Back To The Future Part II

Name: Back To The Future Part II
Year: 1989
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 108
Description: Marty McFly has only just got back from the past when he is once again picked up by Dr Emmett Brown and sent through time to the future. Marty’s job in the future is to pose as his son to prevent him being thrown in prison. Unfortunately, things get worse when the future changes the present.
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family

I just can’t get enough of the Doc yelling and shouting all the time (‘I am going to put this in THE TRASH!’) Tom Wilson as Biff/Griff is simply amazing (just one little mistake as Old Biff), Lea Thompson never ceases to amaze and Strickland using a shotgun was hilarious. The future plotline is far-fetched and there are too many lightning sounds during the conversations in 1985A, but who cares, it’s great fun. One much bigger problem: the new George actor messes up his only important line (‘Are you okay?’) That’s just not done.

The score is mostly a rehash of part one, but it doesn’t need to be more and the main theme remains just as exciting as ever. I do find the end credits were a wasted opportunity and the final cues (Doc discovering Marty and Marty carrying Doc home) are rather awkward.

Therese Birch’s audio description was mostly effective, but she repeatedly refused to interrupt unimportant radio dialogue accompanied by important actions and she doesn’t sound too passionate either.

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Sea Of Love

Name: Sea Of Love
Year: 1989
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 113
Description: Frank Keller is a New York detective investigating a case of a serial killer who finds the victims through the lonely-hearts column in newspapers. Keller falls in love with Helen, the main suspect in the case.
Stars: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin and John Goodman
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

I couldn’t watch for more than 20 minutes because there was a problem with the subtitles, but it seemed boring anyway.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Name: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Year: 1989
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 107
Description: When the newly-christened starship Enterprise’s shakedown cruise goes poorly, Captain Kirk and crew put it into Spacedock for repairs. But an urgent mission interrupts their Earth-bound shore leave. A renegade Vulcan named Sybok has taken three consuls hostage on the planet Nimbus III, an event which also attracts the attention of a Klingon captain who wants to make a name for himself. Sybok’s ragtag army captures the Enterprise and takes it on a journey to the center of the galaxy in search of the Supreme Being.
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Okay, I either have very poor taste or Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes are consistently wrong. I had postponed watching this film for a while and decided to only do so when nothing of interest was on, which seems to be the case week after week these days. I really liked this entry, except for the fact that I didn’t understand why everyone is suddenly bad-tempered with Spock, the creature at the end could have done with a little more backstory and there were some lame jokes, but other than that, way better than the previous ones (minus 4). One question still remains, why do Klingons hate Kirk/the whole world?

And the surprises didn’t end there. Goldsmith’s score really impressed me. The main theme sounded exhilarating, the sequences in ‘heaven’ had superb music, I will finally remember a Klingon theme, the recording sounded excellent (reverb is amazing) and the sound mix was highly dynamic.

The audio description was good, but interfered a little bit too much with the film audio. That’s fine in most cases, but you can’t lower the volume when you’re dealing with majestic fanfares.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Name: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
Year: 1989
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 127
Description: Three years after he recovered The Ark of the Covenant, Jones recovered an artifact that he found as a kid, the Cross of Francisco De Coronado from treasure hunters. Now, Jones discovers the history of another biblical artifact called “The Holy Grail”. He was also informed that his father, Henry Jones, is missing. Jones has to find his father who is looking for the Grail and will become involved in the search of the Holy Grail along with his father, as well as fighting the Nazis to reach it.
Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Alison Doody
Genres: Action, Adventure

Wow, I never expected it to be THAT good! Where to start? The whole thing sounded so much better overall, you’d think they made the other two films thirty years ago. Though the story is at times absurd for non-religious people, it was much more compelling and interesting than the first two. Actually, I’d rather just pretend Temple of Doom never existed. What a drag that was compared to this one. This entry was also much more light-hearted and even funny at times. Sean Connery really hash an enormoush speech defect, good gracioush.

But the best aspect was undoubtedly Williams’ fantastic score. The holy grail theme is just magnificent. This was the first time that JW moved me so deeply, I just couldn’t get enough of those solemn brass chords. Then the theme heard in ‘Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra’… I love it when Williams uses trumpets and oboes playing triplets at the same time. Then the Nazi theme… I’ve been watching a lot of Williams films this month: three Indy movies and Born on the Fourth of July, and then I also listened to a bunch of Boston Pops albums of his music. Now I’m officially hooked on his scores and this one had better have a good album representation.

Oh, and I also liked the London accent of the audio-describer.

Born on the Fourth of July

Name: Born On The Fourth Of July
Year: 1989
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 145
Description: The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava
Genres: Biography, Drama, War

Hmm… I suppose that there’s a great movie hidden inside these 2 hours, but there’s way too much scenes that really don’t advance the story in any way. I appreciated the film in the beginning, but after he returned from the war, it took the main character like an hour to realise that the entire Vietnam thing was a total hoax and meanwhile I was bored to death. The argument with the parents and the subsequent Mexico part was very touching, but all the unnecessary scenes throughout the film made the whole thing a lot less powerful than it could have been.

Williams’ score is great. I just love how the main theme (strings section part) contains just one minor chord. It perfectly describes the two parts of the war (glory and utter failure) and how they are balanced in the film. Overall, the music was rather repetitive, but with such a great theme, it was hardly a problem.

Add to that the fact that the volume of the audio description was way too soft and that some scenes were badly described…

And now I’m going to the bathroom to take a shower. It’ll do my country a lot of good and I’m sure I’ll feel more glorious, honourable, worthwhile and prepared to fight and serve my people after a good shower. Fuck the world, fuck the war, fuck all of you, fuck communism!