Tag: Trini Alvarado

August 5, 2014 / / Main Slate

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At about the midway point of Alan Moyle’s TIMES SQUARE (1980), we see our two leads – Pamela (Trini Alvarado) and Nicky(Robin Johnson) – dancing wildly to Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” on the sidewalks of the titular section of Manhattan. On their way, they pass marquees of the notorious 42nd street grindhouse cinemas, one offering Bruce Lee and the other offering HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN (1974). Upon passing the titles, the young women mimic martial arts moves and strangling motions, respectively, losing the already erratic rhythm they’ve established in the tracking shot thus far. TIMES SQUARE may not be about the neighborhood it is named after, but its structure, motivations and influences are as inspired by it as Pamela and Nicky are.