Film Friday #244

Tank Girl (1995)

In a post apocalyptic world where all water is controlled by a sinister corporation called Water & Power, Rebecca (Lori Petty) and her friends are the last survivors in a wasteland terrorised by creatures called Rippers. When Rebecca is captured during a raid by Water & Power she is put to work as a slave in an attempt to break her. Here she befriends shy mechanic, Sarah (Naomi Watts) and the two of them steal a tank and make a daring escape in the hope of finding and freeing Rebecca’s young friend, Sam (Stacy Linn Ramsower). But Water & Power chief, Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell) isn’t going to let them go quite so easily and if they’re going to have any chance of succeeding they’ll have to ally with the mysterious Rippers. Okay so Tank Girl is crap. I mean I think we can all agree on that. The storyline is super-predictable, the characters are totally two-dimensional and the dialogue is ridiculously hammy. I kind of love it though – maybe it’s the bright colours, or the way that they’ve mixed in artwork from Liam Hewlett who drew the original comic books or maybe it’s just because Tank Girl is a bad ass and the whole thing is bonkers (think talking kangaroo-human hybrids) and I first saw it when I was fifteen and it hits all my nostalgia buttons. It might also have something to do with the absolutely epic mid-90s soundtrack. Whatever it is, Tank Girl is one of my guilty pleasures and I don’t feel bad about it! 3/5

Rebecca believed the

Rebecca believed the “do not operate heavy machinery while under the influence of alcohol” warnings applied only to others

 

Tremors (1990)

Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) are a pair of handymen who eke out a living in the dusty town of Perfection doing the dirty jobs that its inhabitants can’t be bothered with. On the day that they decide to finally pack up and head into the great wide world they find it’s not as easy to get out of town as they hoped. Along with some unusual seismic readings taken by visiting college student, Rhonda (Finn Carter) there are strange things afoot – unexplained deaths, ravaged sheep and rumblings below ground. Before long Val and Earl, along with the inhabitants of Perfection are in a raise for survival against a terrifying underground menace who wants to eat them alive. Horror comedy is a hard thing to get right but Tremors is an absolute cracker. Val and Earl have a brilliant bromance and their banter is so much fun to watch. The townsfolk of Perfection are just as much fun, ranging from a bratty teenager to an ammunition obsessed couple to a pottery making hippy. The monsters are suitably gross and considering that this was made twenty-five years ago, the animatronics are very impressive. Sure it’s pretty silly but it’s on exactly the right side of silly and you’ll find yourself laughing while also rooting for the two friends and their neighbours to triumph. So much fun! 3.5/5

Men's Health - cowboy edition

Men’s Health – cowboy edition

Death at a Funeral (2007)

On the day of his father’s funeral all Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) wants to do is deliver the eulogy he has written and ensure that he gives his dad a fitting send off. Unfortunately for him everyone else wishes his writer brother, Robert (Rupert Graves) who  has swanned in from New Yok, was doing the talking. At the same time his wife (Keeley Hawes) is harassing him to put a deposit on a new flat, he’s forgotten to send someone to pick up Uncle Alfie (Peter Vaughan) and his cousin Martha’s (Daisy Donovan) boyfriend (Alan Tudyk) has accidentally taken some hallucinogenic drugs and is hearing colours. If that wasn’t enough a mysterious stranger (Peter Dinklage) has turned up with the potential to unleash some information that could have a devastating effect on the whole family. What ensues is a comedy of errors of the blackest variety that will change Daniel’s life and his memory of his dad forever. Death at Funeral  takes a little while to get going but once it does it’s pretty good for a chuckle. Macfayden is wonderfully awkward as a man who has spent his life trapped in his brother’s shadow trying to do the right thing and the supporting cast will be recognisable to anyone who enjoys a bit of British telly. Overall it’s fun but somewhat forgettable comedy that’s good for whiling away a weekend afternoon. 3/5

Yes. alright it's the best squirrel impersonation I have ever seen. Can we please move on?

Yes. alright it’s the best squirrel impersonation I have ever seen. Can we please move on?

Bananas (1971)

In one of his earliest films, Woody Allen plays Fielding Mellish, a neurotic New York product tester who falls for a passionate activist named Nancy (Louise Lasser). When Nancy dumps him because there’s “something missing” from his relationship Fielding decides to travel to the beleaguered South American nation of San Marcos to prove to her that he too can be passionate about a cause. Here he accidentally becomes embroiled in the San Marcos rebellion and before long he’s become the President with potentially lethal results, There is no doubt that this early 70’s comedy is absolutely absurd and more than a little bit all over the shop. It’s kind of like Allen took a series of things he thought might be funny and then cobbled a story together around them with a bit of political satire on the side. It shouldn’t really work but because its Woody Allen it ends up being hilarious. If you like Woody Allen on his sillier, less acerbic side you’ll get a real kick out of this and I would highly recommend it. 3.5/5

Coming soon to Shoreditch, the Castro Hipster

Coming soon to Shoreditch, the Castro Hipster

18 Comments

  1. Tremors!! I love Graboids! RIP Walter.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Indeed!

  2. Ha! I started Tank Girl on Netflix the other day & it was BAD so I stopped after 15 minutes when hubby said “we have the graphic novel – read it instead!”. I’m almost done. Sooo weird. I kind of like it! And… I love Tremors!!! 🙂 Not seen the other two. Nice reviews as always, Abbi!

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks! Tank Girl is all about nostalgia for me. I think I have similar feelings towards it to what you have for many 80s movies.

      1. I do feel all warm & fuzzy over my 80s movies… 😉

  3. Tank Girl is very bizarre, but I love Lori Petty’s manic energy in it.

    1. abbiosbiston

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who enjoyed it!

  4. Love the Tank Girl movie, I think I am one of the few fans of the original comic who also loved the movie (I am ostracised by my other Tank Girl loving friends because of it though 😉 Lori Petty was the perfect choice for the role, and what an amazing soundtrack!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I agree. She has that crazy but sexy thing going on. I love her!

  5. I LOVE Tremors! And Death at a Funeral wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Death at a Funeral had a slow start but once it go going I had fun with it.

  6. Hi Abbi! I actually just saw Tremors a couple of years ago for a blogathon and surprisingly enjoyed it. It was a pretty fun monster flick. I enjoyed Death at a Funeral too, Alan Tudyk was such a hoot! I can’t believe they remade it, but I refuse to watch that one.

    1. abbiosbiston

      I love Alan Tudyk. He’s always good value. Can’t see the point of the remake (which I also haven’t seen).

  7. Tank Girl sounds unusual but fun.

    1. abbiosbiston

      It’s very, very 90s. I was a teenager in the 90s so that works for me. 😊

  8. Tank Girl and Tremors were so cool in the 90’s. Lori Petty was very interesting, did you see her in Orange is the New Black? Every time she would come on screen all I could think about was Tank Girl and League of their Own. Bananas is totally kooky and really shows how far Allen has come in developing his own style. I think that was when he was more willing to be just be out there and even more weird, love it!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I did! She was awesome in OITNB.

      1. I know right she is still pretty cool!

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