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Not as spaghetti Western as the trailer (and many critics) make it out to be, unless you count Jorodowsky's El Topo as spaghetti western. Also not very good, but I find myself coming back to it, like once a decade. I hear there's a remix or something made with out-takes. May have to take a look.
Really low budget, really flat performances and really uninteresting. How can a movie with some luminary musicians (mostly past their prime.. but still!) be so tiresome?
The plot seems mostly irrelevant and the characters randomly disjointed in looks and personalities. I really couldn't figure out the point. For a 2010 re-release the film looked like early 80's VHS and the image is gritty and distractingly low quality. Maybe there was nothing left to improve on but still I can't believe that was the best transfer possible.
This film has two of the greatest music icons in the history of the world in it. I am talking about Joe Strummer (of the Clash and Mescaleros) and Shane MacGowan (of the Pogues and Popes). So in that regard, you have to give it a 10. However, if you are not a Clash or Pogues fan, you will most likely think this film sucks! Why? Because the film sucks. But wait a minute, you just said that you have to give it a 10? Right (voice in head), I did say that and I did give it a 10. Because Joe Strummer and Shane MacGowan are my two favorite musicians of all-time. So, they earn this thing a 10. Now, you raise a good question (voice in head), what if Strummer and MacGowan were not in this film? Well, I would probably give it a 1. Oh yeah, the story. Some people rob a bank and then go to hide out in this strange and isolated city in the Spanish countryside. There are violent and weird people that live there. So staying alive and holding on to the money will be difficult. Did I mention that this film has Joe Strummer and Shane MacGowan in it? Yeah, I gave it a 10, but, it really wasn't a good....you know what I am getting at?
Courtney aside this is flawless guerrilla cinema, a perfect follow up to Repo Man
A decently entertaining movie that's nowhere near as good as its defenders or as bad as its detractors claim it to be. There's fun to be had in the way seemingly minor events escalate so easily into senseless violence, and in the lazy pacing which makes the violence feel inconsequential and a respite from boredom (this sounds like a criticism, but it isn't - it drives the film's sense of humour). However, the aimlessness only goes so far and it's difficult to keep caring about what happens. The film features characters from seemingly different movies stumble into and playact a spaghetti western (a genre I know Cox is a fan of), and we even get some nice Leone-esque cinematography and Morricone-esque music, but Walker channeled Cox's influences into a much more interesting final product. I did like the performances from the principals, with Dick Rude (that's a great name, btw) being the most endearing, Joe Strummer the most charismatic, Sy Richardson the most intense, and Courtney Love the most amusingly shrill. Fun, but middling.
This is really is complete and utter wank.
This film killed Cox's career and opened my eyes to alternative movies.
This movie kicks a** !!! My favorite part is when the hillbillly starts playing 'Night on Bald Mountain' on acoustic guitar... like ooo impending doom.. and then I couldn't tell but I think the guys started snickering, like it was a joke!! Smoke one, order a extra large pizza with extra cheese and extra pizza....and grab a hot date, perfect make out movie! And, if you don't like senseless violence, senseless acting (sans the Hopper of course), and senseless acoustic hillbilly versions of classical orchestral masterpieces.... *SPOILER ALERT* Courtney Love gets blowed up at the end!! MUST SEE!
If I can't say anything else good about this film I can say that it is a boldly strange trip.
The three slightly failed criminals, Willy (Dick Rude), Norwood (Sy Richardson) and Simms (Joe Strummer) are on a escape route to Mexico after a bankjob together with the whiny pregnant Velma (Courtney Love). They are escaping the wrath of their boss, Amos Dade (Jim Jarmusch) after failing a job. In the desert their car breaks down due to Simms having filled the gasoline tank with diesel by mistake. They then bury their suitcase of money in the desert and begin to walk towards a small town at sunset. By the look of it the town seems to be a sleepy place with all sorts of strange characters. But, the next day a few trucks arrives with a bunch of loud cowboys dressed in Mexican cowboyclothes carrying espresso machines with them. Willy, Norwood and Simms decides to stay, but soon enough they are confronted by some of the cowboys who do not like strangers in their little town. Eventually, they are ultimately welcomed by the townspeople. The head honcho of the town, Tim McMahon (Biff Yeager), invites the gang to a party that evening. And suddenly the rumour is out that Willy, Norwood and Simms has money buried. They end up having to protect the money. Not only from the townspeople, but as well from eachother....
Alex Cox "Straight To Hell" is another one of Cox quite strange cinematic sagas. I do like "Repo Man" the best if I may say so. Nevertheless, I had not listen to the excellent The Pogues for quite some time and went through their backcatalogue just recently and it hit me I saw them in "Straight To Hell" back in the 80s. And hey, time to resee it! It is a strange parody on Spaghetti Westerns, based on Giulio Questis Spaghetti Western film, Django, Kill! (If You Live, Shoot!) (1967), which Cox was given permission to adapt. I reckon if the humour would have been toned down a bit, "Straight To Hell" would have worked better. With a massive list of wellknown faces; Courtney Love, Joe Strummer, The Pogues, Elvis Costello, Amazulu, Dennis Hopper, Jim Jarmusch and Grace Jones it is a treat per se. But, the movie is too "sloppy", unorganized with a halfassed script and as said with a touch of too much slapstick gags. But, still fun to watch.