V – The Series (1984/1985) – Breakout, and The Deception

Plot holes, and continuity errors begin to crop up in the V The Series already, when Breakout comes to the screen this week. Written by David Braff, this episode, the third in production, and intended to be broadcast as such, wasn’t aired until 24 May, 1985. This causes some problems with characters meeting, and the…

V – The Final Battle (1984) – Part One

We had to wait a year to see what would happen next in Kenneth Johnson’s V story, but he left the follow-up miniseries due to creative differences. He saw more of a Holocaust-Resistance story and the studio wanted something more gangbusters action adventure in the vein of Star Wars if they could get it. The…

The Pianist (2002) – Roman Polanski

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Schindler’s List is this film, based on the autobiography of Wladyslaw Spillman. The film sees Adrien Brody taking on the role, and going home with the Oscar for Best Actor because of it. Too right too, considering his…

Boudu Saved From Drowning (1932) – Jean Renoir

DK Books brings me to an old film from Jean Renoir as I move onto the next title in The Movie Book. Having previously covered 1939’s The Rules of the Game, I moved right on to the What Else to Watch section of the title, and while other titles on the list had already been…

Strike (1925) – Sergei M. Eisenstein

DK Book’s The Movie Book guides me through What Else to Watch following Battleship Potemkin. The first film up is Eisenstein’s silent film, Strike. During the rule of the Czar, the workers of a factory organise a strike after one of their own hangs himself having being falsely accused of theft. However, neither staff nor…

A Boy and His Dog (1975) – L.Q. Jones

  Harlan Ellison’s classic novella comes to life in this adaptation that is my next stop on the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Vic (a very young Don Johnson) is wandering the post-apocalyptic world, accompanied by his dog, Blood (voiced by Tim McIntire), with whom he can communicate telepathically. Together they navigate the barbarity, the cruelty and…

The Martian (2015) – Ridley Scott

  A fantastic book, a top-notch actor, and one of the best technical directors working, what wasn’t to like about The Martian? Clocking in at 141 minutes, my only real issue with the film was that despite the fact that it gave you the number of sols Mark Watney (Matt Damon) spent alone on Mars…

Roma (1972) – Federico Fellini

  I think I may have discovered my favorite Fellini film. As I continue my exploration of recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book and my screening of Last Tango In Paris, I was delighted by this film, and enjoyed every moment I spent in its company. That being said, attempting…

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) – Monte Hellman

The next road movie I take on for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book’s recommendation following Easy Rider is this flick that stars James Taylor (yes that James Taylor) as The Driver. The Driver, and his pal, The Mechanic (Dennis Wilson), work together, with as little dialogue as possible, as they travel…

La Grande Bouffe (1973) – Marco Ferreri

This recommendation, following my screening of Pulp Fiction for Great Movies – 100 Years of Film was an odd little film, and decidedly dark. Four friends, who all seem to come from different walks of life (how they met remains a bit of a mystery to me) have decided to gather for a weekend of…

Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1 (2013) – Lloyd Kaufman

  Anchor Bay was kind enough to give me my first Troma experience, and I’ll be honest, I really enjoyed it and laughed a lot! I knew going in that it would be crass, bloody and filled with nudity, and I wasn’t far off. Not so much a remake or reboot, as it is a…