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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 Identity Check (2020) With Director Patrick Devaney

5 Feb


I am honored to have among my friends, several renowned and extremely talented Independent Film Directors and Producers. I have posted on my blog many reviews of Patrick Devaney’s work. The latest film which I am excited to tell you about is called Identity Check (2020). My review will be followed with an interview of Patrick Devaney. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on Capernaum

28 Sep


During my 72 years on this planet, I have read many books and watched many films that were so poignant that they will be forever etched into my mind and soul. Capernaum is one of these films. What does it mean to be recognized as human? Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Strange Interlude”

12 Apr


This past week, the Turner Movie Classics offered up a few gems featuring women as very capable detectives. After watching Murder She Said, The Lady Vanishes, and the comical Penguin Pool Murder, I encountered one of the strangest movies, I have ever watched. Strange Interlude might actually make it to my Granny’s Insomnia Theatre Collection. Here is why… Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Nun”

10 Apr

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If you went to Catholic School in the early 50’s and 60’s, then you can definitely connect with scary nuns. Find out why I thought the fifth installment into the Conjuring Universe wins my seal of approval. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Io” & “The First Grader”

22 Jan


Are we doomed as a species? Sometimes, because of all the hatred in the world, and the fact that the president has turned the protection of our environment over to corrupt corporations…I feel we are already circling the drain. I don’t understand how in this time and age, there still exists people in power who make it their life’s goal to dehumanize other people. Sometimes, I feel that we suck big time as a species. I’ll be reviewing two amazing films that show the better side of us. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks to Jeremiah Kipp on Lost and Found

21 Dec


As a blogger and writer, I have had the great opportunity of reviewing films, books, and TV shows. I owe most of this to Andy Burns of Biff Bam Pop who encouraged me to seek out the crème of the crop in pop culture. One of the people who I had the pleasure of interviewing many times was Jeremiah Kipp. Whenever Jeremiah completes another fantastic film, I get watch it. Today I am doing a review of his short film, Lost and Found. 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