Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
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.
I've always heard this was a classic and that it's great but I really didn't know anything about it going in other than that it took place in a post-apocalyptic future. I didn't know where the plot was going to go but I didn't think it would go where it did.
It starts out interesting but simple. Yeah there's a dog that telepathically converses with Don Johnson and has the ability to smell who and how many people are near and where they are but at it's core it's a story of a young guy surviving and trying to get laid.
He's obviously pretty good at surviving with the help of Blood, the super-dog but the getting laid part…
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…
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…
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.
A classic of man/animal bonding in a post nuclear wasteland where everybody is horny.
I wonder what that white goo really was.
Pitch black ending, pitched tent.
No veo nada claro ese salto tan brusco de la demencial parte postapocalíptica, con un Don Johnson más caliente que el palo de un churrero escuchando telepáticamente a su perro, a la posterior y teatral parte distópica. Eso sí, te regala un final para el recuerdo perpetuo.
Hilarious and thought provoking, it's easy to see how much this film has influenced post apocalyptic fiction in the years since its release. Notably it seems that Fallout is almost a complete rip off of A Boy and His Dog's story and aesthetic. Definitely worth a watch but feminists be warned, you will not enjoy the end of this film.
Pretty modern for a mid-70s film, and surprisingly a good dark comedy. It got unnecessarily strange toward the last half, but redeemed itself with a hilariously disturbing ending.
That ending line....holy crap.
"A Dog And His Rapist"
this movie teaches a valuable moral: women are evil sex slaves.
A cult favorite for years, this faithful version of Harlan Ellison's classic novella enjoyed some mainstream popularity in the mid-'80s when its star, Don Johnson, hit the big time with Miami Vice. In recent years the movie has settled back into cult status, which is for the best. Johnson (in an excellent performance) is Vic, a simple-minded survivalist who wanders what's left of post-apocalypse America with his dog Blood (played by Tiger of The Brady Bunch, with voice by singer Tim McIntire), with whom he has a telepathic bond. Vic's main ambition in life is to, well, find female companionship; he demands that Blood sniff out girls for him. He meets a seemingly innocent young woman who leads him down…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).
- Dead Man's Letters
- La Jetée
- The Sacrifice
- When the Wind Blows
I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…