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A Week In Film #043: Time on my hands

The Crazies
George Romero’s pre-Dawn zombie-style horror – where lots of the elements that later defined his Dead films can be seen being tried out, not always succesfully – about a military bioweapon accidentally dropped on a nondescript northeastern American town. Acting is generally not award-winning, but the story shifts at a lick, there’s some interesting storytelling, and it’s enjoyably downbeat.

Napoli Spara title screen

Napoli Spara
A Mario Caiano-directed poliziotteschi which Nigel put me onto. A decent, fast-paced story of brutal robbers against a Neapolitan backdrop. Leonard Mann and Henry Silva face off against each other as hard-as-nails cop and bloodthirsty gangster respectively, whilst in the background unfold numerous seemingly random, unrelated incidents, all of which connect together by the end.

Bandits title screen

Bandits
Bank robbers Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton steal their way across the States, pick up a hostage-cum-hanger-on (Cate Blanchett), and much fun is had by all. Barry Levinson directs with charm.

2019 - Dopo La Caduta Di New York title screen

2019 – Dopo La Caduta Di New York
Silly, camp Italian nonsense, ripping off *takes breath* Escape From New York, Mad Max 2, Escape From Thunderdome, Planet Of The Apes and a whole lot more.

Shinchinin No Samurai title screen

Shichinin No Samurai
Some days you just want to kick back with an old friend, so, Kurosawa and Seven Samurai here I come.

(500) Days Of Summer
The LLF fancied seeing summat at the De Luxe, and this was what she wanted to see. And it was pretty good. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (the kid from Third Rock) is Tom, a slightly gawky, underachieving architect who’s ended up grinding out greetings card messages for a living. He falls for Summer (Zooey Deschanel, in less k-fuelled mode than in The Happening), and the film tells the story of the birth, death and all points in between of their relationship, in disjointed and reflective style. Marc Webb directs with some interesting, just-this-side-of-flashy stylistic effects thrown in to keep things moving along.