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I was at the Nottingham screening at the awesome indie cinema SCREEN 22, at an event staged in conjunction with the equally awesome STRAIGHT TO VIDEO retro movie night (which has a brilliant associated music project doing rocked-up covers of classic soundtrack tunes). The film is brilliant from start to finish, and is a rarity in this day and age as it is one of the few Kickstarter campaigns which has actually hit its goal, which provided part of the funding for the project.
Suffused with more than a whiff of ‘70’s esque grindhouse verve, Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman is a delectable slice of Chilean lo-fi trashsploitation that plays out to the dulcet tones of some very choice electro synth.
As the film starts, it promises to be a summer of misery for 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James, of The Killing). His divorced mother Pam’s (Toni Collette, Little Miss Sunshine) new boyfriend Trent’s (Steve Carell of Saturday Night Live) mission is to lick Duncan into shape – as he sees it. As the prospective new family drive to Trent’s East Coast beach house for a first-time family holiday with Trent’s snooty teen daughter, bullying Trent tells shy, awkward Duncan (squashed into the way way back of the car) to rate himself out of ten. When he hesitantly answers six, Trent crushingly corrects him, saying he’s a three.
By the time you leave the cinema after watching Pain and Gain, you're going to be feeling pretty bad about yourself. Why? First of all, you'll realise that you are in awful shape and that you really must start using that gym you signed up for in January. Secondly, you'll realise that you are a truly dreadful person for having laughed so much during the movie. This makes you a bad person because Pain and Gain is based a set of 3 articles published in the Miami News Times – this is seriously a true story. A wild and outrageously stupid one, but a true story nonetheless. But at least you would have been working your abs by laughing so much...
In 2010, there were 2 films battling to turn the superhero genre on its head. James Gunn’s Indy flick Super, and Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass. Both films threw the superhero genre under the spotlight of reality and did so with extreme violence and some even more extreme language.