The Grindhouse faux trailer turned feature length grind house film fits in perfectly with its predecessors, Planet Terror and Death Proof. The film is just as over the top, gory, and ludicrous as those that aforementioned double feature and is filled with same game talent beyond that.
Back in Mexico Machete was the one man on the police force that would make grown man weep if they heard he was coming for them. He is tough, no nonsense, not squeamish when it comes to blood, and can get the job done. But one day things go horribly wrong and everything is taking away from him, leading him on a path of bloody revenge against those who have crossed him. Now mix in a whole bunch of racism and we’ve got ourselves quite the exploitation film.
Let’s face it, this type of film that pays homage to the qualities of a exploitative B-movie is not for everyone, and could easily create a love it or hate it divide in the audience. But before you write it off as something to pass on consider the possibility that you might not end up on the side of the line you would expect. Just take it from me, going in I wasn’t really expecting anything from this since any spooftastic film tends to rub me the wrong way. They tread a fine line because they can so easily take things a step too far if they haven’t just completely run across the line on the over-the-top side of things (there are too many lines in this paragraph), something that is hard to come back from. [Read more...]
Bobcat Goldthwait’s latest film is a pitch black comedy revolving around the struggle of a writer who wants to be famous and the revisionist history nature of high school and the results are a solid effort that tells a touching if a bit disturbed story of family.
Goldthwait’s film revolves around a single dad, Lance, and his annoying douche of a son, Kyle, and Lance’s attempt at being a good father to a son that has no desire or direction. Kyle is sex obsessed, talks a game a million times bigger than he really is, and treats his only friend and father like dirt; unless the conversation revolves around something involving sex. Lance is an English teacher whose elective poetry class is unpopular and he views himself as more or less a failure as he has been rejected by every publisher and magazine under the sun. When an unfortunate circumstance arises in the family’s life Lance is given the opportunity to share his literary voice in a new way that creates adoration for Kyle. [Read more...]