|Title:||Five for Hell|
|09.13.05||Alamo Downtown||This Screening is part of event: QT6|
Day Five: Italian World War II Epic Night. The fury of the line seems to be mellowing down a bit with most people only showing up a few minutes before the theater opens. I suspect that starting tomorrow the line insanity will start gearing up again as subjects like Italian Crime, Sexploitation, and Grindhouse seem to be the subjects everyone's most looking forward to. Today though, i was second in the badge line and there was only 4 or 5 people on standby when i showed up. This one girl had a "I heart Adam Durtiz" shirt on though and said she'd been waiting since like 3. I sort of would have liked to see what happened when she actually saw Duritz walk in but...felt like sitting down in the theater instead.
I finally caught sight of RZA tonight... he looks kind of... REALLY out of place here. It's cool, though. I've also been keeping tabs on the three websites keeping day-by-day accounts of the fest and a clear trend seems to be emerging: Nicky Katt is one scary dude. Everybody's afraid to talk to him because we all feel like Adam Goldberg in Dazed and Confused. I saw him outside smoking when i left tonight and had an instant of being _the_ guy to break his death stare and shake his hand anyway but... he was talking to some woman and i had already started walking the wrong way before realizing that my car was the other so i felt foolish enough already. Perhaps tomorrow.
The first movie, Five for Hell, was pretty fun in a real absurd way. There's this pre-occupation with acrobatics that runs through the whole picture, even going so far as to include a small trampoline in the gear that this band of soldiers takes with them on their mission. Like, each guy sort of has his specialty: one's a safe-cracker, one's an explosives expert, one's really good at throwing a weighted baseball, etc. and then there's one that's just an acrobat. And they take pains to set up these situations where an acrobat soldier is needed... like there's two soldiers in a foxhole so clearly the best plan of action is for this guy to set up the trampoline, jump up to a tree, then jump and flip down into the hole. There's also the obligatory 20-foot-high electrified fence that they didn't anticipate. Hey! good thing we have an acrobat here! he'll jump right over that fence!
Another reason why this film is so fun is Klaus Kinski who plays the most arrogant romantic cruel nazi ever. You don't have to see the Werner Herzog film "My Best Fiend" to know that Kinski was born to play this role. His game is truly unique... i would have to be five times the man to even try his methods of seduction... Unfortunately for the double agent however, he's just as quick to order a firing squad.
the movie is very rambunctious though - rousing even, and generally a good time is had by all. In the end we all cheered for the good guys that made it and wept an imaginary tear for those who fell. Also, Lars told another few people to shut the hell up. It was so sweet.