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GROOVERS & MOBSTERS PRESENT: DETECTIVE NOIR

Posted in Groovers & Mobsters Present with tags , , , , on March 20, 2011 by Kaiderman

It’s once again time to take part in that brain child from the folks over at Movie Mobsters and the Fandango Groovers Movie Blog. Wherein we look at films that standout in or have an influence on a particular genre of film. This time out, we’re taking a look at DETECTIVE NOIR FILMS. Here’s my selection:

“I’m looking to find this big game the Pin’s played, not to gum it, but just so when its tail jams in my back I’ll know who to bill for the embalming” – Brendan Frye

It’s no secret that, while I love films, I don’t watch a ton of older films. So the classics for this genre, like The Maltese Falcon or any Bogart film, are pretty much lost on me. So, when I was asked to contribute to this piece, I had to go with a Neo-Noir for my choice. Luckily, I knew of a great one that manages to deliver a classic 50’s Noir in a contemporary setting. Here’s the basic idea behind the film BRICK:

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

While that sounds cool, it does the film zero justice. What’s brilliant about Brick is while the story is an unravelling murder mystery and the dialogue is completely authentic to the Noirs of old, the film takes place in a modern-day high school. It’s, honestly, a crossing of genres that could have gone horribly wrong but manages to succeed by its utter loyalty to its premise. I will admit, the first time I watched the film, I had to watch it with the sub-titles on because the heavily stylized dialogue (including the slang used) can be hard to follow but it’s well worth the investment.

A few other things worth noting about this film… One thing that amazes me is the fact that it got distributed at all. Which probably only happened because of its modest budget (around 500 thousand). That number is another thing that amazes in that a film of this quality could be produced for pennies by Hollywood standards. This is also the film, in my opinion, that proved Jo-Go (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) had the makings of a star. If you follow his resume, you’ll see Hollywood mirrored my opinion.

Finally, I’d just like to mention the director: Rian Johnson. When I appeared on The (late, great) Film Cynics radio show a few months back, they asked me who I had my eye on out there as far as directors. I told them Rian Johnson who followed up Brick with The Brothers Bloom and is in production with Looper, a time travel Sci-Fi Action film starring Bruce Willis. His career looks very promising right now and this is where it all started… by reinventing a classic film genre.

Here is the film’s red-band trailer:

You can find all the films selected for this edition of Groovers & Mobsters Presents by CLICKING HERE!!!

GROOVERS & MOBSTERS PRESENT: HORROR

Posted in Groovers & Mobsters Present, Horror with tags , , , , on October 31, 2010 by Kaiderman

It’s once again time to take part in that brain child from the folks over at Movie Mobsters and the Fandango Groovers Movie Blog. Wherein we look at films that standout in or have an influence on a particular genre of film. This time out, we’re taking a look at HORROR FILMS. After all, it’d be a lame time to look at Christmas films! Here’s my selection:

“Every dead body that is not exterminated becomes one of them. It gets up and kills! The people it kills get up and kill!”

Anyone that knows me knows that I think Zombies are the end all be all of the Horror genre. And when it comes to Zombies, no one does it better than George A. Romero. Romero has made 6 Zombie films in his “of the Dead” series to date and while Night of the Living Dead is the Bible for all that follow, Dawn of the Dead remains the best film he’s ever made. Here’s the basic idea:

In this first sequel to Night of the Living Dead, a group of four people take up residence in a deserted mall while trying to stay alive amidst the armies of the dead and a vicious gang of militant bikers.

“Dawn”, or the one that takes place in the mall, succeeds on so many levels. First, who hasn’t thought about having free reign over all the stuff in a mall. It’s every consumer’s dream… regardless of whether or not the world is going to hell around you. Second, Zombies make such interesting baddies on film because (a) they’re just relentless and endless and (b) they’re basically us. I mean, what better way to make man take a good look at himself and what he’s capable of than to pit him against his own self. Another thing that makes “Dawn” great is that it was the first time that Romero also began to explore the world beyond people just trying to survive and began to look at the way the living would treat each other if ever they were in a situation where rules and laws no longer applied… turns out, not so good.

To this day, I rarely come across Horror films that are let alone good but offer up chills to boot. Dawn does both and if you haven’t seen it yet, well… get on that!

Here’s the film’s trailer:

You can see all the films chosen for this edition of Groovers & Mobsters Present by CLICKING HERE!!!

GROOVERS & MOBSTERS PRESENT: PRISON FILMS

Posted in Groovers & Mobsters Present with tags , , , on September 18, 2010 by Kaiderman

It’s once again time to take part in that brain child from the folks over at Movie Mobsters and the Fandango Groovers Movie Blog. Wherein we look at films that standout in or have an influence on a particular genre of film. This time out, we’re taking a look at PRISON FILMS.  Here’s my selection:

I said put your mouth on the curb! Continue reading

Groovers & Mobsters Present: 복수 삼부작 (The Vengeance Trilogy)

Posted in Cameos for Other Sites, Groovers & Mobsters Present, Guest Bloggers, Ongoing Lists with tags , , , , , on July 24, 2010 by Kaiderman
Welcome to a special edition of Groovers & Mobsters Present. The saying “revenge is a dish best served cold” has probably been around since the nineteenth century. A variation appeared in the classic comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets, it was popularised in the novel/film The Godfather and in Kill Bill Quentin Tarantino told us it is an old Klingon proverb. Park Chan-wook has his own ideas on vengeance and revenge: 
 
복수는 나의 것 – Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

By Kai from THE LIST:

What can I say? ANDY over there at the FANDANGO GROOVERS MOVIE BLOG must really like me cause he’s asked me back on to his ongoing genre study to discuss REVENGE FILMS. Today, we’ve narrowed it down even further to focus on Park Chan-Wook’s Revenge Trilogy which I recently picked as #4 of my Top 5 all time trilogies when I guest hosted the Matineecast (which you can hear by clicking here). This trilogy is not an ongoing story told over 3 films… rather it is 3 seperate tales of revenge as told by one visionary director. I have been tasked with talking about the first of the 3: Continue reading

GROOVERS & MOBSTERS PRESENT: THE FINAL FRONTIER

Posted in Cameos for Other Sites, Fanboys, Film, Groovers & Mobsters Present, Movies, Ongoing Lists, Star Wars with tags , , , , , on July 10, 2010 by Kaiderman

 

I have been invited by ANDY from THE FANDANGO GROOVERS MOVIE BLOG and HEATHER from MOVIE MOBSTERS have invited me back for a 2nd time to take part in their discussion of films that have influenced a genre (take that M. CARTER). This time around the focus is THE FINAL FRONTIER… and I got the Grand Daddy of them all:

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” Continue reading

GROOVERS & MOBSTERS PRESENT: GANGSTER MOVIES

Posted in Cameos for Other Sites, Film, Gangster Films, Groovers & Mobsters Present, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2010 by Kaiderman

“Yes, London. You know: fish, chips, cup ‘o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary fucking Poppins… LONDON.”

As you know, THE LIST doesn’t typically do reviews… we do LISTS… hence the name… duh!

However, when I was asked by Heather (from MOVIE MOBSTERS) and Andy (from FANDANGO GROOVERS MOVIE BLOG) to be a part of their new ongoing monthly series that looks at different film genres, I couldn’t resist. The idea was to pick a film from a particular genre, in this case Gangster films, and give a short review coupled with thoughts on how the film had impacted it’s particular genre. While reviews bore me to tears to write (mainly cuz I suck at them), the idea of looking how a film could influence a genre as a whole sounded very interesting. So, since most of the classics were taken, I decided to focus on a more recent entry into the world of Gangster movies. I present you with my choice: SNATCH (2000). Continue reading