My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 41

HitchcOctober isn’t going too well, is it? Almost halfway through and I’ve only written one post. For shame. Still, it’s been an eventful month so far what with the meet-up in London (which has since made every film-watching occasion a major disappointment due to the lack of pub-based discussion afterwards) and a week spent visiting Aisha’s family. I’ve used this time to watch a few new releases, but alas everything else is getting ignored. Sorry about that. The rest of the month is looking fairly uneventful though, except for the fact that I need to watch eight John Carpenter movies over the next six days in preparation for this coming weekend’s Lambcast, so I’m really starting to doubt whether I’ll meet my aim of finishing all of Hitchcock’s movies this month. Damn. Here’s what I watched this week:
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Dark Star

Imagine, if you will, that Alien was made in a garage, and with a tongue planted firmly in cheek, and you’ll have something close to Dark Star, John Carpenter’s directorial debut about 4 men travelling through space on a mission to destroy unstable planets. Little attempt has been made to disguise the near non-existent budget used to shoot the film, with a strange creature clearly made by sticking fake claws onto a painted beach ball, with the paint rubbing away in some places and a crewman off screen wobbling it around, but there is a strong vain of humour running through the piece, especially regarding an increasingly irritated bomb refusing to diffuse itself. The sound quality however is terrible, and epileptics would do well to steer clear.
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