Tonight 10pm at Alamo South Lamar! VIVA THE 'NAM - the feature length Vietnam War Movie made with Gi Joes!
Hola all. Massawyrm here.
This is the very thing the Alamo Drafthouse was built for and Austin audiences live to watch: a feature length, stop motion, Vietnam War spoof made entirely with 12” action figures and made over the course of 8 ½ years in an Austin garage. And it is playing tonight, Alamo South Lamar at 10PM. I wrote about this film 8 months ago and I’m so happy to see that it is still around. Live in Austin? Have you seen it yet? No? Then do so now! While you have the chance. Cult cinema at its best – deranged, damaged genius.
Here’s what I wrote at the beginning of the year:
VIVA THE ‘NAM is a feature length, 100 minute stop motion film shot on 16mm about Holmes, a not-too-bright recruit who is drafted and sent to the hellpit that is Viet-fucking-nam. There he slowly loses his mind and becomes a crazed, bloodthirsty idiot always in the wrong place at the wrong time. What works about this film is that it isn’t simply a series of riffs on Vietnam war films – don’t get me wrong, there IS plenty of that – but it has an honest to god narrative driving the film from frame one. Holmes is an unwitting Lt. Dan, cursed to die in war as every generation before him has. He wants no part of his legacy, but the US Military has different ideas.
From that point on we watch as he slowly loses his mind, wandering through scene after offensive scene lambasting the US military, Vietnam War films, hippie freaks and the era itself. Filled with dozens of recognizable characters (and actors), including people you would never imagine had an action figure (one friend was prompted to ask “Wait, is that Ron Livingston”), this runs the gamut of subtle and sublime on up to the blatantly ridiculous. Much as you’d expect from something like this, it is something of a mixed bag. There are a few rough patches where the film slows down a bit, but invariably it always picks back up with another uproarious scene of absurdity. And the ending is so clusterfuck insane and side-splittingly funny, that it makes you forgive any flaws that arise.
Come out and support this wonderful little passion project and plan to stick around for the Q&A as the filmmakers will be in attendance. Hope to see you there!
Until next time friends,
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Aug. 28, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST
I can't see it.
Aug. 28, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST
Aug. 28, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST
Aug. 28, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST
But I can't imagine actually sitting through this.
Aug. 28, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST
Like I normally do with this kind of stuff?
Aug. 28, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST
yes, maybe it was ambitious, but I just wanted to see them cut loose in Vietnam, you know, should the mekong folding over onto itself- shit like that. <p> to be honest, I did sleep through most of it... but I was fucking underwhelmed by what I did see. <p> Doing a vietnam epic with action figures is good (I repeat there ARE good things about it) but generally it just wasn't as good as other people told me it was going to be... and therefore I didn't like it very much. <p> And I went for a piss break during the bit when the Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger dolls were all on at the same time... but I do love film so much.
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST
thats what i call too much dedication
Aug. 28, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST
Hasn't technology reached the point where we can get some high quality Barbie porn?
Aug. 28, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST
team america world police....
Aug. 28, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST
stole their thunder. And if this ever gets famous, some kids will say that they ripped off Robot Chicken.
Aug. 28, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST
There is no way in hell that I could sit through that for 100 minutes. I found it difficult to watch the 30 second Youtube clips. I appreciate the passion that went into msking this film but all that time and effort should have been spent on creating something a bit more...uh...entertaining.
Aug. 28, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST
but it looks quite lame and seems to rely on nothing more than its gimmick.
Aug. 28, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
did they use a Han doll for that second clip with the black guy? cuz thats funny if so. i'm wondering if they could have minimized the jerky movement had they used some computer program to knock that down a few notches. its the one thing that makes it most annoying to sit through. although i'm sure thats partly due to the limited movement of those dolls.
Aug. 28, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Aug. 28, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
Are we certain all the action figures are G.I. Joes?
Aug. 28, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST
Its like trying to watch Christopher Reeve in a different role other than superman...Total action figure typecasting.
Aug. 28, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST
goddamn stop motion shaky cam
Aug. 28, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST
I'd think they could get a bigger release for this if they promote that Harrison Ford is in the film.
Aug. 29, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST
WILL IT BE ON DVD SOON!?!>
Aug. 29, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST
Aug. 29, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST
I remember a short film in the late '80s with the old 12-inch Joes dancing to some Motown song. This looks pretty good.
Aug. 29, 2010, 2:22 a.m. CST
by Skyway Moaters
I'm lookin' at you
Aug. 29, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST
by Skyway Moaters
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Aug. 29, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST
Aug. 29, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST
Is this coming to dvd anytime soon? Will they put Cong of the Dead on the disc? I want to see this so badly!
Aug. 29, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST
Okay, it's more like Barbie TORTURE porn, but still... http://vimeo.com/12857281
Aug. 29, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST
and I was wondering when I would see this again. Thanks Massa
Aug. 29, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST
on Youtube is brilliant. Looking forward to this.
Aug. 29, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST
by Teddy Artery
But admirable effort, since I've made enough stop-motion movies to know the difference.
Aug. 29, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST
by Prof. Pop-Cult
I don't want to rag on this passion project, but these two clips... were they supposed to be funny? And it does feel like that Robot Chicken has covered (and continues to cover) this creative ground.
Aug. 29, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST
..covered the ground Robot Chicken has ripped off, so...there's that too...
Aug. 30, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST
was really War, what is it good for"
Aug. 30, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST
Aug. 30, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST
Well then...color me stupid...
Aug. 30, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST
but that doesn't look like something I'd be willing to spend 100 minutes on, at least not after those couple of clips.
Aug. 30, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST
Aug. 30, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST
Hahahah this looks great....how can we watch the whole thing??
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