Tag Archives: Michel Sargent

This SHIT’s for Reels: That Was a Rough Year

Michel Sargent, contributor Three hapless grade school troublemakers in boarding school get Zero For Conduct (1933) and begin plotting their way out of continuous Sunday detentions. After finding the attic store of ammunition the whole class makes a Jolly Roger and declare surreal war with “dirty cans and smelly boots, liberty or death!” Influenced by Zero For Conduct, the film …

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This SHITS for Reels – And Then They Wrestled to the Death

Michel Sargent, contributor A giant asteroid falls to Earth, bringing malevolent moon monsters demanding sacrificial poor people in Hercules Against The Moonmen (1964). Muscle-bound Hercules shows up shirtless, glistening and ready to wrestle. The Queen deals with the aliens for world domination while Hercules wrestles a hairy saber-toothed beast, an army of rock monsters, and tons of half-nude men. Yum. …

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This SHITs for Reels – Punk Rock Movies

Michael Sargent, contributor Jubilee (1978) is an avant-garde punk rock dystopian nightmare. In a good way. Queen Elizabeth I demands her alchemist show her 400 years into a future world of roaming punk gangs (The Slits!), gunfire, creepy sex games, Adam Ant, violent cops and a crazy-eyed madman producer who proclaims “As long as the music’s loud enough, we won’t …

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This SHITs for Reels – B-Fast Visuals

Michel Sargent, contributor My all-time favorite breakfast visuals are movie serials; cliffhanging chapter films shown in theatres before the feature back when they still did cool shit like that. A “purple” meteor (spacecraft) falls to Earth from the direction of Mars in The Purple Monster Strikes (1945). A Martian in tights exits the craft with his Distance Eliminator monitor and …

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This Shits For Reels Poverty Row

Michel Sargent, contributor The crappy lower-tier film studios of the late 1920’s through 1950’s had so little money to make films that the slanged descriptive “Poverty Row” became popular nomenclature. This is generally where Hollywood hoisted the mass amounts of white dominance westerns, film noir, bad comedies, and serials upon mostly brainless filmgoers (I make an exception for film noir …

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This SHIT’s for Reelz

Michel Sargent, contributor I faced one of my greatest fears re-watching The Day After (1983). I saw it at the age of 10, far too young to see Boy Scout troops, college football heroes, and characters you just got to know blasted into skeletons, then dust (that’s when I left the room in tears). Mr. Rogers dedicated five Neighborhood episodes …

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Dope Films for Harvest Season

Michel Sargent, contributor Parts: The Clonus Horror (1979) follows a compound of innocently happy, sometimes-lobotomized “people” brainwashed into the belief of “America, the land where good friends live.” Under constant video and personal surveillance by mean-spirited, beheadsetted security and surgeons, snooping happens and it seems “America” is being freeze-dried alive and later reaped for your politically-connected original. After an escape …

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The Cinematic Garbage of the 90s

Michel Sargent, contributor The 1990s were garbage. Bush immediately led us to war and Clinton tried to out(desert)fox us by liquidating his Lewinsky Humidor Inc stock. I spent the 90s learning about the 80s, 70s, 60s etc. and ignored the devolving popular “culture” trying desperately to perpetually remix what’s already done. In the beginning, Aliens created mankind in the shape …

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Cult Films reveal the future

Michel Sargent, contributor Cult films have suggested many ways to deal with the criminally insane and warmongers. The battle arena worked so well in the past (when in Rome), so why not the future? In the far totalitarian future of 1995, Escape 2000 (1982) takes the hint by pitting strange heavily armed VIP guests against four undesirable prisoners in a …

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