I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…
A Boy and His Dog
A rather kinky tale of survival.
Set in the year 2024 in post-apocalyptic America, 18-year old Vic and his telepathic dog Blood are scavengers in the desolate wilderness ravaged by World War 4, where survivors must battle for food, shelter, and sexual companionship in the desert-like wasteland. Vic and Blood eke out a meager existence, foraging for food and fighting gangs of cutthroats.
A Boy and His Dog is #1 on my list of deadpan talking dog films. OMG, that dog is fucking funny (if a little misogynistic). When it starts with the headline "WORLD WAR IV LASTED FIVE MINUTES", and the narrator starts talking about World War 3… let's just say you're positive someone had a really bad day at the office.
As science fiction this film does not disappoint. It doesn't try to explain anything. There’s no foreshadowing or agenda. Even the dog forcing Vic to memorise history (including reciting the American presidents) doesn’t have any pay-off — although there was some political commentary there which I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
Basically, it’s all about the dog. No matter…
Spoilers ahead; tread lightly.
The new Blu-ray--which is as beautiful as this movie gets--contains an hour-long dialogue between a typically cantankerous Harlan Ellison and a gracious L.Q. Jones. The topic of the film's misogyny comes up: Ellison, who considers A Boy and His Dog to be an excellent adaptation in the long run, raised money to redub large portions of the dog's dialogue prior to release because Jones had Blood referring to women as cows and sows, something Ellison resented as a supporter of the women's movement. Jones happily obliged, but would not budge on Blood's closing line, which goes, "She had marvellous judgment, if not particularly good taste."
There's an implied nyuk, nyuk after that, see, because Vic, Blood's…
World War IV may have lasted 5 days, but the memories of this movie will last forever.
I should appreciate this film for telling the story of a young man, his dog, and their post-apocalyptic quest on such a small scale, but "A Boy and His Dog" is too underdone to generate any such appreciation.
I love dystopian films and I love telepathic dogs. This film has both! I hadn't read the source material so the ending totally rocked my tits.
Just a delight and a simple, beautiful love film.
maybe if I had seen this film before playing the Fallout and Bioshock series, both games wouldn't seem so fresh and detailed. Because everything that's awesome and atmospheric about them really might come from this story and setting. The Mojave dessert in the first part and the Columbia's dystopian underground (btw, instead of floating in the air) society.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A Boy and His Dog is an interesting and unique movie for sure, it's just not a lot of fun to watch. It's dirty and dreary and not a lot happens for a while. The movie certainly picks up steam in the final act and the movie has its moments and funny parts, but overall it's not something I'd really recommend.
Still have mixed thoughts on this film three days later. Tons of great elements, muddled with the really icky. Very black humour.
this movie seems clever until you realize its horribly hateful. second star is for the talking dog. i think we can all appreciate a talking dog
Pretty bizarre, yet lean and entertaining. Positive that it informed the setting and tone of the Fallout universe.
A Boy and His Dog presents a would-be rapist in a post-apocalyptic world on a quest to fulfil his carnal desires and then find utopia. All the while telepathically talking to his cynical dog.
The most interesting aspect is a survivalist morality that flows through the film. The characters all seem somewhat nasty, but given the world they inhabit this seems realistic. The screamers also open up an early possibility of where the film could be headed and acts as a great red herring.
The relationship with the female lead is awkward as event unfold. The cult they stumble upon is both high-concept and incredibly lame. It does however provide quite the ending, even if the last line of the book is better.
The Reverence: A sperm machine beats out a dog fight.
39/365 (365 films in 365 days)
Now this was an odd one. The plot boils down to an 18 year old guy in a post-apocalyptic future out looking for food and sex all the time, naturally. Oh, and he has a dog that is telepathic (of course). So yeah food and sex are the fuels for this plot, and it does get kinda interesting. The ending is absolutely golden as well.
- Dead Man's Letters
- La Jetée
- The Sacrifice
- When the Wind Blows
- Dead Man's Letters
- The Ugly Swans
- Morel's Invention
- The Man from Earth
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…
- Alien: Resurrection
You know what I mean - sci-fi films that are sort of a bit grim and dank and unshowy and…