Movie of the Day – Class of Nuke ‘Em High

If you think you know about trashy movies from watching Sy Fy’s latest abomination of animal cross breeding, then you aren’t familiar with Troma Films.  Troma is the be all, end all of over the top films that jam cheesy gore, gratuitous nudity and so much b-movie violence that you laugh and cringe at the same time.  These are the sort of films that are shown way, way late at night and for a good reason.  Today, I want to discuss a little bit about this movie cause frankly, Troma knows how to do a high school movie better than John Hughes.  Yeah I said that.

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Movie of the Day – A Bittersweet Life

There is just something about Korean films that seem so much more visceral than the American counterparts.  I have written about the Park Chan-Wook revenge trilogy “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance“, “Oldboy” and “Lady Vengeance” which took the most physical of emotions, revenge, and showcased it in the most explicit way possible.  We have revenge films in America, mainly with one individual going after another because of a personal crime, but Park’s diving into the subject examined the effects that revenge has on those that act out that aggression.  “I Saw The Devil” is another film in which I talked about the use of violence in relation to revenge.  A lot of Korean Cinema, or the cinema there that makes it to the US, seem to bask in the ultra-violent emotional outbursts that revenge or vengeance has on humans.  There is a small subtext within those movies, which is the path to redemption and closure.  It’s masked under all violence and rage, but at it’s heart, these movies show characters trying to find that bit of closure to their in the midst of violent settings.

“A Bittersweet Life” embodies a lot of cultural aspects with regards to vengeance, redemption and morality.  Disguised under the veil as a gangster picture, the film is a mean for one man’s struggle to cope with betrayal, finding peace, and dispensing some therapeutic justice.  Steeped in philosophical quandaries and beautiful imagery, this is a gangster film that doesn’t focus on the organization or the business they are in, rather its a stylish revenge film that posits about the beauty in life and doing what is right, even if it’s wrong.

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Movie of the Day – Piranha 3-D

Boobs, beer, violence, overacting, cheesy horror, gore, laughable b-movie, b-movie grade villain/threat, more boobs, nudity and general absurdity that can only come from a movie that manages to get all those elements in one movie.  Also through in the fact that the 3-D medium is used to comedic effect and also to show boobs in 3-D, I can’t see why this isn’t on everyone’s top ten list.

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Movie Review – The Dark Knight Rises

In 2005, Christopher Nolan set out to essentially, in the eyes of comic book fans, right the wrongs of the past Batman films of old.  The series has strayed away from what is a story about a conflicted individual, a man with a past marred in tragedy, but fuels his resolve to bring into the hearts of those who prey on the fearful.  Outlandish sets, over the top villains and bat nipples were the lasting memory of an amazing comic book character who sacrifices himself for the greater good.  Batman Begins would be the crowning achievement in comic book history, taking the colorful pages of comics and grounding the hero in a world which seemed all to real.  In 2008, The Dark Knight built upon the foundation of the world that Nolan created and elevated to the pinnacle of comic book story telling and film making.

There has never been a more anticipated movie for a trilogy franchise than The Dark Knight Rises.  The Magnum Opus to the final story in the Nolan Batman universe.  Like all trilogies that come to an end, the story is bigger, the effects are louder, the action is increased and this is an all or nothing gamble to trying to exceed people expectations with the defining film to a story that watches a man overcome fear, rose up from the chaos of a madman and finally persevere through the pain of losing it all.

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Movie of the Day – Coffy

After yesterday’s trip to the grindhouse theater with Machete, I just had to do another post in the exploitation genre that I love and enjoy so much.  If you have read my blog for some time, or not, whatever, then you know my general affinity for the Blaxploitation genre.  I have review Shaft, Superfly, Black Dynamite and even Blacula, all because I love watching people stick it to the man.  Also because that genre spawned some of the best soundtracks ever.  Shit I still listen to Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly soundtrack in the car when I am cruising.  But I do have to give some undying love to the Nubian Queen of the Blaxploitation genre, the baddest mamma in the land, Pam Grier.  Coffy is the breakout role that led to her future roles in Foxy Brown and becoming the strong, force in strong willed women in cinema.  She is also, still, a stone cold fox.

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Movie of the Day – Machete

Danny Trejo is the baddest and toughest motherfucking Mexican alive.  That’s it.

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Movie of the Day – Lockout

I always like to go back to past reviews and remind people that these movies exist and are fantastic.  Also these re-reviews often coincide with the release of the Blu-Ray or DVD of said movie so people have an opportunity to go and see this if they missed it in theaters.  I have made my love of science fiction movies well known since the beginning of Another Plot Device.  I will watch them all, good or bad, and revel in the physics, action, insight, exploration or pure sci-fi cheese.  I love it all!  So Lockout pretty much hit all the buttons for me in terms of action, science fiction tropes, anti-hero, and bad movie physics.  It has got it all and it reminds me of one of the my favorite movies, Escape From New York, just set it space.

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Movie of the Day – Syriana

I don’t know about a lot of people, or just people in general, but I love me some political thrillers.  More so, in the case of today’s pick, Geo-political thrillers.  Syriana is about as topical as film can get in our day and age.  Gas prices, petroleum and Middle East concerns all play a vital part in this big circle jerk of a political and economic issue we face today.  I will admit, I try and follow as closely as possible to world politics when I am not watching movies, but the world of oil and petroleum prices, production and their relation to the geo climate of politics in countries not the US, it’s all so damn confusing.   I guess that is why this movie is so damn good, it manages to at least present the complicated and global effect that politics and distribution plays in oil production.  So you learn as you are entertained!

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Movie Review – Beyond the Black Rainbow

It’s as if Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter and Stanley Kubrick got together, had an orgy, and the end result is this glorious mess of a film.  Now that visual of some of the most eccentric and masterful directors of our time might not be the thing you want to think about, but it would be mild compared to what director Panos Cosmatos brought to life in Beyond the Black Rainbow.

I have been torn on the issue of whether I liked the ultra-sensory, depraved throwback film Beyond the Black Rainbow or outright loathed it.  To say the least, the trailer is a thing of beauty.  Precisely cut and paced, temped perfectly with a John Carpenter score of Moog Synthesizers and hard underlying visual feast that leaves you with a taste for more.  I could watch the trailer above like 20 times, but what I found hard to watch was the actual movie itself.  I guess I had high expectations with the trailer, hoping to just be blown away with a magnificent looking throwback film to the late 70s and early 80s science fiction horror.  I was hoping for the visual delights, but also for a bleak, oppressing movie that challenged me with a narrative that played upon dystopian thoughts with sound, thematic structure.  What I ended up getting is half of a good film and half of a terrible film.

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Movie of the Day – Solaris (1972)

This is a spoiler warning for those that are hoping to find a movie that has lasers, space battles, sexy green alien chicks, lightsabers, and cool looking spaceships.  You aren’t going to find any of that stuff in this science fiction film from acclaimed, Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky.  Instead of all of the usual science fiction tropes we get these days, you are getting an incredible introspective, slow and psychologically deep film about understand humanity and its existence, just like everything that has come out of Russia cause that’s how they roll.

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