Archive for December 15, 2010

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka

Posted in Action/Adventure, Comedy, Movie Reviews, Spoofs & Satire with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Jack Spade (Keenen Ivory Wayans) returns from the Army to his old neighborhood following the death of his brother, Junebug. The police determine Junebug’s death to be the result of an “OG”, or “Over Gold” — the victim has overdosed on gold chains. A brief image of Junebug is shown featuring him covered, head-to-toe, with gold chains. When not distracted by his old girlfriend and Junebug’s wife Cheryl (Dawnn Lewis), Jack seeks revenge for his brother’s death.

He declares war on Mr. Big (John Vernon), a powerful local crime lord, who is seen as the person responsible for putting gold chains on the streets of Jack’s neighborhood. Jack enlists the help of John Slade (Bernie Casey) Jack’s childhood idol, who fought bad guys in the 1970s. With John’s help, Jack enlists an “army” consisting of Hammer (Isaac Hayes) and Slammer (Jim Brown), Flyguy (Antonio Fargas), and Kung Fu Joe (Steve James). Together with his army, Jack sets out to eliminate the gold chain trade from the streets of his neighborhood and take down Mr. Big.

REVIEW:

 If you have ever seen an episode of In Living Color, then you know the kind of comedy you’re gonna get here, as it was released during that same period. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka is not a film to be taken seriously in any sense of the word. For goodness sakes, look at the title!

For years, the Wayans have been making spoof comedies, and as funny as Shawn and Marlon’s Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2 were, it is big brother Keenen who really made spoofing a family tradition.

Now, this is not the best comedy I’ve seen, but it is quite enjoyable and hilarious. However, as many of today’s comedies do, somewhere around the middle it forgets that its a comedy and gets all dramatic and heavy. Thankfully, it recovers and the climax is worth the wait.

The cast consists of members of the Wayans clan and actors that were around during the blaxploitation era and appeared in those films.

Earlier this year, I saw Black Dynamite, which made fun of how cheesy (and cheap) blaxploitation films were. This film didn’t go that far, but there is one scene where they did spoof the filmmaking of that era by not even attempting to hide that the stunt double was different from the actual actress.

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka is not going to make you think, change the world, or anything like that. It is just a funny film that is enjoyable. Having said that, I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone. Today’s audiences get offended so easily. So, if you;re easily offended, stay away. Otherwise, check this one out.

4 out of 5 stars

Three Amigos

Posted in Classics, Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The film opens as a bandit named El Guapo (Alfonso Arau) and his gang of thugs have been collecting protection money from the small Mexican village of Santo Poco. Carmen (Patrice Martinez), daughter of the village leader, searches for someone who can come to the rescue of her townspeople. While visiting a small village church, she remains to watch a silent film featuring “The Three Amigos” and, believing them to be real heroes, sends a telegram to Hollywood asking them to come and stop El Guapo. However, the telegraph operator edits her message down since she has very little money to pay for it.

Meanwhile, Lucky Day (Steve Martin), Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase), and Ned Nederlander (Martin Short) are Hollywood silent film actors who portray the heroic Three Amigos on screen in 1916. When they demand a salary increase, studio boss Harry Flugleman (Joe Mantegna) fires them and evicts them from their studio-owned housing. Shortly afterward, they receive Carmen’s telegram, but misinterpret it as an invitation to make a film with El Guapo. After breaking into the studio to retrieve their costumes, the Amigos head for Mexico. Stopping at a cantina near Santo Poco, they are mistaken for associates of a fast-shooting German pilot (Kai Wulff), who is also looking for El Guapo and who arrived just before they did. A relieved Carmen picks up the Amigos and takes them to the village, where they are put up in the best house in town and treated very well. The next morning, when three of El Guapo’s men come to raid the village, the Amigos do a Hollywood-style stunt show that leaves them very confused. The bandits ride off, making everyone think that the Amigos have defeated the enemy; in reality, the men inform El Guapo of what has happened, and he decides to return in force the next day and kill the Amigos.

As the German’s real associates arrive at the cantina, proving themselves just as adept with pistols as he is, the village throws a boisterous celebration for the Amigos and their (supposed) victory. The next morning, El Guapo and his gang come to Santo Poco and call out the Amigos, who confess that they have only been acting and are too scared to confront him after Lucky gets shot in the arm. El Guapo allows his men to loot the village and kidnaps Carmen, and the Amigos leave Santo Poco in disgrace. With nothing waiting for them back home, Ned persuades Lucky and Dusty to become real-life heroes and go after El Guapo. Their first attempt to find his hideout fails, but they spot a cargo plane and follow it to him; the plane is flown by the German, who has brought a shipment of rifles for the gang with his associates’ help. Preparations are underway for El Guapo’s 40th birthday party, and he plans to make Carmen his bride. The Amigos try to sneak into the hideout, with mixed results: Lucky is captured and chained up in a dungeon, Dusty crashes through a window and into Carmen’s room, and Ned ends up hanging among the decorations.

As Lucky frees himself and Dusty sneaks out only to be caught, Ned falls loose and is also captured. The German, having idolized Ned’s quick-draw pistol skills since childhood, challenges him to a showdown. Ned wins, killing the German, and Lucky holds El Guapo at gunpoint long enough for Carmen and the Amigos to escape – first on horseback, then in the German’s plane. Returning to Santo Poco with El Guapo’s entire army in pursuit, they rally the villagers to stand up for themselves and plan a defense. The bandits arrive in the seemingly empty village, only to find themselves suddenly being shot at by Amigos from all sides and falling into hidden water-filled trenches dug by the villagers. Eventually all of El Guapo’s men either desert him or die in the gunfire, and he takes a fatal wound as well. As he lies dying, the villagers – all armed and wearing replicas of the Amigos’ costumes – step out to confront him. El Guapo congratulates them on this plan, then shoots Lucky in the foot and dies.

The villagers offer to give the Amigos all the money they have, but the Amigos refuse it, saying (as in their movies) that seeing justice done is enough of a reward for them. They then ride off into the sunset, ready to continue being real heroes.

REVIEW:

 I have a soft spot in my heart for this film, as it was one of the first films I ever rented. This was back when my dad first bought a VCR. Gosh, that seems like forever and a day ago when VCRs were the thing to have, huh?

So, what do I have to say about Three Amigos? Well, the first thing is that it is hilarious. Of course, with Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short as the stars and in their prime, how could this not?

With all the sight gags and ridiculousness, one really has an appreciation for what these guys did in their time (and what Saturday Night Live used to be).

The plot, though, seems to be a strange take on The Magnificent Seven, and the title, I think, is loosely taken from Disney’s  The Three Caballeros.

That isn’t to say the story is good or bad, it just is so-so for me. I was left with the feeling os deja vu, and wished they would have done something not so predictable. I mean, these three washed up movie stars go to Mexico under the pretense they are doing a show, only to find out that they are indeed there to save the town. After some soul searching, they come realize what they have to do, and somehow they happen to have the know how to pull this off. Who couldn’t figure out what was going to happen?

Having said that, I didn’t hate the story. I rather enjoyed it, regardless.

Casting 3 great comedians such as Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase was a stroke of genius, though I think it was a bit unbalanced. What I mean by that is Steve Martin was a bit of a camera hog and we barely got anything from Martin Short and especially Chevy Chase. I think part of that is related to his character, though.

Alfonso Arau made a good villain. He also didn’t take this role too seriously, as many actors who play sadistic villains in comedies tend to do. I applaud him for this.

Patrice Martinez was a nice bit of eye candy, but she also gave a good performance. For those of you that are looking for a bit of drama in this flick, keep a look out for her.

Three Amigos is listed as one of the funniest films of all time, and with good reason. Just watch the plethora dialogue between El Guapo and his right hand man. I highly recommend this to anyone that needs a some levity. We could all use a laugh, right? Couple that with a great film, and you get true entertainment!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars