Movies that are slightly off.
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.
that ending was metal as fuq
Directed by L.Q. Jones,who has had a major career as a character actor,and will be familiar to horror movie fans from 1982's The Beast Within as Sheriff Bill Pool.Adapted from Harlan Ellison's short story from 1969 called A Boy and his Dog.Set in the post apocalyptic world,which doesn't look to dissimilar to Mad Max 2,where you have bands of killers scouring the wasteland looking for food and there only entertainment being old porno movies which will cost you the price of a can of food to watch.Don Johnson as Vic is a randy young man who with the help of Tim McIntire doing the voice of Blood,finds young women to rape to satisfy his raging hormones.Vic and Blood are telepathically…
1. Don Johnson's performance
2. Dark sense of humor
3. The final scene
4. Vic and Blood's relationship
1. Pacing issues
2. The action is subpar
3. A bit anti-climatic
4. Clumsy exposition
The Verdict: A strange and clumsy take on an old trope that gets by on its charm and dark wit.
I've heard the odd thing about this movie for decades, but it wasn't until tonight that I finally checked it out. A Boy and His Dog stars a youthful Don Johnson as Vic, a post-apocalyptic survivor who wanders the barren sands with his dog Blood.
The controversial things I'd heard about this are tame by today's movie standards. The worst of it is only implied, or occurs off-screen.
Vic and Blood are always in search of their next meal (there are canned goods to be found, though a man would kill to get them). Blood has this uncanny ability to speak to Vic telepathically. So the two of them have long talks and arguments, often with Blood putting Vic in…
Classic sci-fi. In a post-apocalyptic world a boy scavenges for food and sex with the help of his telepathic dog Blood.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this, but I was happily surprised. There is one point in the movie where Blood, the telepathic dog who quickly becomes the central source of interest, becomes separated from the protagonist, but fortunately it turns out to be worth it. While I was worried the movie would lose steam, the ending was actually really good.
My review is here:
Fuck bitches get dogs.
Bros before hoes!
This is another great classic. Very honest with men's priority - food and sex (not in this specific order).
And this one doesn't feel like it was strongly hit by the waves of time. The scenarios are not that campy (both), it creates a great mythology (the screamers), the dialogues between the boy and the dog are great, the underground society is pretty fucked up in a very cool way (the way it appears and leaves you like: "what the fuck is happening here"), Don Johnson is great, the characters "lack of" or just adapted consciousness, and the greatest ending ...
I was loving so much that I was expecting more movie. If it was nowadays we…
I wanted to like it but what a weird confusing nutty movie. I liked the dog a lot.
This should have been a Twilight Zone episode and skipped the underworld shenanigans.
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