Hitting an unanticipated peak last week, we are now staring down the barrel of the penultimate episode of Season 2. At this point, despite the increase in quality, I doubt I’ll be rewatching this 8-episode arc any time soon. The first half lacked the gravitas and arcane red herrings from Season 1. However, that doesn’t discount the fact that I’m enjoying it more with each layer peeled away.
You might not know that after he started making a name for himself in the world of comics, Frank Miller tried his hand at screenwriting and penned the original screenplays for RoboCop 2 and 3. Unfortunately, Miller faced a ton of studio interference and his scripts underwent so many rewrites that the finished movies both wound up being complete messes. The experience completely soured Miller on the movie business for a long time and he pretty much stayed away from the world of cinema until Sin City finally made it to the big screen. Anyway, Miller wound up making an uncredited cameo appearance in RoboCop 2 as Frank, the chemist who manufactures the highly addictive drug, Nuke. The only available Youtube clip of Miller’s dialogue scene is in Spanish, but the following clip features Miller blowing himself up after RoboCop invades the Nuke lab.
Thomas Vinterberg’s (The Hunt) adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far from the Madding Crowd is absolutely enchanting, a delight of the senses, and an emotional journey. I decided to read the novel after watching the film (tears of joy streamed down my face as the end credits began to roll), and I was struck by the faithfulness of Vinterberg’s vision. Vinterberg’s dazzling Wessex landscapes and appreciation of Hardy’s rustic imagery and meticulous detail to flora fulfill Hardy’s world on a visual level, and even realizes Hardy’s astronomical detail.
This is how I spent my weekend.
I’m taking the day off to spend time at my family’s cottage, so as is the tradition whenever I’m on vacation, I’m making up for a lack of content by posting a full movie for your enjoyment! Today’s offering is the ridiculous Luther the Geek, about a crazed man with metal teeth who crows like a rooster and bites people. In other words: the perfect movie.
Blind Date was a popular British dating game show which aired for nearly 18 years and was hosted by noted singer-entertainer Cilla Black (who just passed away a few days ago). In the early nineties, the Comic Relief charity special featured an hilarious sketch in which Mr. Bean would appear as a contestant on an episode of Blind Date. You might notice that one of Mr. Bean’s rival contestants is played by a then-unknown Alan Cumming.
Ahhh, time for a cup of joe.
In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is.
Ahh, at last a new trailer for something that looks good! With August upon us, we’re starting to hit the dry spell that follows the summer blockbuster months – the period of time after all the gigantic movies have calmed down, but before studios start getting back into marketing Christmas and awards season movies. But here’s a little gem of a horror trailer to keep you on your toes. Goodnight Mommy looks absolutely terrifying, and I’m really curious to see where this premise goes. After watching this, you can bet that if my mother ever gets facial surgery, I’ll be looking over my shoulder all the time when she’s around.
Goodnight Mommy comes out September 11, 2015.
It’s Road Warrior on the high seas on this episode of Welcome to the Basement, as Craig and Matt watch the dull-as-mud 90’s box office dud Waterworld. Even all these years later, Waterworld just comes off as a half-baked premise poorly executed. Kevin Costner is so damn bland in this movie. I’m amazed that it took these guys this long to watch it.
Between the death of Rowdy Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan having his career ruined by leaked racist comments, this hasn’t been the best week for World Wrestling Federation superstars from the 1980s. Before Hogan became the biggest star in the industry, he originally made his debut in the WWF as a bad guy in 1979, managed by legendary manager Classy Freddy Blassie. His first major feud was with popular black babyface Tony Atlas and well… due to recent events, it wouldn’t surprise me if the preceding clip were to go viral. Hogan instigates his feud with Atlas by calling him “brown clown” and actually says “shine my shoes, boy”. To be fair, Hogan was playing a heel character, but the world of pro wrestling was a lot less politically correct then.