Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
On Jupiter's moon something deadly is happening.
Thriller about an honest marshal in a corrupt mining colony on Io, Jupiter's sunless third moon, who is determined to confront a violent drug ring even though it may cost him his life. After his wife angrily deserts him, he waits alone for the arrival of killers hired by the company to eliminate him. Futuristic remake of "High Noon".
There once was a cop named O’Neil
Who bad guys he’d vanquish with zeal
Space boss gives him trouble
Sends assassins on double
By High Noon they've been made to squeal.
There's an alternative universe out there, somewhere, where Outland is rightly recognised as the minor sci-fi classic that it is.
While I am a recognised Peter Hyams fanboy, and he really is one of the most consistently enjoyable and entertaining directors that Hollywood have had in the last 40 years, I first saw Outland long before I cared about directors and stuff like that. The only previous Hyams film I'd seen was the marvellous Capricorn One, so the writing was on the wall.
What I think Outland proves is, given a director with multi-genre abilities and a keen imagination, you CAN almost directly transplant a story idea from one genre to another. In this case, westerns and sci-fi could not…
Nunca juzgo las opiniones de los demás, pero reventaría dentro de mi escafandra de minero si no dijera que me parece un desastre absoluto la puntuación en estrellitas que en general se le da en Letterboxd a 'Atmósfera Cero'. Es, sencillamente, una de las cumbres de la ciencia ficción de los ochenta (y es de 1981). Vista en una enorme pantalla de cine (la de la sala Phenomena de Barcelona) se aprecia bien lo extraordinario de su montaje (del gran Stuart Baird), la magnificiencia de sus decorados (ver la escala de las instalaciones mineras en relación a los cuerpos humanos es abrumador) y la magistral dirección de acción de Peter Hyams (la secuencia de la persecución que acaba en la pelea de la cocina es simplemente sublime).
Yes, I watched it again. Yes, it's still awesome. Yes, it's still one of the most underrated sci-fi films of all time. Yes, it's still one of Sean Connery's best performances. Yes, Peter Hyams is still an under-appreciated director. Yes, that foot chase through the station is still brilliant.
I have reviewed Outland at length previously and I don't have anything to really add to that review, but I really like sci-fi films like this that are not really sci-fi films at all and have a real dirty, industrial feel and look to them. There's probably a list in there somewhere but I've no idea how I'd phrase it or if people would know what I'm on about.
Either way, one day someone's going to remake this, it will be shit, and this will be rediscovered for the excellent film it is and should have been recognised as such much earlier.
Late '70s early '80s grimey science fiction movies are so refreshing. No shining utopias or false utopias; just filthy possible realities showing that humanity is still scum. The SeanCo kicks some asses and takes some names, there's sweet racketball with light up walls, and people explode in space suits.
What more could you want?
The first time I saw this I thought he said "I'll slap your nasty asshole all over this ship" to the lady doctor. Pretty sure I mis-heard him but I've never been able to disassociate that from the film.
Well, it was kind of a fun idea with basically a corrupt drug trade in space, a cop standing up to it. Connery was solid here and all the space effects looked good.
I really liked all the effects with people losing pressure out in space and blowing up. Looked ancient in CGI terms, but still a fun effect.
I will say it kind of lost it's charm in the third act when it got quite clichéd filled.
Boyle makes for a decent douchebag as well.
I think this is a truly underrated film. It follows a pretty common Western structure, but doesn't quite get it right, especially given its space noir/horror aesthetic, but it does a lot more interesting things than it gets credit for. Connery is great in part because he's so unusually subdued, and Frances Sternhagen and James Sikking both give performances worthy of a much better film.
So some producers were trying really hard to cash in on the success of Alien, to the extent that the films opening titles and production design are a virtual copy of that aforementioned film, but they forgot to put in the fear and tension of Scott's film and instead opted for some painfully funny Scanners-style exploding heads in space helmets.
Connery must have wanted some more cash to add to his tax-free pile in Barbados. There's nothing wrong with his performance, he's solid, as always, but Christ he could have done better than sign on with this nonsense.
Good, not great though.
Essentially a remake of High Noon, with touches of Alien, Blade Runner, and just general early 80s sci fi, this Connery vehicle doesn't over stay it's welcome, though it doesn't leave much to remember it by either.
Good set work, though it looks like a Ridley Scott take on The Adventures of Pluto Nash.
This was a pretty enjoyable, if quite trashy feeling, sci-fi film. Very much a western in space, the performances from Sean Connery and Peter Boyle are good, and it does a good job of creating a very rough, in no way glamorous vision of the future. It does feel a little dated as far as some of the action scenes go but was enjoyable none the less.
Out of High Noon, Outland and Three O'Clock High, Three O'Clock High is the most effective version of High Noon. On VHS.
I like to watch a cheesy sci-fi movie to end my year - and when I saw Outland for $1 at my library I thought I found my film... Sadly, Outland wasn't as cheesy as I remember - and apparently I don't remember much of it at all.
It was pretty solid - it expected you to ignore how dumb the bad guy is and how much time the good guy wastes (serious pacing issues). I mean, the bad guy isn't really hiding his evil doings at all - and no one seems to care that evil doings are afoot - so I'm kind of left wondering if it wasn't for the good guy would there have been a problem?…
A good plot idea with the added interest of Connery leading the charge.
Peter Hyams finest hour? Sean Connery's best film? Best post-Alien genre film set in space?
Outland is without doubt a bona fide genre classic. Hyams takes an interesting premise and loads it up with great characters, fantastic character actors, tense conflict between protagonist and antagonist, intrigue, grave peril, top quality set design, the greatest hits of his directorial style - nobody does a foot chase like Hyams surely? - and offers the world a neglected action gem. I really love this movie on so many levels, but mostly it's everything I could want in a blockbuster.
It's dark, it's grimey, it's bleak and it's brutal. There's some dodgy interacting with computers and a strangely tacked on family story but it's all background to what is otherwise a fantastic movie and probably the best Walter Hill movie that Hill had nothing to do with.
I'd be very surprised if this didn't make my eventual Top 100 films.
Films I really should watch in 2016.
Taken from the watchlist with 5 films chosen from 20 directors.
UPDATE 1/27/2016: New removal. This time it's the 1980 mini-series The Martian Chronicles. Don't know why, since I was under…