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VHS Score: Richard Grieco Totally Ditches Summer School for Big Time Adventure!

I’ve been picking up a ton of VHS while out on the town doing while doing vintage shopping for my business here in Portland Oregon, that means that I’m watching a ton of awesome old flicks that have been somehow lost in the shuffle for years, at least for me! So the other night I decided to put on an interesting looking one called “If Looks Could Kill” way back from 1991, starring none other than fan fave from 21 Jumpstreet (the original series yo!) Richard “Booker” Grieco! Ol’ Grieco was destined for stardom when he exploded onto Jumpstreet & briefly rivaled Johnny Depp as the series heart throb. So Grieco quickly got some offers to make some movies-some bad and some good in a bad way. This particular film is pretty awesome, directed by William Dear hot off the success of the brilliant “Harry and The Hendersons”.

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What we get here is a great obnoxious teen comedy (which I’m a big fan of, well, since I myself was a teen!) with a heavy dose of James Bond & equal parts Indiana Jones! What’s not to love there?! Dear clearly had a budget for this box office flop and it shows as it rarely skimps on cool set pieces and rather impressive action sequences. The flick was panned by critics, but like me, Roger Ebert got it and awarded the film 3 out of 4 stars. The plot’s simple, Grieco is a high school student flunking out of his french class while too busy boozin’ it up and slackin’ off. Now before I continue I have to ad that Grieco is clearly no teenager, nope- he’s got a serious dark ass five o’clock shadow the entire movie and the body of an olympic athlete, truth be told that in 1991 he was nearly 2y years old, though to me he looks more like 37!

 

Anyway because he flunks French he’s forced to…get this….go France for summer school!! Boo hoo what a life huh? Fail and get a free trip to France? Yeah right!! So that’s where things get crazy, as he’s quickly mistaken for a secret agent bearing the same name as his and begins an adventure of his own! Mistaken identity never felt so good. He’s almost tempted to reveal that he’s simply a high school student until the British Gov’t gives him a Ferrari to roll around in, so then at that point he decides it’s totally like worth playing along! Duh!

This begins a zany chain of events that involves Grieco playing his teenage luck with deadly sexy secret agent ladies, explosive chewing gum, wall walkin’ suction cup LA Gear sneakers, killer scorpions and a dastardly villain with a robotic Terminator style hand. It’s pure camp gold and a entertains with quite an impressive finale with Grieco trapped in an Indiana Jones style deadly villain castle hide out! So if you’re looking for a fun flick to watch with friends and a few beers check this one out-it should have made ol’ Grieco a star like Depp! Oh well!!

Let a Hesher Into YOUR Life!!

I just saw the trailer for the upcoming movie “Hesher” and I gotta say it looks pretty interesting! The movie posters I’ve  seen have the Title in the old school Metallica font so that’s got to be a good thing right? Well judging by the trailer this movie looks to be alot of fun as a family takes in a heavy metal vagrant named, oddly enough, “Hesher”. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

Perhaps this is the origin of the man that originated the term “hesher”. One can only hope!  Either way it looks like it’ll be a pretty unique movie and you got to love the soundtrack right in the trailer right? Check it out as it seems Hesher is making this little family’s life  A LOT more interesting kinda like a modern retelling of Harry and the Hendersons really….

 

“It’s the first feature film directed by Spencer Susser. It’s the story of T.J., a 13-year-old boy who lost his mother in an accident. He lives with his grandmother and his father, a man who’s depressed and unable to react to the loss of his wife. His life will change radically when T.J. meets Hesher, a lonely and angry anarchist who moves in their garage. With his rough attitude he’ll help the family to find each other. In the cast Joseph Gordon Levitt, Natalie Portman and Devin Brochu.”