Film study… week 11

Dog Day Afternoon
Based on a true story, this is a case of the truth being stranger than fiction. Al Pacino plays bisexual, John “Sonny” Wortzik, who holds up a Brooklyn Bank to help pay for his gay “wife” Leon’s gender reassignment surgery. Everything goes horribly wrong but Sonny becomes something of a hero of the people for his defiance against the police. This is Pacino at his absolute best. Definite must see.

What do you mean I was supposed to load the gun?

What do you mean I was supposed to load the gun?

Dr Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Atomic Bomb
Stanley Kubrik’s only comedy, this dark satire is set during the cold war, where the USA and Russia are set in a stalemate nuclear arms race. A deranged general, obsessed with bodily fluids, attempts to force the USA to engage in actual war and sets off a series of events that will trigger a nuclear holocaust. Although Dr Strangelove (Peter Sellars) is really only a bit part, it steals the entire film. This would be worth watching for the US President’s phone conversation with the Russian Premier’s alone.

Was your daddy a terrorist? Cos baby, you da bomb!

Was your daddy a terrorist? Cos baby, you da bomb!

Dungeons And Dragons
OMG what a load of old shit! Empress Savina (Thora Birch) wants the people of Izmer (sounds like a birth control pill) to be equal whether mage or not but evil Profion (Jeremy Irons, who must have been seriously broke to agree to this) has other ideas and sends a bloke wearing blue lipstick to find some magic dragon stick (which looks like it came out of a lucky packet) so he can take over. When two thieves break into the magic school (cos that’s a good idea?) they get sucked into the quest to stop him. Predictable, badly acted and with plot holes you could drive a bus through, avoid at all costs.

I'm only going to ask you one more time... did you borrow my blue lipstick to go to a cyber rave?

I'm only going to ask you one more time... did you borrow my blue lipstick to go to a cyber rave?

Ed Wood
Tim Burton’s biopic of cross-dressing 50’s B-movie director-flop, Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) is a tragicomedy of the highest order. Wood is hopeless but absolutely convinced of his abilities despite a series of disasters. What is most touching though is his relationship with horror movie star, Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau). After a random encounter with Lugosi, who is now destitute and a drug addict, Wood’s attempts to resurrect his career are painful to watch. The fact that the film is done in 50’s B-movie style, just adds to the atmosphere. Excellent.

You put your left arm in, you put your left arm out...

You put your left arm in, you put your left arm out...

1 Comment

  1. ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ is one of my favourite films of all time. My dad made me watch it with him and I’ve never looked back 😀

    xx

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