Thursday, January 08, 2009


Dito Montiel's debut feature, A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, was one of the 2006's slow boiling successes that grew even wilder when it hit DVD. Arguably, the film had the greatest collection of performances of the year: Dianne Weist, Shia LeBeouf, Melonie Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., and the criminally underrated Channing Tatum. (You can throw out Rosario Dawson).

Well, Montiel is back with a new film and he brought Channing Tatum along with him. I can't wait...


Soiled Sinema said...

I, mAQ, would hereby like to congratulate the team of scribes that came up with the infinitely wise title of "Fighting"

May their children be blessed with full stomachs and healthy thoughts!

ryan said...

I remember I got real excited about "Recognizing Your Saints" and then it came and went and I kind of forgot about it and never did see it.

Fox said...


Are you being snarky??? You snark! You'd probably also enjoy the title Fighter(see #9 on my Top 10).


I think you'd like it. I think. Hard to say, b/c I went in expecting to not like it. It's not perfect, but as those type of movies go (it's kinda like a Whose That Knocking at My Door for a different era) it's a winner.

And I LOVE Melonie Diaz! I think she is so damn good in everything she' in.

Soiled Sinema said...

I need to get tell SOMEONE about the films I purchased today, so you will play the role of hapless victim.

The Protector (Lost my copy)
Memento (2 disc)
Ghoulies/Ghoulies II (I loved these films as a child)
Five Deadly Venoms
South Beach
The Bodyguard
Clutch Cargo vol. 5

My Father is a Hero
Problem Child
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives


Fox said...


I love that you continue to carry the VHS torch. It's not in that weird purist kind of way, it's that there are many things that seem to get ignored and thus unreleased on DVD. And heck, who am I kidding, there is something very nostalgic about watchng a movie on VHS. Your Howard The Duck on VHS post was a great one. (btw... that's still not on DVD, according to Netflix.)

Do you find them at a budget store somewhere? A half price bookstore? The My Father The Hero is a epic find. Oh wait... you said My Father IS A Hero. OOPS!

And is that the Whitney Houston The Bodyguard or the Asian one?

And what in the hell is South Beach?!?

Kat Candler said...

Oh Channing Tatum. So dreamy. He's on my laminated list of 5, ok?

Soiled Sinema said...

The Bodyguard is a Sonny Chiba film. Sonny Chiba is without a doubt my idol. Had some douchebag who lives near me not gotten a Street Fighter tattoo, I'd be brandished with his mark. Perhaps I'll get the Karate Bull Fighter photo on me. It's the Asian one.

I adore Asian films. I got the Father one because It was a Jet Li/ Triad film and it was in another language. The only thing I could make out was Cantonese with English subtitles. Howard the Duck will probably never be released unless MGM or Criterion picks it up.

And yes, I got these at a Pawn Shop and the Salvation Army. I frequently visit thrifts to treat SS readers with something "soiled" indeed. Who knows what kind of torments used object's witness?

South Beach?

Fred "Fucking" Williamson and Gary Busey. How badass is that?

Joseph B. said...

I loved "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints". From that opening scene, slow fade from black with Diane Weist pleading for Downey Jr. to come home, I knew this was a different film. I'm a little indifferent to this preview, but if does have Terrence Howard. If this thing has half the genuine heart of his first film, I'm ready to proclaim Montiel the next Scorsese.

RC said...

step + rocky! Love the smash up.