BRADLEY -Vs- “DARK CITY”: A Rematch 15 Years In The Making!

Opening Night.

1998.

I Was There.

I’ll Never Forget That Night, Honestly.

Dark_City_poster (via Wikipedia)

My Friends And I Had Decided Long Before It Was Released We Would Be Seeing This One On Said Opening Night.

Back In The 1980s And 1990s, That’s What Everyone Did On A Friday Night. You’d Meet-Up With Your Friends And You’d Head To The Local Movie Theater.

It Was Almost Like A Ritual. We Simply HAD HAD HAD To Go See Something.

Living In A Small Midwestern Town, It’s What We Had To Do.

It Was Our Best Option For Having A Good Time. It Was Either That, Or Go Walk Around The Mall.

I Know, Right, We Were Lame.

ANYWAY…

…We All Loaded-Up And Drove A Few Towns Over To The Much Larger Theater.

It’s About A 25-Minute Drive.

(((well we probably made it in less than 20-minutes, but it's SUPPOSED to take longer)))

Upon Entering The Theater, I Was Immediately Horrified To Find It Totally Packed.

The Only Seats Left Weren’t Ideal, To Say The Least.

We Took Said Seats, Anyway.

We Weren’t About To Miss This Flick.

Period.

Sadly, The Theater Was BLAZING-ASS-HOT!

Not Hot As In “Hip & Cool”…

…No…

…I Mean It Was F-in’ HOT HOT HOT Like Hell’ishly HOT!

Like 714-Degrees HOT!

It Was February, And Therefore Cold Outside.

So, The Theater People Had The Heat Cranked Allllll The Way Up.

That’s How It Felt, Anyway.

Couple That With A Totally Packed House, And Yeah.

HOT HOT HOT!!!

The People Sitting In Front Of My Friends And I Never Stopped Gabbing. Someone’s Pocket-Pager Went Off Like 10-Times. I Couldn’t Follow The Plot Very Well Because Of The Distractions And Became Very Confused As To What The Hell Was Really Going On.

It Was All Too Much.

Add In The Fact That “DARK CITY” Is A Dark, Slower-Paced Thriller And It Becomes Easier To Understand Why I Left The Theater Afterward Vowing To NEVER Watch This Flick Ever Ever EVER AGAIN!

And I Didn’t.

For 15 Years, My Vow Stood Strong And Unwavering.

That Is, Until Very Recently.

Seeing “DARK CITY” On Opening Night Was THE WORST THEATER EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.

Period.

It Had Totally Tainted My View Of The Movie.

You See, I Took-Out My Frustrations Of The Night On The Film. I Shouldn’t Have, But I Did.

My Bad.

Upon Watching It Again, Finally, After 15 Years, I Finally Realized I Had Made A Horrid Mistake.

DARK CITY” Really Is A Quality Flick, My Peeps.

Watching It In The Comfort Of My Own Home, Without Distractions, I Was Able To Finally Appreciate It For What It Is.

A Very Good SCI-FI THRILLER.

It’s Well Acted.

(((starring RUFUS SEWELL, KIEFER SUTHERLAND, JENNIFER CONNELLY, and WILLIAM HURT)))

It’s Well Directed.

(((craftily done by ALEX PROYAS whom also directed another favorite of mine "THE CROW")))

The Sets And Special F/X Are Very Cool.

The Plot Can Be A Touch Confusing At Times, But You’ll Eventually Get It In The End.

All In All, I Was Saddened It Had Taken Me So Long To Finally Give It Another Chance.

BUT, In The End, I’m Super Glad I Did.

DARK CITY” Deserved Better Than What It Got.

It Deserved Better Than What I Gave It.

SO, Here I Am, Trying To Rectify The Problem.

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If You’ve Seen This One, GREAT.

If You’ve Not, Well, DO SO.

Some People Can’t Get Enough Of “DARK CITY“…

…Some People Can’t F-in’ Stand It.

WHICH ONE ARE YOU?!??!?

My Curiosity Abounds.

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(Not So) Random (BOND Blu-ray) Movie Mention: “GOLDENEYE” (1995)

GOLDENEYE

…Stars…

PIERCE BROSNAN

SEAN BEAN

JUDI DENCH

FAMKE JANSSEN

IZABELLA SCOROUPCO

…And Was Directed By…

MARTIN CAMPBELL (Who Would Later Go On To Direct “CASINO ROYALE” (2006))

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PIERCE Has His BEST Outing As JAMES BOND -007,ย  And He Is At The Top Of His Game, As Are Our Baddies…

…Played By…

SEAN BEAN

…With His Bad-ass Henchman, The Seductively Gorgeous AND Deadly…

FAMKE JANSSEN

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BEAN Is A Former “00” Agent Whom Has Gone Rogue, And Whom Is Plotting Against MI 6, And The Rest Of The Words.

SEAN BEAN‘s

(Alex Trevelyan (Formerly 006)

…Is One Of The Very Best BOND Villains Ever Spawned From The “JAMES BOND” Flicks.

Period.

The Pre-Title Sequence…

…OR The Pre-Credit Sequence…

…Is One Of The Very Best Ever To Come From The BOND Universe, Of Which There’s Been A Boat-Full.

It Made A Lasting Impression, That’s A Big FO SHO.

The 1ST Time I Watched It…

…I Was BLOWN AWAY.

Now…

…The 547TH’ish Time I’ve Plopped Down And Watched It…

…Hmm…

…Nope…

…Still BLOWN AWAY!!!

It DOES Rank In My TOP 5 Opening Sequences In BOND-Franchise HISTORY.

#1 = “THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN” (1974)

*2 = “GOLDFINGER” (1962)

#3 = “CASINO ROYALE” (2006)

#4 = “GOLDENEYE” (1995)

#5 = “THE SPY WHO LOVED ME” (1977)

…Is How I Would Rank The PRE-CREDIT/TITLE Portion Of The Flicks.

HOW ABOUT YOU?!
ANY IDEAS Or OPINIONS?!??

GOLDENEYE

…Is The Best Possible Debut PIERCE Could Have Expected.

The Action Is Crazy Intense…

…And it’s Got All The Action/Adventure Elements A Bond Flick Could Hope For.

It’s Totally What The Audience Was Hoping For From BOND In 1995, That’s A Big BIG FO SHO!

It’s Brilliant.

Everything From The Opening “BUNGEE-JUMP SEQUENCE”

…To The “AIRPLANE ESCAPE”

…Through A “TANK CHASE”

…All The Way To The Final Battle At The End…

GOLDENEYE

…Delivers The Goods!!!

GOLDENEYE

…Is The Best Possible Debut Of A New BOND That The BOND Fans Could Have Hoped For.

Pure ACTION And ADVENTURE, Kiddies.

Granted…

…Each Flick PEIRCE Released Was A Little Worse Than That Which Preceded It…

…But Hey…

…Can’t Win ‘Em All.

BUT…

GOLDENEYE

…Does Rank Among The Hierarchy Of BOND Adventures.

.Period Period.

Love It, LOVE IT!!!

And This BLU-RAY Edition Is Fantastic.

You Try Watching…

GOLDENEYE

…On A 55Inch TV…

…In Surround Sound, No Less.

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Yeah.

The Film Is Breathtaking.

.Period.

The ONLY BOND’ian Debut That MIGHT Beat This One In A Stick-Poking Contest At K-Mart Is…

CASINO ROYALE

(2006)

…But That’s It!!!

Otherwise…

…It’s ALL About The…

GOLDENEYE

.PERIOD.

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Please Check This One Out, Kiddies.

It’s A Damn Fine Film…

…Damn Fine, Indeed.

If You Love ACTION And ADVENTURE…

…Then This BOND Flick…

GOLDENEYE

…Is Totally Worth Checking-Out!

It’s One Of The Best Of THE BEST…

…And Will Go Down As One OF The BEST BOND FLICKS, Period, To Star…

PIERCE BROSNAN

…And That’s The BIGGEST FO SHO!!!

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Random (Blu-ray) Movie Mention: “RESERVOIR DOGS” (1992)

RESERVOIR DOGS

…Stars…

HARVEY KEITEL

TIM ROTH

MICHAEL MADSEN

STEVE BUSCEMI

CHRIS PENN

…And…

LAWRENCE TIERNEY

…And Was Written AND Directed By…

QUENTIN TARANTINO

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Let Me Just Say This, My Peeps…

RESERVOIR DOGS

…Is Still My Favorite Flick To Be Directed By…

QUENTIN TARANTINO

.Period.

It’s Nothing Too Fancy.

Just Great Actors…

…Playing Great Characters…

…Spewing Forth Great Dialogue In All Directions.

Scenes Of Crazy F-IN’ Violence…

…An Interesting AND Engrossing Storyline…

…Punctuated Throughout By A Killer Soundtrack.

It’s A Minimalistic Motion Picture…

…Driven By All That I’ve Said Above…

…Making A Need For Anything Else To Be…

…Well…

…Unneeded.

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I Actually Saw This Flick For The First Time In 1993.

I Was 13-Years-Old.

My Father Had Rented It, And I Decided To Stay-Up-Late And Watch It In Secret.

After Everyone Else Was Asleep, I Popped-It-On In My Room And…

…Honestly…

…Was Totally Blown Away.

I’d Never Seen…

…Nor Heard…

…Anything Quite Like It, Before.

I Remembering Going To School (Jr. High) The Next Day…

…Talking About It With My Friends AND Others…

…Discovering Quickly I Was The Only One Of Us To Have Seen It.

That Simply Added o The Excitement Over The Whole Situation.

Knowing That I Was Sooooo Coooool To Have Seen This Flick (Though I Wasn’t Supposed To Have Seen It) That None Of My Buds Had Had The Chance To Give A Look See Of Any Kind.

That’s Right…

…Sooooo Coooool, Ineed.

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I Was The Only One Of Us To Have Witnessed First Hand The Gritty Wonder That Is The Fi;m…

RESERVOIR DOGS

…And The Introduction Of…

QUENTIN TARANTINO

…To My (And Everyone Else’s) Humble Little World.

Other Flicks Would Follow.

PULP FICTION

JACKIE BROWN

KILL BILL

…But None Had The Impact On Me That…

RESERVOIR DOGS

…Had On Me.

It Stands Out.

It Stands Alone.

It STILL Stands As MY FAVORITE Flick From…

QUENTIN TARANTINO

.Period Period.

The Blu-ray Treatment Is Breathtakingly Awesome…

…And Well Worth The Time (And Money) Invested In It.

Check-It-Out, My Peeps.

You Shant Be Disappointed.

It’s THAT Good.

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20 Questions Every Film Freak Should Be Able To Answer…

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(Q#1)

What Was The FIRST Film You REMEMBER Seeing In A Theater And WHEN?

(A#1)

The First Flick I Was Taken To Was “E.T.” In 1982, But The First Flick I Actually Remember Seeing Was “RETURN OF THE JEDI” In 1983.

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(Q#2)

What Is Your Favorite Film EVER?

(A#2)

“KRULL” (1983).

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(Q#3)

What Is Your LEAST Favorite Film EVER?

(A#3)

Sheesh. This Is A Toughie. Um. Hmm. I’m Still Going With “JACKHAMMER MASSACRE” (2004).

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(Q#4)

What Was The FIRST “R-Rated” Film You REMEMBER Seeing And WHEN?

(A#4)

“THE ROAD WARRIOR” (aka “MAD MAX 2” (1981)) And It Was In 1984.

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(Q#5)

Who Is Your Favorite ACTOR?

(A#5)

I Have THREE Faves. VINCENT PRICE, PETER SELLERS, And BURT REYNOLDS.

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(Q#6)

Who Is Your Favorite ACTRESS?

(A#6)

JODIE FOSTER.

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(Q#7)

Who Is Your Favorite DIRECTOR?

(A#7)

I Have TWO Faves. STANLEY KUBRICK And ALFRED HITCHCOCK.

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(Q#8)

What Is Your Favorite GENERA?

(A#8)

It’s A Toss-Up. SCI-FI Or HORROR. I Love Them Both Very VERY Much.

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(Q#9)

What Is Your Favorite CONCERT Film?

(A#9)

“STOP MAKING SENSE” (1984) By TALKING HEADS.

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(Q#10)

What Are Your Favorite HORROR Films?

(A#10)

I’m Going With “THE SHINING” (1980), “DIARY OF A MADMAN” (1963), And “WITCHFINDER GENERAL” (1968)

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(Q#11)

What Are Your Favorite ACTION Films?

(A#11)

Um. Hmm. “THE ROAD WARRIOR” (1981), “DEATH WISH” (1974), “THE TERMINATOR” (1984)

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(Q#12)

What Are Your Favorite DRAMA Films?

(A#12)

Hmm. “NIXON” (1995), “SCHINDLER’S LIST” (1993), “BEING THERE” (1979)

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(Q#13)

What Are Your Favorite COMEDY Films?

(A#13)

“SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT” (1977), “DEAD ALIVE” (1992), “BULWORTH” (1998), “THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN” (1976)

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(Q#14)

What Are Your Favorite SCI-FI/FANTASY Films?

(A#14)

“KRULL” (1983), “THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER” (1982), “STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN” (1982), “SERENITY” (2005)

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(Q#15)

What Is Your Favorite Film WESTERN?

(A#15)

“ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST” (1968) Is By Far My Favorite Western.

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(Q#16)

TWO-PART Question: WHO Is Your Favorite BATMAN And Which Is Your Favorite BATMAN Film??

(A#16)

MICHAEL KEATON Is My Favorite BATMAN, And “BATMAN RETURNS” (1992) Is Still My Favorite BATMAN Film, Hands Down.

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(Q#17)

What Is Your Favorite Film SCORE?

(A#17)

Actually, It’s The Score From “STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE” (1979)

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(Q#18)

What Is Your Favorite TITLE-SONG/THEME?

(A#18)

“A VIEW TO A KILL” By DURAN DURAN, From The 1985 JAMES BOND Flick Of The Same Name.

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(Q#19)

What Is Your Favorite Film QUOTE?

(A#19)

It’s From The Movie “NIXON” (1995):

“Always Remember, Others May Hate You. But Those Who Hate You Don’t Win Unless You Hate Them. And Then You Destroy Yourself.”

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(Q#20)

What Is Your Favorite Thing About Films In General?

(A#20)

Actually, It’s The Escape Factor. Things Can Get A Bit Crazy In Real Life, And I’m Often In The Need Of A Mental Break-In-The-Action, So To Speak. My Love Of Film Has Always Provided The Best (legal) Escape. Period. That, And It’s About The Only Time You Can EVER Get Me To Focus On Anything For 2-Hours (bad bad ADHD hehehe)!

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