Jun. 17th, 2010

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Gojira tai Mekagojira (AKA Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, 1974), Jun Fukuda. May 25, 8pm. View count: Three?
The Lost Boys (1987), Joel Schumacher. May 27, 9:30pm. View count: Two?
The Last Starfighter (1984), Nick Castle. June 2, 9pm. View count: 5?
Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971), Don Taylor. June 5, 4pm. View count: One.
The Set-Up (1949), Robert Wise. June 5, 9pm. View count: One.
Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Robert Longo. June 11, 10pm. View count: Two.
Micmacs à tire-larigot (2009), Jean-Pierre Jeunet. June 12, 9:15pm. View count: One.
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), John Cromwell. June 13, 8pm. View count: One.

Godzilla/Mechagodzilla I have fond memories of from childhood. However, watching again nowadays, I wonder at my ability to pay attention when I know that I was only interested in the monsters. Long stretches of humans running around and doing not much are in evidence.

The Lost Boys is amusing cheese, a fine upstanding example of an 80s teen movie. Everyone's hair is alarming, and the mom from Edward Scissorhands is the mom. Both Cor(e)ys are present.

Last Starfighter I thought held up; it's another old favorite from when I was a child. What I didn't know back then is that Robert Preston (also heard in my many hours of listening to the Music Man soundtrack for some reason) plays Centauri, the lovable but actually pretty mercenary starfighter-recruiter, and Dan O'Herlihy (the Old Man who runs OCP in Robocop) plays Grig, the lizardman navigator assigned to Protagonist whose name I forgot. Anyhow, it's a fun trailer park/spaceship piloting adventure thing, although I do remember being awfully frustrated with Protagonist's inability to realize how cool shooting things in space was. DEATH BLOSSOM.

Escape Apes is pretty horrible. Some apes are thrown back in time by the bomb that Charlton Heston sets off (I think), and do a bunch of pointless things (including shopping for 70s outfits) before going on the lam and everything ending badly. Ricardo Montalban is in it, as, essentially, himself, and so is Sal Mineo(!), as an ape. I don't want to watch this again.

The Set-Up on the other hand is fairly good. It's a boxing picture, and you can see, even without listening to the Scorsese commentary, how much it lent to Raging Bull. The realtime, excruciating fights that make up half the movie are obviously influential. Not a false character step in it. Even the lower echelon boxers that file through the locker room are all believable as heck.

Johnny Mnemonic is just as hokey as I remembered, although I thought Henry Rollins lived longer. I didn't recall that Keanu's 3/4 mark breakdown was based on his missing his fancy comfortable life, though. Keanu does not have enough personality to make us care about him despite his privilege, sadly. Also, the concept of cramming 320 gigs of data into a 160 gig device is hilarious. Seepage indeed.

Micmacs I'd read was more of Jeunet's same, and it is, really, but that doesn't prevent it from being quite enjoyable. I was pleased by it, and found its relatively light treatment of darker subject matter fairly apt.

Prisoner of Zenda we decided to attend at the last minute, and I'm glad we did, because it's a great movie. Surprisingly clever and even self-aware at certain points, it kinda exceeds expectations for 1937. There is a shot where the protagonist throws a glass at a wolfhound, though, which isn't that cool.

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