Musings & Thoughts for Friday, January 27, 2023, or: My Thursday Night at the Movies*

(C) 1987, 2020 Universal Pictures and Kino Lorber Classics

* At home, with movies in my Blu-ray collection, not at “the movies.”

Hi, there, Dear Reader.

The trailer has a brief shot of Monique Gabrielle’s boobs. Watch it on YouTube!

Last night I watched Amazon Women on the Moon, which was co-directed by John Landis, Joe Dante, Peter Horton, Robert K. Weiss, and Carl Gottlieb, and stars, according to the main titles sequence, “Lots of Actors.

If you have not seen (or heard of) Amazon Women on the Moon, here’s how Wikipedia describes it:

Amazon Women on the Moon is a 1987 American satirical science fiction film that parodies the experience of watching low-budget films on late-night television. The film, featuring a large ensemble cast including cameo appearances from film and TV stars and even non-actors, was written by Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland, and takes the form of a compilation of 21 comedy skits directed by five different directors: Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, and Robert K. Weiss.

Actually, this was my second viewing of Amazon Women on the Moon on Blu-ray; I watched most of it on Wednesday night, but I had played a session of Regiments before, so I started watching the movie (which, like most comedy films, has a run time of 85 minutes) around 10 PM. I managed to see half of Amazon Women on the Moon, but I fell asleep before the short titled Two IDs, which stars Steve Guttenberg and Rosanna Arquette.

Last night I decided to not stay at my computer as long as I normally do, so I started watching the movie at 8 PM – and on the Florida room set, too. Sure enough, watching Amazon Women on the Moon at a more reasonable hour and in a more comfortable viewing environment proved to be a wise choice; I was able to see the entire film, including the after-the-credits Reefer Madness spoof Reckless Youth.

After that, I watched some of the musical numbers from Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021). It was almost 10 PM then, and I didn’t want to watch the entire film at that late hour, but the 2K Blu-ray’s extra features include an option that allows you to watch individual musical numbers without having to sit through the 156-minute-long movie.

In case you’re wondering, these are the numbers I watched, in approximate order:

  • Maria
  • America
  • The Balcony Scene (Tonight)
  • I Feel Pretty
  • One Hand, One Heart
  • Tonight (Quintet)
  • Gee, Officer Krupke
  • The Dance at the Gym

That, Dear Reader, was my Thursday Night at the Movies experience.


Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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