This week in Destroy All Monsters I look at the unpleasant notion of the “chick flick” in the wake of The Great Gatsby’s larger-than-expected weekend success. Read on!
In which @LindsayRagone supercuts the modern movie musical, from MOULIN ROUGE to DR. HORRIBLE, and the results are incredible
Badass concept art from CAP 2 and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is badass
Most important movie-related thing that happened when I was away was the KICK-ASS 2 trailer, and all the balls it owned.
…until I saw GATSBY, trailer 2. “Happy Together.” Which is just about the best goddamned thing I’ve seen since… ever.
GATSBY, trailer 1. “Love is Blindness.” Which I thought was just about the best trailer I’d seen in two and a half years…
Screen Slate Presents: AMERICAN HUNTER
(aka Lethal Hunter)
Dir: Arizal, 1988.
92 min. Indonesia.
In Indonesian dubbed into English with Japanese subtitles.
Starring Christopher Mitchum, son of Robert Mitchum and 2012 Republican candidate for California Congressional District 24’s United States House of Representatives seat.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND - MIDNIGHT
Christopher Mitchum returns for what might be the purest expression of mysterious Indonesian action director Arizal’s shoot-’em-up aesthetic as Jake Carver, an “agent” whose self-described occupation is to “fight bad guys.”
In American Hunter, Carver battles a multifariously evil organization over a piece of microfilm to unspecified ends. Highlights include a jeep driving off the side of one skyscraper into the window of another, a three-way motorcycle/pick-up truck/train chase, a baby being run over by a car crashing through the side of a supermarket yet miraculously surviving, an eight minute helicopter chase, an awkwardly clothed shower sex scene, one house explosion, one castle explosion, dozens of car explosions, male bondage and electrocution, and a fist fight inside a dungeon full of what appears to be cardboard boxes overflowing with shredded paper.
Bill “Super Foot” Wallace stars as the bad guy whose nefariousness is conveyed through his variously keeping pet falcons and monkeys on his shoulder, and Peter O’Brien drops in for an unlikely hench villain turn as a businessman who gets the shit kicked out of him then has his legs run over then crashes through a brick wall on the hood of a car.
Approximately ten of the 92 action-packed minutes have been described.