Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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An experience in terror and suspense.
A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harness his extremely powerful psychic abilities.
Oh, Brian, you insanely talented man. All the way through The Fury I was thinking "This isn't so great... meh." That is, until the last scene and that last fucking shot. You got me, you really got me. That was best final shot in any movie, ever. Holy fuck, really, De Palma!? You had the balls to even roll the credits after that. Genius. Pure genius.
The Fury stars Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, and Amy Irving. Douglas was fit, man. He looked like he could lift a horse. Cassavetes sported a sling throughout the film. I'm sure it was a character choice as he doesn't have much to do here. He still is as creepy as all fuck. Irving isn't…
Liberace's dad on a relentless quest to find his missing son. A fun day at the beach ends in disaster. Free your mind and the rest will follow. Bloody visions. Roid rage. Frisbee with a dog. Playing Pong. Skinny Dennis Franz. Busting out of a nuthouse. Whiskey cures toothaches. Telepathic puppeteering. Tragic falls. The blue eyed glow of death. Douglas is great. Cassavetes fucking owns, but both needed more screen time. I didn't click with Amy Irving and she has way too much screen time for me to fully enjoy. Douglas in a speedo mowing down baddies with an AK-47 is the shit though.
Being a parent is hard. One day you're a superhero, a literal giant, necessary for your child's survival. Then all of a sudden they're bigger and faster than you, smarter and more mature, and off to college where they learn to use their minds to blow up fascism and the agents of darkness and they don't need you anymore.
Hahahaha holy shit, that final scene is AWESOME!
De Palma's The Fury is a bizarre film. It is tonally all over the place, touching on just about every genre you can think of. The film is split in 3 acts - the first 40 is a spy-thriller with Kirk Douglas looking for his kidnapped son; the second 40 is a drama with Amy Irving dealing with her psychic abilities; the final 40 is the horror with Douglas and Irving teaming up to bring down the baddies. With each act bringing about new characters and plot to deal with the changing outlook. It is a strange combo, but it surprisingly works.
Irving's act is the worst, mostly because she is a…
A battle of vision
Between those lost in the fog
And those who see...in one word, emotion.
Kiss of death.
Film is seen through sight. Images translate to our brains through our eyes into materiality – what is the becomes that, evidence of something that was in a place in time. But it is only an illusion that our eyes deceive. "Let that screen fill your mind," we are told. And yet, we cannot touch. We can desire to touch—out of lust, anger, fear, or love—but to touch is to destroy the screen.
Perhaps more than Blow-Out, De Palma's The Fury addresses our relationship to cinema, except through the most insane, backwards way possible: a conspiracy thriller with a psychological…
Action packed sci-fi/horror thriller, with a great performance from Kirk Douglas and some masterful setpieces from De Palma.
wow...that was really bad. How can Brian de Palma have done this after Carrie? I blame Kirk Douglas.
This movie is insane. Embarassing all the way around, and eminently quotable.
Something like a mash-up of Scanners, Carrie, and a little Dead-Zone too, this isn't the best I've seen from De Palma this Hoop-Tober, but it's a good movie in its own right. It has a few nice tracking shots that I can recall, and a few signature scenes leave no doubt that it is the work of De Palma. But this is nothing like his more self-indulgent films like Dressed to Kill or Raising Cain. Instead, The Fury is mostly propelled by a plot of non-stop action, and for once (seriously De Palma gets the worst actors) the cast is actually competent enough that they don't detract from the film. Kirk Douglas is good, and Cassavetes is suitably…
Maybe I just wasn't feeling islamophobic enough to get into this from the start. But I did enjoy the use of transparent surfaces to layer the frame and set up flashback and psychic vision scenes. And when De Palma has heavy hitters like Durning and Cassavetes reacting to psychic attack, it is impactful.
October Horror Marathon 2014
Interesting concept, but an overall weak film.
Well that was…interesting.
- To Our Loves
- Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes
- Adam's Rib
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
- The Man from Nowhere
- In a Better World
- The Iron Giant
OK my letterboxd friends I want to put together a list a films that you strongly feel deserve more attention…
- A Page of Madness
- The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Lot in Sodom
- The Leopard Man
- The Seventh Victim
[MANY UPDATES MADE TO THE COUNTS BELOW (7/26/14); MORE UPDATES TO COME]
Just what it says: 205 movies that I…