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.
Whilst watching A Boy and His Dog, I found it difficult to connect Don Johnsons role as 'Vic' with the dashing, mixed-fabric wearing crook-foil ‘Crockett’ from Miami Vice. Vic is chipper, childish and, unlike Crockett, he’s not too good with the ladies, but he does try really hard.
This tale is set in a post-apocalyptic world where wacky despots scavenge the scorched earth for food and people to murder. Vic manages to get by on his wits, but of course, being telepathically linked to a rather patronising, but exceptionally smart dog also helps. All Vic wants to do is get down with some future ladies and his groin compass soon leads him into ‘the underworld’, where an elite group of…
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…
Basada en la novela corta del mismo título del casi siempre genial Harlan Ellison. A pesar del escaso éxito comercial que tuvo en su día, goza de bastante prestigio y ha generado cierto culto entre los estudiosos y aficionados a la ciencia ficción más inquietos. Prestigio merecido, porque, a pesar de sus limitaciones, 'A Boy and His Dog' tiene muchos conceptos y momentos apreciables: La primera parte, ambientada en el páramo nuclear, es tan interesante que ha tenido enorme infuencia en el posterior cine (y videojuego) post-apocalíptico; la segunda parte, en la que se nos muestra la sociedad estamentaria tras la hecatombe atómica, es un magnífico ejemplo de la buena ciencia ficción emparentada con la contracultura estadounidense. Puede que no sea especialmente profunda, y puede que tampoco sea especialmente divertida o entretenida, pero es imprescindible.
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…
It's 2024, and following World War IV, a boy (simplistic 18 year old Vic) and his dog (Blood, a world weary telepath) travel across the mostly deserted desert plains of America...
This film was really nothing like I expected. Naturally I wasn't expecting the dog to be telepathic or the two title characters to have a bickering Odd Couple relationship. I also wasn't expecting a post-apocalyptic comedy in which sex is the hot commodity and most things are played for laughs - even rape, kidnap, theft or murder. The third act then completely threw me and I almost didn't get back on board - but the last few minutes and the little sting won me over.
This is a strange little film that has gathered a cult following over the years. I wasn't sure what to make of it but if you want to find out for yourself it's on YouTube. 6/10.
This is one weird film. I was not too keen on watching Don Johnson roam around in the desert for an hour talking to a dog that he magically can hear. My interest did pick up when the main character went down to the "underworld". I wished there was more time spent underground due to the peculiarity of the dystopia. Also, the ending was unexpected, random, and morbid.
Nice and cheesy post apocalyptic movie about tail getting tail...see what I did there?
Es gibt Filme, von denen man weiß, dass sie länger bei einem verharren werden als sie es eigentlich verdient hätten. Die 70er-Jahre-Obskurität "Der Junge und sein Hund" ist so ein Fall. Basierend auf der (nach allen Berichten sehr viel besseren) gleichnamigen Kurzgeschichte von Harlan Ellison, die in der Folge Fortsetzungen und Comicadaptionen erfahren sollte, steckt hier, wie so oft, mehr Potenzial in der Prämisse als der fertige Film imstande ist zu realisieren. Zumal ein nicht unerheblicher Faktor für ein Drittel des Films schlicht ausgeblendet wird – der nichtmenschliche Part des Titels. Viele weitere Probleme plagen "Der Junge und sein Hund", der auch unter Titeln wie "In der Gewalt der Unterirdischen" (ein kleiner Seitenhieb des deutschen Verleihs?) und "Apokalypse 2024 –…
Fascinating film and completely original. Gets even more original about two thirds in, except it also got incredibly weird. Not sure how I feel about the last third, but can't deny it actually feels a bit realistic.
Watch as creepy raper guy creepily rapes his way down to an undergound nazi austrian stronghold while his telepathic whacky dog companion tries to tell him it's a fucking stupid idea.
The best part about watching weird movies is explaining the plots to my co-workers who don't watch weird movies. "A Boy and His Dog" is a perfect example.
Don Johnson roams the wastelands of post-World War IV America with his telepathic dog (played by Tiger from the "Brady Bunch") searching for food and women to sexually assault. And they are the good guys. Don Johnson eventually winds up as a breeding stud in underground in a creepy frozen in time version of the 50's with Jason Robrads and Hank Kimball from "Green Acres".
In a perfect world, the Don Johnson from this movie would beat the crap out of the Don Johnson that made the "Hearbeat" video.
And this is why I don't have a lot of friends.
For sci-fi fans and dog lovers: 4-5 stars
For feminists: 0 stars
Reading the Wikipedia, author Harlan Ellison was angry with L.Q. Jones for the last line of the film being "chauvinistic"??? The whole effin story was that and probably worse, if you ask any feminist! Pot vs. kettle, Mr. Ellison.
The utopian sublimation of the quintessentially american doomsday prepper, both 6 feet under, as a reminder of the cause, and above the scorched earth, as an acceptance of the collateral paid as effect. The most interesting bit was the ford truck-apple pie-bald eagle reproduction of perpetually contemporary american suburbia, which veils a lot of latent bigotry underneath. It seems almost freudian that this part of the world exists entombed in the liminal space of what remains. The structures that remain above ground still exude a binding to a similar semblance of order as the underground, complete with mutated versions of past rituals and rites. But what truly makes both, not just one, of these spaces the utopian vision of the american prepper is the complete absence of any minorities in either societies.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In a world where everything's gone bat shit crazy, and woman are now a rarity, staying morally just is not the prime objective of main protagonist Vic. In this world, everyone's a rapist AND a murderer, which is just terrible. It's an intriguing film with lots of weird stuff that isn't always explained, and... I kinda like it.
The big problem with this film is the intention. I've heard that the original author hated this movie so much that he had Vic commit suicide in the next book so a sequel movie wouldn't be made. He was mad about how this movie portrayed rape. Author Harlan Ellison wanted his books to show that Vic didn't know what was right and…
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest" (as well as some of my…