Friday, 20 July 2012

Mary-Margret @ the Movies

I want to talk some more about movies....
My last post was more about guilty pleasure movies. I know you want to all talk about the drag movies like To Wong Foo, Priscella, Hedwig, etc... and they are all fun to watch. So here goes my list. Number one:

"Rockey Horror" is still my all time drag movie. Second place probably goes to "Breakfast on Pluto."

with Colin Murphy playing an Irish tranny caught by accident in the civil war during the 70's while trying to find her mother. Coming in third would be "Stage Beauty"

about a Shakespearean actor/actress played by Billy Crudop who has to overcome women becoming actors and taking away his job as a female lead. The carriage scene is amazing.

   I just saw a movie this week which doesn't fall into the drag category so much but is more along the line of gender swapping. It's called "Zerophilia"....
   The premise is about a fictitious condition where a person has an extra chromosome, a "Z" chromosome which causes them to change gender much like an amphibian or a seahorse can. The story involves three characters who have the condition. The main character is a teen boy, about eighteen, struggling with the discovery. His friends are all help full and one other Z person is trying to get involved but the main character, Luke, is oblivious to that his girlfriend and boyfriend are the same person. The doctor helping him is also a Z and is using Luke for her own agenda. I was captivated by the film because it is the ultimate fantasy for me... to be able change genders at will. What a great superpower. Here is a little clip from the movie...

There is still one film that has not been made that I would love to see. As you know, I love comic book films. I will be going out this weekend to see the Dark Knight Rises after all. But the movie I would love to see made is based on a graphic novel by Howard Chaykin, called "The Black Kiss". It was written in the late 1980's. It takes place in LA. It is a great story of the occult and has a band of characters including an ex con, a paedophile priest, a golden age movie starlet turned demon, a tranny prostitute, a blind schoolgirl, a bunch of dirty cops, some satanic swingers, a nun in stiletto heels, and many more. They all get mixed up together and stuff happens (you'll have to read it, I don't want to give too much away). Howard's art work is so amazing, it works as a perfect story board for a film. I already have a dream cast for every character in the story. I may need another post just to detail that. In the meantime, here are some samples from the graphic novel....

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Bitch Slap

I have read a couple of blogs and posts lately regarding movies and films. Can you believe someone is making "Fifty Shades of Grey" into a movie? Barf! Will somebody please make Howard Chaykin's "Black Kiss"?

This got me thinking about my favourite films... I decided to update my profile to show some of my fav movies and books. Check it out. While I was composing the list, I thought about the great films that I like. There were Citizen Kane, Star Wars, Doctor Zhivago, etc... Then I wondered if I should add some of my guilty pleasure films. You know the ones. We all have them. The cult films, cheap B movies that are just too much fun to hate. I love a good B movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. For many years it was Rocky Horror, then in the eighties I found Repo Man. There were plenty of old classic B's too, like Barbarella. My latest guilty pleasure film (watched it 3 times this week) is "Bitch Slap"

For those of you who have never seen it, check it out. The poster shows the obvious reasons to see it. Three hot babes in the desert with guns. It is low budget and cheesy but wow is it fun. Russ Meyer would love this flic. But don't be fooled. It is a thinking person's action movie. They quote Joseph Conrad, Lorenzo de Medici and Sun Tzu in the film. The story plays out in one setting but flashbacks are cut into it in reverse chronology (a la Momento) to build each character's back story. You cannot take your eyes off of it. There is actually no full frontal nudity in the movie but you won't be disappointed. The sexuality is in the tease, the action and mostly the dialogue. The three main characters are a power trio of femme fatales and they are diverse; Hel (the brains) is a retro chic, power broker in a pencil skirt and satin blouse. Camero (the brawn) is a tough as nails, street fighting psycho. Trixie (the bait) is a stripper with a heart of gold who can get anything she wants with a well timed bend-over. Oh, and they are all lesbians. Yah! I won't give much more away but the plot and character development are well thought out. The fight scenes are outstanding (Zoe Bell is the stunt coordinator). It has the greatest cat fight in movie history, easily.

For some of us, it's easy to relate to one the characters. I think most of us could relate to Hel (played by sexy Erin Cummings). I know I do. She is sharp, strong, confident and compassionate. The other gals have some qualities that I can see in myself too. Camero (America Olivo)  is direct and honest to a fault. Even Trixie (Julia Voth) surprised me. There is so much more under the surface. The supporting cast is full of rich characters too. Hotwire and Kinki are beyond fun.

To surmise it, The film is a cornucopia of diverse personalities caught in a dichotomy of circumstance that an emotional juxtaposition transforms into a polarization of conflict arising to a crescendo of turmoil....with tits and guns. (Micheal Hurst aka Gage)
If you only see one film, see Citizen Kane, but if you want to see another one, see Bitch Slap.