Author Topic: Stephen King: mostly it or mostly shit?  (Read 1742 times)

Re: Stephen King: mostly it or mostly shit?
« Reply #30 on: July 29, 2019, 08:41:58 PM »
Actually there was a bit in it I liked. This girl is going around town trying to find out who’s only got one eye (Hoff got shot in the face with a firework) and the whole scene is so surreal, all the actors turning very slowly like automatons to show you their two eyes, synth plink plonk music in the background, a barber whose scissors don’t touch his customers hair, a bar full of silent men who aren’t drinking. I’m sure it’s an accident due to bad acting and direction but I liked that bit.

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Re: Stephen King: mostly it or mostly shit?
« Reply #31 on: July 29, 2019, 08:42:27 PM »
Maximum Overdrive

There are a few of us who think that Maximum Overdrive is pretty good, and genuinely so - not even a guilty pleasure.

Yes, King was coked off his chump throughout the entire production (and for a while after) and doesn't remember a single thing about making it, but it holds together well, the production design and cinematography are both aces, it has some genuinely funny moments, and some half decent performances (not least Estevez, who's basically carrying over Otto from Repo Man, which is no bad thing).

I can understand criticisms about it in terms of faithfulness, but I've NEVER understood the absolute hate it's typically drawn.

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Re: Stephen King: mostly it or mostly shit?
« Reply #32 on: July 29, 2019, 09:16:26 PM »
There are a few of us who think that Maximum Overdrive is pretty good, and genuinely so - not even a guilty pleasure.

Yes, King was coked off his chump throughout the entire production (and for a while after) and doesn't remember a single thing about making it, but it holds together well, the production design and cinematography are both aces, it has some genuinely funny moments, and some half decent performances (not least Estevez, who's basically carrying over Otto from Repo Man, which is no bad thing).

I can understand criticisms about it in terms of faithfulness, but I've NEVER understood the absolute hate it's typically drawn.

I watched it so many times as a teenager. It's not bad, but not great either. Guilty pleasure for me. If you look at the character dynamics compared with The Mist, it's much more cartoonish... "Weeee madeeee you...!!!" Sure, lady.

Great one-liners throughout, however. You can guess the most quoted line by my mates whenever we were at the nearest ATM. And Pat Hingle is at his most Pat Hingle. "You wanna war, you got one." <needs a cigar in mouth to quote properly>