Independent Movie Marathon / Lemmy Kilmister / Casino Jack / Somewhere / Blue Valentine / Rage

Independent Movie Marathon /Lemmy Kilmister / Casino Jack / Somewhere / Blue Valentine / Rage

I’m sure you may be wondering why my Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man Blog posts have been a little scarce on the last month of my yearlong experiment. Well when the end of January 2011 was approaching I noticed that reaching 200 movies seen in the theater in a calendar year was in reach I had to try for it. Do I do it? Stay tuned and read on. With that said since I’ve got some major catch up to do I’m gonna keep my movie takes a little shorter and to the point.

Tue Jan 18th, 2011

Today was independent small movie release marathon day. I decided to see five movies today between two smaller art house theaters. The first movie I saw was Casino Jack (2010) starring Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Rachelle Lefevre, Kelly Preston and Jon Lovitz. It’s a true story about a hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder. Although Kevin Spacey is a good actor and played his part well in this film, I found this movie and the subject matter extremely boring. I don’t recommend it.

The next film I saw was Somewhere (2010) starring Stephen Dorff and  Elle Fanning . Directed by Sofia Coppola. Somewhere is about a hard-living Hollywood actor re-examines his life after his 11-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit. I liked the concept of this movie.  Elle Fanning who plays the daughter of Stephen Dorff’s character was very charming. She can act just like her sister Dakota Fanning. I liked this movie although it was a little slow at times. The one thing that kept going through my mind though was that Stephen Dorff was playing a character he wishes he could be I’m sure. Stephen Dorff is a good actor but I don’t think he has gotten the roles or the break he deserves.

The last film I saw at this theater today was Blue Valentine (2010) starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. Both Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams can act their butts off. They were both very good in this movie. This movie did and interesting job of traveling back in time to examine the relationship between these two characters. However this movie was depressing as hell and very slow paced. This is not my type of movie, maybe it’s yours.

I was now off to the next smaller art house theater to see the limited engagement of Lemmy (2010). It’s a documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister leader of the band Motorhead.

The legend Lemmy Kilmister, leader of the band Motorhead

Lemmy (center) and his Motorhead band mates.

I really enjoyed this movie. I got a chance to see Mortorhead while I was living in Virginia back in the early 2000’s. It was a great show and very, very loud. The best part of this documentary was how it showed Lemmy living a very normal life even though he is considered a rock god among his rock god superstar peers. He lives in a somewhat small rent controlled apartment a block off the Sunset strip in Los Angeles. On any given day you may find him walking to the famous Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd playing the trivia machine at the bar. This was a great documentary, which I highly recommend.

Now I was planning on going home after the Lemmy movie but then I noticed that the next film was gonna be a cult classic so I decided to stay and see Rage (1977) aka “Rabid” – Canada (original title) starring Marilyn Chambers and directed by David Cronenberg.

Its about a young woman that develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic. This was an early David Cronenberg movie that was filmed and too place in Montreal Canada. Before the movie started we got to see old school trailers for the movies; Prom Night (1980), Body Parts (1991) and The Fly (1986). The movie Rage stars Marilyn Chambers who was best known for her 1972 hardcore film debut Behind the Green Door.

An interesting trivia note is that Marilyn Chambers was once was the cover girl on the Ivory Snow soapbox were she posed holding a baby. After seeing the course of her film career, the company dropped her in favor of another model that they hoped could better signify the purity of the product. As for the movie Rage, it was good cheesy horror fun.

Well stay tuned for movie madness. I’ve got a lot to cover in a short period of time if I’m going to make 200 movies before the end of January 2011.

–          Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  183

  • February            2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 21
  • September            2010: Movies Seen: 17
  • October            2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • November            2010: Movies Seen: 13
  • December            2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • January            2011: Movies Seen: 7

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