Aug. 24, 2001, 2 p.m. CST
Last night was definitely the best night of the festival so far for me. This is my first QT experience and the whole thing has been a blast so far. I didn't think anything could top Martial Arts epic night for me but lo and behold, Guys on a Mission kicked ass. As soon as I heard that Tarrantino was leaning towards a Hong-Kong flavor for this fest, I was praying he'd be showing Eastern Condors. Then I saw the schedule and that there was a Guys on a Mission night for Thursday and I was thinking, "holy shit, now he's got to have Eastern Condors". Thank god. He did. This movie kicks so much ass it aint funny. Quentin's rendition of the action theme was hilarious, especially when the virgins in the audience first heard it as the Lead Guerilla Chick is running in slow-mo (sorry, forgot her name). Definitely one of the best nights ever spent at the Drafthouse in terms of audience reaction. Dark of the Sun was great too. I've always known Rod Taylor as the guy from The Time Machine. Who knew he could kick so much ass! My god, this movie was enlightening. I must see The Liquidator now (they played the preview for it during the pre-movie ordering period). All in all this night was a major rush.
Aug. 24, 2001, 2:02 p.m. CST
Just thought I'd say "kicked so much ass" once more. After reading through my last post I don't think I used the phrase enough. Must remember to not write in a cool-movie induced frenzy next time.
Aug. 24, 2001, 2:13 p.m. CST
Dark of the Sun was amazing. We dropped down 60+ bucks on tickets and dinner last night, and it WAS WORTH IT. This was my first QT experience, and it was great. They even played Marty Robbins during intermission. I sat a litle in front of Harry, whom I have never met. I'm sure he won't be bothered by my revealing that he DOESN'T HAVE TO WAIT IN LINE and he has seats reserved for him! Fah! Lucky guy. I would have gone to chat with him, but I had no idea what to say. It really was a great great crowd. And I can't praise Dark of the Sun enough. Why was this forgotten??!? Say what you will of Quentin Tarantino, but he is a guy that is using his celebrity for good. I would have never seen this had I not attended. Thanks! And I probably wouldn't have laid out the dough to attend without Harry's gushing reports. So thanks to him too. AUSTIN IS COOL.
Aug. 24, 2001, 2:36 p.m. CST
That was my fave toy! Of course, that was before Shogun Warriors and Micronauts came out, which were the greatest toys ever (except Legos), but those were also kind of bittersweet, because--and other geex my exact age will know exactly what I'm talking about--Shoguns and Micronauts came out just when I was getting...almost too old to play with those, ya know? I had about a 1-yr window in which I could really play with those, but I kept playing with them after that, cause, fuck, they fuckin RULED!!!!
Aug. 24, 2001, 3:22 p.m. CST
by Bruce Leroy
Oh,man. Eastern Condors is one of the best Hong Kong flicks I
Aug. 24, 2001, 3:45 p.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
That finale is so fugging intense, and Sammo is thinner and even faster than ever. Joyce is a Goddess and Yuen Wah is a God. Of course, it was a bomb in HK, but then again so was THE KILLER and Sammo's SHANGHAI EXPRESS. Wow, EASTERN CONDORS on the big screen....sigh.
Aug. 24, 2001, 4:08 p.m. CST
QT has been accused of plagurizing obscure foreign films in the past, is it possible that the same is the case with "Glorious Bastards"? In 1977 there was a Dirty Dozen-ish behind the lines movie from Italy called the "Inglorious Bastards" (can't remember the Italian title but it was directed by the great Enzo G. Castellari ) I loved this piece of pulp when I was a kid and caugt it on TV in all its dubbed badness. Look it up on the Imdb and tell Quentin I'll be scrutinizing his script.
Aug. 24, 2001, 5:47 p.m. CST
Once again, Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimuex team up in an action-packed flick! Taylor is a man's, man! Jim Brown was giving Rod some shit on the set one day, so Rod knocked him on his ass royaly! Brown respected him after that and never gave him anymore lip. Great score from the film. Plus, a sidenote, there are no Mig's in this movie as displayed on the poster, but it still looks cool and where else can you see a psycho, ex-Nazi with a chainsaw fight Rod Taylor who only relies on his wits and fists to beat this guy?!
Aug. 25, 2001, 10:03 a.m. CST
That is all.
Aug. 25, 2001, 7:48 p.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
It's Yuen Wah, Yuen Woo Ping and Chow Sing-Chi, not Wah Yuen, Woo-Ping Yuen or Sing-Chi Chow. Granted, it's not an irritating and inexplicable as your beloved '...' stopping sentences in the middle of them and then starting new ones, but for a 'head geek' you sure seem to know jack about the machinations of the HK film industry. Besides that, though, great reports. Wish I was there.
Aug. 26, 2001, 12:21 a.m. CST
Quentin is fully aware of Inglorious Bastards (aka Counterfeit Commandos, Deadly Mission, G.I. Bro, and Hell's Heroes). So are many people. It's not as obscure as you might think. I would consider the name of his upcoming flick an homage. But, if he puts Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson in it, I WON'T complain. I'd like to point out the Quentin lost some major points with me when he dissed on Jack Cardiff's lensing skills. He is considered one of the BEST cinematographers EVER...an innovator in the use of color. Most of you fanboys probably haven't heard of The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, or A Matter of Life and Death, but they're the reason he got an Oscar last year...not because he directed silly B-flicks like The Long Ships.
Aug. 26, 2001, 8:10 p.m. CST
He was the other half of that great team. Then again, I agree that most of these fanboys are more interested in who's starring in the next "Terminator 3" rather than learning about the classic films that Cardiff and Powell did.
Aug. 27, 2001, 8:36 a.m. CST
by heywood jablomie
....when you write this passionately and infectiously about great old movies, it makes me think you just start writing stuff about your own favorite neglected classics. There are a lot of wet-behind-the-ears so-called film geeks on this site who were born after FERRIS BUELLER came out. Teach them! Show them the way! Point them toward the path of righteousness! Anyway, it's way more fun to read you getting ecstatic over these great films than having to pick over TOMCATS or RAT RACE or SUMMER CATCH.
Aug. 27, 2001, 11:56 p.m. CST
I must have seend this movie about twenty times when I was a kid growing up in South America. The scene with the guy getting his head stuck bellow the locomotive's wheel has stuck with me for the last twenty years or so. Defenetly a cool movie and to know that I saw it two decades before that cocksucker Harry did warms my heart to no end.
June 22, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST
I'd be interested to know where QT found an uncut print of 'Dark Of The Sun'. Warner Bros couldn't find one. They've just released the cut version on DVD because they say it's the only version available.