Thursday, October 7, 2010

10-4! Drive Invasion presents exploitation convoy

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Breaker 1-9, good buddies — any of you got your ears on? This year's Drive Invasion Festival emphasizes the "drive" with films that run the gamut from car crashes to truck crashes, with some 1970s-era exploitation and revenge themes thrown in. Following an afternoon of rock music and hot rods at the Starlight Drive In, the tailgate party-style film festival presents five films from 1971-1981, along with Three Stooges and Mr. Magoo shorts. The most recent on the bill is unquestionably the best: George Miller's The Road Warrior (a.k.a. Mad Max 2), the classic post-apocalyptic action film in which Mel Gibson' plays a tough, taciturn drifter who loves his dog and hates Jewish people mohawked scavengers who prey on the the last outpost of civilization. If you've never seen it on the big screen, you've gotta check it out, especially because Miller's making a sequel called Fury Road with Inception's Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

Billy Jack (1981). Tom McLaughlin starred in, co-wrote and directed (under the name T.C. Frank) this tale of a peaceable Green Beret veteran who beats the crap out of the bullies and bigots who persecute hippies of the local "Freedom School." Wildly popular upon its 1973 re-release, Billy Jack arguably marks a transition between 1960s biker flicks and 1970s martial arts movies.

(1978) Action movie maven Sam Peckinpah, of all people, directed this adaptation of C.W. McCall's number one novelty song about the joys of driving trucks, talking on C.B. (citizens band) radio and generally "putting the hammer down." It stars Kris Kristofferson, Ali McGraw and Burt Young. And did I mention this came out in the 1970s?

Cleopatra Jones
(1973). The late Tamara Dobson became a blaxploitation icon as Cleopatra Jones — "the soul sister's answer to James Bond" — some kind of anti-drug agent who incurs the wrath of a crimelord known as "Mommy" (two-time Oscar winner Shelley Winters). The slang alone should be worth the price of admission.

Stunt Rock (1978). This film is also known as Sorcery, and I'll let this description from the Internet Movie Database cover the plot:

Australian stuntman Grant Page goes to Los Angeles to work on a television series. He uses his spare time to lend his expertise to rock band Sorcery, whose act features duels between the King of the Wizards and the Prince of Darkness, with his cousin playing the Prince. Page helps the duo develop pyrotechnic magic tricks for their shows, and also finds himself in a budding romance with a magazine writer as he recounts to her his own exploits as a stuntman and daredevil as well as various stunts by other greats.

"It's a Death Wish at 120 decibels!" says the trailer, which makes it look like a cross between This is Spinal Tap, Jackass and that Burt Reynolds stunt man movie Hooper.

DRIVE INVASION Oct. 10. Doors open at 11 a.m.; movies start at dusk. Starlight Six Drive-In, 2000 Moreland Ave. 404-627-5786.

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