This week we were treated to a movie that not many people are aware of, a little known masterpiece of trash titled “My uncle the alien“. This movie is so unknown that we couldn’t even find a wikipedia article on it. Matt was lucky enough though to find a screener copy at a local good will and we were blessed with this awful movie.
The movie follows the presidents daughter Kelly as she tries to help save a local community center (It’s a trope for a reason) and subsequently gets herself kidnapped by two criminals that make the wet bandits from Home Alone looks like Mensa members. A no good ruffian with a heart of gold named Zig decides to help Kelly and together they work to thwart the criminals…. oh yeah and there’s an alien in the movie for all of like 3 minutes.
This movie treats the titular alien like an after thought. He in the opening 30 seconds talking to Kelly and then absent for the rest of the movie only to resurface at the VERY END to help her escape criminals. The movie in between isn’t completely terrible. There’s a fight between two handicapped orphans used as a distraction, we see the president has multiple desk phones, and we find out that wax museums are completely abandoned during the week making them great spots for crime.
Much like an actual alien this movie is a “Seeing is believing kind of experience” I recommend you track down a copy (If you can) and give it a watch.
The time is finally here! This week on At Least You Tried we celebrate our 100th episode by going back to our roots and watching Street Fighter. Way back when we first started the podcast we tried to do an episode on this amazing movie but due to technical issues at the time we were unable to put the episode up and it couldn’t be salvaged. Thankfully we’re going to rectify that and finally give Street Fighter the episode it deserves.
This movie puts Mortal Kombat to shame when it comes to including EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER. If a character appeared in the game by god they’re going to make an appearance in this movie! The plot centers around Col. Guile (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme) a military leader who is intent on stopping the corrupt dictator M. Bison (Raul Julia) from bringing the world to it’s knees and killing off political hostages. The movie more or less follows the plot of the game not that that’s saying much. It’s a campy piece of 90’s nostalgia and honestly some of Raul Julia’s best work in my opinion. Sadly this would also be his last film. Raul was dying of cancer at the time but didn’t want anyone to know, playing his role and trying not to let on how sick he was.
The movie is one of the better video game adaptations that has aged fairly well all thing considered. If you haven’t seen it we highly encourage you to do so and join us as we celebrate 100 episodes down and hopefully many more to come. Thank you very much from all of us here at At Least You Tried for listening. It means a lot to us. Also a very special thank you to all the people who have been here since DAY ONE!
(Side note: Starting with this episode we’re introducing a new theme song from Ray Tango AKA Matt. Show him some love and check out more of his music at https://soundcloud.com/ray_tango)
The best worst movie of all time is a prestigious title and our movie this week, Troll 2, claims to be just that. The movie even has a documentary based on it and all the trouble that went into creating this beautiful trainwreck. Troll 2 is a bad movie, no dancing around that one but is it as bad as other At Least You Tried favorites like The Room or Fateful Findings? Well in my opinion yes and no. The movie looks more polished than the other two (Not by much) but it has possibly worse dialogue and acting. Part of this can be blamed on it’s Italian director/writer who didn’t speak perfect english and insisted that his actors read the lines word for word with zero adlibing. We can thank this insistence for the classic lines about “pissing on hospitality” and the “Oh my God!” scene. Troll 2’s director believed he could cash in on the minor success of the movie Troll that he’d create a sequel that had nothing to do with the original and didn’t actually have any trolls in it… Flawless logic.
The movie follows the Waits family as they go on vacation in the small town of Nilbog (yes that’s goblin spelled backwards). While there the son Joshua starts having visions of his dead grandfather who warns him that the town is full of Goblins that intend on eating the family. These goblins don’t actually eat humans, they’re actually vegetarian, but through a work around turn humans into plants so they can eat them… because that makes sense. It’s up to Joshua to convince his family of the evil intentions of residents of Nilbog and escape before it’s too late.
This is a real seeing is believing type of movie and definitely lives up to the hype. If you have somehow avoided this movie like I had up to this point I HIGHLY recommend you give it a watch because it really is something else.