NAKED NURSES, PUPPETS, DEAD PEOPLE,
AND MICHAEL FASSBENDER’S PENIS
THIS WEEK ON THE WALL!
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1970 is a year that will live in sexploitation history as a stunning achievement of naked nurses, perky breasts, and sleazy romantic encounters. Slutty teachers, cheerleaders and stewardesses may have shown a little leg to horny crowds that packed the theatre, but it was the nurses who went all the way. Roger Corman, King of the B’s, saw the potential to put his stamp on the sexual and created the famed Nurse Cycle which featured 5 films that stretched from 1970-1975: THE STUDENT NURSES (1970), PRIVATE DUTY NURSES (1971), NIGHT CALL NURSES (1972), THE YOUNG NURSES (1973) and the final film in the series CANDY STRIP NURSES (1975).
Well Bastards, once again Shout! Factory is showing the genre crowd why they are among our favorite labels with another roll up of Corman’s Classics. 4 of the 5 nurse films have arrived for your viewing pleasure. Though THE STUDENT NURSES isn’t present on this collection (and I wouldn’t think there would be a rights issue), the remaining four are given a great treatment and have never looked better. Let’s pop the hood under this collection of good shit and see what’s doin’!
On Disc 1: CANDY STRIPE NURSES (1974) and NIGHT CALL NURSES (1973):
CANDY STRIPE NURSES is really more of a comedy than the other entries in the series. The film was directed by Alan Holleb who wouldn’t do another film until 1985’s SCHOOL SPIRIT (a better film and also a Corman production). This isn’t a great flick, but you do get to see Candice Rialson doing her thing, and that ain’t half bad.
NIGHT CALL NURSES is the best of the bunch in my opinion. Directed by the great Jonathan Kaplan (TRUCK TURNER, WHITE LINE FEVER) working from a George Armitage script (MIAMI BLUES, GROSSE POINT BLANK) and starring Alana Stewart and underused Dixie Lee Peabody (BURY ME AN ANGEL). The script is actually pretty funny and the story clicks along at good pace thanks to some characters that are more developed than they have any right to be in a film like this.
Disc 2: PRIVATE DUTY NURSES (1971) and THE YOUNG NURSES (1973)
PRIVATE DUTY NURSES is the second film George Armitage ever wrote and his directorial debut… and it shows. This thing is fucking terrible. Yeah, there are plenty of opportunities and situations that require our trio of nurses to pop a top, but damn this thing is tough to watch.
Finally, THE YOUNG NURSES, the one and only film directed by Corman regular Clint Kimbrough. My second favorite film in the series that of course delivers a trio of hot nurses, but it also features cameos from Dick Miller (who also shows up in NIGHT CALL NURSES), Sam Fuller, and Sally Kirkland. The flick is pretty creative in the way it sneaks in a blaxpoitation vibe without fully committing to the genre. This plays almost like a hybrid film. Good shit, Bastards.
ANATOMY OF A NURSE FILM: Featuring Jonathan Kaplan and Alan Holleb
PAGING DR. CORMAN: An interview with Roger and Julie Corman
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…
I don’t dig this flick so I can’t to tell you Bastards to go out and buy it but one thing is clear; it lives up to its title. There seems to be no gray area with this picture. It is one of the more polarizing films I have seen in a while, nobody shrugs and just says “it was okay”, they either love the hell out of it, or want to wash it from their brains immediately (with say a naked nurse movie). Michael Beihn is good as always but the film is longer than it should have been (could have been an effective short actually), and borders on pretentious. Having said that, check it out for yourself and see if its your thing.
Redemption Films is having a brilliant year. After a Blu-ray blitz of some of Jean Rollin’s best films, they are back with a cool as hell horror/scifi hybrid that casts an amazing spell on the viewer thanks to a brilliant script by Brian Comport and and clever direction by Peter Newbrook (his only film as a director). There are some bumps and the film is far from perfect (puppets and double exposure tend not to work out well), but damn I could watch this on a loop.
You know, I really don’t want to dump on the blow-job party that’s being held for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL. After all, Brad Bird is one of my favorite directors. His animated films are flawless executions of storytelling with complex characters and action scenes that you don’t see a lot of. I am glad Bird is making live action features, I will be first in line to see the next Bird film animated or otherwise but GHOST PROTOCOL isn’t the action masterpiece that every critic seems to be salivating over.
For those looking for a film that depicted the adventures of Michael Fassbender’s penis… you have found your CITIZEN KANE.
That’s it for this week…
We’re back on 4/24 with SHOGUN ASSASSIN 5 FILM COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Blu), THE INNKEEPERS, LET THE BULLETS FLY, THE RED HOUSE, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE FIELDS, THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE (Blu), THE WICKER TREE, and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
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