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think I have a problem, a DVD problem. I've already bought 7 of them this week... and it's only Tuesday. This of course, is in addition to the 8 movies I'm allowed from Netflix at one time. It's beginning to surpass my music addiction, which has been admittedly waning over the past couple of years. Anyway, here's what been in my eyes.


Corrupt Lieutenant (aka Cop Killer) (1983)
Director: Roberto Faenza
Cast: Harvey Keitel, John Lydon
Of interest: score by Ennio Morricone

Despite Keitel's usual on-screen suave, the eye/ear candy that was a young John Lydon offering a passable performance, Morricone's interesting score, applaudable cinematography and deft direction, still, this movie will forever be relegated to a curiosity in the bargain bin. Why? It's one of those movies that had a lot of promise in the script and you just know Keitel was pissed with the way the movie was butchered in post-production editing. It's really hard to watch some times. At other times, you get lost in the plot because things have been cut in the editing room to keep the movie pared-down under what already seems like a long two hours.


Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks (2000)


Released the same year as the other Sex Pistols documentary of note The Filth and The Fury. Whereas, the latter focused more on the band's impact on rock music, pop culture, and society at-large, this film deals solely with how the band came together and recorded their only studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols. All four original members as well as manager Malcolm McLaren give interviews in addition to a handful of music journalists. They rehash some of the Pistols' more infamous exploits and amazingly seem to have their stories straight for the most part. What's most interesting about this documentary is the interview footage with Bill Price, who was the recording engineer. Price conducts his interview in front of a sound board with the master tapes from the album. As the documentary found its way through all the tracks on the album, Price would play tracks from the master tapes, highlighting different things about each song that he found interesting. Eventually he would bring it up to a full mix. I found it fascinating to hear John Lydon's vocal tracks sans instrumentation, or Steve Jones' guitar without the backbeat and vocals. In addition to the hour-long documentary, there's nearly another hour of bonus materials featuring live performances from back-in-the-day, additional interview footage, and one really nice segment where Steve Jones sits on an amp with his Gibson and runs through all the basic riffs and leads to a large chunk of the Pistols' music. A must for fans of the Pistols or students of punk. Definitely worthwhile if you give the least little damn about rock music in general.


El Mariachi (1992)
Director: Robert Rodriguez


Hands-down one of the most inspirational independent films made during the boom of the early 90's, not so much for the film itself, but the fact that Rodriguez made the entire thing on a budget of $7,000. Utilizing hand-held... everything (lighting, cameras), a minimum of props/sets, and cast that doubled as his crew, Rodriguez creates a classic exploitation film from an old Mexican legend about a travelling minstrel mistaken for a crime underlord.

Desperado (1995)
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Cheech Marin, Quenetin Tarantino, Danny Trejo


Upon the critical and financial success of El Mariachi, Rodriguez was given a budget of $7 million for Desperado, a sequel in what was to eventually become a trilogy. True-to-form, Rodriguez envisioned making a film which could compete with summer blockbuster action movies with budgets in the $30-50 million range, and succeeded. Employing his DIY ethic and cashing-in on the reputation he'd made for himself in the form of name-talent, he made the film under budget on a 39 day shooting schedule. If you're not a fan of action/genre/exploitation films, neither of these movies will appeal to you. Similarily, if you don't like these types of movies but you're interested in the low-budget craft of film-making, the director's commentary for these two films are fascinating. These films are offered as a double-feature DVD, for purchase and rental. Next week, I plan on watching the third installment, Once Upon a Time In Mexico.


Project: Kill (1976)
Director: William Girdler
Cast: Leslie Nielson, Nancy Kwan

When I saw this movie in a bargin bin I just couldn't resist. Leslie Nielson in an early, dramatic, action movie - predating Airplane! by 4 years. As you can see in the screen-cap here, Leslie opens a can of whoop-ass in the obligatory "wharf showdown" which seemed to permeate every 70's action flick. Don't even bother worrying about a cogent or believable storyline. After heading a clandestine special forces unit for six years which utilizes mind-control drugs, Nielson goes off his meds and flees. He's being hunted by his former friend and second-in-command as well as an Asian mafia boss... and there's something to do with treasury plates I never quite understood. It's unintentionally funny throughout due to poor acting and even worse action sequences. See it if you can, but don't go out of your way.

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you do buy a lot of DVDs! I thought I remembered a post where less purchasing was going to happen .. ?

still, I like the range of things :)

pparently I have a weak will. As for the range, it is largely one built of necessity. If I was in a position to rent newer things on a regular basis, I'm sure I wouldn't watch nearly as much of this older stuff. Since purchasing DVD's is the only way to keep new material in front of my eyes and since I'm a bit of a cheapskate; I dig through bargain bins.

I like a lot of the older stuff .. when we go to the video store I hate classics/foreign/ and I will admit to haveing a soft spot for some of those 80s comedies :)

Am I going to have to stage an intervention like the time you did for me when I overdosed on Big Red Gum?

ey now. I'm not in denial. And admitting you have a problem is the first step in getting help.

heh, glad they can not see my collection... My holy trinity is Art (in a visual sense), Music (art in a audio sense), and Literature (written art). A good movie is all three! How can I resist...


o you have a particular genre/era that attracts you? I seem to recall you leaving a comment to a previous movie post with a quick and dirty list of favorites, most of which appeared to be of Asian origin.

Harvey was on that list (one of the finest movies ever made).

insofar as being a sinocinophile, a little, I suppose. I like some movies in about every genre. It is a shame that most of the movies I have bought recently are in subtitles. Anerican movies (big studio), most especially in todays age, are concerned with the lowest common demonator... and aren't willing to take chances or cross lines.

Oh god, Banderas was sex on legs in Desperado.

ayek was no slouch, either. *purrrrr*

Hey stranger..

Great choice, this installment. Havent seen the SP doc, but will now go find it. Oh.. background of El Mariachi:

- The budgeting for it was souly from his Credit Card limits. Not an outside funder/producer.

- The turtle crossing the road in the beginning? No meaning to it other then it was his turtle and he thought it would cute there.

ok, useless knowledge, but now you have the inside tip! lol

Talk more soon.. *hugs*

lad to see you're still lurking around. Now if we can just get you to write in your journal a little more than 3-4 times a month.

I'm coming right back! I had to delete my journal for a few days as my computer needs upgrading and my father built it so he upgrades it and in case he digs around in my links, I'd rather him not read my journal. Also, my journal links to my sister's journal and she would definitely be less than pleased about that as well.

I'm glad you reminded me about that Sex Pistols doco. I would love to see that again, I think I will need to go get it now. My favourite part, I might be dreaming this, is they talked at some length with Chris Thomas about the whole "who actually played guitar on Never Mind The Bollocks" question, which I was always interested in. They made themselves out to be really shit musicians, but I've been and played with shit musicians and I don't think you could make an album like that if you were really that bad.

So I always wondered whether it was Steve Jones who played guitar on it, or a sessionista. I had no doubts about Matlock or Cook.

My BiL enjoyed "Desperado" and introduced me to "El Mariachi". I'm not a fan of any of the genres you mentioned, and "Desperado" was okay, but I thought "El Mariachi" was just fabulous. Even given the budget it was so ...sincere. It wasn't like "Look at us, we did this on no budget", they just got on with the job and it's very entertaining. The DVD he's got is the double, and the only thing that annoys the shit out of me is I can't turn off the director's commentary.

think I remember the segment you're talking about. It would cut back to Steve Jones and he kept insisting (mockingly) that it was some other dude who played all the guitar parts... heh.

Did you ever get to see The Filth and The Fury? I saw it screened a few years ago in a theatre when it came out. It's a wonderful documentary. I'll never forget when Lydon starts talking about Vicious' untimely death and he starts to get choked-up. It's rather moving.

About the El Mariachi/Desperado double-feature DVD: the default director's commentary on the El Mariachi side was really annoying. What I figured out was, since the film was originally in Spanish, the English audio setting is what gives you the default commentary. You hafta switch it to Spanish and watch it with the subtitles to lose it.


Man, I bought The Filth And The Fury the very moment it came out on DVD. It was an extremely limited cinema release up here and I never got to it, but all the people who saw it elsewhere said it was unmissable. I've probably seen it a dozen times, at least. Fucking awesome.

I was moved by exactly the same bit you were, because it was so genuine, whereas you never usually know when you're getting genuine with Lydon. The other thing I really liked was the way they kept "No Fun" going in the background from the American tour coverage to almost the end of the movie, syncing in the performance at the concert as well, for what must have been about fifteen minutes. That song was stylistically, lyrically and with its sparsity, such a perfect commentary on the disintegration of the Pistols. Well done.

Yeah, I figured same with "El Mariachi". I'm glad it's not just me. I ended up watching both. But it couldn't have hurt putting an English soundtrack without commentary on it, I would have thought.

guess I'm odd when it comes to foreign language films. I prefer hearing the cadence and flow of the original dialogue and read subtitles rather than hear English overdubs.

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