Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Director(s): Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, Robert K. Cast: Rosanna Arquette, Michelle Pfeiffer, Arsenio Hall, Phil Hartman, Griffin Dunne, Joe Pantoliano, Sybil Danning, Lana Clarkson, David Alan Grier, B.B. King, Steve Guttenberg, Bryan Cranston, Jenny Agutter, Kelly Preston, Russ Meyer, Andrew Dice Clay, Carrie Fisher, Ronny Cox, Robert Loggia. 85 min. Rated R. Comedy.

From his National Lampoon's Animal House to his Thriller video for Michael Jackson, John Landis films work as time capsules: they accurately project the mood and feeling of their own era. This charming Landis-produced multi-segment mishmash of comedy, spoofs and satires directed by five directors and featuring numerous stars who were either relevant at the time or would become relevant later, works the same way - and even though Ebert gave it a negligible half-star at the time, considering how some segments act as a prophecy for today, I bet he would've appreciated it more three decades later.

PS: Thank you, JZ, both for recommending the film ... and for providing the means!

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