You've found Father McKenzie. But are you really looking for Eleanor Rigby?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Maxine/ You're not the only one...

.. who's been shot from that particular direction. However, in other cases - if the culprit is a teenage boy with a camera-cellphone, or a middle-aged businessman - he can get sued or prosecuted, or at least shamed. If it's the Canberra Times, then, it's a freedom of the press issue. Sorry. Grin and bear.

"The Omega Man"

In preparation for the impending release of Will Smith's I Am Legend, I watched the original Charlton Heston version of The Omega Man on DVD last week.

(I'm assuming studio executives vetoed some original plan by Mr Smith to title his remake "Tha Omega M###aF####a".)

There's something about those late 60s/ early 70s (post Forbidden Planet but pre-Star Wars) SF films that just can't be replicated. Whether the tight polyester clothes, the long slabs of speechifying, the low-budget special effects, or the loud, anthemic organ music... (you can hear a sample on YouTube here, if you have a good connection).

The DVD has extra material including a portentous mini-documentary, made at the time (1970s) where Heston interviews anthropologist Professor Ashley Montagu about the sociology and psychology of Robert Neville. Great stuff.

I kept expecting Heston to say "Damn you all to hell!" and "Get your damn paws off me, you dirty vampire!" I see now why he likes guns so much.

I also liked Anthony Zerbe's Matthias - a sort of Kent Brockman figure who morphs into Ward Churchill as played by Jim Steinman.

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Authority knows if you've been bad or good

Voiceover from the trailer, on a darkened background:

" Santa Claus, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Sinterklass, Kris Kringle, Joulupukki - those were all names he gave himself. He was never the one who left the Micronaut Hornetroid in the stocking at the end of your bed between 7:43 pm on the 24th and 5:18 am on the 25th of December 1979. He was a human like ourselves - one equipped with a flying red speeder bike, true, with awesomely wicked grunt, but he breathes and farts just as we do, and Farting is only a name for what happens when someone emits flatus of no particular value primarily for the sake of expressing and relieving some pressure that's been bugging them for a long time, rather than for bringing about constructive solutions by respectful dialogue..."