The Disappearance Of Alice Creed (2009)

Director – J Blakeson

Starring – Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan

What’s it all about? – Two men abduct the daughter of a rich guy and it doesn’t necessarily go to plan.  Any plan. There’s about three!

Notes & Scribbles

  • Creepily enjoyed the beginning scenes as they sound-proofed the room and the van in preparation for the abduction.
  • More than a few twists in this.
  • Good work by the three cast members (the only cast members), plenty of emotions on show.

Maximum Conviction (2012)

Director – Keoni Waxman

Starring – Steven Seagal, Steve Austin, Michael Paré

What’s it all about? – Watchable, but run of the mill action film.  More than a little bit Assault on Precinct 13 to be honest.  Maximum security prison closing down with the last inmates being transferred out.  As always, bad guys want one of the inmates and all hell breaks loose.

Notes & Scribbles

  • Just can’t believe Seagal and Austin being best buddies.
  • Enjoyed Austin’s little quips about his ‘future ex-wife’

The Restless Breed (1957)

Director – Allan Dwan

Starring – Scott Brady, Anne Bancroft, Jay C. Flippen, Jim Davis, Rhys Williams, Leo Gordon


What’s it all about? – A man sets off on a revenge mission after his father is murdered, and gets involved with the local mission, in Mission!

Notes & Scribbles

  • One of those westerns with a theme song over the opening credits, then the tune is used throughout the film.
  • On a map they show Mission, TX. Nearby is Edinburg! Need to find out if that’s real.
  • There was a cock-fight in the pub!
  • Early role for Anne Bancroft before she (ahem) ‘graduated’ to bigger roles.  She did some dancing in this.
  • Recognised the very distinctive voice of the actor (Leo Gordon) playing Cherokee (he was Quantrill in Quantrill’s Raiders)
  • The hero always seems to get the girl in these films, or at least the girl falls for him, regardless of how rotten he treats her.
  • Pretty sure the Jim Davis who was in this is not the Jim Davis who created Garfield.  I could be wrong right enough 😉
  • I checked. The Edinburg is real!

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

Director – Mark Hartley

Starring (recognisable names) – Alex Winter, Richard Chamberlain, John G. Avildsen, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Tobe Hooper, Robert Forster, Franco Nero, Elliott Gould, Bo Derek, Michael Dudikoff, John Frankenheimer, Franco Zeffirelli, Molly Ringwald, Barbet Schroeder, Sheldon Lettich, Marina Sirtis,

What’s it all about? – Two film-making Israeli cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who buy Cannon films and produce some amount of cult/crap cinema throughout the 80’s. Listed above are some of the actors and directors they worked with over the years.  Below is a list of films that clips were shown of during the documentary.

Notes & Scribbles

  • Film clips shown: Operation Thunderbolt, Lemon Popsicle, Joe (Peter Boyle, Susan Sarandon), Happy Hooker, Schizoid, X-Ray, Happy Hooker Goes To Hollywood, The Apple (Crazy looking musical), House Of The Long Shadows, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Sylvia Kristel), Last American Virgin, Death Wish 2 (Charles Bronson), The Wicked Lady, Enter The Ninja, Revenge Of The Ninja, Ninja 3: The Domination, Sahara (not the McConaughey one), Hercules (Lou Ferrigno), Breakin’, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, Over The Brooklyn Bridge, Bolero, America 3000, Missing In Action: The Beginning (Chuck Norris), Missing In Action (Chuck again), American Ninja (Michael Dudikoff), Invasion USA (Chuck again), Lifeforce, Going Bananas, Death Wish 3 (Bronson again), Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (and again), Otello, Love Streams, King Lear, Barfly, Runaway Train (Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca DeMornay), King Solomons Mines (Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone), Alan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold (Chamberlain and Stone again), The Delta Force (Chuck once more), Invaders From Mars, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Dennis Hopper), Over The Top (Stallone), Superman 4: Quest For Peace (looking at the clip I’m not sure I’ve seen it), Masters Of The Universe (Dolph), Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, Cyborg (JCVD), Lambada, The Forbidden Dance.
  • It seemed they would take ideas and sell them, then use the money to make the films.
  • Mostly quantity over quality it would appear.
  • Everyone who did an impression of Menahem, got it spot on.
  • Richard Chamberlain bitched about Sharon Stone.  Not a fan by all accounts.
  • It seemed people either loved working for them, or hated it.
  • Entertaining documentary, good stories, and some crazy looking films!

Home Makeover (2010)

Director – Kyle Balda, Samuel Tourneux

Starring – Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Pierre Coffin

What’s it all about? – The girl’s from Despicable Me have to prove to a social worker that Gru’s house is suitable for them to live in.

Notes & Scribbles

  • This was really cute and funny.
  • The girls and the minions teaming up to redecorate and make things safer.