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Weekly update: Trailer. Park. Shark.

Greetings, Gothamites!

It has been a hot one in Australia this week, with temperatures where I am rising to 44ºC (111ºF). One night, the overnight low was 29ºC (84ºF) so all I can say is “Thank Spock for air-conditioning and ice cream!”

A bonus of not moving much is that I plowed through a couple of books. One is reviewed here today and the other will appear in Thursday’s For the Love of Pop Culture, a new article featuring my endeavours to include more things I know I love in my weekly servings of books and movies. 

Here’s a list of what I did while I was laying under the AC!

 

Trailer Park Shark (2017)

Trailer. Park. Shark.

Actual footage of me discovering this film:

I found Trailer Park Shark to be one of the slightly better quality b-grade movies, similar to the Sharknado movies. The acting was cheesy but wasn’t out and out bad. The same can be said for the dialogue. Not so much the special effects, they were still just bad. But all of this came together to form one of the more fun b-grade natural horror movies I have seen. 

There was also a cameo from Tara Reid who is not only one of the queens of b-grade horror thanks to her character in all of the Sharknado movies, but she also starred alongside Trailer Park Shark’s leading actor, Thomas Ian Nicholas, in American Pie. It made for a fun few nods to both series. 

My only real concern, which is more production based than a criticism of the film, is that in 2018 I was able to buy a DVD that didn’t have subtitles. Every single DVD sold at this point should have subtitles. This is the pettiest hill I’m willing to die on. Yes, I still buy DVDs. 

 

Challenge Accepted! by Celeste Barber (2018)

I’ve been eyeing off Challenge Accepted by Australian comedian and actress Celeste Barber since it came out. Unfortunately, my plethora of hobbies and limited income kept us apart, but I finally got down to reading it after a friend loaned me their copy — and I smashed it in one evening.

As a fan of @CelesteBarber, her hilarious takes on celebrity photos and her fun impromptu Instagram stories, I was excited to see what Celeste had in store for readers. And let me tell you, Gothamites, it was damn good. 

Celeste shares hilarious stories, gross stories, and heartwarming stories. I also learned that, even if you’re not usually squeamish, a graphic description of open heart surgery may get you there. I ignored the warning at my own peril, so I feel I should warn you, dear reader, that she’s not messing around. 

Challenge Accepted is a must read for anyone who enjoyed Bossypants by Tina Fey, anything by Jenny Lawson, or Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. By the end, I had laughed heartily and ended up with something in both my eyes.

 

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

There’s been a lot of talk about The Ted Bundy Tapes, a new Netflix docuseries featuring tapes and video of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy alongside modern day interviews with police, lawyers, friends and victims involved in his life and death.

I thought the series was a fascinating look into one of the world’s most twisted minds. From his initial and vehement denial of any wrong doing to his subsequent admission to murdering more than 30 young women, the recordings of Bundy are chilling and gripping.

And, yes, I watched it alone.

 

What’s your favourite way to keep cool in summer? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter!

– CJ

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Anthony C. Ferrante

Starring:
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo

Other notable appearances:
Chris Kattan, Clay Aiken, Samantha Fox, Katie Price, Bret Michaels, Charo, Nichelle Nichols, Geraldo Rivera, Abby Lee Miller, Lisa Wilkinson, Karl Stefanovic, Olivia Newton-John, Tony Hawk, Tiffany Pollard, Margaret Cho, Jai Rodriguez, Fabio, Dan Fogler, Kathie Lee Gifford, Al Roker, Gilbert Gottfried, Dolph Lundgren and many, many more

Running time:
93 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Sharknado 1-4, Zombeavers, Sharktopus

 

While North America picks up the pieces after several sharknado incidents, Fin Shepard and his family travel to London where they unleash a new kind of sharknado.

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Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016)

Review by CJ

sharknado-4

Director:
Anthony C. Ferrante

Starring:
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Masiela Lusha, Cody Linley, Imani Hakim, Ryan Newman, David Hasselhoff

Other notable appearances:
Gary Busey, Tommy Davidson, Stacey Dash, Steffanie Busey, Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, David Faustino, Gilbert Gottfried, Steve Guttenberg, Justine Ezarik, Paul Shaffer, Scott ‘Carrot Top’ Thompson, Caroline Williams, Dan Yeager, Gena Lee Nolan, Alexandra Paul and so many more

Running time:
95 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Sharknado, Sharknado 2: The Second One, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Deep Blue Sea, Zombeavers

 

It has been five years since the last sharknado thanks to new preventative technology. When an anomalous sharknado appears in a dust storm, the sharknadoes begin to evolve to their surroundings and adapt to survive the technology designed to stop them. It is once again up to Fin Shepard (Ziering) and his family to save the world from various types of sharknadoes.

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Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)

Review by CJ

Sharknado 3

Director:
Anthony C. Ferrante

Starring:
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, Frankie Muniz, Ryan Newman

Other notable appearances:
David Hasselhoff, Bo Derek, Ne-Yo, Chris Jericho, Mark McGrath, Michael Winslow, Christopher Judge, Grant Imahara, Lou Ferrigno, Jackie Collins, Cindy Margolis, Penn Jillette, Teller, Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison, Bobak Ferdowsi, Maryse Ouellet Mizanin, Jerry Springer, Ray J, George R.R. Martin, Jared Fogle … so, so, SO many more

Running time:
93 sharktastic minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Sharknado, Sharknado 2: The Second One, Zombeavers, Arachnoquake

 

Fin Shepard (Ziering) stops off at the White House to accept a medal of honour from the President on the way to meet his pregnant ex-ex-wife now wife April (Reid), daughter (Newman) and mother-in-law (Derek) in Orlando. While he’s at the White House, a sharknado hits and Fin saves the President.

On the way to meet his family, Fin encounters yet another sharknado. This time he is saved by his old friend Nova (Scerbo) and her new friend Lucas (Muniz). They trio team up and head to Orlando where it will be up to the Shepard family and their allies to save the world from a super sharknado.

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Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

Review by CJ

Sharknado 2

Director:
Anthony C. Ferrante

Starring:
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Vivica A. Fox, Courtney Baxter, Dante Palminteri

Other notable appearances:
Kelly Osbourne, Wil Wheaton, Anne Wheaton, Naked Cowboy, Andy Dick, Billy Ray Cyrus, Judd Hirsch, Richard Kind, Jared Fogle (the Subway guy), Biz Markie, and probably lots more that I missed or didn’t recognise

Running time:
100 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Sharknado, Sharktopus, Deep Blue Sea, Bait, Dinoshark etc

 

The tagline for this much anticipated film is ‘shark happens’ and does it ever.

Fin Shepard (Ziering) and his ex-wife now girlfriend April Wexler (Reid) are flying to their childhood home, New York City. As they are flying their plane encounters a storm. A storm filled with airborne sharks.

With sharks causing havoc to the plane, its passengers, and the pilots, it falls to Fin to land the plane. As he does this though, April has her hand bitten off by a shark. Once he has landed the plane and made sure April pulls through her surgery, Fin must brave the storm to reunite his brother-in-law (McGrath) and nephew (Palminteri) with their family.

Of course, it is also up to Fin to stop the three sharknadoes that are on courses to collide before they merge into a super-mega-sharknado. A storm of ‘biblical proportions’.

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Sharknado (2013)

Review by CJ

Sharknado

Director:
Anthony C. Ferrante

Starring:
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo, Jaason Simmons, Chuck Hittinger, Aubrey Peeples

Other notable appearances:
Giant, shark-filled tornadoes

Running time:
86 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Sharktopus (2010), Dinoshark (2010), Shark Night (2011)

 

A hurricane has driven a swarm of sharks to the beaches of Los Angeles causing trouble for the surfers, swimmers and jet ski riders of the area. The trouble really begins when waterspouts begin lifting the sharks out of the ocean and flooding the streets of Los Angeles with shark-infested waters. The story centres on Fin Shepard (Ziering) and his attempt to save his ex-wife April (Reid), son Matt (Hittinger) and daughter Claudia (Peeples). He is joined on this quest by his employee Nova (Scerbo), his Australian friend Baz (Simmons) and his restaurant’s regular customer George (Heard).

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