Marnie

This is a 1964 Hitchcock film with Sean Connery and Tippie Hedren (she was in The Birds).

Jolly good stuff too. Sean was great in his part, and I read that he wanted to do a Hitchcock film, but just as long as the character he played was nothing like a special agent, he didn’t want to be typecast. So his role in this was quite different and he played it well.

The story deals with rape so is heavy stuff, and not really what you would expect from Hitchcock, but it is all good. Is there such thing as a bad Hitchcock film? I have yet to find out.

Read about it on Wikipedia after watching, it is interesting to read how this was made.

Date watched: February 21st
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2016: 33

Meteor

I was looking through YouTube for something to watch and found this 1979 film with Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Martin Landau, Henry Fonda, and other big names from the seventies.

Pretty bad stuff, but in a fun way. The story was lame and was basically about the Americans and the Russians teaming up to fire their space nukes (that neither side would admit existed) at a huge meteorite that was heading straight for Earth.

Being a disaster film this had to have a disaster or two, so they had a few splinters as they called them, hit Earth before the big one. The first one wiped out a skifield in Switzerland, the second one Hong Kong, and in the finale Manhattan was hit.

The film starts off with Sean at the helm of a yacht, and he is in a race, although he looks as though he is out for a Sunday drive. He was interrupted during the race by the Coast Guard who were sent by NASA to get him because Sean was an ex-NASA guy, and extremely smart in figuring stuff out. Here he is giving the Connery Death Stare at the Coast Guard captain as the car drives off, no dialogue, just the stare:

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The special effects were primitive, and they used a lot of stock footage. In the New York disaster the scientists were underground in a special bunker and after the meteor hit they had to make their way to the surface. On their way they encountered brown water gushing into the tunnels from the river which left the actors covered in a weird brown goo, they looked like they were covered in chocolate jelly. They had a jolly good time though, as you can see here:

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There were scenes where people were being injured or killed by debris, and instead of helping them the characters nearby were just standing there just staring, and from the looks on their face you could see the actors were thinking “This film is borked!”.

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Something I noticed early on in the interior shots was the overuse of the colour brown. Everything was a various shade of brown; the walls, the ceiling, the carpet, tables, chairs, even Sean was mostly brown.

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One problem I had was that I could not stop staring at this guys nose throughout the whole film.

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More brown…

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In each of the splinter disasters the camera followed a random person as they tried to escape death. In Switzerland it was a young couple having a coffee and cake in a restaurant after a nice afternoon’s skiing. In Hong Kong it was a young father making his way through the stampede in the streets to his family. In both cases we see them get wiped out by an avalanche and the tsunami respectively. Yipes!

One funny scene in Hong Kong showed a stampede along a shopping street, and one guy chances apon a nice painting on the street side and pilfers it while on the run, probably thinking “If I’m gonna die, I want to die with this lovely painting of the harbour. Nice!” Weird stuff.

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While the scientists are escaping the bunker they make their way up to a subway station, and there they have to wait while rescuers dig through to them. Also waiting are these two, looking rather annoyed with the whole situation: “This film is borked! says Stella, “Yep, borked!” says Janice.

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From Wikipedia: According to one biography of Natalie Wood, she and most others in the cast knew early on this film was going to be a dud, mainly due to the director and the script. . Wikipedia also says this lost millions, and was considered one of the reasons for the movie studio’s downfall.

If this was a comedy, which in some small ways it was, then it could have been a hit. Sean actually had some funny lines in this including this: Sean is miffed at nose guy, and on the way out of his office says, “Why don’t you stick a broom up my arse, I could sweep the floor on the way out”. Ha!

At one hour forty-five minutes it is a bit long to watch even for curiosity’s sake, so avoid this.

Date watched: December 28th
Score: 2/10
Film count 2015: 167

Never Say Never Again

Even before the opening credits had finished I knew I wasn’t going to like this one. I didn’t know what year this was made before I watched it but those first few seconds of the credits were enough to know that it is another terrible 80’s Bond movie. That and the fact that this movie cannot really be considered a proper Bond movie because it was made by an independent production company, not the usual Bond company.

The story too was just not right. At the beginning the double-O agents had all been retired and 007 was re-training for some reason, essentially he was out of work, which should never happen I think. And this movie was released in the same year as Octopussy which starred Roger Moore, whereas an aging Sean Connery was in this one.

Sean Connery though was quite impressive considering he was 52 at the time. He was quite physical and did quite a few stunts himself. The bad dude too was quite good but the rest of the cast were mediocre. The music throughout was terrible and didn’t match the action at all.

The story was over-long and I was getting quite bored by the end. Avoid this one.

Date watched: December 8th
Score: 4/10
Film count 2011: 110

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