Minutemen, Che, and Chocolate! Elliptical Film Reviews!

My wife got us an elliptical. I dig it. I can watch TV and exercise after walking the dogs and see some oddball stuff.

WE JAM ECONO: a documentary about punk-jazz-funk masters The Minutemen. Lots of great interviews (the remaining members, Flea, Ian McKaye, Henry Rollins, friends, family, and a bunch of punk musicians I ain’t ever heard of). Great live stuff. D-Boone’s death was glossed over, sadly. How he died was never mentioned. Just that he died. Ultra talented, manically free, and inspiring stuff.

Che: biopic about guerrilla warfare leader Ernest Che Guevara. Benecio Del Toro in the title role does a fantastic job, and you see the journey from politically motivated doctor to revolutionary hero. Covered lots of the ugly side of the Cuban revolution, too, and a fairly shrewed but critical look at Castro.  Done in Spanish and some English, covering Cuban victory and defeat in Bolivia. Che’s death is treated in the heroic version (there’s dispute over just how heroic he was during his torture and execution), but Del Toro tore this up. Great stuff, and worth viewing (though it is long).

Chocolate: Insane Thai action movie about a former gangster gal who has an autistic kid. Mom gets sick, and the kid, who can master any martial art she sees, goes with her adopted brother to collect mom’s debts from a bunch of old thugs. Cross dressing assassins, the Yakuza, and more stunt-and-punch fights scenes than a Jackie Chan marathon, this movie was amazing even if much of it was loopy. Sequel coming soon!




About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jason.ridler.56
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2 Responses to Minutemen, Che, and Chocolate! Elliptical Film Reviews!

  1. Shannon says:

    Glad to hear you enjoyed Cholocate! I saw it at TIFF a few years back as a part of the Midnight Madness program and the director was even there! Very exciting and awesome film – I need to revisit it! Never got to see Che though, political biopics don’t rank super high on my list(s) 🙂

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