Smokey and the Bandit Part 3

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 already has a strike against it as soon as the title hits the screen. It commits what I consider a cardinal sin when it comes to movie sequels…it switches the numerals. 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit Part II utilizes roman numerals to indicate it being the second chapter in…

Joy of Sex

Every now and then a movie comes out that is based on a book that everyone said was “unfilmable.” From Lolita, to Naked Lunch, to Cloud Atlas, just a few of the books some said would never make it to the screen. And then we have Alex Comfort’s 1972 sex manual The Joy of Sex.…

The Rosebud Beach Hotel

Like many people in the early 80’s, I first came to know of this actor named Tom Hanks from his role on the short-lived sitcom Bosom Buddies. He co-starred with Peter Scolari as a couple of advertising guys who pose as women to get cheap rent at a women only apartment building. The show only…

The Swinging Cheerleaders

In the world of exploitation cinema, there are three types of women’s roles that seem to stand above the rest: nurses, stewardesses, and the subject of today’s film, cheerleaders. To be honest, though, while today’s film certainly has it’s roots in the world of exploitation, it’s actually much more serious than other cheerleader epics. Join…

Smile

The 70’s was a great time for movies. Many of the films of that decade have a unique feel, I’m not quite sure how to describe it. It’s a sort of “fly on a wall” type of vibe. You end up feeling like you’re watching events unfold as they would in real life. It feels…