ISOYG blows. LHOTL is extremely poorly made and yes, very similar thematically, but upon rewatching it I felt some smallish sort of mercy towards it as a kind of messy cultural response to stuff like Charlie Manson and the hippie-era generation gap. My original rating for LHOTL would have been zero stars; now I think I'd give it two or two-and-a-half. ISOYG however only has merit for discussing the appropriateness or effectiveness of depictions of rape in cinema, or maybe for simplistic debates about the morality of revenge; as a film, it's even worse than LHOTL. The girl gets raped repeatedly for 45 minutes then she kills the dudes who raped her. Ebert probably overreacted but the film's fans who try to defend ISOYG as "art" or something are kidding themselves.
>Forgot Bigelow directed "Near Dark" but have always been reluctant to watch it because it just seems like it'll be just another cheesy 80's vampire flick (like >"The Lost Boys" which my gf forced me to watch- it sucked). I generally always find vampire films disappointing for some reason except for "Let The Right One >In" (which is obviously not your typical vampire flick).
I prefer "don't call it a vampire movie" vampire movies too--Guillermo Del Toro's Cronos is the only film of his I've really cared for that much, so go see that one!!
But Near Dark is closer to MTV than its fans want to admit (and it's been regarded as a cult classic for a very long time--Bigelow would marry James Cameron a couple years later and give her career a boost, ND was mostly ignored in 1987.) A scene of Bill Paxton (who is even sillier in ND than in Aliens) dancing and trying to stare down a truck especially makes me cringe.
>>"But if you're a perv, enjoy seeing underage Melanie Griffith doing full nudity."
>I am and I will but the days of me watching an entire movie *just* for that kinda shit are long gone (was the only reason I ever watched "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls" back in the day- am sure I'm not alone on that).
Neither of those were very good Paul Verhoeven movies and the nudity in them is not even that titillating. Ahhh, for the stupid glory days of the early-to-mid-90s when nudity in movies actually got attention and nationwide controversy. Remember Bruce Willis' film Color Of Night? No? DUDE IT HAD HIS JUNK IN IT WHOA!!!! (I never saw it)
>>"Watch for the Salvador Dali scene"
>Have seen that clip but still wanna check out the film because I feel like it's among the better Hitchcock films I haven't seen and like I said earlier, I'm >also trying to watch more Ingrid Bergman films.
For mid-40s Hitch I'm going with Shadow Of A Doubt and the underrated Lifeboat.
>>"The Star Wars Holiday Special - Oh bleurgh, you don't want to watch this."
>Not even stoned outta my gourd? Actually think I may have seen at least part of this as a kid but repressed all memory of it.
It's stupid crap and I found it barely worth sitting through (I only saw parts) even as a novelty. It didn't even make me laugh with how bad it was.
>>"Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story - Wait, this is available? I thought this was one of those Holy Grail movies that nobody will ever see, like The Day The Clown Cried or the five-hour Thin Red Line."
>Here ya go homie (don't say I never did nothin for ya):
Oh! Uh, crap, I'm going to have to watch that. I thought it was unavailable for some shameful reason and it turns out it was just Richard Carpenter really being pissed off that they accused him of being gay? 43 minutes long? I could watch that...I did know that Barbie dolls did the "acting."
>>"THX 1138 - Not bad early Lucas but American Graffiti remains his high mark."
>Not expecting anything great, certainly not on the level of "Graffiti" but it's been described as "early arty" Lucas, which piqued my interest.
Eghn, it's not all THAT arty. Early 70s sci-fi with a "clean white corridors" look, like 2001. I guess he was still in his 20s when he made it. I've seen the DVD release and did know that he really mucked with it way more than SW. I'm not really gearing up for a big glorious rewatch though, I just thought it was okay. Its plot is pretty basic escape-from-dystopia stuff, too. Final shot was a very powerful one.
>>"Troll 2 - You've got to see this once, but see the documentary Best Worst Movie immediately after, bleurghski."
>Already seen that doc- is partly why I wanna see the movie. Have also seen that "Oh my ghooood" scene about a million times.
Well at least the oh my ghooood guy turned out relatively sane, some of the people who appeared in that movie are pretty scarred. That poor woman who played the mom!!! Scary eyes!! Scary!!!