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Dirty Stinkin' Hippie Movies

Postby DrayeArt » Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:20 pm

Some reviews of mine from the best of the 60s-70s drug induced cinema:


Wild in the Streets (1968)

Drug-crazed hippies, death camps for the elderly, LSD in the drinking water, a 25 year old rock star president and one of Richard Pryor’s earliest roles- what’s not to love about this movie! A cautionary tale with the tagline “If you’re 30, you’re through!”, AIPs response to Altamont is one of the great forgotten funrides from it’s golden era.

The plot revolves around the aforementioned rock star’s rise to power as president of the US, and his plans to do away with anyone over 30(sound familiar, Logan’s Run fans). Starring Christopher Jones(a great whatever happened to…? question) and an all-star back up cast including Pryor(Black power advocate Stanley “X”), Shelley Winters(great hilarious shrew performance), Ed Begley, Diane Varsi(steals scenes as a super hippie mama) and the ever venomous Hal Holbrook. Look for bits by Peter Tork, Bobby Sherman, Gary Busey, Bill Mumy, Walter Winchell, thingy Clark, Army Archerd and even prosecuter Melvin Belli.

There is almost a pseudo-documentary style to this film, and actually alarmed viewers into thinking that a plan to spike our country’s drinking water with acid could be possible. The last scene provides an eerie warning to the hero, and is one of the better trick endings I’ve seen. All in all, a “Groovy” watch and pair it with Blue Sunshine for a “Love Generation gone wrong” double-bill.
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Re: Dirty Stinkin' Hippie Movies

Postby DrayeArt » Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:12 pm

What do you get when you mix HOF linebacker Ray Nitschke, ex- Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, bodacious stripper Carol Doda, Kubrick hipster Timothy Carey , Italo-comedian Vito Scotti, ex-boxing champ Sonny Liston, the great Frank Zappa, a 50 foot tall oily- haired Victor Mature, comedienne Teri Garr and the Monkees?

You get Head (1968)(no pun intended)

Throw in bits with Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Bob Rafelson(the director), Rona Barrett(gossip hag) and Toni Basil(Oh Mickey your so fine…) and old film clips with Glenn Ford, Rita Hayworth, Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, and Ronald Reagan for, easily, one of the most surreal films of the 60s.

As light-pop a band as The Monkees are, this film has a lot of dark overtones to it(including a suicide scene accompanied by the band’s “Whale” song). It definitely sends it’s protagonists up at all opportunities(Zappa tells them "Your music is awfully white!" and Davey Jones sings about his tranny dad). You really never know which direction this movie is going to turn. It also may have some of the best music the band ever made.

And then, of course, there’s Victor Mature, who was experiencing a revival of interest in his career, and sent himself up at all opportunities(see After the Fox).

This is director Bob Rafelson's first feature length film which he co-wrote with Nicholson. The film tanked on initial release, but has slowly grown a devout following ever since. If you haven't seen it, check it out. It does not disappoint in the weird department.
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