The Term “Anti-hero”

I noticed that I probably misuse this term in classic sense. The true meaning of it appears to be something to the effect of a heroic character who generally lacks the expected "Paladin" qualities of morality, courage, and iron idealism. They are generally the kind of real-world human beings who are pushed into a situation…

Petey Wheatstraw (1977)

I Saw A Film! Yes indeed. What we have here is a case of Rudy Ray Moore writing and starring in a comic horror thriller. While you see people shot to death, you are also treated to jokes about fellows literally shitting their pants with lots of jabber about how bad it smells. Ladies in…

Cherry 2000 (1987)

I Saw A Film! With Iconic post-apocalyptic style and scenery (entirely lifted for the more recent Fallout series of games) this 80's action/fantasy technology film is set in the year 2017, which must have seemed impossibly far away to the producers. Here we have a fellow who is in love with a terrific android that…

The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

I Saw A Film! So I'm delving into an old Favorite. Zatoichi is the ultimate anti-hero, meting out his brand of justice only when necessary, and never more than he needs to. As a strange sort of outlaw, he lives entirely on his wages as a masseur and tips for other favors, or by duping…

The Woman Eater (1958)

I Saw A Film! As often happens when a bonafide scientist makes his way to remote Amazonian jungles, he'll likely catch a fever and manage to return to his basement laboratories with a specimen of a floppy-armed "plant" that apparently feeds on human women and produces an elixir that can reverse death. Questions arise; Why…

The Creeping Flesh (1973)

I Saw A Film! Peter Cushing is a dottering Victorian scientist (already with hollower cheeks than the skeleton he discovers) who on an expedition to the Pacific finds a giant-ass skeleton of something like a huge tree sloth mixed with a wicked cleft palate victim. It would be enough for a film if such a…

Crazy Mama (1975)

Every generation thinks it invents the rebellion against oppression, and this is another in a long line of films to put women in a hard situation and grant them them the capacity for behavior usually reserved for Dillinger or other masculine con-artists (I'll reserve the list of offenders, I'm sure you could pluck a few…

Greaser’s Palace (1972)

I Saw A Film! In the Old West, a small town is dominated by a singular personality, Seaweedhead Greaser, who collects tribute and maintains a saloon with a caged mariachi band. The lout eventually slays his son, meanly, and possibly for being a homosexual. This place is visited by a comical magician and healer who…

The Rise and Fall of The Clash (2012)

I Saw A Film! It's hard to overstate how important The Clash were to myself and my friends. We worshiped Joe Strummer, watched Rude Boy over and over and, of course, lived on the left-leaning lyrical music. By 1982 we knew the best of what we loved about The Clash was likely behind them, Combat…

Streets of Fire (1984)

I Saw A Film! Another revisit to near childhood, with baby stars, and Ry Cooder and Blasters music. This film is just representing that 80s retro phase when even Neil Young suddenly went rockabilly. The film kind of has Diane Lane reprise her role from Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982), as the singer…