A few of my choices, in no particular order save that which entered my Brainulus:
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, I spent $40 on Sunday so that you won’t have to. That’s the price I paid for myself and Mrs Zeppelin to see a showing of Matt Damon’s pedantic, fussy, Leftist trope — which included the price of admission, some popcorns, drinks and Junior Mints.
The popcorn and Junior Mints saved the day. The movie itself was a waste of space and time.
Let’s cut to the chase. DOWNSIZING is nothing more than a two hour and fifteen minute Leftist lecture on overpopulation and climate change. In other words — yawn — “we’re all gonna die.” Been there, done that, caught the trailer.
Make no mistake, the producers, directors and distributors knew they had a turkey POS on their hands. That’s the reason the trailers made you think it was going to be a comedy. But in truth it’s a funny as watching a dog lick its own vomit.
I’m sure its creators intended for the film to be darkly didactic. Instead it’s a piece of easily avoidable darkly-crafted shite. I’d place this easily into the same dribbling waste can of effluvium as the film MOTHER. Also to be avoided as if it possessed rippling, wet Hantavirus.
It’s the Norwegian doctors and their Caucasoid-ridden followers who first created the downsizing trend and, like Dr Strangelove’s (Arzt merkwûrdige Liebe) mineshaft suggestion, they all join hands, watch their final sunset, and trot down to their own 2017 Dr Strangelove mineshaft equivalent.
Jesus. Doesn’t anyone in Hollywood have an original thought in their head any more?
I guess none of these Leftist fucktards read Paul Ehrlich. And how he was brain-glazingly wrong.
If you haven’t already seen this movie you’re doing yourself a disservice.
A classic of the early 1970s.
One small snippet.
Back when reality was real.
Stunt driver Bill Hickman (R) with actor Paul Genge (as Ice Pick Mike). Director Peter Yates left the very real, frightened reactions of actor Genge in the film as they occurred.
We’ve all seen the chase scene in Steve McQueen’s 1968 film “Bullitt.”
There’s no denying it set the gold standard for movie chase sequences.
Oddly enough, I happened to meet Bill Hickman (solo stunt driver for the black Dodge Charger) in the early 80s just before he passed away in 1986. Hickman told me he had a great time in the film, wiped out a very expensive Arriflex film camera because he held his oversteer correction too long, and that it took four weeks to shoot the 10-minute chase scene. He also told me that the first left turn Steve McQueen took, at the beginning of the chase, was filmed in real traffic. That was a civilian taxi driver he turned behind to begin the pursuit; explaining his anger. Hickman confirmed there were three cars each: three Mustangs and three Chargers. All for backup. Question for attentive readers: in the movie, overall, how many hubcaps did the Charger lose on screen? Answer below.
Truly astounding what those stunt drivers, Bill Hickman, Bud Ekins, Carey Loftin and Loren James could accomplish in real time with, truly, ancient and heavy vehicles possessing poor handling, poor stopping capabilities yet with large power plants.
Bill Hickman, tragically enough, came upon the scene, a few minutes later, of James Dean’s fatal Porsche 550 crash on Highway 46 in 1955. Dean died in Hickman’s arms.
As an aside — what would happen if you attempted to re-create the classic Bullitt chase scene in, say, 2013? Pay attention people. Look for details.
We’ve also seen the great pursuit sequences in “The Seven-Ups.”
And of course there is the car chase scene from Ronin. Did we ever find out what was in the suitcase?
What about Ronin’s chase scene, Part II?
But have you ever seen or heard of the pursuit sequence from the movie “Strange Shadows In An Empty Room,” starring Stuart Whitman, John Saxon and Martin Landau?
The movie, financed and released in Italy, was shot in Montreal and Ottawa.
Remember, for crap American cars at the time, particularly a clunky Buick sedan, and in consideration of the fact that CGI simply didn’t exist, there appeared a cadre of actual stunt performers who had to make it all look realistic. They put their lives on the line for what we now recognize as hunks of junk.
That was back when people in movies had to actually possess talent.
Question: Why have CGI movies absolutely exploded in the past 20 years?
Answer: Because directors find it much, much more convenient to review dailies and movie work when they exist as digital clips, seen in the comfort of their own homes or offices. The millions and millions of dollars spent on CGI exist for visual impact but also for the convenience of the directors involved, in terms of their review.
For those of us of a certain age, who first saw Star Wars introduced to us by way of a long, scrolling explanation at the beginning of the film followed by the seemingly unending bottom of a massive space ship, another era ends for us.
The man who was the character R2D2 from the Star Wars films, Kenny Baker, has passed in England at the age of 81.
Kenny Baker, Star Wars R2-D2 actor, dies aged 81
Baker made his name as the robot in the first Star Wars film in 1977 alongside Anthony Daniels’s C-3PO character.
Star Wars creator George Lucas paid tribute to a “real gentleman” and Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker in the films – said he had lost “a lifelong friend”.
Born in Birmingham, Baker’s other films include Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.
After starring in the original Star Wars film he went on to appear in the sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and the three prequels between 1999 and 2005.
He later appeared at Star Wars fan conventions across the world.
Baker’s agent Johnny Mans said the actor had been ill for a couple of years.
He said: “Kenny was truly a great friend, one of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet, and a fabulous and talented performer.”
Mans described him as “a one-off” saying he would “never forget the laughs we shared over the years”.
“He will be sadly missed,” he added.
Indeed he will because, as R2D2, that character will always be remembered, as with the humanity that Kenny Baker brought to the role.
Baker’s nephew, Drew Myerscough, said he had cared for Baker for “eight or nine years” after he developed respiratory problems.
He said his uncle, who lived in Preston, had a passion for wildlife documentaries and had “a liking for lasagne”.
“He was just a normal, down-to-earth, regular guy that enjoyed life,” he told the BBC.
He said the pair “rarely” discussed Star Wars, but added: “His fans worldwide kept him going and he loved nothing more than going to conventions and meeting everybody – it really gave him that extra lease of life.”
Go with God, Kenny Baker. You brought joy to, literally, millions.