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There's a close contest between the other-worldly beings and Christopher Walken as to who is creepiest in this (allegedly true) tale of a writer who isn't sure if he's being visited by aliens or by insanity. It doesn't help that the creatures are referred to at one point as the little blue doctors, and in this is the essence of the movie never has there been such a fine line between being scared and in hysterics, simultaneously. The visitations are eerie, dream-like events that are sometimes unsettling although there is also a mildly ridiculous feel to the proceedings which lends these scenes a strange narcotic quality.
The plot itself is primarily concerned with Walken's character and his gradual mental collapse, along with the strain his behaviour has on his wife and child. Walken is predictably fascinating as a seriously eccentric author, and is supported by an assured cast.
80% - Close Encounters, 10% - Hunter Thomson, 10% - Weird dreams,
Forbidden Zone (1980)
Indescribably weird from the off, like a box full of strangeness being tipped upside down and all over the place. We've got a transvestite teacher, a butler with the head of a toad, sex-obsessed adults masquerading as kids, and the midget from 'The Man With The Golden Gun' and that doesn't even skim the surface. Forget about a plot - after about an hour of camp music, wacky dialogue and over-the-top actors so bizarre that it's possible they actually live on the set you will feel reasonably prepared for whatever else this crazy f**king film will spray you with. That, and let's not forget that it's really a black and white musical! Hold on tight.
75% - Monty Python, 10% - Carry On movie, 8% - Unquantifiable Weirdness, 7% - B.D.S.M fixation
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Quantum Of Solace
This is my first review in IMDb (my first port-of-call for movie opinions) and unfortunately it's simply a reaction to what has been, this morning, a disappointing experience.
Unlike Casino Royale, which was as direct as a bullet from a gun, QoS spends a sizeable chunk of it's running time meandering aimlessly.
Firstly though, the intro car chase is in the style of an agitated, edit-obsessed director which means the entire scene is viewed in short random bursts from a multitude of angles - Fine, if that's your bag.
What follows is a series of action set pieces which are at turns exciting, manic and messy, but after which the film becomes flat and a little direction-less. That's not to say that there is little in the way of bullets and babes but the simple facts are that the set pieces are really not very exciting, and worse still the characters are pretty bland, in comparison to those in Casino Royale.
You'll struggle to think of a main bond villain that is less interesting than Dominic Greene, and agent Fields is utterly pointless in every aspect other than brief eye-candy.
As is mentioned in other reviews it is Judy Dench and Daniel Craig that keep this movie from leaving the tracks entirely but it doesn't bode well for future outings if this is to be the new template.
In short Casino Royale rejuvenated the franchise but Quantum Of Solace has gone some way to spoiling it's success.
The theme song isn't too good either, and just like the film it gets a tad messy at times. Get Chris Cornell back for the next one.