Episode Six of ‘D.O.A.’ (The Badly-Dubbed Version)

Hi, there! 🙂 Let’s move this along continue the story with the next episode of D.O.A. (The Badly-Dubbed Version)!

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My Review of ‘The Zero Theorem’ (2013)

If you watch this movie, you may find yourself thinking, “Where have I seen this before?” The setting is the Future. (Or is it?) And the mood is Dystopian.

We open with a bald man awakening from a void-like dream in a dark, vaguely religious-looking building. “Another day,” he says, in a thoroughly defeated lackluster tone.

Via YouTube.

He dresses and emerges from the gloomy confines of his home into a shiny, bright, neon-lit version of Blade Runner futuristic city.

Via Gizmodo.

The man’s name is Qohen (pronounced Cohen—and it took me a while to figure that out, because I kept thinking it was Colin) (played by Christopher Waltz) and, along with constantly referring to himself in the plural, he’s trying to qualify for disability. He’s also waiting for a certain phone call that allegedly will provide answers for him of some sort or other.

Basically, he’d prefer to work at home. In his pajamas. One can easily see why.

His workplace is hardly copacetic, given the numerous posters of “Management” (which, in this case, is a silhouette of Matt Damon) bearing the words: “Everything is Under Control” hung just about everywhere. Not to mention the rather ridiculous nature of his work.

And it helps not at all to have the world’s most annoyingly cheery supervisor to deal with. His name is Joby and he’s played to absolute perfection by David Thewlis.

So after failing to qualify as disabled, Qohen tries to meet Management at one of Joby’s parties. A rather surreal affair where Qohen first meets Bainsley, the movie’s sci-fi version of a femme fatale (played by Mélanie Thierry), although she can’t be all that fatale, since she saves him from choking on an olive.

Now and then, Management (in the form of Matt Damon in the flesh and wearing clothes that match the decor to the point where he appears to be a floating head) shows up, spits out a few cryptic words, and vanishes.

Via YouTube.

After all this, Qohen is allowed to work at home, but it is required to undergo therapy with an AI shrink (played awesomely by Tilda Swinson).

Via Tor.com

He has also been assigned a “special project”—he must solve the “Zero Theorem,” a “hush hush” endeavor (according to Joby) that involves working out a mathematical formula such that “0 must equal 100%”. Whatever that means. I suspect that one of Zeno’s paradoxes may throw a spanner in those works.

Via Den of Geek!

To sum it up, Qohen goes a bit nuts trying to handle the assignment. Management’s teenage son, Bob, makes occasional visits and gets many a snappy line. After Qohen (or Q, as Bob calls him, because … well, just because) smashes the works with a hammer, Bob fixes it back up.

“I can fix it.”

Bob has all sorts of things to say to Qohen about his job, Bainsley (who’s actually a sex worker being paid by Management—or so Bob says), and the way Qohen is really just a cog caught in a big machine. One that won’t let people go—not easily, at any rate.

Via Dear Cast & Crew.

This film may (or may not) be the third in director Terry Gilliam’s satirical dystopian trilogy or “Orwellian triptych”, along with Brazil and 12 Monkeys. Apparently, Gilliam is ambivalent on this point.

Frankly, there’s enough existential angst, pondering over the meaning of it all, masses of dehumanizing machinery with long, corrugated conduits snaking from it, and other visual earmarks of Gilliam’s style to make me think Orwell would have approved.

I will say nothing of the end, except that it reminded me of Brazil, but just a bit less, um, paranoid?

For an international production with an American director, there’s something distinctly British about all this. The fact that the actors are British might explain this to an extent. But even so, while authors around the world have written dystopian sci-fi, the British seem to do it so cheerfully.

Great fun for anyone who enjoys dystopian sci-fi and/or Terry Gilliam.

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Episode Five of ‘D.O.A.’ (The Badly-Dubbed Version)

Hello! 🙂 Time for another episode of this now-ruined slightly weird and offbeat version of the film noir classic D.O.A.

And so … here we go!

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Happy Halloween, Everyone!

It only just occurred to me that today is Halloween!

So … in the holiday spirit. (Or the Halloween spirit, which could mean a very different thing, if you get my drift!) Here’s one of my favorite scary movies in five minutes! 🙂

Grab your popcorn and enjoy these Hitchcock moments.

Plus a trailer featuring the Director Himself!

What can I say? I love his sense of humour, but I can just imagine what he must have been like to work with.

And, finally, if you’ve ever wondered, here’s a copy of the screenplay for Psycho! 🙂

Enjoy! 🙂

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Episode Four of ‘D.O.A.’ (Badly-Dubbed Version)

I’m back with another exciting episode of this badly-dubbed (but with enthusiasm!) non-stop thrill ride of a movie!

It’s Episode Four of D.O.A. (the Badly-Dubbed Version).

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My Review of ‘The People Against O’Hara’ (1951)

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS ONE OR TWO POSSIBLE SPOILERS

This may not be the most prominent or widely praised film noir, but it is an unusual one. Often in film noir, lawyers are depicted either as unethical mouthpieces or as politically-connected chums with the prosecutor.

Via Music Box Theatre.

In this case, we have a lawyer protagonist who bears more resemblance to Perry Mason than most. Except Perry knows where to draw the emotional line. This protagonist agonizes over the fate of his clients so hard, it has driven him in the past to excessive drink. And for that reason, he’s switched from a criminal to a civil law practice. Which is hardly a step down in status, unless of course you’re the protagonist of a crime picture.

So when a young man and friend of the lawyer from the old neighborhood named Johnny O’Hara (played by James Arness) is framed for a shooting, his parents turn to the retired criminal lawyer James Cartayne (played by Spencer Tracy). There are no witnesses. Well … maybe one. But as to what he saw … let’s just say it squares with the truism (among lawyers, at any rate) that eye witness testimony is the least reliable type of evidence.

Via IMDB.com.

Thus, Cartayne takes the case, even though his very protective daughter urges him not to, fearing he’ll relapse into his alcoholic ways.

The cops seem to think they have this all sewn up. It helps not at all that Johnny is not exactly forthcoming about what he was doing that night. And Cartayne senses that something’s off here, but feels powerless to stop the miscarriage of justice. This leads to—yep!—resumed heavy drinking.

Make it a double.

Cartayne becomes so desperate, he crosses an ethical line. Let’s not be coy—I’ll tell you the spoiler. Cartayne bribes a witness. However, that witness didn’t really see who shot the victim. But he’s willing to say Johnny did it for the price of a paid vacation on the prosecution’s dime. So … unethical, yes. Horrible? Well …

Without revealing more spoilers than I already have everything, I’d note that Spencer Tracy’s performance is downright heartrending. His relationship with his daughter, Ginny (played by Diane Lynn), displays a warm chemistry between them.

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It makes the ending that much tougher. But it’s the kind of ending that the Hays Office doubtless had no trouble approving.

I think the performances and the moral complexity (not to mention that of the story) gives this one the edge!

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Episode Three of ‘D.O.A.’ (Badly-Dubbed)

In my continuing quest to create new and weird innovative types of stories on this blog, I’m glad to say I have another episode to share of the badly-dubbed version of the film noir classic D.O.A.!

So … without further ado, here’s Episode Three.

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