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ALFRED HITCHCOK FLICKS


Hitchcock Flicks With Billy Disaster #8. Last nights movie was Psycho starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. This movie scared the shit outta me. From the opening credits featuring the incredible music of Bernard Herrmann until the very last minute, I think I held my breath the whole time. The tension really began when Leigh decided to steal the $40,000 and never let up. In fact, it grew to unbelievable heights. The next level of suspense was the genius scene of her drive to the Bates Motel. The darkness and the rain. The conversations in her head. Her facial expressions. The NEXT level was her conversation with Norman in the parlor. The glimpse of madness was legitimately disturbing. The shower scene had me hiding my eyes. The real star of that scene is the music. Everyone knows the screeching strings during the murder but it’s the slow dirgy music that leads up to it is such great acting on its own. The fact that Hitch took such care in the cleanup scene really showed that this movie means business. I understand that Psycho was inspired by the horrible true story of Ed Gein (subject matter of Slayer’s “Dead Skin Mask”). The serial killer that was also disturbingly obsessed with his mother. That it’s not even as disturbing as the true story is even creepier. Every aspect of this movie was amazing and effective. 5 Knives for Psycho🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪. Tonight’s movie will be Strangers on a Train. ♥️You


WESTERN FLICKS

Western Flicks With Billy Disaster #1. Last nights movie was Hang ‘Em High starring Clint Eastwood and The Skipper from Gilligans island. Ooooh so THIS is where Quentin Tarantino gets a lot of his inspiration. This was almost like watching a QT movie. The opening scene where Clint is lynched by a bunch of cowboy gangsters and is luckily found hanging but still barely alive by a cop and a judge from a nearby town could have totally inspired the opening scene to Inglorious Bastard‘s. The tension is just as thick. So the judge gives Clint a job as a US marshal and...I won’t give away the story but a few highlights are...1)..the first public hanging scene where the filmmaker shows the execution only through sound and peripheral. 2)..The whole story is set up in the scene where the judge gives Clint his Marshall’s badge with some killer dialogue and bad ass acting. 3)..the court room scene that made me think, QT needs a court room drama movie! And 4).. The final hanging scene that Clint decided to skip cuz he needed to get laid. There are many more highlights but all in all this movie kicked ass! 5 shots for Hang ‘Em High🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 . Tonight’s movie will be Once Upon a Time in the West.


80's FLICKS


80’s Flicks With Billy Disaster #8. Last nights movie was The Breakfast Club starring Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Richard Vernon and John Kapelos. Night #2 with 80’s With Katy! I may have seen this when I was a little kid but don’t remember it. And after watching Sixteen Candles the night before, I was fucking stunned at how incredible this movie was. From the 1st beat of “Don’t You Forget About Me” to the fist in the air ending, I was flabbergasted! The sequence where we meet each character on their way to Saturday detention was remarkable. The way we start out looking at everyone with a critical eye to wanting to give them all a hug had me tearing up big time. It was a good lesson in empathy/sympathy. Each monologue left me speechless thinking how much rehearsal they all must’ve taken. At first I thought Judd Nelson was cool in a punk rock way, then I hated him because he was such an asshole, and then felt horrible for him as we learned about his home life. Emilio Estevez’s monologue was so heartbreaking that Katy had to smack me to get ahold of myself. Same with the great AMH. And Molly Ringwald’s (Happy Birthday Molly!) character was so much deeper than in Sixteen Candles! Wow. And the comic relief of the montages were super cool. The only thing I didn’t like was how Ally Sheedy ended up preppy in the end. I liked her more as a goth emo chick. If I could give 10 Madonnas to this flick I would, but my hands are tied. 5 enthusiastic Madonnas for John Hughs’ masterpiece The Breakfast Club👰‍♀️👰‍♀️👰‍♀️👰‍♀️👰‍♀. Tonight’s movie will be Repo Man. And don’t forget about the trivia contest we’re having on billydisaster.com where the winner gets to pick the next genre! ♥️You


MUSICAL FLICKS

Musical Flicks With Billy Disaster #3 Last nights movie was Singing in the Rain starring Donald O’Connor, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Jean Hagan.


This was the 1st time I’ve ever seen this. It made me think that I was neglected as a kid. This movie should be required by law.


The scene where Donald O’Connor performs the number “Make ‘Em Laugh” is maybe the greatest physical comedy I’ve ever seen. The talent of this guy is as world class as it gets. I laughed so hard that Mrs. Disaster almost dialed 9-1-1. Truly amazing.


Then there’s the performance of Jean Hagan. “I make more money than Calvin Coolidge put together!” She was so entertaining that she could’ve been a character in Looney Tunes.


Then there was the incredible scene where Don and Cosmo are pitching a flick to R.F. Simpson that ends up being a movie within a movie. The sequence of “Gotta Dance” was pure stunning entertainment. I particularly loved the way the dance with the girl in the green dress was filmed with the different angles.


The craft of this entire movie was clever and flawless. Oh! And let’s not forget the unbelievably perfect and stunning performances of Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. They are what movie stars should be. What a great flick! 5 Travoltas for Singing in the Rain🕺🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽. Tonight‘s movie will be Moulin Rouge (2001). ♥️you #moviereview #moviereviews #singingintherain


ZOMBIE FLICKS

Zombie Flicks With Billy Disaster #2


Last nights movie was Train to Busan starring Su-an Kim and Gong Yoo


Of the 120 or so movies I’ve watched and reviewed since last October (all except for 2 that I’ve never seen), this flick effected me the most. The overall craft and depth of this one was seriously stunning. It is certainly in the top 3 in the Billy Disaster catalog so far. Wow! And to think that I’ve never even heard of it until yesterday.


Yes this flick was terrifying, but it was also graceful. It was a film that obviously embraced the zombie genre while also committing itself to detailed and thoughtful storytelling.


The villain named Yon-Duk (Eui-sung Kim) may be the biggest asshole in cinema history. I found myself actually hoping that him and his asshole followers would get taken by the zombies, even though the story focuses on the lessons of compassion.


Some highlights...There are some good characters in this, but none better than Sang-hwa (Ma Dong-seok), the hero with great personality. The child, Soo-an (Su-an Kim) is also exceptional. As with almost everyone else. Another highlight is the zombies. They are ferocious and come at you like a tidal wave. And can I mention storytelling again? The use of music and well built suspense was damn near perfect. There were also no shots fired in this movie adding to the tension.


A reviewer from a publication called The Playlist named Kevin Jagernauth wrote “Train to Busan doesn’t add anything to the Zombie genre” and “lacks heart”...I could not disagree more. This movie was an artful and unique take on any genre and left me in tears. I don’t think Kevin was watching the same movie.


5 Brains for Train to Busan 🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠.


Tonight’s movie will be Shaun of the Dead. ♥️ you


By the way, the killer artwork for this flick is by Motcreative. #MovieReview #MovieReviews #TrainToBusan #Zombies


DISASTER FLICKS

Disaster Flicks With Billy Disaster #2


Last nights movie was The Towering Inferno starring Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and many others.


I was not prepared for how awesome this movie was going to be. I’ve never even heard of it (goddam, I’m so naïve it’s painful). From the helicopter over San Francisco title sequence to the end credits, I was blown away. (Pun kind of intended).


The production design by William J. Creber was stunning.


The floor of the glass tower where the executive offices are is so very 70s and incredibly cool. And Faye Dunaway‘s idea to install a secret “love room” behind Newman’s office? Sign me up!


Every character in this was almost perfectly developed where you cared whether they survived or not. I may have pumped my fist and cheered when Richard Chamberlain fell. And he was only the side asshole...the real asshole was William Holden (cheap, greedy bastard).


Paul Newman and Steve McQueen play truly great heroes in this flick. They don’t over act and try to out macho each other (although I read that they we’re kind of doing that behind the scenes…) (there was a lot of drama behind the scenes).


The production of the burning skyscraper was unbelievable. Considering that they would do that with CGI these days only adds to the appreciation of this. And the list of stunt actors in the credits is a mile long.


And I’m like...”Oh Shit! That’s OJ Simpson the murderer!”


And then I’m like...”Jesus Christ! That’s Fred Astaire!” who was nominated for best supporting actor for his minor role.


All in all, this movie was awesome. I really loved every minute of it. 5 Pornadoes for The Towering Inferno🌪🌪🌪🌪🌪 . Tonight’s movie will be Airport.♥️ you #moviereview #moviereviews #disastermovies


MARVEL FLICKS

Marvel Flicks With Billy Disaster #8 . Last nights movie was Ant-Man starring Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly♥️.


You guys, I fucking LOVED this flick! I loved it for what it was, and I loved it for what it wasn’t.


What it was, was part “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”, part “Mission Impossible”, part “Avengers”, and even part “Toy Story”. The creativity mixed with it’s humor and special effects was damn near perfect. It was never confusing due to the excellent pace and story telling and was full blast entertainment.


What it wasn’t was too cheesy and cliche ridden. As much as many ingredients are reminiscent of other movies, this one was clever enough to stand on it’s own.


The perfectly casted characters with Douglas, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Corey Stoll as Yellowjacket and Lilly as Hope were all performed so well. Evangeline Lilly is definatley Celebrity Girlfriend material but she is WAY out of my league.


My favorite scene was in the little girl, Cassie’s (Abby Ryder Fortson) room where Ant-Man and Yellowjacket face off in a terrific “Toy Story” setting with some super awesome and unique action with a series of comedic punches thrown.


Cheers to the side characters including T.I., Bobby Cannavale, and Michael Peña who all had their own shining moments. 5 Super Heros for Ant-Man 🦸🏽‍♀️🦸🏽‍♀️🦸🏽‍♀️🦸🏽‍♀️🦸🏽‍♀️. Tonight’s movie will be Captain America: Civil War. ♥️You billydisaster.com#moviereview #moviereviews #MCU #antman #marvel #marvelstudios


CHICK FLICKS

Chick Flicks With Billy Disaster #7. Last nights movie was Annie Hall starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. So I’m a huge Larry David fan and have been for ever. But little did I know that I’ve been watching a Woody Allen impression all this time. I’m bringing a very naïve perspective to Annie Hall as it’s the 1st Woody Allen movie I’ve seen. This movie is very New York, very Jewish humor (my favorite), and all around incredible. It seems the only difference between Larry David and Woody Allen is LD plays a neurotic sociopath and WA plays a neurotic intellectual. Diane Keaton plays WA’s girlfriend and she is terrific. Which is refreshing since I’ve never really liked her characters. Woody Allen is like the Eddie Van Halen of comedy. Smart and fast with perfect delivery. There’s not much story here, just a stage play on screen displaying a relationship. This movie is The Godfather of Rom Coms. 5 roses for Annie Hall.🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 . Tonight’s movie will be Crazy, Stupid, Love. ♥️ you


ROCKUMENTARY FLICKS

Rockumentary Flicks With Billy Disaster #8


Last nights movie was Stop Making Sense starring Talking Heads


Am I the only person on earth who had never seen this? It’s taking me awhile but I am catching up.


The 1st thing worth mentioning is the sound quality of the music. It sounds awesome. It’s not just a recording from the sound board, they obviously had mics placed around the theater to get the vibe of the room. I hate live recordings that are straight from the board. (I’m looking at you Nirvana).(Muddy Banks of the Wishkah)..


The next thing worth mentioning is the overall production of the show. Starting with David Byrne with just a guitar and a boom box for accompaniment for a killer version of “Psycho Killer”. Then the band and production grows with every following song. My favorite was “What a Day That Was” with the shadow lighting. And I really love that song. What about you?


Mention #3. How much coke did these guys do before this show? Jesus Christ that’s a lot of physical energy! Was it meant to be a jazzerzise video? Im still exhausted just from watching it!


Mention #4. The filmmaking by Jonathan Demme was unbelievable. You feel like you’re part of the band, the audience and the tech crew. The central shot of Byrne dancing like he’s one of those inflatable wind tube men you see at car dealerships was perfectly perfect.


Mention #5. The Band. Part Tom Tom Club, Bernie Worrell from P-Funk on keys…that band was so fucking amazing with a killer rhythm and unique style.


I loved this flick so much I watched it twice. 5 Horns for Stop Making Sense 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘. Tonight’s movie will be 20 Feet from Stardom. ♥️You




WES ANDERSON FLICKS

Wes Anderson Flicks With Billy Disaster #5. Last nights movie was The Grand Budapest Hotel starring Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori. So far in this WA series, this one is my favorite. This movie is almost like a Monty Python flick. It’s about how a concierge of the hotel (Fiennes) inherits a priceless painting from an 84 year old woman whom he was having an affair with . (“She was dynamite in the sack”...”She was 84 Monsieur Gustave”...”mmm, I’ve had older”)...However the deceased woman’s family contends the inheritance and the concierge as his side kick lobby boy, Zero find themselves in one shit show after another. The many side characters including Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum and of course Bill Murray and Owen Wilson among others are all killer. 5 Ziggies for The Grand Budapest Hotel👨🏼‍🎤👨🏼‍🎤👨🏼‍🎤👨🏼‍🎤👨🏼‍🎤 . Tonight’s movie will be The Squid and the Whale. ♥️You


JIM JARMUSCH FLICKS

Jarmusch Flicks With Billy Disaster #10


Last nights movie was Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Huddleston.


I need to thank my homie Jen Baggs for crawling on the floor pleading with me to watch this flick. It was a bit embarrassing on her part but effective. This was my favorite of the Jarmusch movies we’ve done in this series.


I love Vampires. And I love most Vampire flicks and this one might even be my favorite Vampire flick.


Every single scene is captivating and beautifully done. The mood and the music of this film is right up my alley.


The opening credit sequence with a killer rendition of Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love” sets the table perfectly followed by a phenomenal 1st scene Introducing us to Adam and his newly acquired 50’s and 60’s era guitars.


Adam is a Vampire who has been married to Eve (Vampire) since 1868. This story takes place in 2014 and Adam and Eve have been reunited after spending some time apart. Adam is a recluse rock star and Eve (Swinton) has been living in Tangier for awhile. Adam is planning his suicide when Eve calls him. She senses something is wrong and comes to Detroit to see him. They don’t go around biting people for blood, they get it from dealers like drug deals. Which is fitting as blood doesn’t only satisfy their thirst, it gets them FUCKED up. They’re like junkies.


Tilda Swinton is so good in this movie. She plays a classy, decisive and charming woman that conveys the wisdom of someone who has been around for centuries like a master.


There are quite a few terrific side characters that represent a critical element that drives this beautiful and unique Vampire tale. And everyone in this has really amazing hair. 5 Shrooms for Only Lovers Left Alive 🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄.


Well that’s it for Jarmusch flicks. I’ve really learned a lot and have a much more open mind about movies after doing this series. I hope you’ll join me for the next series, Rockumentaries With Billy Disaster. Any suggestions? ♥️You




ACTION FLICKS

Action Flicks With Billy Disaster #1. Last nights movie was John Wick starring Keanu Reeves and Michael Nyqvist. Could there be a sadder opening to a movie? The 1st 20 minutes had me feeling like Anchorman in the phone booth. I was in a glass case of emotion. I used to hate Keanu Reeves because he ruined Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But in this movie he was totally bad ass! (He was way better with far less dialogue). But the real stars here are the 1st time directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. They were previously stunt men for KR among others in flicks like The Matrix and Fight Club. They took their stunt choreography expertise to producers and were greenlighted. Not only is this flick well directed, but the stunt choreography is truly amazing. John Wick annihilates bad guys like it was a zombie movie. Additionally, the cars and the music were super cool. There was a groovy drone with the music that almost hypnotizes you throughout. The fact that Wick takes revenge on the bad guys for what they did to his little dog (it’s a little deeper than that) had me rooting for him as the anti hero all the way. People who are cruel to dogs get what’s coming to them. Are the sequels as good? We’ll find out. 5 Bombs for John Wick 💣💣💣💣💣. Tonight’s movie will be John Wick 2. ♥️You


CONSPIRACY FLICKS

Conspiracy Flicks With Billy Disaster #6 . Last nights movie was The Third Man (1949) starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten.


It would be stupid and naive of me to say “Oh man, I really loved this flick” or “You guys! This movie is sooo cool!”…Because the fact is, this is one of the greatest films ever made. And to think that I’d never even heard of it until last week. (Thanks Jan Branner!).


A few things that make this flick so amazing and important. 1st…The acting by a fucking incredible cast delivering lines from a killer screenplay by Graham Green as well as an iconic quote by Orson Welles…”In Italy under the Borgies they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of Democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock”


Almost every character in this whodunnit is suspicious and every actor plays this up perfectly. Particularly Ernst Deutsch 🤘as Kurtz. That dude is as creepy and sinister as anyone I’ve ever seen.


2nd…The cinematography of which won the Oscar. This flick is, by far, the most visually stunning film I’ve ever seen. Every single photograph is one masterpiece after another. It was filmed on location in the rubble of Vienna just after WWII. Most of the scenes are at night and the lighting and shadow play make it look like a film noir bad dream.


3rd…The music composed and performed by Anton Karas. Every note of the soundtrack was played on a zither and I’ve learned that the main theme became a huge international hit. It’s beautiful and unique and sets the mood with style and suspense.


Man it was great to watch this after being bored to death by those Bourne flicks for 3 nights. 5 Detectives for The Third Man 🕵️🕵️🕵️🕵️🕵️. Tonights movie will be The Manchurian Candidate (1962) ♥️You billydisaster.com#moviereview #moviereviews #orsonwelles


NEW YORK FLICKS

New York Flicks With Billy Disaster #5. Last nights movie was Dog Day Afternoon starring Al Pacino and John Cazale.


1st off, I’d like to welcome all of the new readers we’ve gotten recently. And for those of you that don’t know, every flick we review are fresh takes of movies we’ve never seen (because of the rock we live under). A huge thanks to every one of you. Ok, here we go…


You know how Star Wars have been doing side story movies like Solo and Rogue One (the best Star Wars movie of all time)? Well this was kind of like a side story of The Godfather with Michael and Fredo.


Based on a true story, this flick does not mess around and gets right to the action of a bank robbery gone wrong in Brooklynn. It develops each character all throughout the movie in a wonderfully unique way.


You’ve got Pacino and Cazale who mishandle the robbery and have to resort to taking hostages. You’ve got the perfectly cast Charles Durning who plays Moretti the cop who is in charge of negotiating the situation. And you’ve got the various hostages including my favorite, Sylvia played by Penelope Allen. She’s just so great with her no-nonsense demeanor. I loved her.


This was my favorite role of Pacino’s I’ve ever seen. His character, Sonny, gets the idea of robbing a bank to help pay for his husbands sex change operation. (A gay lead character in a 1975 flick…amazing). As imperfect as Sonny is, it’s incredibly endearing how he just really wants to take care of his friends and family and has to resort to bank robbery. He’s particularly caring of Cazale’s character, Sal, who is struggling with the morality of robbing a bank. As fragile as Fredo was in The Godfather, Sal is twice as vulnerable.


During the 14 hour standoff, Sonny negotiates various conditions for releasing One hostage at a time including a getaway plane and even some pizza. As the story unfolds to the general public though TV news, S