Naked

It’s not often that a movie we watch for this podcast can remind us so much of our favorite movies.  That is the case with Alex’s pick for this week, a Netflix exclusive called Naked starring Marlon Wayans which Jonathan insists is the spiritual successor to Groundhog Day.

The movie is about a substitute teacher named Rob, played by Wayans, who slacks his way through life not giving too much effort to anything… That is until he is stuck repeating the same hour time and time again. He only has an hour until his wedding day, his father in law hates him, there’s a plot against him, and he’s naked inside of a hotel elevator.

I honestly expected NOTHING from this movie and thought it was Alex was just trolling us, I have never been so wrong. The movie was not only enjoyable but possibly one of the best things we’ve watched. The parallels between it and Groundhog Day are clear and its definitely worth a watch if you’re a fan of that film. While it’s no classic, it’s definitely worth an hour and a half of your time and that’s the best we can ask from any of these movies.


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Sorority babes in the slimeball bowl-o-rama

So we have come to this. As a podcast we received a gift in the form of the Fullmoon channel on Amazon and it has graced us with the movie Sorority babes in the slimeball bowl-o-rama. Now you may be quick to judge this piece of art as just another sleazy movie from the 80s. It is much more than that. It may very well be the best thing we’ve watched for this podcast.

The plot is simple enough to start. Three guys decide to spy on a sorority having it’s initiation. It hits all the normal marks and is a little perverted showing all the sexy hazing… but then the movie takes a turn straight outta left field. The three boys are caught and in order to keep from turned over to the police they agree to help 2 sorority pledges with a task as part of their initiation. They are to help the girls steal a bowling trophy from the local bowling alley. The catch? Well this particular trophy unbeknownst to our cast is actually holding an evil imp inside named Uncle Impy that they accidentally release who decides to use his evil powers to torment the teens.

This movie has some of the best dialogue, an amazing soundtrack, and two of our new favorite characters of all time “Spider” and “The Janitor”. We may sound like a broken record at this point but you really need to track this one down. It’s short and to the point but it’s hilarious, cheesy, with just the right amount of sleaze.

AT LEAST YOU TRIED BONUS: During this episode Matt casually brought up that he was almost homecoming king and that he attended homecoming with dreads. Naturally we demanded pictures which I’m happy to include up on our Facebook page


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Phantasm

This week on At Least You Tried we watched Phantasm, a cult classic to most/ one of the worst things we’ve watched according to Alex. No matter where you fall on the merits of the movie the plot alone makes it perfect for the podcast.

A local boy and his brother find out that the towns mortician, an incredibly tall and inhumanly strong man, is digging up the dead and reanimating them. However he isn’t using these zombies for evil per se. Instead he is compressing them down to dwarf size and shipping them off to his home planet as slaves. Also for no real reason that’s ever explained he has giant floating silver balls that chase after people and drill into their faces.

The movie did financially really well and spawned multiple sequels that are honestly just as campy as the original and recycle most of the original cast. If campy b horror movies from the late seventies is something you’re into I highly recommend giving Phantasm a watch.

Also the countdown to episode 100 is upon us. We’re at episode 92 officially and plan on a big event for #100. Details to follow


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Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow

This week on At Least You Tried we watched the little known gem Cyborg 2, one of the first starring roles for Angelina Jolie.  The movie is a mix between your average dystopian story of people escaping the system a la “The Matrix” or “Blade Runner” meets the story of a man and machine falling in love (Though poorly in this movie) like in the movie “Her“.

The movie includes multiple notable parts that make it stand though including:

– A bounty hunter that is undoubtedly based on David Bowie
– A fight scene under a boat where the propeller is a weapon
– An ever present computer program(?) named mercy that likes to jump into scenes with clever quips
– An uncensored sex scene between our main character and Angelina Jolie as a cyborg

To be honest I didn’t expect to like this film but once again Matt picked a winner, so kudos Matt. It’s super campy while still having some great fight scenes and dialogue, definitely worth a watch.


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Batman and Robin

Here on At Least You Tried we have a special episode. Black Alex made a bet on the Toronto Raptors vs The Cleveland Cavaliers series and he picked the Raptors. Well they lost so the person he bet against, Brandon Murphy, said he wanted to pick a movie for us… and he picked Batman and Robin!!! Enjoy as we talk about how Black Alex got into this situation, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ice puns, Batsuit nipples, and bad jokes about a butler dying. It will not be an ice time.

 


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Highlander 2: The Quickening

Greetings from Planet Zeist! When you think of the Highlander franchise you probably think of swords, Scotsmen, and “There can only be one!” but I bet you don’t think about aliens. Well in Highlander 2 you get exactly that…. Well depending on what version you watch. You see the producers realized the mistakes they made with continuity  (and there are A LOT) and quickly altered the original version of this movies to take out all the references to the Highlander and Ramirez being from a different planet. Well we here at At Least You Tried won’t stand for that and we went to GREAT LENGTHS to find the original version of this movie NO JOKE. Matt bought 2 laser disc players, a dvd collection, and eventually a VHS copy of the movie just to find the original version but I’d like to say it was worth it.

This movie includes many great scenes worth experiencing such as:
– The main villain Katana sending two porcupine haired henchmen after our titular Highlander, both of which cackle in high pitched annoying laughs
-Katana hijacks a subway, raises the speed to over 400 mph and kills everyone on the train
– The Highlander removes a forcefield around the earth by just stepping into it’s generators core.

I would suggest you find this movie and watch it but as we’ve stated it’s kinda hard to find but if you can find the original it’s definitely worth  a watch.


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Outland

While not necessarily a theme for the month a few movies this month include everyone’s favorite Scotsman Sean Connery. The first of these is a lesser known science fiction/ western/ crime drama known as Outland. Weird genre aside the movie is fairly straight forward in plot. Sean Connery plays a federal marshal that gets assigned to a mining rig on one of Jupiter’s moons. All is well and good until he discovers there’s a hidden drug trade going on and when he confronts the man in charge about it a hit is put on him leading to a massive shootout. It’s all the over the top scifi cheese you could want along with Sean beating the crap out of villains with his fists despite having high tech weapons.

You should tune in for this one or “I might just have to kick your nasty ass all over this room”


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Monkeyshines

When you think of the master of horror George A. Romero one thing comes to mind: Monkeys. Monkeys, right? Well in this weeks episode we watched Monkeyshines, the tale of a paraplegic man tormented by his helper monkey… Horror at it’s finest

It’s a long movie but it has some fine moments, especially it’s finale. We’ll include it below, hopefully that’ll entice you to check it out but if you do you’l be treated to

– A man carrying a backpack full of bricks getting hit by a truck and doing multiple spins in the air before falling
– A monkey setting fire to a cabin
– A small capuchin monkey fending off people much larger than it
An ending that is reason in itself to watch the movie


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Mac and Me

This weeks episode is brought to you by Mcdonalds, Skittles, and Coca Cola! Wait… No that’s not right. No this week on At Least You Tried we lost once again and were forced to watch Mac and Me, a 90 minute “E.T.” rip off that’s nothing more than thinly veiled product placement. However, despite going into this movie expecting the absolute worst we came out with something that almost resembled a fun movie. This movie comes complete with:

  • A child plummets off a cliff in his wheelchair into the ravine below
  • A hip hop birthday party at Mcdonalds where Mac the alien wears a costume resembling a skinned bear
  • Aliens are brought back to life due to the medicinal properties of Coke Classic
  • Those same aliens are involved in a SWAT team incident involving one of the aliens accidentally brandishing a pistol
  • …. And then those same aliens are sworn in as US citizens because they bring a kid back to life with alien magic or something

The movie makes zero sense but it’s that bat shit insanity that makes it so enjoyable. The entire movie is available on Youtube so there is no reason not to watch this one.


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Baby Geniuses 2: Super Babies

You play the game long enough and you’re bound to lose eventually… Boy did we lose hard today. This week luck wasn’t on our side and we were stuck watching Baby Geniuses 2: Super Babies.

The movie is a loose sequel to the first movie in the series where a group of babies are led by a mythical immortal baby name Kahuna. Together they must stop an evil madman named Biscane (who’s also Kahuna’s long lost brother) who wants to control the world using a mind controlling television program. As is a trend with movies we watch this movie has a low score on IMDB and Meta Critic (2/10 and 9% respectively) and only managed to gross around 9 million dollars on a 20 million dollar budget.

The movie is nothing special. It’s got awkward CG mouthed babies, a weird plot that involves WW2 research, and babies whose super powers run on imagination. I wouldn’t suggest you give this a watch… well unless you hate yourself, then feel free.


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