Movies that are slightly off.
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.…
Dystopian West Side Story without the musical numbers.
The Warriors aren't "warriors" (nothing about a red vest represents "warriors") as much as adolescent symbols of macho masculinity (bare-chested boys pretending to be men). Childish male wish fulfillment of a fantasy world without parents that sympathizes with its often unsympathetic juveniles even as they get distracted by every hormonal impulse from vandalism to womanizing.
More successful as an Escape from New York prequel than an allegory for international politics; the "turf" metaphor functions instead as a blanket signifier for community and family ("getting home"). Triumph of style in production design (costume) and editing (cartoonish transitions even without Director’s Cut add-ons).
Junesploitation: Day 24 – Teenagers!
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.…
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…
"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.
Walter Hill's "The Warriors" does not have much going on narratively. The 1979 cult favorite about warring gangs follows one maligned group of ruffians as it works its way home after an ill-fated summit. There is very little character development, exposition, mythology, or politics; just, simply, the so-called Warriors attempting to make it back to Coney Island without casualty as other gangs hunt them down. The film's lack of narrative substance does not take away from its entertainment value, but it does make the experience mostly flash and little else.
Hill assembles a solid cast to go with his inky, urban style, and that cast helps punctuate the minor wrinkles in the plot. Those wrinkles do not give an audience…
I DIG IT
It was good to see a movie that portrayed a gang that wasn't caught up with morals, the "morally righteous" gang is pretty boring, and although some members of the warriors bordered on that, they didn't cross that line. Also there was a surprisingly low number of people killed when someone said people were "wasted" but I guess the terminology has changed since 1979.
The Warriors are blamed for a murder they didn't commit and are chased throughout the city thus restarting turf wars. The characters are not developed enough for you to care for them, making it seem like they are running aimlessly throughout the whole film.
This movie has nothing deep in it, so don't expect that. It's just a fun 70s movie about rival gangs. It's nothing to take too seriously, but it's very entertaining. I liked it. Can you dig it? Watch it to find out, I guess.
Well that was... something.
I have been meaning to watch this film for a very long time. It has always intrigued me because there never seemed to be anything like it. Well I watched it tonight and I can honestly say that I am extremely disappointed.
Maybe I'm just a pretentious snob. Maybe I need to stop having such high expectations for the movies I watch. I don't know. But The Warriors (1979) simply did not impress me. The beginning and middle were interesting and the atmosphere was unique. This certainly is an original film. But originality simply isn't enough for me. I found everything else to be either mediocre or bad.
The cinematography was fine. Nothing special. Walter Hill's…
Yes, I 'can' dig this.
A1 just like the steak sauce
Film #18 of Scavenger Hunt #14
Task #21 - A film that takes place over the course of a single night
"Can you dig it?"
This didn't really do much for me, if I'm honest.
I think the first (and only) scene with Cyrus is the closest thing we'll ever get to a Trump congregation breaking out into song, singing Bob the Builder // Can We Fix It? And one of The Warriors looked a bit like Justin Trudeau.
You know you're not having the most thrilling time when you end up comparing everything in some way to something in modern North American politics.
The opening is so freaking good, though.
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