Raze And 9 Other Films For Modern Grindhouse Fans

On January 11, 2014, in Article, Celeb, eBooks, Entertainment, Music, Videos, by nadia

With the release of Zoe Bell’s new flick, Raze, in theaters and on Video on Demand, we are reminded of all the modern-day grindhouse films that we’ve come to enjoy over the past 14 years. The genre, named after theaters (in particular defunct burlesque theaters in New York City) that primarily showed exploitation films, plays on its low budget, niche appeal and, often times, lurid subject matter.

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With the release of Zoe Bell’s new flick, Raze, in theaters and on Video on Demand, we are reminded of all the modern-day grindhouse films that we’ve come to enjoy over the past 14 years. The genre, named after theaters (in particular defunct burlesque theaters in New York City) that primarily showed exploitation films, plays on its low budget, niche appeal and, often times, lurid subject matter. Raze like the 9 other films on this list, keeps things bloody, raunchy and fun. (Just don’t watch these with your mother!)

1. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

Shelved for several years before finally getting released in October of last year, this flick does its best to flip the horror genre on its head. Alcohol, drugs, sex and plenty of gore come into play when a group of kids decide to spend a weekend at a remote farmhouse.

2. Black Dynamite

Black Dynamite is a Blaxploitation film that blurs action and comedy in a tale of a former CIA agent who must avenge his brother’s death. This critically acclaimed film played on all the Pam Grier and Shaft films of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

3. Death Proof

Director Quentin Tarantino has never been shy about his love for exploitation films. Death Proof is his homage to carsploitation, mockbusters, slashers and giallo flicks. In Tarantino’s version, two groups of women who are terrorized by stunt driver who uses his Chevy Nova SS 396 to lure them in.

4. Drive Angry

Drive Angry is another exploitation film that features Amber Heard in the role of an ass-kicking woman mixed up with an undead criminal played by Nicolas Cage. The carsploitation film does what the title implies: drive angry. With Cage behind the wheel, it’s hard not to get campy, wild and all sorts of crazy.

5. Hard Candy

This 2005 thriller tosses subgenres, such as rape and revenge and sexploitation films, on their head with the role reversal of the young girl and older man. Ellen Page plays the cat to Patrick Wilson’s mouse in a devious revenge flick about child rape. The concept is a hard pill to swallow but expertly acted.

6. The Last House on the Left

The remake of the 1972 Wes Craven film was actually inspired by a Swedish flick, The Virgin Spring, which was based on a 13th-century ballad. Okay, regardless of all that, the film tells the story of parents who attempt to get revenge on a group of strangers. Brutal by nature, Last House on the Left dives into the world of rape and revenge films.

7. Machete, Machete Kills

Originally a fake trailer that aired during the Grindhouse double feature, Robert Rodriguez fleshed out the Mexican exploitation film about a former Federale. The film combines camp, machetes and tons of double-crossing, gun-toting women. The success of the first film spawned a sequel that upped the camp and the Lady Gaga.

8. Planet Terror

Released as a part of a double feature with Tarantino’s Death Proof, Planet Terror represented Robert Rodriguez’s take on zombie films. In an attempt to recreate a genre that nearly died out in the ‘90s, Rodriguez brings together a large cast that fill out all the stereotypical characters: the mysterious woman, the brooding hero, the damsel, the hapless police chief, the sinister doctor, the shadowy military official and, most importantly, zombies!

9. Raze

Starring Zoe Bell and Tracie Thoms, Raze tells the story of 50 abducted women forced to fight to the death in order to protect their loved ones. For nearly an hour and 20 minutes these women kick, punch and slap the shit out of each other in a film that plays on the whole women-in-prison subgenre.

10. Spring Breakers

Not your typical grindhouse flick, Spring Breakers tells the story of four female college students desperate to join in the festivities of spring break. The path to fan includes theft, sex, drugs and murder. One by one, the girls disappear as each reach their breaking point of reality. Harmony Korine’s movie plays on all the female exploitation subgenres, women-in-prison, revenge, sexploitation, and even cautionary tales.

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Last Lap: What’s Shia LaBeouf’s Next Big Role?

On January 10, 2014, in Article, Celeb, eBooks, Entertainment, Music, Videos, by nadia

Lena Dunham defends one specific aspect of HBO’s Girls, Hilary Duff is starting 2014 on her own, and Mark Wahlberg is planning a major beatdown against one of music’s biggest acts. Shia LaBeouf has spent much of his life in front of the camera, but now he’s ready to take on a new role as a private citizen.

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Lena Dunham defends one specific aspect of HBO’s Girls, Hilary Duff is starting 2014 on her own, and Mark Wahlberg is planning a major beatdown against one of music’s biggest acts.

  • Shia LaBeouf has spent much of his life in front of the camera, but now he’s ready to take on a new role as a private citizen. The actor claimed that he’s retiring from “all public life,” not too long after a plagiarism scandal. [Los Angeles Times]
  • During a panel in California, Girls creator and star Lena Dunham was asked about the show’s frequent nudity. She quickly shot back at the reporter, explaining that it’s one of the elements that actually makes her show true to life. Preach, Lena, preach! [People]
  • Hilary Duff announced that she and her husband are ending their marriage. It looks like they’re getting through things amicably, which is good news for their young son. [Just Jared]
  • Remind us never to get on Mark Wahlberg’s bad side. During an appearance on Conan, the actor revealed that his daughters have become fans of One Direction, and it doesn’t sound like he’s cool with not being the main man in their lives. The Lone Survivor star said (ok, joked) that he’d even go as far as to knock out Harry Styles and the rest of the guys. And judging from his latest flick, Mark definitely has the ability to take those boys down! [MTV News]

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What Taylor Kitsch Texted Mark Wahlberg + Other Reasons Women Should See Lone Survivor

On January 10, 2014, in Article, Celeb, eBooks, Entertainment, Movies, Music, Videos, by nadia

Let us be clear: Lone Survivor is a serious war movie, a brutal look at the violence of combat in Afghanistan based on the tragic true story as told by Navy SEALs veteran Marcus Luttrell. But even if, like us, you’re not normally into war movies, this movie from director Peter Berg deserves your attention, for reasons both serious and completely NOT.

Let us be clear: Lone Survivor is a serious war movie, a brutal look at the violence of combat in Afghanistan based on the tragic true story as told by Navy SEALs veteran Marcus Luttrell. But even if, like us, you’re not normally into war movies, this movie from director Peter Berg deserves your attention, for reasons both serious and completely NOT. Take, for instance, Mark Wahlberg’s complaint (in the video above) about what went down between this all-male cast on location in the mountains of New Mexico.


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“It could get a little weird at times,” he said. “The stuff that they send around, via text and pictures and videos — it’s not what I want to see. I don’t need those images in my head.”

OK, so three of the stars we spoke to — Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch — claimed that because of the serious nature of their film and the upstanding leadership of their director, the set never turned into “a measuring contest,” as Hirsch put it. So, should we believe Wahlberg that Kitsch and Ben Foster were sending objectionable photos to him and the rest of the cast and crew? Maybe, maybe not. Still, we kind of love to imagine ourselves as a fly on the wall as the guys let off steam after a long day of shooting.

Here are some other reasons to see Lone Survivor:

  • Er, have you seen this cast? Even under all that dust?
  • This could be the movie that retrieves Kitsch’s career from the ashes. Why didn’t it come out BEFORE Battleship?!

  • Yes, there are long stretches of explosions and gunfire, but there are also a few beautiful, peaceful moments. The remind us of those early-morning pre-game scenes in Friday Night Lights.
  • These soldiers are NOT stereotypical macho dudes. In some of our favorite scenes, they talk about their wives, wedding planning and redecorating their homes. Luttrell told us that this part was absolutely true to reality.
  • This is not just about entertainment. When we asked the stars how we should recover from the stress of watching such an intense film, every single one said not to recover, but instead, to let it sink in. “Be open to it. Let it affect you,” Kitsch told us. Hirsch said we should watch it more than once. And Wahlberg went one step further: “If you’re in a position to, hire a veteran; encourage other people to hire veterans.”

And yeah, for all their seriousness, these guys do admit they’re still just actors, after all. Here’s what they told us about their chances of lasting as Navy SEALs:

[Photos: Universal Pictures]

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