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The Fact That Some Geniuses...

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

Headshot (2016)

Headshot (2016)

Iko Uwais is on a roll lately! And I'm getting addicted to the masterful, macabre art of modern Indonesian almost grind-house like martial arts movies that seem to sweeping over the world these latest years, that it seems other studios (think Hollywood) are fetching inspiration from too. Judge Dread, Deadpool... what else? It's all in the same vein; just a shame the originals don't get enough credit. As grimy as they are. As far as I'm concnered Hollywood has yet to reach their level as far as fighting goes, and the ferocity. Watching these I wonder how far they can take it.

Speaking if taking it further: this is definitely a movie in the same vein as The Night Comes For Us, which I watched just recently, but it feels like the latter perfected what they started here. It takes a similar approach, also playing on a main character seeking to escape a certain authority, in a similar way, but does so in such a merciless way in comparison. Watch this first and you'll wonder what I'm talking about. Watch that one after and you'll understand. ;) The chronological one is the right order after all.

The story with this one? It's about a young man who washes ashore with a bullet in his head, is taken in by a nurse, yet one day the dark comrades of his past come again to confront him... Bullet in the Head vibes again huh? The inspirations feel familiar, and the action as well, though the sceneries and situations are all new, and the choreography is ferocious. The only thing that keeps it from flawless in my book are the pauses, certain repetition, and a trail of events that doesn't always follow the red thread enough.

That end though! Damn. Not the most violent; most well-choreographed and crazy but it's definitely better than 90% of the action movies out there. Great watch yet again.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Purple Rain (1984)

Purple Rain (1984)

You know Prince? The musician? The one who died a few years back? This is his movie, and considering he's a legend - and unfortunately dead - I thought it was time I see it, genre of preference or no.

Turns out it was well worth the time! It's an inexplicable tale of love, and music, that somehow both explains the man behind the mask perfectly... and doesn't explain anything at all. I don't know how much (if any) is based on true story, but it feels like the most conclusive inconclusive musical story I've seen so far, though the music scenes had me thinking that - no matter how talented this guy was - maybe his music really wasn't my thing after all. Maybe I didn't miss anything special.

Cue the last show, or some of those final solos... damn. Maybe I did after all.

At least I'm glad I didn't miss the swim scene here, and the emotions: they're so heavy you can almost reach out and grab them. The title sets the tone, and Prince does the rest. Closest movie I can compare this too is maybe American Honey (2016). Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Flying Monkeys (2013)

Flying Monkeys (2013)

Teenager, Joan gets more than she bargained for when her workaholic dad buys her a cute pet monkey who grows wings, fangs, and an insatiable thirst for blood come nightfall.

Gargoyles? Nope, it's a different breed actually. One from the deep, dark parts of the jungle... from which a couple of pretty modern-looking Asian assassins who've been hunting down this special species for centuries appear and it turns out they speak pretty good English.

Maika Monroe the lead star though, the girl who receives the monkey, up-and-coming actress who's about to star in a movie with Shia Lebouff. Honey Boy. I was just skimming through his filmography looking for American Honey, which this movie reminded me of. I was sure I recognized her too, and apparently it was from It Follows. Damn. Favorites all together now. She'll be playing lead role in Stockholm too! A movie about that special syndrome that, of course, a Swede like me is looking forward to seeing. Coincidences huh?

This movie isn't one of those but: she does her part alright. The other girl. btw? Machete! Grindhouse! The cast in this movie, if but a small part of it: off the charts!

So they have the cast bit covered, and the rest of the movie could've been good too with it's simple but appreciative plot, small bouts of action, relations and good filming, but unfortunately: the CGI. It was crap.

Take it what it is though, which is an entertaining B-movie. No more no less. But could've maybe been more because hell yeah, Maika Monroe! I think I might be a fan.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Mad Cow (2010)

Mad Cow (2010)

The craziest take on the Mad Cow madness yet? Yupp, this is probably it. It's a low-budget movie about a crazed scientist [who] creates a half-man, half-cow creature which goes on the rampage at an African game lodge.

Tanya van Graan and Greg Viljoen play the main parts, yet I just can't tell if they put on a good act or not. Was the directing bad or was the acting bad? The props and gore is alright. The special effects are crap. All together it gives the impression it was meant to be bad, and though this B-movie formula sometimes seems to work (Return of the Killer Tomatoes)... this time it doesn't. It just looks bad. The pace is off. The props are off. It had potential to be a cult-like kind of crazy but never got that far.

Props on some interesting ideas (that ear-healing shaving cream was pretty cool), and creative violence, and the cow suit, but overall... just can't go high on this one. It was a bit too bad to be good.

 rated 1/5: shit shit shit

After Porn Ends (2012)

After Porn Ends (2012)

So it turns I had seen this one before after all! I recognized the interviews right from the start, so I guess they had an impact on me after all. As long ago as the first watch probably was.

Watching through this again, with the two sequels fresh in mind, this comes across a bit more jaded than the newer ones. It's not as sugarcoated about the business overall, which is good - less bias, but it's also feels a bit unnecessarily sensationalist. It seems to make an unappreciative attempt at taking up all sides, balancing good and bad endings but really leaning towards the bad.

Maybe that's why the director, five years later, chose to make a sequel that paints a much more positive image of the biz. Maybe it took some time for him to turn. This one delves into stigmas and relations on a much more somber level, less about the business itself than the people, but it also seems to tell the stories of those who were hurt, not by the industry so much as by personal choice or coincidence, and that's not really what it's about is it? In hindsight it all feels pretty skewed, even if the interviews are done well, and the interviews reveal a lot about the personalities of each one interviewed. I enjoyed watched them again.

It does interview a solid set of icons too, most memorably Amber Lynn, Asia Carrera (I read her blog before I knew who she was), Crissy Moran (she's the Christian one in this one), Houston, John Leslie (RIP), Richard Pacheco, Seka, Tiffany Million, Mary Carey, Raylene, Randy West and Nina Hartley, and I do appreciate that! With the cast in mind it does seem to be the most ambitious out of three so far, and I'm hoping they'll bring in some of the remaining legends in potential sequels too. Ron Jeremy comes to mind...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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