Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Monarch of the Moon/Destination Mars|
Actors: Blane Wheatley, Monica Himmelheber, Brent Moss, Kimberly Page, Will MacMillan
Director: Richard Lowry
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
MONARCH OF THE MOON This is the battle to end all battles-- pulse-pounding World War II ACTION and INTERGALACTIC INTRIGUE! Defending freedom and democracy is the incredible Yellow Jacket, Army fighter pilot turned winged S... more »
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Jason F. Johnson | Duluth, MN USA | 03/28/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I share the filmmakers' affection for this B-grade serials and they accomplish much of the 40s and 50s feel. You even have the option of watching "Monarch" in either black-and-white or "faux" color (a la the colorization processes of the late 80s). I like little authentic touches like the fact that bad guys never lose their fedoras, even in the middle of a raucous fight scene, or how the film is divided into chapters with each chapter summarizing what went on before.
Unfortunately, the film suffers from two fatal flaws: (1) There's simply no way to do on purpose what 1950's directors did by accident. You can't really laugh at the cheesy effects and stiff acting when you know they're doing it on purpose. It's like being told a joke when you know the punchline. It just doesn't work. This leads us to... (2) The film never resolves this in its own mind: Is this a parody or is it an homage? It's far too silly to be taken seriously as an homage (as, say, "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"), yet it takes itself too seriously to be a parody (for example, those old serials NEVER killed off the comic relief, and this film kills off more than one). The result is a awkward hodgepodge of styles that distracts from the story, one that never has a consistent, fun feel. I give them points for trying, and I'd probably buy more Dark Horse films like this, but I hope they get a clearer vision in mind.
"Destination Mars" is another B-grade Martian invader flick, with human-looking, English-speaking Martians who turn dead Earth people into robots who set about destroying Earth. I don't want to give away too much about this film, except to say that it's modestly more successful in what it sets out to accomplish. I also recommend that you watch this film before "Monarch.""
bugZilla | VA, USA | 02/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I laughed the whole way though! I think either your going to really love this movies or hate it. Ya get it or ya don't I guess. There's all kinds of things that make this a multilayered laugh. There's simple things like Sally dictating one key stroke every couple of seconds to her bouncing all the way around the chair to get to the phone, to the Boy Scout having a square for the pilot, to the Dragonfly doing fan tricks to zip off ... funny stuff!! Then there are things that pokes fun at the whole genre of propaganda and by the number plots that were pumped around during the time period and still gets pumped around today. The move has a great way of using a mirror that lets us look at the past and the present with laughs throughout the whole journey. The campy effects are great, the plot is great, and the actors are great, the costumes and sets are great. Its just great. I recommend this movie and I think it will become a cult classic in time."
Fun for the troops
Alvin Campbell | Fort Smith, AR USA | 03/02/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this two films on the internet and found them to be very campy and hilarious. So I sent them to our daughter in Iraq and her friends. Good service from Amazon."
I like this movie a lot.
William A. Mcdonald | Sequim, WA United States | 06/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What can I say? I rented this one as a new release and was greatly pleased. Way better than Sky Captain and it does it's job very well with it's own budget crunch and all. If you like Flash Gordon, Crash Corigon, Ace Drummond, Buck Rogars, Phantom Empire or any of the other classics this film will satisfy. It does it's job well and I laughed. Reminds me of somthing I would make. lol
William A. McDonald"