A discussion of cult films by two guys located in a basement somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Matt holds a B.S. and M.S. in physics, and works as an aerospace engineer. Mark holds a B.S. in biochemistry and works as a research technician... both are graduates of Snohomish High School Class of 91/92 respectiviely, none of which qualifies them to discuss film in any meaningful way... so... "caveat emptor" and all that.
The originator of the first cinematic fart joke, Mel Brooks hits his farcical stride in the 1974 film Blazing Saddles. Exploiting exploitation itself, Brooks manages to charm his audiences with the absurdity of our shameful national history. Both making fun of the Old West and the titular film genre of the 50's and 60's, Brooks uses every gag known to man, making its cheap laughs nearly transcendent. So fix yourself a plate of beans and a pot of coffee and join in on the gastrointestinal hilarity.
Another world! ... Another time! This week Matt and Mark review the Jim Henson Frank Oz puppet show masterpiece The Dark Crystal. A marvel of classic special effects, TDC proves to be an evocative film minus its human-free celluloid. Marketed as a children's movie, it challenges youthful sensibility with a touch of Grimm's fairy tales, and in so doing, gives its viewer the benefit of the doubt. So forget James Cameron's heavily borrowed Pandora and settle in to the more imaginative world of The Dark Crystal.
Matt and Mark delve into the big-boobed world of Russ Meyers this week when we review the 1965 cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! We attempt to explore the feminist angle of FPKK by juxtaposing the Varla character with the typical male-dominated action roles. What we get is an interesting hyperbole of exaggerated misogyny that may speak more truth then most men can admit.
Well, it's about time we got around to reviewing a Quentin Tarantino film ("Quarantino", if you're not into that whole brevity thing, man). A cult film if there ever was one, Matt and Mark discuss the seminal classic Reservoir Dogs. Along with its violence, R'Dogs capitalizes on the subtle yet intriguing nuance of everyday guy conversations, whether its pop-culture musings or humorous anecdotes. Tarantino's dialogue is where he's always been the strongest, which of course is not to sell the film short for its storytelling chops, which QT deftly wields.