PunkCinema presents the Fandango Sisters in “Danny Trejo’s Eyes”
A punk tribute to Danny Trejo.
I hope to see more of Punk Cinema and the Fandango Sisters as they are brilliant.
Our Danny Trejo Festival continues with over 4 minutes of every Danny Trejo Death Scene filmed in Chronological order.
This compilation was put together by Jukka-Pekka Bohm
Everything I’ve ever learned about finance I learned from these movies:
- Wall Street
- Trading Places
- Boiler Room
We start White Collar / Financial Crimes feature with Wall Street.
This movie really highlighted the causes of the market crash in the 1980′s. Leveraged Buyouts, Insider Information, Junk Bonds, Corporate Raiders. In the 80′s everybody was doing it. Only a few people had the foresight not to follow the crowd and get out before the collapse. This movie really gets to the heart of 80′s Wall Street Greed.
Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko was exceptional. See the original movie and you’ll know why he won the academy award. Charlie Sheen was perfect as Bud Fox, and Daryl Hannah was hot.
June is Old School movie month and I found a great montage by jackbenny1924 on youtube. They put together a great montage of all the great old school movie actors including:
Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Muni, George Raft, and George E Stone.
The music is from Danny Elfman (Oingo Boingo, Batman soundtracks, etc). This montage features the best of the best of old school and sums it up in one great video. Enjoy.
James Cagney was the Joe Pesci of the Black & White Gangster Movie era. Many people assume he was type cast as a Gangster actor except that he also danced and sand in movies such as Yankee Doodle Dandy. Cagney oozed talent, testosterone and tough guy attitude.
The Public Enemy released in 1931 is about a Chicago hoodlum, Tom Powers, played by Cagney, who rises to the top while his brother urges him to pursue a different lifestyle. An accidental killing leads to a climactic off-camera shootout with a rival gang that has Cagney stumbling to the gutter.
Some very cutting edge scenes of the day are in this movie that caused controversy.
In the scene below Cagney shows what happens when a women nags her gangster boyfriend.
Another great scene shows how Cagney manipulates a pawn shop owner resulting in a stick up. It is a brilliant scene that leads to the off-screen shoot out. In those days it took talented acting to portray implied off-screen actions. You never see the gun battle, you can only imagine. But you see the results.
Upon doing research for Kung Fu Hustle, I came across a great video compilation of a tribute to the Landlord character in Kung Fu Hustle ( played by Wah Yuen ). The humor and action of the movie really shows through in this piece.
The video was created by http://www.youtube.com/user/Alliikk
This film is about Canton China in the 1940′s where the Axe Gang rules the land except for Pig Sty Alley. Pig Sty Alley is a poor apartment complex, it is so poor that the gangsters simply ignore it.
This is until an aspiring gangster gets their attention and brings the wrath of the axe gang to the apartment complex. It just so happens that the landlords and residents of this complex have special Kung Fu powers and battle ensues for the control of the area.
This film is quite humorous, it is a tongue in check exaggerated portrayal of the best of Kung Fu in a respectful way.
The Landlady and her husband are hysterical. Never mess with a landlady in curlers in Canton China. She always has a cigarette in her mouth even when she is fighting.
Just about everybody in this movie has some kind of Kung Fu Special Powers. The leader of the Axe Gang has super frog jumping powers, while the harpist assassins use their special harps to unleash deadly attacks at the speed of sound.
I love this film because it is so much fun to watch. The action is incredible, it has great humor, and the English overdubbing give it just the right character expected in a film of this genre.
Foreign Film Month continues with Brendan Gleeson in The General
Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody from Harry Potter) stars in this true story of Martin Cahill, an Irish Gangster who is a brilliant master thief. Cahill finds himself on the wrong side of the IRA as well as the Irish Authorities.
One of my favorite parts of this movie is where Cahill is under house arrest and is being watched by Irish Authorities and the IRA, yet he still manages to pull off the theft of master paintings.
Video courtesy of http://www.youtube.com/user/thefinduskid
For a Gangster / Master Thief, Cahill had a fantastic sense of humor and Gleeson does a fantastic job of showing his humorous side as well as his skills as a Thief / Gangster.
John Voight play Irish Inspector Ned Kenny who is on to Cahill, but just can’t quite pin him down.