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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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SHARKNADO 5We have a tradition here at Cheeseball Cinema and that is we never miss an opportunity to review a Sharknado film. We have at one point reviewed every single Sharknado movie up to date except for one. Every time this film airs, I manage to not be anywhere near a television to catch it when it premieres so that is why I rely on Netflix to give it to me so that I can review it. In this one, Fin (Ian Ziering), April (Tara Reid), and now a little older Gil (Billy Barratt) are in the UK for a meeting on how to better prepared for another attack. Unfortunately, Finn gets called to Stonehenge thanks to Nova (Cassandra Scerbo) where they discover that these attacks have happened before in history, but after stealing a stone from it’s hiding spot, it causes one of the most deadliest Sharknados ever and it engulfs poor little Gil who they have to attempt to rescue before it’s too late. The film also stars Chris Kattan (A Night At The Roxbury) as Prime Minister, Samantha Fox (Three Kinds Of Heat) as Ms Moore, but you can’t forget the special cameos made by Charo as the Queen, Fabio as the pope, Downtown Julie Brown, Bret Michaels, Olivia Newton-John, Tony Hawk, Greg Louganis, Tiffany Pollard, John Morrison, Bai Ling, Geraldo Rivera, The Today Show, Good Morning Britain, and the film was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante (Boo).

Sharknado theater sceneNothing much changes from film to film because it’s the same old overacting from some of them and more bad acting from the now almost completely robotic Tara Reid. Hwer character is practically just a cyborg which might explain why she’s not good at showing emotion. She has the same look on her face when Thomas Ian Nichols was explaining how much he loved her in American Pie as to losing her son in this one. I thought making Fabio the pope was a little ballsy while Bret Michaels looked like he was having fun being stuck to a bus while also getting eaten by a shark eventually. Cassandra Scerbo is the only one that showed some acting skills towards the end of the film as they were starting to (SPOILER ALERT) kill everyone off. Then we get a surprise at the end of the film that could mean more Sharknado films as they mocked Back To The Future as well as Bond films, Godzilla, and even Indiana Jones. Listen we all know that the film is all about having fun we cause we know that its a cheesy film and nothing else. So you have to go into this just to sit back, relax, and have fun because it’s going to be one interesting ride.  They went all out with this one where we travel the globe from London to Australia, Japan, Egypt, and even Brazil. It’s awesome having an imagination. On a scale of one ebing close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this one an 4.6 for a final grade.

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

tragedy-girls-posterI have been doing this 31 Days Of Halloween for about six years now and I have never been excited for a film like I was when viewing today’s film. We are about 17 years into a new century so it was only a matter of time until social media was going to be a more prominent part of the horror films that we get. I mean, we have already seen Unfriended, Friend Request, but now we have one that pays homage to the slasher genre as well in Tragedy Girls. Sadie Cunningham (Deadpool‘s Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla Hooper  (X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Alexandra Shipp) may seem like your normal everyday teenagers, but what their small town of Rosedale doesn’t realize is that these girls have a weird obsession with sociopaths. With a serial killer on the loose, the girls will use this opportunity to further their online death obsessed show all in the name of infamy. The film also stars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) as Toby, Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as Lowell, Nicky Whelan (Hall Pass) as Mrs. Kent, Craig Robinson (Pineapple Express) as Big Al, Jack Quaid (Logan Lucky) as Jordan, Timothy V Murphy (The Lone Ranger) as Sheriff Welch, Rosalind Chao (Just Like Heaven) as Mayor Campbell, Savannah Jayde (Big Time Rush) as Syl, and the film was directed by Tyler MacIntyre (Patchwork).

IMG_0117I will be honest in saying that I didn’t know what to expect when I entered the theater to watch the film, but I left very satisfied. The film has it all from great comedic moments, some very gruesome kills, and two very likeable characters in Hildebrand and Shipp. The film at first starts out very comedic in how unsatisfied the girls are when their kills are ruled accidents. I thought that maybe this was the route that the film was going to take, but then they surprised me when the girls started upping their game in the film. Some of the kills in this film are absolutely awesome and brutal with my favorite one happening to poor old Big Al. I saw one reviewer mention that the film had a little bit of The Heathers and I have to agree a little bit in at least the dynamic of the two main characters in what they are trying to accomplish in the film. They definitely pay homage to some classic slasher horror flicks which should satisfy any fan, but the real reason to watch this film is that it’s fresh. This is a different take and approach to the genre and it just felt so fresh and new like a breath of fresh air. I loved Shipp’s performance in the film, but Brianna Hildebrand deserves the MVP award for her performance in the film as the girl who seems vulnerable, sympathetic, but has an insatiable love for the macabre underneath all of it. The film will be officially released on October 20TH for all the world to see and I suggest that you take the opportunity to see it because it’s awesome. I want to also take the time to credit the cinematography and the editing department for putting together the film the way they did. I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

tales of halloweenIt is October 1ST which can only mean one thing and that is Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween is back for it’s sixth year in a row. It is so crazy to imagine that we have now being doing this for six long years, but it’s something I enjoy doing because Halloween is the greatest holiday of them all. For today’s film, I chose an anthology film because sometimes those can be some great material to watch because they are usually short and they keep you on your heels. The only thing is that for Tales Of Halloween, I have to do the post a little different than I usually do because it features ten different stories all in one film so I’ll break them down like I would an album of the week. I do want to inform you that if you do decide to watch the film that the legendary Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog) is you narrator of sorts for the duration of the film as she plays that the radio DJ that guides you through. Here are the ten tales and the people that star in them:

tales-of-halloween-screencap1.Sweet Tooth: A babysitter (Madison Iseman) and her boyfriend (Austin Falk) tell a little boy (Daniel DiMaggio) a legend of a boy who murdered his parents (Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler)for eating all of his Halloween candy who becomes the lethal Sweet Tooth (Hunter Smit). The short was written and directed by Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red).

2. The Night Billy Raised Hell– So, Billy (Marcus Eckert) is about to egg an old man’s house after being pressured to do so, but it turns out the old man is really the devil (Barry Bostwick) and he is about to teach Billy a lesson he’ll never forget. The short was written by Clint Sears (Crow’s Blood) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw IV).

3. Trick– A group of friends Maria (Tiffany Shepis), James (John F. Beach), Catlyn (Casey Ruggieri), and Nelson (Trent Haaga) are all hanging out on Halloween until they get terrorized by some kids. The short was directed by Adam Gierasch (Night Of The Demons).

tales-of-halloween4. The Weak and the Wicked– Keir Gilchrist (It Follows) plays the Stranger, a kid looking to get revenge against three bullies (Grace Phipps, Booboo Stewart, and Noah Segan) for burning down his house so he summons a demon to get the job done. The short was directed by Paul Solet (Dark Summer).

5. Grim Grinning Ghost– Lin Shaye (Insidious) makes the mistake of telling her daughter (Alex Essoe) the tale of a malevolent spirit (Barbara Crampton) that will rip your eyes out if you look at it. The short was directed by Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate).

6. Ding Dong– A man (Marc Senter) learns that his wife is a child eating witch (Pollyanna McIntosh) and so he decides that it’s time to stop her before she claims a child on Halloween.

7. This Means War– Everyone loves to decorate their house for Halloween, but in one neighborhood it becomes war when two neighbors (Dana Gould and James Duval) battle to the death over decorations. The short was directed by Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy).

Tales-of-Halloween18. Friday the 31st– A deformed serial killer (Nick Principe) learns what it finally means to be the victim when he pisses off an Alien because he has no candy. The short was directed by Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!).

9. The Ransom of Rusty Rex– Two bank robbers (Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sam Witwer) that it’s a smart idea to kidnap the son (Ben Woolf) of a wealthy man (John Landis). The only problem is the question of why does this wealthy man not want him back? The short was directed by Ryan Schifrin (Evil Hill).

10. Bad Seed– The last story of the film that ties all of them together, but is it’s own story. Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween) gets called to a scene when a woman’s (Cerina Vincent) husband is eaten alive by a pumpkin. Now it’s up to her to get to the bottom of it before it’s too late. This one was directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent).

tales 2Out of all the shorts in the film, if I had to pick my favorite one of them all it would have to be The Weak and the Wicked just because it was a bad ass horror short with a bit of that The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly feel to it. It was the best visual story of them all and Grace Phipps is a bad ass. My least favorite one of them would have to be Ding Dong only because of the special effects and by me saying it’s my least favorite does not mean it’s the worst. I actually enjoyed every single one of them, but for this purpose you have to choose your favorite and least favorite. This is actually a very good Halloween horror flick that I could see being a holiday classic that everyone should watch for sure. The Friday The 31st short is the horror comedy short and it has that Evil Dead feel to it so if you’re a fan of that then you should enjoy that one. Just look above at all the horror veterans and legends that appear in this film and that’s not all of them as Adam Green (Holliston), Joe Dante (Gremlins), and so many more make cameos. Check this one out for sure, I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.