SOMETHING WEIRD ON BLU-RAY,
CARANO KICKS SOME ASS, DEL TORO BUGS OUT,
THIS WEEK ON THE WALL!
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— DG PICK OF THE WEEK–
Something Weird Video on Blu-ray always goes to the top of the list, no questions, no hesitations. THE WIZARD OF GORE is not a good film but it has its moments. The entire film is kind of a tribute to HGL’s Grand Guignol Chicago Theatre which he ran in 1968 (combining 35mm presentations with live acts of the macabre). Unfortunately, this flick has too much dialogue that has a tendency to bring everything to a screeching halt. THE GORE GORE GIRLS is a different story, this is a sick as hell flick that relishes in blood and doubles down on long takes of mutilated bodies. If THE WIZARD OF GORE is a tribute to his theatre show, one could suggest THE GORE GORE GIRLS is his gialo tribute. HGL didn’t make another flick for 30 years after this.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…
All you lovers of vintage boobies, you have found 432 minutes of bliss courtesy of Something Weird Video. Enjoy… or something.
Carano had me at the opening scene. A quiet diner, sipping her tea, and in walks Channing Tatum who before long ends up on the floor with the butt of a 9mm being pounded against his head… “pistol whipped” is what the kids are calling it these days. Carano has two main expressions that she uses throughout this film: annoyed and pissed-off. She uses both of those in the diner. I fell in love shortly after that.
Sydney Pollack is one of my favorite directors. He had a style that seemed to change with each film with few identifiable traits. While THE YAKUZA will always be my favorite film from the late director, JEREMIAH JOHNSON is a close second. A very patient, and gorgeously photographed, western set in the snowy hills of Utah.
This is the directorial debut of fight choreographer Ming Sing Wong (SUPER COP, RUMBLE IN THE BRONX, RUSH HOUR)… he should have stuck to his day job instead of pulling double duty.
MIMIC is still one of my favorite del Toro films. I love CRONOS, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, PAN’s LABRYNTH, shit I love just about everything that dude does but this flick is just all kinds of badass. The sequels are all kinds of crap though, I just can’t get into them. I kinda dig the direction they go but they just fall flat. Lance Henriksen does turn up in the third film though… that’s the best I got for either sequel.
That’s it for this week, Bastards.
We’re back next week with: 42ND STREET FOREVER (Blu), GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (Blu), THE BIG HEAT (Blu), UNDERWORLD: THE AWAKENING, MOTHER’S DAY (2010), and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
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