Filmism.net Dispatch June 28, 2015

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You know what I watched the other week? Young Doctors in Love. It couldn't have made me happier, because when I was about 12 and discovered this movie on VHS I had it on hard rotation (of a sort, more below) along with a couple of others.

It's one of what I call my favourite song movies, and I'm sure you'll have yours too. They're the movies you can come back to again and again, and it's more than loving them. It's knowing them with such familiarity, just sliding into them like a pair of slippers.

I call them my favourite song movies because like favourite songs, I know them so well. They're not even necessarily my favourite movies, they just give me that feeling of knowing I've come home.

Back in the dark ages when I was a kid most family homes had one TV, and your parents always wanted to watch some grown up show like the news. You had three hour VHS tapes with your favourite movies on them (including commercials if you hadn't been there to pause and resume the recording at the right time), but you couldn't just watch a movie whenever you want like today.

So I'd set the little stereo from my bedroom up in front of the TV, play the movie and record the entire soundtrack to play back in my room while doing anything from homework to playing with Lego.

Brain Donors, Back to the Future, Star Wars, Bachelor Party and Young Doctors in Love were my mainstays, and I played them so many times I literally memorised each film from start to finish, including the main and end credits, all the sound effects and in a couple of cases, the content of the commercial breaks.

Back to the Future and Star Wars I now recognise as the cultural touchstones they are. But Brain Donors and Bachelor Party? I think even John Turturro and Tom Hanks would rather forget they exist.

But what can I say, I love them. I don't know them all word for word anymore (although I'd give you a run for your money on Star Wars if you bet me), but if I ever come across them, I get that old feeling back in a heartbeat.

In news that's more current than my moviegoing childhood, a news story emerged recently that indirectly bodes well for the videogame movie.

The fact that videogame movies are usually crap isn't news. One only has to look at Hitman, Doom, Max Payne, Street Fighter et al. But studios seem to be recognising that good writing can be found in games, which is a step in the right direction towards the ultimate goal that they use good writers for videogame movies.

How do we know this is true? When you see Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in a few weeks, you'll see that the screenwriter was Drew Pearce, the guy behind Iron Man 3. What you won't see on screen is that Pearce's script was given an update and polish by Will Staples, a games writer and the brains behind the story of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which grossed $1bn dollars.... In. Sixteen. Days. The evolution will probably be too slow to affect the soon-to-be-released Hitman: Agent 47, but it might have an effect on the recently-announced adap of giant monster adventure Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson.

Speaking of Dwayne, I interviewed him recently for three media outlets




I also finally caught up with the mother lode of bad movies over the last couple of years, Sharknado, and my God, I wasn't disappointed. Or was, as the case may be.

Jurassic World was as good an homage and update to the 1993 classic as it's possible to be, but I found another minor, underseen classic you should definitely seek out, a low budget but very effective zombie movie from England called Infected (known as Dead Inside in some parts of the world).

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