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***2015 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Bone Tomahawk (2015)

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“In civilised towns, you look a man direct in the face when you talk to him.”

There’s nothing wrong with B grade, exploitation cinema when it’s done right and it’s genuine. I have a problem with B grade, exploitation cinema done ironically. I like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rogriguez, but I think their Grindhouse project is nothing more than a self indulgent wank.   If you have the talent and resources to make something well and high end, intentionally making it look shitty is kind of pissing in the faces of legit B grade film makers who are simply making the most of what they’ve got. The upside to things like Grindhouse is, I’m more aware of the concept of B grade, exploitation cinema than I once was. Which means I’m more aware of movies like Bone Tomahawk.


In post Civil War old west, bandit Purvis (David Arquett) and his partner rob and murder someone in the desert. When their getaway takes them through an Indian burial ground, it leads to spooky shit and the partner being killed. Cut to the peaceful frontier town that Sherriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell) is determined to keep peaceful. Purvis arrives and starts a ruckus at the local saloon. A ruckus that Hunt supresses with a bullet to Purvis’ leg and a night in a jail cell. Calling local doctor Samantha O’Dwyer (Lili Simmons) to heal the gunshot wound, Hunt leaves her and the convalescing Purvis under the watch of Deputy Nick (Evan Jonigkeit). (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Bone 1

“In civilised towns, you look a man direct in the face when you talk to him.”

There’s nothing wrong with B grade, exploitation cinema when it’s done right and it’s genuine. I have a problem with B grade, exploitation cinema done ironically. I like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rogriguez, but I think their Grindhouse project is nothing more than a self indulgent wank.   If you have the talent and resources to make something well and high end, intentionally making it look shitty is kind of pissing in the faces of legit B grade film makers who are simply making the most of what they’ve got. The upside to things like Grindhouse is, I’m more aware of the concept of B grade, exploitation cinema than I once was. Which means I’m more aware of movies like Bone Tomahawk.


In post Civil War old west, bandit Purvis (David Arquett) and his partner rob and murder someone in the desert. When their getaway takes them through an Indian burial ground, it leads to spooky shit and the partner being killed. Cut to the peaceful frontier town that Sherriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell) is determined to keep peaceful. Purvis arrives and starts a ruckus at the local saloon. A ruckus that Hunt supresses with a bullet to Purvis’ leg and a night in a jail cell. Calling local doctor Samantha O’Dwyer (Lili Simmons) to heal the gunshot wound, Hunt leaves her and the convalescing Purvis under the watch of Deputy Nick (Evan Jonigkeit). (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Used Cars (1980)

Used Cars

“I’ll tell you something. This country is going to the dogs. You know, it used to be when you bought a politician, that son of a bitch stayed bought.”

Years ago, I was watching a DVD with the commentary on. The commentary was provided by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. While commenting on the movie I was watching, they talked about the enormous flop that had been their previous collaboration. Apparently, that collaboration, Used Cars, died in the ass so hard, the Bobs thought they would be run out of Hollywood. Luckily, a plucky young producer named Steven Spielberg gave them another chance, and they made Back to the Future. Ever since hearing that commentary on Back to the Future, I’ve been intrigued. What sort of movie was Used Cars? What had these two dudes made that was so terrible, they almost didn’t get to make one of the greatest movies of my childhood?


Kurt Russell is Rudy Russo, the kind of bad suit wearing, scam running, odometer turning back used car salesman who only exists in movies and sitcoms from the 80s. He works at a lot owned by the honest and friendly Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden). Across the road is a rival lot owned by Luke’s ruthless twin brother, Ron Fuchs (also Warden). (more…)