Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Trashy Movie Celebration Blog-a-thon

The Trashy Movie Celebration Blog-a-thon, announced here, has begun.

I'll update this throughout the weekend with your submissions, so email me or comment with them as they post.

For those needing a refresher, the long explanation is in the link above, but all you need is the trashy movie - skin flick, kung fu, spaghetti western, women-in-prison or whatever - or movie genre that you think deserves not a defense against being bad, but rather celebration as good, worthwhile, artistically valid, important... Hell, just great! Post it on your blog, let me know via email or leave a comment here, and I'll post the link here in this celebratory place.

The mix of genres, times and places have been wonderful.

  • Peter Nellhaus at Coffee, Coffee and More Coffee has written The Brain that wouldn't Die: "There are at least a couple of reasons to re-evaluate The Brain that wouldn't Die. One of those reasons is that it was a groundbreaking film in terms of on-screen horror."

  • Karl Bauer at KGB Production, Inc. adds Django: "What makes Django that extra special film? Well not only does the film try to take itself seriously, but it also has fun doing so. In the first ten minutes of the film ten people are already dispatched in a hail of bullets."

  • Catherine Cantieri at I am screaming and punching myself has offered up an older post entitled If the Road House Is A-Rockin'...: "And if we have learned nothing from Road House, let us close on this important note: Vigilante justice will get you laid."

  • Odienator at Eddie's Blog-a-Thon Board submits SMOOP II: Electric Boogaloo: "Quentin and Robert aren't the only guys who spent time at grindhouses. I grew up with the 42nd Street theaters, which smelled like pee and had posters in their windows that advertised the kind of sin and degradation that earned you a one way ticket to the home of Linda Blair's possessor."

  • Flickhead contributes Invading Earth on five dollars a day: "If you’re wondering about the quality of the film—well, you do realize it’s called Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster, right?"

  • Culture Snob adds How Sexy Am I Now?: "So let me say at the outset: Neil, I’m violating your sorry-ass rule. The movie I’ve chosen was directed and co-written by a filmmaker with a 'substantial base of critical and popular support.' And the story originated with one Quentin Tarantino."

    I'm glad someone did.

  • Nathaniel R. at Film Experience sings the praises of Xanadu: "It's easy to dismiss Xanadu for the very things it shamelessly loves but it's a shame to dismiss the shameless if they're also compulsively watchable."

  • Ogg's Movie Thoughts on Silip: "Elwood Perez's Silip has a ball-grabbing opening. It is that sort of opening that either catches your attention to go on with the film with much more curiosity and gusto, or to just leave it be and consider yourself salvaged from further moral damage." and Lady Snowblood: "Exploitative as it may seem with its plentiful geysers of blood, Lady Snowblood provides a deep and understanding portrait of a woman whose existence on Earth has been predestined by oppression and violence."

  • StinkyLuLu lists 5 Stinky Thoughts on Cruising: "Cruising's nearly the ür-text of modern queer media activism. Nevertheless, Cruising's got a veritable smorgasboard of queer delights..."

  • Samurai Frog at Electronic Cerebrectomy brings us Trapped in a World He Never Made!: "I’ve never been one to let something as pedantic as 'being faithful to the source material' stop me from enjoying a film on its own merits."

  • Thomas Groh at filmtagebuch brings us Blutiger Freitag: "Blutiger Freitag is, first of all, a movie that-rocks - period! Oh boy, does it rock! Now, that I made this clear, I will leave aicn-mode and try to establish some context, 'cause Blutiger Freitag is a movie that gets only better if you know its historical context."

  • Film Squish gives us Hooray for the Trashy Movie Celebration Blog-A-Thon!: "I'll let you in on a little secret though, good trashy movies are hard to come by."

  • Bob Turnbull at Eternal Sunshine of the Logical Mind presents Pistol Opera: "Now I suppose a director who has had 6 of his features released by The Criterion Collection may not qualify as being misunderstood or the maker of trashy films. But his 2001 release Pistol Opera is typically considered (if at all) as an example of a director losing his freaking mind. Or perhaps more simply going overboard with no idea of what he wanted to accomplish."

  • T.S. Cogswell at High and Low writes New World, In Order (more or less): "New World Pictures was at the forefront of every exploitation trend of the 1970's, and like The Filmgroup before it (Corman's first independent company back in the early 60's), it proved to be a fertile training ground for a new generation of filmmakers in front of and behind the camera."

  • Jeremy Richey at Moon in the Gutter gives us Roger Vadim's Pretty Maids All in a Row: "Roger Vadim's 1971 film Pretty Maids All in a Row is a lot of things: it is a biting satire of the sexual revolution and the youth culture of the day, it is a politically incorrect sexploitation film, it is a murder mystery and thriller, and it is the blackest of black comedies." along with Pretty Maids: "A definate highlight to Roger Vadim's Pretty Maids All in a Row is of course the 'maids' themselves." and Vadim's Prettiest Maid: Barbara Leigh: "One of the great question marks in 1970's American cinema for me is how Barbara Leigh did not become a major star."

  • Michael Guillen at The Evening Class sent in Starcrash: "There is time travel—of a sort—in Starcrash; the lead actors look suspiciously like '70s porn stars and their shiny, glittery costumes insinuate the future." and The Dunwich Horror: "The Dunwich Horror is relatively well-produced, though that won't keep audiences from finding plenty to heckle at."

  • Piper at Lazy Eye Theatre unleashes They Call Him... Dar: "Why? Marc Singer in a loin cloth. This guy is B Movie glory."

  • Mike at Esotika Erotica Psychotica informs us on Euro-Trash Aethetics & the Importance of the Ignored: "[Euro-Trash] is a genre so diverse and intelligent that I've grown to almost resent its generic title. Euro Trash. The term applied to cinema is generally understood to be referring to blatantly exploitative, generic, incompetent films with loads of naked flesh, gore, and incomprehensible plots. And this is where the resentment comes from, as that description couldn't be farther from what really lies at the heart of what I prefer to refer to as 'European Genre Cinema.'"

  • Robert L. at Nadalander jumps into Viva Knievel: "Forget rose-tinted, warm-n-fuzzy boomer pablum like Almost Famous, the real essence of the 70’s can be chrystalized in the seemingly endless pageant of the 'Me' decade’s dubious celebrities. Game show mainstays like Brett Sumner and George Gobel. Husband and wife variety acts like Shields And Yarnell and Marilyn McCoo and Billy Newton Davis. And proto-'reality tv' publicity hounds like stuntmen The Human Fly and the immortal Evel Knievel."

  • Kimberly Lindbergs at CineBeats sets forth with Massimo Dallamano’s Dorian Gray: "Dallamano set his film version of Dorian Gray in the present, which at that time was the height of the sexual revolution in the late sixties. This gave the director ample opportunity to explore the world of swingers, uninhibited sex and gender bending through the eyes of the curious Dorian Gray."

  • Ray DeRousse at The Rec submits Great Trashy Movies: "Every line of the campy dialogue is growled and hissed like a cat going through a wood chipper."

  • I wrote Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion: "I promise you that no one is more surprised than me that my final choice is a women-in-prison movie."

Thanks to everyone for participating.

  • Noel Vera at Critic After Dark writes Eye of Welles, brain of Wood: "People misunderstand my intense regard for Carlos Siguion-Reyna's films. I don't think they're just bad (even if they are), and my articles aren't merely attacks on their artistic merits per se (even if they do). To be honest, I've actually grown to enjoy every new Siguion-Reyna film that came up, and am disappointed that he hasn't done anything (at least as far as I know) in the past seven years."


Piper said...

Neil, I see you shot your was early.

Count on my entry this weekend.

Piper said...

Sorry. I meant shot your wad. Aren't you glad I corrected that?

Noel Vera said...

Neil, can't find your durned email. Was wondering if you'd give me till Monday night at least, and I can come up with a film that meets your criteria perfectly--a film that I hate and love in equal measure, is terrible beyond any objective standard, but which I argue should be preserved for the ages--a kind of great something, but what exactly I'm still not sure...

What do you think?

Neil said...

Noel: I'm sure I'll come up with any entries that dribble in in the next day or so, and I must say your salesmanship is excellent. I frankly must know more about this movie of yours.

Arden said...

I am pissed I missed this!!!

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