The fact there are real [and seemingly utterly unapologetic] British Fascists in the film is more than a little scary.It Happened Here (1964)
Documentary-style alternate history film. Germany invades the UK in 1940. In 1944, resistance in the western part of the nation leads to the evacuation of civilians in the region to the "demilitarized zone" of London. Our protagonist is a nurse who witnesses the killing of fellow civilians during an attack by the resistance on the occupying forces. Because of this experience, she is willing to join the "Immediate Action Organization" as a nurse, although this involves training in National Socialist philosophy. She's more or less apolitical, and just wants something resembling calm. A crisis develops when she finds out that two of her friends are hiding a wounded resistance fighter. Made on a shoestring over eight years -- the two fellows making the film were teenagers when they started -- the movie is remarkable for its realism, and its completely convincing portrait of ordinary people subject to the seductions of fascism. Highly recommended.
Based on a Stephen King story though he's uncredited. Having read the story I can report that the film bears no resemblance to it other than the title. Maybe Mr King declined to be credited.The Lawnmower Man (1992). I can't unseen the weird cyberspace 3D sequences.
I think this is the review of this film I most agree with. A good evening’s entertainment, but essentially unmemorable, and lacks any real originality, even if it uses a number of well- worked tropes effectively. In 20 years time will have become obscure.The Tomorrow War (2021) This is a S.F. movie in the tradition of Alien. If the last 20 minutes hadn't given some necessary insights I would have rated this movie very poorly indeed, due to all of the obvious SF movie tropes such as 1. Earth is being overrun by aliens which are called "Spikes" who are extremely hard to kill. They are faster on land and can both fly and swim. 2. What 10,000's of scientists and soldiers cannot accomplish a small band of misfits can. 3. In the end it comes down to a one on one fight. .... sigh!!
On the positive side if you are willing to posit time travel, the rest of the science isn't bad. The results of the story are believable. So in the end I give it a weak 4 star rating out of 5.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY 1981 - How many times I would catch this on tv---and bail out after the title song. I never bothered watching the movie. Finally I have. And I would agree with those who rank it with The Spy Who Loved Me as the two best Moore films. I am not a James Bond fan--I find that the romance antics tend to derail the movies most of the time (OHMSS being an exception) and some of the humor but in this case I think it mostly succeeds in being a more serious and focused spy adventure. There are a couple of things that bother me but overall-the action scenes were great--the ski stuff, the underwater sequences, and the cliff scene! I always dread seeing those spikes being drive into rock and wondering how anyone would trust that to hold you up.
James Bond: Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.
Q: That's putting it mildly, 007!
WILLARD 1971 - A Bing Crosby production. It has been a long time since I watched this--I remember the sequel BEN more. It's intriguing that Spartacus composer Alex North did the music for this.
It feels less like a exploitation film and more of a 1950s-60s studio drama production. It's not really horrific--if AIP had made this it would have been more explicit. I found the theme was intricate in that Willard is a weakling and perhaps his father was as well--unable to stop the takeover by his stronger business partner. Willard gains power through his kindness to some rats, and before long he is given a small white rat as a familiar--and then a dark rat (Ben) shows up. They represent two sides of himself--the more docile side and the aggressive wild suppressed desires.
The ending suggests that Willard assumed he had found himself and gained lasting power but in fact he owed it all to the rats and Ben was there to punctuate that message. I have not seen the remake.
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