Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bonnie's Kids (1973)

Director: Arthur Marks

Starring: Tiffany Bolling, Steve Sandor, Robin Mattson, Scott Brady, Alex Rocco, Leo Gordon, Max Showalter, Lenore Stevens, Timothy Brown

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Half A Million In Cash Was Missing. THEY WANTED IT ... And They'd Spill Blood To Get It! THEY HAD IT ... And They'd Do Anything To Keep It!

Plot: Sisters Myra and Ellie have finally had enough of their miserable, dead-end lives. When their step-father Charley (the Bonnie from the title being long dead) tried to rape Myra, Ellie ventilates him with a shotgun, and the pair run off to their wealthy uncle's mansion in El Paso. From that point on, the two undergo a transformation in their personalities, and start to enjoy living their lives on the wild side.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

#133 on Drive-In Delirium Volume 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

Here's a flick that was ideal for the drive-in crowd of the early 70s.  It's got action, boobs and killin'.  It's an OK flick with enough to keep you somewhat entertained for an hour and forty five minutes, which is long for a picture like this. Hey, it's got Max Showalter in it!

You might recognize him as Molly Ringwald's grandfather in SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984), his last role.  He's hilarious.

Something else that's interesting is the black and white hitman team of Eddy (Rocco) and Charley (Gordon) who look like they could have easily been the inspiration for Tarantino's hitman duo in PULP FICTION (1994).  They were fun.

I also dug the cynical 70s ending. You can tell that the film makers behind this picture were striving for something more than just your average exploitation action picture but despite that, it still feels like it's got one foot in exploitation and the other trying to fit into the Hollywood crime actioner.  It's a lower budget, lower profile copy of THE GETAWAY (1972).  All things considering, they did a pretty good job.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Wolverine (2013)

Director: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Ken Yamamura, Famke Janssen

More info: IMDb

Tagline: When he's most vulnerable, he's most dangerous.

Plot: In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

Has this been a bland year for big budget blockbusters or what?  Yeah, I gave this a 7 out of 10 but I'm not terribly pleased about it and it's mostly for how awesome Hugh Jackman is in the role and how stupendously cool the after-credits surprise was.  Look, it's not that bad but it's not exactly a home run, either.  I really dug how there wasn't a whole heck of a lot of action.  I liked the casual pacing and it felt like they were going for some character development but they fell short.  What's there is shallow but they did try and it was an entertaining flick when it was all over.  I loved the WWII bits and the Japanese locales for most of the movie.  It's definitely worth a look.

The Staircase Murders (2007)

Director: Tom McLoughlin

Starring: Treat Williams, Kevin Pollak, Samaire Armstrong, Brandon Olive, Laura Bailey, Douglas M. Griffin, Brett Rice, Kate Donadio, Nina Jones

More info: IMDb

Plot: After he calls 911 to report his wife's accident, successful novelist and aspiring politician Michael Peterson (Williams) becomes the prime suspect in her alleged murder.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

I love Kevin Pollak so I'm definitely on board with anything he does.  He cracks me up but he's also a damn fine dramatic actor.  The scene where David (Pollak) forces Michael (Williams) to be honest with him and drop the act was a nice "no more mister nice guy" moment.  This was a different sort of role than I'm used to seeing Treat Williams in.  I really dug the method of storytelling by using the device of a documentary crew following Michael and his family as they go through the aftermath of his wife's death.  Having them there asking questions and doing the whole talking heads thing.  It's a pretty good flick with an ending that caught me by surprise. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Hunger Games (2012)

Director: Gary Ross

Starring: Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Games Will Change Everyone

Plot: In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I really didn't want to see this.  The similarities with BATTLE ROYALE (2000) are staggering.  A friend who'd read the books invited me to to see it with her in the theater. She educated me on the details the film left out. which helped a lot.  I went and I actually enjoyed it.  I was surprised.  I still think Suzanne Collins ripped-off BR but she did create something much different enough to not cheese me off too much.  While I was hoping for more gore and kids getting killed in grisly ways, I was please with what they did do which is more than I expected.  It's an interesting world this story takes place in and I'm keen to see where else the series will go. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Taxi Driver (1976)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Martin Scorsese, Joe Spinell

More info: IMDb

Tagline: On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.

Plot: A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Man, I haven't seen this one in a while.  Great flick.  Great performances, direction, writing, cinematography (boy, New York looks like a living, breathing city in this one), score (Bernard Herrmann's last score - he died within hours of recording the last cue), etc.  I remember the ending threw me off when I first watched it over 25 years ago.  It seemed pretty surreal.  It's all good now.  What a great soundtrack, though.  Some of the tracks just ooze desperation and doom.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Halloween (2007)

Director: Rob Zombie

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Daeg Faerch, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe, Daniell Harris, Kristina Klebe, Skyler Gisondo, Danny Trejo, Hanna Hall, Tom Towles, Bill Mosley, Clint Howard, Richard Lynch, Brad Dourif, Udo Kier, Dee Wallace

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Evil Has A Destiny

Plot: After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

I'd heard so much crap about how bad this was that by the time I got around to watching it my expectations were in the basement.  I like it.  I prefer the Carpenter original but this is one of the best horror remakes in recent years.  I liked how the picture is divided into two halves, the first about Michael killing his family and spending years in the hospital being studied by Dr. Loomis.  By the way, Sheri Moon Zombie plays white trash really well.  I love that Michael was wearing that mask during the killings as a child.  Nice touch.  The film was cast well, too.  Everyone did a fine job.  There's a little bit of boob and a good deal of gore.  I'm satisfied.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Lady Frankenstein (1971)

Director: Mel Welles

Starring: Joseph cotten, Rosalba Nen, Paul Muller, Peter Whiteman, Herbert Fux, Renate Kasche, Lorenzo Terzon, Ada Pometti

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Only The Monster She Made Could Satisfy Her Strange Desires!

Plot: When Dr. Frankenstein is killed by a monster he created, his daughter and his lab assistant Marshall continue his experiments. The two fall in love and attempt to transplant Marshall's brain in to the muscular body of a retarded servant Stephen, in order to prolong the aging Marshall's life. Meanwhile, the first monster seeks revenge on the grave robbers who sold the body parts used in its creation to Dr. Frankenstein. Soon it comes after Marshall and the doctor's daughter.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Here's a nice, different take on Dr. Frankenstein and pals.  Having his daughter a brilliant scientist was neat.  It's too bad her main motivation was to have sex with Thomas the half wit hired help.  If only he had the brain of an educated and brilliant scientist...hmmm...perhaps then she could have that brain transplanted to the body of a young stud.  BAM!  The perfect man and one that she created.  One thing I dug about this picture is the unusual and unexpected ending.  I'm not going to give it away but I had my own ideas on how Lady Frankenstein and friend could have gone but the actual ending was strangely satisfying but not without much curiosity.  Well, there's some gore and a little nudity (wouldn't you be disappointed if a picture called LADY FRANKENSTEIN didn't have any?) and everything else that makes this fun. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Freejack (1992)

Director: Geoff Murphy

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Banks, David Johansen, Amanda Plummer

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Alex Furlong died today. Eighteen years from now, he'll be running for his life.

Plot: Auto racer Alex Furlong is snatched by time travel, a split second before a fatal explosion, by Vasendak's 21st-century team of techies, who plan to sell his healthy body to an ailing rich man at McCandless Corporation, for a mind transfer. He escapes, but has no rights in this nightmare future of violence and sleaze. The story concerns his survival, and his attempt to revive his relationship with his fiancée Julie, now 15 years older and an executive at McCandless.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Meh.  OK sci-fi action thriller.  It's weird seeing Mick Jagger as an actor and taking him seriously.  He's so damn goofy looking but he wasn't that bad.  Geez, I just watched it and I'm having trouble finding anything to say which doesn't bode to well for the flick. It's always fun watching Anthony Hopkins, especially before his meteoric rise to fame following THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) which he had just come off of.  I realize this film came after LAMBS but it's got that pre-vibe as if it hadn't hit him yet.  And what do you know; I'm balls deep into watching a shitload of Nunsploitation movies and Amanda Plummer shows up looking the part!

Alexander the Great (1968)

Director: Phil Karlson

Starring: William Shatner, Adam West, John Cassavetes, Joseph Cotten, Simon Oakland, Bill Arvin, Mike Bradford, Jim Clone, John Doucette, Robert Fortier, Peter Hansen, Jonathan Kidd, Cliff Osmond, Jeff Pomerantz, Ziva Rodann, Clay Tanner

More info: IMDb

Plot: Alexander the Great battles the Persians at Issus as he discovers a plot by one of his trusted warriors to kill him and take his place as leader of the Greeks and the World.


My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Supposedly this was a TV pilot made in 1964 but wasn't fit to air until four years later when both Shatner and West were riding high in the success of their own TV series (BATMAN & STAR TREK).

It's a curiosity piece at best.  Shatner is a mess of fun to watch and Cotten and Cassavetes are great considering.

My biggest disappointment is the lack of Adam West.  He's hardly in it.  It's too bad this wasn't filmed in '68 when both he and Shatner had gone deep into hammy territory.  THAT would be a picture really worth watching.  This one, as it is, is a MUST SEE for any Shatner fan or a fan of any of the actors for that matter.  To everyone else, it's a 52 minute time killer.

The Bride (1985)

Director: Franc Roddam

Starring: Sting, Jennifer Beals, Anthony Higgins, Clancy Brown, David Rappaport, Geraldine Page, Alexei Sayle, Phil Daniels, Veruschka von Lehndorff, Quentin Crisp, Cary Elwes, Timothy Spall, Ken Campbell, Guy Rolfe

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A Woman Born Of Electricity - A Man Driven By Obsession

Plot: Disgusted by his dim-witted and ugly original creation (Brown), Dr. Frankenstein (Sting) sets out to animate an improved version. Though lovely on the outside, Eva (Beals) begins her new life as little more than an animal. With the help of his trusty housekeeper (Page), however, Frankenstein soon grooms the beautiful zombie into a reasonable facsimile of an upper-class debutante. He's unprepared, however, when his ward displays a mind -- and sexual urges -- of her own. Meanwhile, the good doctor's discarded original creation assumes the name of Viktor and takes to the road. Befriended by an enterprising dwarf named Rinaldo (Rappaport), Viktor becomes a circus performer but continues to pine after his bride. Connected to her psychically, he soon makes his way back to the scene of their mutual creation. There, he finds the girl embroiled in a love triangle between a callow suitor (Elwes) and Frankenstein himself.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

What a mixed bag this is.  I enjoyed it but there's a problem.  There are two stories which converge into one at the end. All of the performances are very good.  Sting plays Doc Frankenstein as a pompous, raging asshole.  Peter Cushing did, too, in all of those great Hammer Studio Frankenstein pictures but there's a world of difference in that Cushing was one of the most brilliant actors of the 20th century and, well, Sting doesn't come close.  He's just an amazing pop star that fit surprisingly well into the roll but didn't bring an awful lot to it.  He looked great and did a fine job but the problem isn't there but with his character.  But I'm getting off track.

The real stars of the show are Brown and Rappaport as Viktor (the monster) and Rinaldo respectively.  They are outstanding.  I've never seen such emotional depth given to the Frankenstein monster before and their pairing as actors is inspiring.  The moment when they part is heartbreaking.

The other half of the picture deals with Frankenstein and Eve (Beals) and the love triangle with Josef (Elwes) and is the least interesting part of the picture.  Beals was fantastic, by the way, but what happens when the film switches gears momentarily to show us their goings on slows the picture down and had me longing for more  Viktor & Rinaldo bits.  Maurice Jarre's score is pretty good and romantic but I didn't like the electronic additions.   And how about that ending?  I didn't see that coming.  I was shocked and very pleased with the conclusion.  I kind of got choked up a little that they actually went there.  So there it is.  I'm not sure if it's the writing, the direction or both that brings down the love triangle sections or what but this picture is well worth watching just for Clancy and Rappaport alone.

Monday, July 22, 2013

633 Squadron (1964)

Director: Walter Grauman

Starring: Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris, Maria Perschy, Harry Andrews, Donald Houston, Michael Goodliffe, John Meillon, John Bonney, Angus Lennie, Scott Finch

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The greatest adventure since men fought on earth...or flew over it!

Plot: An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway,, which is part of the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-day, by flying up a well-defended fjord at low level.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

After getting through half of D-DAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE (1956) before realizing the dull love story wasn't going to disappear in favor of some WWII action, we popped it out (for me to finish later) in favor of this picture.  See, my friend and I were jonsing for a good WWII actioner and something had to give so I popped in 633 and it was great.  Well, it was a lot of fun.  One of the best things it had going for it was the Cliff Robertson.  This guy oozes with charisma.  He's so damn likable in everything I've seen him in.

It's just a fun picture no matter how you slice it and it's got a rousing score by Ron Goodwin.  They really do a great job with the tension in the final assault that it kept me guessing the whole way through if they were going to pull it off and, if they did, who would survive because the odds were stacked against them.  The Germans were nicely handled as smart soldiers, not the knuckleheads you often get in these pictures. That was refreshing. It wasn't until I was searching the net today for movie posters and a trailer that I came across folks saying that George Lucas used this movie as one of his main inspirations and one that he copied for the Death Star assault at the end of STAR WARS (1977).  Check this out.

Now, there's a video and audio edit job done on it but he's not lifting bits and pieces from all over the movie.  This is all from the last twenty minutes and in order.  It's just tightened up to help sync with the audio.  Being the huge STAR WARS fans my friend and I are I'm surprised we didn't pick up on this in some small way when we watched it last night.  It's a valid comparison.

D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)

Director: Henry Koster

Starring: Robert Taylor, Richard Todd, Dana Wynter, Edmond O'Brien, John Williams, Jerry Paris, Robert Gist, Richard Wyler, Ross Elliott, Alex Finlayson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Greatest Love Story of the War

Plot: On the night before D-Day, one ship, carrying Special Force Six, leaves ahead of the main invasion on a dangerous mission. On board are British Colonel Wynter and American Captain Parker, who each, in flashback, reminisce about their separate involvements with beauteous Valerie Russell.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? War is HELL, NO!

Say, kids, how much Nazi ass-kickin' action would you expect in a 106 minute movie called D-DAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE?  How about 7 minutes worth, AND not until 90 minutes into the picture?  Yeah.  Had I seen the movie poster before watching it instead of the DVD cover (bastards!) I might have been less disappointed.  Check out this horseshit.

That screams WWII action to me.  Not a vagina in sight. Hell, they don't even put Dana Wynter's (the female love interest) name on the cover!  Bullshit, Man, bullshit.  It's crap like this that puts a bad taste in my mouth from 20th Century Fox.  I don't get how Robert Taylor got to be such a popular movie star.  He's dull.  I didn't care for him in IVANHOE (1952) and I don't like him here.  His performance is as bland as...

Maybe he's good in Westerns or crime flicks but he's got no business being the love interest in this picture.  He's got so little charisma I can't get behind anyone like Valerie (Wynter) for digging on this guy.  The ending was OK since it at least went somewhere I didn't expect.  What a let down.  I'm selling this DVD at the flea market.  Cash monies here I come!

The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)

Director: Chia-Liang Liu

Starring: Jackie Chan, Lung Ti, Anita Mui, Felix Wong, Chia-Liang Liu, Ken Lo, Kar Lok Chin, Ho-Sung Pak

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Don't Cross His Path When He's Drunk!

Plot: A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Boy, it's been too long since I watched a Jackie Chan flick and longer still since I saw this one.  I seem to recall he did another Drunken Master movie in the 70s that was better than this one.  Chan is a work of art in fluid motion.  His physicality is uncanny.  The fight choreography (by Chan) is superb and most of all, fun as all hell.  I also dig his sense of humor and playfulness.  This picture oozes with fun from start to finish.  Any video clip from this movie speaks volumes more than I could ever muster up.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

Director: Amir Bar-Lev

Starring: Amir Bar-Lev, Anthony Brunelli, Elizabeth Cohen, Jonathan Crosby, Ron Curtis Jr., Michael Kimmelman, Laura Olmstead, Mark Olmstead, Maria Olmstead, Zane Olmstead, Celeste Russi, Tara Sands, Stuart Simpson, Jackie Wescott

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Inspiration or Manipulation? You Decide.

Plot: A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

This is an interesting documentary.  It flows like most documentaries where there is a controversy involved.  It starts at the beginning, telling us about how this kid started and then the media attention followed by questions about the authenticity of the paintings (did she have any assistance or were these 100% created by the kid) to a public outcry and abandonment by the art community.  It's quite a ride.  It's well worth watching.  The film feels like it's leaning toward one view but it did leave me asking questions (that I know how I would answer) like, what is the true value of art, does it matter all that much if an adult did guide a child with a painting?  It seems to me that art collectors, generally speaking, are petty and pretentious.  I realize this might not generally be the case but it certainly applies to a lot of those portrayed in the documentary.  Do they have valid complaints and concerns?  Possibly.  Definitely as they see it.  But the big question I have for them is, what are you buying, the art or the artist?

Captain Apache (1971)

Director: Alexander Singer

Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Carroll Baker, Stuart Whitman, Percy Herbert, Elisa Montes, Tony Vogel, Charles Stalmaker, Charly Bravo, Faith Clift

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They Trailed Him...Tailed Him...Tried to Nail Him...NO WAY!!!

Plot: Lee Van Cleef as a Native American born US Army officer, Captain Apache, investigating a murder, uncovers a presidential assassination plot. Captain Apache wears a funky coat, trips on psychedelics, beats up twin gay gunslingers and constantly gets called red ass, all while trying to find out what the words "april morning" mean, a dying agent's last words. With very few leads, he starts a tense alliance with a corrupt gun-runner named Griffin (Stuart Whitman), but finds he'll have to work quicker if he's to find out information as his contacts have a rather annoying habit of dying - and just before they tell him as well.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Probably not.


I'm a HUGE Lee Van Cleef fan so I was primed and ready to like this one only...I didn't really.  Sure, it's strange seeing LVC with a full head of hair and no mustache and it's a little odd that he's playing an Indian but that's not where I have a problem with the picture.  The characters spend the entire movie trying to find out what the hell the dying words of a man, "April Morning", meant.  LVC gets into scrapes and there are some kills from time to time but we don't really get closer to knowing until the final few minutes of the picture.  What we discover is pretty damn cool and then once that's over it's really cynical (which I liked).  There's not much that's interesting enough to pull me back in for another viewing.  There are way too many Spaghetti Westerns to watch (and re-watch) before I'd ever be convinced to come back to this one.  Another reason to stay away is LVC sings not one but two songs!  The first one over the opening credits isn't so bad but the one that accompanies the end credits is just awful.  I'm glad he didn't give up acting for a singing career.  I'm sure he was, too.

Sniper (1993)

Director: Luis Llosa

Starring: Tom Berenger, Billy Zane, J.T. Walsh, Aden Young, Ken Radley, Reynaldo Arenas, Gary Swanson, Hank Garrett, Frederick Miragliotta

More info: IMDb

Tagline: One Shot. One Kill. No Exceptions.

Plot: Tough guy Thomas Beckett is a US Marine working in the Panamanian jungle. His job is to seek out rebels and remove them using his sniper skills. Beckett is notorious for losing his partners on such missions. This time he's accompanied by crack marksman Richard Miller, who's more of an office-type. Together they plan to seek out an important rebel leader, whilst avoiding a rogue marksman who frequents this part of the jungle.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

While it's a nicely paced film and slower than what you'd expect, it's still got too much action.  Since the sniper life is all about the monotonous waiting I was hoping for something even more subdued. I dig Zane but did they have to make his character an Olympic medal winning shooter who's never killed?  And why would they put him on an important mission that, you know, means he has to kill?  Not buying it.  But suspension of disbelief aside, it's not a bad picture but it's not as good as it should have been.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976)

Director: Masaru Konuma

Starring: Luna Takamura, Yoko Azusa, Nobutaka Masutomi, Aoi Nakajima, Shin Nakamaru

More info: IMDb

Plot: Before leaving for a mission in Africa, Runa, a nun, visits her sister three years after entering the convent when her sister stole Runa's boyfriend. Runa comes to forgive and to help her sister make enough money buying and selling some convent property so she can marry. The old boyfriend has new women in his life, but he and the sister tell Runa they're a couple in order to keep the property deal. To make even more money, Runa's sister wheedles large gifts from various men she's stringing along. There are flashbacks to Runa's sexual initiation at the convent. Has this taught meekness to Runa?

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Part of the Nunsploitation Project (July & August 2013). Click here for more naughty nun insanity! 

This Nunsploitation picture is different than what I've seen so far.  What makes it so is that it takes place outside a church, convent or any other religious location.  It's also a revenge flick from the get go although you won't know it until you're near the end.  It's got some great Japanese weirdness you've come to expect.


I'll say!

That's right, she paints her nethers.

What does she do with it?  She gives it to her boyfriend.

Well, it turns out she's sold them to several men telling them that she'd marry them!

Boy, if I had a nickel every time I heard that line.

This looks to be a slam dunk, fun as shit movie but it's not all that.  It's rather slow but not without some bits to keep you interested.  The sex scenes dragged.  There were  a couple or so that went on seemingly forever.  Combine that with an already leisurely pace it can get boring pretty quick.  I did enjoy it despite that but not enough to give it another go.  I'd rather watch any number of Pinky Violence flicks from the 70s instead.