Monday, November 14, 2016

Now That Everybody Loves Comic Book Movies, Let’s Watch Tank Girl

Tank Girl (1995) jumps in with a remix of Devo’s Girl U Want set to a montage of Martin and Hewlitt’s illustrations; this is a movie about a girl with a tank, and that’s really all you need to know.  Featuring Lori Petty in the role she was born for, the movie was a perfect showcase for her 90’s dystopian post punk outfits and wise cracking Bugs Bunny by way of Chattanooga accent.  When the evil paramilitary Water and Power corporation led by professional actor baddie Malcom McDowell slaughters her family and condemns her to a Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)-style work camp, she escapes, steals a tank and becomes Tank Girl.  Like all dystopian action movies she becomes the leader of the underground movement, blah blah blah, you know where these movies are going to go.
Watch out for a very young Naomi Watts as Jet Girl (guess what she has), Ice-T as Booga, a mutant human kangaroo hybrid (it makes sense if you know the comic), and cameos by James Hong, and Iggy Pop, as a sleazy nightclub patron.  There’s also a sentimental 90’s alt-rock soundtrack including L7, Portishead, Hole, Veruca Salt and Björk’s Army of Me.
Director Rachel Talalay of Hairspray (1988), Cry-Baby (1990) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Warrior (1988) and more recently episodes of Doctor Who, Supergirl and The Flash, crafted Tank Girl in a confusing style that can only be described as slapstick dystopian.  There are cartoon montages for scene transitions and quick exposition that will either be charming or annoying, depending on your patience and suspension of disbelief, and a big Cole Porter song and dance number, but the customized hot rod pop art tank is a sight to be seen and has just about as much personality as Lori Petty.



my first novel?  thanks for asking:)  it’s a the first book in a 4-volume supernatural martial arts series chock full of killer kung-fu witches, haunted carnivals, punk rock assassins, and a 24-hour diner with the best pie in town…
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