In Appreciation: Gary Hoey – Ho Ho Hoey (1995)

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First Published: 13 Dec 2013 (modified December 2017)
Uncle G’s Classic Rock Christmas Favorites
Spotlight: Gary Hoey – Ho Ho Hoey (1995)

By: Gary “Uncle G” Brown (Twitter @GBrown0816)

Gary Hoey - Ho Ho Hoey

I got turned onto Gary Hoey via Houston radio, way back in the first part of the nineteen-nineties. A top-notch guitar player, dude could seriously rock out. The song on the radio from his Animal Instinct (1993) CD was a cover of a famous Focus song; Hocus Pocus. Gary’s version was a more guitar driven instrumental that was meant to be played LOUD.

When looking at CDs one day, I found Gary Hoey’s Christmas CD; Ho Ho Hoey. I already read good reviews, and I believe when I purchased it, the time was actually around the Winter holidays. Better timing, then trying to listen to Christmas music in the middle of July. I discovered Jon Anderson’s ‘3 Ships’ in the middle of a Houston heatwave. Anyone around listening range heard ‘O Holy Night’, and it was over a hundred degrees in the shade. Good music is good music, any time of the year (not entirely … you catch my drift).

Ho! Ho! Hoey: Eleven tracks. All instruments played by Gary. There is one guest vocalist on one song, with the rest being instrumental. Got some super hard rocking moments along with the traditional sounding holiday songs.

Track Listing

  1. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  2. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
  3. Away In A Manger
  4. Jingle Bells
  5. God Rest
  6. Blue Christmas
  7. O Come All Ye Faithful
  8. White Christmas
  9. Little Drummer Boy
  10. Silent Night
  11. Auld Lang Syne

Produced, Engineered and Arranged by Gary Hoey
Executive Producer: Dave Kaplan

Gary Hoey Official YouTube Video Bonus

The song, ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas’, off the album Ho Ho Hoey, and the video clip off Hoey’s new DVD; ‘Ho Ho Hoey: Live In Lowell’. Information on how to obtain this can be found on Gary’s official website.

The Video (Gary Hoey – Twelve Days Of Christmas)

Official Gary Hoey Website
www.garyhoey.com

Official Gary Hoey Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/garyhoeyofficialpage

Please Note: At the time of this writing, Gary had just released a new CD; Delta Blues. I’m sure it’s worth checking out. Also, Lita Ford‘s ‘Living Like A Runaway’ CD that came out last year was co-produced by Hoey.

Uncle G’s FUN Movie Reviews: Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark (2014)

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Originally Published: Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Uncle G’s FUN Movie Reviews
Spotlight: Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark (The Asylum 2014)
Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark (The Asylum_2014)
Released yesterday at your local DVD establishment is a terrific modern day monster movie. The same company that recently gave us last years hit, Sharknado, now puts forth; ‘Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark’. Another addition in what is now a successful series of films with the words MEGA or MECHA in the title. Same little film company out of Hollywood California that makes those far out original movies that cable’s SYFY Channel loves to air. As do other cable channels as well. Another new film recently put out there by The Asylum, ‘Mother’, starring Daryl Hannah is making the rounds as well on the Lifetime Channel.
 
Word on the street is that The Asylum only makes rip off movies. Something similar to whatever new and popular motion picture is playing at the local theaters. Example, do they have something just like Robo Cop coming out soon? Sure they do; Android Cop. I saw the previews. Looks real bass ass !! Looking forward to viewing that one. The fact is ‘The Asylum’ makes from what I saw, pretty cool popcorn flicks (mostly all of them are that I’m aware of) that sometimes have a somewhat familiar vibe to it. Done in their own unique style. We’re taking B-Movie budgets. What drew me in was their sci-fi and disaster films. Yeah…the same stuff they run on cable televisions, the SYFY Channel. A lot of these are just plain fun, and entertaining. Takes my mind off the more serious things in life. Kick back and relax while watching the Earth in peril AGAIN (common plot).
 
‘Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark’ is a throw-back in my opinion of the old Godzilla monster films. Has the same vibe to it. It’s storyline simple, Mega Shark is loose, dangerous to all mankind, and it needs to get killed. Bring in the military. And from earlier “Mega Shark” movies, Debbie Gibson. All grown up now, for this is a new 2014 direct to DVD / Cable TV project. Her character in this outing concludes the Mega Shark is horny. Their job is to STOP the Mega Shark in its tracks, but in a way, you’re hoping in the back of your mind, that they don’t. After all, if Mega Shark finds a mate we can have ten more Mega Shark sequels, and give Gibbon work till she reaches retirement age. Other characters include a brilliant and ballsy interracial couple, and a military superior officer fighting his what ends up his ultimate challenge. 

Special effects and the overall look of this new Mega Shark chapter is better than hoped. Independent film studios just don’t have the dollar power of the BIG companies out there in Hollywood nowadays. That’s part The Asylum’s charm. They make best with what they got. Example, this film was shot in fifteen days. After seeing it, you’ll be amazed by just that fact alone. Nothing looks really cheesy here. The dialogue and storyline are tight. Accept it for what it is; a cool nights entertainment. For just ten dollars, the price I paid at my local Walmart, the family can gather round the wide screen, pop some popcorn, and have a ball watching the two GIANTS battle it out.

Regarding the Mecha Shark itself, filmed so it was made to look like it was really real. Job well done! I also liked Mecha Shark’s personality, as well as versatility. Good on land, or underwater.

Rating: Using a one to ten star rating system, Uncle G rates The Asylum’s ‘Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark’; 10 STARS. It is what it is; a fun exciting Saturday Night B-Film popcorn flick. To all at The Asylum; WELL DONE !!

 

Movie Review: The Founder (2016)

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28 April 2017
Uncle G’s FUN Movie Reviews
Spotlight: The Founder (2016)
Source: Redbox (Blu-ray)
By: Gary “Uncle G” Brown
Twitter @GBrown0816

 

The Founder - Poster (shortened)

When I first heard there was going to be a bio pic on Ray Kroc, I was interested. Would be a period piece. Mid-twentieth century, or thereabouts. Centering around the king of fast food; McDonald’s. At least they are here in America. An interesting statistic that I saw mentioned at the end of the film having now viewed it, was that nowadays McDonald’s serves about one percent of the whole world’s population. That would be a 2016 statistic, reflecting perhaps 2015 sales numbers. Having always been interested in sales all my life, I find that just f*cking amazing! On the average, they sell 75 hamburgers a second. And that number gets bigger as time marches on. A well run greasy hamburger joint that started off with entire meals one could get under a dollar. In the matter of a couple minutes, if not faster, you had your food. The hot food was hot, and the cold drinks cold. This was in the year 1948. The year in which the McDonald’s of which we know of today, first opened for business (12 December). Thanks to the determination and very hard work of the McDonald brothers; Richard and Maurice. Here’s where a lot of the ideas that are still used today in McDonald’s restaurants, got their birth. These guys were hands on everything, even the classic look of the building itself with the iconic golden arches. They named their business after themselves; McDonald’s. A story about McDonald’s had certainly be about them, but no it isn’t. Enter the number one salesman of past century; Ray Kroc. Not the nice guy like you would automatically think.

My first memories of McDonald’s is as a young boy. They had a location in the next town over; Perth Amboy New Jersey. Back in the later part of the 1960’s. The Beatles were still an active group. My Dad would drive us over from South Amboy. The brilliant white building with the golden arches on the side. Felt special just driving up to the place. My Father would give me money, and have me go up to the window to place our order. Fun times!
Around 1977 I got a job with McDonald’s. In West Long Branch, New Jersey. Lasted a few days. Had an accident. Another new employee had mopped behind me while I was working the grill. Lunch time. Super busy! Moving around I slipped. To break my fall, I reached out, and put my right hand, palm first, onto a very hot grill. OMG! Embarrassing to say but initially, I screamed like a little girl. A week off to heal. With my hand better, I returned to work only to find out that they were going to go back on an agreement we had. I had at the time, very long blonde hair. No intention of shorting it whatsoever. Subject addressed when I interviewed. They told me when hired, a hairnet would do. Long story short … yadda yadda yadda, the fucker’s lied, and I quit. Stood up to the man! They would have fired me, had I not gotten a cut. My friends were apologetic to hear I had to go through all that, yet impressed. A month or so later, I received a check in the mail for the week I was home beating off with my ‘left’ hand. I had already secured another job, so I spent what was to me ‘found money’ on pot and booze.

Around 1977 I got a job with McDonald’s. In West Long Branch, New Jersey. Lasted a few days. Had an accident. Another new employee had mopped behind me while I was working the grill. Lunch time. Super busy! Moving around I slipped. To break my fall, I reached out, and put my right hand, palm first, onto a very hot grill. OMG! Embarrassing to say but initially, I screamed like a little girl. A week off to heal. With my hand better, I returned to work only to find out that they were going to go back on an agreement we had. I had at the time, very long blonde hair. No intention of shorting it whatsoever. Subject addressed when I interviewed. They told me when hired, a hairnet would do. Long story short … yadda yadda yadda, the fucker’s lied, and I quit. Stood up to the man! They would have fired me, had I not gotten a cut. My friends were apologetic to hear I had to go through all that, yet impressed. A month or so later, I received a check in the mail for the week I was home beating off with my ‘left’ hand. I had already secured another job, so I spent what was to me ‘found money’ on pot and booze.

About 15 years later I went through my first divorce and while rebuilding my life, took a part-time job with a McD’s in Katy Texas. Get this … besides all the things one would expect to find there, they also made pizza. McPizza! Wasn’t that McBad. I worked there long enough to save up car insurance money, plus get some work done on the vehicle I had at the time; 81’ Olds Cutlass. I nicknamed it; The Golden Chariot. Parted ways with McDonald’s on good terms. Equated the situation as a good opportunity to make some extra cash, in which it was. Good old fashion hard work. Nothing I was ever embarrassed about.

Back to the movie; The Founder. Weird but the title does not refer to one or the other McDonald brothers specifically, but to the man who became known as a franchise wizard; Ray Kroc. This is the guy who is really responsible for McDonald’s worldwide success. And this is the person that this motion picture is largely about. Long story short, he screwed over the McDonald brothers. In 115 minutes, you’ll find out everything. Watch the company grow from a few locations where this film starts to the giant ‘McDonald’s’ turned out to be. The story ending with Kroc’s death in 1984.

Michael Keaton - The Founder

 

This very well made biographical drama was directed by John Lee Hancock and stars actor Michael Keaton as ‘founder’ Ray Kroc (1902-1984). His performance is outstanding! Such a wonderful actor! His ‘Batman’ besides Adam West is the best. And who could forget, Beetlejuice (1988)?

Helping support Mr. Keaton, the McDonald brothers are played by Nick Offerman (Richard) and John Carroll Lynch (Maurice). The three of these actors shine playing off each other, making this theatrical presentation really work. And the rest of the cast excels including Laura Dern (Ethel Kroc), and from television’s ‘The Office’: B.J. Novak (Harry J. Sonneborn). ‘The Founder’ was written by Robert D. Siegel.

Uncle G rates … The Founder (2016)

Using the same ten star rating system that the ‘imdB’ website uses, whereas one star means it sucks worse than McDonald’s spaghetti (Google it), and ten stars meaning it’s worth the wait at the drive thru, Uncle G rates the 2016 movie, The Founder … NINE Stars! A couple scenes could have been shorter. Almost lost my full attention. But I loved everything else.

 

Movie Review: Killjoy’s Psycho Circus (2016)

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30 Jan 2017
Uncle G’s FUN Movie Reviews
Spotlight: Killjoy’s Psycho Circus (2016 Full Moon Features)
By: Gary “Uncle G” Brown
Twitter @GBrown0816

 

Killjoy 5 - poster

I actually watched Killjoy’s Psycho Circus the week it premiered on Amazon Dot Com’s Prime streaming service. To coincide with Amazon Prime adding Full Moon Features streaming channel to their roster last December. Enjoyed it immensely. I’ve been taking a hiatus of sorts recently from my writing, so I didn’t do an “Uncle G’s FUN Movie Review”, as I regularly would have done. Certainly met my criteria. Now time has passed some. How long does one need to relocate (PA. to CO.), and get their shit somewhat back together? It’s been five months since my last review, but who’s counting? 


Killjoy’s Psycho Circus (2016 Full Moon Features)

This new release from Charles Band’s indie B-Movie company, Full Moon Features, is one of the best sequels I could have hoped for, seeing the original Killjoy, and all other sequels. Ends up being a very well made horror, sci-fi, comedy that if I have done an ‘Uncle G’s Top 10 Movies of 2016 list, that Killjoy’s Psycho Circus would have been included. The dialogue is sharp, the special effects are very cool, and the actors absolutely shine.

Killjoy’s Psycho Circus is written, produced, edited, and directed brilliantly by filmmaker, John Lechago. I so enjoyed watching it numerous times so far. Plus I loved Killjoy 3 and 4. No letdowns here.  And thank you for that by the way.

Now along with John Lechago, in front of the camera, the entire cast shines. Playing the lead character in all but the first Killjoy installment is actor, writer, director, and producer; Trent Haaga. If a Troma Entertainment fan like myself, you will recognize Trent from his work there.  Anything with his name on it is worthy of checking out. Take note … Trent’s Oscar-sure to be nominated acting performance could just be here; Killjoy’s Psycho Circus. In the same ballpark as Bruce Campbell’s performance in Army of Darkness (1992). That fuc*in’ good.

Actress Victoria De Mare performance knocked me out in this film, as it did the previous two Killjoy films.

Same can be said about actors Al Burke, and Tai Chan Ago. I love the storyline of the characters they portray, with each one getting better as these films progress. And so we are on the same page, I am referring to Killjoy sequels 3, 4, and this newest thrilling adventure; Killjoy’s Psycho Circus. 

Actress Robin Sydney blows me away. I have been following Robin’s career since I saw her in Gingerdead Man (2005). Met her in 2008 at a Full Moon Features Road Show in Dallas Texas. Is seriously nice to her fans. Robin’s performance in Killjoy’s Psycho Circus, reprising her role as ‘Luanne’, is so entertaining to watch. One of the best scenes in Killjoy’s Psycho Circus is when her character and Betty Boop go head to head. Worth the price of admission.

Killjoy's Psycho Circus - The Ladies

A shout out to actor Steve Cardwell (Beelzebub), and actress Lauren Nash (Jezebel). Enjoyed your work! As I did all the other actors that were involved.

Worth Mentioning: Lots of good stuff! Let’s see …

01.) The opening credits ROCKED!
02.) I enjoyed seeing the Evil Bong / Gingerdead Man connections. Rabbitt (Sonny Carl Davis) ROCKS!
03.) Again … cool special effects! I’m that impressed! Also outstanding Make-Up; Tom Devlin.
04.) Loved the score; Michael Sean Colin
05.) Witty script/dialogue; includes Donald Trump reference.
06.) Adam & Eve … nice !! Full Moon Features Merchandise … cool as well !!!
07.) SPOILER —> Mime speaks!
08.) Six Psychos!

Killjoy's Psycho Circus - Cheetham Studios

Uncle G rates … Killjoy’s Psycho Circus (2016 Full Moon Features)

Using the same ten-star rating system that the IMDb website uses whereas one star basically means it sucks, to ten stars in which at least to me, means that it’s worth spending your hard earned money on, Gary “Uncle G” Brown rates Killjoy’s Psycho Circus … 10 STARS!

This movie was great! For me, watching it helped me escape what was going around me, and provided many a laugh out loud moment. Well needed at the time. It’s an art to be able to make something, that could achieve that. Hats off again to all involved. Thanks to Charles Band for keeping the Killjoy tale alive. And I was surprised at how well the fan scene (Killjoy crowd) played out. A room full of fans/Full Moon fanatics/amateur/want to be actors. SPOILER —> So sorry to see them (no … can’t give it away).

 

Helpful Weblinks

Full Moon Streaming

http://fullmoonstreaming.com/

Full Moon Features Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/fullmoonfeatures

Full Moon Features Twitter Page

https://twitter.com/fullmoonhorror

Full Moon Direct

http://www.fullmoondirect.com/

 

Web Series / Movie Review: Trophy Heads

As Seen On: ClassicRockRadio.co.uk
First Published: 03 Feb 2015
Uncle G’s FUN Web Series / Movie Reviews
Spotlight: Full Moon Features Web Series: Trophy Heads
By: Gary “Uncle G” Brown
Twitter @GBrown0816

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I’m sure in the time I have been writing for ClassicRockRadio Dot EU (now ClassicRockRadio.CO.UK) that I mentioned my love for B Horror / Science Fiction movies at least once. Nowadays, mostly independent endeavors seem to catch my attention. A favorite Indie motion picture studio out of Hollywood that I seriously dig, is Full Moon Features. The leader of the pack being one of the coolest Hollywood behind-the-scenes types you ever want to be around. It’s President of the company; Charles Band. The man’s a Jack-Of-All-Trades type being the creator of story ideas, producing, and directing. Since the 1970’s, Charles has been putting forth some of the most outrageous, disturbing, hysterical, and tantalizing entertainment on the planet. Much of it is tongue in cheek, or pulled out by the roots, and served up as an appetizer.

I became aware of what was then Full Moon Pictures, back in the days of renting VHS tapes. Maybe it was their 1996 release with Jacqueline Lovell entitled, Head Of The Family, that got my attention? Puppetmaster (1989)? Subspecies(1991)? Bad Channels (1992)? Demonic Toys (1992)? Whichever one, for it didn’t take experiencing too many Full Moon Pictures / Charles Band films before I was totally hooked. For the adults, add the product pitches and all the cool behind the scenes stuff, and all you need is popcorn and your favorite grown up libation. Weed works just as well. Matter of fact, in some cases it’s more like tailor made.

Trophy Heads is the Full Moon Feature debut into original programming via their own Internet Channel: FullMoonStreaming Dot Com. An original web-series. Five episodes made so far (Season One). Half hour broadcast with commercials for when it appears on cable television. Classified a comedy / horror program. An above average cast of actors. Includes cool cameo’s. Music wise we have Richard Band’s involvement, and his older brother behind the lens. Talented people behind the scenes, for it shows in all five episodes. I watched all five episodes on Hulu Plus. Only reason why I ordered it. Trophy Heads is now out on DVD and Blu-ray. Includes killer special features. Worth the price of admission.

Uncle G’s HIGH-LITES (2014 Trophy Heads_Full Moon Features)

Right off the wooden bat with a bunch of rusty ten penny nails sticking out, is the theme song. I LOVE TV THEME SONGS! At the drop of an eyeball, I could whistle the 1960’s hit ‘The Addams Family’ main and closing musical pieces. So I really do appreciate it when a new television theme song rolls around that’s worth learning how to whistle. The theme to Trophy Heads is serious earworm material. At times I seem to not be able to GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD. Should really see a doctor for that.

The main premise / story works very well. Wonderful actors (Maria Olsen / Adam Noble Roberts) portray a Mother-Son team you’d hate to ever run into. The son’s fixation is on B movie scream queens of the past, and his fear of them getting older and fading away. Mom being the ‘Enabler from Hell’ loses any traces of sanity she has left, and helps junior with his ambitious plans to correct one of life’s major wrongs. Here in Max’s own special way, he recreates scenes from the various actress’ film career. And it’s here when we take it up a notch with the introduction of our victims. Ladies, that if one was into B movies of the past, one might recognize. One Scream Queen (Linnea Quigley) recites one of my favorite lines of dialogue:

“Have you bathed in the blood of the Lord?”

Well that, and I got a kick out of when yet another Scream Queen said:

“I don’t wanna be in your fucking movie!”

Snuff film that is. So who could really blame her?

Rating: Using the one to ten star rating system, whereas one star really, really sucks, to ten stars which means it’s cool to spend your hard earned money on, I rate Full Moon Features Web Series: Trophy Heads – 10 stars! Seriously, I could find nothing wrong. It’s all I come to expect from Full Moon Features and more. Plus, there are BARE BOOBIES! Presented in a way that makes the twelve year old boy still clinging on to life in me smile. Available now on FullMoonStreaming Dot Com, and should you still treasure actually owning the DVD / Blu-ray, try looking first on line at FullMoonDirect Dot Com. Lots of cool shit there besides. OH…regarding FullMoonStreaming…an archive of films that will keep you busy for many years to come. For around seven bucks a month. I might have to look into subscribing to that myself.

Official Trophy Heads Promo Video:

Full Moon Direct:

www.FullMoonDirect.com

Full Moon Streaming:

www.FullMoonStreaming.com

Full Moon Features Official Twitter Page:

https://twitter.com/fullmoonhorror

Movie Review: Elvis & Nixon (2016)

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Uncle G’s FUN Movie Reviews
Spotlight: Elvis & Nixon (2016 Amazon Studios)
By: Gary “Uncle G” Brown
Twitter @GBrown0816

I actually remember President Nixon being in office. Bits and pieces. More so than President Johnson, and the President before him; John F. Kennedy. My birth was in 1961. Hard to believe that five and a half decades has since almost passed. I’m especially surprised with each new day that goes by, how much I remember from my childhood. Spent the entire 1970’s as a resident of the great state; New Jersey. Was nine years old and living in South Amboy, when the main event in this movie took place. I do not remember watching the evening news, which would have come out of New York City, and being informed that the one and only Elvis Presley had visited the White House that day, taking in a meeting with then President: Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994). Odds are I was outside playing, or preoccupied doing something else. Fourth grade was a busy time.

For President Nixon, Watergate would later on equal impeachment. A dark chapter in our nation’s history. Bill Clinton’s impeachment over two decades later, was a stain on the fabric that made this country great. Another story for another day, for that’s not the occurrence that happened in the White House’s Oval Office that this theatrical film focuses on. For it’s towards the end of 1970, when the King of Rock n’ Roll, Elvis Presley decided his country needed him. The TV news was full of could be communists and kids (young adults) using dope (pot). In Elvis’ eyes, the United States was going to shit. Wanting to be of service, the rock n’ roller, perhaps foolishly believed that by simply obtaining a real badge and title, Federal Agent at Large, that he could be of service to the country he loved, and respected so dearly. After all, he was a black belt in karate, and a movie actor in which he pretended to be other people. Tools / experience to help him go undercover. To rid the streets of the ones he concluded were ruining the good old United States of America. So on the spur of the moment, off to Washington DC he goes. Tries to anyway. At first he finds it somewhat difficult. But then it’s straight to the White House. To hand deliver a letter, and then ask for a meeting with the President. Again, not as easy as he thought.

Giving President Nixon positive promotion, is what the White House was about. To get a picture taken in the oval office of Richard Nixon with the most popular entertainer in the world, would mean instant voter approval. Especially young voters, and those who lived in the South. When Nixon learns that he’s going to meet Elvis, he wonders aloud; “Who the fuck set this up?”. Nixon was not keen on the idea of spending time with the musician, and at first said no. A little persuasion from his daughter, and before you know it, the most requested photo of The National Archives is snapped; Nixon & Elvis. This movie is all about that fateful day.

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I always liked Elvis. Even the fat Elvis towards the end. The 1970 December 21st Elvis, in which this film depicts, pretty much still had his shit together. Some crazy episodes. Things not everyone was aware of. Example, he had the habit of shooting TV’s when it displayed something he didn’t like. In the beginning of this movie, he’s seen watching the news, and getting more pissed by the second. Then he takes his handgun, and fires at several television sets. Doing that sets this picture in motion.

Michael Shannon, portrays the legendary musician, Elvis Presley. The skinny version. Give it a minute watching Michael’s perform, and after that you’ll have no problem believing he is Elvis. A very creditable performance. And the movie itself, has a great look and feel to it. Must be hard to go back over forty years, and recreate what it was like. A lot of research and hard work. A period piece is either one hundred percent believable, or it’s garbage. All involved with ‘Nixon & Elvis’ did their homework, and it shows.

And while I’m throwing praise around. I always believed the more writers a movie had, the greater the odds of it blowing chunks. Three writers responsible for Elvis & Nixon, and all doing a terrific job; Joey Sagal, Hanala Sagal, and Cary Elwes. For the viewer, it’s like being a fly on the wall. A story well told / presented. Directed by Liza Johnson, in what I hope is her most successful film yet.’Elvis & Nixon’ should appeal to many; historians, President Nixon & Elvis fans, those into politics or rock n’ roll, and anyone else who enjoys watching a good film, that doesn’t involve superheroes. Rated ‘R’ I believe for salty language. Might bore the youngins.

Have I mentioned Kevin Spacey yet? Reminds me of actor Gene Hackman. Both men, outstanding at whatever movie they are in. Mister Spacey had his imitation / portrayal of Nixon down to a science. His mannerisms. The way he spoke. And the look is there also. Thank God not spitting image. Give it thirty seconds to get used to. May not even be necessary. Spacey’s believable right out the gate. The same throughout the whole one hour and forty minute film. If I was handing out Oscar’s, he’d get one for this performance.

Those who played the parts of Nixon’s aides and Elvis’ associates, also did a wonderful job. Elvis’ long time friend, Jerry Schilling is portrayed by Alex Pettyfer. Johnny Knoxville, did a very good friend playing Sonny, another Elvis’ caretaker. Colin Hanks as Egil Krogh, Evan Peters as Dwight Chapin, and Tate Donovan as White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman. All do justice to their portrayal of these men.

Music: A well done score by Edward Shearmur, and a very cool soundtrack that screams what we call now, classic rock. Songs like Suzy Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

Uncle G Rates … Elvis & Nixon (2016 Amazon Studios):

Using the same rating ten star rating system as the IMDb website, whereas one star means it’s horrible, to ten stars in which Elvis would rate his favorite sandwich on the Earth, peanut butter and banana, … I give the 2016 movie, ‘Nixon & Elvis’ … 10 stars. Not an historical event serious enough that it changed the world. Both men, notorious for being critical of others. Not a surprise these two would find common ground, and get along.

Weblinks:

Official Website: http://www.bleeckerstreetmedia.com/elvisandnixon

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Netflix: https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Elvis-Nixon/80064336

Movie Review: Road Wars (2015 The Asylum)

First Published: 02 June 2015
Uncle G’s FUN Movie Reviews
Road Wars (2015 The Asylum)
By: Gary “Uncle G” Brown
Twitter @GBrown0816

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Just last month The Asylum released a new direct to DVD flick called, Road Wars. Around the same time as the new Mad Max movie hit theaters across the country. Yes, this is the same B movie studio out of Hollywood, California that makes movies similar to what you might find around that time at your local movie theater. Called, The Asylum. I mentioned them before in my reviews / columns. Been following the studio the last few years.

On the back cover of the Road Wars DVD it reads; “An action-packed Apocalyptic classic in the vein of Mad Max and Death Race.” Since I NEVER saw a Mad Max movie, I’m going to have to take their word for it. I do own on DVD the original Death Race 2000, produced in part by the legendary Roger Corman, and rented (Redbox) the remake that came out in 2008, along with it’s two sequels. Overall, cool action movies. Of course I am familiar with the Mad Max franchise. Since I dig futuristic science fiction tales, I know I’d appreciate it’s stories. Just never managed to sit down and check them out. So in a way, a plus to watching The Asylum’s Road Wars, because I only kind of know what to expect. My experience viewing clips from Mad Max either come from movie trailers, or the 1985 Tina Turner video (We Don’t Need Another Hero ‘Thunderdome’) from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. BTW … Tina ROCKS!

So I asked a friend after viewing The Asylum’s Road Wars. I said; “Friend, did Mad Max have vampires or zombies in it?”. After some uncontrolled laughter, the response I got was; “No!” Something else I was told was that only the second Mad Max movie is really worth watching, and that the other Mel Gibson flicks are; “Shit”. Said very matter of fact by a guy who seems to know his B movie Apocalyptic movies. The comment itself is either here nor there, but I find it worth mentioning. Possible advice for future me so not to waste precious breathing time on a pointless activity.

Road Wars (2015 The Asylum)

Cutting to the chase, what we have here is a good story, with a twist. Entertaining I imagine for even those more up on the Mad Max movies than I am. The vampires are a variation one would definitely not want to encounter. Contains strong female characters. The in front of the camera talent all excel in their roles. Reading the credits for Road Wars on the IMDb website, I recognize behind the scene names associated with other productions from The Asylum, like those who worked on any of the Sharknado films. The latest, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! to be released this Summer. The Asylum knows what they’re doing. Not one production they have even done, has never not profited. Close minded film goers who worship Sean Penn will proclaim to the World a film such as Road Wars to be a rip off, and therefor not worth one’s time, and money. Uncle G says; “Bullshit!”. I’d suggest these folks pull the stick out of their rectum, and loosen up some. Like it or not, there is a market for these types of motion pictures.

Road Wars, is a straightforward action yarn. Future Earth. Waters precious on a planet that’s gone to shit. There’s your story. Good thing fuel for bad-ass vehicles appear to be plentiful. No paying at the pump. Take what you need. Be always careful for Night Walkers, and Day Walkers could be lurking about. Game’s over once bitten by them. If comparing itself to ‘Death Race’ movies, then it’s more old school. Lots of drama. Enough going on to keep one’s interest.

Rating: Using the same one to ten star rating system as the IMDb website uses, whereas one star means it SUCKS HORRIBLY, to ten stars meaning it’s INCREDIBLY AWESOME, Uncle G gives The Asylum’s latest direct to DVD releases, Road Wars, EIGHT SOLID STARS! For those into indy B movies like I am, add another star if you want. It’s exactly what I expected when I picked it up for 10 bucks at the local Walmart. I already know that usually The Asylum puts out a solid product. Cool cover wrap. Includes bonus features such as deleted scenes, or a gag reel. Trailers for other Asylum projects. I feel like I’m getting my monies worth. For the wife and I to go see the latest Mad Max film, would cost me at least three times more than what I paid for this DVD. Upside, no driving back and forth to a movie theater, and the bag of popcorn I ate while viewing the film, didn’t cost some outrageous amount of cash. Hooray for Orville Redenbacher! Classic Butter & Sea Salt is to die for!

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