Monday, April 16, 2007

Ah, the other side of Olympia, re:Grindhouse

So I get there at 9:30. Movie starts, some guy starts yelling. I figure, you know, that since it's 9:30 on a Sunday night the place is packed with film enthusiasts, it's a cult film, and so audience participation is something that kind of fits, or at least something that is understandable. Movie goes on, the first part ends, then there's the fake trailers in between. One of them is for something like "Nazi Werewolf women of the SS", complete with lots of swastikas and armbands. The guy who's so far just been annoying now starts shouting "Yeah! Yeah! That's what I'm talking about! Yeah!", in a way that indicated he wasn't being ironic.

In reference to the first film it would surprise me if less ink is given to the racial dynamics of it than the second film. Both films were good on that score, but since the first one appeared as more of a straightforward slasher film there's the potential that this part of it may be overlooked. All of the heroes and most of the major characters are Latino/a and the main good guy who isn't is Arabic. In the second one, which deals with two groups of four women as the main characters, two of each of the four are women of color. And not portrayed as tokens either but as independent and integral characters.

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