"A bird in the bush usually has a friend in there with him."
STUFF SEEN ON VIDEO
by Richard Karsmakers
Yet another brandnew column - one which will hopefully grow as I
get to see more films and other people start sending in their
reviews. This time there isn't much here, really, which makes it
a bit shorter than originally intended when I thought of the
Multi-Media setup. In future issues I hope to have seen a bit
more stuff on video so there'll be more to write about.
When I went to the video shop with Miranda I really wanted some
kind of hard core action thing, but in the end I got coaxed into
submitting to "Indencent Proposal", not my idea of a nice video
evening with plenty of suspense. I don't really get off on films
with a moral message such as this one. Perhaps I would if it was
packaged in plenty of violence and gratuitous sex, but there's
none of this in "Indencent Proposal".
I guess you all know the story: Demi Moore is happily married to
this guy, and after a bit of a story this rich billionaire -
played by Robert Redford - comes along and offers them one
million dollars in exchange for one night with Demi. In the end
they agree, but all it amounts to is problems. Her husband starts
to think she's actually having a continuous thing with Robert,
whereas initially she hasn't. His jealousy drives them apart -
and her into the arms of Mr Redford.
In the end - a cheesy end indeed - Robert acknowledges that
perhaps you can't buy love. She is pursuaded to leave him and
get back to her man. They meet at their favourite spot, at sea,
say their words and everything is well again. A typically cliche
ending, indeed, and a gruesomely happy one.
Although I don't consider it as a bad film actually, I would
surely have been disappointed had I gone to see this in the
cinema. It has none of the special effects and violent sounds you
need to witness on a big screen with surround sound. "Sleepless
in Seattle", a film that I consider a bit in the same genre, was
more worth going to the cinema for.
An ideal film for smoochy video nights with girl-only
attendants, "Indecent Proposal" is nothing for guys, not even
when they have girlfriends.
Why spend some space and time on writing a few comments on these
rather ancient Nam films? Well, fate has deemed the world worthy
of really cheap versions. In the Netherlands these films are now
available at prices as cheap as 8 Dutch guilders a piece (that's
about £3) so I got them all the other day - "First Blood",
"Rambo" and "Rambo III". I have reason to believe that they may
be available cheaply in other countries too, in the same fashion
the original "Terminator" with Arnold Schwarzenegger was
available cheap about half a year ago. I could have bought "Raw"
and "Wrong Bet" for the same ludicrously low price, but I decided
not to bother.
Anyway, now for Rambo.
I have always liked "First Blood". It was a somewhat lengthy
(126 minute) epos of Vietnam vet John Rambo who flipped out and
started killing people. It was fairly credible, well filmed, set
in beautiful scenery, and Sylvester Stallone didn't talk much.
The fact that I was about 12 years younger at the time also
helped to facilitate my liking the film, I suppose.
I still like it, I have to admit, and I think the reason why is
the more than excellent film score by Jerry Goldsmith. I mean
he's always been one of my absolute favourites and he did the
music for all three "Rambo" films as well as many others (among
which "Total Recall"). Although sometimes things get a bit over
the top - though not half as much as in "Rambo" and "Rambo III" -
"First Blood" is a nice war movie with lots of violence.
"Rambo" put me back in my Commodore 64 days. I liked the
Commodore 64 version of the music (by Martin Galway - ace!), the
original score, and even the Ocean "Rambo" game. Back in those
days licenced games sometimes really were quite good actually.
Anyway, I had never seen the film until a few years ago and I
liked it just as much when I recently viewed it again. A bit less
credible, more violence, spectacular shots, genuine hatred. It
brings the "Rambo" cyclus closest to those horrible Chuck Norris
"Missing in Action" flicks, but not too close. Somehow, "Rambo"
is better, but that might just be me.
"Rambo III" I had never seen before. I think it was on TV a few
years ago, but somehow I had missed it. Although arguably the
least impressive and certainly the most incredulous of the three,
it makes for another 100+ minutes of enjoyment, nice shots
(though the scenery is less beautiful - desert, mainly) and even
a few literary bits (like the wheel set in motion when Sly gets
to Afghanistan). Oh yeah, I almost forgot, it's set in
Afghanistan, and the baddies are Russians. "Rambo III" is about
the best you can get of pre-end-of-cold-war-non-Vietnam films.
Call me crazy, but I still enjoyed it. The music by Goldsmith was
a bit less, though - basically the old stuff rehashed with some
less impressive new bits.
All in all no fan of either good war films or Sylvester Stallone
should be without this, certainly not at the absurdly cheap price
at which I could actually buy them at the supermarket on the
corner of my street. At least it got me back into the days of
yesteryear when I was still 13. Makes me feel like an old fart to
realise that already back then there was such a totally different
time when I was much younger and hadn't even come in touch with
One day before the ST NEWS deadline I was sitting at home alone.
A friend of mine sat home alone, too. Both out girlfriends were
off for the evening. We dediced to meet, eat, and rent a video
afterwards. We did, and we ended up seeing the rather excellent
The story is set in the future, where the planet is pretty full
and it's only legal to have one child per couple. Christopher
Lambert and his wife lost theirs in childbirth, and try to get
out of the country with their second in her womb. This is
illegal, of course, and they get caught when trying to pass the
border. They get sentenced to 31 years imprisonment in The
Fortress, the world's biggest underground prison run by the Men-
Tel Corporation. Upon entering it you get an intestinator
inserted in your bowels. Cross a yellow line and you feel pain.
Cross a red one and you explode. There's no possible escape, or
Needless to say, Christopher gets away. You spend the film
wondering how they'll do it, and who will survive when they
escape with him. It's an exciting film with good special effects,
a proper bit of violence, a dose of blood and gore (including one
guy being splattered, his hole abdomen a hole, and his hand
reaching in with unbelief in his eyes) and a lot of excitement.
The concept is a good one, and the way out is really quite
But, then again, so is the wheel.
Much worth while renting, this one.
When we popped "Fortress" out of the video we found ourselves
watching "Scissors", a film from 1990 with Sharon Stone. I don't
want to spend too much attention to it, but it suffices to say
that it was a brilliant film - oppressive, claustrophobic, a true
thriller in the best sense. Excellent use of sound made it easy
to move yourself in Sharon's shoes.
The story is about a psychologically deranged girl that is
exploited by someone who knows all about her to be a patsy for a
murder he intends to commit. If this ever is on television, don't
miss it. The ending is quite unexpected and not too unhappy
It really sets you thinking about what psychiatrists would be
able to do to instable people. Quite frightening.
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