Focus On Film: Episode 52 - July 2017 Criterion Titles

Focus On Film Episode 52 is up!
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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.