Tuesday, June 07, 2005

kansas city bomber

This Racquel Welch vehicle isn't the best if you're looking for a KC hit. The film begins with Welch's character, K.C. Carr battling Big Bertha Bogliani in a roller derby showdown. The loser has to leave Kansas City. Forever.

Welch loses.

From there, it's your standard story of cream rising painfully to the top. Welch is clearly the best rollerderbier on wheels. She rolls into Portland a little shy and apprehensive and immediately lands on the shit list of Jackie Burdette, who has been star of the Loggers for six years. Jackie get's pissy, starts drinking and they fight a bunch. KC gets snared by her pig boss, owner of the Loggers, and he starts trading away all of her friends on the team cause he wants her all to himself.

Jealousy. Such poison.

All the while our hero KC is naive and friendly, until things get really bad and she has to do some axle stomping. No doubt the entire Matrix series was inspired by the dramatic final slo-mo shot.

(As an aside: Is the current resurgence in roller derby games the same as it was in the 70s? Is it like pro wrestling on wheels? Man, that's like the weirdest thing I've ever seen. Just this mass of skinny-suited bodies rolling along, beating each other up.)

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