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Offworld – Home-grown SciFi from Wales!

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Offworld – A home-grown SciFi movie, in the works right here in Wales – looks awesome so far – go have a look, and keep an eye on this one – it’s sure to compete with the best!

Good luck to all involved ๐Ÿ™‚

Movie Review: The Goonies

The Goonies - PosterThis review covers off The Goonies, from good old 1985, the year when everything was just shiny for my very much younger self. I know this movie has been reviewed thousands and thousands of times, but it is in my favourite movie collection, and still a movie I find enjoyable right into my 40s! Thank you, Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus, you crazy bunch of geniuses!

The Goonies was something we all wanted to go through in childhood, back then when I was the same age as the main characters in the film, I would have given just about everything to have had their lives, their adventures; I also think I’m not alone in my feelings ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean they had such cool stuff, cool friends and cool adventures – if their characters had been any cooler, they’d have frozen solid!

The whole movie is simply iconic for my generation, we all dreamed of having those lives and adventures, not just the once either – with every viewing of The Goonies, you wanted just a little more. Right from the opening scene where you see one of the bad guys escape from custody by faking hanging in a cell, it sets the pace for a glorious adventure of epic proportions for young teens, and as said, it does stay with you as a favoured memory for life ๐Ÿ™‚

The plot of the movie is basically a bunch of childhood friends who embark on the adventure of their lifetimes, running away from, and sometimes getting captured by the bad guys, and chasing pirate treasure with the help of an “X Marks the spot” treasure map! The adventure takes them deep underground through a hidden entrance in the basement of a creepy diner, occupied by the bad guys. Aside from the adventure and action elements of the film, there is plenty of character depth and development, well from a adolescent point of view. We see the characters in the movie slowly realise through their adventures that there are things bigger than them, their friends are truly valuable, and that history can be really cool.

Apart from the actors in the movie, who are all amazing, the shooting locations are stunning – I’ve have given anything to have gown up in such awesome surroundings! I believe the majority of the coat line filming was done on location in Oregon, however apparently this was actually some distance from the “location” of Astoria. The final outdoor scene where the ship is launched was an exception to Oregon and was actually filmed in California.

And the set… Wow! To this day the set still blows my mind, from the creepy diner, to the subterranean caves and passages, to the final high point in the film – the pirate ship and the cavern where it was berthed – they were all awesome settings, completely believable at the time, for the target demographic. The highlights for me were the bone-organ chamber, the water slides, and of course, of course… the pirate ship!

Here’s a trailer for The Goonies I found lying around on Youtube… If you spent the best parts of your childhood in the 80s go watch this movie again, and relive those childhood memories and feelings. Don’t delve too deeply though, the next thing you know you’ll be wanting a Sony-Walkman, complete with Hits 85, Huey Lewis and the News, and maybe Cyndi Lauper, after all We all just wanna have fun

Movie Review: The Ambushers (1967)

ambushersThis time around, I’m reviewing The Ambushers from 1967… Now (Not giving away too much), I wasn’t even a twinkle in my father’s eye when this was made, however in around 1984, when I was just an ahem-early-tean, this became one of my favourite movies. Many years after that, I’d lost the video copy I’d hoarded over the years, and had to import the movie on DVD from the USA.

Again, not giving away my age too closely, I’ve watched this movie multiple times over the most recent 30+ years, and have to say it stands the test of time without breaking a sweat.

This movie is, in one line – Imagine a James Bond film from the 60’s, Americanised, on a lower budget, through the lens of a whiskey glass, with more realistic sexist attitudes of the times.

Dean Martin takes the title role of Secret Agent Matt Helm, and I swear throughout this movie he’s drunker than the entire cast of Dallas; but that was him, and he’s at his best putting a serious yet comical face to the secret agent role.

Playing opposite Dean is Janice Rule, in the role of Shilea Sommers, his co-agent, and pretend wife for the duration of the mission. In the opening scenes Shiela is abducted (But not as you’d expect, Jim), and makes her first appearance running to Matt’s arms after going ‘insane’ – this soon changes to a more sensible role. Makes me wish I was around at the time this was released!

Janice is best know for some of her other roles, such as in 3 Women (1977), The Swimmer (1968), Bell, Book and Candle (1958)… Years later, she even made an appearance in Murder She Wrote (1989).

Moving on from the principle cast, the movie itself is a wonderfully 60’s sideways glancing, sexist, sexy, version of a spy film. It was, and I supposed is, a spoof movie, however I sometimes think the plot line (Complete with holes) rivals many attempts at serious espionage drama.

Not forgetting the sound-track, the 60’s band plays quietly, almost unnoticed in the background throughout the movie, some would say the sound-track resembles low-grade porno or elevator music, but well, it does set the comedy element of the movie off very well.

I mean… What other movie has female secret agents with guns built in to their bras, a gadget which dissolves metal at a distance (Demonstrated on a man’s belt buckle!), flying saucers, and an Alien-Ripley-Power-Suit (Get away from her, You Bitch!) 12/13 whole years before Aliens was made in 1979! Poisoned lipstick… I mean Poisoned Lipstick – awesome! To boot, the tent Matt and Shiela use in the movie, whilst this doesn’t exist even today, would put hotels out of business in a blink.

One thing you can’t get away from in this movie is girls / women. Everywhere and sexy as well – it’s like a fashion shoot, there are more good looking women in this then the entire run of House MD!

The special effects are quite laughable, sometimes even by the standards of the time, but they do get the point across easily enough, I have to keep reminding myself that this is supposed to be a spoof! Talking of the times, the one-liners are fantastic, “And you said you were a 38″… “Where are you from? – The Bar…” Really love this movie so much! … This movie even has another spy wearing a Fez!

Anyhow, go find a copy of this and sit down with a massive amount of popcorn, and possibly some whiskey, then enjoy this movie for what it is. I’ll leave you with a trailer I found knocking around on Youtube ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re still reading at this point, it’s worthy of a mention that Dean played Matt in another few movies, for example The Wrecking Crew, you can find out more information from the Wikipedia page

OK… 635 words later, you can tell I love this genius movie ๐Ÿ™‚

Movie Review – A Dog’s Breakfast

A Dogs Breakfast1This is the first in a series of movies reviews here @Spabbit. I’ll be going through my favourite movie collection over the next few weeks. At the top of the list, alphabetically, is A Dog’s Breakfast.

It was been written, directed by and stars David Hewlett. I first encountered David Hewlett in Stargate SG1, and later on Stargate Atlantis – he played the very annoying Rodney McKay, who’s principle occupation was being a genius level dork amongst the stars. Talking of Stargate – all the actors in this movie have been in one or another of the various Stargate incarnations.

The movie is simple, quirky and contains some classic scenes, a truly amazing, awesome creation. The comedy varies from simple jokes to classic slapstick – Hewlett makes it all come together with the same ease in which he projects into every role he’s thrown in to. One of the interesting things, is that his sister in the movie, Marilyn, is played by his real-life sister, Kate Hewlett – this adds a unique chemistry to the whole thing which can’t be beaten…

David’s character, Patrick, is uniquely pure Hewlett-grade awkward-dork-genius, and really has to seen been to be believed. Paul McGillion also shines here, without giving away too much of the plot, he plays two parts, and the second is very much unexpected ๐Ÿ™‚

This movie will have you rolling around, gasping for breath – and you’ll always want more – go watch this today, you won’t be disappointed.

Here’s the IMDB link for more info.

Still off, not quite the good life…

So, took today off work on the “sick” due to the bad back. Fucking back kept me awake half the night again – I stayed up later than usual yesterday, until around 23:00, managed to get a couple of hours in, but woke up numerous times in the night. I was awake at 04:45 again, and stayed awake! My wife nailed my night when she txt me this morning, she noticed quite a few “fucks” last night… “Fuck” when I woke up swearing under my breath!

Anyhow, I’ve largely being making the effort to do jack-shit today – harder than you might imagine, considering the fair amount of activity of the last few weeks. Played a few computer games (Whilst sat in a very good chair!), WoW, Omerta – City of Gangsters, Plants -v- Zombies; also watched some TV – The first episode of the new Bad Education – always funny, a motorway documentary which I thought would involve some cops – it didn’t, and finally a movie The Edge Of Tomorrow. The movie, whilst having the nutter (Cruise) in it, was amazing; despite him being a nutter, he is still a damn good actor and managed to carry this movie through the parts which should have been slow and a turn off, into a successful and exciting end. I’d been debating around watching this for some time, however I’m glad I did.

My Wife will be home from work soon, so time to go order a kebab and perhaps prepare to settle down for the night with some liquid anaesthetic to soothe my entry into what-I-hope will be a decent night’s sleep, the first for a while. Will still call in sick tomorrow, just to give the back a little more recovery time.

Movies!

Been watching a few of the latest movies during the last couple of weeks:

Captain America 2 – The Winter Soldier
Excellent, 10/10 for this one – a grand continuation of the storyline with seamless CGI and lots of action to boot. Never a dull moment ๐Ÿ™‚

Need for Speed
Mr. Pinkman has transitioned into this new style of role with hardly a pause, however it did take me a while to stop expecting him to say “Yo”, and to stop looking for Walter around the corner. If you like fast cars and shit that goes boom, this is the movie for you.

Transcendence
This is a true SciFi movie, not just concerned with the CGI or effects, but actually has a look into a possible future with real ideas; this is a thinking man’s movie.

The Amazing Spiderman 2
AGHHHHH!!! What have the producers done! CGI Overkill… Really, that’s all I can say.

Oculus
Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff in a first class performance, not exactly scary (Unless you’ve had lots of drugs, or not slept for three days), but wow ๐Ÿ™‚

Divergent
Another true SciFi move, not concerned with the mega graphics, but with the story and ideas; not saying the graphics were bad, they were world-class. Another movie to make you think!

Goonies!

Watching The Goonies from 1985 for some weekend 80’s flashbacks ๐Ÿ™‚

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