|Title:||The Swinging Cheerleaders|
|05.13.07||Alamo Downtown||This Screening is part of event: QT:Last Night at the Alamo Grindhouse|
so the night, the mini-fest, and Quentin's programming at the original downtown Alamo ends with Jack Hill's Swinging Cheerleaders. I'd never seen this before, and am actually pretty lacking in my Jack Hill quota, but of course I'd heard it was good so I was confident that I'd overcome the fatigue that the last movie unleashed and end the weekend on a good note. QT gets up and talks about how great Jack Hill's dialogue is and that he sometimes builds the rythms up then says the exact wrong thing, like he's on the beat then off the beat then back on again. Having only seen a couple Hill films, I had no idea what he was talking about and didn't notice anything of the sort while watching this. But oh well. QT ended his intro by saying he'd be back at the Ritz at some point then great trailers played (again, no notes... so just trust me or maybe I can get them from Lars) and the movie started.
It's good. Not as funny as I expected... more like a straight drama. Like a prime example of an exploitation movie that's actually a good movie and not just a joke. I do have to say that I wasn't watching it loving every second, but the overriding word in my head is "good." It's just good. Nothing to complain about... not dissapointing at all, but not something I feel a need to yell to the heavens about or talk to friends trading quotes with either. I guess that means I'm not sure what I have to say about it other than I thought it was good.
seriously inferior notes this weekend. It deserved more time and attention to detail but unfortunately I was doing other things during that time so it came out this way. Trust me when I say it was a fun weekend though, filled somewhat with the flavor of a QTfest but also kinda casual and not a big deal. I think a lot of that was timing, a lot was how quickly it popped up on the radar, and other factors as well. Standing in the lobby afterward I was actually pretty bummed out. the "Last..." procession has now started. It's actually happening. This place will soon be gone forever. Sigh.
trailers played beforehand (thanks to Lars). QT-owned are noted:
BEFORE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS
Pom Pom Girls
The Teacher (QT)
Pretty Maids All In A Row (QT)
Cheerleader Beach Party (QT)