Kaycee’s Klasic Films – El Gringo

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films

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This is like a spaghetti western made by Quentin Tarantino you know he makes strange stuff and you don’t know whether to take it serious or not. But its not a western and its not Quentin I came across it by accident one night on the TV I think it was in a hotel you know when your in a  different country you don’t know whats on the channels so you just flick through and your not really expecting to find nothing but instead of a documentary about goat racing in Tobago you find something you could of seen at home.

What grabbed my attention with El Gringo was that the colours seemed all wrong but I think they did it on purpose it’s very bright all the time which is understandable because it’s set in Mexico where the weather is usually hot I think but on top of that it’s a sort of washed out colour as if they took all the blue out of it or something. They do that sort of thing sometimes for some reason. The soundtrack is very effective too with sharp bits dropped in to emphasise things I suppose.

Anyways that’s my technical assessment for now so its very hot and sweaty in this Mexican town and there’s this guy with a big holdall full of money and we don’t know who he is except he’s Scott Adkins which is a surprise because he used to be in Holby City which is a TV drama in a hospital in England. So if your British your thinking what is this guy doing with an American accent playing some sort of cop on the run. Cos that’s what it seems to be about maybe I wasn’t concentrating at the start I don’t know but of course everybody’s trying to steal the money it seems nobody likes him and he can’t get a glass of water even when he offers them 50 dollars. Even the nice woman who runs the local bar at first she won’t help him because she’s suspicious where the money come from.

Everybody’s out to get the poor guy including some of his own cops (such as Christian Slater) and a gang that paint their faces white and gradually you find out it’s drug money that ain’t his and should of been handed over to the authorities but that’s not going to happen in this town where the sheriff or whatever is more interested in shooting stray dogs than law and order.

The guy (who I suppose is El Gringo) wants to get out of town but the bus ticket woman won’t sell him a ticket and tells him there is no bus to Acapulco but she’s lying there’s one every day they just want to keep strangers in town so they spend some money and of course boy has he got some money to spend.

The bar woman comes round in the end and they have a little romp that in real life you’d tell him to go and have a shower first but this is a film so a few days of sweat don’t matter at all.

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Progress in their relationship? Yes, she’s sitting on him, but isn’t that a knife in her hand?

There is a lot of shooting in this film and it’s like a Clint Eastwood as I said because he’s always better than the other guys and ready when you don’t think he’s even noticed eyes in the back of his head like.

Scott Adkins don’t have the charisma of Clint and I don’t think he’s going to be a big star but he’s done a few biggish films now he’s a martial arts expert maybe this will go down as his best film I don’t know it’s pretty good and very different.




Kaycee’s Klasic Films – Jackie Brown

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films

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A lot of people who don’t really like Quentin Tarantino films just think they’re too violent but I think that’s missing the point you don’t have to take the violence serious mind you that bit in Reservoir Dogs when the guy has his ear cut off was a bit much I thought first time I saw it. Jackie Brown doesn’t have too much of it it’s more funny and clever. It stars Samuel L. Jackson and Pam Grier probably the sexiest black actor and actress there’s ever been. Sam’s always cool and here he’s got bit of a screw loose but she’s not scared of him she’s a strong woman whose been around but still got her dignity if you no what I mean.

She’s an air stewardess cabin crew they call them these days and she’s involved in some sort of gun-smuggling operation well Sam is and she’s bringing money back from where he sends the goods. Something like that and the cops are onto her as well as customs the customs guy’s a pain in the bum but the cop’s nice Michael Keaton not looking like Batman at all.

And there’s a bail bondsman Robert Forster who Sam’s also dealing with because his associates keep getting into trouble a bail bondsman organizes things when people need to be bailed out of prison, see? He gets to know Jackie and you can tell he’s falling for her cos he leaves this long message on her answering machine with his phone number and his pager number and all sorts.

Sam and Jackie cook up this scheme where they’re going to switch a bag containing lots of money for one that just contains paper and their doing this at a big mall. It’s complicated but it doesn’t really matter because the characters are more interesting than the plot there’s also Robert De Niro as this friend of Sam’s whose just got out of prison and he’s a bit slow you wouldn’t know it’s De Niro at first he’s so quiet and doesn’t steal the show at all.

He doinks Sam’s girlfriend Bridget Fonda whose an airhead and Sam doesn’t really mind cos he’s got a few women around the place. There’s a great bit where the phone goes and Sam expects her to answer it so she does in the end but just picks it up and immediately goes “It’s for you”. She really pushes her luck that girl.

In the end Jackie asks Forster to go away with her but then she says “Are you scared of me?” and he goes “A little bit”. She likes him because he’s a good steady guy and she hasn’t got lot of that in her life it’s hard to imagine them together though especially in bed she’d shag him to death.

As I say it’s complicated but as usual though it’s not the details I’m interested it’s the relationships and characters and what they say (dialogue, that’s called) that’s what Tarantino is best at. Especially the black gangsta talk where they’re allowed to call each other nigga but nobody else is.