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Ex-Fest Film #2: “Rape/revenge film with a decidedly feminist slant.”
Only one of two titles that played all day that I’d already seen (though watching it on a fairly pristine print added quite the visual upgrade from my battered VHS tape). Contains one of the more tantalizing exploitation premises ever conceived - what if a gaggle of victimized women formed a vigilante support group that targets and castrates “career rapists”? - and commits to taking it deadly serious. Never achieves…
Ex-Fest Film #1: "Action/crime thriller featuring an ‘all-star’ cast of fan favorites."
Fun way to start the 10th edition of Exhumed Films' Ex-Fest: a 'men on a mission' type SIERRA MADRE riff where James Brolin and his merry band of unemployed scrubs (which includes baby Bruce Davison and Cleavon Little) decide to rip off a South American drug lord (James Coburn) who engages in bullfighting on the side (in a scene where I'm pretty sure he stabs an actual bull…
"I remember every meal I ever cooked. I remember every person I ever served."
Went in expecting some sort of artier "JOHN WICK with a pig" bullshit, came out chewing (no pun intended) on an existential rumination regarding how people find meaning in a mostly meaningless world (only to often have it stolen away) with Nic Cage again proving why he's the most beguilingly idiosyncratic actor of any generation. Adam Arkin is also lights out with pretty much a single…
Lana Wachowski’s NEW NIGHTMARE (or DEJA VU). A meta reckoning with the franchise’s place in pop history that simultaneously takes the current IP-driven tent pole culture to task (not to mention those who’d demand/dissect a new MATRIX movie to begin with). At the same time, it’s another swooningly romantic, hyper-dorky auteurist work of live action anime that’s genuinely sweet, thrillingly violent, and undeniably corny/clunky. Folks are gonna be divided on this (I mean, duh, it’s a MATRIX sequel), but I, for one, loved every fucking second of it and can’t wait to go back.