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Great Scenes – THE CAT

Today’s scene comes to you from director ‘s The Cat [Lao Mao] (1992) starring Shaw Brothers veteran Philip Kwok as one of a group of Nicely-Suited-Hitmen (movies in the 90’s were legally required to feature NSH’s) who stumble upon a mysterious creature that appears to be a cross between The Blob and The Thing, with little white hairlike tendrils that somehow amp up the heebie jeebies (Hong Kong films of the 90’s always amped up the HJ’s). Let me preface things by stating that this is one of the tamer scenes from the movie. Lam also directed Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)which will give you a sense of the weirdness you’re in for. Quick inventory:  haunted house (√), cheesy effects (√), an ex-Five Deadly Venom (√), limbs torn asunder (√√√) all  punctuated by foreign entities invading orifices (√). And for the diligent fan of oddity cinema, there’s even a bodily possession shot recalling Goke: Body Snatcher from Hell (√√√√√√)! What the Hell else could you ask for? Subtitles? If you think that’s gonna help make sense of this chaos you haven’t been paying attention!

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February 12, 2013   No Comments

Great Scenes – AMERICAN MOVIE

Been a busy past couple of months here at IOC, with new writing gigs and a few health scares diverting us from our usual pace – but we’re still alive and kickin’ – so bear with us as we try to right the ship and return to our normal frequency. In the spirit of overly ambitious undertakings here’s a terrific scene from American Movie (1999), a documentary directed by Chris Smith about the love of moviemaking and the quixotic attempts of Mark Borchardt to make Coven. If you haven’t seen it you’re missing out on some hilarious can-do spirit! And don’t forget to follow us over on our IOC FB page where we do a pretty good job of keeping up with the latest movie news – and posting a ton of posters three times a week!

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December 18, 2012   No Comments

Great Scenes – LADY IS THE BOSS

I recently went to see RZA‘s Man with the Iron Fists (2012) hoping for a glimpse of that old Shaw Brothers magic I love so well – and though it was undoubtedly watchable, I was disappointed that besides for a fantastic title sequence and the brief presence of Chen Kuan Tai and Gordon Liu, it seemed to be missing the LOVE I expected to see from a genre fan and Wu-Tang man. So like an addict I ran home and popped in the nearest Lau Kar Leung flick, Lady is the Boss (1983) – by no means a great film save for this amazing ending, which features the director’s company (many of them his students) referencing the hits in a medley of manic action. We get Venom Sun Chien kicking formal ass (in bow tie) against perennial monk Gordon Liu, escalating into more self-referential goodness when Mad Monkey Hsiao Hou bursts on the scene with some insane acrobatics. And watching the ending, in which Sifu Leung faces off against Wang Lung Wei, I realize why I love these movies so much – because they feature actual ACTING, moments of reality where actors react to wounds, or hesitate before taking a new strategy, or reach for a nearby dumbell to use as a weapon – which give the fighting a realism rarely seen in modern martial arts, where everything’s choreographed to the point of boredom and directors have to turn to indulgence like slo-motion, ridiculous split screen, or over-the-top gore to maintain our interest. No thanks. I’ll take LKL and the Brothers Shaw anyday.

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November 20, 2012   2 Comments

Great Scenes – A DIRTY SHAME

Writer/Director and screen maverick John Waters brings us A Dirty Shame (2004), a wildly entertaining celebration of sexuality that doesn’t take itself too seriously and even achieves a sort of naive innocence as it skewers social mores. Starring the wonderful Tracey Ullman as Sylvia, an uptight and sexually frigid housewife, and featuring a host of pop personalities such as Patricia HearstChris Isaak and Johnny Knoxville, it’s a movie that creates a vibrant, loose tone that’s as free and liberal as its subject matter. It also takes so many risks that you can’t fault the ones that don’t pan out, and there’s enough visual eye-candy (including Selma Blair‘s over the top “Ursula Udders” boobs) to keep the viewer engaged. Check out this scene where Sylvia (Ullman) is bonked on the head by a passing truck and falls under the sway of Ray Ray (Knoxville), who seems to view her as some religious omen. It’s a perfect blend of the mundane and fantastic, capped off by a laughably undercooked CGI squirrel that might be mistaken for a Disney woodland creature.

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November 7, 2012   No Comments

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