Sunday, July 12, 2009
Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1981)
Starring: Diane Lane, Ray Freaking Winstone, Laura Dern, Christine Lahti, Various members of Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Tubes
The Gist: A young girl and her band, The Stains, jump on board the US tour of the Metal Corpses, an aging metal band of the Alice Cooper/Kiss persuasion. The Corpses are supported by The Looters, a British punk outfit the lead singer of which is played by a young, skinny, relatively cute Ray Winstone. Yep, that Ray Winstone. And teenage versions of Diane Lane and Laura Dern are two-thirds of The Stains. In case you were wondering, yes it is slightly odd.
And then what happens?: The plot goes through the expected rise-and-fall movements of any other small-band-make-it-big type films, but it’s really like nothing else you’ve ever seen. It’s funny in ways you don’t expect, has better actors than the story maybe deserves, there’s no attempt made to soften up the characters, and to top it all off, it’s generally mad as batshit. These are all good things.
See it for: There’s a scene between Lane and Winstone in her dressing room that contains one of the best exchanges of dialogue I’ve heard in quite some time.
Level of Crazy: 12. Watch the trailer and Making Of clips below. NOW!