Movies – B

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1975)

Watching Barry McKenzie Holds His Own today it's difficult to believe that as a kid I was allowed to show this movie at my high school. The 1974 sequel to The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) is packed with lines like "Our dear little stunted, slant-eyed, yellow friends" and "Have a crack at putting the ferret through the furry hoop",(...)

Basic Instinct (1992)

Basic Instinct is a gimmicky thriller about a lesbian ice-pick killer on the rampage in San Francisco, although the plot is as illogical as the dizzying camera angles designed to keep the audience awake between sex mutilations. Scenes, situations and camera angles are stolen from so many sources, and the film has so many red herrings(...)

Basket Case (1982)

This gore-drenched, gutter-trash classic is one of the key horror movies of the 1980s. It tells the bizarre story of the Bradley brothers - normal Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) and his hideously deformed Siamese twin Belial, whom he carries around in a wicker basket - and how they wreak revenge on the quack doctor who(...)

Batman (1966)

With the instant popularity of the campy 1960's Batman TV series, 20th Century Fox decided a big-screen adventure was in order. The plots were still ludicrous and the dialogue even sillier, but as always, stars Adam West (pictured at right) and Burt Ward played their parts with a straight-laced sincerity that made things all the more hilarious.(...)

Batman (1989)

1989 Box Office receipts in the USA totalled a record five billion dollars; Batman, Tim Burton's incredibly over-hyped adaptation of the DC comic, accounted for roughly half of that. With 160 varieties of merchandise on the shelves (including T-Shirts, coffee mugs, action figures and separate soundtracks by Prince and Danny Elfman), it was impossible to go(...)

Batman & Robin (1997)

The movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr Freeze ("you ah not sendink ME to der cooler!") which killed the Batman series for a decade . . . Batman & Robin was the third sequel to the 1989 Tim Burton blockbuster, which starred Michael Keaton. Both Burton and Keaton left the franchise at the same time and were replaced by Joel(...)

Batman Forever (1995)

Unlike the Tim Burton pictures, the Batman concept is treated here as a joke. The very first deadpan line from Batman (now a dead-faced Val Kilmer) is a lame one-liner about getting drive-through food. It's as if the line was planned to be used in a later tie-in TV commercial. The Batcave, Batmobile, and other Bat-gadgets(...)

Batman Returns (1992)

Batman Returns pits the Dark Knight of Gotham City against a new gang of villainous fiends. Oswald Cobblepot (Danny De Vito) - alias The Penguin - is a beak-faced troll who lives in the underground sewers and commands an army of real penguins from the Arctic World Pavilion in the deserted zoo. Cat Woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) is a(...)

Battle Beyond The Stars (1980)

The peace-loving inhabitants of a small planet are threatened by a genetically deficient and vicious band of marauders. A group of space mercenaries is hired by Shad (Richard Thomas) to rebuff the invaders. In cameos that only required a day or two of work by each, the stars say their few lines and make faces(...)

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

The final picture in the superb five-part Planet Of The Apes series, Battle centres on a war that will decide who will finally dominate the planet. The chimpanzee Caesar is a benevolent King presiding over apes and humans alike. The story of Cornelius and Zira - reprised through flashbacks to Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971) and Conquest Of The Planet Of The(...)

Battle in Outer Space (1959)

In 1965 bizarre phenomena cause disasters all over the world. The United Nations traces the destructive acts to alien forces called Natalians. At the Japanese space centre, a new weapon is being tested as twin SPIP moon ships are launched to investigate a suspected enemy base on the Moon. The expedition barely escapes from flying(...)

Battle Of Britain, The (1969)

The air is thick with screen stars and 27 restored Spitfires flown by genuine WWII veterans defending Britain from the rampant Luftwaffe in the dark days of summer 1940. Laurence Olivier directs operations as Commander-in-chief Hugh Dowding, whose shrewd strategy with his limited fighter command induced the Luftwaffe to make fatal errors that led to(...)

Battle of the Bulge (1965)

This truly spectacular war epic is almost on a par with Patton (1970), though its original widescreen impact is sorely diminished when shown on TV. Based on the last German offensive in mid-December 1944, when thousands of Hitler's new King Tiger tanks smashed their way through the snowy pine forests of the Ardennes, it's a study(...)

Battletruck (1982)

A world after the 21st-century oil wars - with energy at a premium, a global fuel shortage and the Earth's food and resources running out, marauding gangs are terrorising the remaining peaceful people. Lone warrior hero Hunter, a "bike rider", joins a group to fight the "battletruck" used by a gang of bloodthirsty, oil-hungry pirates. The fight for(...)

Beach Ball (1965)

"Those surf ridin', skin divin', sky jumpin', drag racin', beach bashin' boys and their bikini beauties . . . in a blast of a beach brawl!" Dick Martin (Edd Byrnes), manager of the college rock and roll group, The Wigglers (Bango, Jack and Bob) , is notified by Mr Wolf that the group owes him $1,000(...)

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