You know, last night and earlier today I forgot to mention what I saw last night; yep, for the time being I am still on a mainly Hitch kick but tomorrow I'll likely change that (more on what I am talking about in a bit); what I saw was 1942's Saboteur. The thing is, at first when I started thinking about the director's movies earlier in the month, I did not think I had seen it... then later I realized that I had, and sometime within the past 10 years. I don't know what that means if I had forgotten about it, but I gave it a second viewing.
While it's not as good as The 39 Steps or North by Northwest (all three are pretty similar in that they deal with a wrongly accused man who have to travel to avoid being captured, and they meet a blonde who they have a rocky relationship with) it's still entertaining enough. What I ended up remembering the most about the movie after another viewing was all the wacky shit, and yes there is plenty of wackiness and odd setpieces, from the hero using a toddler as a shield to avoid being shot at and escaping a ranch, to him meeting an old blind dude who lives in the middle of nowhere and sometimes seemingly has the powers of Daredevil... or Zatoichi. And... there's also a circus troupe where for a few minutes you see the "freaks" such as a bearded woman and Siamese twins.
Oh, and there's plenty of speechifying and a raging patriotism boner (to borrow a phrase) but I understand that as the movie came out in '42 and it's all about how the hero was set up in an act of sabotage and it's war-related. What an interesting movie, for sure, and the Statue of Liberty finale is pretty great.
Sometime real late tonight or-likely-tomorrow I need to watch something not classy at all and something low-budget and sleazy, as something different, you know. Devil's Express (sometimes known as Gang Wars) sounds like the perfect candidate for that, despite the less than rave reviews. It's easy to find online and I have to see a movie starring an actor who decided that his stage name should be WARHAWK TANZANIA. It sounds so zany and off the wall it has to be watched. I am also astounded that the movie briefly features the monologist known as Brother Theodore, who'd probably be best known as Uncle Reuben in The 'Burbs.
It's funny that I saw his name on the IMDb connected with that film, as just a few days ago on Letterboxd I saw someone talk about another real obscure '70's film where he appears. It is called MASSAGE PARLOR HOOKERS. It stars some random people who I haven't really heard of, except for Sandra Peabody (Mari from Last House on the Left), George Dzundza (!) as MR. CREEPY and Brother Theodore. The person who watched it did not really care for it at all despite saying that the movie was like Friedkin mixed with Herschell Gordon Lewis, which sounds pretty great to me! I should be able to track it down to give it a viewing before Rene inevitably tries to find it himself! No offense but that sounds like something right up his alley.
Anyhow, at least I have a collection of total schlock that I can check out in the near future.