Psych-Out

Psych-Out

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Psych-Out Reviews

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AJ V

Super Reviewer

September 5, 2010
This is an excellent psychedelic drama movie, it's very exciting, and it has a great cast. It's a great movie, and I highly recommend it.
phaedrus99
December 21, 2008
how can you not love this? a spaced-out trip filmed on location by laszlo kovacs during the height of the haight-ashbury scene in full psychedelic color, starring a young ponytailed, bass-playing Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Susan Strasberg and Dean Stockwell, all produced by Dick Clark himself, and the music! Once again, Jack Nicholson shows off his flair for perfectly capturing the essence of modern culture on film. Experience the true hippie scene as the wildness it truly was.
SonnyLighstrome
December 19, 2007
A nice little bit of 60s nostalgia with a whose who of future stars from the Roger Corman school. This is Hippie culture at its most....Hippiesque, and it fits that this is on a double feature with THE TRIP, because the two movies go hand in hand.
June 2, 2007
One beautiful adventure from the time when peace, love, & harmony weren't just novelty sayings spoken with zany ignorance but with sincerity and eagerness for a better world.
michaelsonye
January 29, 2007
Saw this in Drive-In with the Conqueror worm when I was about 13 and loved it.Now it's a wacky time capsule about an era that pretended to be alot more than it was.Amzing hippie cast of Jack Nicholson,Susan Strasberg,Max Julien,Gary Marshal and Dean Stockwell.Lot of fake beards and sideburns.Music by The Seeds and Strawberry AlarmCLock.Groovy.Directed by Richard Rush wh went on to direct The Stunt Man.
December 10, 2013
Dick Clark produced vehicle about the hippy scene at Haight and Ashbury during the late '60s. Drugs are bad and they'll make you freak out having fire splashing across...you know what, you need to be stoned out of your freaking mind to receive any enjoyment out of this mess whatsoever. Even Bruce Dern doesn't remember jack about this film and he was as square as Dick Clark.
Kevin Rimney
March 5, 2013
Wow man, far out crazy stuff. Story of a deaf girl who goes in search of her brother in San Francisco at the height of the hippie movement. Seeing as the story and location are authentic it adds a lot to the feel of the movie.

Everything is ok in this film, nothing is great other than the real feel of hippy days. The story has it's moments as does jack Nicholson as a long haired musician hippy but in the end it's a flash back you don't care to repeat.
WARP
July 26, 2009
Far better than the Trip (1967)
David H.
December 21, 2010
Thats a absolutely Burner of Hippieploitation Culture of Free Expression, Psychedelic Pictures, Groovy Music & Freaky Characters it shows both the Beauty of Expansion of Consciousness and the Danger of Loss of Reality Jack Nicholson, Susan Strasberg and Dean Stockwell are great
Monsieur Rick
January 29, 2010
Above average drama about San Franscico hippie life seen through the eyes of deaf Susan Strasberg, who arrives looking for her missing brother.

Producer Dick Clark, yes of American Bandstand fame and numerous New Years Eve broadcasts, produced this pseudo-hippy flick. How was he ever to know what a anti-establishment person was? Yet, he made this film about them.
Dick Clark was the ultimate ESTABLISHMENT figure during the Sixties and beyond. Please, give us a break.

Adventures depict the world of a lost band experimenting with drugs and the supporting cast is pretty good all the way around. Jack Nicholson makes an appearance in this film too.

Flawed by melodramatic ending but still good. Worth watching once, if nothing else but for the retro clothing.


Starring:

Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell,
Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern,
Adam Roarke, Max Julien, Bob Kelljan, Henry Jaglom, Barbara London, Tommy Flanders,

The Strawberry Alarm Clock, Gary Marshall, Ken Scott, Linda Scott, John 'Bud' Cardos, Gary Kent, Dave Morick, I.J. Jefferson, Beatriz Monteil

Director: Richard Rush

Producer: Dick Clark Note-worthy, Clark was of American Bandstand, host.
Dancing Potato
March 7, 2004
These reviews are supposed to come 1-by-1 some day.

Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003) ****
Wickedly original animated film from cartoonist Sylvain Chomet about an old woman whose grandson is kidnapped by the shady French Mafia and sent overseas to the city of Belleville. So, obviously, she and her dog Bruno rent a small boat and cross the ocean to get the grandson back? with the help of three really, really old ex-vaudeville stars: the Triplets of Belleville. Chomet?s film is certainly something new: a wacky, bizarre, irreverent animated film that?s black without being mean-spirited and features some very original artwork. The thing is, although the plot is relatively engaging, the film feels slight and by the end, the movie?s impact is so minimal that you?ll soon forget pretty much everything about it. It?s a good movie, no doubt about that, and I had a blast watching it? but in the end, you have absolutely nothing to show for that.

Psych-Out (1968) ***
Bizarre hippie flick produced by Dick Clark (of all people) stars Susan Strasberg as a deaf runaway who goes to San Francisco to find her brother. However, San Francisco in 1967 was a time of peace and love and hippieness? and Strasberg soon falls in with a rock band called Mumblin? Jim (played by Jack Nicholson, Dean Stockwell, Max Julien and Adam Roarke). She becomes Stoney?s (Nicholson) ?girl? and together they search for her brother, who they soon find out is a particularly messed-up hippie called The Seeker (Bruce Dern, who wears a ridiculously large, ill-fitting wig)? and drugs, also. Main attractions here are early performances by Nicholson and Dern, trippy photography by Lazslo Kovacs and a soundtrack by the Strawberry Alarm Clock. The film itself eventually falls to cheap moralizing (not surprising? it?s Dick freakin? Clark) and the dialogue is often ludicrous? but it?s all quite fun. A very minor cult classic.

The Order (2003) *
This practically unwatchable ?religious thriller? written and directed by the usually reliable Brian Helgeland manages to be both unbelievably boring and laughably over-the-top. Heath Ledger plays a priest who is sent to investigate the activities of a certain ?sin eater?? and that?s about what I got from the movie. Frankly, the entire thing is so absurdly boring, and takes itself so seriously that I had trouble even staying awake throughout most of it. Add to that ridiculously self-important dialogue, dull performances from an otherwise promising cast, and incredibly silly special effects (the sin-eating itself looks more like pulling giant soggy spaghettis from someone?s mouth) and you have an awful, awful film. The kind of film that seems to truly have gone through pre-production, production and post-production without anyone actually realizing what a horrible mistake they had made greenlighting this.

Elephant (2003) ****1/2
There?s something beguiling about this film; it?s shot so effortlessly that it does not even feel like a movie at all, but more like a free-flowing daydream. All of its flaws are completely correlated to your expectations of it; Van Sant simply lets the viewer make up his own mind for everything. He?s created an almost completely neutral film where everything you see, hear and think is brought on by your own thoughts. (This sounds incredibly obvious and pretentious, I realize this? but? you try and describe the movie!) Despite the fact that pretty much nothing happens for a good hour, the film?s free-flowing tracking shots are so entrancing that by the time the first bullet is fired, you?ll be feeling it for a long, long time. I?m not too fond of one choice that Van Sant made (I won?t reveal it here? but it involves a shower? and almost shatters the impression of neutrality that Van Sant had previously established) but otherwise this is a beautiful, disturbing film through and through.

Sunset Boulevard (1950) *****
I?ve always been fascinated by the seamy underbelly of celebrity; frankly, I?m more interested in how Hervé Villechaize ended up killing himself than who?s dating who. Sunset Boulevard is a look directly into the seamy underbelly as we follow the strange relationship of a young screenwriter (William Holden) and a fallen silent-screen idol named Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). Like all truly great films, it transcends genre to create something that?s sorta noir, sorta black comedy, sorta dramatic? The film?s Hollywood is one that?s half-invented and half-realistic, creating a sort of down-to-earth fantasy (akin to, say, Altman?s The Player did forty years later) that?s an absolute joy to watch. Swanson is delightfully over-the-top in the performance of a career, Holden is terrific and the supporting cast (which includes Erich von Stronheim and future Joe Friday Jack Webb) is top-notch. I can?t understand why they?re thinking to remake this.
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