Double Feature Weekend – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Director: Jim Sharman

Writer: Jim Sharman, Richard O’Brien (Screenplay) Richard O’Brien (Original Musical)

Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Jonathan Adams

 

Plot: A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Cult Classic

 

Story: The Rocky Horror Picture Show starts as Brad Majors (Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Sarandon) get engaged as they were heading home they get trapped in a storm. Seeking refuge the couple find themselves in a mysterious castle full and strange and colourful characters hosted by Dr Frank-N-Furter (Curry).

Tonight, is a special night for the Doctor as he is about to bring his Creation to life in full Frankenstein style. The longer Brad and Janet spend in the castle the stranger the night becomes but one they will never forget.

 

Thoughts on The Rocky Horror Picture Show

 

Characters/PerformanceDr Frank-N-Furter is bar far one of the most iconic characters in musical and film, leading the transsexual movement in the main stream, he is another version of Dr Frankenstein but one with extreme sexual motivations. Brad is the newly engaged man who feels out of place in the party but grows to respect the choice. Janet is Brad’s new fiancé who enjoys the sexually driven party more than Brad. The rest of the characters all add to the style of the film.

Performance wise, Tim Curry does steal the show with his eccentric performance that you can see he fully commits to, Sarandon and Bostwick are great as the new engaged couple put in the awkward situation with the rest of the cast all giving us the performance we need to see.

StoryThe story is easy to follow like you would imagine with musical and with the narration does make certain things easy. The idea of staying at a strange castle where you could end up involved in a mad party hosted by a crazy scientist. This is a unique story that does have moments from the Frankenstein story involved.

Comedy/MusicalThe comedy is used to make this story come off fun with the musical numbers throughout.

SettingsThe castle makes for a wonderful setting full of the gothic style and the scientific laboratory used to make the creation.

Special EffectsThe special effects are few are far between but all come off when they are needed.

Final ThoughtsI knew this was a cult movie for years but never got around to see it, I found this exactly what I was expecting, unique, crazy and a stand-alone special event.

 

Overall: This is a true cult classic film.

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Original v Remake Weekend – Rollerball (1975)

rollerballDirector: Norman Jewison

Writer: William Harrison (Screenplay)

Starring: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Pamela Hensley

 

Plot: In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Entertaining Sci-Fi Sports Film

 

Story: Rollerball starts as we get to see how the sport of Rollerball is played with the star of the league Jonathan E (Caan) and his team picking up another win in the league. The sport of Rollerball is a mix of roller-skating, motorcycling and fighting diving into the violent desires of the audience.

Star player of the Houston team Jonathan E has the attention of the owner of the sport Bartholomew (Houseman)) who will be giving Jonathan his own show looking at his career as the team prepares for semi-finals of the season.

When the powers that be want to change the face of the sport they want Jonathan to retire from the game for the greater good for the world. When Jonathan doesn’t want follow through the league gets new deadlier rules Jonathan and his team must overcome the odds against them to win the title and bring down the corporations running the league.

 

Thoughts on Rollerball

 

Characters/PerformanceJonathan E is the star of a world-famous sport, he teaches up and coming players the game, while being a brilliant face for the sport for the media. He winning mentality is a threat to the people who run the sport but he will fight for trophies and his team mate’s lives. Bartholomew is your typical businessman owner of the league who wants to dictate how the league is run as well as not having anyone bigger than the sport.

Performance wise James Caan is great in the lead role showing the physical side of the sport as well as the brains to want to understand the bigger picture. John Houseman works as the businessman character too showing how corrupt the sport can become. Looking into the rest of the cast they all give good performances too.stars

StoryThe story shows once more a future world where people have found a dangerous sport to turn too while the rest of the world is under control from the corporate leaders. This at the core of the story is the look into one man having to stand up against these people to give the people of the world hope for the future that they won’t be controlled by the corporations.

Action/Sci-Fi/Sports – The action is big and grows through each game on the level of violence being taken into the game, we are kept on the edge through each game to see what the next big hit will be. The sci-fi side of the story comes from where the world is now turning to a sport to get them through their days.

SettingsThe Rollerball arena is a brilliant creation that shows just how deadly the sport can be, we also have plenty of futuristic looking settings showing us how this future will look.

Special EffectsAll the effects are well created to show the brutality of the sport with each game becoming more violent.genre

Final ThoughtsThis film is long and does play into the idea of corporate fear taking over the world nicely, the sport is entertaining to watch with the violent nature it has making it all come together to be an entertaining film.

 

Overall: This is a film that stands up there with the best of the sci-fi world created.

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Jack Nicholson Weekend – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

one flewDirector: Milos Forman

Writer: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman (Screenplay) Ken Kesey (Novel)

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif, Michael Berryman, Will Sampson

 

Plot: A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Masterpiece Classic

 

Story: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starts as we see R.P. McMurphy (Nicholson) entering into the mental institute and on the ward run by Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). On the world McMurphy meets all the patient that all have different problems but McMurphy runs his mouth with his confident mood that sees him trying to help the fellow patience including Martini (DeVito), Taber (Lloyd), Billy Bibbit (Dourif) and Chief Bromden (Sampson).

McMurphy clashes with Nurse Ratched as he tries to teach the men to stand up for themselves which shows that McMurphy really isn’t as insane as he is coming off.patient

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one of the all-time classics that has avoided me for years, I have no idea why it has taken be this long to watch but is has now happened. Going into this film I knew the ending which wants the best thing to know but the building up to that was something I was unaware off. I found that the time in the institute really works well because we see how the time spent in the institute we see how McMurphy tries to help patients. In the end this is one of the best films ever made which is why it really it still stands the test of time 41 years later.

 

Actor Review

 

Jack Nicholson: R.P. McMurphy is a criminal that claimed insanity ending him up in the mental institute, we clearly see that he shouldn’t be in the ward but because he is committed he sees this as an easy way out only to find out that it isn’t going to be an easy trip. While in the ward he is tries to help the actual patient with their problems getting through to them on a level the doctors never could. Jack gives his best performance of his career that rightfully won the Oscar.mcmrphy

Louise Fletcher: Nurse Ratched runs the ward that McMurphy finds himself on, she has all her patient in line but when McMurphy arrives her life becomes difficult as she clashes with him, she actually stands up for keeping McMurphy in her ward but she has an alternative motive behind this choice. Louise is brilliant in this role where she won the Oscar.nurs

Danny DeVito: Martini is one of the patient that McMurphy helps, he comes off as the one man that looks up to McMurphy as a big brother learning all his bad habits. Danny shows that he going onto be a bigger star in the future.

Christopher Lloyd: Taber is one of the fellow committed patients in the ward, he is one of the men that McMurphy starts to help as we see him change over time. Christopher is great in this supporting role.

Brad Dourif: Billy Bibbit is one of the patients that has a nervous side that tries to learn about to put that uncertain side about him behind him. Brad gave us a brilliant supporting role that got him an Oscar nomination.

Will Sampson: Chief Bromden is the patient that everyone thinks is deaf and dumb, but with McMurphy trying to bring him out his shell by talking to him as a human rather than a problem we get to see what he is all about. Will gives us the most interesting character in the film as the silent man early on.

Support Cast: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has a brilliant supporting cast that all shine through the film.

Director Review: Milos FormanMilos gave us one of the best films ever made.

 

Drama: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will always be one of the best dramas of all time.

Settings: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest keeps most of the film inside the Mental home but the one time outside really works to shows us the different life the men could have.

Suggestion: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one that everyone should watch. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Performances.

Worst Part: Nothing.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 5 Oscars

Box Office: $112 Million

Budget: $4.4 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes

Tagline: If he’s crazy, what does that make you?

 

Overall: One of the true all time classics from Hollywood

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Franchise Weekend – The French Connection II (1975)

frenchDirector: John Frankenheimer

Writer: Alexander Jacobs, Robert Dillon, Laurie Dillon (Screenplay) Robert Dillon, Laurie Dillon (Story)

Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson, Philippe Leotard, Ed Lauter, Charles Millot

 

Plot: “Popeye” Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Conclusion to Story

 

Story: The French Connection II starts as Doyle (Hackman) has gone to France to track down Alain Charnier (Rey) who left him looking stupid with his escape from New York. Henri Barthelemy (Fresson) is the connection with the French Police who are happier to push him off the trial leaving Doyle to work on his own in a country he doesn’t understand the language and sticks out like a saw thumb.

After Doyle gets captured by Charnier and his men they force him onto drugs for three weeks before realizing that this is making their operations hard when the police are all over the streets looking for Doyle, could this really have been the first miss-step in Charnier plans that will lead him to get catch.

The French Connection II does end up just continuing the story and how it ended last time around. We do get a much more personal story for Doyle with the drug abuse he is forced to go through. The style feels very similar as we have plenty of foot races through the streets. We do get plenty to look forward to but the base story is just one man chasing down the criminal.

 

Actor Review

 

Gene Hackman: Doyle is the New York police detective that travels to France to try and capture his nemesis Alain Charnier, unwanted by the French police he is giving the corner like desk and followed around the town before he gets captured by Charnier and force into drugs for three weeks before having to go through withdrawal before he can finally take down his enemy. Gene does good returning to this character who has to go through a lot more than his previous outing.

Fernando Rey: Alain Charnier is the man who escaped from Doyle hands in New York, he continues to run his enterprise in France but now the games are on his home soil. He takes things to the next level to get Doyle to leave him alone only to find himself against an even more determined Doyle. Fernando returns as this character but doesn’t feel as strong as previous film.

Bernard Fresson: Barthelemy is the inspector in France who tries to push Doyle away by just letting him do his thing but ends up team up with Doyle to take down Charnier once and for all. Bernard does good job in this role making him good supporting character.

Support Cast: The French Connection II has the typical supporting cast you would see in most cop dramas.

Director Review: John FrankenheimerJohn does well to continue the story even though he doesn’t reach the full intensity of the original.

 

Action: The French Connection II has plenty of chase sequences through the film but mostly foot ones.

Crime: The French Connection II continues the crime story created from the first film to finish the personal battle.

Thriller: The French Connection II doesn’t manage to pull you to the edge of your seat like the previous outing.

Settings: The French Connection II uses all the French settings which works for the film giving us beautiful backdrops as well as tight streets.
Suggestion
: The French Connection II is a film that you should watch after seeing the original. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Final chase.

Worst Part: Bit slower that original

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

Tagline: THE FRENCH CONNECTION was only the beginning-THIS is the climax

 

Overall: Climax that answers all the final questions

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The Passenger (1975)

ogoDirector: Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer: Michelangelo Antonioni, Mark People, Peter Wollen (Screenplay) Mark People (Story)

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry, Steven Berkoff, Ambroise Bia, Jose maria Caffarel, James Campbell

Plot: A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he’s been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Long and Boring

Story: The Passenger starts with David Locke (Nicholson) searching for through a small town as he looks for a way into a country so he can report on the guerillas. Dealing only in cigarettes we follow David as he looks for a way in, and having little way of connecting with the people. David catches a break when one of the fellow guests in his hotel that has a striking resemblance to him dies leading David to steal his ID to help him cross the boarders.

David is reported dead himself leaving him with a chance to go undercover as this stranger who just happens to be an international arms dealer. David continues to travel the world to learn more about the international arms dealing community but as the story unfolds he finds himself getting himself into a deeper situation having to deal with all of the worst types of people.

The Passenger is a very sow moving film that really doesn’t go anywhere, all we seem to do is follow David as he travels around looking to make connection with the mystery Mr Robinson has but constantly coming up empty. I really don’t know what the point of this film because nothing actually happens and this film is 2 hours long. I am really disappointed with this because I thought this would be exciting. (2/10)

Actor Review

Jack Nicholson: David Locke is a documentary film maker who has been trying to interview the guerillas and when a guest dies in his hotel he ends up using his identity to go undercover in the world of international arms dealing. Having a chance at a new life David finds himself grabbing the chance and running away with the mysterious stranger only adds to his excitement. I was sold on on this film because of Jack but he does the best he can. (5/10)

Support Cast: The Passenger has a supporting cast that end up being the people chasing the David but I don’t know what they were after.

Director Review: Michelangelo AntonioniMichelangelo gives us a very slow moving film that doesn’t really pull us in. (2/10)

Mystery: The Passenger has a mystery but I don’t really know what it is meant to be. (1/10)

Thriller: The Passenger doesn’t pull you in and really does come off very boring. (2/10)

Settings: The Passenger tries using settings from all over Europe I think but nothing is made very clear. (1/10)

Suggestion: The Passenger is one to avoid it has very little happening and even with the star of Jack Nicholson doesn’t help the film. (Avoid)

Best Part: Nothing.

Worst Part: The Whole thing.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

Tagline: I used to be somebody else…but I traded him in.

Trivia: The entire movie is supposed to have taken place in just one day, this is the reason that the film has no night-time scenes. Director Michelangelo Antonioni mentioned the fact in a 1986 interview, where he said “Actually the entire story takes place in a short period of one day, from early morning until some time before sunset.”

Overall: Very disappointing film.

Rating 10