Friday, July 14, 2017

The Baytown Outlaws (2012)

This one is pure entertainment!

For once, a film not only lives up to its awesome poster, but goes well beyond, in a completely over-the-top carnage of guns and gasoline.

Though it has certainly borrowed several ideas from Mad Max 2, Baytown Outlaws is more playful and has no illusions about being taken seriously.

It's simply a perfect grindhouse feature, with hot women and slick assholes saying silly catchphrases before shooting off way more bullets than any gun would realistically hold.

The great Billy Bob Thornton is also at the top of his game, and I suspect this role might have been what got him cast as the deliciously depraved super-villain of Fargo: Season 1.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Revenant (2009)

So Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his Oscar, and it was indeed a great movie. However, what wasn't all that great, was that the film took the same title as one of the most underappreciated movies of the last decade. And with DiCaprio's Revenant receiving so much attention, it meant that this little gem went to rest in cinema obscurity. And that sucks, 'cause 2009's Revenant is also quite the film.

This one is more of a buddy-film, akin to Dead Heat. As the poster reveals, one of these buddies finds himself dead, and must figure out how to "live" with the situation, but unlike Dead Heat, this film is played with a straight face, similarly to I Zombie: Chronicles of Pain.

There's also a lot of guns, gore, and dildos, with a wonderfully bleak sense of humor throughout. Try imagining Tarantino directing a zombie flick, and you might have an idea where this is going.

Perfect viewing with a bunch of friends and beer, or on a hangover Sunday.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Howling (1981)

Here's another werewolf gem from the 80s, that has it all: There's violence, there's sex, fantastic special effects and a lot of awesome mustaches.

Directed by Joe Dante, the film has a wonderful sleaziness to it, while at the same time making harsh judgment on exactly the kind images put forth on the screen. Dante would later go on to double up on the meta-aspect in Matinee and Gremlins 2, but in this film he played it with a straighter face.

The Howling spawned no less than 7 sequels (and counting), but I have yet to watch any of them. If anyone reading this have seen them, please let me know if I'm missing out, or if I shouldn't waste my time?


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Life is Beautiful (1997)

La vita รจ bella is one of those movies everyone just has to see. It's funny, it's charming, romantic and a perfect date movie which will have lovers cling closer in the night.

And it's also about the holocaust.

That's right, this sweet and beautiful film is about nazis and concentration camps and all the terrible things in the second world war. And the fact that it's possible to make such a wonderful movie about something so horrible, is probably the reason why the film was crowned best foreign film at the Oscars, and Roberto Benigni won best male actor, as well as being nominated for best director and screenwriter.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly (2000)

Dave Chappelle recently came out of hiding after a decade of living off the grid, and dropped two brand new comedy specials on Netflix. And as exciting as it was to finally get not one, but two whole hours of Chappelle doing his thing, the sad truth of the matter was that neither was very good.

Especially when looking back at how great he once was, his new ventures comes off as lackluster money grabs.

However, part of his deal with Netflix includes a third special, not yet filmed, but if the two others are anything to go by, it's not looking good.

So instead of being disappointed once again, why not go back and see the man at the top of his game, in what is arguably one of the greatest stand-up specials ever filmed.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Full Moon High (1981)

The 80s was a good time for werewolf movies, with An American Werewolf in London, The Howling, Teen Wolf, The Company of Wolves, and Silver Bullet to name a few highlights.

But somehow, this little gem of a film seems to have slipped between the cracks, and is still ridiculously underappreciated. And it's really a shame, as it's truly a funny movie.

Directed by the great Larry Cohen, the film leaves all attempts of scariness in the grave, in favor of straight out silliness akin to Airplane and other Zucker brother classics.

Sometimes the gags work, and others you laugh at them being so bad it's good. But as a whole, the film is sure to entertain, especially with a few beers at hand.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Synechdoche, New York (2009)

If I asked you to describe everything, as in absolutely everything in human life, what would your answer be?

This movie might be director and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's answer to that question, as his protagonist is a director and screenwriter who tries to recreate everything in his whole life, inside a giant warehouse. However, the ambitions  performance artist soon finds that inside his perfect depiction of everything, is another replica of himself, also trying to fit his own everything inside a somewhat smaller warehouse. And so it goes, like a Russian babushka doll, the universe keeps imploding into a vortex of interpretations.

And if this all sounds like the blabbering nonsense of a madman, then know that I haven't even begun to describe a fraction of all the wonderful weirdness inside this film.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Dead Man (1995)

Dead Man is a poem.

A monochrome poem,
of still rivers
and barren hope,
flowing through encrusted veins.

Where cowboys and indians,
bullets and arrows,
stomp the beat
of a steam engine train.

Bony letters
spell out the ending.
Acting surprised,
is all in vain.

But a poem read twice
reveals new merit,
so maybe this film,
is a dead man's refrain.