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Various: Cake Boy [Film/Soundtrack]Cake Boy [Film/Soundtrack] (2005)
Kung Fu Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


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On the Vandals' 1998 album Hitler Bad, Vandals Good, Joe Escalante penned lyrics for a song about a scheme for a feature film, aptly titled "An Idea For A Movie." Three years later, his vision came true as Kung Fu released the straight-to-VHS flick That Darn Punk. In the movie, Dirk (Escalante), a m.
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On the Vandals' 1998 album Hitler Bad, Vandals Good, Joe Escalante penned lyrics for a song about a scheme for a feature film, aptly titled "An Idea For A Movie." Three years later, his vision came true as Kung Fu released the straight-to-VHS flick That Darn Punk. In the movie, Dirk (Escalante), a musician who's life has become a complete mess, is left stranded in the desert with the quest to find his way back home, while also trying to rediscover himself. The movie was created on a budget of merely $20,000, and although the content was sub-par, the D.I.Y. ethic Kung Fu Films maintained shines through in dignifying form. With a little more experience and funds from the The Show Must Go Off! series, Escalante and Co. are back with another cinematic effort: Cake Boy.

Warren Fitzgerald, Vandals guitarist and the script's writer, plays the lead character Selwyn and erotic cake designer whose eccentric soul is hampered by an abusive girlfriend (Pamela Gidly). Fed up with her harsh antics, Selwyn runs off as a roadie for No Use For A Name (the Ataris were originally picked for the part). The band's manager Mickey, played by Scott Auckerman, supplies some of the movie's more memorable moments with a handful of zingers; these combined with the antics of the band further depreciate our main character's life. Eventually, Selwyn is able to get back on his feet, thanks to a fresh start with a new girlfriend and with the help of the Sheriff (Fat Mike), who allows the movie to end on a comedic note along with the overly predictable happy ending.

Aside from some one-liners by Mickey, NUFAN's mischievous attitudes and live footage, a cameo from comedian Patton Oswalt, and Fat Mike's small role, the film fails on several accounts. While you feel bad for Selwyn, the plot is quite conventional and the trouble he is encompassed by neglects to give the viewer a meaningful relationship with said character.

Cake Boy, formerly titled Selwyn's Nuts, is more polished than That Darn Punk, but the D.I.Y. ideology is overly present. Recorded on 16mm and 35mm film for only $30,000, Escalante poured heart and soul into making the movie on nights and weekends over a lengthy time span (documented in the movie's bonus features, as well as a few outtakes and bloopers). This will not be the end of Kung Fu's cinematic portion, as Joe and Warren have scripts ready for more film along with the gleaming success of The Show Must Go Off!

Unlike Escalante's previous effort, the soundtrack comes free with the movie; thankfully, sketchy sound clips do not plague it. The OST features five unreleased No Use For A Name songs; the film's theme "No Way To Live" is a more melodic Leche Con Carne-era song. The rapid, snotty "Sewlyn's Got A Problem," outlines the movie's lead character. The additional new cut is a cover of "1945" by Social Distortion; the band comes through fine, but Tony Sly sounds awkward and insecure trying his Mike Ness impersonation. Topping off No Use's portion are acoustic versions of "Fatal Flu" and "Coming Too Close," touted in the same vein as Sly's acoustic split with Lagwagon's Joey Cape. Former NUFAN member and current Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett lets a new song from his side project Jackson, an upbeat pop-rocker that's less glossy than their debut EP. The rest of the soundtrack is delineated by usual Kung Fu names such as the Vandals, Ozma, Useless I.D., and Audio Karate.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

Anytime I hear Battle Royale I feel like yelling out Takashi Miike.

That's pretty weird, considering he had nothing to do with the movie

Anonymous (June 23, 2005)

Fuck this, go see BATTLE ROYAL! that shit is amazing.

-!GreenVandal!

Anonymous (June 23, 2005)

Anytime I hear Battle Royale I feel like yelling out Takashi Miike.

EMOHOLOCAUST (June 22, 2005)

this is cake shit!!!!1

Anonymous (June 22, 2005)

Hunter Revenge is the new AFI

karasu (June 22, 2005)

I cannot say the same for the sequel

The sequel was horrible. I like how everyone died durring the boat scene, but somehow 40 kids made it to the island.

Scores for Battle Royale.

kirbypuckett (June 21, 2005)

Yes there is a Hunter's Revenge song on here.

Pretty interesting too.

- Kirby

allison_le_gnome (June 21, 2005)

Is there really a Hunter Revenge song on the soundtrack? That would kick incredible amounts of ass.

stevejonestherealbones (June 21, 2005)

gay

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

CrookedSuperhero (June 21, 2005)

No way to live is not leche con carne style.

It's shit. Really really shit.

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

Vanity projects are always tough to digest.

OC

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

I guess I'll be the first to point out that Fitzgerald plays guitar for the Vandals. Escalante is the bassist.


...and I know that..because I've had to witness his balls way too many times during live performances.

eh.

Brian, fix plz.

- Kirby

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

Score is for Battle Royale

I tried to squeeze a comment in about this, but nothing felt right.

Battle Royale is one hell of a flick and despite what might seem like too much hype, it is clearly worth it. I cannot say the same for the sequel.

I highly suggest anyone here that's a fan of violent films hunt this down!

- Kirby

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

Is "Selwyn's Got A Problem" a new version of the D.I. song "Johnny's Got A Problem" or a new song entirely?

gladimnotemo (June 21, 2005)

That Darn Punk is the only movie I have turned off before it was done. Absolutely, the worst piece of film ever.

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

Score is for Battle Royale

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

I guess I'll be the first to point out that Fitzgerald plays guitar for the Vandals. Escalante is the bassist.

Score is for the trailer. Eesh.

lushj (June 21, 2005)

Wouldn't this be awesome if this was a full-length version of Sir Mix A Lot's "Cakeboy" instead?

He's a cake boy, up to no good!

"But he's so sensitive" Tossed salad is his hairdo, cappuchino lattte his brew, and do what most girls tell him to do, brother I'm scared of you!

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

when is kung fu going to not DIY their website and hire someone to make one that doesnt look like shit

- pussyfoot

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