Friday, October 15, 2010
TICKED-OFF TRANNIES WITH KNIVES: Israel Luna's lunatic fringe film debuts
TICKED-OFF TRANNIES WITH KNIVES, a piece of faux crap or the real thing? That question hovers over the proceedings just a little bit longer than it ought, so TrustMovies will clue-you-in up-front that this is indeed faux crap. And pretty funny faux crap, at that. Writer/director Israel Luna has come up with the not terribly inventive notion of making a movie that looks like the kind of thing we used to see at Times Square grind houses -- complete with grainy, out-of-focus footage, those "scratch" lines up and down the film, and even an out-of-sync soundtrack that makes it seem like the movie was either dubbed -- and very badly -- or just a blob of poorly-paired visuals and sound.
Tarantino / Rodriguez GRINDHOUSE? We've also viewed the "scratchy line" thing many times by now and seen so many faux/mock narratives and documentaries that all this ought to seem very déjà vu. Yet Mr. Luna (shown, sort of, at left) appears to possess such a bizarre combination of joyous but screw-loose fun that I've got to say his film did win me over, finally. And it offers a decidedly trannie viewpoint: The guy/gals on screen here are bigger than life and twice as boob-alicious.
Kelexis Davenport (shown above, right), playing the very big mama Pinky La Trimm, and Kristal Summers (below) as poor, put-upon Bubbles Cliquot. Everyone's pretty much of a hoot, however, so don't get your panties in a twist, girls, because I singled out only a couple of you. As a director, Luna gets a lot of mileage from his Japanese scene (quite the hoot) -- managing to use his ultra-cheap budget to make great fun of some missing special effects.
Tom Zembrod is cute but not terribly imposing, while his sidekicks are hunky but standard. As to the blood-and-gore quotient, it's there but relatively square. When a baseball bat comes down hard on the skull of our trannies, up it comes a second or two later covered with red goo and hair. But we never, thankfully, see much of the corpse. Compared to much else that's out there -- for instance the three gore films that opened just last week, this one's tame and much funnier than it is frightening.
Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives, from Breaking Glass Pictures, opens today, October 15, in New York City at the ultra-classy Cinema Village, and in Los Angeles on Oct. 22nd. This will be followed (if you don't live on either coast) by a DVD release as soon as November 9th. Though, in truth, this is the kind of movie you need to see with an audience -- so those theater venues are probably your best bet.