“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Andy and the Airwave Rangers (1988)
aka Andy Colby's Incredible Adventures
How bad is it? It's almost entirely borrowed footage, aimed at undiscerning children. Should you see it? I think not, though it has its fans.
Though I don't see Roger Corman's name associated with this, the film is made up almost entirely of footage from films he produced. A boy is supposed to babysit his sister and gets an unreleased video from the local video store that has the instructions "don't sit too close to the screen and don't let go of the remote." Of course, both happen and he gets sucked into the TV, where he gets green-screened footage of other films to kind-of interact with. It is almost impossibly cheap and poorly conceived, so cinemasochists will find enough faults to find, but I don't think it holds up for more than 10 minutes, which is about how long it looks like a film for theatrical release; it then looks like straight-to-video (which it was) and degrades until the final credits, which might as well have been done with crayons.