Got free tickets to a preview last night shown at roughly the same time as its gala screening for the BFI London Film Festival. It's David Ayer's latest; a war drama focussing on five soldiers in a tank. It's near the end of WW2, the American's are marching through Germany reclaiming cities and forcing out the last of the SS/Nazis. Brad Pitt plays Wardaddy, the sergeant in charge of the tank unit, and along with his three long-time companions Michael…
Cult-50's sci-fi either means one of two things to you. Either "oh, I bet that's really cheesy but ultimately a good enjoyable film". OR "I bet that's really shit but people pretend it's good".
Which way does This Island Earth lean, with its tumultuous production history and condensed epic story? Thankfully, slightly towards the former rather than the latter.
Yes, the DVD cover lied to me by promising lots of alien bug things. Yes, the description of the film as…
Wow what a revelation. Apparently black people can be racist of white people, white people can be racist of black people, black people can be racist of black people, black people can be racist of hispanic people, white people can be racist of middle-eastern people, middle eastern people can be racist of hispanic people, hispanic people are nice, white people can't be racist of white people.
Those same black people can be nice to white people, those white people…
I kind of thought it would be a mindless action film where Sly goes around killing the bad guys in the jungle with his machine gun and that's about it. Like Predator, I guess, just without the Predator.
I was wrong. It's excellent. I found it very entertaining, and also quite sad. Sure, Rambo is this bad-ass, super elite soldier who can kill a man practically by looking at him with his wonky face, but I never realised there was…