faustus: (cinema)
( Jan. 30th, 2011 11:54 pm)
I suspect there has been something missing here, but I have been watching a lot of tv and things have been melding into one another...

So, especially because I know what is coming up in 2011 (having been there when I watched them), do we finish 2010 on a high?

CXX: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975)

Richard O'Brien's gender bending musical - with Hammer horror sets, now watchable with the opening in black and white - as interesting for its cast as anything else.

CXXI: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Robert Fuest, 1971)
CXXII: The Incredible Melting Man (William Sachs, 1977)
CXXIII: Blackenstein (William A. Levey, 1973)
CXXIV: The Island of Dr. Moreau (Don Taylor, 1977)

So what is the finish the year on a high film? )
faustus: (cinema)
( Dec. 1st, 2010 06:03 pm)
I haven't done this since October... I fear I've missed some out, but on the whole I've been watching tv - various Doctor Who serials "The Time Warrior", "The Sontaran Experiment", "The Deadly Assassin", "Masque Of Mandragora", "Frontier In Space", "Planet of the Daleks", "Destiny Of The Daleks", "The Hand Of Fear", "The Robots Of Death", "The Three Doctors" and "Planet of Evil".

Lots of gothic horror one there, and surely "The Deadly Assassin" is one of the poorest titles ever... as opposed to "The Friendly Assassin"? And how come the assassinated time lord doesn't regenerate?

I suspect I've seen more than this on tv, but have no notes on it.

CV: The Brood (David Cronenberg, 1979) )

CVI: Teeth (Mitchell Lichtenstein, 2008) )

CVII: Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987) )

CVI: La Planète Sauvage ((The Savage Planet) Fantastic Planet, René Laloux, 1973) )

CVIII: Otolith III (Otilith Group, 2009) )

CIX: Rollerball (Norman Jewison, 1975) )

CX: Death Race 2000 (Paul Bartel, 1975) )

CXI: The Quatermass Conclusion (Piers Haggard, 1979) )

CXII: Mad Max (George Miller, 1979) )

CXIII: Time After Time (Nicholas Meyer, 1979) )

CXIV: God Told Me To (Larry Cohen, 1976) )

CXV: Capricorn One (Peter Hyam, 1978) )

CXVI: The Omega Man (Boris Sagar, 1971) )
LXXXVI: The Stepford Wives (Bryan Forbes, 1974) )

LXXXVII: A Boy and his Dog (L.Q. Jones, 1975) )

LXXXVIII: Warlords of Atlantis (Kevin Connor, 1978) )

Totals: 88 (Cinema: 20; DVD: 56; Video: 1; TV: 11)

I recall seeing a film as a child - late 1970s, early 1980s - in the Saturday night at the movies BBC1 slot, which I recall was set in some lost civilisation and ended with an army on the steps (of a pyramid?) and some kind of death ray, which turns bodies to skeletons. For years I've assumed it was Warlords, but I think not. I wonder what it was? I seem to recall wondering if the main character was William the Conqueror, which was clearly wrong. It seems to be Atlantis, the Lost Continent (George Pál, 1961)
faustus: (cinema)
( Jul. 19th, 2010 02:05 pm)
So I am now infinitely more tired than I was twelve hours ago, sleep arriving some point around 4.15, no thanks to the gulls, nor to Tilda, who decided I needed some loving. I've had a run of 2am bedtimes; maybe 1am is too ambitious. I was awoken by the smell of fresh bread - which I'd started in motion some point around 4am.

Still, a productive morning, as kohlrabi soup is underway, I have written another thousand words (seasonally adjusted word count is 71,500, giving an eta of 24 October, a fortnight or so later than before) and I have watched:

LXXIII: Phase IV (Saul Bass, 1974) )

Totals: 73 (Cinema: 18; DVD: 43; Video: 1; TV: 11)

Meanwhile, is that really all there is on Elgin's Coyote Jones? E.L. Chapman, "Sex, Satire, and Feminism in the Science Fiction of Suzette Haden Elgin"? Lefanu skips over, nothing in On Joanna Russ, not in Demand the Impossible, not Aliens and Others. Odd reviews. Adds to growing to write list.
faustus: (cinema)
( Jul. 18th, 2010 09:53 pm)
Catch up, no doubt missing stuff:

LX: Slutty Summer (Casper Andrea, 2005) - dull gay indie
LXI: Shock to the System (Ron Oliver, 2006) - enjoyable crime TVM
LXII: 3-Day Weekend (Rob Williams, 2008) - away for the weekend in ski lodge comedy
LXIII: Mr Brooks (Bruce A. Evans, 2007) - Kevin Costner is highly recommended movie shock - as is Demi Moore. Go rent. Now.
LXIV: It's Alive (Larry Cohen, 1974) - baby horror
LXV: It Lives Again (Larry Cohen, 1978) - son of baby horror
LXVI: It's A Wonderful Afterlife (Gurinda Chada, 2010) - Ealing style comedy with Asian twist, the funniest bit being a pointless Carrie homage
LXVII: Four Lions (Chris Morris, 2010) - Ealing style comedy with Jihad twist, go see - although London looks rather like Sheffield
LXVIII: Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow, 2004) - the sort of film Tarantino tries but fails to make - barking but brilliant
LXIX: The Kid Stays in the Picture (Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen, 2002) - talking book, with pictures; Robert Evans's autobiography
LXX: Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo (Vincent McEveety, 1977) - VW falls in love and evades evil diamond thieves
LXXI: Herbie Rides Again (Robert Stevenson, 1974) - VW evades evil property development corporation
LXXII: Herbie Goes Bananas (Vincent McEveety, 1980) - VW evades evil archeologists

Totals: 72 (Cinema: 18; DVD: 43; TV: 11)
faustus: (cinema)
( Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:52 pm)
XXIX: Meteor (Ronald Neame, 1979) )

XXX: Gumshoe (Stephen Frears, 1971) )

XXXI: 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963) )

XXXII: The Anderson Tapes (Sidney Lumet, 1971) )

XXXIII: Superman (Richard Donner, 1978) )

XXXIV: Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges, 1980) )

I'm holding back on A Single Man, because it needs a spoilery rave and rant.

I've been looking for the following for ages - there's a Wise director's cut, but I wanted the original release, the Star Trek trilogy box was films 2-4 and there was stupidly expensive boxset of the ten. Star Trek movies don't show up in CEX. But finally I found a cheaper complete films boxset on Amazon, and so I've got all the films should I wish to watch/rewatch them.

XXXV: Star Trek: The Slow Motion Picture (Robert Wise, 1979) )

Totals: 35 (Cinema: 8; DVDs: 19; TV: 8)
This is a little bit out of sync - I have three other films to fit in here - but I don't want to overtalk about these and they belong together.

XXVI-XXVIII: Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI (George Lucas 1977; Irvin Kershner 1979; Richard Marquand 1983) )

So, Flash Gordon or Superman next?

Totals: 28 (Cinema: 7; DVDs: 15; TV: 6)


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