A double-entry for the Canadian (1985) and American (1993) versions of the The Tower, both made-for-TV movies involving powerful, master computers in state-of-the-art (for the time) office buildings that go bezerk and start killing people! Both films are of dubious quality but provide a certain entertainment value. This entry is a bit of a contrast and comparison between the two and delves a bit into aesthetics, Canadian film and the little known genre of Canuxploitation.
Godfrey Ho, considered the “Ed Wood” of Hong Kong martial arts cinema, released a sprawling amount of low budget ninja films in the 80s with American actor Richard Harrison. Expect badly dubbed dialogue, bizarre haircuts, martial artists in eyeliner, toy robots, a sizzling synth-heavy soundtrack and… Garfield phones.
A fun, camp and cult science film that bombed at the box office when it came out, it’s a hyper-stylised film with fashion and visuals that seem to be more aligned with hedonistic, high-fantasy disco than anything “science” related.
Both Miami Vice and Bergerac were popular TV crime shows on either side of the Atlantic during the 1980s, and both shared a lot of similarities that perhaps made them the success that they were.
“…the world has been totally annihilated by nuclear war and man’s greed. The earth’s surface has become an arid and scotched desert of sand and ash. Civilization has deteriorated into bands of nomadic warriors…”