[size=1]I learned as I was leaving work Friday that I wasn't expected to work Monday. Very nice! So I had myself a movie marathon over the 3-day period. It was sure fun and here on Monday (erm, I mean Tuesday) morning I'm missing my time off from this place already.
Started off with something I just learned was available via bittorrent, [b]Jekyll & Hyde, Together again! (1982)[/b].
This got a VHS release but no DVD. Sad. After seeing it again (after 20+ years) I can't understand why it wasn't released when they were putting out the [i]Airplane![/i] and [i]Naked Gun[/i] flicks because it belongs in the same section of the video store. It's really not overly funny but does have its moments. There's a lot of nostalgia for some of us who watched this HBO late night in the 80s. Krista Errickson, who plays Ivy, is as cute as I remember her being. Blankfield was actually a very good comedy actor and should've done more, and gotten even better like Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy and other comics-turned-actors did. This film has a [i]Man with 2 Brains[/i] feel, just not as funny. Many would think this was stupid and they'd be right. But you can also say it's often so stupid it's funny. Worth the download! 6/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img]
Next, [b]Class. (1983)[/b],
a fine friendship story with a great curve that is spoiled on the back of the DVD box and in the trailer. Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy are roommates in the dorm of their prep school, both with aspirations of entering Harvard. Lowe is the rich playboy and McCarthy is the poor kid trying to make it good. But Lowe convinces McCarthy to put off studying for the weekend and instead go out and get laid. McCarthy manages to overcome his nerdiness and meet an older woman. All is good until he learns the woman's identity. As a teen, the draw was Bisset and she's quite lovely! Now I can appreciate the friendship story portion and the warm feeling I get remembering my own days at various higher education institutes (and failing miserably). Small shades of [i]Animal House[/i] and others. Hard to rate this but I'd guess 7/10. For me it's a 10/10. I love this film. Put it on your shelf next to your John Hughes flicks. Lowe, McCarthy, Bisset and some other familiar faces in the cast (like John Cusack) are endlessly likable.
[b]King Arthur: Director's Cut. (2004).[/b] I hated the title "King Arthur: Director's Cut" and where it labels the year. Just doesn't look right as the lettering is modern looking and takes a little bit of the illusion away. They could've gone with a different font. Turns out that's about the only thing I didn't like about this epic.
I expected this to scream "Hey! We can do Lord of the Rings too!!!" and it certainly did. Further, I expected this to just be another version of material I've already seen, but it certainly was not that. This was familiar characters but we get a new story here that the crawling text in the opening tells us is based on newly discovered facts that these characters. Really?! Well, I'll buy it cause I'm easy. And I truly love this kind of shit! :D I'll put this up with The Messanger: The Joan of Ark Story. Really an excellent film with terrificly dreary sets, bloody splurtingly fantastic battle sequences, and a running time that was long but never dull. I don't know why it wasn't a bigger hit in the theaters. I watched this as an alternative to the 3rd flick in the somewhat boring and over-blown Pirates of the Carribean series. I'm 100% sure I'm better for it. 9/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img]
[b]Dark Star. (1974)[/b]
Every once in a while I'll just get a craving for this first John Carpenter (Halloween)/Dan O'Bannon (Alien/Aliens) flick. I'm never disappointed in my experience with it. Cheap as hell sci-fi/comedy b-movie that inspired the producers of the hit Brit-com Red Dwarf. It started as a student film but then somebody gave them some actual money to expand it to theater length. The longer version is definately the one to go with but I sense the makers would rather it didn't exist since they really just wanted a short film. I've watched both and found the longer one doesn't hurt much and I miss the sequences not included in the shorter one. O'Bannon is a delight as Pinback. And you can't beat that inflatable alien. Hard to rate this one too, perhaps 7/10. But for me it's a 9/10.
[b]Dead Man. (1995)[/b] I think I could direct a flick like this. It's just exactly my style and has things I like: dark and gritty visual style, a first rate cast that carries the whole thing along with very little effort, brings back a forgotten genre, relys on a legendary rocker (Neil Young) for it's jarring soundtrack, etc. Terrific experience! I love flicks that just show you things so you can just look at em, like a cloudy sky, parts of a steam train engine, etc. First rate! 9/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img]
[b]Shaolin Soccer. (2001) [/b]
I bought this solely on word of mouth here on RT. Thanks RT!! I loved the hell out of it! I watched the US version with english subs. I also checked out a little of the original version since itwas on the DVD too. I don't see any reason to not watch the US version for the many times I revisit it again. I was laughing at the genuinely funny stuff more than any goofy dubbing. My guess is the dubbing wasn't really goofy at all since I usually bust a gut over that kind of stuff. The effects were first rate and used to creative effect. Very likable characters abound! You'll laugh. :up: 8/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img]
[b]King Kong. (1976) [/b]
Notice the date. 1976. This is first rate for 1976. With the exception of some cheesy dialogue and questionable acting skills, this is some great monkeying around happening here...in 1976! Rick Baker is fantastic in the suit and if you don't think so look again! His facial expressions, the running around, stepping on stuff. Great! Sure, it's old school effects, but it was 1976! 1976, not 1996, or 2006, but 1976!! The New York minatures were also quite good. Just look at those buildings and subway cars! Great stuff. 1976 wasn't the easiest year to do the kinds of things they did with this film. Seriously, I can see why when I was 9 in 1976 this floored me. We'd seen Jaws the year before and then this. Just amazing cinema experiences that stand the test of time. This Kong is terrific! 9/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img] Believe me?