Friday, November 19, 2010

NYCHFF Program 7 Ticked Off Trannies With Knives

Saturday - Program 7

The theater was respectfully empty for this screening. It could be that the feature film about to be shown has been playing in the city for weeks now. Either that or people are really not interested in a movie named 'Ticked Off Trannies With Knives'. (DB comments: this played this years Tribeca Film Festival and got great word of mouth. It was actually on my short list of choices but I passed since most of the screenings were around midnight)

The Shorts:

Get Off My Porch - A man is terrorized by persistent girl scouts who won't take 'no' for an answer. Pure comedy. I've seen shorts similar to this one before but the main actor makes it work. Really funny stuff here. It'll make you think twice about not buying girl-scout cookies ever again.

Lola - Lola is part vampire, witch, and shape-shifter. She is hired as an actress by a very ambitious and demanding director, who exploits her supernatural abilities to save on production cost. This is a very short animated piece from the Philippines but it adds some nice effects & some humor to boot.

Suckathumb - A child's imagination runs wild in the Canadian wilderness, fueled by her mother's horrific bed-time tales. Part animation-part live action, I don't think this film went over too well with the crowd. That being just a hunch. I give it credit for it's originality, it was nothing like anything else screened at this years fest.

The Feature film:

Ticked Off Trannies With Knives - Revenge takes balls, and no one knows it better than the ladies of "Ticked Off Trannies with Knives," Israel Luna's over the top tale of sisterhood and cold blooded, high heeled vengeance.

There is no deception here, when you walk into a film with a title like that. I felt like I was seeing the brainchild of Russ Meyers, John Waters & Lloyd Kaufman. It's a full on homage to the old exploitation films, with it's film scratches/missing reels. Violent, crude, funny & campy as fuck. Imagine if Abel Ferrera's 'Ms. 45' was remade...only with you know..trannies.

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