It’s 2012 and the Film Pigs are back with a brand-new podcast not even the Mayans predicted! First up this year is a round table on War Movies! Plus, an international Movie Jail, an epic Bizarre Line Reading, the return of the Cold Reading, a trivia game that’s actually a trivia game and not just silly nonsense, and more! Prince Henry Stout!
As I believe I mentioned on one of the last Straight-to-DVD Corner posts, the straight-to-video sequels of theatrical releases (such as The Butterfly Effect 2, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, and I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer) are never as much fun as the franchises from which they were born (and I realize that the originals of the sequels I just listed were not particularly fantastic, but all were fun for what they were. So leave me alone about it. Seriously. Get off my back.) But I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I didn’t find an exception to my little rule (not that I’m saying anything bad about monkeys, I would consider myself lucky to be the uncle of any sort of primate, except maybe the baboon because those guys seem particularly dangerous.)
When it comes to shit that gets dumped on video, most of the time you can see why. If it’s action, you’ve got your Seagal movies, Snipes movies, Van Damme movies, and those odd Jason Statham movies that come out in between his theatrical releases. All are junk. (The Seagal movies are a great source of guilty pleasure because each one is a greater trainwreck than the last one…trainwrecks beyond imagination.) And then you’ve got your thrillers with Morgan Freeman or Christian Slater or even Gene Hackman these days. It’s always clear why they are not in the theater, usually because their plot lines are indecipherable and the movies are just plain boring (even more so than the boring shit they actually do release in the theater) or, you know, it’s because they star Christian Slater. As far as I can tell, the only genre that provides little gems in the straight-to-video market is the horror genre. It’s tricky to navigate, of course, because there are also more unwatchable DIY movies in the horror genre than any other.