A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
Don't be mistaken, this is not a family-friendly Disney film a grandmother would take her grandson to, like the one who wrote a furious letter to Harlan Ellison, the writer of the original story: "She was outraged. Her jaw broke off from her face in indignation at the salacious and violent nature of this film she’d taken an innocent grandson to."
The film is set in a post-apocalyptic desert with a shortage of food and women. The lack of women is somewhat compensated with what seems to be the only kind of entertainment in this world: an open air porn theater. Though the title may be misleading, it is indeed about a boy and his dog (or should I say…
Seeing this movie for the first time. Really gave me a different perspective on post-apocalyptic flicks. I do enjoy this genre. However, to make a really good one is a pretty tough feat.
The film follows Vic. An 18 year old(who looks like in he's in his 30's) and his telepathic canine companion. Blood. The 2 scrap for survival. The teen hungry for women(because, ofcourse he is in that age). And the dog starving for food. They come across the only female in the area. Quilla. Who betrays our lead. To her underground society.
As much as i enjoyed the story. And the ideas it presented. Plus, the many influences it provided(Mad Max franchise, Book of Eli, The Fall Out…
Muy viejuna y setentona.
Although this film had some great moments (the last scene being a crowning achievement), most of the film is unfortunately W.D.R.
Weird. Dull. Rapey.
A droll post-apocalyptic tale of a young Don Johnson searching for sustenance in the desert along with his dog, who can talk to him telepathically. Tim McIntire, who composed the film's music score along with Ray Manzarek of The Doors, speaks the dog's lines in cynical voice-over while the dog just sort of does its thing. The movie is nicely bizarre and funny, with some pretty outrageous depictions of the dystopian future society. Beware, though: the version on instant Netflix is (or was at the time I saw it) heavily cropped to fit 4x3 TV screens.
font of tropes
Je sais vraiment pas quoi dire, à part que ce film-là s'en va direct à l'asile.
While not a film you particularly sympathize with, the interesting dialogue and acting make the film work surprisingly well. It was also one of the first post apocalypse films, before Mad Max popularized it. I feel this also inspired a few games, like Fallout and We Happy Few.
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.