Have you ever wondered what has happened to Kevin McCallister? 

You know the story! You must! Kevin McCallister is the 8 year old boy who was left all be his lonesome in the 1990 smash hit movie Home Alone. The film, which also starred Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, is pretty straight forward. By accident, Kevin’s family take a trip to Paris, France but accidentally forget him when his sister makes a mistake while taking a headcount. Kevin is forced to survive on his own but matters take a turn for the worse when he realises that there are two criminals who plan to burgle most of the homes on the street including his own, which is considered the prize target. Kevin, who is unfortunately unable to contact the police due to downed phone lines, takes it upon himself to defend his home against these home invaders in hilarious fashion. 


The movie later spawned a sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York where a mix up at the airport leads Kevin to taking the wrong flight and becomes once again separated from his family again, but this time in New York. 

So I ask you, what becomes of a young man who is twice abandoned by his family at Christmas time?

Jack Dishel has all the answers

There is also a hilarious follow up from Marv!

It’s A Wonderful Life. The Ultimate Christmas Movie?

A colleague of mine at work surprised me the other day when she told me that she had NEVER SEEN Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a movie which stars James Stewart and Donna Reed and was released in 1946! Yep, that’s SEVENTY years ago. 

Though it’s release was many years ago, It’s a Wonderful Life (IAWL) is still a mainstay of the holiday season and with great reason too. The story revolves around George Bailey who – after a series of unfortunate events – wishes that he never was born.  An angel called Clarence is sent to earth to make his wish come true and show George what life would be like for his friends, family, and indeed the community without him. 

I always watch IAWL every year without fail at Christmas time, sometimes even twice. It’s a movie that I’ve known since my childhood. A movie that I have watched with my Mum, Dad and brother and it’s a movie that has always resonated with me – even more so as I’ve got older. It’s a movie also that you need to watch all the way through. It will undoubtedly be on television sometime around Christmas so if you haven’t seen it, it’s really worth checking out. To be honest, most films with Jimmy Stewart are worth checking out at least once but this movie is special. 

Here are some of the reasons why. 

1. The relationship between George Bailey and Mary Hatch.

Yes, at it’s heart, IAWL is a love story (yes, I’m soppy and no I don’t care). The relationship George and Mary have is quite special; she completes him. But she isn’t just some eye candy or trophy, she is a smart, interesting and caring woman (yes, she is also beautiful). One of the joys of watching this film is seeing their relationship blossom – it’s heart warming and also the sort of relationship any sane man can only dream of having. 

2. The importance of community. 

IAWL is not just a story about one man or just one couple but the placing of one man in his community. George runs Bailey’s Building and Loan company, a place which helps keep the local community afloat. Without spoiling the story for you guys, the importance of one man in his community and what he does for his community really shines through here. 


3. It tackles some suicide

IAWL is amazing in that it tackles suicide. George Bailey is drawn to a point where he wishes he no longer existed and the angel Clarence grants him the opportunity to see what life would be like without him. It’s a rather beautiful life lesson and as someone who has himself suffered from dark times and who has wondered whether the world would be better without him, it’s nice to be reminded that you as a person have no idea just exactly how much the world needs you and even if you think it is insignificant, those tiny ways that you do matter can actually be a whole lot. 


4. It has the perfect ending for a Christmas film. 

All I will say is that at this festive time of year, IAWL brings you a very important message and a message that will serve you well at Christmas time. 


So please, if you haven’t seen it already, do see it. It’s an amazing film and a Christmas great. 

Merry Christmas!

The Color of Night [Movie Review]


Hey there folks! I’m back and so are my photos. So I thought today and get right back into things with a new movie review. Today we are looking at the 1994 erotic mystery thriller Color of Night starring Bruce Willis and the delectable Jane March. So hang onto your draws folks. We are in for a ride!

Some Background:

As I mentioned above, the Color of Night stars Jane March and Bruce Willis (in what must be his most erotic movie ever made). It also stars Lance Henriksen (from Aliens and the hit TV show Millenium), Lesley Ann Warren (Clue) as well as Brad Dourif and Scott Bakula. It was directed by Richard Rush (who also directed 1980s hit Stunt Man). Despite the hype pre-release, Color of Night was a gigantic flop and has the honour of winning the Golden Raspberry Award for the worst film of the year at the 1994 awards ceremony. Much was made about the gratuitous nature of the sex scenes in this movie, which were quite a shock to many a Bruce Willis fan. That’s right, not only Jane March but Bruce Willis also had scenes of full frontal nudity. 

The infamous swimming pool scene that stunned fans of Bruce Willis

So why am I reviewing it? Well, despite it being a box office flop, Color of Night was one of the top twenty most rented films in 1995. It was also singled out by Maxim as having the best sex scene in the HISTORY of cinema. The scenes of a sexual nature were so intense that the lead actress Jane March has frequently stated she was not comfortable with them and had to be convinced by the director to film them.  There is also hearsay that Bruce Willis required a body double in one such scene, an underwater sex scene, because the director felt that Brucie’s member was “too small”. However, it should be noted that I have not been able to or wish to verify this fact but thank IMDb all the same for the trivia. 

I have two questions. 1) is she covering that area for a reason or 2) what is she expecting to hear down there?



The story:

So the next thing I should probably talk about is the story. Yes, believe it or not, there is a story. 

Dr. Bill Capa (Willis) is a New York City psychologist who falls into a deep depression after an unstable patient commits suicide in front of him by jumping from his office window. The sight of the bloody body of his patient clad in a bright green dress causes Capa to develoo psychosomatic color blindness, taking away his ability to see the color red.

To restart his life, Capa travels to Los Angeles to stay with a friend, fellow therapist and best-selling author Dr. Bob Moore (Bakula), who invites him to sit in on a group therapy session. But one night Moore is violently murdered in the office and Capa is plunged into the mystery of his friend’s death.
Moore would gather his patients every Monday for a discussion of their problems. The police consider them, and possibly Capa, as suspects in the murder. Capa continues to live in Moore’s house where he meets and begins an affair with Rose (March), a mysterious girl who enters his life. he also decides to take over Moore’s therapy group and learns of their pasts and obsessions as the murder investigation takes place. 

Bruce getting all romantic.



The Evaluation:

This movie is an intriguing one. For starters it’s not the world’s greatest film and neither does it shy away from the fact that while it is a mystery and a thriller, there is heavy emphasis on sex. Indeed, Jane March was hired for this role because of her willingness to do nude scenes in her previous work. Needless to say this came back to haunt her later in her career having only acted in 17 motion pictures since her role in this movie. Amazingly though, she is now only 43 years old which means she was 21 when she starred in this movie, while Bruce Willis was 39. Cradle Snatcher!  Indeed, the fact that she was young and beautiful was one of the chief marketing ploys for this movie, along with, of course, a number of female fans also having an interest due to Bruce Willis’s exposure. Literally. 

So he was literally old enough to be her Dad?


Surprisingly though, the movie does try hard to flex its muscles as a mystery too. Unfortunately, this often comes at a cost as early screenings came back lukewarm with a number of twists not really working as well as expected. In fact, there was such debate over how the movie flowed, the Producers and director were at odds with the producers creating their own cut of the movie against the wishes of the director. In fact, the stress got so much for the director that he suffered a heart attack. These days, it’s the director’s cut of the movie that survives with the producers’ cut considered an unmitigated disaster. 

The film does offer a strong supporting cast and did have potential. It just so happened that the film was somewhat poorly executed and one could argue just didn’t live up to it. Today, it’s the sex that people remember it for. If they remember it at all. Indeed, Bruce Willis himself rarely comments on the film stating that it just “didn’t work” when asked. Willis would have to admit that this film took place during a definitely lull in his career where other flops such as Hudson Hawk and Last Man Standing hurt his reputation greatly. Luckily for him, things took a turn for the better not long after with hits including Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, Fifth Element and Die Hard with a Vengeance, at least until recently. 

Overall, this movie is a bit of a bust but yet it somehow deserves at least one watch to see how bad / cheesy it is. I watched it that one and only time because I used to be a big Willis fan. You can imagine how shocked I was! For it’s time, it was porn with a story. But these days, it’s probably about average considering what we churn out! 

I score this a C –

Does our movie collection define us?

So I was glancing through my movie collection today and I got to thinking about whether our movie collections are a fair reflection of who we are. I mean, isn’t that the reason why so many choose such high falooting films as their favourite??


Let’s be honest! Seriously! You know those moments when you are chatting with someone early on in a relationship of some kind and the discussion turns to movies and you ask “what is your favourite film?”  Well how often do you get someone saying something like White Chicks or something a little more mundane like Die Hard? The answer is NOT OFTEN. Why? Because nobody wants to admit that they aren’t higher functioning.  I can’t even count the number of times when I’ve asked a person what their favourite film is that they’ve come back with an answer such as Shawshank Redemption or The Theory of Everything. It’s important to look smart right? That and it would be rather less impressive than coming out with Resident Evil

It got me wondering whether some people genuinely don’t think those sorts of movies. But then that doesn’t make sense. If so many girls hated romantic comedies or if so many guys hated movies such as Piranha 3D, why do studios continue to churn them out? Methinks that the answer is that people just lie out of embarrassment. No one wants to be that person who likes corny, cheesy, or rude movies. 

I’m going to be honest. My movie taste is eclectic and rather odd at times. I somewhat embarrassingly admit that I do have a fair few movies that have “hot” people in them. You know, the sort of movie where you would see boobs here and there. That being said, none of the movies I own are filthy. So while my mind may go into the gutter every now and then, I do have some scruples. Plus there are some films I’ve purchased just out of intrigue. I purchased Spring Breakers for example because I was bewildered about why James Franco got such high praise for a seemingly titilating movie while I purchased Fifty Shades of Grey literally because I had read the book as part of a dare and I wanted to see whether the movie was as cheesy as the book. I would also confess that I also have slight things for Vanessa Hudgens and Dakota Johnson that added to my intrigue. 

I do own a lot of immature movies. By immature, I mean your typical young adult type of film such as the Hangover, Get Hard, numerous other Will Ferrell movies and I did also purchase Piranha 3D. What can I say, I like creature features!!!

I have a fair few blockbusters too as well as some more critically acclaimed ones such as The Godfather, A Beautiful Mind and Dr Strangelove but anything smarter can be easily balanced out by the stupid. 

So what does all this say about me? Maybe that I’m inquisitive, I’m red blooded, I can be serious at times but I’m also quite capable of being silly too. I guess you could say that it also says that while I enjoy the thoughtful and intelligent film, I also enjoy going to films for the big spectical and I’m not afraid of big booms, car chases and action. 

I think probably the biggest thing that would surprise people about my movie collection though, beyond the cruder variety of film is the romantic element. I own quite a few romantic comedies and dramas. Indeed, one element I liked about Fifty Shades of Grey was the rather ludicrous love story that developed. Yep, that’s right. I felt really bad for Anastasia Steele and I could empathise with falling for someone who had different ideas of what love and sex were and how hard that is. Maybe that sounds stupid but it did make sense.  I also like romantic movies with happy endings. There’s too much sadness in the world. Isn’t it nice when people find love at the end? Cheesy, sure! But I wouldn’t be sad to have that romantic ending!

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that movie collections probably do say a lot about you and it’s a shame that people aren’t more open about films they like. While it’s quite embarrassing for me to admit (more than anything) that I bought movies like Fifty Shades of Grey or Springbreakers, I actually think that it isn’t as damning or incriminating as I worry it is. I also think it’s no harm for a person to admit they like movies like that or to say that their favourite movie is something cheesy or silly. It just shows you are human and probably makes you sound more relatable than someone who only gets their kicks out of a three hour Scorcese film that has “deep meanings that reflect society”. Honestly, half the time, I don’t leave a film thinking “okay, that was slow but the underlying messages were inspired”. I’m probably more likely to say “that movie was cool! It was so high paced and fast actioned. And that woman was really cute!” Sometimes, a stupid movie that makes you laugh out loud is far more rewarding than watching the Revenant, which is, despite being beautifully shot and reasonably acted, a rather boring movie with somewhat of an anti-climax. 

What are your thoughts?

The Witch [2015](Review)

This evening, my family and I watched the Witch. It’s described online as a historical period supernatural horror film and was written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut. It stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson. 

Plot

The film follows a Puritan family encountering forces of evil in the woods beyond their New England farm. Set in 17th century New England, it begins with a man named William is threatened with banishment from a Puritan plantation alongside his wife Katherine, daughter Thomasin, son Caleb, and fraternal twins Mercy and Jonas, due to a difference in interpretation of the New Testament. Their differences in opinion leads the family to leave the church and the plantation it controls and build a farm by the edge of a large, secluded forest far from the Puritan settlement. Katherine soon gives birth to her fifth child, Samuel. While being closely watched by Thomasin, Samuel mysteriously vanishes from her presence. The family are devastated as they try to figure out what happened to Samuel and who is to blame for what happened. 

Family praying for some good crop


Reception:

The Witch grossed $25.1 million in North America and $15.3 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $40.4 million. It received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a “Certified Fresh” rating of 91%, based on 259 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. However, it only scored 6.7 amongst ~80000 views on IMDb. 

You should have seen the over guy


My opinion:

I’ll be honest with you: I’m still not quite sure how to digest this movie. In terms of setting the scene, the authenticity and the acting, I can’t really criticise the movie too much. Specifically, huge shout outs are deserved for Ralph Ineson (William) and Harvey Scrimshaw (Caleb) who gave excellent performances. Yet, although the film was marketed was as a “terrifying horror movie”, I don’t quite think it was quite deserved of such titles. Yes, the movie did get under my skin and there were scenes that truly made me feel uncomfortable, it wasn’t uncomfortable in a terrified sort of way. It was more along the lines of disgust or distaste. There were definite scenes that I would genuinely upset some members of the audience and I don’t understand quite why these scenes are necessary in the film. Directors should realise that this sort of scenary, while they might argue it to be visceral, is just distasteful and not entertaining. If people were entertained by this, they need some sort of therapy in my opinion. Something’s are better left unseen. 

Just some kids goating around…


As I said before, the acting was very competent and credit should be given to the actors for dealing with a more complicated than average script which did add to the authentic feel of the movie. I did not like the ending but that is something I’m more often than not used to in this day and age.  Overall I would say that this film was rather a take or leave it film. It wasn’t anything particularly special but something rather left of the field that doesn’t quite hit the spot. 

The film is lukewarm overall


Rating: C-

The Book Review: Deception Point by Dan Brown

Hey guys, 

How are you doing? I’ve decided to do add to my collection of reviews by writing some book reviews. I know, right? I read too. What a catch! 😜

So my book review for today is the 2001 techno-thriller called “Deception Point” by Dan Brown. This was actually the fourth Dan Brown book I’d read but in my opinion it is one of the best. 

So what’s it about?

On the eve of a U.S. presidential election, NASA discovers concrete proof of extraterrestrial life within a meteorite in the Milne Ice Shelf. The discovery gains overwhelming political importance because NASA’s gross expenditure and low yield is the hottest topic of debate. To verify the authenticity of the evidence, the president sends a team of five carefully chosen individuals: four scientists – Michael Tolland, Corky Marlinson, Norah Mangor and Wailee Ming – and a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) employee, Rachel Sexton, daughter of Senator Sexton the presidential candidate.

The authenticity of the discovery seems beyond doubt. But when the team discovers a seemingly insignificant anomaly, watching eyes strike. 

Thoughts:

Deception Point is written in your traditional Dan Brown style. It’s not overly complicated to read, it flows well and has likeable characters. The book isn’t overly long and it is filled with some great twists. I quite like tech-thrillers. I find them fun and also the little facts you might pick up through the stories although obviously I’m aware it is fiction so don’t worry, I’m not using these for general knowledge answers.  I also loved the settings for the book. Obviously, it being set in the Arctic, it’s different to your average story. Mix with that NASA and a presidential election and you’ve got some interesting counterparts. 

In terms of his other works, it perhaps isn’t as good as Digital Fortress but there is no shame in that. I read that bad boy in two days. But I would really recommend this book to anyone. So hey, go check it out now!
STAR RATING: ****

Blair Witch Project (1999) [A Review]

The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage psychological horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. It starred, at the time, three unknown actors filmmakers Heather Donahue (The TV Series, Taken), Michael C. Williams (Altered) and Joshua Leonard (Shark Night 3D). 


What’s the Background?

The film tells the fictional story of three student filmmakers who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappeared, but their video and sound equipment (along with most of the footage they shot) was discovered a year later; this “recovered footage” is the film the viewer is watching.


The backstory for the movie is a legend that was fabricated by the directors of the movie (in the same vain that the writers did in the movie “The Fourth Kind” years later). The creators went to great length to give the legend credence by creating a mockumentary entitled “The Curse of the Blair Witch”. 

 The legend describes the killings and disappearances of some of the residents of Blair, Maryland (a fictitious town on the site of Burkittsville, Maryland) from the 18th to 20th centuries. Residents blamed these occurrences on the ghost of Elly Kedward, a Blair resident accused of practicing witchcraft in 1785 and sentenced to death by exposure. The Curse of the Blair Witch presents the legend as real, complete with manufactured newspaper articles, newsreels, television news reports, and staged interviews. Pretty cool right?

Thoughts on this movie

You cannot undersell what this movie did exactly for the movie industry. The Blair Witch Project grossed $248.6 million worldwide. After reshoots, a new sound mix, experiments with different endings and other changes made by the studio, the film’s final budget ended up between $500,000 and $750,000.


The film’s “found footage” format received near-universal praise by critics and, though not the first in the found footage device, the film has been declared a milestone in film history due to its critical and box office success. 

The back story is also rather eerily effective. I mean by this, that it doesn’t seem all that far out of the realms of plausibility in that in quiet towns in the middle of nowhere, you get these weird folklore stories. And while you might pass off these stories as just that, would you go camping out in a woods that is plagued with freakish lore of witches and curses. I doubt I would. At least not without holy water ha ha. 


The acting in itself is pretty good and the filming, while done on handheld device which often gives somewhat of a shaky feel, is pretty cool and appropriate in that it only adds to the authenticity. It also spurred on the creation of many more films of similar type. Remember also, this was done before camera phones were around and before anyone and everyone could film a HD recording at their leisure. 

I will always remember being a school kid hearing about the curse of the Blair Witch and thinking that it was so freaky. I was also pretty scared to watch it given its hype as being the most terrifying film ever. And while it probably isn’t close to the scariest, it is pretty damn unforgettable. 

Rating: B+

What are your thoughts?

Severance (2006) [Movie Review]


Background:

Severance is a 2006 British-German comedy horror film co-written and directed by Christopher Smith. Co-written with James Moran, it stars Danny Dyer and Laura Harris. The film tells a story of group of co-workers who go to a remote mountain forest in Hungary, where they become victims of murderous attacks.

Plot:

The European Sales division of Palisade Defence military arms corporation are on a bus to a team-building weekend at a “luxury lodge” in the Mátra Mountains of Hungary. When a fallen tree blocking the road halts the bus’s progress, the driver refuses to take a dirt road through the woods and, after an argument, drives off leaving the group to walk the remaining distance to the lodge.


Eventually the group reaches the lodge, which is old and in serious disrepair, but the manager Richard convinces the wary but tired group to enter. Inside, Harris discovers a file cabinet full of cryptic Palisade documents, written in Russian. 

The first tell tale sign that all isn’t right is when one of the employees serves the group a meat pie that he found in the kitchen while they discuss these cryptic documents, only for one of them to find a human tooth in their slice. Later, when they head off to bed, one of the group, Jill, spots someone staring into the lodge. The group go outside to look for the voyeur but nobody is found and the group agree to leave the lodge the next day barring Richard. However, the next day when some of the team make their way to find the bus driver to take them home…things take a grizzly turn for the worst. 


Opinion:

The film currently holds an approval rating of 65% on the film critic site Rotten Tomatoes and was lauded by Rolling Stone magazine for its “mischievous blending [of] The Office with Friday the 13th”. 

As for my opinion, well, the film works well in a number of ways. The director, who is previously know for the Brit Horror Creep moved from the black horror of his previous title to something a little more humorous and it paid off, even if you aren’t a great Danny Dyer fan (which I’m not). Yes, at the heart of it, it is a slasher but it is also reasonably intelligent with a good fast paced dialogue and some genuinely funny moments. 


For those who are squeamish, then it may not be the film. The death scenes are quite gruesome so it isn’t for the faint hearted in that regard. And while it isn’t quite Shaun of the Dead funny, Severance is another example of horror movies mixing gruesomeness with some more light hearted moments that makes the film little more than a cold slaughterfest that you come to expect with most modern day films. 

Overall Rating = B-

See the full trailer here:

The Cottage (2008) [Movie Review]

Background:

The Cottage is a 2008 British darkly comic horror film, written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams. It stars Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Reece Shearsmith (Shaun of the Dead) and Jennifer Ellison (Phantom of the Opera). 


The Plot:

Two brothers, David and Peter (Andy Serkis and Reece Shearsmith), kidnap Tracey (Jennifer Ellison), the stepdaughter of Arnie, an underworld crime boss. 


The pair hold her for ransom in a secluded country cottage. Things begin to go wrong when Arnie’s dimwitted son and stepbrother of Tracey, Andrew delivers the ransom. Instead of money, the bag is filled with napkins. David and Peter realize that not only have they been deceived, but Arnie knew about Andrew’s involvement in the scheme all along.

After Peter breaks David’s phone by accidentally dropping it in water, David goes down to the village to use a telephone box to call in another ransom. While there, he happens across some sinister locals who, upon learning that he and his companions are staying at the Barnarby Cottage, warn him to keep his doors locked and not to wander. Disturbed, David returns to the cottage to find that Tracey — who has proven to be highly intelligent and resourceful, albeit foul-mouthed and somewhat psychopathic — has incapacitated Andrew and abducted Peter.
Some distance away, Peter and Tracey arrive at an ominous looking farm. Upon entering the house, they soon discover it to be the home of an insane and hideously deformed serial-killer known only as the Farmer.
Opinions:

You might be interested to know that The Cottage received positive reviews, garnering a 71% certified “fresh” result on Rotten Tomatoes. As for my opinion, I have to say that I was actually rather pleasantly surprised. 

As far as British movies go, and specifically British horror movies go, they are more often than not average films filled to the brim with vulgar language and not much else. Though obviously, it isn’t the most surprising scenario (a horror movie scenario) to hear colourful language. As you know, it’s tense, frightening and high adrenaline. But the Cottage is far more than that. It’s actually very watchable. 


The movie sets the scene really well. You really get the feel of a traditional British backwater and the acting is pretty good, though I’ve always been a fan of Andy Serkis. Jennifer Ellison is truly irritating (in a good way) and in that regard, you find it quite easy to sympathise with the two brothers. She’s quite the pitbull, even if she is beautiful. But you do find yourself caring about the characters and in particular the dysfunctional relationship that the two brothers have. 

As a comedy, it actually works really well with some laughs throughout the movie. And as for a gore movie, it also provides the wince-inducing moments that you would also expect. Some quite inventive too. 


Overall, it is a decent movie that is worth a watch, especially if you like comedy horrors like Severance. 

Overall score – B. 

Watch the Trailer below:


Electric Dreams (1984) – Movie Review


Way before Spike Jonze’s “Her” came a movie called “Electric Dreams”. Actually, this was way before people freely explored the internet and before people thought that computers were cool. 

Electric Dreams is a 1984 American-British science fiction romantic comedy-drama film set in San Francisco, California, that depicts a love triangle between a man, a woman and a computer. It stars Lenny Von Dohlen (Twin Peaks), Virginia Madsen (Sideways and Candyman), Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2), and the voice of Bud Cort (Braindead) and was directed by Steve Barron, who also directed Mike Bassett – England Manager. It also has the honour of being the first film released by the Virgin Films production company. It’s designed in your typical cheesy 80s fashion but don’t let that fool you. This film is all kinds of funky. 


Miles Harding is an architect who envisions a brick shaped like a jigsaw puzzle piece that could enable buildings to withstand earthquakes. Seeking a way to get organized, he buys a personal computer to help him develop his ideas. Although he is initially unsure that he will even be able to correctly operate the computer, he does what every good technology geek does and buys numerous extra gadgets that were not necessary for his work, such as switches to control household appliances like the blender, a speech synthesizer, and a microphone. When Miles attempts to download the entire database from a mainframe computer at work, his computer begins to overheat. In a state of panic, Miles uses a nearby bottle of champagne to douse the overheating machine, which then becomes sentient.

If a sentient computer wasn’t enough to set your appetite, as mentioned earlier on, a love triangle soon ensues between Miles, his computer (who later identifies himself as “Edgar”), and Miles’ neighbor, an attractive cellist named Madeline. That’s right! 


Obviously all hell breaks loose and the movie comes to one hell of a climax. 

The movie scores a 6.5 from IMDB which is possibly a little bit unfair but don’t let that put you off. It actually is a pretty cool film. I mean,  look at this way. This was way before computers had gained such a big foothold in every day life. The idea of having a computer that could control your home with a few clicks was something of crazy science fiction times yet look where we are today with things like Apple’s HomeKit. The idea that people could converse or ask computers question too seemed the stuff of fantasy yet today we have Siri or Cortana. I’m not saying that your latest phone or Xbox is going to get the hots for your next door neighbor. Personally, I’d be pissed if mine did because I really don’t need anymore competition as I’m already struggling but I still think it’s quite funky to see people’s ideas of computing and how far we have come in the 32 years since. 


The film also boasts a pretty kick arse soundtrack which no doubt was influenced by Richard Branson’s influence (He is the owner of Virgin).  The soundtrack features music from prominent popular musicians of the time, being among the movies of this generation that actively explored the commercial link between a movie and its soundtrack. 

The main song of the movie was called “Together in Electric Dreams”. If you like 80s music, you really should check it out (It’s by Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder). Here it is!

Remember. We’ll always be together. However far it seems! We’ll always be together. Together in Electric Dreams.