Underrated and overrated films (and other general filmy chat)


You and @stinkinbadgers might enjoy these books, one of which is a history of disco:

And another which gives a pretty indepth analysis of the film as a way of understanding how people were viewing working class culture in the 1970s:


Disco? Last Days?

Which I’ve seen but don’t really remember…


Those both look awesome. I’m gonna bookmark this for next month, when I’m richer!


Forbidden Zone

Brought up a scene from this movie in another thread. Occurred to me that this bizarre piece of cult cinema was right up Happy Mutant alley. Thoughts?


Hervé Villechaize, The Mystic Knights Of Oingo Boingo, a song about LA street names? What is not to like about it?


Funny, because I’d brought it up in response to a mention of the street over in one of the Wells Fargo threads.

Before seeing that film, I’d only really known Oingo Boingo for ‘Weird Science’ and of course Elfman’s work on film scores. Seeing Forbidden Zone got me interested in looking up more of the Knights and their music videos and stuff. I really should buy some of it for my music library.

Anyhow, I didn’t love FZ but I thought it had a lot of creative merit. Certainly a great example of getting real shit done on a shoestring.


It’s Saturday night, so it’s time for a craptastic Gerarrrrrd Butler film.

Tonight’s offering, Gods of Egypt. With apologies to Khepra.
(does Khepra still post here? I have their two threads muted)


Yeah it still keeps the egyptian thread alive and posts to the hillary thread.


They just showed Patton on my public TV affiliate.

The photography is unmatched. I found the extensive use of wide-angle lenses interesting, too.

Getting all those perfect exposures on location with the tanks and explosions and extras and the damn airplanes moving through a perfectly balanced composition–say goodbye forever to that type of filmmaking.

the subject of WWII had even then been played out, though Scott performed admirably.


Tangentially, Patton always struck me as the 20th century Custer. “Brave but crazy, tactically useful but strategically idiotic” seems to be a repeating American military archetype.


Well, that was crap.


I watched a good deal of this movie, and turned it off because it was pretty depressing. I didn’t find any comedy about it at all.

Re: Gods of Egypt…If I’d seen your posting in time, I’d recommend you skip that steaming pile.

  1. Love that Hell’s bounty hunter was called “The Accountant”. It makes me think of a super competent less pervy version of Cyrill Figgis on Archer.

  2. The “Sex and gunplay scene” with Charlotte Ross becomes more fun to watch knowing she plays Donna Smoak on Arrow.

  3. The movie had no pretensions for greatness. It was a salute to 70’s trash genres without being so Quentin Tarrantino/Roberto Rodriguez nod and winked to death.

  4. Still not the worst movie Nicholas Cage has done, nor will do.


Just finished It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Took me 3 days because I couldn’t watch more than an hour without getting so annoyed at it’s awfulness I had to turn it off.

Rarely has such a talented cast and such beautiful filming gone to such awful dreck. I’m blown away that this was both a critical and commercial success. Very unfunny.


really I liked it a lot. sure it is an incoherent mess but it is a fun one with lots of great character actors.


Humor changes mysteriously over time. I recently rewatched That Man From Rio, which is a Phillippe de Broca comedy action adventure outing starring Jean Paul Belmondo. Notable for its scenes in both Rio and in Brasilia (when it was mainly complete but still largely uninhabited), the movie seemed as remarkable to me as it did when I first saw it in the 70s (I was too young to see it when it was released in '64). After that I watched their followup movie, Up to His Ears, which came out to almost as much acclaim. I found it unfunny, boring, racist, and - other than the fantastic location shots - largely unwatchable.


For a modern take on the spy spoof and one that skewers the sexism and racism of the time see the two recent OSS 117 movies with Jean Dujardin as the bumbling culturally insensitive clueless hero.


LOL. I am becoming more convinced that the universe really does try to make sure that for every opinion, there is an equal and opposite opinion.

True, but still. The final “laugh” of the film was a slip-on-a-banana-peel gag. Was someone slipping on a banana peel really considered funny in 1963?


it was still an incoherent mess but for me an enjoyable one.


Sure, as by then it was intrinsically ironic.