Cinema fiends and movie worshipers rejoice! It’s May which means summer is right around the corner. No more rotten weather with plenty of sunshine. It also means oppressively hot days that will have us retreating into our caves to stay cool and chill out while the sun tries to set everyone on fire. What better way to pass those boiling hours than with some grade-A choice slabs of cinema? Let’s dig in!
Legion of Iron (1990)
This straight to video cheese-fest is a bad movie lover’s masterpiece. An underground (literally) death match sends out some goons to kidnap a high school quarterback and his cheerleader girlfriend to force the girl into sex slavery and the quarterback into fighting to the death. Cod pieces, bad hair, and an outrageous plot coupled with horrible dialogue make this one a real treat. It’s got everything. Nudity, blood, pounding muscles, and questionable fighting techniques.
Narco Cultura (2013)
On the flip side we have Narco Cultura, a grisly documentary that you need to watch right now. 50% of the film covers the real life slaughter that takes place in Mexico due to the narco cartels, the other half of the film follows Narco bands in the U.S. that capitalize on the mystique around these mass murderers to make some serious cash singing songs about real narco assassins. This one hit me like a hammer. It’s beautifully filmed and edited so it’s hard not to watch, but the grisly footage of death make it a real tough ride. An important doc, especially for those of us who live in and around the culture of the Narco bands. Be forewarned, this doc pulls no punches and shows all the graphic details of the unfortunate end for the people of Mexico.
Rammbock: Berlin Undead (2010)
Yeah, yeah, it’s a zombie movie. Another one. Lord sometimes I wish there would be no more zombie movies. And yet, ones like this keep popping up and bring me back into the smelly undead fold. A zombie outbreak leaves tenants in an apartment trapped inside their flats. Of course they have to find a way out because it’s only a matter of time before they are discovered by the undead. This one does it right and does it well, and most importantly does it quickly. It’s barely over an hour long. Fat free cinema.
Short Term 12 (2013)
Not a typical pick for me I know, but this small film about a group home for troubled kids worked for me big time. Each character in the film could have starred in their own movie, which is a testament to great characterization without a lot of time spent with each character. The acting is great and the story is simple, honest and brimming with humanity. Good stuff all around.
From the director of Repo Man comes the strange tale of Walker, the man who tried to conquer South America. The movie bombed and largely killed the director’s career, but he feels it’s his best work. I don’t know if I agree with that but it is some seriously funky film making with lots of blood and megalomania.