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.
I've learnt some valuable life lessons from watching A Boy & His Dog, chief of which is: don't get between a boy & his dog.
The color choices really tell the story, as the script is extremely odd. It is colorful, both in imaginative perspective and actual palette.
Don Johnson is pretty annoying throughout but is perfect for this character. Obviously the dog and the opening bomb sequences are the best part.
This was an awesome and rather hysterical tale of a young man and his dog (who he can talk to telepathically) in post world war 4 america who spent most of their time scavenging for food in the desert and trying to find girls so Don Johnson can get some stank on his hang-low. The final act, when they get tricked into entering an underground compound by a lunatic cult is completely silly but the ending completely redeems everything, even though I could see it coming immediately. Funniest ending ever.
This was a very strange movie to say the least. Sort of bleak, sort of ugly, often very funny, and it just sort of seems out of it's time. It's also something that influence the Fallout series so that may interest certain viewers. Give it a watch. It's unique.
A quirky post apocalypse dramatic comedy.
In the aftermath of World War IV, a boy (Don Johnson) and his psychically linked dog roam are searching for a woman and find a lot more than they bargained for! While occasionally bothered by long-winded dialogues, the film was amusing and fun. The last segment of the film seems like an American derivative of the cult classic BBC series, "The Prisoner". It may take a bit of effort to get over the mundane looking props and sets, but if you can, it will most likely be a rewarding movie, good pay off in the end. ;-)
The film had an abundance of wit, and a very interesting setting. The only major issue in the film, is its major distaste for females. The film has a troubling sexist overtone that prevents it from truly reaching greatness. I give the film credit for it's insane ending, but for a lot of the film the characters are just a tad to unlikeable.
Kind of one of those sad films that you look forward to and are sad when it's not as good as you think it is.
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