Thursday, July 7, 2011

Short Movie Reviews

Cheeky! by Tinto Brass is likely the film for you if you like: legs, beaver shots, or prosthetic penises. It is a simple story. Carla (Yuliya Mayarchuk), a Venetian, goes to London for a job leaving boyfriend Matteo (Jarno Berardi) behind. She quickly discovers what a sexy place millennial London is, and finds herself in bed with the highly awesome lesbian real estate agent, Moira (Francesca Nunzi). Matteo discovers letters from a mysterious Frenchman, and decides to go to London and confront Carla. He is convinced she is a wonton, but then thinks better of it and they stay together. The end. Cinematically it is a nicely done film, if a bit silly. (Watched on DVD)

Rumble Fish by Francis Ford Copolla stars Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke in this adaptation of the S. E. Hinton story. It is not a perfect adaptation, but is still a good film. They certainly leave things out, but are not too heavy handed with it. Rourke is very much The Motorcycle Boy as I pictured him when I read it. Dillon is perhaps less my idea of Rusty James, but is very effective in the role. There are a lot of big players in this one; Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane, Christopher Penn, Laurence Fishburne, and Dennis Hopper fill out the cast and Police drummer Stuart Copeland did the music. Well worth watching, if only for Rourke. (Streams on Netflix)

The Dunwich Horror is an American International Pictures/Roger Corman adaptation of the H. P. Lovecraft story. The similarity to the story is slight. The basics are there, but it is a far cry from Lovecraft. It is, however, a nicely done film of a story that would not exactly make for a good screenplay. Hardcore Mythos fans will likely be disappointed, but it is an effective, creepy horror movie. Dean Stockwell plays the warlock Wilbur Whatley with a great deceptive menace. It has a bit of a Hammer flair to it, so '70s fans should enjoy it. (Streams on Netflix)

Vice Raid stars Mamie van Doren as a prostitute working for New York's big crime boss. She frames the golden boy vice cop, getting him thrown off the force. He's not going to take it lying down, and tries using Mamie against her boss. Once the mobsters mistreat her young sister, the gloves are off. It's not a bad crime drama for '59, though a bit cheesy. Like most instances the best part of a Mamie van Doren movie is Mamie van Doren. (Streams on Netflix)

The Shiver of the Vampires by Jean Rollin is rather interesting. While the sets are not overly awesome, it has a good twist on the classic "stranded at the creepy castle, of shit he's a vampire" version of the Vampire Titty Movie. Here we have a honeymooning couple who decide to stop at the bride's cousin's chateau. Once they arrive in the village they are told her cousins are dead. They go to the chateau to discover the creepy-hot maids, and believe it or not, the cousins are alive! Turns out the two rather foppish middle-agers are former vampire hunters, turned into vampires by Isolde (the oddly hot Dominique, Caged Virgins). The film has a great mix of vampire standards as well as breaking of stereotypes. As for the jiggle-factor, it seems Rollin does not even pretend there is a reason for the nudity. It just happens. (Streams on Netflix)

3 comments:

Major.Mack said...

yeah ive seen rumblefish way back. it was good then.....

dfordoom said...

Frivolous Lola is a better Tinto Brass movie. Actually quite a good movie.

I love The Dunwich Horror. A bit of Lovecraft and bit of psychedelia and a lot of fun. Shiver of the Vampires is very good, but then I'm a major Jean Rollin fan. Not his best movie though - Night of the Hunted, Fascination and The Iron Rose are better. But Shiver of the Vampires demonstrated Rollin's mixing of horror and surrealism pretty well.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@MM - Rumble Fish was god, but not great. I like the attempt. Seems though that the book was more from Steve's POV, but I have not read it in years.

@DfD - I have seen Caligula and Salon Kitty by Brass. I do want to see Frivilous Lola, as I believe it stars the much hotter Francesca Nunzi. I am getting into Rollin more, as more of his films show up on Netflix Instant.

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