Fantastic Planet (1973)

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Fantastic Planet Movie Review

Fantastic Planet is a 1973 French animated science fiction film directed by René Laloux. It is the best animated sci-fi film ever made.

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What a shame we can’t play with her anymore

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The story is fascinating and incredibly original. Blue giant humanoid Draags rule the planet Ygam and they use human Oms as pets until they eventually rebel. Needless to say, the film deals with a lot of interesting themes such as the relationship between different species, ignorance, racism and yes, even genocide.
It isn’t only sophisticated in script, but also very engaging and simply riveting to watch. It is one of the most purely imaginative and fantastical sci-fi films that I have ever seen. The level of detail exhibited here is just meticulous. The world building is extraordinary and I in the end felt that I have just set foot on this planet myself. That is how inviting this movie is.
That vastness and variety of space is beautifully conveyed through the use of absolutely fabulous hand-drawn animation with such a wonderful comic-stip sensibility to it that I just adored it. The character design is some of the the best that I have ever seen and of course the film is psychedelic and weird at times, but always beautifully animated and filled with a high level of detail that I believed this planet entirely.
The harshness and brutality of the Ygam planet is so well established as all of its animals are dangerous and all of the plants are carnivorous. The designs of all these creatures is weird, yet incredibly authentic and unforgettable. The color palette is also fantastic and the use of blue is overwhelming and interesting.

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I loved everything about Draags. Their way of living is pretty interesting. I loved their method of learning, very advanced. How they used Oms as pets raised many ethic questions about keeping smart species as pets, but I have to say that the relationship between the two species isn’t established as properly as it should have been. Some plot holes are irritating. How the Draags did not realize that Oms can speak? How did they not realize sooner how intelligent they were? All of these questions are never answered and they remain pretty obvious plot holes.
But as I said, I loved their technology and I really liked every ritual that was present here with both species. I would have gone with less nudity, but I guess it was required and the sexuality/mating element definitely was important for the story.
The character development is weak in Fantastic Planet as it doesn’t bother with creating fully personalized Draags or Oms. However, this is one of those sci-fi stories that do not need individualized characters as it is epic and deals with the whole two species and thus it does not require fully realized individuals in it. The voice acting is very good and believable. But I have to say that the mouth movements weren’t well synhronized with the dialogue and that is the only apparent flaw in an otherwise stellar animation.

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Speaking of dialogue, I definitely wanted more of it, but what we got was still great and some discussions are very interesting here. Fantastic Planet is awfully short and its ending is just way too abrupt, but I liked that it ended on a positive note and to me the highlights were the intriguing beginning, those lessons as well as the exploration of the planet. Those adventurous scenes were the standouts. Despite it being short, the editing is actually very deft and of course its score is very evocative of its mood which is dreamlike and strange. René Leloux directed this movie brilliantly and he surely is one of my favorite animation directors. I would definitely call this movie a work of art.
With beautiful, stylistic hand-drawn animation, extraordinary world building, an admirable attention to detail and such an imaginative, yet thematically sophisticated story, Fantastic Planet is also very dreamlike and strange accompanied by such a great score and phenomenal creature designs. Consequently, this artistic French classic is one of the best that both animation and science fiction have to offer.

My Rating – 4.5

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a 1970 science fiction film starring James Franciscus and Charlton Heston. It is such a good, extremely underrated sequel.

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Glory be to the Bomb, and to the Holy Fallout

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According to the mediocre reviews and lack of popularity for this flick, I honestly expected the worst and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it is actually a good film. Of course it is much inferior to the original ‘Planet of the Apes’, but it isn’t a bad film and is even a four star movie to me personally. Needless to say, it is awfully underrated and needlessly trashed.

So another astronaut crashes on Earth in the post-apocalyptic future looking for Taylor who is missing and disappeared from the face of the planet. Now obviously it started off quite similarly to the first movie and I thought this was basically going to be a rehash and was quite annoyed.

However, it turned out to be just the opposite and vastly different from the original in the end that I really liked it. The film really begins when Brent escapes from the apes and stumbles upon the underground tunnels where he discovers humans with telekinetic powers. At first, I was taken aback by this and did not know what to think of this new development.

But eventually I really liked it. Of course it is too timely and dated by now with all this atomic bomb storyline, but I liked the twist with those humans that turn out to be mutants with severely burned skin. Apparently radiation has destroyed their skin, but also gave them telekinetic powers. I love those powers and they were really well executed. Those scenes were some of the best here.

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes is definitely a weird movie. It can be too weird at times, it starts off pretty weakly and I disliked that we had to see the ending to the first movie again. Some of the fights were also too campy and poorly executed and naturally, owing to a lesser budget, the effects are much weaker this time around. Some of the apes look pretty horrendous and the make-up is vastly inferior to the original.

But still I liked it quite a bit despite those obvious big issues. James Franciscus looks good, but is hardly another Charlton Heston. Speaking of whom, I liked what they did with his character and they handled well Heston’s unwillingness to appear in the sequel by reducing his role significantly, but still naturally. I would have liked to have seen more Zira, but those mutants were so interesting that I didn’t mind it that much.

The ending I found interesting and I liked that they went there as destroying the entire planet with a bomb was a pretty bold idea for the film’s ending. Following suddenly three groups and two groups of villains was very entertaining and to me this sequel succeeds wonderfully in expanding this already great world even more and visiting the underground tunnels was a lot of fun and quite fascinating. Those scenes with mutants were all my favourites, so well done.

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The action is weakly executed and the film is never as artistic or powerful as the first movie, but mainly because I lowered my expectations significantly, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. And don’t get me wrong – it is a good movie for sure, certainly a stupendous sequel that I wonder why it fared so poorly with the critics and fans.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes is such an unfortunately underappreciated sequel that is of course never comparable to the great original as its action and effects are too campy plus the acting is not the greatest, but they refreshingly took a different direction with this sequel and taking the action to the underground tunnels was intriguing and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed that new development, the mutants are memorable and the ending is bold. It is such a fun, ultimately successful sequel that expanded an already vast, wonderful world.

My Rating – 4

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Westworld (1973)

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Westworld Movie Review

Westworld is a 1973 science fiction western thriller film directed by Michael Crichton and starring Yul Brynner. It is one of the best sci-fi films of the seventies.

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No matter what you do, he’ll always be one step ahead of you!

You haven’t got a chance!

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I absolutely adored this movie. It is the best film I’ve seen in a while and it just might actually be one of the best ten or twenty sci-fi films of all time. Yes, it is that good! And I did not expect that at all and now I am so intrigued that I would like to see a TV show that they have just made, but because it is a typical sensationalist, overly violent show like every other today, I unfortunately cannot and won’t watch it which is beyond frustrating.

This story is amazing. It is about an amusement park which consists of Roman World, Medieval World and the titular Westworld. In all three of these areas, visitors get the full treatment which is super realistic and detailed. Androids that look extremely like humans serve them and visitors can have sex with them, fight them etc. But when a sort of computer virus spreads, all androids start acting strangely, they rebel and eventually attack and kill humans. Such wonderful mayhem ensues.

Westworld is one of those movies where I instantly realized that a book author directed it and surely enough Michael Crichton, an author, is the director. And although some may find that problematic, I loved his direction here as he brings such high level of detail that regular movie directors could just never do. That is why the world building here is absolutely spectacular. You have all three of these areas utilized properly and I was fascinated by all of them and it was great that I got to witness each three. That I did not expect.

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And it is all so well thought out, not to mention extremely well executed visually. The special effects are so great and advanced for its time. I loved that Gunslinger’s viewpoint which, when broken, went pixelized and there we witness the first ever use of CGI. That is simply groundbreaking. And the androids themselves look phenomenal.

I know this is nitpicking, but I disliked the blood in this movie which was so obviously fake and with such a ridiculous light colour that was honestly quite funny. And as for the story, the only problem I’ve had is the fact that the androids can be distinguished from humans by looking at their hands as that is the only body part that the scientists did not fully perfect yet. Are you kidding me?! You make a perfect android that looks entirely like a human and has face and hair that are totally realistic and yet somehow the hands are the only parts that you cannot make properly. That was really ridiculous and just a plot contrivance as it was obviously convenient for the characters to know who is and who isn’t human by looking at their hands.

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But other than that and the fact that the second act definitely has a couple of slower and even repetitive scenes (there are too many scenes with the scientists for sure), I absolutely loved Westworld and I wanted a longer running time and more exploration of this enormous and beautifully conceived world. It is definitely one of the rare movies that entirely deserve sequels and TV shows as it is that big and rich with ideas.

It was an interesting turn of events that the more bravado character died and the goofier one survived and turned out to be a protagonist. That was unexpected. I still didn’t love both of them, but they were quite good nonetheless. But the Gunslinger steals the show and seeing Yul Brynner in this fun role just brought a smile on my face as I am a big fan of his and he was perfect for this role and he delivered in spades.

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Westworld is a science fiction film at its core, but most certainly a western too and a thriller with some strong horror elements as well. There are many great scenes here, but my favourite one has to be the entire chase sequence near the end as it was thrilling to behold and I loved especially the moment when Peter hid from the Gunslinger by standing beneath the flaming torch and thus fooling the villain’s infra-red scanners. Such a clever and thrilling scene. And the score was tremendous here, quite effective and spooky.

Westworld is one of the most original sci-fi moves that I have ever seen. It is such a unique mix of sci-fi, western and thriller with a story that is just fascinating to behold, rich in detail and propelled with amazing world building. It truly is one of the rare movies that entirely deserve many sequels and TV shows. I loved the score and special effects, Yul Brynner is superb, the chase scenes are filled with thrills and the film is consistently entertaining, clever and absolutely phenomenal.

My Rating – 4.5

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Midnight Express (1978)

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Midnight Expres Movie Review

Midnight Express is a 1978 crime drama film directed by Alan Parker and starring Brad Davis and John Hurt. It is a deeply xenophobic, but also very powerful movie.

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Catch the midnight express.

It’s a prison word for… escape.

But it doesn’t stop around here

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Billy Hayes tried to smuggle hashish out of Turkey, but was caught and sentenced to 30 years of prison so that they can make an example out of him. There he encounters horrible conditions and authorities until eventually managing to escape five years later. Now this is a story of a real man and this really happened which brings me to my first negative point – the movie utterly fails as a biopic.

It is difficult to judge this movie as we have a great fictional movie here and an awful biographical one. As a biopic, it is horrendous as it is beyond exaggerated and sensationalized to the point of becoming absurd and caricaturist. Rarely have I seen this high level of xenophobia which is exhibited here as all Turks are portrayed as awful human beings, dirty, lawless and plain horrible as if coming from the Dark Ages. That was so problematic and it took me out of the movie entirely.

But I tried to watch this as a fictional movie and that way, it actually is great. It is great because I rarely do like crime films and they are not my cup of tea, but even I could see how powerful this movie is. The story is well told, the pacing is excellent and the film is frequently brutal, but also very powerful and definitely unnerving, but a in a good way. I loved the prison break scene, but my favourite scene is the ending which is just such a deeply emotional, beautiful scene that perfectly wrapped up the entire film in my opinion.

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I liked the characters and I especially liked how they interacted as a group in prison and they were such a great group. Brad Davis isn’t as great and a bigger actor was needed for this movie, but he was still pretty solid in this very difficult role and he was quite physical and sensual. John Hurt is excellent as Max and gave the finest performance here.

Midnight Express is phenomenally made with excellent direction from Alan Parker and terrific cinematography. Some scenes definitely were too repulsive such as that beat up of Rifki, but the film is mostly a harrowing and very dramatic and powerful tale that leaves you unnerved instead of disgusted which was great. But I still wanted a message as they almost portrayed his actions of smuggling drugs as totally innocent and minor.

Where Midnight Express shines is in its score. Wow, what a beautiful score. Rarely do you see such a fantastic score in a crime flick, but here I was blown away by it. That is why that ending scene is so majestic as it is accompanied by that Midnight Express Theme which is one of the finest themes of this decade. It is moving and simply gorgeous.

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So I liked this film a lot. I liked the characters and I also liked the dialogue. It flowed really well and was never at all boring or slow. It was quite riveting and one of the finest prison films for sure. But I still deem it irresponsible as it is basically one giant hate letter to Turkey. But regardless of that, it caught me by surprise how powerful and dramatic it was.

Midnight Express is very difficult to judge. You have two movies here – one is very good and the other one is horrendous. As a biopic, it fails miserably as it is such an exaggerated, sensationalist portrayal of a real story and rarely have I seen such horrible, shameful xenophobia which was certainly portrayed here and the film is basically one giant hate letter to Turkey. But watching it as a fictional movie, it is actually stupendous. The performances are very good, the film is so well made and it is such a harrowing and unnerving movie that is frequently even powerful with many superb and memorable sequences. It is also accompanied by such a phenomenal score with a gorgeous theme. So in the end I’d say this is a good film, but an irresponsible one nonetheless.

My Rating – 4

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Saturday Night Fever (1977)

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Saturday Night Fever Movie Review

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 musical drama film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta. It is one of the year’s finest films.

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There’s ways of killing yourself without killing yourself.

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What surprised me about this film is the script. Yes, it does revolve a lot around the disco club and it follows preparations for and the eventual disco competition, but it is also so much more than that. It is at its core a drama film much more so than a musical.

Tony Manero is such a great protagonist, a realistic man from this period. His frustrations with his family as well as friends are so well explored and you definitely feel sorry for him. The film is very emotional and some of his scenes are great such as the penultimate and very moving scene when he drives around the city.

The parent’s favoritism of one child is so well explored and in his brother’s story, you also witness the mother’s refusal to accept his decision to leave priesthood. It is a raw, honest and still relevant portrayal of the parents’ unwillingness to accept their children for who they are and to accept their different life decisions.

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In Stephanie, you’ve got an exploration of pretentiousness and I really liked the relationship between the two plus it ended on a very heartwarming note. Annette as this deeply insecure girl is another strong character. And of course Bobby is a tragic character and especially evocative of this time period when abortion and promiscuity was at the highest level.

John Travolta gave quite possibly his career best performance here and certainly deserved his Oscar nomination. He surprised me with his performance here as he is charismatic and he sold both his dancing as well as his emotional scenes. John Badham’s direction is very good and the film is so well shot with the disco sequences being the immersive highlights. It is also well paced, but I myself didn’t like the first half as much as the second one as it definitely was inferior and more familiar in story. And the protagonist was fairly annoying and typical at first.

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Saturday Night Fever also succeeds as a strong musical owing mostly to its killer soundtrack. This soundtrack is so great that it is in my opinion one of the finest in film history despite it being not original as all of the songs were released prior to the film’s release. But it uses some of the best disco songs and thus it becomes essential for every fan of this genre.

Most of the major hits from Bee Gees are used here. Stayin’ Alive was a perfect choice to open the movie and that opening sequence is highly memorable and it instantly hooks you in the story and its main character. How Deep Is Your Love is also great, If I Can’t Have You is used at just the right time in the story and matching its scene fittingly and the major highlight is Night Fever as it provides the most eclectic and fun scenes in the movie.

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The soundtrack is great, but the songs are utilized superbly within the story and the cinematography is so good that it transports you wonderfully to its time period and setting. The disco scenes are so beautifully shot with some gorgeous shots and imagery. It has a great attention to detail from the songs to the clothes and it is a quintessential seventies movie when it comes to it being representative of its period and I loved it for that.

Saturday Night Fever is a stupendous movie. Thanks to its terrific attention to detail, great cinematography and a killer soundtrack filled with great disco hits, it succeeds as a strong musical. However, it is in the drama department where the film shines through as its characters are very strong and their issues are so well explored. From promiscuity and abortion to frustration with your current life to the parents’ selfish expectations for their children, this is one surprisingly thoughtful and clever script. Couple that with its many highly emotional scenes and you’ve got one of the best films from this period.

My Rating – 4.5

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Snoopy, Come Home (1972)

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Snoopy, Come Home Movie Review

Snoopy, Come Home is a 1972 animated family comedy film directed by Bill Melendez. It is the second full-length Peanuts film and it is such a sweet, very enjoyable flick.

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What an independent dog.

He comes and goes as he pleases,

but I have to stay home and fix his supper

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Here Snoopy goes to see the girl who was his previous owner and is now sick in hospital. Charlie Brown gets sad because of his absence. This is definitely one of the most emotional Peanuts stories as the film is so depressing and very serious. It deals with its subject matter in an admirably realistic tone which I loved. Especially its second half and of course the ending were so moving and this is one of the best Snoopy stories for sure.

Yes, he is awesome here. Although not as funny as he should have been, I still liked that he was serious and so dramatically and emotionally utilized for once. He is the most mature and most loving here and his cries at his farewell party were just so heartwarming. Charlie Brown is also great and I just loved the emphasis on their loving relationship. I would go so far to say that this just might be their best outing yet.

But the problem with this movie is that it is overly serious. Yes, I loved that, but it still needed humor in it and unfortunately it only has a couple of somewhat funny moments, but certainly not enough. That was very troublesome to me as I’ve come to expect great humor from the Peanuts gang.

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And because it focuses so strongly on Snoopy and Chuck, we unfortunately do not get to see the others from the gang particularly often. Yes, they are there, but they just serve to support Charlie Brown and nothing else. It was interesting seeing Lucy be good and caring to him, but that was still unbelievable and unrealistic having in mind how awful she usually is. Woodstock has his moments of course, but Peppermint Patty and Sally are seriously underutilized with only Linus being good and reliable as Charlie Brown’s friend. As for Snoopy’s girl owner, she is sweet, but just a plot device nonetheless.

Snoopy, Come Home isn’t a musical, but it has a couple of songs in it which was problematic as almost all of them were dull and uninspired. The Sherman Brothers wrote the songs and that was unbelievable to me as most of them are so underwhelming and I wonder why they didn’t do a better job having in mind how they killed it in Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’.

All of them are forgettable and even No Dogs Allowed! is forgettable and underutilized with only its accompanied humor being good. But the titular song Snoopy, Come Home is phenomenal. It is the only great song here, so catchy, so beautifully sung and so melancholic that it works wonders for both the plot and their relationship.

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The film is solidly animated, albeit it is nothing great except for a couple of really interesting scenery in some sequences. Even though the first act has some overly prolonged Snoopy scenes, the film is mostly well paced and quite involving to watch. I liked the dialogue and I found the script to be surprisingly thoughtful and mature. And of course the flick is very emotional which was great. In the end, it is most certainly not up to par with ‘A Boy Named Charlie Brown’, but as a second film, it is still surprisingly respectable and mostly satisfactory.

Snoopy, Come Home is overly serious with not enough humor and it needed to focus more on the rest of the Peanuts gang, but the focus on Snoopy and Charlie Brown brought a lot of very emotional scenes and it is probably their best story yet. The songs are subpar with the exception of its titular song which is great, the film is surprisingly mature and thoughtful and it features many heartwarming scenes leading to a mostly satisfactory second Peanuts film.

My Rating – 4

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The Way We Were (1973)

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The Way We Were Movie Review

The Way We Were is a 1973 romance film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand. It is a solid and sometimes moving, but too slow movie.

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Your girl is lovely, Hubbell

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The story is pretty basic here and only a couple of its scenarios were interesting and different. For example, the entire political aspect to it was an interesting and new thing to add in a romance film. But it is still problematic. To me that aspect was overwhelming, yet constantly underutilized which was frustrating. I thought that sometimes their relationship and their quarrels did not make much sense. But I still liked that she is a politically active woman leading to a pretty strong female character for its time. As for the highlights in terms of the sequences, of course the ending takes the cake for being the most beautiful and emotional scene in the movie, very well done and quite unforgettable.

I liked the characters and their relationship was mostly sweet and engaging to follow. She is much more memorable as a character and quite interesting at times whereas he is a pretty ordinary guy in my opinion. As for the acting, Robert Redford has never been a great actor as I never really liked him in any movie, but here, even though he pales in comparison to his female co-star, he is still pretty good and gave one of his better roles for sure. But of course this is Streisand’s vehicle and she carries this movie entirely on her shoulder, giving a powerful and terrific performance. She certainly deserved her Oscar nomination.

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The Way We Were is famous for its titular musical number that is played in the beginning and the end of the film. I liked it and it fitted the movie quite well, but it was still a typical and not quite memorable seventies song. But the score as a whole is pretty good and it lifted some emotional scenes really well.

I thought that most of the dialogue here felt unrealistic and not that great with only a couple of lines being resonant and memorable. The characterization is strong, but most of the supporting characters were entirely forgettable and I thought that the movie should have had only these two. The script is also problematic. Sometimes I thought that some plot points rang false and overly melodramatic.

But the biggest problem is its pacing which is awfully slow and the running time definitely needed to be trimmed down a bit. The film is emotionally engaging, but because it was so long and not cinematic enough, it wasn’t as romantic as it should have been with the exception of a couple of great, exceptional moments between them. Sidney Pollack’s direction isn’t the greatest and, as I said, the movie never felt particularly cinematic and powerful. That is why their romance was never as epic as the film tried to portray it. It felt too small and definitely the cinematography needed to have been better. In the end, it is a solid film, but not as great as a sum of its parts.

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The Way We Were is romantic and sometimes quite moving with a beautiful ending, Barbra Streisand gave a great performance, the characterization is strong and the score is quite good, but the film isn’t cinematic enough, the pacing is awfully sluggish and it is just never as powerful as it thinks it is. It is a solid, but very flawed movie.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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The Andromeda Strain Movie Review

The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 science fiction film directed by Robert Wise. It is such a good, truly phenomenal film that is awfully underappreciated.

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Hell of a way to run a hospital

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It follows a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin. The plot is absolutely terrific and the execution is splendid. Rarely have I seen a movie like this. I am of course talking about its scientific approach. Yes, it is hard sci-fi, but it is probably the boldest and most scientific example even in that subgenre.

That is because the film has an extraterrestrial bacteria, but no animals or aliens and that I hugely appreciated. It heavily relies on real, realistic and thorough science and I do see why it is so underappreciated as only those familiar or interested in science can enjoy it. I like science and follow it which is why this film was fascinating to me.

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Its first half is certainly slower and much less interesting than the second half. It is still good and well made, but it is just build up for the tension that arrived later. And truly this film is quite intense, almost thriller-like in some scenes. But the tension felt real and palpable owing to realistic scenarios and excellent execution of the action and a superb score.

I found the characters to not be particularly memorable and they should have been a bit better developed having in mind that we spend a lot of time with them and throughout the whole running time basically. But they are still solid, especially for the genre and I really liked Ruth and she was the highlight here. The film is very progressive for its time for featuring women as scientists, but she isn’t only a token, but a fully developed person and is actually the most complex and memorable member of the team.

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The actors are solid, albeit not great. The direction from Robert Wise is terrific. And here is another proof how strong and diverse a director he was as he not only directed musicals, but also tackled horror in ‘The Haunting’ and here he goes into science fiction and does it marvelously.

I also found the special effects to be absolutely fantastic, especially for its time. It was obviously influenced by ‘2001’ as the same VFX team did both movies. I loved the interiors, the production design is so good and of course the organism looks splendid and highly memorable. My only gripe with it is the over-reliant presentation of computers which obviously feel dated now.

The Andromeda Strain features a very typical, blockbuster ending which to me was still pretty solid mainly because it was executed as well as this type of ending could be executed with some intense moments and with a hilarious comment from Ruth about it not being that close as he turned off the switch with 8 seconds still to go. That was funny and smart.

But the movie otherwise doesn’t feature action at all and I loved that. It has superb dialogue and some conversations were so intriguing. I loved the investigation scenes and the sequence where they analyzed the organism was just so intense and the most memorable part of the entire film. The film is slower paced for sure, but it was still fascinating and always involving to me and it flowed really well.

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I found its score really unsettling, so memorable and spooky. It wonderfully accompanied those more intense scenes. I also found those animal scenes interesting. The monkey scene is controversial for sure, but they couldn’t have made it otherwise and they achieved the effect of danger and shock as the scene shocked me and really disturbed me. There are a lot of scenes like that here which is why it succeeds as a pretty strong thriller to me. The Andromeda Strain is in the end an immensely underrated science fiction film that is one of the better ones I’ve seen and certainly one of the best, if not the best, from this decade.

The Andromeda Strain is such a shamefully underrated, terrific movie. It is the kind of hard science fiction that I love so much as it relies on strong, scientific approach with clever dialogue instead of being over-reliant on action. It is so well written with a consistently involving story, its effects are quite good and the film is very intense throughout most of its running time and propelled by superb, spooky score.

My Rating – 4.5

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail Movie Review

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 comedy film directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. It is one of the most acclaimed and to me most overrated comedies.

The reason why I didn’t like it that much lies in its uneven nature. The film is definitely very good at times, but also sometimes very bad and unfunny. Those funny moments can’t compensate for those which are not funny and are frankly annoying.

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Your mother was a hamster

and your father smelt of elderberries!

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Whenever the film focused on the parody and satire of the Dark Ages, it was very good. Some of the dialogue there was quite clever and some lines did make me laugh. However, the film decided to focus way too much on slapstick and absurdist humor later on. The slapstick was juvenile and the absurd comedy is my least favorite type of comedy.

The film is also very unfortunate in its second half. The first half is pretty solid, but the second one is so ridiculous and unfunny that it ruined the entire movie. A very uneven work for sure. I just wished that it focused more on the humor that was present in its first couple of scenes, but it went into absurdist, ridiculous territory which I do not appreciate.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is well directed and solidly edited. It is also very well acted and some of the dialogue is great. Terry Gilliam did a great job with the animation as those animated segments were some of the highlights here – extremely well done, authentic to its time period and even artistic.

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But unfortunately the film is otherwise visually bland. The imagery is forgettable and it features some quite mediocre costumes with not that great attention to detail. The plot is barely there and the entire quest for the titular grail is really uninspired and basically the story here is non-existent. The same goes for the characters who are all forgettable. The film was still better than I expected, but it remains extremely overrated nevertheless.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail has its moments in the first half with some pretty solid humor, but the second half is disappointing and the film focused way too much on absurdist humor and slapstick which I dislike. It is also visually uninspired despite its very good animated segments and the lack of any strong plot is troublesome. This is an extremely overrated film.

My Rating – 3

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Young Frankenstein (1974)

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Young Frankenstein Movie Review

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder in his famous role as Frankenstein’s descendant. It is a pretty disappointing film.

The reason why I found this “comedy masterpiece” very disappointing and just solid and certainly never great is mainly because we’ve seen this done before and in my opinion much better in 1948’s ‘Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein’. That movie is infinitely funnier and way better executed as a parody film.

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You know, I’m a rather brilliant surgeon.

Perhaps I can help you with that hump. What hump?

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Here we have a pretty good first half, but a pretty weak second half. Some things work splendidly, others not so much. Let’s start with the good stuff first. Gene Wilder is awesome and this is easily one of his best and most iconic performances. The same goes for Mel Brooks who crafted this movie really well. The overall acting is pretty good and memorable.

He is funny, especially in the beginning. Inga is pretty funny as well and her line about the monster’s penis is easily the funniest moment in the movie, albeit it was overplayed later on in its ending two times. Another memorable sequence is the scene in which the monster meets the blind man which is such a funny spoof of the original scene in the book and in the movie.

However, I would say that Young Frankenstein fails as a parody of both ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ as it only utilizes those properties particularly well in just a couple of sequences with the rest being not so great. I found the dance routine unnecessary and the entire conclusion of the movie was pretty unfunny and forgettable.

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It is such a shame that this movie is so uneven when it could have easily been great. It is technically impressive and I loved its black and white photography and it manages to be quite funny at times, but it is mostly a very flawed, sometimes great, sometimes weak project that ended up being a very overrated comedy film that doesn’t deserve its classic status whatsoever.

Young Frankenstein is very well made technically and so well acted with Gene Wilder being excellent in his iconic role and the film is quite funny at times with a couple of terrific scenes, but it is overall pretty uneven with some jokes being great, but with others being not so great. It doesn’t quite succeeds as a parody film as it only manages to utilize its premise in approximately half of the movie with the other half being dull, unfunny and forgettable. It is a solid, but very disappointing film.

My Rating – 3.5

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