In the early days I was a big believer that Mr Gibson might just be a brilliant actor given time, but while he took over Hollywood with his quirkness his personal life definitely lost him some fans, but it’s pretty easy for me to set that all aside and focus on his acting and he does constantly reinvent himself and returns with something fresh and new.. Here are 5 Selected Mel Gibson films, probably Volume 1..
Mad Max (1979)
Doing something his epic while starting your movie career will cement you in the history books no matter what crap you produce later on, strangely the charismatic lead went onto some pretty awesome movies while also showing himself up to be a douchebag on so many social occasions, but he remains well loved on the screen.. In Mad Max he plays the quiet loner, a family man who seems to take on a different persona while on the roads running down (quite literally at times) bikers and crooks galore. Max Rockastansky is both brilliant and when pushed, highly dangerous and sadistic, and the man is really pushed to his limits by a brutal biker gang headed by a deranged and brilliant stage actor Hugh Keays Byrne. Going head to head the battle hits new lows as the men target each other and everyone around them slowly picking off by standers until he’s mano et mano. A thrilling indie apocalyptic movie which really brought out the best acting for Mel, although we were never to see this particular persona again.
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05.Monkey’s Paw (2013)
This modern reboot of a 116+ year old story is sensitively approached, it’s hard to add a twist to a story which everyone knows and that has been retold in many ways over the years, it has some interesting qualities, but falls a bit flat, this is despite an excellent performance from Lang who isn’t cast as a lead but is the main character which catalysts the movie on in dark and gruesome ways, he’s on screen presence is certainly a bonus. 6/10
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The sequel to the groundbreaking sci fi movie Alien (1979) introduced another face to the world of androids, instead of the killer bot in the original film, instead James Cameron created a more likable synthetic human names Bishop and sensitivly acted by Henriksen. Previously the android has been devious and acted purely on the greedy actions of the Company but in order to win over audiences and the main character Ripley, a whole new approach had to be taken. Henriksen applied his smaller frame and softer nature to the role and I think it worked really well, he walked on eggshells around those who feared and distrusted him and at no point did he really give an indication of selling out, he briefly appears in follow up films and I think is one of the solid characters from the Alien franchise, and one of a few films with co star Bill Paxton. Continue reading Spotlight – Lance Henriksen
Films often serve up amazing deep and detailed characters, the lead stars, the pivotal catalysts of intriguing storylines and many fan bois and gurls spend hours writing fan fiction and dressing up trying to connect with these amazing personalities.
At the opposite end of the spectrum there are the odd characters who seem to be forgotten, cast by the wayside and often have a miserable existence, well I’m going to pay homage to those orphaned characters, often not even good enough to be a sidekick and mostly used as cannon fodder.
I’m kicking off these (potential) series with Stathis Borans. Continue reading The life and times of Stathis Borans.
05.Bad Timing (1980)
A strange brooding drama starring Art Garfunkel as a uni professor who has an affair with his student, but the young girl; still full of life and seeing the “relationship” as a fling is soon off doing her things as his obsession grows into possession and things between them become dangerous, add her depression into the mix and we have ourselves a crime of passion or do we? Keitel plays a Columbo style cop who is on the case, he’s pretty central to the story and could have had more on screen time but he’s memorable and really developed the character in the time given. 7/10
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05.The Adventures of Bukaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Technically this was a flop but it also has a strange dedicated following, so it’s cult? Either way it’s an American sci fi romantic adventure comedy… which isn’t all that unusual for the 80’s as there was a boom of comedy sci fi romance flavored films but Wellers successfully pulls off a Dr Who type character who was very multi talented and the talents of physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot and musician are all under his belt as he attempts to save the world by defeating a band of inter-dimensional aliens called Red Lectroids from Planet 10. What more could you possibly want? 7/10
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Roberto has long been a highly rated actor and he has given us some of the best performances of all time, without a doubt if he was cast in a movie it was going to be a hit and certainly unmissable, lately his career has turned into a joke and while I appreciate that it’s easy acting for him I can’t personally see him make a fool out of himself with a lot of these modern comedies but I can still appreciate the older most concrete films. I think one of the reasons why his comic roles don’t always gel well with me is that in most of his films he’s so serious and dark, when he gives “that stare” he makes me quake in my boots… Continue reading Spotlight- Robert De Niro
It seems really odd to be writing about an actor that I don’t often rate waaaay before writing about a majority of those who I do but alas I suppose I should shine some light on la Billy Baby Face Zane, especially after twigging him in Flutter (2011) as Edwin the Dentist, it wasn’t an outstanding role but Billy has played some interesting characters over the years, generally as a rich scumbag , but he is versatile, to a certain extent, he’s played Superhero’s, demons and in most occasions a total self righteous schitehead but he’s a lovable rogue.
05.Tales from the Crypt – Demon Night (1995)
I’m a sucker for Tales of the Crypt but when it comes to the longer movies they could get a little wishy washy. But Demon Knight was one of those longer features which really did the series justice, it is just the right kinda length and to be honest it could have carried on into another film. Zane is the charming embodiment of a Demon out to wreak carnage and charm a secret out a young girl who has been passed the challenge of trying to keep mankind safe from the up rise of demons. Billy sings a pretty tune and is suave as he ruthlessly kills and maims in imaginative ways while trying to get the prize. It’s a funny horror, that just wouldn’t be this great without Billy, I have to admit that he prefects the film. 7/10 Continue reading Spotlight – Billy Zane
There have been a lot of RIP lists I’ve missed due to a lack of time in updating but I couldn’t let ANOTHER one go by without making an attempt to put something together. Hopefully this will spur me on to finish the other lists.
So the powers that be have decided to take one that shined so bright and left us with a few bottom feeders who we could so easily do without. Wesley Earl Craven passed away from Brain Cancer last Sunday, 30th August 2015 aged only 76.
I’ve really loved a lot of Cravens early works, I have a soft spot for 70’s horror and thrillers and I adore his early works a lot more than the recent films, I dunno why, maybe in 30 years I’ll grow to love those as well!? I think he took a lot more risks back in the day but it was easier to shock and disgust and he was probably high as a kite too as apparently everyone was.
Anyway I’ll write an amazing piece in honor of a great director and man one day, in the meantime here are 5 Selected Craven movies. In no particular order…
01.Last House on the Left (1972)
Banned and still famed for one of the most “memorable” and upsetting rape scenes ever, Wes certainly meant business when he started making films. With a few added elements of lowbrow comedy and a lot of lurid and disgusting behaviour, the amazing David Hess and his rebellious entourage rape and kill a young girl then stumble upon her parents’ house. The parents soon realise what’s happened and revenge is a dish best served with a lot of pain. The film undoubtedly considered dated now by many, it yielded a lot of good things, inspiring such horrors as Night Train Murders (1975) and a not so bad remake in 2009. 9/10 Continue reading Spotlight – Wes Craven Movies RIP
Sadly the charismatic Tom Towels past away on 2nd April. I thought it was a terrible late April Fools Day joke. But sadly the great actor who perfected the art of being a scumbag is no longer with us. Here are my 5 selected Tom Towels movies.
Director Stuart Gordon needed a few prized assholes to play tough bullies in this futuristic prison flick, one role went to the chiseled Vernon Wells, and his trusty obnoxious side kick is the giggling Tom Towels. He knows how to be a prick although is eventually recruited onto to the good guys team after the untimely death of his partner and still remains to be a prick! A memorable part for Tom and a great sci fi flick. 7/10
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