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2011.09.09 - What Does Horror Mean To You? at Brutal As Hell
I am starting to write this article right after I just finished watching Dario Argento?s Stendhal Syndrome for the third time in about two years. I am fascinated by it because it is likely Argento?s last good/great film (Dracula 3D doesn?t look very promising so far), and because surprisingly, what disturbs me the most is the brutality of the film and that Dario put his own daughter Asia at the center of it. Talk about a Freudian setup. Additionally, the movie is gorgeous. Yes, its use of digital effects is very crude, even for the time, but the film is otherwise very polished in the greatest Argento tradition. I appreciate that. I also appreciate Asia greatly....
2011.08.25 - Not Quite Hollywood review at Brutal As Hell
Documentaries about films are a tricky affair. Either they have to be about an incredible film, or the documentary itself has to be cool and uncover little known nuggets about a cult classic, or they have to paint an epic movement and give you tons of information, references, and cool interviews. Not Quite Hollywood is of the latter kind, but unlike the recent American Grindhouse, it manages to pile on so much energy, laughs, outrageous interviews and cool film bits...
This film does have the charm of a fun 80's action fare, but it's definitely second tier to the more outrageous ones such as, let's say, Chuck Norris' Invasion USA. the overall cast manages to be fun to watch, but the action scenes and the martial art is not great. I had never seen this movie and was surprised it had such a following back then, and spawned several sequels. Michael Dudikoff looks stoned, or autistic, for most of the film, and doesn't really do good action physically. But he has some charm. But the real fun star of the film has got to be Steve James. He looks good, and steals pretty much any scene he's in.
Reviled for its explicit nature (lots of graphic pornographic sex and violence) and it's unabashed exploitative nature, this film has a strange pull to me. I don't mind all that is portrayed on screen because in the end, the filmmakers decided to not compromise. It gives the final result an epic and raw nature that is hard to ignore. This is definitely not a movie you'd want to watch often, but it's unique in its style and boundary-defining contents.
Ken Russel, with only a few movies, is one of my favorite director. This film is a strange one, straddling with some difficulties a trashy exploitation style mixed in with a profound message on human sexuality and love. It has all the elements of an 80's film with bright colors, a rich cinematography that cold have been lifted off a Dario Argento film, MTV-style editing and music (which was groundbreaking back in 1984), and great if controversial performance by Anthony Perkins and Kathleen Turner. I understand why its violence and unflinching portrayal of perversion turns people off, but to me, this is just a masterpiece of provocative cinema, which can push all sorts of funny buttons.
This is not a good movie. However, it has 2 aces in its sleeve that makes it, and its sequels, very watchable: very creative tongue-in-cheek writing for leprechaun-speak, and of course, its main star Warwick Davis. Yes, the cinematography is poor. Yes, all the other actors are doing a poor job overall. Yes, the effects are poor. But the main character, the Leprechaun, is just so well executed in all its facets that the movies are fun to watch. I'd say that the sequels figured this out and are often better than the original because the leprechaun is much more front and center... Here the recipe is simple: more leprechaun equals more fun.
The second "Hood" flick of the series is back to mediocrity overall. All that made the previous film fun (the music, Ice-T, the cast of characters) is all gone. You are left with an average tired plot of gangs fighting each other, with a leprechaun in the middle.