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…
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.
Interesting concept, but an overall weak film.
Well that was…interesting.
The Fury centers on a government agency trying to control two teenagers that possess the highest form of psychic powers. Trying to rescue them is Kirk “Spartacus” Douglas. I don’t know why Carrie got a remake when The Fury is the one that needs it. That’s not to say The Fury is a bad movie. It’s actually quite good. But it is an unfortunate victim of its time-period. The 1970’s was a decade when audiences wanted cinema to be sophisticated and grown-up. Sure, there was also silly exploitation films and entertainment for kids & teens. But the most celebrated movies were grounded in reality. Then came Jaws and Star Wars and they created the Hollywood we know today. But change doesn't…
Uneven psychic thriller from De Palma shows flashes of brilliance. Full review here: cinemachase.net/review-the-fury/
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Still riding high on the success of his version of Carrie Brian DePalma made this film,another one dealing with psychic powers. Starring Kirk Douglas,Amy Irving,Andrew Stevens,and John Cassavetes star as the government is using two young people to use their powers as weapons. Stevens decides to use his powers for evil while Irving is on the side of right. The film leads to one of the most explosive endings ever. A real treat for DePalma fans.
I was about to start this review with the thought that I really ought to read the novel some time so that I can say with more conviction that it seems to be a slightly flawed adaptation of a rather convoluted Stephen King wannabe book that really only succeeds due to its many classier elements. But a quick glance at Goodreads reviews told me something interesting - John Farris actually wrote the screenplay first; nothing happened with it so he wrote it as a novel; then people wanted to make it into a movie.
The reason I say it seems like a bad adaptation is there seems to be so much cut out of the story - yet the story…
This was enjoyable, for the most part, but it only achieves in fits and starts the glorious controlled delirium that the other De Palma features I've seen manage to maintain throughout their runtimes. The problem, as far as I can tell, is mainly to do with the drearily plotty script, which has far too many explanatory scenes. There's a real sense, in these scenes, that some plot point needs to be fulfilled-- they aren't exciting in their own right.
Still, there are pleasures to be found-- the goofy scene where Kirk Douglas ties up a bunch of elderly apartment dwellers, to the delight of their even more elderly mother is a standout. Douglas' charater is also really strange-- He's occasionally…
- 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…