Sunday, July 08, 2007

Feathers for the Queen

Just as Junk Thief must have door knobs, Shelley's character in Wild in the Streets must have feathers in order to be presented to the Court of St. James. Why? If you must ask, you have no understanding of the powerful pop poetry of this movie. Why it has never received the homages bestowed on Valley of the Dolls and its ilk is beyond me. This film is a Junk Thief favorite. If you'd like to join me for a midnight screening at the Junkplex, just let me know. (Perhaps a double header with Bloody Mama would be in order.)

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At 9:40 PM, Blogger Bryce Digdug said...

Fabulous. Also, I didn't know Robert Deniro was in Bloody Mama. It looks like a fantastic role for him.

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Bloody Mama is a masterpiece and the only role where Deniro managed to walk the line perfectly between comedy and tragedy. I was just in the parts of Arkansas and Missouri where it was shot. I should do a star maps tour of the locations. Then there is Angie Dickinson in the Big, Bad Mama films. Talk about a two-part series crying out for a third chapter.

At 12:32 AM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

"cause nothing can change the shape of things, nothing can change the shape of things, nothing can change the shape of things to come"
I have loved this movie since day one.
I agree that this film has all the earmarks of a cult film and it has astounded me that few people know about it and even fewer people like it. I guess it's time has not come.

I'm so happy you know and love this film.

From car crash to the horrible optical rocking shot of the kid, this film is a gem.

I've never looked at a water cooler the same way after the first viewing. Its a great soundtrack. I have the vinyl around here someplace. A great fold out cover.

There is a slight nod to Wild in the Streets in the 1980 film Shock Treatment.

If I had the cash I'd fly up right now to watch it with you. Alas it is a non-pay week.
Fourteen or fight!

At 7:18 AM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Gavin, maybe you and I can do commentary for the Criterion reissue of this tha is just begging to be made. Ed Begley Sr., Hal Holbrook, Richard Pryor, Shelley Winters. I mean, is this Grand Hotel on LSD or what?!

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Gary said...

Wow, you got me hooked. I must see more...


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