The Rocky Horror Picture Show

I had been meaning to revisit this film for some time, so I did so last night.

I last watched this back in 2012, and my blog entry back then said that I always forget the story after watching it, which yet again is true, I had forgotten a lot of it.

But, as usual it was a fun film to watch, and Tim Curry was delicious as Dr. Frank N. Furter, he was always fun to watch. Reading up about Tim Curry I was surprised and saddened to see that he had a major stroke in 2012 and is now confined to a wheelchair.

After this was released in 1975 the reviews were not good, but as we know it quickly became a cult classic and is considered to the longest-running release in history, with 20th Century Fox keeping it in continuous release since 1975.

From Mentalfoss:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a flop when it was originally released in 1975, but as midnight showings continued it developed a rabid cult following with a penchant for shouting at the screen as the film played. Brian Thomson first witnessed this phenomenon at New York’s Waverly Theater in 1977, and when he asked what was going on, this was the reply:

“We thought it was pretty boring, and we thought if we yelled back [it would be more fun].”

This isn’t for everyone, and I mainly enjoyed it because of Tim Curry’s performance and some of the camp humour. I shall be watching this again someday, perhaps in another five years time.

Date watched: December 15th
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2017: 141


An alternative poster, a spoof of Jaws which was released in the same year.

JCVD

This is great, the Mussels from Brussels plays a stressed out version of himself in this crime drama (it’s quite funny too). He is having a bad day and gets caught up in a bank heist in Brussels, and has a bit of a personal crisis inside. At one point he directly addresses the audience, it’s the best part of the film, Peter Bradshaw reviewed the film for The Guardian and called the monologue “a Godardian coup de cinéma”. Indeed it was Peter.

Everyone else is great too, the main bad guy is a deliberate lookalike of Sal from Dog Day Afternoon, in fact, the setup is identical to that film. Top stuff.

Date watched: 3rd December
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2017: 64

Snowpiercer

Browsing through Netflix looking for something exciting to watch I came across this, and after looking it up online I found that it has a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so I had to watch it.

And it was every bit as good as it’s rating would suggest. Maybe it was a bit cliché at times, but on the whole it was well directed, acted, and the story was intriguing.

Tilda Swinton was the acting highlight as the second-in-command to the main bad dude (played by Ed Harris). She was an absolute hoot.

Also in the film were Chris Evans and John Hurt, and a supporting cast that included a couple of fine Korean actors (this is a Korean/Czech production).

The special effects too are impressive, and a replica train was built which was moved on a gimbal to simulate the actual train movement.

Good stuff.

Date watched: October 28th
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2017: 122

The Martian

James and I watched this this afternoon, he had been wanting to see it.

I must say it was just as good second time around, entertaining stuff. For my first review click here, everything I said there is exactly how I would describe this film today.

For some filler here is a picture of a kitty shark… hehe!

Date watched: September 23rd
Score: 8.5/10 (previously 8)
Film count 2017: 107

Click on the image to see some Martian Easter eggs.

The Breakfast Club

Following yesterday’s coming-of-age flick, I watched what is widely considered to be the best high school film of all time, directed by John Hughes.

Five of the eight Brat Pack members starred in this 1985 film, namely Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson (26 years old at the time), Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy (the other Brat Pack members were Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, and Demi Moore). They were all fantastic in their roles.

There was no real story to speak of, it just followed the group of students being held in detention on a Saturday for eight hours (I read on the interwebs that some schools in the U.S. have Saturday detention… harsh. I am not sure about eight hours part though, seems excessive). They get up to trouble of course, but as the film goes on they start to get all philosophical and start talking about their private problems to each other, and about how they hate their parents. Of course they were all different kinds of student. There was a rich girl (Molly Ringwald), a sports dude (Emilio Estevez), a science geek (Anthony Michael Hall), a troubled and kooky student (Ally Sheedy), and the obnoxious rebel (Judd Nelson).

Most of the film was shot in an actual school that had been closed since 1981, and was also used to shoot some scenes of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which John Hughes was also filming at the same time to save money. The school is now a cop shop.

The poster for this was quite an important one. From Wikipedia: The film’s poster, featuring the five characters huddled together, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz toward the end of shooting. The shot of five actors gazing at the camera influenced the way teen films were marketed from that point on. The poster refers to the five “types” of the story using slightly different terms than those used in the film, and in a different sequence, stating “They were five total strangers with nothing in common, meeting for the first time. A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse.” The poster itself was so influential, it was parodied in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 a year later.

I rather enjoyed this film, mostly because of the fine acting, the great dialogue, and the warm-fuzzies it leaves you with.

Tonight though I feel like a dumb action flick.

Date watched: August 31st
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2017: 98