Metapost: Happy Birthdayversary to Us!
It’s the fourth anniversary of the Desuko Movie Spot. Can you believe it? I’m surprised I’ve been able to keep up with it this long, and I’m going to do my best to keep it up for more years to come. I want to thank each and every one of you who have visited this site – either as a regular reader, or just by dropping in through a Google search. You’re the reason for this little blog, and I truly appreciate your support.
As is becoming customary at our anniversary time, the Movie Spot will be taking a short holiday break and will return in January. The new year will also bring a new feature to the blog that I hope you like.
But in the meantime, it’s become another custom around here to mark our anniversary with a special post. This year, I want to look back at the most popular reviews here and say a little something about each of them. So here’s the all-time Top 10 at the Desuko box office (so far):
10) Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins (2009).
This is the live action prequel to both the classic cartoon series and the not-so-classic movie franchise, made for Cartoon Network. It’s actually better than you might expect, provided your expectations aren’t too high.
9) Succubus: Hell Bent (2007).
Dear god, this one is a turkey. It’s so unbelievably, horribly bad that you just have to see it, just for the train wreck factor. Especially for Gary Busey’s whacked out cameo. Why is this turd so popular on my site? Oh yeah, that’s right – sexy chick. My bad.
8) Earth vs. the Spider (1958).
This one may not be perfect, but it’s classic B-grade ’50s drive-in science fiction at its best. Don’t you dare call yourself a genre fan if you haven’t seen this one. And be sure to check out the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” version too.
6) The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999).
This is a completely unnecessary sequel to the 1976 Sissy Spacek/Brian De Palma original. That notorious money-grubber Stephen King wanted nothing to do with this, which should tell you all you need to know. But Emily Bergl is pretty hot in it, though.
5) Gamera vs. Barugon (a.k.a., War of the Monsters) (1966).
So many Gamera movies, so little time. This is the one where our flying turtle overlord battles a dinosaur dog that shoots rainbows. And this isn’t even the weirdest one in the series.
4) Suburbia (1984).
An absolute punk rock classic from Penelope Spheeris. She cast a bunch of unknown punk kids instead of real actors to give it authenticity, and it worked. Some of the acting by the kids (including Michael Balzary, who would grow up to be Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) is a little wooden, but at a time when popular entertainment was filled with portrayals of punks that were nothing but cartoonish caricatures, this was a breath of fresh air.
3) Gamera vs. Zigra (1971).
More Gamera madness! (In fact, the original “Gamera” just barely missed cracking the Top 10, or we would’ve had three on the list. What is it with you people and flying turtles?) This one has aliens whose spaceship turns into a giant land shark. Um, okay…
2) The Tale of Despereaux (2008).
I thought this one was clunky, moralistic and boring. But my kids love it, so go figure. This is also the closest thing to a major new release I’ve ever reviewed for this site, which probably accounts for its popularity on this list.
1) The Notorious Bettie Page (2005).
And the red hot Bettie Page is the queen of them all. In fact, this review is No. 1 by a wide margin – nearly twice as many hits as “The Tale of Despereaux.” Sure, this film had its flaws. But it’s Bettie Freakin’ Page on the top, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.