The Final Programme (The Last Days of Man on Earth) (1973)
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as Miss Brunner
as Jerry Cornelius
as Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
as Dr. Baxter
as Prof. Hira
as Miss Ege
as Dr. Powys
as Dr. Smiles
as Dr. Lucas
as Fortune Teller
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Not at all as bad as you might think, and a lot more fun than you might. Jenny Runacre steals the entire film as the gleefully sadistic, sexy and smart Miss Brunner(a highlight being a scene with Jerry Cornelius' nemesis Frank in a vault) in a performance reminiscent of her later turn as Bod in Jarman's JUBILEE. Probably the loosest performance I've ever seen out of the underrated (see him in MACBETH) Jon Finch as Jerry; he captures the character in spirit, both his cool and his whininess alternately and is quite funny. (I suspect it's THIS Jerry that was the real influence on comics writer Grant Morrison) and overall a pretty great-looking, not-bad post-Kubrick snotty British psychedelic pop adventure film that, admittedly, does start to fall apart toward the end, but then there's psychedelic solarized light-show sex with Jenny Runacre and you forget. It does seem like the sort of thing that would be better remembered had it come out 1969-71, rather than in 1973, which seems a little too late for its chaotic amorality. It's dated, but a lot of stylish fun.
[color=yellow]The Final Programme (1973, Robert Fuest) **½[/color] [color=white]Very British sci-fi yarn. The sets were impressive, as they were on Fuest's Dr. Phibes films. Most of the film concerned a search for some missing microfilm...and was very confusing. The ending was ludicrous. Maybe a second viewing will help clarify the plot. [/color] [color=#ffffff][/color] [color=yellow]Born on the Fourth of July (1989, Oliver Stone) ****[/color] [color=white]Traditionally I have not been a fan of Tom Cruise or Oliver Stone, but this film single handedly may change that fact. Stunning cinematography. A tour de force for Cruise. Excruciatingly realistic depiction of war, from combat, to the field hospital, to the veteran's hospital, and beyond. [/color]
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