Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tank Girl (1995)

Of all the various low/mid-budget comic book movies of the 90's (Ninja Turtles, The Crow, Spawn, Blade, Barb Wire, etc.) I think Tank Girl might be the masterpiece. Sure it bombed. The audience for the comic was so minuscule that I'm not even sure why someone shelled out money for the rights. And even the super-indie fans of the source material were put off by the Hollywood co-opting of their culture. So then why am I calling this a niche masterpiece? Because to a whole generation of weirdo kids just discovering punk, indie and DIY, this was the film pointed the way. It's a crash-course in collage-culture. Complete with a Cole Porter musical number and a whole bunch of bad-ass women to look up to/fall in love with.

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