Sunday, November 7, 2010

Treasure Down Under

I'm not sure but apparently an entire film genre from Australia never made my radar until I recently saw the documentary, "Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation."

The film features interviews from filmmakers, actors, and critics from the actual ozploitation films, talking over what might be an hour's worth of sex, drugs, profanity, explosions, carnage, stunts and outrageous effects; non-stop action. How the doc only got an R rating I don't know. It practically serves as a 90 minute trailer for the films represented. And it worked. After watching it I was super excited to track down the videos on Netflix. I quickly learned that most of these are either not available on DVD, not on Netflix or out of print. Check out the trailers of films featured in the documentary. Fun.

The doc also features Quentin Tarantino, the creators of the SAW movie franchise and others that share their love for ozzie films, going as far as "borrowing" from the originals. The most recognizable film to come out of this genre has to be Mad Max, 1979, featuring a young, unknown, racist actor by the name of Mel Gibson. A young Nicole Kidman also starred in BMX Bandits, 1983.

These films are strictly entertainment so if that's what you're in the mood for, these drive-in quality action flicks are the answer.

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