Random film I like
A scifi classic set on a planet covered in sand, Dune is an epic film that blends many of the elements that make Game of Thrones so very engrossing.
The story revolves around the trade of spice a product of utmost importance in this futuristic society. At the same time rival families conspire against one another whilst an oppressed and marginalized people eagerly await a true leader foretold in legends to bring about revolution to their desolate planet. Oh and did I mention giant creatures roam the lands and ancient intelligences of presumed extraterrestrial origin single handedly controlled the fate of humanity. Although the special effects are outdated, the tale is a classic that should you have the time can not be missed.
Random note, Sting of Police fame is in the original, FYI
An obscure-ish film non review…
This is in honor of my old roommate who just returned from a trip to Ireland. Thanks Guttentag for pointing me in this gems direction! Today’s film is Fifty Dead Men Walking, and if you do give it a watch I would suggest subtitles, because, well, the Irish accent can be a difficult one for an untrained ear.
So the film follows and Irish double agent working for the IRA and British Police operating in Belfast. Now, I’m not really a history buff, but after seeing this and learning it’s based on some dude’s actual life, I’ll admit my interests have been piqued (though in honesty I doubt I’ll ever really delve to far into the subject matter, but that’s on account of my infinite laziness). Back to the film, oddly enough Rose McGowan is in it, and awesomely enough Ben Kingsley is it. (speaking of his recent-ish video for Prada is kind of baller) So yeah those were the only random inclusions of note I can recall, but the film has quite a bit of violence and some rather heart tugging elements as well. What I found most interesting was the city seemed to operate as if all those violent elements were part of their normal lives. Obviously we all have different experiences, but that’s just something I hope I never see happen during my lifetime.
Any way, hope you give it a lookie-loo and feel free to let me know what you think.
An obscure-ish film non review…
I’m hoping to make this a weekly thing, mostly because I believe there are too many quality films that just don’t get enough love. So for my inaugural post I want to review Tyrannosaur (props to MAD TIM for putting me in the know) which features Olivia Coleman of Peep Show fame as the female lead.
Although the film is a redemptive tale of a man who struggles with his inner demons and violent outbursts, what I enjoyed most was following his discoveries as he learns that the perceptions he had regarding his savior couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are some really disturbing images in the film and I’d have to say the make up artists and lighting crew really help drive home just how crazy the world can be for all of it’s residents. I was able to stream it on Netflix, so if you have the opportunity and are looking for something grounded in the extraordinary aspects of normalcy I’d definitely recommend you give it a go.