Last night, watched Gacey, The story of serial killer John Wayne Gacey. Was alright, like.
Then Wrinkles the clown, documentry/film about a weird guy who dresses as a clown, as part of an art project I guess? Strange and entertaining.
Just saw The Professionals, 60s version of The Expendables in a sense. Lee Marvin, Jack Palance, Burt Lancaster, Woody Strode, like you know this is gonna be good shit.
Anyway the Expendables comparison is only superficial in the sense of it being an ensemble action film of sorts. It seems like it's clearly the film that landed Lee Marvin the Dirty Dozen role, as Lee Marvin is hired by a rich rancher to lead a four man team into Mexico to rescue his wife, who has been kidnapped by Mexican revolutionaries. Naturally, Lee Marvin is a man who likes to plan things, including drawing diagrams to illustrate the plan.
Without giving much away, naturally the whole set-up is kind of a swizz, and things aren't quite as they seem.
The wife ran away to go live with Jack Palance (doing an amazzzzing job playing a Pancho Villa kind of Mexican lad), turns out she grew up with him in Mexico.
Basically this film is fuckin classssss, because it has this complete moral ambiguity right throughout all the way up to the end. It also has different themes running throughout, is the revolution really worth it, do you prefer money over love, the film is really about the choice between revolution vs state and love vs money. This is all dressed up in a western action film that is for sure fairly hokey at times in set-up, but is raised up by the moral issues and some really great lines here and there. Upon watching you have to wonder if this was a big influence on Sergio Leone's 'Fistful of Dynamite', as there are so many thematic similarities in terms of how the characters interweave with the revolution setting, even if the actuality of the plot is quite different. Viva Zapata!
TG4 is showing some proper class Westerns on Friday nights right now.
The body stealers on the horror channel.
Routine, very low budget, late 60s British sci fi. I've seen it before. Not a whole lot to recommend about it. Solid acting, some nice soundtrack parts......but mainly I just like that atmosphere.