Saturday, April 28, 2012

Artie's 14 "most-watched" Movies

  1. The Thing
  2. Night Shift
  3. Blade Runner
  4. Duel
  5. Citizen Kane
  6. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  8. Silence of the Lambs
  9. The Shining
  10. Ghostbusters
  11. Zodiac
  12. Terminator
  13. Forrest Gump
  14. Batman
Pretty sure that's it. No order, and not necessarily the best - just the ones I've sat down and given two hours of my life to  ...over and over again.
Oh, '82 just give and give..

Love doesn't begin to describe it.

Shock Waves 1977

It took me thirty years to finally watch this crazy little flic, but now I'm glad it did. I think I thought it'd be incredibly disappointing, but nope - what a Blast!!

Where to begin on the things I love about a B-movie starring Brooke Adams and Peter Cushing ...and oh, yeah - NAZI ZOMBIES!!! fun - the whole premise is like a twelve year old's fantasy - beautiful woman in a bikini - mad scientist - and again, NAZI ZOMBIES..

As a film, it's a bit of a surprise in that the structure is a bit smarter than the average fare, though these 70s entries often "shock" me with a dash of genuinely good filmmaking.
We open on one of the coolest leading ladies to come out of that era - in a little lifeboat, clearly on the end side of some harrowing ordeal - flashback to the whole adventure with Mr. Cushing and pretty soon we forget how it opened.
I like touches like this - noteworthy for elevating the story, if even only slightly.

The FX are pretty impressive, and the choice to have so much of it take place by day was a pretty courageous one. The NAZI ZOMBIES(though not technically zombies) are kinda creepy actually - bet they were fun sequences to plan/shoot, especially in the 70s ..lots of residual Nazi fears, and some good on-set joke material.

The spooky part of the movie for me was the intro - the weird orange light, and the confused path on the ocean - evokes thoughts of The Incredible Shrinking Man - pretty cool ...strange for sure, but the NAZI ZOMBIES walking along the bottom - very cool - can't say this movie shouldn't have a remake - could be extremely fun, and big time 3-D.

There's a funny quality to a lot of 70s "endings" - not happy, but not horrific - more of a "we're all in the same shitty boat together" kind of wrap-ups ...they just don't make 'em like that anymore, and I really do love movies like this.
Long and the short of it - Brooke Adams, Peter Cushing, and NAZI ZOMBIES - if these don't interest you, yer just not the same kind of horror fan as this kid.

"we're creepy"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CABIN in the WOODS - loved it

Loved it.
Holy shit, I loved this movie ..loved it.

Can't say much, as it's not officially released yet, but you cannot guess what's waiting in the theatre for you...GO SEE IT.
"This is a movie that you shouldn’t be told about, and, if someone goes out of the way to spoil it for you, a nice swift kick to the testes would be a sufficient payment for that sort of kindness." The Kidd

I concur ...just go see it.
April 15 - Just took my GF ...and she loved it too. Second viewing is a good chance to figure out a few more things...

April 20 in 4/20 - A great day to point out that the "stoner" character was the strongest, and least predictable of the cast - very nice change.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

John Carter ...OF MARS

As mega-failures go, I kinda liked this one.
I think it was the title change, and the crappy release date did this one in, but I don't suppose an unknown actor in an unknown property helped either.
Taylor Kitsch is a believable hero, and it's a very entertaining film, actually - reminded me of the Disney of old - Grand scale storytelling, with a somewhat old fashioned feel to it - pretty damn fun.

I think Kurt Russell would have played the lead had Disney made this about 40 years ago, but more importantly Lynn Collins should/could play a great Wonder Woman.

Overall, I'd say go see it - far superior to anything I can recall it reminding me of.
It looks great, and I bet the script will surprise you.