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We see the Pythons interviewed on location in Tunisia. They don't talk
about the making of the film, they just talk about their careers. We do
see behind the scenes footage, but if you're expecting your average
making of documentary where they tell you what the film is about, where
the idea came from, the characters and how great everyone is to work
with, look elsewhere.
Tunisia looks amazing. I wanna go. It was the perfect location for Life Of Brian. And we get to see it in all it's glory.
The Pythons talk about the shows they did before filming "Brian". Eric Idle did The Rutles. A spoof on The Beatles. "George Harrison was always a Rutle fan." says Eric. Graham did the film Oddjob with David Jason, John did Fawlty Towers, Michael Palin and Terry Jones did Ripping Yarns, Jones wrote a book about the Canterbury Tales and Gillaim directed Jabberwocky starring Michael.
They talk about how Flying Circus got started and the reaction it caused.
Spike Milligan appears in this doc and chats with the Pythons since he was a huge influence.
We even see the boys relaxing before filming. They even talk about each other, in the most Pythonesque way possible.
I've seen this doc many times and I recommend this for anybody who liked the film.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Before I began to watch this documentary, I thought to myself "Oh no.
They're going to repeat the same information from the last
Surprisingly, they don't. They have new stories to tell us. Although, Romero, Cardille, Piloto, Sherman and Savani tell us the same info though. Which is way I'm giving this a 9.
Romero said that the original script was that the film was very epic and had big action scenes. But due to the film's budget, the action scenes were taken out. But those scenes were later used in Land of the Dead.
It's nice to see the rest of the cast and crew who weren't interviewed in the last doc. Anthony (for some strange reason, everyone calls him "Tim") talks about how he stayed in character throughout the whole of the shoot, Gary Klar talks about how he auditioned for Rhodes, but landed the role of Steele because Romero liked the fact that he was the big guy who had to be beside Piloto's little guy.
Piloto talks about how he was worried that he was going over the top. I think him going over the top made him scary.
John Harrison said that when the crew were taking the alligator out of the truck for the Florida scene, they accidentally dropped it and hurt it's snout. If you watch the film, the alligator's snout is bleeding.
They talk about filming in the mines and how there were bats in there.
The Make up effects team talk about how they made each effect and how one of the men sent Tom Savani to the hospital after spraying him the face with a fire extinguisher.
Yes, Piloto talks about what happens in his death scene. I've heard it before.
Then they talk about how the movie bombed and the bad reviews it got. The film also failed because it came out the same time as Return of the Living Dead, which added to the confusion. Lori Cardille said that her family went to see "Return" and told that they couldn't find her in the film.
Also, people wanted it to be like "Dawn" again and they got something else which disappointed them.
Polito said he was upset when he saw Siskel and Ebert review the film and saying "Here's an example of the horrible acting" and showing a clip of him shouting.
But then they talk about how this film developed a huge cult following on video. They talk about meeting fans and how much they loved this film.
In the ending credits, the cast recite their lines.
A hugely enjoyable doc for "Day" fans. Although they could've shorten the title. There's two "Of the"'s.
When I tell people the plot of this movie, they go "Oh, I wouldn't
watch that." There's a lot of claustrophobic people. Which pretty much
killed this film's box office takings.
But I liked the fact that it's focused on one man throughout the whole film. It's like watching a one man show on stage.
I'm not the world's greatest Ryan Reynolds' fan. He's always the same character in every role he plays, but he goes against type in this film. I love it when actors and actresses go against type.
He does a great job of carrying this movie on his own. And that's hard to do.
I read a lot of negative reviews on this site saying the lighter uses up all his oxygen, the people he calls are pricks (they don't make an effort to help him and Stephen Tobolowsky plays his typical nonchalant guy who can't give a care in the world), the only guy who is trying to get him out is Dan Brynner. I agree with the negative reviews on those opinions.
Also, his mobile phone has good reception six feet under? Paul's able to write upside down? The whole Iraqi terrorist thing is clichéd. We've seen it before.
Yeah, the scene with the snake (done with really bad CGI) is pointless. It comes out of his jeans. (here's a lyric from Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life: "Hooray for you one eye trouser snake") Also, we see the snake come out of a hole at the side of the coffin. Couldn't Paul try to kick the hole to make it bigger and try to get out from the side of the coffin?
But I liked the way the film was made. Trying to film an entire movie inside a coffin is unfilmable and that's a risk the director wanted to take. Some people love a challenge.
I liked the way it was shot and the music was intense too.
I also loved the colours the filmmakers used: Green from the glow stick, blue from the mobile phone, red from the torch, yellow from the lighter.
The ending I thought was really effective, but then it's ruined by a cheery uppy song in the credits. Yeah, a song like that is not right to go with an intense finale.
If you want to see a movie that is focused on only one actor and only has one setting, check it out.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This movie tries to combine religion mixed with an Arnold action film,
but the two don't mix. They just don't. An Arnold movie is supposed to
be full of one liners, action scenes and Arnold being Arnold. A
religious film is supposed to be clever.
We have really stupid dialogue and clichéd action scenes. Satan himself is incredibly stupid. He knows about the guard being a pedophile and Jerico's wife and daughter being killed, yet he does not know the location of where Christine is.
Well, if he did, we wouldn't have a movie would we? And for some stupid reason, he doesn't kill Jerico when he crucifies him. He doesn't even hammer nails through his wrists and feet.
But he can't do that, cos you can't kill Arnold. He's the hero. He has to save the world.
We have some pretty bad special effects. The scene where the Albino smashes into pieces looks like a PS1 game and the scene where Satan makes love to the woman and her daughter and they morph together like a Bosch painting looks unconvincing.
However, Satan himself looks okay and the scene where the Church is being destroys looks good. I actually thought they built a giant church set and destroyed it all, but it was a miniature. Fooled me.
Gabriel Byrne struggles with his New York accent, to the point where he gives up and does his own Dublin accent. By the way, the scene where Satan takes over Gabriel's body, he walks out of the toilet, kisses a woman and then leaves the restaurant. We then cut to inside the restaurant where we have the woman reacting to something. We then cut to outside the restaurant as it explodes. What, did Satan put an explosive inside the woman when he kissed her?
Although full of flaws, I actually liked the film. I thought it was fun. I liked Arnold being Arnold, Gabriel Byrne has fun as Satan and the scene where Miriam Margoyles kicks Arnold's ass was funny.
I loved the finale in the church. I thought that scene was really effective.
This film came out the same year as Stigmata which also starred Gabriel Byrne. And this film features a scene with Stigmata in it. This film also came out the same year as Dogma, which although was a silly comedy, it was actually quite clever. Kevin Smith is a religious nut and it shows in his dialogue. Between those three films, I prefer Dogma. At least it knew how to be clever in it's religion topics.
The whole "The number of the Beast is not 666. When viewed upside down it is 999, like in 1999, the year of his return" was just..........................., I'm no expert on religion, but................... really? I know you have to come with a reason for the world ending in the year 2000, but...... I dunno. I heard that Satan comes back every 999 years. I dunno. But then again, as stupid as it sounds, it IS only a movie after all.
If you're expecting a clever religious film, look elsewhere. But if you're looking for Arnold fighting the devil, this is it.
As we all know Milla is really hyper when she does interviews. Which
actually makes them fun to watch. It's like when Quentin Tarantino does
interviews and he's so out of his mind, that they're fun.
She talks about how she was a fan of Nakita and that her and her friends would drive down the street yelling "La Femme Nakita". "It was our movie." she says.
She said that she had to audition for The Fifth Element, since she was a fan of Nakita. She got the part out of 1000 actresses. She was 19 at the time and had to prepare for months. When she met Luc, she was taken by how crazy he was. She said that in her audition, she had to dance for him. And Luc just sat there with no expression on his face just laughing.
Little did she know, she would marry him.
She talks about how coming up with a look for Leeloo was tricky and they weren't getting anywhere. We see footage of Milla dressed up in different kinds of costumes that aren't very Leeloo like. "I had to dress up in crappy 80's MTV clothing." When they found the costume they were looking for, they needed to find a look for her hair.
Her hair was bleached to make it look blonde, but then it started falling out. Poor Milla. She had to wear a wig throughout filming.
She talks about filming the martial arts scene and that a fake leg had to used to make look like she kicked one of the aliens in the face. It reminds me of a Zucker Bros gag.
She said that Bruce Willis made her feel comfortable and that he was funny.
A fun interview for fans of the movie.
Rox talks about how strong her character was. Even though she was a
typical damsel in distress. You know when an actor or actress thinks he
or she is right about something, but they're clearly not. That's this
She mentions how charming Christoph was and that she found his French accent sexy. She loved working with Clancy in the car scene when he kidnaps her and that she accidentally got hit in the head with a sword in the final fight scene.
She says that the movie failed but found it's audience. She compared the situation to what happened to Rocky Horror.
She said that she got recognised 2 decades later and that her brother had a friend at Uni who wanted to meet her.
They talk about the actual making of Highlander and how the transitions
were done. Russell Mulcahy directed music videos and that his style
worked for this sort of movie.
They talk about the sky cam in the opening (it was only invented that year of filming), the filming of the battle scene in Scotland. The stunt men had too much to drink and were so drunk that they fought for real! It was left in the film.
Allan talks about building Conner's castle and later the farm. Designing Conner's flat Filming the alley way scene and the final battle on top of the studio.
They then mention how proud they are of this movie and are happy to talk about it when it is brought up.
Gregory said that he came up with the idea when he was in the Tower of
London as a teenager. He was looking at all of the antiques from all
over the world that were centuries old. He thought "What if you can own
all of this." So he had the idea of an antique dealer who was immortal.
He also talks about how he was a fireman and that he was taking screen writing classes at the same time. He later wrote the film "Backdraft" based on his own experiences as a fireman.
Peter talks about writing the script with Gregory and his partner Larry Ferguson. He mentions a scene where Conner meets Napoleon that was written but never filmed. They also mention the casting of Lambert and Connery and getting Russell Mulcahy to direct this.
They talk about how this movie was a box office and critical failure. They were depressed because of this. That was until the movie gained a huge cult following and is considered to be one of the best action movies from the 80's.
Gregory has nothing nice to say about Highlander 2.
When I heard an animated Star Wars film was coming out, I was not in
the least bit excited. And when I saw how the characters looked, my
expectations were really low. I thought to myself "This movie is going
to fail" and I was right.
I actually liked the prequels, despite their many faults. To this day, people still complain about them. But this film makes the prequels look like the original trilogy.
The biggest problem with this film is the character designs and the animation. It was done with a budget of 8 million. You do not make a Star Wars film for 8 million. Even though A New Hope was made for 8 million. But that was different.
The characters are very stiff and lack any realism. It was George Lucas' idea to make the characters look like that. (sigh) Why, George? Also, the characters' design is not very Star Wars like. The worst example being Jabba. He looks AWFUL! Remember back in the early 90's when CGI was getting started and shows like Reboot was being made this way. That's what this movie feels like.
On the plus side, Jason Arnold Taylor is great as Obi-Wan and the guy playing Anakin is a lot better than Hayden Christensen.
I didn't buy the story at all. Jabba The Hutt has a son? And if you thought the animation for Jabba was bad, the animation for his son is even worse. He looks unfinished. The whole movie has an unfinished feel to it.
The film opens not with a scrawl, but with a prologue with a cartoony voice over. Yeah, that's what you want to see in Star Wars innit?
The relationship between Anakin and what's her name bored me. I didn't care. This movie doesn't make you care about what's happening at all. The lightsabre fights, dog fights and battle scene will just make you sit there as you yawn throughout.
It goes on forever and you wonder when is this film going to end.
Let's hope Episode 7 will be better.
I would like to see interviews with Rik Mayall and Phoebe Cates. And
other members of the cast and crew.
This movie was supposed to be Rik's big break into film. He was going to be on the road to Hollywood that Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers went on.
But Alas, Drop Dead Fred just dropped dead. Critics bashed it like crazy. Siskel and Ebert put it on their worst films of 1991 and Leonard Malten said it was "Only for those who find nose picking funny."
But on video and TV, this film developed a cult audience. Diablo Cody liked it, I think Simon Pegg did as well (they both mentioned it on their Spaced commentary, plus Pegg is a big Young Ones fan. Even in Run Fat Boy Run, his character calls his son "Snot face"), and so does Brandon Hardesty. He said that this film was underrated and had many great adult elements to it.
Plus, Brandon is a 90's kid like me. So it's a very nostalgic film for both of us.
Critics love to see intelligent films. So jokes where Fred picks his nose and flicks the boogies, stepping in dog poo and wiping it all over the sitting room, the scene where Fred meets his other imaginary friends and all of them pretend to vomit and the scene where Fred and Lizzie make a mud pie, they talk about killing Lizzie's mum, eating her and Fred gets on the table and says "And we'll poo her all over the table."
Yeah, I can picture Siskel and Ebert watching that scene and reacting to that. They should've shown that clip on their show. "Our next movie is Drop Dead Fred." (Cut to Fred on the table) "And we'll poo her all over the table."
Also, Americans weren't used to Rik Mayall's style yet.
So after Fred bombed, Rik went back to television. But fortunately, he and Ade Edmondson created their masterpiece, Bottom. So Rik's career wasn't a total loss.
Whether Rik is proud of this film, I dunno.
Lizzie wants Charles back, even though he clearly cheated on her and is obsessed with Annabella. Seriously, why does Lizzie want him back? He's a horrible person. Maybe, Lizzie likes that bad boy side of him.
Some could argue that Fred is unsympathetic. He sinks Lizzie's friend's boat just for fun, makes her look like a fool in public and gets her into trouble instead of solving her problem.
But then Fred was the friend of the 5 year old Lizzie and is pretty much is. He's still stuck in that mode where he's meant to act like a 5 year old in front of her.
I loved the scene where Lizzie goes into her subconscious and rescues her five year old self. For a movie about wiping dog poo in the sitting room and nose picking, it's hard not to feel teary at the scene.
Also, we all know Rik is an overactor. But in that scene he acts very serious. And he's really good. I like to see Rik do that more.
The effects have not aged well. They're very bad. The scene where Lizzie sneezes and Fred goes flying across the room looks awful. Also the tree bursting out of the stairs is laughable.
We also get a small, but sexy cameo from Bridget Fonda in that dress. No wonder Charles left Lizzie for her.
Some scenes did make me laugh like Fred's head getting closed in the fridge, he pulls it out and his head looks like a pancake. Also the "And we'll poo her all over the table." line.
It's a serious, serious, serious guilty pleasure. It's a movie for people who love British comedy (it's an American film, but the humour is very British). Or if you like Rik Mayall, 90's films or silly movies that don't take themselves seriously.
Plus a movie about imaginary friends hadn't been done before and have never been done again.
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