1. A cushion. This movie is long.
2. Earplugs. This movie is loud.
3. A chastity belt for your eyes. This movie intends to do naughty things to your eyeballs.
4. Earmuffs. Earplugs won’t be enough. This movie is almost relentlessly LOUD.
This is a film I hadn’t seen since 1990, and I remembered really enjoying it way back when. Actually, when Bull Durham (25th August 1989 in the UK- although weirdly it seems to have been released in a different country every month from its Premiere in 1988 in the USA) came up, I was really pleased, as I remember it so fondly. Before I go on, I honestly think that Baseball must be the sport that most gifts itself to cinema: the innings structure, that almost every essential moment of drama can be distilled down to the man on the mound v the man with the bat, the aesthetics of it and so forth.
Contains rubbish baseball and spoilers below
After a very, very rough couple of decades, Just Pillow Talk looks at the 1990’s, I’d imagine, with a bright-eyed sense of optimism. He’s got a couple of actual good films coming up soon in Silence of the Lambs and Wayne’s World, but before that he’s got to negotiate the potential pitfall that is Revenge, a film I’ve never seen.
This is how he got on:
Remakes, eh? The lazy hack’s adaptation format of choice. Seriously, why bother going to all the trouble of coming up with a new idea, and then writing it, filming it and then marketing it to people who have never heard of it when you can pick a classic/ popular title off the shelf and routinely sodomise it on-screen for the vicarious pleasure of the cretinous plankton who intermittently tear their eyes off their vital text message to cast their listless gaze on a film that once fired the imagination being used and soiled like a Thai hooker with self-esteem issues. Particularly guilty are all those hideous Carpenter remakes, which, let’s face it, only exist to keep the man knee-deep in mediocre weed and shitty KFC. Nevertheless, it isn’t impossible to craft an actually good remake (and The Departed is not a good remake). To prove it- here are 10 in no particular order that are all quality, and some of which surpass the original. Read More…
If there is one quintessentially American genre in cinema, it’s the western. But since it’s heyday in the 40’s and 50’s it’s been in a steady decline. I can think of only two in the last decade worth a damn. ‘3:10 to Yuma’ which saw the gimpy morals of Christian Bale contending with the charismatic outlaw Russell Crowe, and ‘Open Range’, Kevin Costners tale about a couple of tough old cattle grazers doing what’s right and stickin’ it to the Irish.