Saturday, April 30, 2011

5,000 Views Update

First of all again, I would like to thank all of you out there for continuing to support this little site and reading what  I have to say. Secondly I would like to apologize for not putting out as much as I would like to have but, I have been struggling with outside issues and have not had the patience nor time to watch as many movies as I would have liked to this month. Also I just picked up the newest Mortal Kombat Game and that has been taking allot of my time up as of late since it is highly addictive. I will however be writing a review this weekend for the second readers choice poll and I will try and squeeze one more review in as well before I get back to work on Monday. Thank you all for the support and I will continue to try and bring you all interesting reviews of cinema's forgotten films in the near future.
                                                     Nathaniel (Dick Swift) Guest

Friday, April 22, 2011

Psychos In Love

Psychos In Love (1987)
Dir:Gorman Bechard (Galactic Gigolo/Cemetery High)

So I was in the mood for something light hearted and this film has always had a special place in my heart ever since my childhood and I decided to check it out again to see how well it holds up through the test of time. I gotta say it most certainly does and I can see why I loved this film so much as a child , but at the same time it explains just how screwed up I was as a kid.
Psychos in love is the tale of to lonely social outcasts with a mutual hatred for grapes who both happen to be psychotic slashers. The film opens with a few random women being killed and then we meet Joe, A local bar owner and madman who is just looking for love. He believes he had found it when he meets a woman named Dianne, things appear to be going well until he finds that she loves grapes and this just does not sit well with Joe at all as he kills her in a nod to "Psycho" recreating the shower scene with more success than the poorly done Vince Vaughn remake. Shortly after the failed date, Joe exclaims that he believes he has found love once again as Kate walks into his bar. Unbeknown to him though Kate also has a similar hobby and we see her in action as she off's several potential suitors.

 Kate approaches the bar and the two strike up conversation which leads to them learning of the shared hatred for anything grape. Kate comes on strong and they set a date. Joe and Kate go to the drive-in and grab some Chinese food. After dinner the two get closer and Joe opens up to Kate about him being a homicidal maniac and this excites Kate as she comes clean about her similar obsession. After the two hook up they compare stories of their victims and discuss the intricacies of their craft. Things move along fast as Joe moves Kate into his place and they decide to keep their relationship open in order to allow themselves room to continue their hobbies of killing people of the opposite sex. So as their relationship continues to blossom we see the two lovebirds in action, taking out several victims.

Meanwhile across town a third psycho named Herman surfaces, who poses as a plumber and kills his clients before eating their remains. The killers unknowingly cross paths as Herman enters Joe's bar hitting on any woman in sight in hopes of finding a victim.Kate runs into some trouble when she goes to a mechanic's shop to give the man a Manicure,Though things go wrong when he reveals he plans on raping her in the secluded area. Kate manages to stab him and make her escape but she is eventually caught after a chase through the woods where he manages to overpower Kate and assault her before she struggles and finally takes the guy out with a rock to the skull. After this botched murder Kate tells Joe that she is losing her passion for killing and Joe is losing his love for the "sport" as well. The couple decides to take a break from the bloodletting to get married. Before they tie the knot some signs of jealousy start to show as Kate catches Joe with a potential victim and she feels that Joe found the woman sexy as she was auditioning to dance at his bar.

Since the couple cant seem to let their hobby go as easily as they thought , Kate says she wants to perform a kill together as a couple. Joe loves the idea and decides to bring his dancer home from work. The stripper puts the moves on Kate before getting stabbed. While Joe goes to fetch some drinks to celebrate their first killing as a team , the victim is not dead and attacks Kate. Joe makes the save by cutting her throat and the stripper just does not want to die as she repeatedly keeps getting up. Finally after a few shotgun blasts she gos down and the couple decide to chop her up to make sure she is dead. After their display of teamwork they tie the knot and head out on their honeymoon. While at a nightclub Kate offers to get a hooker for them in order to fulfill Joe's "Jack The Ripper" fantasy. As the newlyweds return home they decide to finally give up the killing and try to find a new hobby. They come up with the idea of buying a VCR in order to watch slasher flicks to fill their void of blood. After Renting every horror flick at a local video shop.

Things are starting to look up now as they have successfully stopped killing and Joe's business is going well, everything seems to be taking a turn for the normal until The couple has a problem with their kitchen sink being clogged. Joe calls a plumber to fix the issue. Herman arrives on the scene and while unclogging the drain he finds human remains and starts to eat the disposed flesh. Herman tells Joe and Kate of his findings and blackmails them into killing for him, as he will not report them to the police if they agree to kill for him and supply him with the remains. The three psychos debate over this proposition since they have retired from bloodletting. After a bit of negotiating Herman breaks a cardinal rule by mentioning a Grape sauce he uses when preparing his favorite dish. At this point the lights cut off and a struggle ensues in the dark, When the lights cut back on everyone is covered in blood but Joe and Kate have survived. The couple head out to lunch and after storming out of the restaurant for a waiter suggesting grapes the two walk off debating what to eat when Joe admits to loving raisin Bran which he refuses to believe raisins are dried grapes.

As odd as this may sound I think Psychos in Love would make for a great date movie, especially with a fan of horror and comedy blends. The entire film is done comedically especially with the dialog and the several cuts breaking the fourth wall which purposely aim to show the movie is a comedy and not to be taken serious,like one scene where the cameraman keeps flashing back and forth between the lovebirds until the mic comes into the shot and the couple kicks the cameraman out of their house and the final scene after the battle between the couple and Herman where the entire film crew is shown spraying blood all over the set. The on going joke about grapes is about as weird as you can get but is truly hilarious.This film is a winner in my eyes and I can still see why I loved it as a child, it has just enough nudity and gore to keep horror and slasher enthusiasts happy and enough humor and legitimate cute scenes to win over just about anyone. I cannot think of any reason why someone would not like this film it is just pure fun and goofiness and good harmless entertainment. I definitely recommend this film for fans of horror comedies because this one is one of the first to cross the genres and it does it very successfully in my opinion. Also I repeat , I think this would be a great choice for a movie night with a date or loved one because it is really a romantic comedy above all and a decent one at that.
Overall 7 out of 10

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Come show your support

Come support Local Bay Area Graff Artists and Musicians May 6th at the Era Art Bar in Downtown Oakland, Ca.  The Show will feature Graffiti Exhibits from GroundSick Family members Goser and Ferm along with many more Local talented artists and  Live music From Cozy T (Swoon) and Spinning  By GroundSick's Dyes Uno and Hoeks One . Plus many more. Come down and show your support for the underground. Plus it is a few days after my B-Day so I should be there as well, at that should count for something. I will have a better flyer soon, I just received the news of the event and pulled this flyer from Facebook so the quality is shit but The show promises to be much better than that.

Artists Featured will be: Goser,Ferm,Johnny X-Ray,Germs,Silencer, Dayser,4Gett,Amuse, O.G., and Vote
Musical Performances By : Dyes Uno, Hoeks One, Cozy T, D.J. Habit

 Come support and take in the vibes.
May 6th
 Misfortune and Fame show
@ Era Art Bar
Downtown Oakland, Ca

Friday, April 15, 2011

Just a taste of the Music I was plugging

"No Vacancy" By: Doctor Scott, Dick Swift (myself) and Advance
From the "Swift's Garage Vol.1" album

"Dead Roses" By: Dick Swift     Beat By: Todd Snyderman of Swoon and Dyes Uno

"As Real As It Gets" By: Drake Blackmon
From the " It Only  Gets Worse" Album

"I Need A BBW" By: Doctor Scott
available at

Enjoy and Support.

Quick Plugs for my Fam

As many of you readers may know I am a lyricist and since I have nothing recent to plug I would like to take this time to help promote my friends products.

If you are into underground purist Hip-Hop than check these guys out, First My friend of many years and fellow M.C.. Drake Blackmon has recently released three new projects two instrumental albums and his Solo project as well. I have been friends with Drake for along time and we used to host a local college radio show together when we were too young to even attend college, so figure that one out. But the guy is crazy talented and worth giving a listen.You can find all of his music available for download for free at

All these albums are very solid and this music come from his heart since this guy has been a pillar of knowledge on the subject of underground Hip Hop since I have known him back when we were in our pre teens and his intelligence of the craft truly shines through on these three projects. I may give a in depth review on all his stuff sometime but since this is a Movie site I may not , just know that I give this the highest recommendation especially for those looking for something different than the usual and want to feel that the Underground is still alive and well these days thanks to cats like Drake Blackmon.

Also, My fam at , A site dedicated to several facets of underground Culture including my site (Hence the banner at the top of my page) Groundsick is a collection of many different types of Artists and musicians, From Graff Artists to clothing designers to D.J.'s to M.C.'s you should check their site  out. The folks at Groundsick have just released some new projects one from a Friend of mine Todd Snyderman  and very talented drummer who worked with me on a older track of mine entiitled "Dead Roses" is now in a band on the brink of gaining some nice exposure. So Check out Swoon, The music is a bit hard to describe as it has many different influences but if you enjoy rock music you should definitley give them a look.
Then, Co-Founder of Ground Sick Dyes Uno has just released his first Instrumental album entitled " The Gnarly EP" He has worked on this one for a long time now and I have to say that Dyes is one of the most talented producers I have heard. You can find the Gnarly EP on iTunes and links at
Lastly, You can find some of my latest music on on the Swift's Garage vol.1 album. It is a full length album myself , Doctor Scott and Advance put together in home and there are also videos for all of the songs on youtube so just type in Swift's Garage and vol.10 -19 are full length songs . This was allot of fun to make so please check it out, I think it came out rather well. Also You can find several solo projects by Doctor Scott there as well. This music is definitely something different and I personally find it quite enjoyable, So please Support the Underground and Local Bay Area Artists by listening , viewing and downloading all you can, It will be worth your time I promise.
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                                                                                                   Nathaniel (Dick Swift) Guest

Yet another thank you

So the site recently reached 4,000 views and I am truly happy that all of you out there continue to check out my little review site. I am still trying to sharpen up my style so this site will always be a work in progress. I also would like to thank the few of you that actually voted on my first review poll and the second is receiving a few more votes than the last, which shows people are actually checking this place out and I thank you so much. I don't have much to add as far as new pick up's and such since I have been a bit lacking on the movies as of late due to personal financial issues and stress but one shinning light is this site and knowing that people out there actually enjoy reading what I have to offer. My birthday month is coming up and I plan on doing a special poll for readers to choose a genre of films they would like to see me review here. The only new thing I have added as of late is I try to put a trailer or at least a scene from the movie in question into the review and I hop you guys like that. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them as I am always trying to improve the site. Also I am still waiting to see about doing video reviews as well very soon, it's all juust timing and finding someone who can edit the vids and film them . My Fam at are in talks with me to do that soon.
                                                                                                     Thanks again,
                                                                                                             Nathaniel (Dick Swift) Guest

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Shakes The Clown

Shakes The Clown (1991)
Dir: Bobcat Goldwaith
Starring: BobCat Goldwaith ( Police Academy 2 and 4/Hot to Trot) Julie Brown ( Earth Girls are Easy/Plump Fiction/Bloody Birthday), Florence Henderson/Adam Sandler/Kathy Griffin/Lawrence Page/Robin Williams
So First of all I must say that this film is paced extremely well paced especially compared to the last piece of trash I watched. This film was entertaining from beginning to end and never had a dull moment. I don't understand how this film has not reached a huge cult following due to it's greatness.

Our story opens with Shakes ( Bobcat) waking up hungover after a night of partying with a clown groupie played by Florence Henderson, after quickly getting ready he heads to a children's party to entertain. We quickly learn that Shakes has a serious drinking problem but he seems to love his job to an extent. While at the party several other clowns hang out at a local clown bar called the Twisted Balloon and they hear that rival clown Binky has just been awarded the spot on a popular T.V. Cartoon show which makes all of the clowns upset. Since Binky is somewhat of an outcast and asshole to all the others and acts as if he is some sort of mafia boss over his fellow goons. Shake arrives at the bar shortly after the party to visit his girlfriend Jdy who is upset at him for not coming home the previous night and after accusing him of cheating she breaks up with Shakes just before he is given the news of Binky getting the T.V. role over himself. SO things are not looking good for Shakes.

After the bad news Shakes goes on a drinking binge and the following morning his  friends try to get him off of the bottle. On route to another party Shakes begins to go through withdraws and makes it to the event regardless, but once there after snapping on a kid he sneaks some drinks from the house and goes on a rampage leading to him getting fired. So things only seem to be getting worse for poor Shakes. At the bar Binky and his pals plan to meet up with some rodeo clowns to score some coke to celebrate, and after a change of heart Shakes manager decides to give Shakes another chance and while looking for him he runs in on Binky and crew snorting coke which leads to Binky killing Shakes manager Cheese in the process. This scene also provides one if the funniest lines in the entire film.. After the murder Binky and crew tries to frame Shakes for the murder.

 "All you saw was four happy clowns eating beef, White powdery Beef!"
Shakes and posse head to a rodeo clown bar to track down the Clowns who tried to kill him and this leads to a brawl where they gain info on who killed Cheese, Meanwhile Judy is being kidnapped and tortured by Binky before his opening show. Shakes gets word of Judy's whereabouts and heads to Binky's show where he is throwing knives at her. Shakes makes the save and this leads to Binky getting arrested and Judy and Shakes rekindling their relationship. We do get a happy ending of sorts as Shakes begins attending AA meetings and he takes over the cartoon show. 
 Raise the roof

I must say I am leaving allot out of this review because this film in my opinion is a must see. Certainly one of the funniest under rated films out there. The film is filled with great lines and scenes and all the characters are interesting and really draw you in. Robin Williams as the Mime instructor is priceless and Julie Brown is adorable with her speech impediment. The role of Binky is well played and borderline creepy and convincingly psychotic.This films is certainly worth tracking down and giving a watch because it is entertaining from the get  and kind of plays out like a Clown version of Big Lebowski in a way, which is a good thing. Bobcat tones down his over the top annoying act in this one and is convincing in the role of a children's party clown down on his luck. Also it is a trip to see all the cameos from people before they became famous such as Adam Sandler, Kathy Griffin and some others, Truly a fun time and I cannot recommend this one more . 
If you are looking for a odd dark comedy with heart this one truly fits the bill. This one was just what I needed after the crap i watched last night and I suggest all of you who have not seen it too watch it for sure.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10