Dungeon Classics #1: Masters of the Universe

FilmDungeon’s Chief Editor JK sorts through the Dungeon’s DVD-collection to look for old cult favorites….

Masters of the Universe (1987, USA)

Director: Gary Goddard
Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Courteney Cox
Running Time: 106 mins.

The costumes are lame, the action clumsy, the production design outdated and the screenplay – at times – ridiculous. However, in the eighties Masters of the Universe was perfectly respectable, and – as long as you ignore certain aspects – it is still pretty entertaining. Although I suspect members of a younger generation won’t be able to overlook its inherent lameness. Based on the classic eighties cartoon, the story revolves around an epic battle between good and evil on planet Eternia. The dark forces, lead by the magnificent Skeletor, are the best thing about this camp. The ultra-blond Dolph Lundgren, a B-version of Schwarzenegger, made a lot of crap in those days, but he was born to play He-Man. You will certainly chuckle when you hear him scream at the end: ‘I have the power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

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“Those Things’ll Kill Ya”

Vinny Vella (72) is overgestoken naar de andere kant.

De komiek en acteur dook voor het eerst op in de maffia-klassieker Casino van Martin Scorsese. Hij woonde in hetzelfde gebouw in New York als Martin Scorsese’s moeder Catherine Scorsese, met wie hij in Casino de bovenstaande, memorabele scene deelde.

Over het personage dat hij speelt – Artie Piscano – zegt Joe Pesci’s maffia-karakter in de film: “The only trouble was, Piscano was a disaster. This guy could fuck up a cup of coffee.”

Na Casino speelde hij vaker bijrollen in maffiafilms, zoals Analyze That, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Bulletproof Gangster en The Sopranos.

Zijn meest hilarische rol, in mijn mening, speelt hij in “Those Things’ll Kill Ya”, een segment van Coffee and Cigarettes van Jim Jarmusch. Zie hieronder:

Uiteindelijk waren het niet de sigaretten die hem nekte, maar leverkanker.

Take it easy, Vinny.

My 10 Favorite Movie Endings

10. For a Few Dollars More

09. Pulp Fiction

08. Before Sunset

07. The Big Lebowski

06. Shaun of the Dead

05. The Silence of the Lambs

04. The Godfather: Part II

03. Once Upon a Time in the West

02. Army of Darkness

01. The Godfather

Jeppy’s 100 – My All Time Favorite Movies (2018)

100. Dead Man (1995, Jim Jarmusch)
099. Goldfinger (1964, Guy Hamilton)
098. The Matrix Reloaded (2003, The Wachowski Brothers)
097. The Social Network (2010, David Fincher)
096. Boogie Nights (1997, Paul Thomas Anderson)
095. Sin City (2005, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez)
094. Heavenly Creatures (1994, Peter Jackson)
093. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Ang Lee)
092. Life is Beautiful (1997, Roberto Benigni)
091. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977, Lewis Gilbert)
090. Pusher III: I’m the Angel of Death (2005, Nicolas Winding Refn)
089. Rosemary’s Baby (1968, Roman Polanski)
088. No Country for Old Men (2007, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
087. For a Few Dollars More (1965, Sergio Leone)
086. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998, Guy Ritchie)
085. The Wolf of Wall Street (2014, Martin Scorsese)
084. Titanic (1997, James Cameron)
083. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014, Alejandro González Iñárritu)
082. L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson)
081. Man on the Moon (1999, Milos Forman)
080. Excalibur (1981, John Boorman)
079. Carlito’s Way (1993, Brian De Palma)
078. Scream (1996, Wes Craven)
077. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003, Ki-duk Kim)
076. White Heat (1949, Raoul Walsh)
075. Clerks (1994, Kevin Smith)
074. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998, Terry Gilliam)
073. Margin Call (2011, J.C. Chandor)
072. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975, Milos Forman)
071. The Elephant Man (1980, David Lynch)
070. The Truman Show (1998, Peter Weir)
069. Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)
068. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989, Richard Donner)
067. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)
066. Dazed and Confused (1993, Richard Linklater)
065. Predator (1987, John McTiernan)
064. Army of Darkness (1992, Sam Raimi)
063. Scarface (1983, Brian de Palma)
062. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018, Bryan Singer)
061. Festen (1998, Thomas Vinterberg)
060. Total Recall (1990, Paul Verhoeven)
059. Melancholia (2011, Lars von Trier)
058. Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013, Abdellatif Kechiche)
057. Shogun Assassin (1980, Robert Houston)
056. Happiness (1998, Todd Solondz)
055. Back to the Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis)
054. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone)
053. Requiem for a Dream (2000, Darren Aronofsky)
052. The Untouchables (1987, Brian De Palma)
051. Before Sunrise (1995, Richard Linklater)
050. Fight Club (1999, David Fincher)
049. Black Swan (2010, Darren Aronofsky)
048. Once Upon a Time in America (1984, Sergio Leone)
047. Sideways (2004, Alexander Payne)
046. Stand by Me (1986, Rob Reiner)
045. Rififi (1955, Jules Dassin)
044. Fargo (1996, Joel Coen)
043. Casino (1995, Martin Scorsese)
042. Full Metal Jacket (1987, Stanley Kubrick)
041. The Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
040. 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet)
039. Ed Wood (1994, Tim Burton)
038. The Matrix (1999, Andy & Larry Wachowski)
037. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
036. Braveheart (1995, Mel Gibson)
035. Sunset Blvd. (1950, Billy Wilder)
034. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
033. A Fistful of Dollars (1964, Sergio Leone)
032. Miller’s Crossing (1990, Joel Coen)
031. Reservoir Dogs (1992, Quentin Tarantino)
030. Evil Dead II (1987, Sam Raimi)
029. Robocop (1987, Paul Verhoeven)
028. Heat (1995, Michael Mann)
027. Dead Ringers (1988, David Cronenberg)
026. The Godfather: Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
025. Trainspotting (1996, Danny Boyle)
024. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Steven Spielberg)
023. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, James Cameron)
022. Schindler’s List (1993, Steven Spielberg)
021. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
020. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004, Quentin Tarantino)
019. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003, Quentin Tarantino)
018. Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan)
017. Dawn of the Dead (1978, George A. Romero)
016. Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
015. Groundhog Day (1993, Harold Ramis)
014. The Big Lebowski (1998, Joel Coen)
013. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Jonathan Demme)
012. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
011. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, Peter Jackson)
010. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002, Peter Jackson)
009. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson)
008. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983, Richard Marquand)
007. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980, Irvin Kershner)
006. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977, George Lucas)
005. Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
004. A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
003. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
002. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, Sergio Leone)
001. GoodFellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)