13/02/2009

Week Thoughts (John Woo, Quantum Leap, car boot sales)

I am always shocked by the interesting films we revisit when the cable is working. I have a massive DVD collection; car boot sales (a uniquely English phenomenon I am told) as well as lots of recession offers have left me with a large back catalogue of films that one day I must stock A to Z. I recently engaged in the “why oh why” purchase of several remastered versions, only to remember that the original films were not really that good in the first place! (Another uniquely English phrase comes to mind - you cannot polish sh!t)

So the point is I never touch many of the DVD‘s I have bought, as I don’t have the time. Is it just me or do we allow the TV to select our next film. For me its usually when it appears on one of the bizarre free to Air stations we have in the UK.

This week I was still reeling from the wasted opportunity that Demons was on ITV1, when I came across “Broken Arrow” , a film I haven’t watched for about five years. One of director John Woo’s earlier forays into Western Cinema, and a definite precursor to the slightly superior and more expensive Face Off.

Broken arrow puts Christian Slater against John Travolta as once partnered air force pilots fighting over stolen Nuclear Weapons in Utah. Twists and turns aside the film is a solid action flick, which choreographs john woos tortured slow mo, and the hero/villain duality that is rife through his work. Slater never really ventured into action (Do Kuffs or Hollowman 2 count?)

I came to se this film needing a little escapism, so the film was pitch perfect, and full of completely tongue in cheek performances. Nice to watch a film that know what it is (Like “Taken”, most definitely). Rent the DVD, buy the DVD, and pump up the volume. Gotta love this funny trailer, which sums up the film fantastically!




On a side note my inbox today brings me some news that internet geeks may have heard already, but made me smile when I read it. We all remember Quantum leap? Scott Bakula putting right what once went wrong well the BBC, are planning a re-imagining of the series with Steve Coogan playing some part. Featuring a caretaker of the world who tries to avoid disasters via a messenger from the future.

Now if Steve Coogan is on board I am interested, but this I think could go either way,

Lets remind ourselves of the great original!




How about remaking Automan? that would be a challenge, or Blakes’ 7, lets hope hey?


Newman

10 comments:

  1. im going to see he is just not that into you... what is your review on this ? done one yet? or too girly? hehe

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  2. might have to miss this, little too girly, although i guess a reviewer shouldnt say that!
    you could guest review!

    newman

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  3. mridula11:09

    hey..thnx for the comment....dat was a nice post btw :)

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  4. Escapism!

    Quantum Leap is the SHIT.

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  5. Oh man, I have to see the old Super Quantum Leap! It looks beyond amazing. I'm in a film class right now that focuses on cheesy sci-fi movies and films about natural disasters and mis-haps... I think I'm going to suggest this one.

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  6. I like Jonh Woo, but come on Newnam, Broken Arrow was weak and Travolta was flat. Hey, I'm just sayin'. Enjoyed your site.

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  7. Oh wow Broken Arrow. Its been ages, my Hard Boiled asian director. And as for Quantum Leap? Awesome. Ever since Dean Stockwell showed up on Battlestar Galactica, I've been thinking about Quantum Leap.

    Mr. Chew

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  8. thanks for comment,

    everyone misses quantum leap.

    newman

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  9. I saw your visit, I guess I should be careful about posting in the movie section without leaving a review: F13th = great slasher flick; D.Mills = meh..

    Looks like you get a lot done here, so thanks for visiting.

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  10. Oh man, I have to see the old Super Quantum Leap! It looks beyond amazing. I'm in a film class right now that focuses on cheesy sci-fi movies and films about natural disasters and mis-haps... I think I'm going to suggest this one.

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