I’m pretty sure Jim Kelly tried to punch a bird in the dick in this movie. Birds mostly don’t have dicks, but he damn well tried his best.
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Man, I hadn’t watched this in a decade at least, but it still holds up really well. Remember back when Gwyneth Paltrow was an enjoyable actress? She is goddamn great here.
The main flaw in this film for me remains Ben Stiller’s Chas, it feels like he’s acting in a completely different movie - his energy is all wrong. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he never became one of the Wes Anderson stock players.
If Peter Strickland wants to keep making odd fetishistic movies about the love lives of middle-aged women, I am on board.
Even by Strickland standards this one is an odd duck - part horror, part comedy, to some extent what I wish Guadagnino’s Nuspiria had been. I’ll definitely need to revisit it - I’m curious if the narrative shift in the back half would bother me as much on second watch.
And the score by Cavern of Anti Matter is absolutely mesmerizing.
I am genuinely uncertain whether what I just watched was terrible terrible, or hilariously awesomely terrible. And I'm not sure if the director and cast know either. But I wasn't bored.
I attended a screening with a Q&A from director Richard Shepard and stars Alison Williams and Logan Browning, and Shepard said the film was shot in 24 days, cheap and fast, from an idea he developed himself for Williams, and that seems about right. Shepard also said his inspiration…
I could have sworn I’d seen this American Zatoichi reimagination with Rutger Hauer, but apparently not. Mostly harmless fun, not the best, not the worst, but I really appreciated the way Hauer didn’t just take the surface level elements of the Zatoichi character - the disability, the cane sword, etc. - but also Shintaro Katsu’s genial, bumbling manner. Zatoichi may be a deadly badass, but he’s also humble and always willing to play the fool, at least until it’s time to slice up a dozen villains.
Plus Randall “Tex” Cobb and Sho Kosugi as evil flunkies, and Cobb’s death scene is an all timer.