Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Bunch of Great Movies pt 3


Although the film is kind of silly and the plot kind of drags, Westwrolds premise still makes for a good movie even today and Yul Brenner manages to take what is basicly a role without character and turn it into a terrifying, unstoppable monster.

Sort of like a Six-Gun version of the Terminator.

Dark Star

The lady who would become my first wife took me to see Dark Star when it was re-released in 1981 after the success of John Carpenters Halloween. She had seen it years before and kept telling me about this brilliant science fiction movie that was shot for nothing and dealt with the problem of boredom in space.

It sounded like dull, but it turned out to be smart and funny, with a great comic performance by writerDan O’Bannion and a sub-plot that is in many ways the blue print for O’Bannion’s classic Alien.

A Clockwork Orange

One of the really amazing things about a great film is that it can warp our perspectives and manipulate our emotions in a way that we never would in the real world.

Alex is one of the most horrible monsters in film history, and yet in the end when he calls out that he is cured, I cheer just like everyone else.

I’m not sure that this is a good thing, but it really is an amazing film.

The trailer is probably the most amazing I’ve posted.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Come on, this isn’t just science fiction, it’s a science fiction double feature.

I don’t really have much more to say that hasn’t been said a billion times before. But the trailer is fun and I love the poster too.

A Boy & His Dog

A Boy & His Dog is based on a story by Harlen Ellison is sort of science fiction as a burlesque. Crude, violent and at times very, very silly the film has a great performance from a very young Don Johnsonand a very weird turn by Jason Robbards.

It’s well worth seeing and pretty definitely an influence on countless wastelands that came after it, from Mad Max on.

Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes was the first major motion picture to come out of Hollywood, starring a major film star and with a script by a writer of the quality of Rod Serling.

It really holds up well over the years as a great little parable and the sequels were so much fun. I was really disappointed by the remake.

The Green Slime

This is a rare teaming of Universal and Toho studios and we ended up with a really great, really bad classic.

I don’t have much to add that the trailer doesn’t do for me.


I’m not as fond of Barbarella as some people. It’s just to hip and campy for my tastes, but it is one of the prefect examples of what I have personally termed ”The 60’s Movie”.

You can tell ”The 60’s Movie” by it’s overt hipness, bouncy, poppy music, European settings and actors and a certain self-aware smugness. Someother examples along with Barbarella are What’s New Pussy Cat and the original Casino Royale

Still the trailer is pretty good and the posters a classic.

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