The great George Pal's sad swan song, a missed opportunity, and a still-born film franchise a la James Bond that pre-dates Indiana Jones.

Why You Keep Watching It: Ron Ely makes a very convincing and stalwart Doc Savage who seems to have stumbled into this campy mess. Pamela Hensley is absolutely gorgeous. The hope that someone will make a good Doc Savage movie (Are you listening, Shane Black?).

Highlight Moment: The touch-and-go chase sequence between Doc Savage and a would-be assassin well played by Ron Ely and the late stuntman Dar Robinson. That darn Doc Savage March grows on you, so the search for the Valley of Vanish actually transcends the cheese. The final fight between Doc and Captain Seas, sub-titles included, is amusingly executed.

SelectiveRealism 4/26/2010 6:50:45 AM

 They Live: The classic fight scene between Roddy Piper and Keith David.  The sunglasses.  Piper also had a great line.  "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all out of bubble gum.

Big Trouble in Little China: Guns, monsters, magic, crazy kung fu powers.  


TheStormrider 4/26/2010 6:54:12 AM

I would probably put 'The last dragon' in there.  Though maybe it wasnt mainstream enough.  I bought it for my kids a few years ago,  and everyone that came over they told them 'you HAVE to watch this movie'.

I mean cmon,  sho nuff and bruce leroy?  Vanity singing 'such a pretty mess' (or did she hmm?) and of course,  the iconic boss scenes at the end,  so iconic it was copied by the latest Punisher movie.

And cmon,  the mucis video the flow?  That shit is tight. 

'Hay,  my man, what it look like?  I am the soul brotha like no other,  here to deliver your pizza with bean sprouts.  My man.  Brotha?'

WarCry 4/26/2010 7:05:01 AM

I can't believe how many guys here are so unsecure in their masculinity that you won't admit watching certain movies. Seriously? You're not a man if you watch a show about a prostitute? Are you serious?

Watch Pretty Woman, the beginning, when she crawls across the floor to look up at him from between his knees and tell me exactly what part of that is gay? Or the piano scene.

Sorry if I lose my "man card" in some of your eyes, but it's ok, because I think some of you aren't clear on what it means to be a man, anyway...

Hobbs 4/26/2010 7:05:21 AM

I agree with Kara that Twister is a guilty pleasure movie because I can't help but watch it too but holy sheet Hanso!!  You hit the nail on the head with number one.  I even watch Roadhouse when its on TV with everything edited out of it. 

I think that is the ultimate compliment to an actor that passed on is that we'll be watching one or two of his movies for at least another generation.

"Give me the biggest guy in the world, you smash his knee and he'll drop like stone."

EagleManiac 4/26/2010 7:07:02 AM

Fast and the Furious should be number one on this list and on the list of WORST MOVIES EVER MADE. That is THE stupidest POS excuse of a movie that has come out in a long time! Stupid cars(except any American Muscle seen in the film) that look like over-sized hot wheels with neon lights, bad acting, and ridiculous story. Oh, did I mention the rice burning cars were stupid? Those POS's SUCK!

EagleManiac 4/26/2010 7:10:42 AM

SelectiveRealism, BOTH those movies are classic 80's romps with great action and deliberate satire! I like them so much I have them on DVD! They Live was cool! And Big Trouble in Little China is classic Carpenter goofyness that is fun to watch!

karas1 4/26/2010 7:24:37 AM

There are a few other movies I have to watch every once in a while even though they are not Oscar contenders.

Tremors - Kevin Bacon and giant, man eating worms.

Vibes - Don't know if you guys have ever seen this flick.  It has Cindy Lauper, Jeff Goldblum and Julian Sands.  It is about competing teams of psychics searching for a lost Inca treasure in Peru.  It's funny, it's dramatic. If you've never seen it, netflix it.

Big Trouble In Little China. - A friend of mine once called it the ultimate D&D adventure movie.

Destroy All Monsters - the cadillac of all Godzilla movies.

Speaking of Cadillacs, Cadillac Man - Robin Williams is a used car dealer who steps up when everyone in his auto dealership is taken hostage by a jealous husband.

Oscar - Sylvester Stallone in a comedy.  And he's GOOD!  And a really stellar cast of lunatic comics.  It was a great film but it bombed at the box office so he went back to making mindless action films.  It's a shame.

ddiaz28 4/26/2010 7:52:54 AM

Mayhem just proved my point with his last comment.  I wouldn't put Princess Bride anywhere near this list since I think it is a genuinely great film.

jedibanner 4/26/2010 7:55:32 AM

Well Kara...I would not dare to challenge your geek cred but....I will challenge your ''womenhood'' for one reason and one reason only: you are an exception to the rule.

Girls can be geeks and, the more the merrier. But, relating to this list, your different then the majority of all the Maniac's in here Kara. Why? Simply because many women out there have a tendencies to like chick flicks Vs 95% of all men who dispise chick flicks. 

It's not a sexist thing, it's a gene thing in my views. Let's be honest..the majority of men would never watch a chick flick if it was the last thing on earth to do Vs. the majority of woman would not watch a car chasing, shoot-em-up action movie if it was the last thing on earth to do.

Now, I know in both cases men or woman will end up watching those opposite taste movies just to please the opposite sexe's need but, when it comes down to ''us geeks'', I feel most men would never watch Pretty Woman OR that Mermaid movie and would never classify them as guilty pleasure. You Kara, seems like the rarety most geeks would love to meet because, you appear to be smart, you appear to have taste (although, guilty pleasure with Oscar???) and most of all, you are a geek... and saying tPretty Women wouldn't be your first choice gets you way up in credibility as far as a ''woman geek''.

So, all this to say...taste is always a fine line which is why I'm sure our Mr. Hanso here felt to include these titles (PW and LM) in the list but, I guess if it was me doing the list, those 2 would've never made the list.

p.s. I do own Dirty Dancing thought....does that counterbalance everything I just wrote?

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