Welcome movie fans! I’ve gotten in the habit of watching some old favorites lately so I thought I’d share some in case there are some younger folks out there who may have missed some classics…
For quite some time now I’ve been watching some old classics which honestly I usually put on as background noise to help me fall asleep. Now that isn’t because they’re boring it’s because I’ve seen most of these so many times I can pretty much play them in my head without even seeing them. However, they are favorites so a lot of times I’ll play them a few nights in a row so I can actually watch the whole movie. Also I often have a hard time falling asleep so I end up watching a full movie when I didn’t actually intend to do so. Anyway, here are a few movie blasts from my past that I still love whether they’re actually any good or not but they’re all awesome to me Damn It! I didn't bother rating these since they are all perfect in my book...
Total Recall is a guilty pleasure film for me and perhaps my favorite Arnie movie of his action star era. Sure Terminator 2 is awesome but Total Recall is just a lot of fun and based on a story from one of, if not THE, best sci-fi writer ever in Phillip K Dick. When this film came out I was just finishing my junior year of high school and these big action movies were what everyone loved at the time. I think I liked this one so much because there was a better story than most of these movies at the time in that there actually was a story other than some anonymous group of thugs killed my wife or my kid or my dog or what the hell ever so I need to kill them all to get revenge. This was Arnie kickin ass on Earth then on Mars and then putting a bullet right between Sharon Stone’s eyes which I take a lot of pleasure in every time I see it. I don’t hate Sharon Stone but damn I love that scene! There are tons of cheesy Arnie one-liners but there’s also an alien chick with three breasts which was a standout to a 17 year old me when I saw it in the theater back then. If your only point of reference is the rather “meh” remake from a few years ago then treat yourself to the original because it’s a ton of fun plus a freaky little mutant called Kuato.
Ok so this one isn’t that old but damn it I love this fucking movie! I haven’t seen a movie this violent since the original Robocop and that was in 19-fucking-87! Keith Urban nails Judge Dredd as much as Stallone missed the mark in the character’s first trip to the big screen. You see or should I say you don’t see. In the comics Judge Dredd never… NEVER… takes his helmet off which Stallone did… what? Five minutes into the first film. Dredd is among, if not at the top of, my favorite comic book movies ever made. Essentially Dredd is an American version of The Raid only set in the world of Judge Dredd which is a post-apocalyptic future. Also if you haven’t seen The Raid (and The Raid 2) then get on that because those films are f’ing fantastic! In Dredd, Judge Dredd and his clairvoyant rookie sidekick, Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), are trapped in a building (mega-structure) where they are hunted by basically everyone in the building in pursuit of a drug kingpin named Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Ma-Ma is super badass and no one to be fucked with or you just may get skinned alive. If somehow you haven’t seen this one you need to immediately seek it out.
I seem to always end up watching one of the awesome DC animated films and this is one of my favorites. If you’ve never seen this one it really is awesome and something I wish they would adapt onto the big screen though I doubt they ever will. Under The Red Hood begins with the Joker beating Jason Todd, Robin after Dick Grayson, with a crowbar and then blowing up the building to kill him. Batman arrives too late to save him carrying that guilt as only Batman can. A few years later the Red Hood shows up seemingly attempting to take over Gotham’s criminal empire from Black Mask by killing thug after thug. Nightwing shows up to help Batman discover who this new menace in Gotham is. So who is the Red Hood? How is Ra’s al Ghul involved? Will Batman, Black Mask or the Joker get to the Red Hood first? All these questions and more lay Under The Red Hood. Ha, like what I did there? Honestly this is an excellent DC animated film that again makes you wonder how they can do these animated films so well and fuck up the live action so badly. I guess I’ll have to re-watch Batman Year One and Batman Returns to get the Batman v Superman story that’s actually worth watching and has nothing to do with fucking MARTHA!
Now here’s a flick from my childhood! John Carpenter shows a very odd picture of the future where crime in the United States has grown so far out of control that New York City is walled off creating one big prison. Once you’re imprisoned inside there’s no getting out and escape is pretty much impossible. Then Air Force One is crashed inside the prison and it’s up to the one and only Snake Plissken to get him out. Y’know those neck explosives in Suicide Squad? Well this movie is where that idea came from. Snake (Kurt Russell) is sent in to rescue the president and the important info he is carrying with 22 hours to do it or his head will explode. Now that’s some motivation right there! The president (Donald Pleasance) is being held by The Duke (Isaac Hayes) and if Snake is to get to him he must battle through the criminal gangs of the city and then The Duke himself. Along the way Snake befriends a cabbie (Ernest Borgnine) along with Brain (Harry Dean Stanton) and Maggie (Adrienne Barbeau) and he’ll need all of them to get the president out in time. This was one of the first real “action” movies that kind of kicked off that whole genre through the 80s and it’s still one of the best. No, it doesn’t stand the test of time all that well especially when you see the “computer” graphics but keep in mind it was 1981 and there wasn’t a computer in every home and the cell phone wasn’t even a concept yet. Escape From New York is still a lot of fun and I suggest watching this one and just skip the follow up Escape From L.A. that came many years later, that one is terrible. I’ve heard rumors more than once that someone may remake this one and I’m for it as long as it’s done well as this is a film that could greatly benefit from new technology that just wasn’t available at the time.
I won’t mince words on this one, this is one of my favorite movies of all time. Kevin Bacon is amazing in this film, there is no other word to describe his performance. Murder In The First is based on a true story which was the case that eventually led to the infamous prison, Alcatraz, closing its doors for good several years later. Bacon plays Henry Young whose parents die when he is a teenager leaving him trying to raise himself and a younger sister at the height of the Great Depression. In desperation Henry steals $5 from a store which also doubles as the town’s post office making it a federal crime. His sister is taken away to foster care and Henry lands in Alcatraz. Henry becomes part of a failed escape attempt which begins his torture. Henry is tossed into solitary confinement in the basement cells of Alcatraz where he is beaten repeatedly even having his Achilles tendon sliced with a razor blade hobbling him for life. Henry is kept in this dungeon for three years (19 days was supposed to be the maximum time allowed) where there is no light, no toilet and barely enough room to move. Once he is released back into general population he stabs another inmate with the handle of a spoon killing him for being the one who ratted out the group who tried to escape. Christian Slater plays the fresh out of law school public defender assigned to defend him on the murder charge. At first look it appears to be a no win case until Stamphill (Slater) accuses Alcatraz, its Warden and Assistant Warden (Gary Oldman) of driving Henry insane making them an accomplice in the murder. I’ve watched this film dozens of times and I never fail to be amazed by Bacon’s performance. The tragedy of Henry Young’s story is what makes this story so compelling to me and I never tire of watching it again and again. Check it out and see what you think of it.
So there you have five flicks that are thoroughly a Part of Me Scribbler friends. There isn’t a flick on this list I haven’t seen multiple times dating back to when I was about 10 years old (Escape From New York) to my high school years (Total Recall) to my “adulting” (Dredd). My taste in movies can really be all over the map but the main thing that appeals to me most often is a well written movie, everything else flows from that. I can overlook poor acting especially in low budget flicks or even direction missteps by young/first time directors but if the story is bad to begin with there really isn’t anything that can save it. All of these films are good ideas and overall well written. Aside from that there’s really no rhyme or reason to what I’ll like and what I don’t. Also note I didn’t put any horror in here. This isn’t because I don’t like it obviously, it’s that horror is my favorite so if I put on a horror movie late at night rather than trying to ease myself off to lala-land I’ll want to stay up and watch it which defeats the purpose. We’re coming up on October which is horror lover’s month and I have something planned I’d like to try though I don’t know if I’ll be able to accomplish it. We shall see but whatever happens we’re going to have some horror loving fun! Until next time… Feind Out!!!
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