Skip to main content

The Hunt for Red October, November and December

 Is it just me or are films duller than they used to be?

 I'm of course not saying all films, oh no; but certainly most. It has been a very long time since I've seen a film that had me gripping the edge of my seat; and I'm not talking horror because most horror films make me actually leave my seat, never to return. For the first time, I recently watched The Hunt for Red October (1990) which I had never seen before nor watched the trailer for. I was astounded by the stellar cast which was all male. It didn't bother me though because all that testosterone pumping didn't diminish the film by a long shot. In fact, I'm glad the cast was all male, there weren't any funny jokes directed toward women and it didn't matter there was no love story. I find in many films with a heavily male cast; can be downgraded by adding in parts or characters that have no business being there. I know we are living in a society now where movies, films, and stories are more inclusive, but if there were no women on board the submarines in History then don't add them for inclusivities' sake. History isn't always about righting past wrongs, it's just about rereading the story. Anyways, Red October was phenomenal and after watching the film I found they only won one academy award for sound editing. I mean the sound editing was good and all that, but I thought the thrill of the story and the acting was actually quite amazing. I think it's hard to base movies on academy awards nowadays, especially with the debacle of the pandemic. Which created a slew of unearthly horrible films and some good ones, but because of sickness, no one went to the theaters. I was definitely surprised when west side story got some nods, as the original is far superior. 

I would say the story of Red October, is pretty original and the thrill of the chase is quite good. I also found the feeling of unease very prolific in the film and kept you guessing throughout. We as an audience flip-flopped through each scenario dissecting every facial twitch, the moment of silence and clock ticking for the torpedo to strike us. sure the CGI was pretty bad, that's 90's computers for you. the music was thrilling enough and most of the film takes place either in the submarine or outside in the water. It felt tight and claustrophobic like we were actually in the submarine. being able to transport an audience into the film is a rarity for me. It's odd watching films about Russia when the news nowadays is filled with their antics. It's reassuring though that maybe movies are following along with the designated program of what we call history in many respects. 


Historical references 78%  the abyss 6/10  pinging 9.1

maritime information πŸ›₯πŸ›₯πŸ›₯πŸ›₯πŸ›₯πŸ›₯πŸ›₯πŸ›₯ (8)






Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Rings of Mediocre Power

Have you ever found yourself wishing for cutting-edge adventure? Have you wanted to survive a train long line to see your favorite movie or specialized event? Stranded in a sea of pop tents, pool chairs, and general mayhem that is a book launch, movie premier, or overpriced sneaker drop. Look no further, well I would say look farther, cause this ain't it. I'm talking about the Rings of Power here, so if you are a fan or not, spoilers and well wishes. Since the first trailers appeared on Prime, I was hooked. Sadly, this series, like so many wanna be hyped up fantasies, falls short of its intentions. If you are like me you remember waiting not so patiently for each of the three-plus parts of the Lord of the Rings movies by Peter Jackson to appear. I  remember waiting in line with my dad and brother and then holding in my pee during the three hr long films because the theater was so crowded with people you'd inevitably miss 1-3 key points while waiting to use the facilities. 

Diggers (2006) The process of finding something you were never looking for to begin with.

 A few months ago I watched the movie Diggers. Afterward it stuck in my mind like a song that would not leave. Spoilers here so don't read on if you like being spoiled.  Do you have the feeling that an outfit of choice just doesn't work. Like you picked everything out and it looked good in the mirror, but as soon as you left the house you feel lop-sided. The shoes are the wrong color or your sweater is too bulky, something is amiss but you can't quite put your finger on it. You go about your day wondering, but you never know. Diggers is like that. Well that went straight to the point. No, really I didn't mean to to do that, but heres a more in depth perception of the mismatched outfit Diggers portrays.  The movie starts off in a little town in Long Island. Small fisherman go out and dig for clams in 1976. Paul Rudd plays one of the main characters who seems aimless in his life, as he has no connection to his father and his sisters. He likes taking photographs, but doesn