Focus On Film: Episode 52 - July 2017 Criterion Titles

Focus On Film Episode 52 is up!

Danman and Rygar discuss the current hip lingo that the kids are into these days, our new working relationship, ))<>(( + more!

In this episode:

"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella


Lifeforce (1985) ****

Railsback goes off the rails. May hypnotizes every male character (and viewer) with her clothes-defying performance. Hooper and O'Bannon chock this bonkers film to the brim with everything and the kitchen sink - space vampires, zombies, over the top performances, ridiculous dialogue, gonzo special f/x, breakneck pace, action, and a gigantic and rousing score by Henry Mancini. Even by Golan and Globus standards LIFEFORCE is nuts. The 1980s were truly a wonderful time that can only be imitated, never replicated.


Miracle Mile (1988) *****

Wow. Wow wow wow. How had I never seen this or even heard of this film before the Blu-ray release? Even among my more cinema literate friends, I'd never heard mention of it. I've never seen another film like this. If you haven't seen it, I recommend going in largely blind, like I did. This writeup is worth reading, once you've seen the film.

Jim Thompson 'Roughneck' (1954) ***1/2

Partially autobiographical, partially fictionalized account of Thompson's life before becoming a successful writer, making for a bit of a departure from his usual pulp/crime style.


Paterson (2016) ****1/2

A poem for a poetic film about a poet:

Paterson Of Paterson

Paterson of Paterson,
loves his gorgeous cupcake-making
chiaroscuro-obsessed wife,
Lives with a devil dog, drives a bus,
sees twins and meets other poets.

Meet The Feebles (1989) ***1/2

Jackson's perverse and profane puppet show still packs a punch.