Saturday Double Feature: Suicide Squad (2016) And…

ssp01Hey! It’s Saturday. That means it’s time to pair up another couple of films for a Saturday Double Feature.

I’m cheating a little bit this week, since today’s feature movie has already finished it’s theatrical run, but since it’s just come out on disk in the past few weeks, I’m declaring it recent enough to qualify.

One of last year’s most anticipated movies among genre fans, and also one of the biggest disappointments was Warner Brothers’ Suicide Squad. This was hopefully going to be the movie that, after the bleakness of both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman brought some light and fun to the DC comics movie universe. The cast looked good, the trailers gave some hope, and then…

And then the movie finally arrived.

Sigh…

No, it wasn’t as dark as its predecessors. As a matter of fact it had some pretty good moments. Instead it committed an even worse sin.

It was, overall, boring.

Yeah, I’m not sure how you take a premise like this and turn it into the kind of slog that we got (a problem that is not ameliorated in any way by the extended cut). Actually, I take that back, I do know how – you do what they did with this movie – instead of taking the Deadpool route and simply embracing the ridiculousness of the premise and going completely over the top with it, you try to fit it into the “real world” where it just doesn’t belong.

Anyway, here’s the trailer:

So in thinking about this movie and its premise – take a bunch of thieves, murderers, etc. and give them a chance to – perhaps not redeem themselves, but at least do some good and perhaps shorten their sentences, it occurred to me that there was one movie that would fit alongside Squad pretty well as part of a double bill – 1967’s World War II -set feature, The Dirty Dozen which starred Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, Robert Webber, and Donald Sutherland as a team of criminally misfit soldiers sent on a mission from which few, if any of them, were expected to return.

Take a look:

Okay, so that’s my pick for a double feature pairing with Suicide Squad. What do you think? Got a better or different idea of something to go along with it? If so, let me know in the comments below or over on the DurnMoose Facebook page.

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Saturday Double Feature: Arrival (2016) And…

arr01Yep, I’ve decided it’s time for the return of what used to be a regular feature here on the blog, the Saturday Double Feature.

The idea here is simple: take a movie that’s currently in theaters and pair it with one from the past to crate an interesting double bill. In the previous iteration of this feature I limited myself to movies that were 1980s or before for the back half of the bill, but this time around, considering the fact that it’s 2016 and even movies from the 90s are “ancient history” to so many of my younger readers, I think I’m going to be a little looser with that restriction. After all, even a movie like today’s, which came out in 1996 is twenty years old now. And when you take into account the fact that today’s second feature wasn’t even that well known when it first came out, well…

Okay, so let’s start with the current flick, Arrival. I haven’t had a chance to get to the theater to see the new Amy Adams-starring sci-fi film, but from the trailers and from what I’ve heard from friends who have, it looks like a solid, intelligent s-f movie.

The starting concept is simple: one day, alien ships suddenly appear in the skies over Earth, and Adams’ character Louise Banks, a linguist, is brought in to attempt to translate what appears to be attempted communications from the ships.

Let’s take a look at the trailer, shall we?

 

So what did I choose to pair Arrival with? Well, how about another alien first-contact movie with a very similar name?

That’s right, I’m talking about 1996’s The Arrival starring none other than Charile Sheen. Directed by David Twohy, better known for writing and directing Pitch Black and Vin Diesel’s other Riddick flicks, The Arrival begins with the interception of a signal from outer space by Sheen’s astronomer character Zane Zaminsky. When he attempts to follow up on and find out more about the signal, he finds out that there may be more involved than he at first thought.

To be honest, The Arrival is one of those movies that actually feels like it’s better than it really deserves to be, but in my estimation, it really should be better known and more seen than it is. Even most of my cult movie friends seem to have no idea that this film even exists, which is truly a shame, and I highly recommend it. A quick check at Amazon shows the Blu-ray selling there for just over $7.00, an it’s definitely worth checking out at that price.

Go ahead, give the trailer a look:

By the way, The Arrival did manage to spawn a sequel, 1998’s even-less-seen Arrival II (yeah, for some reason in most promotional material and onscreen the “The” was dropped from the title for the follow-up). Here’s the trailer for that:

Okay, so that’s my pick for a double (or even triple) feature pairing with Arrival. What do you think? Got a better or different idea of something to go along with it? If so, let me know in the comments below or over on the DurnMoose Facebook page.

Saturday Double Feature: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and…

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

So this week we get another retread/reboot of a once hugely popular series with the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and of course, the movie itself is, to put it lightly, no great shakes, but then all it really needs to sell itself is the name recognition, so I’m sure whether it truly stinks or not won’t matter because it’ll win the weekend, and that’s all the studios care about.

So, what to pair it with? Well, really, I’d considered running this one last week, paired with Guardians of the Galaxy (and the reason for that will be obvious to anyone who hung around for the post-credits scene), so it was fresh in my mind anyway, but it seems like a pretty good one to run with Turtles, too, since it also features an anthropomorphic animal and also really kind of sucks…

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

Saturday Double Feature: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and…

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

At this point, if you don’t know that this week’s big opening is Marvel’s latest offering Guardians of the Galaxy, well, at least I hope your cave is comfy.

And let’s be honest, there’s really only one choice to double feature this with (especially since the actual film turns out to be a lot more light-hearted and funnier then the trailer above might suggest):

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Guardians of the Galaxy? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

Saturday Double Feature: Sex Tape (2014) and…

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

So what’s new in theaters this week? Well, looks like the big opener is going to be a cautionary tale designed to make anyone who isn’t already completely terrified of that new phenomenon known as “the cloud”. That’s right, I’m talking about Sex Tape.

So where do we go to look for a film to double feature with that one? Well, fortunately, Steven Soderburg‘s 1989 directorial debut Sex, Lies, and Videotape fits in right at the edge of our 1980’s cut-off, so why not go with that? (Geez, does anybody even know what a videotape is (or was) anymore?)

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Sex Tape? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

Saturday Double Feature: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) and…

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Yeah, it’s been sort of an unexpectedly busy week here at la casa de moose, especially the past couple of days, thus the dearth of posts and the relative lateness of this one (though it is still Saturday, – well, here at least – so…). Anyway, one of the things that I did manage to squeeze in was a double feature viewing of both Rise of  and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. So it ain’t been all bad by any stretch.

Okay, so as always, here’s the trailer for the new movie this week:

Of course, it would be easiest to simply pair this one with one of the original Apes movies, but I decided to go in a decidedly different direction with this week’s double feature. What can I say? It’s just the kind of mood I’m in.

Instead, I thought maybe I would go with a different movie that featured the phrase “Planet of the…”. And I figured it would be even better if it featured, as the original Planet of the Apes does, astronauts journeying to that “planet”. The one that immediately came to mind was Mario Bava‘s Planet of the Vampires, but then I ran across this little jewel and decided to feature it instead. So here you go. From 1968 (yep, the same year as the original POTA), it’s Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women. (unfortunately, I couldn’t find a real trailer, but here is a series of clips to give you a taste, and the entire thing is very easy to find on YouTube):

By the way, it’s not indicated in the clip, and onscreen he’s credited as Derek Thomas, but this film was actually directed by Peter Bogdanovich in between making Targets and The Last Picture Show. Yeah, really!

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

Saturday Double Feature: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) and…

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Yeah, the multiplex is offering you More Great Big Robots and the latest Let’s Watch the Fat Chick Cuss People Out “comedy” for your Fourth of July weekend viewing, but I’m not going down that road today. Instead I’m turning the Double Feature eye on one of the smaller films that unfortunately, if you have to depend on the chains-stream theaters for your movie going pleasure, you’ll probably have to catch some other way – either on Netflix, or On Demand, or disk or however you manage to see these kind of films, if you do at all.

Though officially dated as a 2013 film since that’s when it began its festival runs, Jim Jarmusch‘s latest film Only Lovers Left Alive which stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, and Jeffrey Wright – seriously, you get a cast like that and an acclaimed director and still have to fight to get screen space? even when your film is riding the still-hot vampire train? – is really only now getting its proper release on big screens across America (for instance it’s currently showing at our local “arthouse” theater) so I’m letting it count as today’s “new” film.

Honestly, when I saw that trailer it immediately reminded me of another sexy/classy vampire flick that also had to fight for screen space back in the day and really only developed a cult following once it was released to video: 1983’s The Hunger, directed by Tony Scott and starring David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, and Susan Sarandon.

Hmm… maybe if they could have found some way to work more teen angst into these films they’d have done better.

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Only Lovers Left Alive? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!