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Let’s get back to some “B” Movies and by “B” I don’t mean Blockbusters.

11 Aug

I’ve decided to get back to many a movie watchers roots:  The “B” movie.  What do we mean by labeling a film a “B” movie?  Generally, when referring to a “B” movie in its current usage, the term has two rather contradictory connotations: depending on the context, it may indicate that a specific movie is a genre film with minimal artistic ambitions or the word might loosely refer to some big budget, mainstream movie with exploitation-style content often found in themes traditionally associated with the “B” movies.  In other words movies with themes that are rigidly formulaic with little ambition but to finish on schedule or a big budgeted gimmick-laden designed for trailers featuring vulgar subjects and often outrageous imagery.

Like it or not, under either definition most of the ilk that comes out of Hollywood are “B” movies and judging by box office revenues the public is perfectly happy to feast on this mediocrity.  So we should deal with these head on.  All is not lost, there are diamonds in the rough its just you have to mine for them.

So here is the deal, the next three movies fall within out definition of “B” movies.  I’ll let you know which (if any) I think are those diamonds and you let me know if I am way off base.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2010 in Movie Reviews

 

15 responses to “Let’s get back to some “B” Movies and by “B” I don’t mean Blockbusters.

  1. Will Silver

    August 11, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Sounds good, looking forward to it.

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  2. Jude Finestra

    August 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Some of my favorite movies are B movies.

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  3. dangerousmeredith

    August 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I am starting to find more time (and energy) for my blogging now so I just might be up for some guest reviewing soon – thanks very much for asking! How does it work?

    Have a series of blogs about ‘Swordsman 2’ (Jet Li film) that I wrote ages ago but haven’t gotten around to posting yet. I am just about to start putting them up

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    • jpfmovies

      August 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

      Ok dangerous, you pick the movie and write the review (I don’t care how long or short it is) then you tell me which scenes you want to go with it and I’ll provide them. How does that sound?

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      • dangerousmeredith

        August 13, 2010 at 10:46 pm

        sounds good to me! standby…

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        • jpfmovies

          August 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm

          Excellent!

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        • jpfmovies

          August 15, 2010 at 11:07 am

          Dangerous it is good to have you back–where is my guest review information???

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      • dangerousmeredith

        August 16, 2010 at 5:26 am

        I have a whole heap of blogs I have written on Swordsman 2 (starring Jet Li and directed by Ching Siu Tung). Would you like to use one of them? They are not reviews per se, but rather articles I have written on aspects of the movie (like the characters’ sexuality, the character of Invincible Asia, Brigitte Lin’s performance of Invincible Asia, Cross Dressing in Asian films, and Grotesque bodies in Swordsman 2). Would you like to use one of them or would you prefer to wait until I’ve written a ‘real’ review?

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        • jpfmovies

          August 16, 2010 at 11:05 pm

          It’s your post you may do as you please.

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  4. dr h

    August 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Dont want to give out insider information and spoil the surprise element but let me tell all its going to be one fun filled ride.

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  5. dr h

    August 14, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Another thing, What qualifies as a B movie?
    I see your point but would you consider a big budget movie with a star studded cast as a B movie?

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    • Will Silver

      August 16, 2010 at 12:06 am

      Yeah it depends on the movie. I’ve always thought of the James Bond movies as big budget B-movies. They have the same outlandish sensibilities, just with more money to back it up.

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      • jpfmovies

        August 16, 2010 at 11:07 pm

        You know what that is a good point, but I would give an exemption to some of the early Bond films–for their time they were pretty good.

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  6. Will Silver

    August 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Yeah, the early Bonds are fantastic. When they started making everything larger than life is when the B-movie roots becomes more apparent and I think that stems directly from the novels which are fairly pulpish.

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