Now we all like George Miller’s style here at Spoiler Filled (especially one of us *cough* Jamie *cough*), but how will he handle his first time directing something which isn’t Mel Gibson in a post apocalyptic wasteland? So, we’re taking a look at his first Hollywood outing with The Witches of Eastwick from 1987. Our expectations are all over the shop for this ‘feminist parable’ given Miller’s eclectic back catalogue, but we certainly all have something to say about this ahead-of-the-time movie. Expect some sexual cello playing, booby dolls, Rich playing Devil’s advocate (quite literally) and to never look at cherries the same way again.
Dir: George Miller
Wri: Michael Cristofer (screenplay), John Updike (Novel)
Cine: Vilmos Zsigmond
Edi: Hubert C. de la Bouillerie, Richard Francis-Bruce
Mus: John Williams
Prod: Guber-Peters Company, Kennedy Miller
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright, Richard Jenkins, Carl Struycken
It’s the ‘Return of the Returning Directors IV’ this week as Abi presents the whole crew with The Last Detail from 1973 which was directed by Hal Ashby, whose film Being There has been scrutinized in the past. Jack Nicholson and Otis Young play a couple of not-so-gay (in all senses of the word) sailors who must escort a young and naive Randy Quaid to prison for a minor crime and come across many adventures and philosophical difficulties as they decide to show him a good time on the way. Be prepared for a lot of ‘colourful’ language in this one as we deal with such things as: excessive bitchin’, ‘hat’ acting, the lameness of semaphore, ‘silent movie’ prostitutes and barbeques in blizzards.
Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando and Randy Quaid in one film. Will there be an acting-insanity overload or will one of these notorious nut-balls steal the show? Well, if the picture above is anything to go by, one person may have an advantage. This week, Abi brings us The Missouri Breaks, a non-typical and almost forgotten about western from 1976. Things up for discussion this time are: Nicholson’s hairiness, Brando’s Irish mumblings, whether Harry Dean Stanton belongs in Peaky Blinders, being rude to donkeys and stealing kisses from horses.