Cannon: The mark of quality!
April 14, 2004 7:08 PM   Subscribe

Cannon Films -- the notoriously schlocky independent studio that brought you such fare as Invasion USA, Masters of the Universe, and the Sylvester Stallone arm-wrestling movie Over the Top -- now have a fan-made blog devoted to their impossibly awful (yet addictive) movies. Your hosts Ink Syndicate give an informative and amusing history of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus's peerless cinematic empire. Unknown Films provide an employee's-eye-view, interviewing Cannon advertising guy Jim Berteges.
posted by pxe2000 (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There are some classic 80's action movies here that I absolutely loved when I was growing up (and watched hundreds of times); "Missing in Action", "Invasion USA" (probably my fav of the bunch)"Bloodsport", "American Ninja" (plus "American Ninja" 2 & 3 + "Return of the Ninja", "Cobra" . . . so many.

However, as a kid when "Masters of the Universe" came out, I have to admit that I was SOOOOOOO disappointed. I think that after watching that piece of shit, I never again played with my He-Man toys.

(Not to say that I can't appreciate it now).

Great post !!!
posted by Quartermass at 7:29 PM on April 14, 2004

And, of course, the absolute best Cannon film. EVER.

"Breakin" - 'Nuff Said.
posted by davidmsc at 8:16 PM on April 14, 2004

Over the Top changed my life. Somehow. I guess. Now I will travel from gas station to gas station looking for a VHS copy in their bargain bin. And I'll keep an eye out for Breakin' 2 - Electric Boogaloo. Thanks for the reminder.
posted by loquax at 8:44 PM on April 14, 2004

For a brief time during my childhood I wondered why the hell there were two movies about something called Lambada. 13 years later, now I know. Great Link! I love it when people answer the questions of my youth that I have long forgotten about.
posted by graventy at 9:18 PM on April 14, 2004

I always avoided anything Cannon/Golan & Globus put out. The consensus was, at the time, that the best thing they ever did was Runaway Train, but I thought that sucked, too.
posted by wsg at 1:23 AM on April 15, 2004

Man, I *love* Runaway thing any of the actors involved with it ever did (not to mention the director, who went on to helm "Tango and Cash," which is great in a much different way). The only drawback to RT is the awful '80s synths 'n' guitars soundtrack....
posted by The Card Cheat at 7:25 AM on April 15, 2004

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