ALT-POSTR-MONDAY: PULP FICTION

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have watched this movie. Like John Carpenter’s The Thing I never grow tired of it.

I hope you enjoy the posters.

ALT-POSTR-MONDAY: PULP FICTION

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Meagan Hyland

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Mikie Daniel

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FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE TRAILER PARK: THE CONFESSION OF FRED KRUEGER

SynopsisThe Springwood Police Department has just arrested a man named Fred Krueger, a janitor at the local power plant whom they believe to be the notorious Springwood Slasher. A filthy child murderer who has murdered 20 children over a 5 year long reign of terror on the nice suburban Ohio town. Krueger has been brought to the station to be interrogated by the department’s senior lieutenant. Sit down with one of the most charismatic and sinister men to ever walk the earth and hear him tell his story.

The Confession of Fred Krueger is a fan-film inspired by the character of Freddy Krueger, a creation of the legendary horror director Wes Craven. According to the official Facebook page for the project ” there will be no physical copies sold of this film nor a theatrical run. This is a very low budget, non-profit fan film. It will be available exclusively for FREE online for all to see on youtube.

The film will be online in mid-September. It is currently in post production.

Thank you so much for the support and interest.”

This is one of the reasons I began Friday Night at the Trailer Park; I didn’t want to feature all the big name, big budget films. I want this feature to mainly focus on the low budget, independent films and that includes a film like The Confession of Fred Krueger. The 90 seconds plus trailer looks better than the entire 95 minute 2010 remake could have ever dreamed of. That being said enjoy the trailer and the poster below.

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WHAT’S THEIR BEST FILM?: JOHN CARPENTER

The votes for last weeks poll have been tallied and you, readers and voters, chose Inglourious Basterds as Quentin Tarantino’s best film.

This week’s entrant has a more extensive filmography so move this along, shall we? Don’t forget to vote in the poll after the posters.

What’s Their Best Film?: John Carpenter

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WHAT’S THEIR BEST FILM?: QUENTIN TARANTINO

Happy New Year! I began a new feature with ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT which I hope everyone is enjoying. Also, I am bringing back an old feature, “What’s Their Best Film?”, albeit in a slightly different format. Without further adieu I present to you the new edition of “What’s Their Best Film”. Don’t forget to vote in the poll at the end of the post.

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Happy Voting!

 

TO CHANGE OR NOT TO CHANGE: A POLL

Short and sweet: I’ve been thinking about changing the look of my blog. It’s been the same for about 2 years now and I’m getting itchy about changing it. That is where you come in. Should I change the theme entirely? Should I keep the same theme and make a few cosmetic changes? Should I leave it just the way it is?

I’ll run this for one week. Give me your input, please. Peace out…I mean-take care…and stay scared.

BIG BAD WOLVES

BIG BAD WOLVES-Israel-110 Mins. 2013

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Lior Ashkenazi as Micki (R) and Menashe Noy as Ramir in Big Bad Wolves

Lior Ashkenazi as Micki (R) and Menashe Noy as Ramir in Big Bad Wolves

Rotem Keinan as Dror in Big Bad Wolves

Rotem Keinan as Dror in Big Bad Wolves

Tzahi Grad as Gidi in Big Bad Wolves

Tzahi Grad as Gidi in Big Bad Wolves

Directed and Written by  Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado

Have you ever watched a film that has so simple and cliché’ a plot that you think that it would be child’s play to describe it to a friend; yet when the time comes you find yourself at a complete loss for words? That’s the dilemma I have with the Israeli produced revenge-torture thriller Big Bad Wolves. If it were an American film it would star Jason Statham as the hero, feature a cardboard villain that any B-movie actor could portray and it would have lots of explosions. Instead, we have a film that uses those same clichés to keep us in doubt right up to and perhaps after, the final frame of the film. Big Bad Wolves is a grim, slow burn of a film infused with just enough jet-black comedy to take our minds off of its dismal subject matter if only for a few seconds.

Seeking answers, the father of a murdered child and the ex-cop seeking vigilante justice kidnap a religious studies teacher who they suspect of being the killer. They only want to know one thing; where are the heads of the little girls that he raped, tortured and murdered? They torture him and he maintains his innocence. That’s when the seed of doubt begins to play into our minds. Is this man guilty of these crimes; or are we gleefully watching the torture of an innocent man? Writer-Directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado masterfully manipulate us through every frame of the film to give us a movie that is both surprising in its use of tired themes and yet brilliant in the way it turns those themes completely on their ear.

None other than Quentin Tarantino himself proclaimed Big Bad Wolves to be the ‘best film of the year’ for 2013. The late Roger Ebert said that Tarantino’s proclamation was a ridiculous one. I believe them to both be correct. Granted, Tarantino does have a tendency to be hyperbolic in his assessments of motion pictures but this time he’s right. Big Bad Wolves may not have been the best film of 2013; it was definitely, however, one of the best.

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Lior Ashkenazi also appears in Walk on Water and Late Marriage.

Rotem Keinan also appears in The Exchange and Epilogue.

Tzahi Grad also appears in Eyes Wide Open and Off-White Lies.

RESERVOIR DOGS

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Quentin Tarantino as Mr. Brown

Quentin Tarantino as Mr. Brown

Harvey Keitel as Mr. White

Harvey Keitel as Mr. White

Michael Madsen as Mr. Blonde

Michael Madsen as Mr. Blonde

Eddie Bunker as Mr. Blue

Eddie Bunker as Mr. Blue

Tim Roth as Mr. Orange

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Steve Buscemi as Mr. Pink

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Chris Penn as Nice Guy Eddie

Chris Penn as Nice Guy Eddie

Lawrence Tierney as Joe Cabot

Lawrence Tierney as Joe Cabot

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

I seem to recall a while back that I said that I wasn’t going to review any more non-horror motion pictures on this blog. Yet, here I am with cast photos, a poster and a trailer from Quentin Tarantino’s debut film, Reservoir Dogs. How do I explain myself? How about with “Honey, I had no idea she was your sister?*” or “Yes, this is exactly what it looks like.”

Why am I reviewing Reservoir Dogs? To be honest I didn’t like the film all that much when it was first released in 1992. But like Mickey says in Natural Born Killers when asked if he liked Key Lime Pie; “No, but I was a completely different person back then.” It took the knock-out punch of Pulp Fiction before I was able to appreciate that Tarantino already had us on the ropes with Reservoir Dogs.

The plot is as simplistic as you’re going to get with a heist film; six strangers, their Christian names unbeknownst to one another, pull off a diamond heist that goes south. Two are killed, one is shot and the rest of them smell a rat. We never see the heist and that’s the beauty of the whole thing. Tarantino is more interested in showing us the ‘before’ and the ‘after’ rather than the ‘during’. The beginning of the film opens in a restaurant with our six bandits; along with Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn, True Romance, and Rush Hour) and boss Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney, Pulp Fiction, Dillinger) in a moment of male bonding before ‘going to work’. There’s joking, bullshitting, male chauvinism and enough testosterone going around the table to make a stud bull jealous. It’s everything and nothing we’ve ever seen before. It makes you kind of sad that it’s all going to go to hell and fast.

Reservoir Dogs is a film that we appreciate for the smaller parts and come to love when we put them all together. Mr. Brown’s pornographic explanation of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” (It’s all about a girl who digs a guy with a big dick. The whole song is a metaphor for big dicks.”); Mr. Pink’s near-convincing reasons for not tipping (“I don’t tip because society says I have to.”) The doling out of the color-coded names (“Why am I Mr. Pink?”); the ‘ear’ scene in which Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen ( Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2, Sin City) gets creative with a straight razor upon the pallet which is Marvin the cops’ (Kirk Baltz) hapless face. (…”I’m gonna torture you anyway…all you can do is pray for a quick death, which you ain’t gonna get.”) I believe this scene may be tribute to both the shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho in that we think we see blood when we really don’t; and to Scorcese’s Taxi Driver in that like the scene where Travis Bickle is pleading with Betsy on the phone the camera pans away as it too painful to watch; the camera pans as Mr. Blonde begins to cut and all we have are Marvin’s muffled screams and our own imaginations.

So, that’s why I’m reviewing Reservoir Dogs; to show appreciation for a film that I should have appreciated from the beginning. That sounds weak; but it’s all I’ve got.

*My lame at attempt at being witty. Do not take it literally.

TRIVIA

Quentin Tarantino wanted James Woods to play a role in the film, and made him five different cash offers. Woods’ agent refused the offers without ever mentioning it to Woods as the sums offered were well below what Woods would usually receive. When Tarantino and Woods later met for the first time, Woods learned of the offer and was annoyed enough to get a new agent. Tarantino avoided telling Woods which role he was offered “because the actor who played the role was magnificent anyway”. It is widely accepted that the role that Tarantino was referring to was Mr. Orange.

David Duchovny auditioned for a part.

According to an interview on the DVD, Michael Madsen says that Kirk Baltz asked to ride in his trunk to experience what it was really like. Madsen agreed, but decided as he went along that this was time for his own character development. So he drove down a long alley with potholes, and then a Taco Bell drive-through before taking Baltz back to the parking lot and letting him out. The soda he ordered at said drive-through is the same one he can be seen drinking during his character’s first appearance in the warehouse.

Mr. Pink’s numerous references to being “professional” are a reference to movie director Howard Hawks, a favorite of Quentin Tarantino’s.

Edward Bunker, a former career criminal, was the youngest felon to be sent to San Quentin. (He was 17.) He was a novelist and also played cons in other films – Runaway Train, The Longest Yard and Straight Time (which was based on his novel) and worked as a technical advisor on others – Heat, for instance. Jon Voight’s character in ‘Heat’ was based on Bunker.

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