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Gilbert Speaks on B Movie, R.O.T.O.R.

30 May

Where is the team for Mystery Science Theatre 3000 when you need them? On one of the many nights that my insomnia took over, I decided to find a good film to watch. I came across a sci-fi/action mixture called R.O.T.O.R. The film reminded me of Robocop and Terminator…Sometimes a film is so bad, that it can be good.


R.O.T.O.R. is a 1987 action film written, produced, and directed by Cullen Blaine. It stars Richard Gesswein, Margaret Trigg, Michael Hunter, Carroll Brandon Baker, and Jayne Smith. Dr. Coldyron (Richard Gesswein) is the top scientist of a police robotic lab. He has been commissioned by the Police Commissioner Buglar (Michael Hunter) and Senator Douglas to create a robot that will act as judge and jury…kind of like what is happening in the news today.

While Dr. Coldyron is busy working his farm and his girlfriend…LOL, his assistants Dr. Houghtaling and a wise cracking robot called Willard…monkey with the prototype, which causes R.O.T.O.R. (Carroll Brandon Baker) to escape before they can program the Robocop to not kill innocent people.

When R.O.T.O.R comes across a speeding car, he kills the male but is unable to kill the man’s fiancé, Sonya (Margaret Trigg). The girl escapes in the car, with R.O.T.O.R in close pursuit. When police headquarters notifies Coldyron that the robot has gone rogue, he tries to save Sonya by teaming up with the designer of the robot, Dr. Steele (Jayne Smith).


Dr. Coldyron is finally able to kill the prototype, but Dr. Steele doesn’t survive. Later Coldyron is killed by Buglar, and we learn the Buglar, and the Senator use the image of Steele to create a new killer robot which the Senator will use to become president.

The film was hilarious even though it wasn’t meant to be. R.O.T.O.R. had problems with opening windows, and doors. It became helpless if you played loud music or tooted your car horn. The whole time that I watched the film, I could picture the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 commenting on the different scenes leading up to when Dr. Steele enters the picture.

At first, I though that Arnold Schwarzenegger was dressed in drag, but it was her hairstyle that had me on the floor. Did we wear our hair like that in the 80’s? This film will definitely make it into my Granny’s Insomnia Theatre Collection for when I need a good laugh. You can see this film on Demand. Sometimes a film is so bad…it’s good.


Gilbert Speaks on Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman

11 Aug


I need to apologize for not posting more often on my blogs. There are several reasons, but the most relevant reason is that I am dealing with the loss of my husband. Not only have I been lax in film and TV series reviews, but I haven’t done any writing on the fifth installment of my Roof Oasis Series. Anyway…when I do watch an unusual film, I make the time to write about it. Last night, I accidently came across Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman. Will this film make it into my Granny’s Insomnia Theatre Collection? Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on Romance and Cigarettes

12 Jun


There are films that I love so much that I immediately include them into my Granny’s Insomnia Theater Collection. John Turturro’s romantic comedy is one of them. At a time when we are ass deep in a pandemic, while people of color are fighting for the right to be seen as fellow humans, I needed something to take my mind away from the insanity. Romance and Cigarettes did the job. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on the Italian TV Series “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer”

16 Aug


Insomnia may not be good health wise, but educationally…it’s a blast! Skimming through the cable guide, I accidently caught the beginning of S01 E01 of an Italian TV series that is based on a 2013 film. The Mafia Kills Only in Summer is shown intermediately on station WPPT. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on Hitmen and Power Grids

9 Dec


Insomnia allows me more opportunities to see films that I’d normally miss with my busy schedule. My insomnia is not that I can’t fall asleep or stay asleep…my insomnia happens because the dead like to visit me at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Luckily for me, the dead tried to keep their visits short, but once awake, I seldom fall back to sleep and thus the latest recap of films. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on Three Classic Ghost Films

28 Oct


I love ghosts! I’ve been seeing them since I was a toddler. Whenever Turner Classic Movie Channel has one of its classic ghost films featured, I always make a point to watch. This week, I was lucky to catch three ghostly classics. Will they make it into my Granny’s Insomnia Theatre Collection? Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Edge of Darkness”

4 Aug


I am always looking for movies to add to my growing Granny’s Insomnia Theatre collection. Edge of Darkness had been featured on cable for several weeks, but I found myself hesitating to watch it because Mel Gibson was in it. The other night, I gave in, and I am so happy that I did. Will Mel make it into Granny’s collection? Meet me after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on a Psychic/Medium’s Review of “Dragonfly”

27 Jul


Can the dead send messages? Dragonfly is a supernatural fantasy film that does an excellent job of describing just how powerful a spirit can be at getting a message to their loved ones. This film is definitely a keeper for my Granny’s Insomnia Theatre. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Mother!”

19 Jul


I love horror films and horror dramas, but I never expected Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” to keep me up all night. How much should we love? Meet me after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Attack of the Killer Donuts”

21 Apr


I am a connoisseur of ridiculous movies, and if they’re bad, I’ll watch them. I do my own version of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 on these films, sans the robots. I guess this love for senseless movies comes from my dad. I thought I’d seen it all after watching “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” but there is always something much worse around the bend. Grab yourself a glazed donut, and meet me after the jump for my review of “Attack of the Killer Donuts” Continue reading