Friday, December 31, 2010
It's New Years Eve so lets go with a New Years Eve film. '95's Strange Days starring Ralph Fiennes, Angela Basset, Juliet Lewis, and Michael Wincott (one of my favorite villain-actors). This film is a tremendous Sci-Fi action film with more than a touch of Cyberpunk. Produced by James Cameron and Directed by Kathryn Bigelow following her '91 film Point Break and years before '09's masterpiece The Hurt Locker.
In the last days of the New Year and millennium, former police officer Lenny Nero (Fiennes) is dealing SQUIDS, events recorded from the cerebral cortex. After viewing a string of snuff SQUIDS, Nero discovers a police cover up and must work to unravel the truth before the dirty cops give him the dirt nap. This is a simplistic synopsis of a film that has a lot of subplots and social commentary.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
A sequel to One Armed Boxer, while less coherent and bug-ass nuts, this film still works. Follow Wang as he is stalked by the master of the two fighters from the first. All the unresolved issues from the the first film are properly addressed here (largely in the form of flying blade of death).
If you live in Portland, OR you can see this flick on Saturday as our friends at Grindhouse Film Fest kick off their new Year's Day marathon at the Hollywood Theater at 3:30. Get your tix here: http://grindhousefilmfest.com
Also on the agenda for the day is Gates of Hell and Lady Terminator.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Revenge is a dish best served cold. True. Another way to serve the dish however,is to bring you the dish, slam your face into the plate of revenge, cut your head off with my blade and then walk away slowly with my son tucked safely in his carriage. There are only a few father and son films that have a huge re-watch for me. 3:10 To Yuma, Field of Dreams, Road to Perdition, and the series of films the latter was based on, Lone Wolf and Cub. The first film in that series is Sword of Vengeance. It would later be cut and edited (only 12min of the first film) with the second film in the series (Baby Cart at the River Styx) for American audiences. The true way to enjoy this masterpiece though is to take in each film in its entirety.
Sword of Vengeance is a true origins story. Just like any comic book movie establishes the character before a more action oriented second film, so goes Sword. Except instead of super powers he is a bad ass mother-fucker with a sword and unmatched technique. Blood flows and sprays from decapitations and severed limbs like cuts to a fire hose. Don't miss this Samurai and Grindhouse classic.
See you on forty deuce,
A Grindhouse and exploitation classic directed by Russ Meyer and starring irreplaceable ass-kicker Tura Satana.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A Yakuza film cited as an influence for Directors like Chan Wook-Park, John Woo and Quentin Tarantino. Too bad those guys never did anything good (read with sarcasm). Showing influences from early Bond films, film noir, an a strong pop sensibility, this is one of director Seijun Suzuki's best films.
See you on forty deuce,