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With: Erik Estrada, Danny Trejo, Lisa London, Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton, Roberta Vasquez, Cynthia Brimhall, Kim Malin, Patty Duffek, Liv Lindeland, Devin Devasquez, Julie Strain, Julie K. Smith, Wendy Hamilton, Sam Phillips
Written by: Andy Sidaris, Christian Drew Sidaris
Directed by: Andy Sidaris, Christian Drew Sidaris
MPAA Rating: Unrated (but should be considered "R")
Running Time: -99
Date: 03/18/2013

The Films of Andy Sidaris (2005)

3 Stars (out of 4)

The Three Bs

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Andy Sidaris is a model independent filmmaker. He has lots of marketable ideas and lots of energy, and he doesn't let a little thing like talent get in the way. His films are truly awful, but often quite beautiful to look at. He loves location shooting, and even if he can't afford to shoot anywhere outside Louisiana, he throws in some gorgeous stock footage and a couple of signs that say things like "Paris Airport" or "African Wildlife Preserve." He adores explosions, and especially exploding planes, boats and cars, and is especially crazy about attaching bombs to radio-controlled toy cars and boats. Most of all, he has an eye for well-muscled men and beautiful women.

BCI Eclipse has packaged three Sidaris films in a new box set entitled the "Triple B Collection" (Bullets, Bombs and Babes). All three films feature convoluted, contrived plotlines and the acting is atrocious, but it's easy to figure out who the good guys and bad guys are, and the scenery is easy on the eyes. Picasso Trigger (1988) is perhaps the least interesting of the three, but it also has the highest 1980s cheese-factor, with the tallest, most blow-fried hair and dorkiest synthesizer music. Guns (1990) has going for it some decent performances, especially star Erik Estrada ("CHiPs") as the lead bad guy, Danny Trejo as his henchman, and scream queen Lisa London (H.O.T.S., Private Resort). Produced by Sidaris and directed by Christian Drew Sidaris, The Dallas Connection (1994) isn't much better, but features a much higher nudity quotient than its predecessors, including the astonishing Penthouse pinup Julie K. Smith.

DVD Details: It's difficult to recommend these terrible movies, but I guarantee that if you're looking for the three B's, you will get your money's worth. Extras on each disc include commentary tracks by Sidaris and his wife/producer Arlene, video introductions from Sidaris and his frequent co-star Julie Strain, various "filmmaking school" featurettes, interviews with Joe Bob Briggs, photo galleries, trailers, a filmmaker bio, web info, and more nudity.{subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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