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Various: That Darn Punk (Video)That Darn Punk (Video) (2001)
Kung Fu Records

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"That Darn Punk" is a new movie put together by Kung Fu Records. The film stars Joe Escalante (bass player for the Vandals) in the title role of Dirk, who is the bass player for the fictional band, The Big Tippers. This movie was shot on a budget of $21,000 and sometimes its seems that it was .

"That Darn Punk" is a new movie put together by Kung Fu Records. The film stars Joe Escalante (bass player for the Vandals) in the title role of Dirk, who is the bass player for the fictional band, The Big Tippers.

This movie was shot on a budget of $21,000 and sometimes its seems that it was way less than that. I'm majoring in film sure, but as of right now in my schooling I haven't taken my major classes as of yet, so I'm sure I have no idea what I'm talking about. Talk to me in a few years and I'll know my stuff. At the beginning of the move, Dirk talks to an attractive woman backstage at one of his shows. She works for a local t.v. show and wants to use some of the Big Trippers music in the show. She totally leads him on and he agrees to it without consulting his bandmate's first. Later on Dirk and his band (The Vandals, they make a cameo here) make a video for one of their songs. They need a lead girl in the video and one is found. Dirk instantly tries to show no interest or attraction to her, but its no use. Dirk and her go back to his apartment to do "astrology readings".

At the same time Dirk has a dedicated girlfriend. She has just left for the weekend to display her artwork, so at first he feels bad for cheating on her. Just as Dirk and the mysterious girl from the video are about to have sex, his girlfriend returns early and catches them and runs out upset. This was set up from the start.

Later on he wakes up and finds himself in the middle of a desert. Over him are two hit men who are ready to kill him.

However, the hit men get into a fight with each other (each calling each other gay) and Dirk escapes.

Now I'm not going to give you the rest of the storyline, I think so far I've given a good preview that sets up the rest of the story. The rest of the movie entails Dirk meeting up with a different cast of wacky characters while hes trying to get back to LA to play his next show with the Big Trippers. Along the way he runs into the police, aliens, and other wacky characters you just have to see to believe.

The movie's strongpoint is of course the music. Any movie that has a string soundtrack featuring bands like Pennywise, Ozma, The Vandals, Lagwagon, AFI, and many others makes it more enjoyable to watch. The music is greatly scripted to the events on the screen. For example when Dirk is running from the aliens, the Pennywise song "Aliens" is played. Also when Dirk is running away from the two hit men, the Nerf Herder song, "Siegfried And Roy" is played.

"That Darn Punk" comes off being very mixed in quality. One scene may be extremely funny while another may be just plain bizarre. I'm sure thats what the makers of this film wanted, much variety in transitions along with the other aspects of the film.

Maybe to spoil some things if you haven't seen "That Darn Punk" yet, but the film ends happily!


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Artman (June 7, 2001)

While the movie "That Darn Punk" is far from perfect, it is a step in a direction of media that I how to see expand. Punk in flim. While the movie has hardly anything to do with punk music, it shows that DIY filmmaking is very possible for up-coming filmmakers.

It being Kung Fu's first movie (there is a preview for another movie on the tape), it was an okay effort. A lot of the humor can be found by listening to the dialogue that seemed to be written well but not acted so well.

Plus, from a filmmaking standpoint, they relied too much on the one take - one angle method of quick shooting, but I assume this is keep film costs down. They filmmed the movie on actualy feet of film and it costs a lot in the long run depending on how you film. Hopefully in the future, Kung Fu will discover the ever expanding world of digital technology.

So I, for one, look forward to the future of DIY punk movies.

Anonymous (June 6, 2001)

This movie bringing punk into the mainstream?

Um, if they spent more than 20,000 maybe...It's just a movie for us punks, and get a chance to see your fav. bands act. I thought the idea was pretty cool. I mean we get to see the people that make a couple million all the time. So it's actually pertty cool to see that a movie is made for our scene, not just music...something to do.

Anonymous (June 6, 2001)

you're a total idiot if you think this movie has anything to do with punk rock getting to the mainstream. first of all, 1994 is long and over with. stop bitching about punk in the mainstream 'cause it's been almost 10 years since everyone started whining.

secondly, this movie is just an opportunity for warren fitzgerald and copmany to fuck around with a camera and have a good time and maybe..hopefully.. put some of the money back into their label. end of story.

Anonymous (June 5, 2001)

Ive never see this movie, but to tell you the truth im a little scared to. i mean punk has gone mainstream enough...why do we need a movie to help it get there?

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