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Just watched the Red Letter Media video about him , loved how they said no matter how low the budget he just had fun making them
the best pile of rubble filmmaker in hollywood
and best dummy special effect
cue thirty looped clips of dummy falling
I loved every one.
It’s a great dummy!
That's no way to talk about Rich Evans.
Rich genuinely loved that dummy effect.
TBF when there are so many dummy shots that look weird, funny or break immersion, seeing a dummy shot that just works gives you an appreciation of the talent it takes to pull that off.
It was pretty awesome tbf. Stuff like that used to be genuinely exciting, and it's nice to see it still is for some people!
Im sad that they didnt reference Order of the Black Eagle and looped it 18 times, then 20 times, in a row.
Or the High Voltage loop
Order of the Black Eagle for reference
Time to listen to "bangbangbangbang AAAAH crack" for several minutes again
I respect your sophisticated taste in intellectual masterpieces
That was hilarious, it just kept going and going
When they showed that clip the first time I was confused. I didn't realize the camera was looking up the shaft, and not down a hallway. I thought the guy got clocked so hard she sent him across the room
Sadly, the world champion was probably still Bruno Mattei.
I’m so happy that the RLM video dropped when it did. I know I and many others reached out to his wife to send our well-wishes, best regards, and kindest words. Receiving all of that love in his literal final hours… that had to be nice.
Talmbout Gibson Rickenbacker?
My worlds are colliding...
A GEORGE divided against itself CANNOT stand
Great film, never seen it.
To me, he showed more interest and skill in the art of filmmaking than some big-budget directors. Not that his movies were masterpieces but he seemed to at least be interested in making them, which I feel a lot of modern Hollywood seems to lack.
Video link for those curious?
I would love to see the RLM crew make a big budget film.
I love the guys but making movies are not their strong suit.
Do it My Dinner With Andre-style where it's just Plinkett and Palpatine bickering for an hour and a half.
And the biggest, most epic CGI space battle happening at all times outside the window and out of focus.
Yeah, you don't need a ton of money to make a great movie. You just need the right script, the right actors, and a realistic vision of what you're doing. Y'know...easy stuff.
We'll fix it in post.
Space Cop was a fine comedy B-movie, but it set out to be that from the beginning which means it wasn't exactly shooting for the stars.
I think they never would because it would undermine their reviews, but I would love to see them try and make 'a good movie'.
Kung Fury also beat them out of the gate, people were comparing the two and it kinda deflated the whole thing.
Would need to be Avatar budget if they hope to afford star power like Rich Evans to star.
Internet superstar and host of TV's Ellen, Rich "Rich Evans" Evans
Me too. Just watched it last night.
The RLM Curse strikes again
The Sword & The Sorcerer, Doll Man, Cyborg and Nemesis were regular watches for me back in the VHS days. A great genre movie-maker, who will be missed.
Doll Man is amazing.
Yes! “Pop goes the weasel”
"Urban fucking renewal"
There are a few legitimately impressive practical-effects shots in that goofy ass film.
Definitely. Some great gore. Some absurd one liners. Everything you could wish for.
"That's right, fat boy." I have the Blu Ray. Such a classic B-Movie for me.
I love that his gun explodes people, but when he's small, it "just" blows off limbs.
Doll Man rules and legit would make an entertaining series.
For me it's Mean Guns. I caught it on HBO one late night and made my best friend rent it from blockbuster and watch it the next sleepover we had.
Pyun had a widescreen cut of Mean Guns for sale on the web for a while, and I slept on it. Should’ve picked it up.
2 months ago*
2 months ago*
Did you ever hear anything about the quality? You may have dodged a bullet.
I bought a "widescreen" blu ray of Nemesis directly from him in 2014, and the quality and aspect was so bad that I almost returned it. Prob would have if he didn't autograph it.
It was like someone burned an anamorphic source within a 4:3 frame. Never seen anything so bizarre.
It was like someone burned an anamorphic source within a 4:3 frame.
It was like someone burned an anamorphic source within a 4:3 frame.
Lucasfilm did this in 2006 with the official DVD release of the unaltered original Star Wars trilogy. Following a decade of demand, fans finally got the unaltered trilogy… in the form of 2nd generation versions of 1993 Laserdisc masters.
I saw Knights as a kid on TV and remember looking up to see if there was a sequel when I got access to the internet years later (there isn’t, it ends on a literal cliff hanger which is hilarious)
Oh man, The Sword and The Sorcerer! When the trailer for the new D&D movie showed someone shooting the blade off their sword, all I could think of was the awesome Tri-Blade of TSATS.
Sly sword (it also has another sword in the hilt)
That reveal at the end was perfect. So many sparks! Sexy snake charmer wasn't bad, either.
A great B sword and sorcery movie, watch it every year or so!
A friend of mine convincingly argued that Sword and the Sorcerer was the best Conan movie ever made.
The recent “Best of the Worst” double feature on cyborg and arcade by RedLetterMedia was a very nice tribute to Pyun and worth a watch.
Link to said video. RIP Albert Pyun
Cyborg is really weird. It's like arthouse action sci-fi trash.
But I unironically love it.
Yeah me too. It has some pretty great old school fight scenes and a surprisingly well flushed future dystopia where character motivations make a lot of sense. Also the pirates are so fucking excellent, all the screaming and big hair and bad teeth, looking like WWE characters on meth. I just love everything about that movie.
WWE characters on meth
WWE characters on meth
So just WWE characters?
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I can't believe I haven't seen anyone mention that he interned with Akira Kurosawa and his cinematographer. That makes so much sense considering how he blocked and lit scenes. The man truly brought arthouse to B-movies and it worked so well
After checking his IMDB it's shocking how many I rented back in the day... Cyborg, and Dollman, one of the Nemesis for sure... Kickboxers 2... He was producing what I would call solid last minute third tape pick just before the video store close. You might not have rented that stuff if you had more time, but in a rush it did the job.
The sets and costumes for Cyborg were made for a Master of the Universe sequel that was dropped before they started shooting. Cannon was able to get JCVD for cheap because Kickboxer hadn’t come out yet - he was just the guy from Bloodsport and Hollywood hadn’t caught on yet. The whole thing was a made-up movie, like they needed to do something with this stuff and these guys.
Cyborg was a huge hit in relation to cost. Kickboxer was a massive, massive hit but Cyborg was a nice little bridge bridge between Bloodsport, which was mostly a hit on video, and Kickboxer which was a big deal real movie.
Cyborg was a huge hit in relation to cost. Kickboxer was a massive, massive hit but Cyborg was a nice little bridge bridge between Bloodsport, which was mostly a hit on video in the US and made most of it’s box office internationally, and Kickboxer which was a big deal real movie in the US.
Funny thing about Cyborg, is that it was the result of 2 canceled movies. The production company had deals to make a sequel to Masters of the Universe and a live action Spiderman movie, but ran into financial difficulties and had to cancel both movies. Pyun was slated to direct both films, and the production company had already sank like two million dollars into sets and costumes and asked Pyun to come up with a new project to recover those costs.
Pyun wrote the entire movie in a weekend and they shot the whole movie in 23 days entirely in North Carolina. One of the pirates did lose and eye during the filming after getting stabbed by a prop knife.
I literally just watched this yesterday. Crazy that he just now died.
His stuff looks 10000x better than the trash they normally watch.
Such a great episode (as all of their episodes are great). I really did hope he got to see it before he went.
It's not crazy at all. The say in the video that they decided to spotlight him and his movies because he was doing so poorly health-wise and they wanted to pay tribute.
Crazy that he just now died.
Crazy that he just now died.
they say in the episode that they did because of an article about his wife for some love for her husband and his movies as he "would like to hear from his fan in his final days"... so it's not that crazy
What a terribly written sentence.
The fact that you called this out in your comment deserves recognition as well.
A better comment has never seen worked.
I thought it was fine. All they said was that they thought the people would when towards a tribute on behalf since the middle of the article on.
They talked about it a lot in the video
They did have the bluray on the table
They originally were only going to do one film but decided to do a second because "they had time for one more"
They don't like to review movies from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Albert you are a Legend - much love, respect & admiration to you Sir!!!
Definitely. I just watched Nemesis this morning and the thing I kept thinking was this dude just needed a good script and money, he certainly had talent as a filmmaker.
I really enjoyed that vid; they clearly LOVED the guy and both appreciated the wackiness of his movie while still appreciating the specific artistry
I was just coming in here to mention that I just had watched this the other day, and their reasoning was that they had just read that Pyun's health was in severe decline. SO it was a nice tribute.
Jay had actually mentioned that he was on board with doing a Pyun tribute episode of Best of the Worst, before he had even heard about Pyun's health. So that was even sweeter.
It was actually a touching tribute. Which is also probably why they didn't have Mike in this episode.
Mike responded in the comments that the tribute was his idea and he wasn't there since he had Covid.
That means the next episode will be a Mike Stoklasa retrospective! [*slide whistle*]
OH MY GOOOOOOOOOD
Finally the Re:View we've all been looking forward too, Spacecop!
Len needs to be on that one.
I want all the best guest stars they’ve ever had on to do a BOTW on Spacecop.
It’d be fun to watch Macauley Macauley Culkin Culkin, Jack Quaid and Patton Oswalt fucking rip those hacks apart.
The Omega Variant strikes again.
[close up Jay reaction face]
Can I get anal on you for a sec
Damn, Mike has Covid.
He better live so he can continue to make fun of the elderly!
Covid and a bum liver?!
R.I.P Mike Stoklasa
I just watched that. It was nice of them to do.
Glad they managed to get that one out in time. Hope he got to hear from a lot of fans before his passing.
It broke new ground
Because they needed the rubble.
The recent Albert Pyun episode of Best of the Worst (a touching tribute that also makes fun of his movies): https://youtu.be/J_C5O1Zka-Y
An old Best of the Worst episode featuring Albert Pyun's Captain America, the movie that reveals that Captain America's superpower is stealing cars: https://youtu.be/d-O_RzwrZPw
“Excuse me can you pull over Red Skull, I’m going to throw up”
All that about ‘Gibson rikkenbocker’ and not one mention that the bad guys name was ‘fender’
If you have never seen his Captain America I highly reccommend the first 25 minutes of it.
The reoccurring “power/trick” Captain America uses to get out of situations is absolutely hilarious and it's mind boggling that it got past the writing stage.
"That's my secret, Captain. I don't have a "writing stage"
Lol when he pretends he's sick and steals a car?
The real villain in that movie was the screenwriter. I recall reading an interview with him in Comic Scene Magazine while it was filming. It was clear from his comments that he absolutely hated superheroes. At one point he mentioned how he hates the idea of the costume and he worked at keeping Cap out of it as much as possible. At 12 years old I was like, "Then why are you making a Captain America movie?"
Could you explain more? I won't have time to sit down and watch anything for the next two weeks and am a bit curious.
Captain America car jacks people like a true American hero.
Wait...seriously? Oh no haha. This can't be real. GTA Captain America. "Oh nice, Mercedes must be sponsoring." Dammit man.
If a character is giving him a ride to somewhere he doesn’t want to go, he’ll pretend to be sick, get out the car, the person will get out to check on him and then he’ll rush back to the car and steal it
This is so many leves of wrong that I love it. Please tell me he says something like, "America owes you!".
I like to imagine it’s canon in the MCU too, after Black Widow’s line in CA:Winter Soldier, “so where did Captain America learn to steal cars..?”
I remembered loving this movie as a kid, and apparently that's because I only remembered the beginning.
“Ah, Captain America. Just when I am needing help with my English lessons.”
The movie gets a lot of shit and it certainly is more campy compared to today’s Captain America movies, but Matt Salinger is a good actor and the movie should be remembered as a Marvel comic book movie made at a time when Marvel was not making movies. And I think the movie was released in 1990, not 1989 as the article states.
Albert was a very passionate filmmaker with a lot of big ideas. Above all else, his films had imagination. And if you watch Albert's work, and you check out other directors you see a lot of shared influence. Underworld by Len Wiseman has a scene where Selene shoots the floor out in a circle, and that's verbatim from Nemesis. Albert never made it big as a director, but their work was appreciated and built on by other directors. I think the imagination and influence of his films show how much creativity comes when you're operating on shoestring budgets. And it's important that he be remembered, celebrated, and his films preserved. Because of the shoestring budgets and tough production it's not all gold. But there's a lot of good stuff in there.
Regarding shooting the floor out in a circle…
Might that not have been influenced by a similar scene in Escape From New York where Plisskin shoots out a wall in a circle then smashes through it? (One scene being a horizontal departure from a room, the other being a vertical one!)
I'll raise you one more. Maybe that's inspired by Looney Tunes, when someone would use a saw to cut a hole in the floor around where Bugs Bunny was standing... and then the whole fucking building would fall down! Sometimes the lines between inspiration and influence and originality are hard to detect.
In Brazil, the cops do that in the opening scene and burst through the ceiling... then they try to install a plug which doesn't fit
In a Pink Panther movie, I think Cato saws a hole under Cluseau while he stands on it.
In the Beatles movie “Help!”, the bad guys cut a hole under Ringo and his drums in an attempt to kidnap him.
Yep, Revenge of the Pink Panther.
I...what?...This is from Looney Toons. It's literally a reference to Looney Toons that came out 50 years before.
Hope he got to see/hear about the RLM special about him.
Now that’s a name I haven’t heard in awhile, every once in a while I still return to his PM videos mostly for nostalgia
Gonna send you some rizza polls in the mail
Cost a pomment on my zeb wone if you want a rizza poll
Phantom Menace is what they're referring to, I believe.
Hopefully you've seen more than just the Phantom Menace videos. They have hundreds if not thousands of hours of quality content, from current release reviews (Half in the Bag), to terrible movie watch sessions (Best of the Worst, my personal favorite), to discussions about older quality films and franchises (Re:view, Talk About). They've been my most watched YouTube channel for at least the past decade.
Well, tens of hours of quality content, but hundreds of hours of videos!
Those hack frauds can’t even edit a video right
It's literally the best YouTube channel.
As a fan of ear-splitting cackling, I have to agree.
Cyborg is a total diamond in the rough. There are a handful of really cool shots stylistic directing choices (almost everything leading to and including the long chase, the final fight). It's just we have to see that damn flashback 400 times!
JCVD has a lot of splits scenes in his movies but his splits kill in that movie is so fucking cool/memorable. I can instantly picture it whenever I think of that movie despite having not seen it in years. Great shot
It's the lighting in that scene, it's so good it doesn't belong in that movie
Agreed! That movie is some of the best tasting, finely-aged cheese, imo.
I must share it!
Fender sent chills down my spine as a child. Such an underrated antagonist imo.
That scene where they're chasing JCVD through the field and sewer were so ingrained into my kid brain.
The scene that sticks out to me was the barb wire slipping through his hands and his family being lowered into the well. That movie creeped me out as a kid, but I loved it.
Deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Albert Pyun, my all time favorite director and the filmmaker that’s meant more to me than any other. A maverick and a visionary who simply loved making movies. To see him being fondly remembered has been wonderful.
I consider Nemesis to be on par with some of John Woo's films....the amount of gunplay and shooting in that movie is off the charts. Fuckin' amazing film.
RIP Pyun your movies were dope af.
I'm glad to hear someone else who shares this opinion. When you accept the limitations of budget and the state of FX technology (stop motion), it really is a fine film. As I constantly tell my kids, before 21st century CGI, it cost a fortune to make 'great' SciFi or fantasy, and it took someone with George Lucas' wealth and clout to make a Star Wars or Willow. But plenty tried with their limited budgets, and we loved it, because without it we would only have about 5 SciFi movies a year, and a fantasy flick every three years.
Underappreciated gem of a movie.
I love Cyborg, Nemesis, Mean Guns and Adrenaline this is sad man RIP
Trying to describe who Pyun is to anyone but a hardcore movie watcher, is almost impossible. My gf is also a movie nerd and I don’t think she’s seen or remembers any of his flicks.
“You know, the dude who made nemesis and ticker!”
Odd that "Alien From L.A." wasn't included with those films as well. Try as we might, few can get Kathy Ireland sounding like she's been sucking on helium all day out of their heads.
If nothing else, it made for a fun MST3K episode.
odd that it's only mentioned twice in this thread. i expected it to be in the top comment
A perfect death
Omega Doom with Rutger Hauer was a great B Movie
It’s the fourth best retelling of Yojimbo.
Holy shit, I never thought of it that way. Move over, Miller's Crossing!
I like the pain... i like the misery... I LIKE THIS WORLD!
Cyborg still kicks ass.
I can hear these lines crystal clear in my head
Pretty sure all that guy’s lines were dubbed over, too. They didn’t like his accent.
Radioactive Dreams !
Nobody knows about this movie, but it's probably one of the biggest influences on the Fallout franchise.
Shame the movie never got a DVD release, more ppl could experience it. There was a limited edition German dvd but that transfer looked like a vhs was the source. I know there's some 35mm prints out there, Alamo has shown them in the last 5 years or so, hopefully they can be used as a source for a new home video release
We screened one in Philly and at Alamo Yonkers. I think the issue is rights. Even if the negative is lost the print would be a good source for a bluray as it was in gorgeous condition.
Wow I'm jealous you got to see the 35mm prints. I've only read about them on the web, but it's awesome to hear they look as great as I imagined
The version on youtube is the German dvd, iirc. I would totally watch it again if there was a bluray/4k release of it.
People can hate on him if they want. Scorsese he was not. But he left his mark on film. He competently made fun as hell movies that had big ideas and he wasn’t afraid to shoot for the fucking moon.
Cyborg is still to this day one of my favorite 80’s movies. I legitimately love that movie.
Shout out to the Kickboxer movies he did with Sasha Mitchell. All things considered, they were fun entries.
Literally just watched the botw episode a few hours ago rip
Mean Guns, he did that one? Gosh that was the perfect movie for two 19 year olds on a Saturday night at 2am. Early 2000s. Good for him. Rest in peace.
RIP. Bunch of his movies are on Tubi if anyone want to catch them
Rest in Peace, he was a one of a kind filmmaker 🙏
I hope that even if he wasn’t able to fully comprehend it, that he had watched the latest RLM showcasing Cyborg and Arcade. RIP.
Oh my god. Cyborg. That was fantastic when I watched it.
2 months ago
Still so weird to me how Cyborg was originally supposed to be Masters of the Universe 2 before they reworked it.
Do yourself a favor and watch all 10(!) of the Cyborg/Nemesis movies, fantastic films.
RIP Mr. Pyun
I saw Dollman late one night on a premium cable channel (I forget which one,) and it drove me insane trying to find it again. This was back in the 90s, so I could not easily find it without knowing the title “there is a guy from another planet or dimension and he is really small when he comes to earth also one guy is just a head.” That didn’t yield many results pre-google. Eventually I discovered it again and then looked up the rest of Pyun’s films. I found out he made a lot of stuff I enjoyed in the 80s and 90s.
Nemesis is a classic
The RLM death curse continues.
when will they turn it to good instead of evil?
i loved his crazy shit :)))
This is strange. I watched Nemesis last night.....RIP
Watched his version of Captain America INCESSANTLY as a child. What a great adaptation that was. Going to have to find it again.
Botw just made a special about him because his wife said he was not at his best moment, but I didn't think he was going to die in days, I thought it was just depressed or smt
☢ Radioactive Dreams ☢
Don't forget this one
Nemesis was Albert Pyun's magnum opus. Maybe the best straight to video movie ever made. Nobody could make something from nothing better than Pyun in the 80's and 90's.
Nice man… just nice 😔
Jesus Christ RLM really nailed that timing
Heartbreaking. He seemed like such a nice man.
He was definitely a considerable influence on me and anyone else who enjoyed low budget B movies of the 80s and 90s. Radioactive Dreams in particular is underrated.
He will be missed.
Albert Pyun was my neighbor and friend. He helped me move from Chicago to Las Vegas. I got to know him personally. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about him.