Saturday, July 24, 2021

Salvame Mi Rey.

At the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, an oil painting by Hippolyte Flandrin is displayed there and it is of a lost, naked young man sitting by the sea, awaiting for salvation. That very same painting is often seen in Salvame! Una Luz En La Obscuridad (aka Save Me! A Light In the Darkness), a movie about a young man lost in a sea of drugs & alcohol and seeking salvation. 


Salvame Mi Rey. Salvame. 



After the murder of his beloved grandfather, Ricardo Maso (Roberto Palazuelos) has struggled through out his life. He really wants to be a singer, but he doesn’t really try to be one and instead just drinks heavily & takes drugs with all his other little rich friends (former close friends of Palazuelos: Pedro Moctezuma & Leonardo García). Ricardo resides in a giant mansion that his grandfather had left him and it's there where he does the most partying at and with the large fortune he was left with, it is mostly spent on alcohol & drugs. Ricardo’s estranged father (Hugo Stiglitz) tries to convince him that he has to do something meaningful with his life, but Ricardo doesn’t listen and continues with his party hard days. Ricardo still heavily traumatized by the death of his grandfather; decides to avenge his death as a way to cope and to “get even”. Ricardo manages to track down the man (Manuel Ojeda) who killed his grandfather and proceeds to blow his brains out. Ricardo thought this would end his troubling ways, but it only leads to more trauma and excessive drug & alcohol use. Ricardo is spiraling out of control until he begins to date a pretty girl named Natalie (Gabriela Platas). Natalie manages to keep Ricardo off his addictions but he later gives in to temptation and his once-promising relationship with Natalie sadly ends. Afterwards, Ricardo yet again recovers and finally takes his music career serious and becomes a famous singer in Mexico! Salvation at last! 


Roberto Palazuelos has been an interesting figure in Mexico for many years and his life has been a big interest for the media. Palazuelos has always spoke about his life in interviews and when he gained much more notoriety after his questionable portrayal in the Luis Miguel series, the media continuously spoke of Palazuelos’ intriguing life. Roberto Palazuelos is from an aristocratic family based in Acapulco, Guerrero. He grew up without his parents and solely raised by his big-time lawyer grandfather who was assassinated when Palazuelos was only 4 years old. The trauma from losing his grandfather, no real paternal figures around and just hanging around with a “bad” crowd, Palazuelos’ life was a complete mess and while he was trying to break out as an actor; his drug & alcohol abuse very much got in the way of it. Eventually, Palazuelos cleaned himself up and began to act again and later became an important businessman & attorney in his native Acapulco. He is doing quite well for himself these days and his notoriety is bigger than ever. He is admired for this and also because of his giant ego that he proudly flaunts.

 

Palazuelos seems to talk about everything he has ever done, but he doesn’t exactly go into what kind of acting work he’s done besides television. He doesn’t mention any of the movies he starred in and he especially doesn’t go into detail of the movie he made after becoming fully sober. It’s almost as if he is trying to forget it, which is peculiar since Palazuelos really enjoys talking about himself. The good or the bad. It was about 3 years ago when I first heard that Palazuelos had made a movie about his early life and how he funded most of the production, co-wrote the script, had his close friend (at the time) Pedro Moctezuma provide the music and Palazuelos even directed the movie alongside Adolfo Martinez Solares. Palazuelos put a lot of work into this “epic” movie of his, but since then nothing came about it. Its home video releases are very hard to find and it rarely to never airs on TV. It is a very rare movie and for me I had to get my hands on it one way or another. Patience & faith helped me with acquiring a copy, a Baja Films VHS release to be exact and under the title “El Que A Hierro Mata, A Hierro Muere”. This crazy retitling comes from a line said in the movie.


After finally acquiring a copy of Salvame and watching it twice; I was surely not disappointed by it, but of course couldn’t help but notice how truly bizarre the movie really is. It is bizarre because Palazuelos was really shoving his life story up the ass of this movie and giving it many money shots of cheesy drama, cheesy romance, cheesy as fuck music and it even has an anti-drug message thrown in as well. And I cannot forget to mention the movie’s obvious Coca-Cola product placements since there are Coke cans & Coke signs visible through out the entire duration, but what’s even more peculiar than the Coke placements all around is the music that Palazuelos’ former friend Pedro Moctezuma had recorded for Palazuelos to lip-sync over. They’re all very cheesy-sounding 1990's songs. One song is called “Salvame” and it is an ultra-cheesy ballad that plays during a scene where a “lost“ Palazuelos is at the beach thinking of his many fuck ups in life. In a nightclub scene, “Ven A Mi”  plays loudly and it sounds like your typical 1990’s club music but much, much cheesier.


Salvame! Una Luz En La Obscuridad is a heavily-bloated movie, but it is very entertaining. Yes it’s very cheesy and very bizarre, but its a fun time overall. It is a shame this movie is heavily ignored and very much forgotten since it honestly deserves attention, especially amongst the crazy fans that Palazuelos has. This is basically his memoir right here. His Scarface. His Gone with the Wind. His Diary of Anne Frank. Maybe one day Palazuelos will speak about Salvame, but until then it remains hidden away & forgotten except here at Trash-Mex where it is now proudly preserved and celebrated.


Recuérdate de tu pelicula, Mi Rey. Recuérdate.



"Salvame" song featured in the movie:
































Saturday, July 10, 2021

The Infernal, Deadly Machine Gun.

In La Metralleta Infernal: El Temible Cuerno De Chivo, we meet Roman (Edgardo Gazcon). A young guy with a huge burnt scar on his face and works a terrible cleaning job at a bank where he simps hard towards the pretty banker Nancy (Claudia Guzman). Roman lives with his jerk older brother Juan (Julian Garza) who’s nickname is “El Tahur” since he is a compulsive & terrible gambler. Roman and El Tahur do not get along whatsoever and El Tahur’s girlfriend often teases Roman as well. Roman is clearly living a shit life where he has nothing good going for him and every day is just so damn repetitive; but things are about to change for him and for El Tahur as well. After losing hard on a card game, El Tahur & his lady spot a car accident and see the driver laying on the floor dead and right next to him is an unusual-looking machine gun with a long curved magazine clip that is dubbed “Cuerno De Chivo” (Goat Horn). El Tahur then takes the weapon, feel its supernatural power and blasts his fellow cheating gamblers away with it and just when he thinks he’s gonna run away after his blasting; Roman takes possession of the machine gun, robs the bank where he works at and kidnaps Nancy so he can run away with her & get his disfigurement fixed up! 


La Metralleta Infernal: El Temible Cuerno De Chivo began as a corrido written by composer Lombardo Higuera (whom makes a small appearance in the movie as the 1st owner of the machine gun) and then Julian Garza wrote up the idea for the movie alongside screenwriter Manolo Cardenas. Julian Garza clearly wrote the movie for himself to be the lead and according to the book “Narcocorrido” by Elijah Wood, Julian was to be the lead of the movie, but director Juan Manuel Herrera had altered the story so a “handsome” & “young” actor can be the lead because he felt Julian wasn’t “fit” for it. When you watch the movie you do notice how the story seems to be focusing on El Tahur as the main man to inherit the powers from the machine gun, but then all of a sudden he's no longer has possession of it because Edgardo Gazcon’s character Roman takes it away all fast and goes on with his plan to run away & get his face fixed up. The sub-plot with Roman truly does feel forced in, but nonetheless it worked out just barely and even so, the movie is still remembered because of Julian Garza, not "The little faggot" (Edgardo Gazcon) as Julian called him in the Narcocorrido book.


La Metralleta Infernal: El Temible Cuerno De Chivo is one of those movies I had been wanting to see for the longest time and when I finally did get a copy of it several years back, I was surely not disappointed by it at all since it was everything I had expected & then some. It’s also such an unusual movie since this is perhaps the first time I’ve seen a movie about a “mythical” machine gun. La Metralleta Infernal has plenty of satisfying gun-firing action, plenty of intense running & chasing and betrayals all around as well. The satisfying gun-firing action of course comes from the mythical machine gun that I’m not exactly sure what kind it is because it’s not quite an AK-47 and seems to lean towards to being a Galil ACE rifle. Maybe a combination of both ala Chitty Chitty Bang Bang style? Any gun enthusiast out there that can provide further context on this rifle, do let me know. One thing I do know for sure and that is that the rifle‘s magazine is very much curved up like a goat horn. A Mexican gun enthusiasts’ favorite. 


The music in the movie is pretty good which consists of famous brother duo Luis y Julian singing “Dinero Manchado” at a dive bar and Los Federales De Terán performing “El Potro Salvaje” at a sleazy outdoor card room. And it being a Julian Garza movie & all; his quirky friend the comedic singer Jesus Gonzalez Leal “Chis Chas” makes an appearance in the movie where he performs his most popular song “El Picaro Norteño”. Chis Chas had collaborated with Julian Garza & his brother Luis for many, many years on various projects and this of course includes movies. 


After a few Tecate tall cans, a blunt and some chile rellenos to fill the hunger pains, La Metralleta Infernal: El Temible Cuerno De Chivo is the perfect movie to watch. It is a very laidback movie to watch and if you're a fan of Julian Garza then of course you must watch it. How are you gonna claim to be a fan of "El Viejo Paulino" without watching La Metralleta Infernal? Psh!