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Tikis in films
christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2005-10-10 5:56 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-06-12 04:46, nuimaleko wrote:
Having lived in Hawaii twice (on the big Island and Oahu) it is strange, I never saw that many tikis. In fact the only ones I recal were at the Polynesian Cultural Center and I think International Market Place in Waikiki.



There are enourmous tikis on a garden & gravel store, just past the canal, off the street to La Mariana.


 
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marci@2bosse.com
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From: Marci Bosse
Posted: 2005-10-12 5:49 pm   Permalink

Last night, I was in Oakland's only tiki bar... The Conga Lounge (http://www.congalounge). Behind the bar, they were playing a VHS collection of Tiki-esque movies (Barbarella, Jason and the Argonauts...) when I look up, I noticed a Moai Movie. The owners says he doesn't remember where he recorded it from. I'm hoping someone out there knows where to get this crazy short film. Here's a plot summary:

The Moai movie is about a Moai on Easter Island comes to life. He blows his nose and shows the camera pebbles in his tissue (cause he has this big Moai rock head). Next, a commercial airline flies overhead, so the Moai sticks out his thumb, and the plane stops on a rock and picks him up. The Maoi lands in some big city… maybe New York and he is wondering around like Crocodile Dundee when he spots a museum with sculptures. He goes in the museum and steals a Thai goddess sculpture… as if to marry her. But, then he gets hit by a car while carrying her across the street and her head breaks off when he drops her…. Distraught he walks into the ocean to return to Easter Island.

It was so bizarre and funny… I have to have this film.


 
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PiPhiRho
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Posted: 2005-10-12 6:18 pm   Permalink

I believe this is "The Secret of Easter Island" by our own Beach Bum Berry. I don't know if is available on video. I think there are copies floating around.


 
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El Bastardo
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Posted: 2005-10-12 8:58 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-10-12 18:18, PiPhiRho wrote:
I believe this is "The Secret of Easter Island" by our own Beach Bum Berry. I don't know if is available on video. I think there are copies floating around.



Okay so's I see's this posts and goes to Netflix, it returns with this.

http://www.netflix.com/MovieDisplay?movieid=70024832&trkid=189530

Globe Trekker: Chile and Easter Island (2004)


Some incredible scenery awaits vacationers willing to take a trip to the exotic location of Chile. The Andes mountains are a prominent feature, are a vast array of terrain as the tail end of the country ventures almost as far as Antartica. This travel guide offers a comprehensive overview of the South American country, as well as a trip to the awesome surroundings of Easter Island.

Has anyone got a recommendation if I should rent this or not?



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Molokai Mike
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Posted: 2005-10-13 12:06 am   Permalink

"The Secret of Easter Island" is available exclusively at tikibosko.com. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed our "Conga mix" by the way. We strive to have something interesting and wierd playing on our bar TV at all times. Who says bar TV's need to always play sports ??


 
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cheekytiki
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Posted: 2006-03-13 06:23 am   Permalink

It must have been Tiki night on UK TV last night, first of all a Tiki Hotel in the series "Invasion" followed by "Maid in Manhattan" which had a load of Moai in.

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SoccerTiki
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From: TheSoccerTikiGrotto, Island of LongBeach
Posted: 2006-03-13 09:46 am   Permalink

I just found (bought) an old VHS of Oingo Boingo "Skeletons in the Closet" (from 1989?) And while I was traipsing down memory lane and watching the "Nothing Bad Ever Happens To Me" video I noticed there are 2-3 large tikis on the set!!! I've always known the was cool.....Danny Boingo must be "tiki"!

 
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Posted: 2006-04-22 12:38 am   Permalink

Tonight I went to the Provincial Archives annual film night to see a feature-length travelog by Mel and Ethel Ross of Calgary, documenting their road trip from Calgary to the southernmost tip of Chile in 1961.

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Mel built the camper for their truck, and they headed south from Calgary with their 16mm camera, supplies and a Spanish phrase book, and drove 17,000 miles over five months. In 1961, the Pan-American Highway could only be loosely termed a highway. In some areas it was just a trail carved into the dirt and rock, and in spots it disappeared completely.



I wondered if there would be any mention of Easter Island when they got to Chile, and indeed, in the beach resort city of Viña del Mar they took shots of this Moai, an actual Easter Island statue that stands in the garden of a museum.

Mel and Ethel were an amazing couple. Mel held only one "real" job in his life - which he hated. He stayed at it only long enough to finance the purchase of a general store... but that didn't suit their lifestyle either and they sold it. They built houses from the ground up, living in them until they were completed - then selling them for enough profit to finance their world travels (they've been to all seven continents).

Unfortunately Mel and Ethel couldn't be at the screening (they're still alive and thriving - in their 90's I think), but their grand-newphew was at the screening telling charming stories about them and narrating the film from Mel's script.

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martini kings
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From: anthony marsico
Posted: 2006-04-22 08:37 am   Permalink

check out miss exotic world erochica bamboo as she performs her famous burlesque number "nylon jungle" (performed and written by the martini kings)
in the film camp burlesque.
www.campburlesque.com
so what about the tiki you say?
it is a giant bosko tiki we used in this scene.(actually i borrowed the bosko tiki from singer matthew sweet for this scene)


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mbonga
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From: La Mesa, California
Posted: 2006-04-23 5:58 pm   Permalink

I just came across a movie last night that must've been mentioned before: "She Gods of Shark Reef" (1958), although there is only one sunken tiki, called Tangaroa.

I hope you all visit the Internet Movie Database, IMDb, and add the plot keyword "tiki" to any such films you find, for future reference for the public. That's what I've been doing, although I haven't gone through old posts here to try to catch up. You just click on the yellow "update" button at the bottom of any movie's keyword page (or even a movie's main summary page, too) and then type in the word "tiki". Currently there are only 2 such titles listed, which is a shame. It will take a few days for your new submissions to appear.

http://www.imdb.com/
http://www.imdb.com/keyword/tiki/


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fatuhiva
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Posted: 2006-05-31 10:30 am   Permalink

Here's some more additions:

A Guide for the Married Man (1967) starring Walter Matthau, is an AWESOME funny 60's sex-comedy with an all-star cast- it just came out on DVD, so go rent it at Netflix!!

anyway, in the film, Walter is trying to cheat on his wife and he takes his date to a seedy "hideaway" club that is some African/Tiki/Savage themed go-go bar with masks on the wall, leopard print booths and features a "native" go-go dancer- a great scene. The rest of the movie has that modernist/tiki vibe as well- there may be another tiki cameo in there somewhere

Paradise Hawaiian Style (Elvis) of course.. there's also another Elvis film where he gets in a bar brawl at some tiki joint, but I can't remember the name, but the scene is good. I think there was a part where a guy ducks a punch and the puncher lands his fist on a tiki instead

The Endless Summer has a tiki scene- a part where the boys go to Hawaii and some really cool looking 60's style tikis take center stage.

Rikki Tikki Tavi, the animated kid's film, doesnt have any tikis per se, but has instead "jungle buddha exotica" elements complete with a tropical creepy vibe- my kid loves that movie

DogTown and Z-boys has Tony Alva being interviewed in front of a backyard tiki.




 
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Molokai Mike
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From: the birthplace of the Mai Tai
Posted: 2006-05-31 12:08 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-05-31 10:30, fatuhiva wrote:

.. there's also another Elvis film where he gets in a bar brawl at some tiki joint, but I can't remember the name, but the scene is good. I think there was a part where a guy ducks a punch and the puncher lands his fist on a tiki instead




That's "Girl Happy"(1965)-the fight follows a burlesque performance in a Tiki bar (yep, Tiki and burlesque operated side by side even then - a concept revived by Otto's Tiki Oasis)
There's also lots of Tikis in "Clambake" (1967)
Never start a fight with the King in a Tiki Bar...


 
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BryanDeanMartin
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Posted: 2006-05-31 8:16 pm   Permalink

First off, I do have to admit that I have seen the movie "Curse of the Erotic Tiki"....it's a pretty goofy soft porn movie, but the ending where everyone dances wildy after defeating the evil robot ("I knew he was a robot from the moment I saw him. He told me.") is pretty funny. It also appears on cable sometimes under the name "Bikini A-Go-Go."

Since someone already mentioned the Bamboo Lounge scene from "Swingers" I can only think of two movies with tikis that I didn't see listed here..."Psycho Beach Party" has a few, mostly in The Great Kanaka's shack (including a phallicly positioned "pagan god of sex") and at the luau towards the end, where there's some very large tikis, probably about 6 feet tall or so. Los Straightjackets are also seen as the party band during the luau.

"Back to the Beach", the Frankie/Annette 1987 return to the screen has tikis placed throughout the movie...and it seems Frankie spends a lot of time drowning his woes over Annette out of a Tiki Bob mug.


 
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Vonratnick
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Posted: 2006-05-31 9:04 pm   Permalink

A favourite at my hut is the John Ford/John Wayne movie 'Donovans Reef', from about 64 I think. There are some Tikis carved into the entrance of the bar. While not heavy on Tiki this film has a strong tiki/tropical feel.

 
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rupe33
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Posted: 2006-07-08 5:41 pm   Permalink

Has anyone identified... is the "Bamboo Lounge" in Swingers a set, or was it filmed at a genuine tiki location??

~Rupe


 
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