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Australian stuntman Grant Page goes to Los Angeles to work on a television series. He uses his spare time to lend his expertise to rock band Sorcer. Page helps the band develop pyrotechnic magic tricks for their shows, and also recounts to his own exploits as a stuntman and daredevil as well as various stunts by other greats.
There is an alternate reality where I wouldn't give Stunt Rock five stars. I feel bad for the FilmApe who lives in that reality.
Part documentary, part concert film, part action movie (sort of), Stunt Rock presents stunts and rock in their most undiluted form. Grant Page will be your new idol and Sorcery will be your new favorite band. Everything in this movie screams awesome, but don't expect any story. What exists is there simply to give Page a chance to say "I remember that..." before showing another montage of awesome stunts. The stunts are only topped by the performances of Sorcery, with The King Of Wizards fighting The Prince Of Darkness with illusions and magic while guitar solos wail. Yes, this is as awesome as it sounds. Just watch this movie.
Giving this movie less than five stars should result in a mandatory five year prison sentence.
A fire-wielding, glitter-bombing wizard fights a devil on-stage while a hair rock band jams on. Aussie stuntman-turned-amateur actor Grant Page practices death-defying stunts, most of which involve fire. There's a dude in the band, aptly named Sorcery, who wears a hood at all times. Brian Trenchard-Smith uses the most fantastic split-screen this side of Woodstock & the work of Brian De Palma.
This is a (mostly formless) hangout movie, only with intermittent bursts of stunts & rock... most of which involve fire.
It was a beautiful print & presentation wasted on the most talkative bunch of drunk assholes I've been in a theater with in quite some time. There were wizards! And fire! How could that not silence a crowd?
Probably the greatest film ever made.
"When in doubt, blow it up. If you can't, light it on fire."
What in the world was that? This... was really something. I think, yes, I can say with certainty it was definitely some thing. What else can I say about it? It's got stunts. And it's got rock. And as one of the characters says in the final scene, "we should call it Stunt Rock". Yes, the title definitely does this one justice. It's also got me wondering why in the hell Grant Page didn't play Crocodile Dundee. He's pretty much my hero now. It's worth mentioning that this movie has almost no plot. It's a pseudo-documentary/clip show/concert movie. And it's kind of amazing.
A lot of non-contextual stunts and shitty glam rock numbers. A real goddamn mess.
Watching Stunt Rock, you get the feeling the filmmakers are almost as brazen as its protagonist, real-life stuntman Grant Page.
To reach a somewhat reasonable running time, this Australian/Dutch oddity shamelessly pads out the 'story' with stunts from Grant's other films: a character will ask Grant something like, 'Tell us again about your most dangerous stunt, Grant!', and we'll instantly get a scene from Dangerfreaks, Mad Dog Morgan or Gone In Sixty seconds.
It doesn't end there: there's also footage spliced in from a documentary about Grant, random black and white stunt imagery that's probably in the public domain, and about five full length musical numbers from a rock outfit called Sorcery (the movie's heroes appear to attend the same…
The most honest ad for movie ever.
"Watch! A movie with only crazy stunts and a magic oriented rock acts!"
And that it was.
The title says it all. It is is literally Stunts and Rock. And a little bit of magic thrown in as well.
This takes a unique stand in the grindhouse genre. You don't want to mis Grant Page's iconisation. Truly an inside view of the stunt trade, and makes this into a subgenre. Then there is that strangely comical dutch girl, who's clearly there for the looks. Some spacey mirrored sequences make it spectacular, although a bit of a gimmick. The magic psychofysical rock band steals the show. Let me appreciate "Gone In 60 Seconds" as an artfilm.
Probably the greatest film ever made.
Wow, Grant Page really lives the life! He gets to do perilous, death defying stunts by day and then go watch Sorcery perform night after night after night...
Stunt Rock is a very interesting film, and not just because its the Australian version of a exploitation film: it represents a love and appreciation for stunt performers that you often don't see very often, mixed to some seventies good metal rock concert footage. Yeah, some of the performers can't act that well, and its "narrative" isn't particularly interesting, but it is still a really cool view that you should watch at least once.
Enough stunts to make you dizzy and enough bombastic music from the wizard rockers in Sorcery (they make Spinal Tap look tasteful) to render you deaf are the distinguishing marks of this case of brain damage on film. Its feather-light plot concerns an Australian stunt man (Grant Page) who works on a movie in Los Angeles by day and then hangs out with his musician buddies and romances a fetching lady journalist by night. And that's it, Captain. This movie is busy as a pack of bees, with so much split-screen action that Brian DePalma would scream "Enough!", but not much happens, aside from stunt work and concert footage of Sorcery's stage show, which boasts an explosive battle between "The…
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