Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
These Are The Armies Of The Night........
Prominent gang leader Cyrus calls a meeting of New York's gangs to set aside their turf wars and take over the city. At the meeting, a rival leader kills Cyrus, but a Coney Island gang called the Warriors is wrongly blamed for Cyrus' death. Before you know it, the cops and every gangbanger in town is hot on the Warriors' trail.
The Warriors are a street gang of total badasses. They don't take any shit and they fight with their fists and not guns. When they are framed for the murder of a street legend they must use all their wits to survive the night in this Walter Hill cult classic. The Wonder Wheel. The way the Warriors look in their vests. Purple pimps. Mimes? Cyrus the Prophet. Gangbanger summit. Gun pass. Assassination. Strobe lights. False blame. Power struggle. Graveyard graffiti tagging. Radio message. Boombox. Distant cousins of Baseball Bat Guy from The Raid 2. James Remar's dirty mouth. Five Finger Discount. Lazy eye. The Orphans. Chicken shit. Warrior groupie. Cochise's war bonnet. Vermin's chest hair. Subway smushed. Home run swing.…
I posed the question last night on Twitter, "Which gang in The Warriors would you like to be in?"
The Baseball Furies seemed fairly popular among the two people that read my tweet. I said I wanted to be a Turnbull AC but due to being a wimp and generally a bit slow and stupid I'm probably a fucking Orphan. I've got better jeans than The Orphans though so I might just get away with it. I think the only way that you could improve The Warriors is by making more of the gangs have a gimmick.
The Baseball Furies are obvious with theirs and The Punks have their rollerskates, just like a good punk should. The Satans Mothers also…
There are movies that are undeniably seventies. This may just have scraped into that decade back in 1979 but Walter Hill's tale of Coney Island gang, The Warriors, is as seventies and as cult as you can get.
The premise for this film was pretty simple. Nine unarmed gang members are summoned to a summit where the leader of the biggest most powerful gang in the city offers a truce and an alliance for the gangs to take over the city. As the shit hits the fan and the leader Cyrus is gunned down, the blame is mistakenly put on The Warriors who then have to fight their way across the city and back to safety on their own turf.…
"Can you count, suckahs?"
The Warriors is simply one of the coolest films ever made. Everything about this film breathes complete fucking coolness. It's not the smartest film ever made but I love it so much and is definitely in my top ten. My favourite gang film and that's saying something in such a great genre.
I'll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a popsicle.
It's insane, crazy, silly and cool all at the same time. In the 70s and 80s some directors had no problem making films that existed in some sort of alternate unrealistic reality when it was their only option to make the movie they wanted. It's a lost art really. The Warriors is one of the best examples of this.
Anyone notice how all the gangs didn't have the same budget for their wardrobe? Like that one gang from the beginning of the film that just wore the same colored t-shirts. They weren't even the same style t-shirts and they were just a crappy gray color. Just an observation...
Film #7 of No Rewatch November
I can dig it! I had not expected to like this as much as I did. Stylish, hard-hitting, badass, cool as ice, soundtrack that rocked my socks off and a pace that never lets up - I love it.
CAN YOU DIG IT?
the original version/edit/cut stomps this comic book version, but this version still gets FIVE out of FIVE.
Stripped-down stylised comic action as Walter Hill does for gang warfare what The Driver did for heist movies. The gang subculture is perfectly laid out and the dark, brooding New York creates a quasi-dystopian canvas for the lean, dynamic action.
It's been awhile since I revisited this classic. Was getting ready to listen to a podcast retrospective so wanted to fresh up my memory. One of those films I watched as a kid and loved. Still like it to this day. I watched the original theatrical cut. Still can't find myself to pop in the "new' director's cut of the film after reading about the changes. I will stick with the original thank you very much.
Things I learned
1. Miracles is the way things ought to be!
2 This movie basically plays like sci-fi. I mean look at all that racial harmony! Also, all the scenes with the Riffs' new leader (the one with the sunglasses) literally plays like sci-fi.
3 I want a whole movie about the DJ who taunts The Warriors via funk music.
4. It's almost always gonna bother me, no matter what the context, whenever someone says faggot. However Ajax's use of it here is strangely charming.
5 "Those lousy Skin-headed fucks." Says the almost indubitably fascist movie (Ronald Regan was a fan, if you need more proof).
6. The score sounds like a John Carpenter score that started drooling. Not…
Walter Hill's over-the-top gang warfare classic epitomizes cheesy comic book-styled fun. It stands the test of time, even with its paradoxically outdated costumes, music and god-awfully shaggy hairstyles that the '70's were so generous in providing us, somehow managing to simultaneously establish a retro and timeless quality. I can only assume it's because of the nebulous nature of pulp fiction, where the real can meet the SURreal and something utterly unique is born. You can't quite peg it as anything that exists in the real world, but nor is it so unreal that elements of the story couldn't have - or even had - occurred ie. the reality of urban gang violence that was very much a part of inner-city…
Episode/review coming soon.
Gritty, pulp fun with a tinge of social consciousness to it, though the flat characters, repetitive structure and uninspired action scenes don't exactly instill a great deal of awe. Still, the film's a comic book (something which the DC annoyingly telegraphs), and is enjoyable on that wavelength.
A film about a gang who has to run, sneak, and fight their way from the Bronx to Coney Island...what's not to love?
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…