The first motion picture rated »15« that I watched in a theater at the time of its release – together with my mother, since I was only 13. Enjoyed it immensely as a scary and exciting monster hunt back then, today I see far more qualities here.
Great cast, distilled storytelling, suggestive score. In my book of cynicism and male competitiveness.
Set in the country music capital of mid-seventies America, following a confusing multitude of diverse opportunists and overlapping storylines cruelly tossed around by debatable decisions, blind chance, and inescapable circumstances. Phew!
Rambling and complex, but for good reason. In my book of the good ole US of A.
The lavish and exquisite production can only partially hide that this true epic ultimately turns out to be far too long, unfocused, and – worst of all! – not engaging enough when it comes to the main character.
Magnificent, though only maybe in my book of rise and fall.
Crawling King Snake! Troubled production and low budget couldn’t stop the unbridled creativity and madness of the Python People in this, their first proper feature. Contains quite a few legendary scenes, and the storyline is actually more coherent than expected.
In my book of comedy and history.
Playfully cheesy glam musical with some kind of liberating message – a loving and lovable horror/science fiction homage made in a very seventies way!
The overt sexualization of everything is hardly shocking today, but the sleazily deranged atmosphere is still exhilarating. Plus, some of the songs are catchy!
In my book of cult kitsch and lost innocence.
Energy-filled and touching crime/buddy/love drama with unusual characters trapped under unusual circumstances. Has a refreshing documentary feel which rings true even when it isn’t.
Hopeless, messed up, captivating. In my book of the countercultural seventies.
Infernally acute dissection of destructive power and prejudice, as often with Fassbinder. All in all a rather rigid and unnaturalistic construction, but still very much alive somehow.
Against staggering odds there is also some hope here. In my book of race, age, and class.