Showing posts from May, 2018

Wild At Heart (1990) ****1/2

Wild At Heart (1990) features probably my favorite young rebellious on-screen couple, Sailor and Lula, two innocents who deal with all the shit that happens to them the only ways they know how. WAH is a film about true love, passion, crime, dancing, individuality, freedom, good and bad witches, temptation, menacing baddies, weird families, and much more, all filtered through the strange and wonderful mind of David Lynch.

You can find my David Lynch Feature Films Ranked list here.

Basket Case (1982) ***1/2

Basket Case (1982) is a trash classic, a key Z flick—featuring atrocious acting and terrible f/x but plenty of blood and fun. It was clearly made with passion and heart, and while it's really not a good film, it's incredibly rewatchable.

Big Trouble In Little China (1986) ****

Big Trouble In Little China (1986) is simply one of the greatest action/adventure/comedies of the 80s and John Carpenter's most fun film, featuring Kurt Russellas Jack Burton, his final iconic (new) role for the director.

Russell plays Burton as a caricature of 80s machismo, an all American truck driver quipping laughable one-liners and sporting a furious mullet, who in reality is the most inept character, largely taking a backseat to the action handled by the mostly Asian cast.

So just remember what ol' Jack Burton does when he's in the mood for an over the top spectacle of ridiculous plot devices and Chinese mysticism, chock-full of fantastic production and costume design, impressive cinematography, incredible practical visual f/x, magical martial arts and a great musical score. He watches Big Trouble In Little China.

You can find my John Carpenter Feature Films Ranked list here.

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) ***1/2

Tennessee Williams' work is frequently melodramatic but Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) falls into camp territory on more than one occassion. That's part of its charm though and it's entertaining throughout. Watching Elizabeth Taylor unravel is fun, Hepburnis her usual proud self, Cliftis his usual stiff self, and the ending is total Hollywood nonsense. For fans of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof(1958), What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?(1962) and Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

Laserblast (1978) ***

If you enjoy lead actors who look like the lovechild of Mark Hamilland Michael Biehn that are shirtless for 90% of a film's running time, who alternately slink around like The Wolfman (but with green face paint) or wave their arms around in a victory dance, 5 minutes of Roddy McDowall as a doctor, stop motion aliens that look like slimy dino-turds, at least 7 cars exploding, and (naturally) a gratuitous amount of laserblasting (with literally no explanation for any of the above), then Laserblast (1978) is your dream come true.

The Sect (aka The Devil's Daughter) (1991) ***1/2

It's a shame that Michele Soaviwasn't able to make more horror films. He made a few very atmospheric and interesting ones and only improved his craft with each film. Argento’s stamp is all over The Sect (he did write and produce, and even some of shots are similar to his style) but it's also reminiscent of Guillermo del Toro’s early work. For fans of Rosemary’s BabyCronosPhenomena and dreamy surreal horror.

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) ***1/2

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) is a pulpy, bloody and mostly accurate portrayal of the events leading up to the real life massacre. The direction, camerawork, production design and costumes are all impressive, especially considering the budget that Roger Corman had to work with. The cast are all great, though Jason Robards is a bit too theatrical as Al Capone. Overall an engaging treat for gangster fans.

Martyrs (2008) **1/2

If you want a bad time, look no further than Martyrs (2008). The oppressive nonstop violence and torture had the opposite effect than what the filmmakers were going for (I think?)—I found myself bored and over it. I wasn't quite sure what the point of it all was until the film basically became the torture porn version of Joan Of Arc (complete with "artsy" ending to piss most people off). I admire the craft and the f/x are good but this is not a film that I feel I ever need to see again. Transformative? Maybe for some but not for me.