This movie just oozes sleaze. The main character is abominable, but the combination of his cartoonish villainy and bizarre dialogue lead to plenty of “good bad” moments. The first half hour or so is a complete bore, to the point where I was having a hard time paying attention. But the movie picked up with the entire LSD party sequence that makes up almost half the total runtime. That forty five minutes or so was perfect exploitation; it would have…
The story behind this movie is interesting. There was no script, so Grefé literally just drove up the Central Valley with the two main leads and recruited roadside hippies and truckers to participate in improvised scenes. In that sense, it’s a fascinating little time capsule of 1970s California, and an interesting example of guerrilla filmmaking. The music is also excellent. That said, it doesn’t make for much of a movie. There are a few really cool scenes and ideas sprinkled throughout, but mostly it’s a slog.
Week 6: Actor - Misao Seki
Someone really needs to make a high-quality restoration of this. This movie is really ambitious. There are a number of times it employs techniques that you wouldn't really see in movies for decades (e.g. the whip pan in the hallway early on feels very 1970s, the tracking shot from cell door to cell door). Even the lighting decisions feel very modern at times. It was really…
Tonight was my first time attending an AGFA Secret Screening event at the local Alamo Drafthouse, as well as my first time back in a movie theater since the Before Times. It was a real treat, as it gave me the chance to see my favorite "good bad" movie on the big screen. It was great watching this with a theater full of people who had also seen it before, and hearing the pre-emptive laughs for the worst scenes (or…