BRADLEY -Vs- “DARK CITY”: A Rematch 15 Years In The Making!

Opening Night.

1998.

I Was There.

I’ll Never Forget That Night, Honestly.

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My Friends And I Had Decided Long Before It Was Released We Would Be Seeing This One On Said Opening Night.

Back In The 1980s And 1990s, That’s What Everyone Did On A Friday Night. You’d Meet-Up With Your Friends And You’d Head To The Local Movie Theater.

It Was Almost Like A Ritual. We Simply HAD HAD HAD To Go See Something.

Living In A Small Midwestern Town, It’s What We Had To Do.

It Was Our Best Option For Having A Good Time. It Was Either That, Or Go Walk Around The Mall.

I Know, Right, We Were Lame.

ANYWAY…

…We All Loaded-Up And Drove A Few Towns Over To The Much Larger Theater.

It’s About A 25-Minute Drive.

(((well we probably made it in less than 20-minutes, but it's SUPPOSED to take longer)))

Upon Entering The Theater, I Was Immediately Horrified To Find It Totally Packed.

The Only Seats Left Weren’t Ideal, To Say The Least.

We Took Said Seats, Anyway.

We Weren’t About To Miss This Flick.

Period.

Sadly, The Theater Was BLAZING-ASS-HOT!

Not Hot As In “Hip & Cool”…

…No…

…I Mean It Was F-in’ HOT HOT HOT Like Hell’ishly HOT!

Like 714-Degrees HOT!

It Was February, And Therefore Cold Outside.

So, The Theater People Had The Heat Cranked Allllll The Way Up.

That’s How It Felt, Anyway.

Couple That With A Totally Packed House, And Yeah.

HOT HOT HOT!!!

The People Sitting In Front Of My Friends And I Never Stopped Gabbing. Someone’s Pocket-Pager Went Off Like 10-Times. I Couldn’t Follow The Plot Very Well Because Of The Distractions And Became Very Confused As To What The Hell Was Really Going On.

It Was All Too Much.

Add In The Fact That “DARK CITY” Is A Dark, Slower-Paced Thriller And It Becomes Easier To Understand Why I Left The Theater Afterward Vowing To NEVER Watch This Flick Ever Ever EVER AGAIN!

And I Didn’t.

For 15 Years, My Vow Stood Strong And Unwavering.

That Is, Until Very Recently.

Seeing “DARK CITY” On Opening Night Was THE WORST THEATER EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.

Period.

It Had Totally Tainted My View Of The Movie.

You See, I Took-Out My Frustrations Of The Night On The Film. I Shouldn’t Have, But I Did.

My Bad.

Upon Watching It Again, Finally, After 15 Years, I Finally Realized I Had Made A Horrid Mistake.

DARK CITY” Really Is A Quality Flick, My Peeps.

Watching It In The Comfort Of My Own Home, Without Distractions, I Was Able To Finally Appreciate It For What It Is.

A Very Good SCI-FI THRILLER.

It’s Well Acted.

(((starring RUFUS SEWELL, KIEFER SUTHERLAND, JENNIFER CONNELLY, and WILLIAM HURT)))

It’s Well Directed.

(((craftily done by ALEX PROYAS whom also directed another favorite of mine "THE CROW")))

The Sets And Special F/X Are Very Cool.

The Plot Can Be A Touch Confusing At Times, But You’ll Eventually Get It In The End.

All In All, I Was Saddened It Had Taken Me So Long To Finally Give It Another Chance.

BUT, In The End, I’m Super Glad I Did.

DARK CITY” Deserved Better Than What It Got.

It Deserved Better Than What I Gave It.

SO, Here I Am, Trying To Rectify The Problem.

:D

If You’ve Seen This One, GREAT.

If You’ve Not, Well, DO SO.

Some People Can’t Get Enough Of “DARK CITY“…

…Some People Can’t F-in’ Stand It.

WHICH ONE ARE YOU?!??!?

My Curiosity Abounds.

;)     :D     ;)

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(ALMOST) Random (MIDNIGHT) Movie Mention: “UNKNOWN” (2011)

UNKNOWN (2011)

UNKNOWN

…Stars MY MAIN MAN Himself…

LIAM NEESON

:D       :D       :D

…And Stars…

AIDAN QUINN

JANUARY JONES

DIANE KRUGER

&

FRANK Skeletor LANGELLA

:D       :D

It’s Also Produced By “Mr. UBER PRODUCER“…

JOEL SILVER

:D

Alright, My Peeps…

…Check-It-Out…

LIAM NEESON

Is

Dr. MARTIN HARRIS

…He Thinks?

But, Is He Really?

Well…

…We Really DON’T KNOW.

((wink wink))

You See, Shortly Into The Flick, He’s In A Car Crash.

He Hit His Head Hard.

He’s Now In The Hospital.

And, He’s Just Awakened From A Four (4) Day Coma.

He’s In Berlin.

He Doesn’t Speak German.

He Has No Official Identification.

He Might Know Some People, But We’re Not Really Sure.

He Just Remembers That He’s Dr. MARTIN HARRIS And That His Wife ((played by JANUARY JONES)) Doesn’t Know Where He Is, Nor What Has Happened.

He Then Remembers She Should Be At The Hotel They Were Originally Going To Stay In, And He’s Got To Go Find Her.

BUT…

…When He Does Get To The Hotel, And He Does Find His Supposed Wife…

…SHE DOESN’T CLAIM TO KNOW HIM AT ALL.

And Now Another Man ((played by AIDAN QUINN)) Shows-Up And Says That HE’s ActuallyDr. MARTIN HARRIS!!!

W.T.F.

?!?!?!?!?!?

And NOW The Flick Really REALLY Begins!!!

:D     :D     :D     :D

UNKNOWN

…Is Really A MUCH BETTER Flick Than A Lot Of Folks May Have Told You.

It Just Had The Bad Luck Of Coming Out After LIAM NEESON‘s Surprise Mega-Hit-Flick…

TAKEN

:(

UNKNOWN

…Is Fun.

It’s Exciting.

It’s Suspenseful.

It’s Clever.

It Was Good Enough For Me To Wanna Buy It, My Peeps.

I’d Say That’s PLENTY Good.

;)

Some People Told Me “UNKNOWN” Was Slow In Too Many Places, Which Ultimately Hurt The Overall Presentation.

To Those People, I Simply Say…

YOURE IMPATIENT!”

Dammit.

I Thought This Was A Classically Paced Thriller.

I Could EASILY See ALFRED HITCHCOCK Directing Something Like This.

HITCHCOCK Loved The Whole Idea Of The MISTAKEN IDENTITY Caper.

I Think He Would Have Relished In Directing This Flick.

Or, At Least, A Flick Like It.

I’m NOT Saying “UNKNOWN” Is The Greatest Flick Ever, My Peeps.

I AM Saying “UNKNOWN” Is A Lot Better Than You May Realize.

It’s Also Got MORE DEPTH And A THICKER PLOT Than People Gave It Credit For.

It’s Got MORE DEPTH And A THICKER PLOT Than “TAKEN” Had.

And That Is A FACT.

Period Period.

If You Haven’t Seen “UNKNOWN” Yet, Give It A Go, Kids.

If You’ve Seen It Once, And Didn’t Bother Going Another Round…

…Please…

…Do Yourself The Favor Of Checking-It-Out AGAIN.

It’ll Only Cost You 113-Minutes Of Your Life.

A Drop In The Bucket, Ya Know?!

;)

:D       :D

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You Wanna Know What’s On, Eh?! Ever Heard Of “SOMEONE BEHIND THE DOOR” (1971) ???

… … … … … … …

My Educated Guess

…Says…

…A BIG OLE…

…NOT…

…AT…

…ALL.

PERIOD.

In All Honesty, My Peeps…

…I Know THREE LIVING HUMANS Whom Have Seen This Flick.

That’s IT.

In My Whole Little World…

…Thar Be THREE!!!

(teehehe)

ONE…

…Is…

…ME.

And I’m RELATED To The Other TWO.

This Is A Flick That Has Gone Down In The Annals Of Film History…

…As…

…A TRUE “UNKNOWN“…

…Yet…

…A DIAMOND In The PROVERBIAL ROUGH.

CHARLES BRONSON

(Known Mainly For Playing Tough-Ass AND Crafty Good-Guys)

…Plays A Man…

…Who Has ZERO CLUE…

…As To…

…WHO HE IS…

…WHERE HE’S FROM…

…WHERE HE’S AT…

…WHY HE’S HERE…

…He Knows Nothing.

Nothing EXCEPT…

…He Was On The Beach…

…And There Was A Woman…

…And He THINKS He Was Helping/Rescuing Her.

He Is Taken To A London Hospital…

…Where He Encounters A Brilliant Neuro-Specialist And Psychiatrist…

…Played By…

ANTHONY PERKINS

…Who Then Takes Our Amnesia-Stricken Wanderer To His Private Residence.

PERKINS’ Character Has A Plan, You See.

His Wife…

…Played By…

JILL IRELAND

…Is Being Unfaithful…

…Or So He Suspects.

After Finding A Love-Letter In Her Purse…

…He’s Quite Sure She Is.

— — —

Real Quick-Like, Peeps…

…Here’s The Tagline For The Film…

WHAT IF YOUR MEMORY IS SOMEONE ELSE’S REVENGE?

(Are You Starting To Get Warmed-Up On This One??? GREAT!!!)

— — —

PERKINS’ Character Then Begins Plotting AND Exercising His Power…

…In Attempting To Transplant A Total Personality Onto The Amnesiac.

He Begins To Make The Amnesiac Believe…

…The Wife Is Actually THE AMNESIAC’s OWN Wife…

…And That She’s Being Unfaithful To HIM, Not PERKINS’ Doctor.

YES, My Peeps…

…I’m Saying This Right.

CHARLES BRONSON

…Man’s Man…

…Is Playing A Mentally-Ill Man…

…Who’s Now FURIOUS With RAGE That HIS WIFE Is Cheating…

…And He Wants Her “Other Man” DEAD!

:D

Yeah…

…It’s A TOTAL MIND-BLOW Of A Flick…

…When You Consider Exactly…

…WHAT’S GOING ON…

…And…

…HOW IT’S GOING DOWN!

If You’re A Person Who’s Truly TRULY Seeking Something DIFFERENT…

…And…

…INTERESTING…

…And…

…ODDLY CRAZY…

…Then…

SOMEONE BEHIND THE DOOR

…COULD BE…

…THE FLICK…

…YOU’VE SOUGHT!!!

I Really Don’t Wanna Give The Whole Thing Away…

…Because I Sincerely Think/Feel…

…If You’d Just Give This One A Chance…

…It MIGHT Just SURPRISE You.

PERIOD.

And…

…After All…

…Isn’t THAT Where The “Spice Of Life” Comes From???

We May Fear The “UNKNOWN“…

…But…

…Sometimes…

…The “UNKNOWN” Can Be So SO AWESOME!!!

You Really Should Just Trust Me.

;)