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Blood Splattered Cinema
Hosted by: Horror Guru
The Horror Guru reviews the bloodiest, wildest, and weirdest horror that cinema has to offer!
Cartoon Palooza
Hosted by: Joey Tedesco
A satirical review show where a guy from Jersey watches and criticizes cartoons, including everything from comic books to animated movies. Whatever it is, Joey will either tell you to run out and see it... or fughetabouit!
The Cheap-Arse Film Review
Hosted by: Liam Barrett
It's the Cheap-Arse Film Review, where a young(ish) man finds out if it's possible to live the life of a cinephile super-nerd on the strictest budget possible. Inspired by growing up in the wilds of Essex, England (that's only partially a joke, by the way) and the current harsh economic times, Liam only reviews DVD that can be purchased for £1.00p or less!
The Count Jackula Show
Hosted by: Count Jackula
There are vampires, and there are men from outer space, but there is only one vampire from outer space! Join Count Jackula from the Planet Drakula as he explains the ins and outs of horror, from the mythic to the modern. Blood, off-color humor, and an obsession with Elvira are in store for you!
The DVD Shelf
Hosted by: David Rose
Life is short, so skip the bad movies and let your host David Rose reveal, review, and recommend the ones you should have on your own DVD shelf. The DVD Shelf is a film-lover's safe haven to bask in the warm glow of cult favorites, over-looked cinematic gems, rediscovered classics, and downright fun flicks on both DVD and Blu-ray.
The Examined Life (of Gaming)
Hosted by: Roland Thompson
Just when video games were getting good, the late '90s and early '00s came along. The Examined Life (of Gaming) dares to delve into the good, the bad, and the value-priced games of this dark period, and sometimes we find something worth playing!
The Film Renegado
Hosted by: Film Renegado
Coming to you from south of the border, it's the Film Renegado! A civil engineer with a cinephile complex, the Film Renegado uses movies made in Mexico or by Mexican directors to share bits from his country's culture, past and present. You will both learn and be entertained! How cool is that?
Friday Night Fright Flicks
Hosted by: Count Jackula & Horror Guru
Welcome, fright knights, to Friday Night Fright Flicks! Join your hosts Count Jackula and the Horror Guru as they stumble their way through current horror releases, letting you know which ones are worth the price of admission.
Good Bad Flicks
Hosted by: Cecil Trachenburg
Good Bad Flicks is a show not only dedicated to rare movies, but also forgotten classics and misunderstood box office bombs. Your host Cecil takes you through each movie, discussing the promotional materials, and taking a look at what went on behind the scenes. With a healthy dose of Irish sarcasm, he throws a few jabs at even his most cherished favorites.
The Graphic Novel Picture Show
Hosted by: Solkir
Your host Solkir presents The Graphic Novel Picture Show, a retrospective of the history of comic book movies!
Joshua the Anarchist
Hosted by: Joshua Bell
Charged with the crime of liking Batman & Robin, Joshua the Anarchist has been declared insane and committed to Arkham Asylum. Locked away in a padded cell, he'll endure movie after movie as doctors attempt to "treat" him. He may not have gone in a madman, but he soon will be.
Movie Dorkness
Hosted by: Sofie Liv
It's the show formerly known as Red Suitcase Adventues! Join Sofie Liv, a nice Dane (who may not be as negative as everyone else!) as she dissects pop culture phenomena to explore both the good and bad in popular films.
The Movie Skewer
Hosted by: Team Agony Booth
From the makers of the Agony Booth™ comes The Movie Skewer, where terrible movies are roasted over an open flame for your enjoyment. Watch the very first online review/recap series that’s too much for one host to handle!
Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack
Hosted by: Michael A. Novelli
Need a healthy dose of cynicism from a guy whose face you can barely see? Then Mr. Mendo’s your man! Whether a movie suffers from Hype Backlash, Intellectual Dishonesty, or is just Complete Shit, Mr. Mendo is there. Mr. Mendo wasn‘t raised in this country, so he takes nothing for granted: if something ain‘t right, he’ll nose it out. So join him as he takes on Oscar winners and legendary flops alike in front of a blanket suspended between his couch and recliner!
Mystery Madness
Hosted by: Full of Questions
Mysteries are awesome! And who's better suited to examine the wonderful, the terrible, and the adequate of the movie mystery genre than a teenager with nerdy glasses and substandard editing software? ...Many people, probably, but enjoy the show anyway!
PGSM Summaries
Hosted by: Nycea
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (PGSM for short) is a hilarious live-action retelling of the Sailor Moon story. On this show, your host Nycea summarizes and riffs on this gloriously bad series—one episode at a time.
Reel vs. Reel
Hosted by: Animated Heroine
Animation isn't just for kids; it's also for adults who never learned how to grow up. In Reel vs. Reel, the Animated Heroine looks at two similar animated films to see which one comes out on top and why. Her love for good animated films is only matched by her cynicism towards the bad ones.
Stuff You Like
Hosted by: Sursum Ursa
Stuff You Like is an original show where redhead Sursum Ursa waxes enthusiastic about movies, TV shows, and anything else that comes to mind! Expect singing, snarky subtitles, random pictures she finds on the internet, and lots of fangirling!
Terror Obscura
Hosted by: Fear Fan
Terror Obscura is a show dedicated to exploring the best and worst horror films ever made. While some shows are content to just mock bad films, this one isn't afraid to take even the most sacred of cows to the slaughterhouse. If you like horror, humor, or if you're just looking to find some titles you might want to rent, Terror Obscura is the show for you!
Tom's Retrophilia
Hosted by: Thomas Stockel
Is he a connoisseur of vintage media, or just a bitter old man trapped in the past?  Either way, tune in and watch Tom take a look at the movies and television shows from a time when he was actually in the target audience!
The Unusual Suspect
Hosted by: Unusual Suspect
The Unusual Suspect reviews popular movies, and tears 'em apart! They may be good, but no movie is perfect, and there's always things you may have overlooked and hadn't thought about. So join the Suspect as he exploits and ridicules the films you know and love. Just don't kill him for it!
What We Had to Watch
Hosted by: Il Neige
Il Neige is a smart-ass with a love-hate relationship with movies from the new millennium. Sure, reviews can be fun or cathartic, but there's also the risk of the occasional Twi-hard invasion or fireball to the face! ...That's how these things usually go, right? So join Il Neige as he braves the cinematic dangers that lie just beyond the fourth wall to critique the best and worst of 21st century filmmaking!
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John Travolta: Staying Employed
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John Travolta: Staying Employed

Note from the author: This is the first in what hopefully will be an ongoing series of career examinations of actors/filmmakers who have, to put it mildly, a lot of crap on their résumés.

It could be said with a fair degree of accuracy that the patron saint of this website is John Travolta. Given the sheer amount of crap the man has inflicted on us, it’s no shock that he’s represented quite well on the site. Al has taken on Moment by Moment, I’ve poked fun at Staying Alive, Broken Arrow, and The Punisher, and Battlefield Earth has gotten a generous beating.

The fact that the man has been able to stay employed is nothing short of a miracle. Every performer has some items on their résumé that aren’t exactly worth remembering, but our boy Johnny has had not one, but two huge droughts in his career.

And by huge, I mean big enough that even Evel Knievel would look at them and go, “Hell no, I am not going to try and leap that, no matter how much you pay me!”

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Before we begin, it should be noted that I haven’t seen all of John Travolta’s movies. Some of them are obscure, some of them simply don’t catch my interest, and some of them you would have to threaten me with severe bodily harm to get me to watch them.

Also, you won’t find any Scientology jokes here. They’re just too played out, and I would prefer not to take shots at the man’s personal life (or anyone’s for that matter)—I’m here for his shitty movies.

With that being said, let’s begin.

Phase I (1975-1981): Good Starts (With One or Two Potholes):

Travolta got started as many young actors do: Small parts in movies and guest shots on TV shows. 1975 was an especially important one for him, as not only did he have a split-second appearance in his first movie, the junky horror classic The Devil’s Rain (hey, any time you have Shatner and Ernest Borgnine sharing scenes together, it’s good, no matter how bad the film is!) but more importantly, he landed a role on the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter as Vinnie Barbarino.

After the TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, however, Travolta hit the big time.

Carrie (1976)

In addition to being a landmark for Travolta, as it was his largest role to date and his first collaboration with Brian DePalma, Carrie is also the first film based on a Stephen King novel. Just a side note: if I tried doing an article like this with Stephen King movies, it would be one of the longest things ever written.

Regardless, Carrie is a solid horror flick with good performances from Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. Nancy Allen and Travolta are equally good as some of Carrie’s tormentors.

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Well, if it’s 1977, chances are you either put on another record or go see Star Wars for the fiftieth time.

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Travolta’s breakout role, this is one of the best films of the ‘70s. A very good script, good performances (thank god Burt Young wasn’t cast as his father!), and the only time disco was ever tolerable.*

[*Your mileage may vary on that one.]

Moment by Moment (1978)

Al did a better job at taking this apart than I ever could, so here’s the link to the recap.

Grease (1978)

Another smash for Travolta, this is a fun musical that paired him with Olivia Newton-John in one of the big hits of 1978.

Urban Cowboy (1980)

An interesting drama starring Travolta and Debra Winger. This is a bit of a ‘70s relic, actually, as it deals more with an interesting character and how he reacts to the things in his world. Pretty good flick, from what I hear.

Blow Out (1981)

This is a very good thriller from Brian DePalma, that stars Travolta as a sound tech on a low budget movie who accidentally records audio of a murder, and has to find out what happened. Travolta is good, as are Nancy Allen as the woman who helps him, and John Lithgow as the killer. DePalma directs with his usual flair, and the end result is a compelling (if sometimes unpleasant) thriller. Due to the downer ending, it flopped at the box office... a harbinger of things to come.

Phase II (1983-1993): What the Hell Were You Thinking?

This starts a ten year period of bad decisions, making for some memorably bad movies.

Staying Alive (1983)

I think all you need to know about this one is in my recap. Just a hilariously terrible movie.

Two of a Kind (1983)

An exceptionally stupid movie that re-teams Travolta with Olivia Newton-John, in an inane romance that revolves around them having to do something good in order to convince God not to send us a sequel to that whole Great Flood thing. Truly a dire motion picture.

This would be one of the films I mentioned where you would have to threaten me to get me to watch it. I could barely look at the clips on the Siskel and Ebert review I found.

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