Posts Tagged ‘Cheeseball Cinema’

MV5BODc1ZGQ4YTYtY2RhNS00ZTNiLTkwODUtYWM5NWZhNmE5NmMyL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzc5MjA3OA@@._V1_I don’t know if sadness has overcome me because of the fact that there are no more Confession of a (Window Cleaner (1974), Pop Performer (1975), and From A Holiday Camp (1977)) films to review. I grew quite a liking to the misadventures of our favorite imbecile Timothy Lea (Robin Askwith) and all the schemes his brother in law Sidney (Anthony Booth) come up. For today’s Cheeseball Cinema film, we are looking at Confessions Of A Driving Instructor which sees our favorite duo buy a driving school. In the film however, we immediately find out that they are going to have competition with another school next door in the Truscott school. The school is hoping that Timmy screws up enough that they’ll lose their business, but when the owner Mr. Truscott (Windsor Davies) figures out that they aren’t, he schemes to have Timmy marry his daughter in order to merge and steal the business. Will Timmy fall for it or will the plan fail? The film also stars Sheila White (Oliver!) as Rosie, Liz Fraser (The Avengers) as Mrs. Chalmers, Irene Handl (The Italian Job) as Mrs. Slenderpants, George Layton (Doctor In Charge) as Tony, Maxine Casson (Paul Temple) as Avril Chalmers, Chrissy Iddon (Prince Regent) as Lady Snoodle, Suzy Mandel (Come Play With Me) as Mrs. Hargreaves, and the film was directed by Norman Cohen (The Blue Max). 

image-w856If you have seen one Confessions film then you definitely know what you are getting yourself into every time and that is sexy hi-jinx. Although, it seems our main character has better luck in this film then he has had in previous films, but he still has to deal with the same old situations every time as well including a mother and daughter who both want him. The best is that the main story line is that he is competing against a rival driving school that is looking to take them out which then sort of becomes a sidebar to all of the hi-jinx. This was a post that was supposed to come out a while ago, but I procrastinated because I lost some files to complete it. As soon as I found them, It was time to finally finish the post because this may have been one of the best films in the whole series if you ask me. Yes there is plenty of T&A to satisfy any fan of sex comedies, but it was just a fun film to watch overall. There was a lot of good acting and the story was pretty well structured in my opinion. The film even has the menacing Sean Connery like villain and his very annoying sidekick to boot. I am kind of sad that this is the last film from the whole series that I will get to review as I had fun watch all of Timothy’s misadventures. On a scale of one being close to an A-list Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give Confessions of a Driving Instructor an 2.6 for a final grade.

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TV isolated vintageIt has been a very long time since the last time we did a Cheeseball Cinema post on the blog and while we are preparing the segment for bigger and better things, we wanted to do some more posts. After a little bit of research, I found the perfect film to present to all of you from all the way in 1985 it’s School Spirit. School Spirit stars Tom Nolan (Batman Begins) as Billy Batson, the head of the Hog Society at his college and someone in desperate need of getting laid. One night, Billy heads out to get some condoms so that he could make it with the very beautiful and elusive Judith Hightower (Elizabeth Foxx), but the only problem is that Billy gets in an accident and he dies. When his late Uncle Pinky (John Finnegan) who is an agent in charge of getting spirits to heaven comes to get him, he escapes and tries to make the best of his time left on Earth by trying to get the girl and he only has till midnight. The film also stars Larry Linville (M*A*S*H) as President Grimshaw, Brian Frishman (Savage Streets) as Barducci, Toni Hudson (Just One Of The Guys) as Rita, Leslee Bremmer (Hardbodies) as Sandy, Nick Segal (Chopping Mall) as Gregg, Marta Kober (Friday The 13TH Part 2) as Ursula, Danièle Arnaud (The Women’s Club) as Madeleine, and the film was directed by Alan Holleb (Candy Stripe Nurses).

TV isolated vintageWhen it came to the film, there were definitely aspects of the film that I absolutely loved and then there are aspects that prove why it belongs here. For one, it’s a decent story that we have seen so many times over the years about the desperate virgin who just wants to get laid, but this one adds a twist to it because he’s dead. The one thing I didn’t understand is if he’s dead then how can he make himself whole so that people can touch and feel him? The other thing that I felt was kind of sprung on us was the fact that with almost most of the film already done and Billy Batson wanting to get into Judith’s pants, he all of sudden has a change of heart and falls in love with the French woman. I felt that this was something that could have been explored better right from the half way point. T&A is your thing when it comes to 80’s comedies then there is no need to fear because this film has plenty of it especially at the Hog gathering scene in the latter part of the film. The 1980’s was typical for having string character development for the main character, but there downfall was there was always this character that was just completely useless and that was Brian Frishman’s (Brian Mann at the time) character who had absolutely no worth in the film. You don’t even know if he belongs or goes to college cause he’s just there. One other character that bothered me was Nick Segal’s character who starts off the film as the typical nerdy dickhead who hates the hogs, but as soon as he’s named the new head, he has completely changed his ways which is why I said bad character development.  On a scale of one being close to an A-list Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film an 2.5 for a final grade.

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moshpits promo posterI just wanted to take the time to write all the individuals no matter where in the world you are an update as to what is going on at the moment. There has not been a lot of posts on the site as of late besides the Album Of The Week posts and there is sort of a reason for that. Sometimes there is a bit in your life when it finally catches up to you and you find yourself strapped for time and energy because you are dealing with what life gives you. I am hoping that I am going to be able to start doing more with the site very soon like bringing back some of my favorite segments like Cheeseball Cinema, Tuesday Night Fights, as well as some new segments for the blog like a Podcast that I will post on the site. I have been working on several ideas for a podcast for a very long time and I am hoping that I finally have the content set in place. Plus, Eddie’s 31 Days of Halloween returns for the seventh year and I am excited for what we have for you this year. I have a lot of ideas and hopefully soon, I’ll be finished with the comic book challenge that I am doing because I am honestly over it already. So, I say just stay tuned here for more as I am looking forward to producing more content for you guys.

My Tutor TheaterSometimes, you check out certain films because they look like they have the potential to be cheesy films based on the fact that it came from the 1980’s. That was definitely the case when I chose to watch today’s film My Tutor which was directed by George Bowers (Private Resort) and it was written by Joe Roberts. The film follows California rich kid Bobby Chrystal (Matt Lattanzi) who has just happened to flunk French on the last day of school. You see, Bobby’s father (Kevin McCarthy) wants his son to follow in his footsteps and attend Yale in the fall. The only problem is that Bobby needed to pass that French test so he decides to hire a French tutor named Terry (Caren Kaye) who will change Bobby’s life for the better, but it’ll be a challenge especially with a kid who has sex and the stars on his mind. The film also stars Crispin Glover (Back To The Future) as Jack, Clark Brandon (Fast Food) as Billy, Bruce Bauer (NYPD Blue) as Don Sylvester, Arlene Golonka (Hang ‘Em High) as Mrs. Chrystal, Amber Denyse Austin (Hunter) as Bonnie, Kitten Natividad (Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens) as Ana Maria, Graem McGavin (Weekend Pass) as Sylvia, John Vargas (Primary Colors) as Manuel, and Maria Melendez (And Baby Makes Six) as Maria.

My Tutor Theater ScreenOne of the obvious selling points of the film is that its an 80’s teen sex comedy that involves scenes where teens are trying to have sex during the film, but they fail causing some funny hi-jinx. The only issue with this film is that it’s actually very well written and very well executed as far as the acting is concerned. It was really hard trying to find something negative about the film to critique for this, but I’ll try my best. There are a lot of beautiful women in this film which can only mean one thing and that is there is plenty of T&A to go around for all of you out there that are fans of that. Believe me I get it, isn’t that why we watch 1980’s American sex comedies and what not. One of the other great things about this film is actually the cinematography as they capture some great shots of the Pacific Coast Highway as well as other spots of California. I will admit that at first, Bobby’s character can be a little annoying, but after a while you just get it. They also give away a certain scenario that will happen at the end of the film involving a girl named Bonnie. It was just a little obvious that she would appear after Bobby gets his mack on and she looks more impressed with him every time. I actually think this is a movie worth checking out so watch it where ever you can find it. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film an 1.3 for a final grade.

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From Top To Bottom Row 1: Kitten Natividad Row 2: Jewel Sheppard & Katt Shea Row 3: Graem McGavin Rows 4 and 5: Caren Kaye

Joysticks 1983 TheaterIt has been a tradition here on Cheeseball Cinema to discover films that the snobs of cinema would discard and throw into the recycling bin. One of my favorite decades of cinema has always been the 1980’s which gave birth to a genre known as the teen sex comedies and we have covered so many of those on here. If it’s cheesy then it’s for us and for today we have one that involves the earliest form of video games in 1983’s Joysticks. The film stars Scott McGinnis (Secret Admirer) as arcade owner Jefferson Bailey who just happens to run the best arcade in town that all the kids come to for a little fun. Well, there is one man in town who doesn’t feel that way and he goes by the name of Joseph Rutter (Joe Don Baker) who wants to shut down the arcade. Will he succeed in doing it or will Jefferson have a plan to keep it open? The film also stars Leif Green (Grease 2) as Eugene, Jim Greenleaf (Evilspeak) as Dorfus, Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) as King Vidian, Corinne Bohrer (Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol) as Patsy Rutter, John Diehl (Stripes) as Arnie, Kym Malin (Road House) as Lola, Kim G. Michel as Alva, Erin Halligan (Wacko) as Sandy, and the film was directed by Greydon Clark (Black Shampoo).

Joysticks 1983 theater sceneFirst things first, I have seen Corinne Bohrer in plenty of films and I have enjoyed what she has brought to the table, but this has to be by far one of the most annoying performances of all time. The only other character to ever annoy me as much when their mouth opes was Jar Jar Binks in Episode 1. I have no idea in the world why she had a valley girl’s accent in the film when no other character did throughout the whole film. Other than that, I actually enjoyed the film and all of it’s dumb 80’s quirkiness like the guy who thought he was Curly from The Three Stooges. Then we get Uncle Rico (Gries) playing a punk rock video game weirdo named King Vidian which helped provide real comic relief throughout the whole film. Besides Joe Don Baker, he was one of the true villains of the film and he was awesome. My other favorite thing about this film is the pairing of John Diehl and John Voldstad who played his cousin Max. These two played the roles of the bumbling idiots that your villain needs to blame when things go wrong. One thing that is for sure with this film is that there is plenty of T&A in the film from mud wrestling fun, Jacuzzi in a van, strip video arcade, and so much more. There is some cheesy scenes in the film, but its not that bad of film in reality. It represents a time when society was still being tough on kids and it’s not surprising that video game arcades were an issue back then. Anything that keeps kids occupied and away from home is a bad thing to society. Check it out for yourselves where ever you can find it. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film an 2.9 for a final grade.

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Confessions Of A Pop Performer TheaterAs I had stated in the last Cheeseball Cinema post, I had discovered that there were more 70’s British sex comedies that I had not yet explored. I am at times a completest and it is in me to finish the Adventures of and Confessions of series. For today’s Cheeseball Cinema film, we are looking at the second film in the Confessions series entitled. Confessions of a Pop Performer. The film once again follows our lovable klutz Timothy Lea (Robin Askwith) and his scheming brother in law Sidney Noggett (Anthony Booth). This time around after going to a club, Sidney decides that he is going to become a entertainment manager for a local band named Kipper: Nutter Normington (Peter Cleall), Petal (Richard Warwick), Zombie (David Auker), Eric (Maynard Williams), and Blow (Mike King). The only problem is that the drummer gets injured and Timothy is forced to step into the role, but will it go well? The film also stars Sheila White (Oliver!) as Rosie, Bob Todd (Superman III) as Mr. Barnwell, Jill Gascoine (BASEketball) as Mrs. Barnwell, Peter Jones (Chariots Of Fire) as Maxy Naus, Carol Hawkins (When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth) as Jill Brown, Maggie Wright (The Saint) as Ruth, Anita Kay (Heartland) as Sonia, Sally Harrison (And Now The Screaming Starts!) as Patsie, and the film was directed by Norman Cohen (The Blue Max). 

Confessions Of A Pop Performer Cinema SceneI am at this point a very big fan of Robin Askwith and his Timothy Lea character and all of the trouble that he gets himself into just by being a klutz. One trick that the filmmaker should have learned is that if you’re actor does not know how to play drums then you probably shouldn’t show him failing at it. There was one scene towards the end when Timmy is not behind the drum kit and yet there is drums in the song. Those were just some of the small technical issues that they should have thought about before hand. One thing that I always thought was true was how close Robin Askwith looks with Mick Jagger and one girl in the film thinks she is having sex with Mick and not Timmy Lea. That was a fun little jab at Robin that he obviously seemed OK with in the film. As per usual in a film like this, there is plenty of T&A and some 70’s bush to go with it so if you love it, this has it. In most of the films I reviewed for the series, I had always said that Askwith and Booth were the MVP’s of the film, but this time around Askwith is the lone star in a film that didn’t have as much comedy as the previous film reviewed. There’s plenty of hi-jinx, but just not a lot of laughs as expected from the series. This is a definitely a film worth checking out at least once and especially if you like the previous films. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this one a 2.9 for a final grade.

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From Left to Right In every row: Anita Kay, Jill Gascoine, Margaret Heald, Maggie Wright, Sally Harrison, and Helli Louise 

Adventures Of A Taxi Driver TheaterIt has been a little while since the last Cheeseball Cinema and I wanted to choose one that I thought I would enjoy as much as you hopefully. There was a whole series of sex comedy films in England that either went by the title of Confessions of a… or Adventures of a… and I thought that I had covered them all. That was the case for a while until I discovered that there was one more film to cover and I jumped at the chance to cover Adventures Of A Taxi Driver which was actually the first film in the series. The film stars  Barry Evans (The Mystery Of Edwin Drood) as our taxi driver named Joe. Joe’s home life is not the ideal one with a brother who is a thief and a mother who depends on him way too much. After some misadventures and a move from home, Joe gets himself into quite the predicament when his taxi fair ends up being some kidnappers. The film also stars Judy Geeson (The Lords Of Salem) as Nikki, Adrienne Posta (To Sir, With Love) as Gloria,  Diana Dors (Oliver Twist) as Mrs. North, Jane Hayden (Warship) as Linda, Robert Lindsay (Wimbledon) as Tom, Angela Scoular (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) as Marion,  Prudence Drage (A Clockwork Orange) as Mrs. Barker, Gloria Maley (Horror Planet) as Dora, Anna Bergman (Avalon) as Helga, and the film was directed by Stanley A. Long (Naughty!).

hqdefaultThis was a very interesting film to say the least and at first you may wonder just what in the heck is the film about? The film is about a taxi driver who finds himself in very lucky situations with women, but the outcomes are never lucky. For example, he picks up a transsexual thinking it’s a female until he finds something down under. He helps a woman get back into your house and in the tub only for the husband to all of a sudden come home. So, it’s safe to say that the film is about his constant misadventures and how messed up things get with him as the film goes along. Despite all of the sex and the naked women (which is the selling point of the film), I actually enjoy all of his mishaps because some of them can be funny. You especially see this in the last twenty minutes of the film or so because things heat up by then. There is plenty of T&A to go around in this film that will please any fan of the genre. The difference with these films is the fact that while it might be cheesy, the acting is really good as the film features some legends as mentioned above like Judy Geeson who starred in films like To Sir, With Love, 10 Rillington Place, and even Rob Zombie’s 31. There are other names in the film as well that are famous for British television and more in the film. You also have to remember that sex is not that taboo in Europe as it was in America in the 1970’s. On a scale of one being close to an A-list Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film an 2.

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From Left to Right Clockwise: Jane Hayden, Gloria Maley, Anna Bergman, and Prudence Drage