movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Parthena convinced us to watch this. I’d never seen it, and I think Carolyn hadn’t seen it since she was a kid.

PEOPLE: Directed by John Carpenter (after Prince Of Darkness, but before Starman). Starring Kurt Russel, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong (who’s been in a lot of stuff that we’ve watched lately), Victor Wong, Suzee Pai.

QUIRKS: Totally craziness. I mean… this movie is a prime example of the 1980s over-the-top movie style that was quite popular back then!

VISUALS: Yes… there’s lots of neat visual stuff in this movie. Being a 1986 movie, the special effects obviously aren’t up to date. But being a fantasy movie set in a modern world, it really doesn’t matter. A lot of the stuff that happens can only be described as “out of this world”.

MORALS: Kurt Russell doesn’t have them. He just wants his $1,148.

CONCLUSION: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. This is a really good crazy caper! There’s a lot of “WTF!!!” moments here… from Kurt Russell’s opening CB-radio rants where he seems to be channeling Denis Leary, to the fact that sorcery is real, dudes float out of the sky, and crazy mass murders can happen in Chinatown without the police ever caring. This was definitely a fun adventure.

Too bad they didn’t go through with the scene after the ending that they originally wanted. It sounds fun! :) Also, Scary Movie 2 parodies this at some point, but I probably didn’t notice at the time! D’oh! Robot Chicken S1E11 also has a sketch with characters from this movie.

RECOMMENDATION: If you like 80’s capers — this is definitely one to see. Most people seem to have seen this movie, and highly recommend it!

MOVIE QUOTE: Jack Burton: When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Parthena, Christian, Chris Z loved it. Ian & Benj really liked it. Carolyn liked it, but that was an old rating; I wonder if it’s changed now.

Mood: hungry
Music: Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth