Bud Tingwell’s dark side!

Firstly, rest in peace big fella. But let’s cut to the chase. I’ve only ever known of Bud as the nice old, cauliflower eared, cute, fuzzy wuzzy grandad. At one point I wondered if there was a law that Bud MUST star in every piece of film made in Australia. From playing the hero QC lawyer in ‘The Castle’ to, er, everything else that called for an old fella. Cut back to 1978 and a movie called Money Movers. It’s an Aussie movie about crooked armoured truck guards and even more crooked bosses, all trying to rip off the millions that pass through their hands every day. But this movie is so far ahead of it’s time, it’s like getting a birthday card from your children not born yet. So who does Tingwell play? He plays the security company boss – and a brutal one at that. Some of you may not believe you’d find a middle aged Bud Tingwell doing a toe cutting scene, with some solid A Clockwork Orange overtones. Well he did and he’s bloody convincing at it too. Strangely I bought this movie for six bucks in Melbourne on DVD around the time Bud passed on. Other actors in the flick such as Terrence Donovan (yes Jason’s dad) liken it to Reservoir Dogs. At least violence and crime wise, it’s bang on. But it was released almost 15 years before it when Tarantino was probably working the video store counter. Money Movers also stars Bryan Brown and seventies legend Lucky ‘Bargearse’ Grills. A bit kitsch sure, but it truly stands up on its own. Sadly,...

Rachael Getting Married Review

This is one pretty confrontational chick flick. Well at least on the surface it is. Truth be known, it’s a bit more than that. Rachael Getting Married entwines addiction, grief and the joy of a wedding all in one. Yup Anne Hathaway plays a recovering junkie that shows up for her sister’s wedding and somehow uses her personal problems to disrupt everything. It doesn’t help that her sister is a psychiatrist! So the sibling rivalry goes off from the get go. The movie is basically set around the sister’s wedding from the setting up of the marquee in the backyard, to the dismantling of it. Rachael Getting Married is more interesting in how its put together than its synopsis. There are so many brilliant plot devices. Straight off the bat, Hathaway’s character Kim is picked up by her family in this really old Mercedes station wagon. Instantly you’re wondering why this well to do upstate New York (well Connecticut) family drive such an old car. Something is not quite right. For virtually the whole movie, live music is playing. It’s meant to be the wedding band, which are a multi cultural rag-tag bunch of musos. But it brings a really arty feel to the whole thing as every scene has the dulcet pluckings of a violin in the back ground. And there are these weird antipodes everywhere, like Rachael is a white girl marrying a black guy and all these different kinds of music playing. The Indian theme of the wedding. It’s all very quirky. In the true tradition of art house American cinema, this movie is virtually all...

Role Models movie

Despite having watched this to get out of seeing a chick flick on Valentine’s day, this was actually pretty good! It has the obligatory Stifler from American pie and also the chick who plays the psychiatrist on Two and a Half Men. It’s classic situation comedy with the frustrated guy in his thirties getting angry, stuffing up and in trouble with the law. Him and his mate have to do community service which involves mentoring socially awkward kids. Stifler and his mate are partnered up, Stifler with a 6 year old that swears like Kevin Bloody Wilson’s love child and the other with a medieval role playing game freak. It’s pretty formulaic in its approach from here on in. Thankfully the medievalness and Stifler’s character’s love of rock demi gods Kiss save this from being in the weekly rental bin in five minutes. It gives the movie some good comedic backbone and needed kitschiness. The two kids are seriously good actors (the medieval nerdy one is like an adolescent Crispin Glover) while their plight is easy to relate to yet you’re not asked to drown them in ‘awwwwwwww’ type symathy. This is a major studio movie with a really art house tinge. Well worth checking...

Not Quite Hollywood on DVD!!!

A few months back I wrote about this documentary on Ozsploitation movies. It was to my mind the most surprising and best documentary of 2008, opening your eyes to a genre of seventies and eighties drive in flicks I never knew existed. Well great news! Not only is the doco itself available on DVD, with special features, some of the movies featured have been re-released too! So I know what you’re thinking. 13 movies are out and that’s thirthy bucks each. Wrong! They have come out in a 2 volume ‘Ozsploitation pack’. One volume is R rated with six flicks. The other is M 15+ rated with another six great flicks. Both volumes and the Not Quite Hollywood doco are available at Borders at the Jam Factory. Each volume is $49.95. $100 for 12 movies is pretty decent. Full respect to the producers and distributors for keeping the price down. Some of the 12 movies included were one of the Barry Mckenzie movies, one with Johnny Holmes, Roadgames with Jamie Lee Curtis. Bikie epic Stone is also on one of the volumes. And that is worth the price of admission alone. There is one problem though. The movie I really wanted to see The Man From Hong Kong (here’s the trailer on Youtube) has been re-released in Australia. However Borders say it’s been on back order since October 2008. TMFHK is Australia’s one and only Kung Fu movie starring Jimmy Wang Yu and Bond guy George Lazenby. It has some killer car chases and great 1975 action. Australian Muscle Car Magazine (an awesome mag by the way) did a...

Not Quite Hollywood movie review

Have you yearned to know what Aussie cinema was like in the seventies? Did you even know there was one? Did you know that for love nor money, you can’t find a decent print of Mad Max in Australia, because they were all played to buggery at the drive ins? All this and more is uncovered in Not Quite Hollywood – a warts and all look at an uncovered golden age of Aussie exploitation cinema. When I say warts an all, first we start with a sexy look at Aussie cinema. It’s the Barry McKenzie/Number 96 era, where any tits and arse film would be guaranteed to reel in the dosh. And there is a LIBERAL splash of muff and tits in the first half hour of the film. My only complaint is they didn’t keep it going throughout the film! In fact even Johnny Holmes made a cameo appearance in Aussie cinema! Next you get the so called ‘genre’ films, mostly action and horrors. This is where a special guest pops in Quentin Tarantino. You guessed it, the world’s most pre eminent film nerd is obsessed with Aussie exploitation films as well and has quite a lot to say. So much so that it was by virtue of his support, this movie got off the ground. Along the way, they uncover a brilliant 1975 Hong Kong action flick, filmed in Australia, heaps of Mad Max esque films, schlock horror flicks aplenty and loads and loads and loads of speeding cars and gore. All I can suggest is bring a pen and paper because you will find at least...

RIP George Carlin

Another top bloke bites the dust. George was in his early seventies but worked at a prolific pace until death. Most gen X and Yers would know him from Kevin Smith movies such as Dogma and Jersey Girl. Whilst he may not have been the pioneer that Lenny Bruce was, he made a huge contribution to the art of stand up. He used obscenity not just to offend, but hold a mirror up to America and show how ridiculous conservative thinking really was. Point in case “Selling’s legal. Fucking’s legal. Why isn’t selling fucking legal?!”While the delivery may not have been completely original, the material was. Oh yeah, and the ‘7 words you can’t say on television’ skit that almost made him the second commedian in US history (after Lenny) to be charged with obscenity in the early seventies. Post 9-11, he also got really stuck into airport security saying words to the effect of ‘it’s just to make white people feel safe’ and ‘it’s the government’s way of saying that we can fuck with you any time we want’. He also had a famous altercation on Fox news that saw an interview end in furore and argument when he refused to tow the Republican line the program was taking. Carlin basically argued the news presenter down and walked off. While he’s done so much great edgy stuff, it did take him a while to find his groove. Before he was the angry old man, he was a contemporary groovy comedian doing mostly impersonations. Which don’t really work today in all honesty. But it’s harder to appreciate an artist...