In my movie project I am now at 1980 and this time it happened to be the movie ”The final countdown” that I decided to watch.
This is an american science fiction movie about a modern (1980) aircraft carrier that suddenly travels into some strange wheather phenomena and is transported back to 1941 just a few hours before the japanese are going to strike at perl harbour. So a question that arise in the movie is of course if they should interfear with history and prevent the japanese from attacking using the much more modern weapons they have available.
I thought the idea of this movie was quite interesting and the movie was not bad. However I felt it lacked a bit and that they could have made much more out of it. Some effects in the movie are good but some are very bad.
All in all a ok movie that I rate 5/10.
So the next year in my movie project.
This time a Russian movie Сталкер (Stalker in English). It’s a movie made by the famous director Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky who died in 1986 at age 54. He only made seven movies during his career, the first five produced in the Soviet Union, the sixth in Italy and actually the last movie The Sacrifice (Swedish: Offret) was produced on Gotland, Sweden in 1985-1986, he died shortly after completing that movie. I have not seen it though, maybe that is something for my 1986 movie, we will see.
Anyway I must say that the movie Stalker is a beauty. As I have not seen a movie by Tarkovsky before I can’t compare them, but the visual style here is just very very beautiful. And sound as well, there are rarely any annoying background sounds and in that way the sounds that are heard in the movie come very much into focus. The color tone and the scenes are very well made. However this is probably not a movie for everyone, the dialog can be tedious and do often not seem to lead anywhere. I found myself a few times forgetting about reading the subtitle (the voices are Russian) because I was enjoying the visual aspects. I guess I should learn Russian to enjoy it to it’s full extent :-). The movie is also very slow paced so you should not be in a rush. I did not check how long the movie was before I started it, but I now see that it was 2 h and 43 min , I would not have guessed that it was that long. Sometimes during longer scenes my thoughts drifted away about my self while I was still watching, maybe that is something that make the movie special you actually get time for reflections in contrast to many other movies where the tempo is so quick that you actually do not get to think and ponder about things until the movie is over.
Even though I will not remember this movie because of the story, I think it will be stuck in another way, like a memorable song or a beautiful painting or photograph and for those qualities I give this movie 9/10.
Grading movies are quite hard as they are good or bad in different ways but I’ll try to keep doing it.
So I watched The Deer Hunter.
It’s a 3 hour long movie about three steelworkers in the US that are called in to the Vietnam war and how they change due to their experiences. Although some scenes were quite drawn out without anything special happening, I did not feel that the movie was that long. In the beginning I was left with a feeling that the actors showed a bit too much feelings, to me they seemed kind of ”fake-happy” and cheerful. I have no idea if that was the intention or perhaps people were happy in that kind of way in the 70s ? 🙂 Anyway I am not a movie reviewer and do not intend to go into any details here, just expressing my general thoughts about the movie, and The Deer Hunter was to me a movie that I will remember but nothing that spectacular in any way. It must have been quite a different experience to see this in 1978 when the Vietnam war was so near. Anyway I’ll give this 7/10.
I had an idea recently that I should watch one movie from every year since I was born (movies that I have not seen before obviously). I thought about this 2 weeks ago when I watched Suspiria from 1977. That’s one year before I was born so the real project will start with a 1978 film. One famous film that I have not seen that is from 1978 is The Deer Hunter, so I thought I should start with that.
The only rules will be that it must have been released that very year and that I have not watched it before.
By the way Suspiria was a nice movie, quite odd but the atmosphere in this Italian movie is very well created, it plays a lot on color and the visual. I think I have seen 3 of Dario Argentos movies now and liked them all. Although I would not give Suspiria any top rating. My plan is to put a simple rating on the movies, and I give this ”pre-premiere” movie to the project 6.5 / 10.