Machete Maidens Unleashed!
In the final decades of the 20th century, the Philippines was a country where low-budget exploitation-film producers were free to make nearly any kind of movie they wanted, any way they pleased. It was a country with extremely lax labor regulations and a very permissive attitude towards cultural expression. As a result, it became a hotbed for the production of cheapie movies. Their history and the genre itself are detailed in this breezy, nostalgic documentary.
- Stars:Rachel Miner, Jason London, Bruce Boxleitner, John Shea, J.D. Evermore, Vanessa Branch, Beau Brasseaux, Rob Steinberg, Billy Slaughter, Jillian Batherson, Ned Yousef, Carmen Argenziano, Allan Arkush, John Ashley, Alan Birkinshaw, Judith Brown, Andrea Cagan, Colleen Camp, Steve Carver, Leigh Christian, Marlene Clark, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Jon Davison, Gerardo de Leon, Marissa Delgado,
- Director:Mark Hartley,
- Writer:Mark Hartley
A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Machete Maidens Unleashed! torrent reviews
(br) wrote: I wasn't that into poem but I do now after watching this, and I fall in love with this city Paterson and its culture as well, not sure if it's because I am seeing it through the eyes of the protagonist or it's just the culture of Paterson itself, just endearing
(de) wrote: This movie is so funny I'm gonna leave it at that
(es) wrote: A boring 83 min. Not disturbing. Weird but not remarkably so. There are much better options out there that are much easier to find.
(ag) wrote: Even though most of the times movies that are based on true stories are extremely exciting, this one failed to impress.
(kr) wrote: Set in Czechoslovakia 1939, Divided we fall is a poignant and surprisingly comic fable about a well-meaning couple who risk their own safety by offering refuge to a young Jewish man during the Nazi occupation. Director Jan Hrebejk and writer Peter Jarchovsky approach a dark aspect of history with a sense of humour and lightness, without ever undermining the gravity of the events at hand. Josef and Marie(Bolek Polivka and Anna Siskova) are an affable Czechoslovak couple. Josef is an unemployed man who hates the Nazis and spends most of his time idling in his own apartment, and Marie is a loving housewife. They are unable to have children but Marie yearns for a child, frequently praying in secret to the Virgin Mary for some immaculate conception. They suffer the impromptu visits of a former employee of Josef's named Horst(Jaroslav Dusek), who now unabashedly works as a Nazi collaborator. Horst pretends to visit on behalf of Josef but it is blatantly obvious to the couple that he has a romantic interest in Marie. When Josef and Marie decide, after much timid consideration, to offer shelter to a young Jewish man named David(Csongor Kassai), they find themselves in a very risky and increasingly absurd situation. This movie is not quite like any other World War II movie you've seen. It has a soft heart and is rich with humanity, but it also boasts a very cutting sense of humour. As the films main antagonist, Horst is far from a figure of one-eyed evil, but is instead presented as foppish figure who seems to just go along with the Nazi collaboration through some imagined notions of the esteem it might bring him. He is far from a likeable character but in general he is perceived as much more idiotic than malicious. Perhaps what director Hrebejk is saying is that men like Horst were merely puppets of a much greater evil. As Josef contemplates at one point: 'You wouldn't believe what abnormal times can do to normal people.' As the movies reluctant hero, Josef, Bolek Polivka is absolutely brilliant. I'd seen Polivka act in another of Hrebejk's movies, ''Cosy Dens'' (a film which remains immensely popularity in the Czech Republic and Slovakia), and he has one of those effortlessly winning screen presences. I've recently learnt that he is also a trained mime artist, which didn't surprise me in the least. Every emotion the character is going through- be it fear, cowardice, or utter bemusement at the situation in which he finds himself- is accurately conveyed by his incredible expressive visage. Anna Siskova is also excellent as his sweet and vulnerable wife, and Csonger Kosser is convincing as the shellshocked and frightened young man. These characters are complex and defy simplistic analysis. The good characters have their moments of regression and the more grotesque characters have their moments of goodness and tenderness. Jaroslav Dusek gives a splendidly comic performance as the movies dandyish villain, simultaneously capturing the character's insecurities and flaws. Dirctor Hrejbek does an excellent job of keeping all the rather absurd events of the story rooted in the commonplace. Take the scene where Josef and Marie show David to his place of refuge. As if fussing over a guest, the willing couple accommodate the fugitive David with his closet-sized hiding-place to be. As Marie initiates David in the secret code for danger(a mouse-like scratch on the door) Josef smirks sardonically. The scene is not played for laughs but is naturally amusing nonetheless. Without ever underestimating the seriousness of the situation or the sense of risk, the characters are always given room to be sarcastic and endearing in a very human way. The story is light and entertaining but is also morally complex. Poor Josef learns that doing the right thing does not necessarily reap many rewards. To keep Horst from sniffing at his doorstep he accepts a job as a collaborator, a decision which besmirches his neighbourhood reputation. One of the most endearing aspects of the story is how Marie forms a sweet, maternal bond with the emaciated and vulnerable David, which, given her inability to have children, adds a real poignancy to the story.
(au) wrote: A very rapid action comedy. SRK is acting from his funny side. Don't take it too serious.
(us) wrote: This low budget sci-fi is clearly done for laughs, but there are some cool moments mostly involving Dollman offing random undesirables with his overpowered hand-cannon.
(gb) wrote: Very entertaining. This is an early stage of Stephen Chow.
(ru) wrote: Not at good as the first one, but you'll like this film if you're a fan of Jackie Chan or martial arts films in general. A few of the stunts in this film are pretty noteworthy, and the storyline is cool. My main problem is that Police Story 2 takes awhile to get off the ground...the abduction of the protagonist's girlfriend takes forever to occur, which is not good considering it's a catalyst for a huge portion of the storyline.
(br) wrote: Of course, Rohmer and Chabrol wrote a classic book about Hitchcock, so it should come as no surprise that this thriller by the latter contains an extended homage to Psycho. Chabrol has also adopted the Master's wicked wit and, more than once, the audience is teased and tormented because they have been led to identify with a guilty party. Indeed, who wouldn't identify with Michel Bouquet, the possibly cuckolded husband who hires a private detective to discover whether his wife, Stephane Audran, is cheating on him. As with Hitch, the little moments matter, as each unfolding situation involves tensions and dynamics beneath the surface action that only those privy to each character's secret knowledge can fully comprehend - and in this case, both husband and wife have secrets. Their marriage may be strained but when they become complicit in each other's secrets, perhaps this bolsters it? Not a particularly deep movie, but a wicked, witty, absorbing thriller for those who like the screws tightened.
(gb) wrote: After a while, the content of the movie gets repetitive and stale, since this is among the very last sequels of all. However, if a dude is looking for a crude humour for a weekend with fellow dudes, then this movie should suffice.
(jp) wrote: Brilliant movie. We follow the lead character Paul as he returns to his hometown when his father dies to face his past. The director brilliantly guides you calmly through Paul's life as he befriends his ex-girlfriends daughter and seems to start to build some deeper family relationships. This only heightens the tense horrific ending. Well worth seeing