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"A handmade, endearingly disreputable valentine to no-budget, maximum-impact cinema, Modus Operandi is seriously seedy and truly inspired" -Village Voice
"Oddly compelling...given director Frankie Latina's sincerity with his material, this may be the bloodiest, perviest espionage thriller Ed Wood never made" -TimeOut Chicago
"If you have paid [your midnight-circuit exploitation] dues, there is a special pleasure to be had in Modus Operandi" -Roger Ebert
After the mysterious "Cowboy" double-crosses the CIA, two important briefcases go missing. Black Ops special agent Stanley Cashay is dragged out of retirement to track them down. His reward? The name of the man who killed his wife, but Cashay needs to clean up quickly if he wants to get back into the game. Frankie Latina proudly sets his debut film in his hometown of Milwaukee, populating it with local legends: Randy Russell, co-author of the great American Job, plays Cashay, and Mark Borchardt, hero of American Movie, plays art deco superagent Dallas Deacon. He and the delicious but deadly Black Licorice (Nicole Johnson) are hot for the briefcases! Along the way, Cashav consorts with "a rainbow assortment of mute American Apparel-clad vixens unburdening their breasts with medium cool" in this lovingly assembled oddity, made over the course of four years.
Modus Operandi invokes a checklist of low-budget styles, including: blaxploitation, French New Wave, Nikkatsu gangster flicks, William Castle, Russ Meyer, Seijun Suzuki, and early George A. Romero. Frankie Latina burnishes his genre bona fides by casting as his primary villain the veteran heavy Danny Trejo, currently starring in Robert Rodriguez's Machete. Once you add a soundtrack with piano keys and fuzz pedals as ammo and you have a fun, titillating low-rent James Bond!
Directed by Frankie Latina, U. S.A., 2009, 90 mins.