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

Opening Night.

1998.

I Was There.

I’ll Never Forget That Night, Honestly.

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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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So... Are YOU Jivin Me -questionmark-

Sooo… …What To Say About The JAMES BOND Adventure “SKYFALL” (2012)???

Well

Honestly

I LOVED IT.

Period.

I Enjoyed The Ever-Living-Hell Out Of It, To Be Fo SHO.

It Was New.

It Was Fresh.

It Was Unlike Any JAMES BOND Adventure I’d Ever Had The Privilege Of Seeing Before.

I Kept Trying To Make Comparisons To Other BOND Flicks As I Watched Along…

…And I Sincerely Found That Next To Bloody Impossible.

But I Did…

…I Tried To Muster All My Powers, Madams And Misters.

And I Simply Couldn’t Do It.

That’s Just How Fresh And Engrossing This Adventure…

SKYFALL

…Actually Was.

It Had Some Elements Of…

DR. NO

…And…

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

…But Also Some…

LICENCE TO KILL

…And Even A Little…

GOLDENEYE

…Yet…

…In The End…

…It Was EXACTLY What I Wanted…

…It Was JAMES BOND As I’d NEVER Seen Him Before!!!

KUDOS, Movie Makers…

…KUDOS, INDEED!!!

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They Totally Just Went For It.

They Totally Just Went Off The Map.

They Totally Just Sold Me That JAMES BOND Does Indeed Continue To Live Onward Into The 21ST-Century…

…And He Has Plenty Of Room To Grow Grow GROW!!!

Now How The Hell Could One Ask For More Than That?!?!?

EXACTLY, My Peeps!!!

You Couldn’t.

They Gave Us What We Wanted…

…And Even A Little Bit More.

It Was Tough.

It Was Gritty.

It Was Edgy.

It Was Drama Filled AND Action Packed.

It Was Cold AND Dark…

…Yet…

…Retained Its Sense-Of-Humor.

It Was NOT…

CASINO ROYALE

…Nor…

QUANTUM OF SOLACE

…It Was Its Own.

It Was Imaginative.

It Had Its Twists And Turns.

In Short…

…It Was THE BEST BOND FLICK In The Past 30 YEARS.

PERIOD.

For ME…

SKYFALL

…Ranks Right Up There With…

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

(My Fave Fave)

…And…

THUNDERBALL

(The Best BOND Adventure)

!!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!!

It Was THAT Good, My Peeps.

JAVIER BARDEM

…Was Twisted…

…Was Evil…

…Was Believable…

…Was A SPOT-ON-PERFECT BOND-BADDIE.

I Don’t Think They Could Have Cast His Part Any Better.

And I Do Believe That…

DANIEL CRAIG

…Totally Cemented Himself As OUR BOND

…As MY BOND

…As THE BEST BOND.

He Impressed The Shit Out Of Me, My Peeps.

So…

…All-In-All…

…It Was Worth It, My Peeps.

I Don’t Hit The Theater Too Often Anymore.

The Price And The Hassle Have Simply Tarnished The Experience For Me.

It’s Sad…

…But It’s True…

…And I Feel It’s The Same Way For A Lot Of Y’all.

SKYFALL

…To ME…

…Was TOTALLY WORTH ALL OF IT!

If You’re Going To Hit-Up The Big Screen For ANYTHING This Fall…

…Well Then…

SKYFALL

…Should Be That Flick.

PERIOD PERIOD.

Do I Think It’s “THE BEST BOND ADVENTURE” Of Them All?

No.

Was This “MY FAVORITE BOND ADVENTURE” Of Them All?

No.

Could Either Of Those Statements Be Easily Argued, And Potentially Overturned?!

YES YES YES, INDEED!!!

I’ll Close By Simply Saying This…

…If You LOVE LOVE LOVE JAMES BOND

…You’ll Simply LOVE LOVE LOVE…

SKYFALL

!!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!!

!!! !!! !!!

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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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