Movies that are slightly off.
So Easy to Kill, So Hard to Love
A tough gang of teenage girls are looking for love and fighting for turf on the mean streets of the city! Bad girls to the core, these impossibly outrageous high school hoodlums go where they want ... and create mayhem wherever they go!
For many years I used this and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls as an accurate gauge of whether a young woman was serious girlfriend material or not. (Barbarella is assumed.)
Rejected sequel ideas: Butter Knife Brothers
Sex and fury, undeniably an American pinku cousin, and just as powerful and funny.
attitude/catchphrase/nickname inspiration, fashion bible. of course it's exploitative & trashy, but i can't think of any feminists who wouldn't want to join that girl gang so it all evens out
"Come on Bunny, let's go."
"Not this time, cripple dick."
"Goddammit I told you never to call me that!"
"Everyone knows your crank could hook a tuna."
I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love Quentin Tarantino's films but not so much his taste in films.
I approach anything that he regards as a favourite with the utmost of caution. I think he takes the things that he likes and usually ends up doing far more interesting things with them than they were originally. That said, I don't really see a huge amount of Switchblade Sisters in his films that I recall though, and I think for the most part it's probably for the best.
I just don't really find anything particularly enjoyable or appealing in these tawdry high school gang exploitation melodramas where there's questionable attitudes to rape and the…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I hadn't seen Switchblade Sisters in several years and, watching it again, I'm surprised by how tame it is for a 70s exploitation film. It could probably air on TV with very few cuts. There is little nudity and violence to speak of here; perhaps the most controversial element today would be the rape scene and treatment of the women at the hands of men. Other than that, this movie was probably considered old-fashioned in the 70s, because it has more in common with gang movies of the 50s and 60s. I'm sure that was intentional. So if you're looking for sleaze, you may be disappointed. That said, the fun of Switchblade Sisters is in the drama that unfolds between…
Schizophrenic, doesn't know what it's doing. Plot/characters/motivations change repeatedly. Should have been more fun than it ended up being. Lace was too cute to be nasty.
I also thought this was a women's prison movie for some reason so I was a little disappointed that way, too.
This is Grinhouse superstar director Jack Hill's most accomplished work. Seeing that he is the man behind masterpieces such as Coffy, Foxy Brown, Spider Baby and WIP classics The Big Bird Cage and Big Doll House that says quite a lot.
It is however no affected exaggeration. Switchblade Sisters might have been one of Mr Hills less commercial successful movies upon release, but seeing this today proves that the audience of then were totally wrong.
The story about two conflicting male gangs and the switchblade sisters contain one of the most colourful character galleries in cinematic history. It is easy to see how Tarantino draw a lot of inspiration from these films in general and the work of Jack Hill…
Disclaimer: Throughout 2016 and beyond, I will be going through selected works from a director's filmography on a month by month basis. I will be specifically spotlighting directors who's work I've somehow never had the privilege of sampling until now. The lone requirement is that the director in question must be either retired/semi-retired or deceased. Month #6 will focus on Jack Hill, the man that Quentin Tarantino once deemed "“the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking". We're wrapping this month up with the director's own penultimate film, Switchblade Sisters.
"Everybody knows your crank can hook a tuna."
God love Quentin Tarantino but his taste in film tends to be...questionable sometimes. Case in point, Switchblade Sisters which Tarantino loved so much that…
This might be my favorite Jack Hill film. It's a perfect meeting of over the top acting, ridiculous violence, and a surprisingly intriguing story. It never gets old.
I had been looking forward to this for awhile but was let down. It wasn't as clever or as forward thinking as I thought it might be and of the handful of Jack Hill films I've seen, I think this is his worst work on a technical level. Perhaps the biggest issue is the cast lacks charisma in a major way. I feel like Hill needs a charismatic gravitational center for his films to work (Pam Grier in Foxy Brown/Coffy, Jill Banner in Spider Baby) and this cast didn't cut it for me.
Though it depicts an uprising of a female gang against a male gang (and the cops), it’s hard to say how proto-feminist Jack Hill’s Switchblade Sisters really is. You might wonder if an exploitation film can really have a proto- or full-on feminist reading, when the whole shebang rides on sexualizing and otherwise teasing up the material. Frankly, most aren’t feminist in the least, but arguably some are. Switchblade Sisters has modicums of empowerment but overall it’s a fantasy of sorts, playful, occasionally fun, but not terribly compelling.
No matter what Quentin Tarantino thinks of it.
I dig Jack Hill. Maybe Spider Baby (1964) more than any other. I think I like but don’t love Switchblade Sisters. I like Robbie…
A lot of this was Super Cool, but the fact that the (blatant and obvious) sexual assault that occurs in the beginning of this film was so quickly brushed off is Not Cool At All and it's little things like that that just ruined this for me.
Does a lot of tepid, if diverting, genre coasting en route to a pretty interesting moral dilemma in the last half hour or so— capped off by an A-STOUND-ING ending. Held afloat until then by a fascinating actress (who, naturally, never did anything else) named Robbie Lee; her performance as jealous gang leader Lace is pitched at a constant tempo of "HEY WATCH IT, BUDDY!" If you don't know what I mean by that, just imagine really furious Kristen Schaal, and you're on your way.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
QUICK EASY RULES:
7 films from franchises(mix-and-match, or the same. 7 total)
5 films from before…