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Get the DVD for the Tom Sizemore interview! (Possible Spoilers)
This movie wasn't very good. I think the director is the son of Edward James Olmos and that he helped his son out by playing a cameo in the beginning, maybe helping him get the job or with financing. Someone else commented how "wooden" the female Detective's acting was and I have to agree. Maybe the director was dating her and let her have the part, because she certainly had no ability, showed no emotion, zero projection, no command as a cop, etc. Just stiff, sullen, quiet, low-energy 'acting'.
And then I see Tom Sizemore and he's slamming shots of tequila and acting out of control, which I like to see. But in general, it was a pretty weak performance, even by his standards. Here's a guy who has acted with the likes of Robert Deniro, Val Kilmer, Tom Hanks, etc. and was so down on his luck that he took this role as an out-of-control suicidal alcoholic cop, for probably pennies. I have always liked his work, but not so much in this one. Truly, he was the only reason I bought the DVD (he was on the cover), otherwise I never would have bought it.
I like gritty L.A. gang/cop thrillers, but this one was far-fetched and hard to follow. The flashbacks that try to explain what happen to the victims, show the female detective, as if she was the one killing people? Then you're never really sure. About the only interesting part that held my attention was in the special features, where they interview Tom Sizemore about his career and what happened to it. He said he was doing great, had a $5 million home, and then some woman said that he hit her and then it all went away; he spent all his money defending himself in court, trying to avoid a prison sentence, and then was kind of 'blacklisted' by other actors & directors who didn't want to work with him. It's really quite a shame to see how easily people can be destroyed by allegations.
Years back, I used to get Tom Sizemore and Michael Madsen mixed up. They have both worked in gritty film roles and have larger-than-life personalities and played bad guys very well. It seems that both of these great actors have hit hard times and I hope they both get their chance for a comeback. No one deserves to be broke & homeless, not even movie stars.
Mission Batangas (1968)
Shot in 1968, but seems like it was done in '58, a rare feat of film trickery!
I enjoyed this film, though it feels like it was shot around 1962, or early 60's. It did not have the air of 'Woodstock' happening at around the same decade/era of this old classic; this film has a feeling on an old 50's adventure with Bogart or William Holden, not a 'late-1960's -soon-to-be-in-Duel' Dennis Weaver?! I have to say Vera Miles was super-hot in this film. I looked her up on here and she had won a Miss Kansas back in the day, so she was a true 'Beauty Queen' growing up, which helped her get her foot in the door.
Vera had a smokin' hot body, nicely hidden in that 1940's kinda way. It wasn't flaunted back then, but you could tell she was in great shape, underneath that blouse, and very sultry at 39 years of age.
They just don't make 'em like her anymore! Nor films like this.
Shot in the Philipines, it is full of jungle action, shoot outs, Japanese air-bombers (from actual WWII footage), and even "head-hunters", natives of an island they must walk through, complete with poison blow-darts & spear attacks! It wasn't that bad and was definitely not predictable.
I'd give this a strong 5.5 or 6 out of 10 stars.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Tarantino branches out to unchartered territory and makes another masterpiece!
I was totally engrossed while watching this film and was amazed at the dialog, which was so different than his earlier works. It was a total departure from anything else he has ever done. It's part homage to the 'Naziploitation' films of the 70's, but it also has a sense of realism (like it's a true story) that makes it even more intense. The characters are complete and well thought out. The dialog seems natural, the German language scenes were perfectly done, as if he had real Germans (and history professors) helping him with the script/screenplay. He either studied a lot of German film or a lot of German history, because he really had a feel for it, just as he showed us he had a feel for 'Asian' culture and the kung fu movies of the 70's in Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2. I can't say enough good things about this film.
The bar scene was frickin' intense, but so was the opening scene, where the German officer (Christoph Waltz) comes to talk to (Liev Schrieber?) and asks if he is hiding any "Jews"...it's such a long scene, but I like how all the small talk and pleasantries turn to seriousness in the blink of an instant. That guy was perfect for that part. So was the guy playing Stiglitz. And even Brad Pitt was damn good yet funny in his part, with that cheesy, Southern drawl. And Mike Myers (yes, 'Austin Powers'!) plays a great British intel officer in his cameo.
One person here says Kill Bill is his 'masterpiece'. Maybe it's another one of his masterpieces? Maybe he has yet another one in him to do before he dies?
I really liked this film.
Took me awhile to finally see this film...not sure I can recommend it, but...
So I finally watched 'Salo' - I have to say 'yuck', but why all the fuss?
It was bad, to be sure. Disgusting and sadistic. But then again, weren't the Nazi's & Italian fascists the same way back during WWII? Some of the 'experiments' that Nazi 'doctors' did to their captives were probably even worse than what is shown in 'Salo', but it's still a disgusting film.
Is it worth seeing? That's up to the individual, I guess. It's supposedly based on the Marquis de Sade, so it's not like it's anything new, in the literary sense. Over the years, people have claimed this film to be the worst (most hardcore/disturbing) thing they have ever seen, which of course makes one want to see it even more, to see what the hype is all about; and though it was brutal and sickening (the 'sh^t eating parts especially), there are probably worse/nastier films out there; perhaps even 'I Spit on Your Grave' or 'Mordum' is a little more brutal, besides the eyeball & tongue-cut scenes in 'Salo'.
It seems hard to believe that these were actors, because the 4 sadists, the men who seem to be getting off on the torture, seem to be getting into it in real life as well. As actors, they sure were convincing. Even the actors who played the victims, had to have had some bad experiences while shooting this film. Pasolini, the director, was killed/murdered soon after completing this film, and I couldn't help but wonder if he was "assassinated" for creating this film? Evidently not, but it was an interesting concept, being punished, for making such a sick movie. Would I recommend it? Probably not, but for the Italian film lover, it does have its' moments of classic film shots/execution. Worth seeing, as a film student might view an 'art film'.
For what it is, it is a 'Classic' - it just makes a big difference between what some people see as 'art', and what some see as 'trash'.
For its' Italian style, I give it an 8/10.
Disturbed me in 1998, but I grew to respect its' ugliness...?
This disturbing, semi-documentary styled film kind of freaked me out when I first saw it (high, in 1998) but years later, I have now seen it in a different light. I still hate the crazy 'real' resident rednecks who talk smack about killing themselves, sticking firecrackers into the butts of cats and breaking up chairs in silly, childish tantrums; but with the 2 main characters, who seemed to be 'actors' as opposed to 'local talent', I didn't feel as repulsed any more. Nor by Cloe Svigny or even Max Perlic.
These are Actors, playing sick & twisted characters, to be sure, but none of them were as disturbing as the other Xenia residents that were a shining example of the ugly underbelly of white trash society.
I don't want to denigrate anyone, but those people really did give 'Southern whites' a bad image, in my opinion, kind of like the way ghetto trash makes people feel about other poor black people. I guess I just saw the honesty & accuracy of the way the film pictured these people. It would be great to see if anyone would ever have the nerve to show the inner-city ghettos showed in a similar, ugly way? I'd hate to think that the only 'trash' out there in America is rural, white and Southern!
House of the Dead (2003)
I'm sure 'Ravers' & 'Gamers' will like this!
This film was okay. I noticed some people seem to hate it, I would not be one of them. I just think that most of us that are older, and who grew up watching films like Dawn/Day of the Dead, Zombie & Return of the Living Dead, are just 'jaded', I guess. I mean, we've seen it all, there really isn't much more a director can do to Shock us anymore, is there?
I think that this film was aimed towards a younger generation, gamers & ravers, if you will, since it does take place during an island 'rave' party and I think it's based on a video game (like I should know this!).
There are no spoilers here, I'm just not sure if I'm giving much away, because of course, Zombies emerge from the jungle and start attacking the horny teenagers, per usual!! I don't think that's a 'spoiler', I think that is only 'Logical' in the sense that horror movies always seem to follow this path!!
The gore is awesome though! I mean, they spent a LOT of money on the special effects! It may even rival 'Dead/Alive' in terms of body count and creative kills, yet it still remains....a 5 out of 10 star movie! It doesn't suck, but it doesn't blow you away either. I found it for $2.99, so do I really have any reason to be angry about that? It's worth seeing once...in fact, I can even see it being a 'classic' on someone else's list of favorites. Probably someone under 30, for sure, but hey, we all have to get into Horror films some time, right?
5 out of 10 *'s = Average Zombie fare
Suor Omicidi (1979)
A fantastic 'Nunsploitation' film from the 70's!!
I loved this film, 'Killer Nun' (aka Suor Omicidi 1978). When I first found out about it, I knew I had to see it! This came out a year after 'Communion' (aka 'Alice, Sweet Alice') and both of these seem very similar in their approach by their directors. Both seemed to be from the same vein of film-making. European! The film is about a Nun (and a sexy one at that, played by Anita Ekberg!) who is addicted to morophine and who is losing her mind...or is she?! What's wild is that she can get away from the convent and stalk the streets for a casual sexual liason, which is one of the high-lights of the movie! She goes back to the convent and really bad things start to happen, people die....at first, they seem like 'accidents' or 'suicides', but as the film goes on, you start to see what is really happening - but I won't spoil it for others here! Just see it, rent it, buy it if you find it. The DVD is excellent. There's an interview with the director at the end and it gives insights of how they filmed this movie - inside an actual convent! And how they were able to get away with filming so many sexy scenes! There's plenty of hot sexual situations and nudity in this Euro-trash nunspoiltaion film, as well as some 'tasteful' violence! A must see for ANY Euro-horror, babe-loving film fan! I give it about a 7 1/2 out of 10! *******1/2
Love, Ludlow (2005)
A very cute film, thanks to Alicia Goranson:
To be honest: Alicia was what stopped me from changing the channel.... her face & emotion was what stopped me from going to some other crappy movie...she stopped me dead in my tracks. I love her. I had no idea she had been on 'Roseanne' , since I never watched it back then....I was just struck by her beauty and her sharp Queens accent and brassy attitude. And I absolutely fell in love with her. I hope to see her in more Indy films. In this film, Alicia plays 'Myra', a lonely office worker who is burdened with watching over her brother every minute she isn't at work. The rest of the cast was great also...her brother, played by a former-film pal (from 'Boys Don't Cry') , Brendan Sexton III, is perfect as her 'semi-retarded' (or 'disturbed') brother Ludlow, who lives with her - and seeks to destroy her relationship with anyone who tries to date his co-dependent sister! At first, 'Reggie' (played by David Eigenberg), a co-worker who tries to have a relationship with Myra, is thwarted in every way by her manipulative brother and it becomes a battle of wills who will finally get the love that each man is hungry for. It turns into a big mess, but it's worth every minute of your time!
7 out of 10 stars
Flash and the Firecat (1976)
Not a bad Flash-back to the '70s
I found this video used, for $2.00 and it looked so incredibly cheesy, in a way that only a '70s film can be, I figured it'd be worth the money! And I guess it was. Tricia Sembera is pretty hot, in that '70's kinda way, as 'Flash', the blonde bombshell who loves to drive her dunebuggy in the sandy deserts of Southern California (or was it closer to Bakersfield? I can't be sure about that), while Roger Davis plays 'Firecat', her beau and partner in crime. It's his idea for her to pick up the son of a bank manager and ride him around, buy him a soda, etc. so that Firecat can threaten the banker to give him $30,000 in cash for his release. The boy was never kidnapped, but the manager thought that he had been, so all in all, Firecat walks out of the bank with $33 large, without using a gun and the boy tells his father he met a nice lady who showed him her fancy race-buggy and bought him an orange Fanta! ha ha - The sheriff is hilarious the way he cusses and spews invective to his pathetic underlings who can't seem to be able to catch these two dune-buggy bandits! It starts to resemble a California version of the Dukes of Hazzard after awhile! There's some wrecks & chases and then Richard "Jaws" Kiel shows up, 7 feet tall and really wanting to retrieve that $33,000 from those two, with or without the sheriff's help! Then it starts to get okay. Flash & Firecat find their way to a desert brothel, which operates out of a few trailers, and THIS was the best part of the movie, imo. The ladies are pretty, once again, in that '70's kind of way, and they're enthusiastic, unlike the way real prostitutes would be in real life....the Madam allows them to hole up there till morning light, but Richard Kiel shows up and almost pummels ole Firecat into a pulp, until he get's hit in the face with a stick & is knocked out. Anyway, I won't spoil the ending but I thought the brothel part was the best; there's an old coot there who get's rushed out of his trailer before he can go again twice, so he's mad as hell - it's one of the highlights of the movie! All in all, it's low-budget and the director & writing team (husband & wife?) only did a few other flops in their time; it's also sad to see that Tricia Sembera only did one other movie in 1980 and never made it to TV shows like Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Barnaby Jones, etc. just because she was just as attractive as Shelly Hack was, and SHE made it on Charlie's Angels! So, I'll give this one about a 3 1/2 stars. I doubt it will be out on DVD anytime soon, but you never know!
Damien: Omen II (1978)
Not a bad sequel, but OMEN was the best!
I saw this in the theatre 2 years after I had seen the first one, which was a MUCH better film. But this was okay - new characters, new deaths,new devilishness... One word of concern: anyone expecting the surprises of the first OMEN, is sadly mistaken. In this one, sure you'll see some guy get cut in half by an elevator cable, a gal getting her eyes chipped out by a crazed Raven, and yet another guy clipped together by two roving trains.....all in a day's work, in Damien's world! Right? But no one seems to know of Damien's evil nature. It's not until the end that the step-mother understands and accepts Damien for who he is - and wants to join him in Hellion/Oblivion! What a film! ****** - yea, it's worth a rental! A 6 out of 10 !!!!