|09.06.06||Alamo Downtown|| Unfortunately for Psych-Out, it played after The Stunt Man. It's really not fair because it's a completely different animal and somewhat understated (for a hippie movie) and simple compared to the previous film. |
And I am not the biggest hippie movie fan. I wasn't even born until about a decade after the whole freak-out ended and have never quite understood the psychadelic fantasty that the youth of the country became during that time. On the surface it just seems crazy to me. Still... Jack Nicholson, Adam Roarke, and Max Julien (GOLDIE!!!! GOLDIE!!!!! GOLDIE!!!!) in an acid rock band together? That's gotta be worth seeing, right?
Yeah, it's worth seeing. Mainly to see how restrained and designed it is compared to other films in the genre... you get the feeling that the movie is trying to say something, to present some form of idea to you as you watch it... which, as we all saw in the midnight show, is not always the case in the exploitation world. Still though, for me it can't help but come off as somewhat meandering, filled with vague debates about selfish games vs. living free and injected with a random gang of greasers to harsh on the film's mellow. What's funny though is the gang of letterman-jacketed squares are pretty much all future-directors. Henry Jaglom, John Bud Cardos, Gary Marshall (ok he's a cop not a greaser, but still.. all short-hairs look alike to me, man) all heckle and jeer with Gary Kent playing the lead thug. Kent was in the house to talk afterward (as was stuntman Chuck Bail for the previous film) and he also did all the pyrotechnics at the end of the film.
So I must confess that I liked this movie more than I thought I would - it was kind of a worry going in - but still, it's not quite my bag, baby.