A Movie A Day #188: The War Game (1965, directed by Peter Watkins)


“Do you know what Strontium-90 is and what it does?”

That question is asked as part of a man-on-the-street interview in The War Game.  Despite a pledge by the Home Office to educate the British public on the possible effects of atomic war and nuclear fallout, the man being asked has no idea what Strontium-90 is.  For that matter, I have no idea what Strontium-19 is.  The War Game makes a good case that the only way anyone will ever understand that true horror of atomic conflict is to live through it but, by the point that we have no choice but to know what Strontium-90 is and what it does, it will be too late.

Clocking in at a brisk 50 minutes, The War Game is set up like documentary, though the majority of the film is staged.  (That did not stop The War Game from winning an Oscar for best documentary feature.)  Made at the height of the Cold War, The War Game suggested that not only was Britain not prepared for a possible nuclear attack but that the attack itself would be so devastating that was literally no way that it ever could be prepared.  Opening with interviews with typical Britons expressing both their ignorance about the longterm effects of an atomic war, The War Game proceeds to visualize what would actually happen if the UK ever did find itself attacked. When the bomb falls, most people are nowhere near a shelter.  (“Within this car,” the narrator says, “a family is buring alive.”)  Even for those who get to safety, it turns out that there is no shelter strong enough to protect its inhabitants from both physical and psychological damage.  The film ends with chilling scenes of London bobbies executing looters and British children saying that they never want to grow up.

The War Game was originally made for the BBC, which deemed the program to be to “upsetting,” refused to air it, and subsequently tried to bury it.  This attempt at censorship had the opposite effect, earning The War Game a theatrical release and exposing it to an even larger audience than would have seen it originally.  However, it would be another 20 years before the BBC allowed The War Game to air on television.  Though, especially for media-savvy viewers, the staged nature of this “documentary” is sometimes too obvious, The War Game is still a powerful and bleakly disturbing vision of an all-too possible future.

Bloody Good Show: Franco Nero in DJANGO (Euro International 1966)


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A solitary man is dragging a coffin through bleak, rocky terrain. He comes across a helpless female tied to posts, being whipped by a gang of banditos. A group of mercenaries, adorned in red scarves, shoot down the bandits. The group, members of ex-Confederate Major Jackson’s marauders, plan on burning the woman alive. The solitary man, watching all this, guns down her attackers with blinding speed, freeing her and offering protection. The man’s name is… DJANGO!

Any resemblance between Sergio Corbucci’s seminal 1966 Spaghetti Western and Sergio Leone’s 1964 A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS   is not strictly coincidental. Both movies are uncredited adaptations of Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 YOJIMBO, though Corbucci’s version of the tale takes more liberties and  he succeeds to out-Leone Leone with the brutal, unrelenting violence, making this a must-see film for fans of the genre.

Django takes the woman, a half-Mexican named Maria, to a desolate ghost town inhabited only by saloon proprietor Nathaniel…

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Movie Preview/Review BONEJANGLES


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When BONES rattle, BLOOD will flow

 

Lets get the technicals out of the way:

Stars:

Reggie Bannister, Elissa Dowling, Kelly Misek, Jr., Julia Cavanaugh, Devin Toft, Jamie Scott Gordon, Lawrence Wayne Curry, and Hannah Richter

Directed by: Brett DeJager

Written by: Keith Melcher

But on to the plot:

While transporting the legendary killer Bonejangles, a group of police break down in a town cursed with monsters, and must release him to survive!

 Review:

I loved this adaptation, actually it took me in from the start.  I completely get where Brett Dejager was going!

Would I recommend this movie?

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It scuured me enough:  Yep, if you wanna be scarred, this is a movie for you!

You can see the trailer here! COVER YOUR EYES FIRST!

 

Film information:


Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
Director:
Brett DeJager
Cast : Reggie Bannister, Elissa Dowling

Bonejangles will be available on VOD on July 18, 2017

 

Music Video of the Day: Fox On The Run by Sweet (1975, dir. ???)


Q: Didn’t you just feature a Sweet video yesterday?
A: No, Lisa did yesterday’s post.

Q: You know what I mean! The day before last-the last time you posted.
A: That’s true.

Q: Wait a second…did you and Lisa collude to do a Warren Fu video because you plan on doing…
A: I’ll stop you right there. Of course I will get to that video. How could I avoid it?

Q: So why are you doing this video? Because it was in the trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2? You want to point out that Marvel can also play the pick-a-song-that-ties-in-with-our-rival’s-movie game?
A: No, but since you mention it, that is a good tie-in.

Q: Then why are you doing this video? They all stand as stiff as Arthur Kane of New York Dolls. But at least that was something he was known for doing onstage.
A: Yes. That’s one of the reasons I am doing it. I want people to appreciate the difference between this, and the video for The Ballroom Blitz–made two years prior.

Q: Then what’s the other reason? Stop jerking me around.
A: The answer to that is easy.

Q: That’s not an answer.
A: Yes, it is. I just found out they’re gonna stick some tubes down my throat at the beginning of August. I’m so sorry it’s too cryptic for you.

Q: At least include those “Song Of The Month” things Andy Scott did about their songs. You forgot that when you did The Ballroom Blitz.
A: Good point. I did forget those. So, here they are for Fox On The Run and The Ballroom Blitz.

Q: Okay, I’m satisfied. Just say your stupid catchphrase, and end this conversation with yourself.
A: Enjoy!