ROYALE WITH CHEESE, THE NICOLETTE FILES,
THE MISTRESS OF THE DARK, BABY ZOMBIES,
AND MORE This week on THE WALL …
DG pick of the week
How do you write about a film that everyone has written about? What is there left to say? This film changed the course of film for a good decade. It created its own sub-genre of QT knockoffs. It changed the way many of us thought about film. It’s fucking STAR WARS for the boomslang crowd. It’s the dime store novel where the characters are gray, there is no moral center, and the environment oozes a kind of cool you want to roll up and smoke like a pack of a Kools.
This wasn’t the moment that Tarantino hit me though, he had already done that with RESERVOIR DOGS. This was the moment though that I thought the fucker was about to put a hurt on Hollywood. This film is a masterpiece, plain as Jane, and now we have the bitch on Blu-ray along with my favorite flick from the QT archives: JACKIE BROWN.
This is hands down my favorite QT film. It is full of quiet moments and I think he sometimes forgets that its these kind of pauses that make him such a brilliant director. Check out the scene where Sam Jackson goes to Chris Tucker’s motel room to put him down for the dirt nap; that long shot of the car rolling around the block. The quiet moments between a brilliant Robert Forster and the STILL FUCKING HOT Pam Grier. Hell, even the long tracking shot in the beginning as Jackie gets off her plane. Moments like that work so well in a QT film because too often his characters become cartoonish. Don’t get me wrong, I dig the fuck out of those cartoons but this film is the first one that felt like it was in the real world.
I can’t let a write-up of JACKIE BROWN go by without the mention of one of my favorite actors who we don’t see enough of these days. The icing on the badass cake of this flick; Michael Keaton as Ray Nicolette, a role he would again reprise, though briefly, in OUT OF SIGHT (another Elmore Leonard novel, Jackie Brown is actually Leonard’s Rum Punch though loosely based). Fucker just nails a cop looking to nail a case. If there was any kind of justice in the world Ray Nicolette would have his own film, and it would be 120 minutes of old school cop action.
JACKIE BROWN, the very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherfucker in the room, accept no substitutes.
Peter Jackson with horror and blood by the gallons. Yes sir, may I have another? This is early Peter Jackson at his most bat-shit crazy. What makes this work so well is the comedy and the way Lionel reacts to the situations he is in, which gets more and more ridiculous as the film goes on. This is hyper-violent and it’s done to near perfection.
I remember this playing SXSW in 2010 or so just because a buddy of mine caught it and dug the kind of art house horror vibe of the whole thing. Curious to see how this one plays. I have read more than a few reviews that have called this a tribute film of sorts to classic giallos. Interesting.
DG has been late to the party with Dave Campfield’s CAESAR & OTTO franchise. It has been alive and kicking since 2007. In fact he has been pounding out entries every year since with the exception of 2008 but fuck that year (…?). Caesar and Otto are played by Campfield and his chum Paul Chomicki; the characters are throwbacks to more classic style of comedic duos, think Abbot & Costello mixed with a little Scooby and Shaggy. Their latest adventure is a horror-comedy ode to SLEEPAWAY CAMP (look for our review later this week).
This is the second or third time they have released a box set with the first eight films. It may be the second time they have done it with a mask, but it’s the first time they have been numbered if that means something to you.
Cassandra Peterson said in our interview that she was really happy with how this film came out. She wanted to do a spoof of the old Hammer films as well as the early Corman horror films. Anxious to catch this one. MISTRESS OF THE DARK is still required viewing this time of year, sounds like it may be time to double up and include this one as well.
The last MOVIE MACABRE may have aired on the 17th of September, but Cassandra said in our interview she is going to be getting all the episodes, including six that never made it to air, out on DVD over the next few months.
Learn how to win an autographed DVD from Elvira here: http://dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/contest-win-a-signed-dvd-from-elvira/
Bloody Disgusting has long been one of our favorite websites, and this year they have started slapping their name on some really cool shit. PHASE 7 is a SXSW 2011 entry and I can’t wait to see this. Nice work fellas.
It’s Chan-wook Park and I am more than a little nervous as to what he would do to us if we didn’t include one of his films on this list. I know fuck-all about this flick, but the dude rarely disappoints.
The best series of last year is coming back for round 2 on October 16th. Yes, they released season 1 on blu a few months back but if you haven’t grabbed it… now’s the time. Here’s a tip though: the previous Blu-ray release can be found for about $15 bucks less than this set… just sayin’.
Finally, from the drawers of the hype file…
Yeah that’s right bastards. You aren’t doing yourself any favors by dismissing this flick out of hand. I’ll admit I am a sucker for a heist flick, it just gets all revved up in 3rd gear (see what I did there) and I am also a fan of any flick that adds 10 lbs to the gas pedal; this one has it all. It’s not the smartest, most unique flick in the world, but it’s fun as hell. Trust me.
That’s it for this week bastards…
Next week we are back with MANIAC COP on Blu-ray, DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW, THE BAD SEED, THE JET LI COLLECTION, and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
SEE YOU ON FORTY DEUCE,
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