Archive for December, 2008

‘TRAINED TO KILL’ (aka) ‘NO MERCY MAN’

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

For the life of me I can’t understand why I haven’t heard of this righteous heft of down home drive in shit kickery before. Where were the so called arbiters of bad taste in order to fast track me to this double-barreled hootenany. While the plot bares little scrutiny; big lug (Steve Sandor) returns to his family ranch from the killing fields of ‘Nam with a nasty case of the battle crazies, and his fragile psyche is about to take another clusterfuck; as a group of reprobate carnies, led by the towering Prophet (Rockne Tarkington) began an ill considered sortie on the Sandor homstead only to find themselves repelled by Sandor’s dog-faced, gun happy pappy. And it this most meagre umbilicus from whence the film’s fragile narrative is born.

Thus far there appears very little to merit any enthused cineaste musings; but - (more…)

A triptych of Fernando Di Leo: Poliziotto as high art.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

 Typically hardboiled and explosive Mafiosi actioner from, Fernando Di Leo, with the stoic to the point of rigidity, Henry Silva delivering yet another bravura performance as the ice-veined thug, Nick Lanzetta, with Hollywood icon, Richard Conte lending considerable gravitas as the Sicilian king pin, Don Carrasco.  All this stylish retribution is served admirably by a funky and uber infectious score by long-time Di Leo collaborator, Luis Enriquez Bacalov. Il Boss remains one of the all-time great mafia flicks, and thankfully, Di Leo flinch’s not a jot from the requisite ultra violence. If you have yet to witness any of Fernando Di Leo’s meticulously crafted gangster oeuvre, one should start here, as, Henry Silva’s Nick Lanzetta is the most Machiavellian and blood thirsty hit man to ever blaze a crimson swathe across the silva screen.

Masterful genre Director, Fernando Di Leo mines euro crime gold with ‘La Mala Ordina’, which proves to be yet another a satisfying, full bore actioner with everyone’s favourite concrete-haired heavy, Henry Silva teaming up with the towering, Woody Strode as two quick-fisted, slow-witted NY hoods whose demonstrative presence amongst the Italian underworld engenders a deadly schism betwixt the two rival factions; the Italian contingent bristling in vociferous indignation as the arrogant, Silva and Strode throw their considerable cumulative weight around. And it has to be said that, Armando Trovajoli’s grittier than gunpowder crime funk score is a break heavy delight; a veritable phat bass’d motherlode for beat junkies and audiophiles alike.

 

 

After viewing Castellari’s ‘High Crime’ and Di Leo’s ‘Milano Calibro 9′ my life-long obsession with Italian crime cinema began in earnest; and a more suitable baptismal font from which to anoint oneself with euro crime’s original sin would be hard to find, as ‘Milano Calibro 9’ remains one of the towering achievements of Di Leo’s woefully undocumented career. From the bravura opening montage; where Di Leo creates a tense, dynamic pulse of underworld chicanery, driven to a tumultuous climax by the dense, throbbing, almost baroque jazz funk of, Luis Bacalov (arguably his finest score). And from then on Di Leo is unerring in his fierce vision of violent double dealings and unflinching vengeance, with nary a skipped beat for the film’s duration, a rollicking, breathless yarn gloriously undiluted by soft-bellied tangents, or vapid self indulgeance. The gangster milieu simply doesn’t get any better than this; as much as I dig on Melville’s studied, glacial cool, Di Leo’s swarthy mise en scene has balls the size of prize winning pumpkins. Some may find all these myriad of hyperbolic blogs dedicated to a Italian crime cinema a trifle perplexing…then, oh yes! They discover ‘Milano Calibro 9’, and in one brutal pole axing knee to the oily conkers it’s all over; one can never return to the anodyne world of mainstream cinema without a considerable degree of incredulity.  Forget Hubbard, quantum mechanics or Castaneda, this film WILL change your life.     

 

Trailer for ‘Exterminators in The year 3000′

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Trailer for ‘Stunt Squad’ (1977) Look inside for more gonzoid Poliziotto from Giallo Goblin!

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Trailer for Ruggero Deodato’s ‘THE BARBARIANS’ Film available from Giallo Goblin.

Monday, December 1st, 2008

 

Excellent fantasy actioner from the versatile director, Ruggero Deodato who ups the steroid ante considerably by employing two Conans, rather than one; and this gambit pays off admirably, since ‘The Barbarians’ is clearly one of the better, late-cycle loincloth & broadsword epics; a ribald barnstormer that includes some quality buffoonery, a plethora of rambunctious fisticuffs and a stand out slab of villainy from the mighty, Richard Lynch. Yet another vintage DTV classic from the masters of the lowest common denominator, Golan Globus.   

‘RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS’ TRAILER. Film now available from Giallo Goblin.

Monday, December 1st, 2008