Welcome to yet another installment of Netflix Film Festival. It seems that Netflix has conspired against me. They no longer allow me to see my entire streaming history. This means that anything weird/funky that I might have watched in the past couple of months has gone into ether that is my rat hole infested brain. So while I try to jump start my noggin with some electroshock therapy enjoy these flicks that I watched many moons ago but are still 100% worth your time.
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)
Every regular reader of NFF should already know this flick and worship at its bloody feet. For the uninitiated this is THE. GORIEST. KUNG-FU. FILM. EVER. And it’s awesome. Watch it right now. Seriously. And for those super nerdy folks, the main star of Riki-Oh can be seen in Ip Man and Ip Man 2. Give ‘em a watch because they’re legitimately great films, but then giggle when you see him.
Death Race 2000 (1975)
I bought this little number about 10 years ago at a Grocery Outlet of all places. It stars David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, and one of my professors from film school. You even get to see his butt. Naked. Set it the future, the race is a cross country slaughter fest with the contestants getting points for every pedestrian killed. Bonus points for old people and children. Recently there was a remake with Jason Statham. Honestly, it’s not too bad but not nearly as whacked out and fun as the original.
The Warriors (1979)
Ok, so most folks know about this Walter Hill gem. It was re-released onto dvd several years ago with a new directors cut. Everyone hated it. It’s cheesy and silly and ruins the original film. The only way to see the original theatrical cut is to track down a VHS or watch it on Netflix, and the Netflix version is completely restored! The film is lots of fun and a bucket of awesome to boot. One gang must fight their way back to their home turf after being framed for murder. Now every gang is out to get them. Watch it. It’s good. Afterwards why not cruise on over and buy a Paracinema Warriors t-shirt?
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009)
The Whites of West Virginia are notorious in their region. Drug dealers, thieves, drunks, and hell raisers. You don’t mess with the Whites. They play by their own rules and live their lives the way they want to: drinking, doping, and fighting. The best part? This is a documentary. This shit is for real. Explosive with energy and rebellion, TWWWWV is a doc not to be missed by those interested in fringe culture. This one’s a real eye opener, folks.
American Grindhouse (2010)
As the title suggests, this is a doc about the history of American grindhouse films. Great interviews and info abound in this high-quality documentary. This one is mandatory viewing for anyone interested in the funkier side of cinema. Great interviews with the ever ubiquitous John Landis, Joe Dante, Hershell Gordon Lewis, Fred Olen Ray, Fred Williamson, David Hess, and many more. If any of those names ring a bell, check it out now.