Larry Cohen’s first film is a strange mix of tension, black comedy, racial commentary, and surrealism. It’s surprisingly artier than his later, more genre-friendly work, and features a fantastic performance from Yaphet Kotto. Challenging, fierce, and funny, maybe the best film Cohen ever made — definitely worth checking out!
This derivative cheesefest from Stephen Sommers is probably everything Vern hates not just because of the director, but I love the thing, it’s a fun monster b-movie with great production and humor, a cast of recognizable toughs and the type of ridiculous that makes the cheese so damn delicious!
He’ll never do this, but that would be fun. From his career peak of fame and success (PURPLE RAIN) to his fascinating car wreck hubris (UNDER THE CHERRY MOON) to a great capture of his artistic/performance peak (SIGN O THE TIMES) to just bad bad bad bad what the fuck bad (GRAFFITI BRIDGE).
A must watch for any horror or sci-fi fan. Hardware is an ambitious, artsy, exploitative, perverse, poetic, British low budget scifi/horror/action movie from 1990. It was originally supposed to be a 1-million-pound low-rent Terminator clone, but writer/director Richard Stanley gave it all he got, and made one of the defining cult classics of the 90’s. Dystopian future, killer robots, hard-hitting gore, explicit nudity, Iggy Pop, Lemmy, and the greatest soundtrack to any film ever. Don’t let the middling IMDB grade fool you, this is a love-it-or-hate-it affair. Most people hate it, but those who love it, REALLY love it.
Okay, sure, it’s a strange suggestion. Vern’s reviewed a couple of Terry Gilliam’s flicks, so it’s not like there’s a huge demand to add to the voluminous writing about this one. But at the same time Vern likes to draw attention to things outside the genres he covers more exhaustively, and with new readers popping up this excellent comedy adventure could always enjoy the exposure to new viewers. And you could argue a number of hoary cliches get skewered and pimped here in ways that would reverberate in subsequent filmmaker’s works. So yes, there is more to mine and celebrate here!