It's a sign of just how highly Bruce Lee was already thought of when you consider how The Big Boss pans out.
His first high profile film appearance and the first 'proper' lead role he had, director Wei Lo is completely aware of the hype and publicity surrounding Lee right from the get-go. Putting in place a plot device that sees Lee stating that he had promised not to get involved in any more fights, he has Lee stand aside…
The very start and very end of Tarantula are worth seeing but everything in-between? Not so much.
Tarantula starts off with a tremendously creepy pre-credits scene in a desert and climaxes with Clint Eastwood's now famous uncredited appearance as a fighter pilot who dumps napalm on the oversized spider to finish it off. Both these bits are worth seeing but pretty much everything else is rather dull.
The main issue with Tarantula is that there is altogether too…
I think it's about time I watched more Larry Cohen.
He's one of those directors whose films used to be on a lot when I was in my late teens. The Stuff, the killer baby films, The Ambulance, Deadly Illusion - they were always getting regular airings on Sky and even the BBC. I probably recorded all these at some point and, aside from The Stuff, which is great fun, I never watched any of them. Obviously this…
A very peculiar short from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo, whose career hasn't quite had lift-off in ways that many people hoped after his name-making time-travel thriller.
But it's perhaps in short films where most of his talent has been siphoned in to in his career. He's made a number of them, all of them well received and all of which I plan to watch fairly soon. This one is a weird sort of musical mystery where a woman enters a…
Busting made me feel bad.*
It's mainly down to an ending that I really wasn't expecting at all. I can't imagine that was the reason why Busting didn't really do much at the box office back in 1974 or why it has continued to be a relative obscurity (although apparently it has had a couple of ITV4 airings over here fairly recently), but I can see why it might contribute to it not being remembered as fondly as other buddy…
One of my favourite things since I joined Letterboxd has been the occasional 'craze' you get for total oddities and obscurities that suddenly populate your timeline.
It's even better when you watch it yourself and it turns out to be absolutely great. I watched this at 1am in the morning after I was reminded about it by another mention of it popping up on my timeline. Depending on how you look at it, that's either the absolute best or absolute…
TRIGGER WARNING FOR CAT ABUSE AND ISAAC HAYES LOVE SONGS.
Truck Turner is one of those films that is probably famous for a couple of particularly notable scenes but when you watch the whole thing you realise what a really excellent crime actioner it is.
Starting off with Hayes chastising his cat ("You pissed on my shirt!") and then having to put up with his mate Alan Weeks telling him he smells like piss, for about the first two-thirds of…
I should have stuck with the #seagalathon.
At times, Quinceañera trod perilously close to the same insufferable territory that another previous blind Mubi watch, Helen, inhabits.
The difference between the two is that Helen is, on pretty much every level, one of the worst films I've ever seen while Quinceañera is for the most part just very, very boring with only occasional incompetence. It's not at all well acted and it has almost the same appalling dialogue that Helen has…
Admittedly, there's quite a lot wrong with Under Siege 2.
Its main problem is the use of its cast. Aside from objecting tothem getting rid of the lovely Brenda Bakke after only half an hour, you have a film with two of the better villain character actors in recent memory given absolutely nothing to do. I don't give a shit about Eric Bogosian and his fucking computer. Why have they stuck Jonathan Banks with driving a bloody train? And why…
I think the reason I enjoy found footage more than most is because I am stupid enough to fully commit to how dumb the premise is.
Take Cloverfield. As brilliantly highlighted in South Park's two part Pandemic, which sees giant guinea pigs attacking the town (we had guinea pigs at the time I first saw that, I could see them getting ideas), the whole set-up is fucking ludicrous. The suggestion 'we have to document this' is absolute bollocks,…
Perhaps the only film I can remember to reference the Loch Lomond monster.
I wonder if they really were referring to the giant crocodile reported to have lived in said loch or if the writer here simply got their lochs mixed up and they meant Loch Ness? Either way, I doubt such details are all that important in a film about a giant sea monster.
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms suffers from the same problems that many such…