Being Evel (2015)

Director – Daniel Junge

Starring – Evel Knievel, George Hamilton, Johnny Knoxville

What’s it all about? – The life and works of Robert ‘Evel’ Knievel, stuntman and all round crazy person.

Notes & scribbles

  • People just seemed to watch him doing stunts in case it went wrong, so they could say they were there.
  • He beat his publicist up with a baseball bat for pretty much telling the truth about him in a book.  The fact he beat him up pretty much proved the publicists point.
  • Glad to find out his name really wasn’t Evel.
  • He died on my 31st birthday.

12 Rounds 3: Lockdown (2015)

Director – Stephen Reynolds

Starring – Dean Ambrose, Roger Cross, Daniel Cudmore, Lochlyn Munro

What’s it all about?

Notes & scribbles

  • Flash drive disguised as a credit card. Pretty cool

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

Director – Stanley Nelson

Notes & scribbles

  • Basically it’s members of the Black Panthers telling the story from the formation of the party and the reactions to it, to the present day.
  • I now know where the Boo Radleys got the title of ‘Free Huey’ from.  It came from chants and posters that demonstrators used to protest about the incarceration of Huey Newton, a founding member of the Black Panthers.
  • I’d obviously heard of the Black Panthers but didn’t really know too much about them.  Good, informative documentary.

Phone Booth (2002)

Director – Joel Scumacher

Starring – Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell, Forest Whitaker, Richard T. Jones

Notes & scribbles

  • Watching this again I thought it would seem dated, but apart from some of the figures given at the start, it’s not too bad.
  • I remember, years ago, reading that the script for this was one of the best unmade films in Hollywood.
  • Creepy Kiefer voice.
  • Farrell is pretty good stuck in the booth. Emotional performance.
  • Liked the ending.

The Hunter (2011)

Director – Daniel Nettheim

Starring – Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O’Connor

Notes & scribbles

  • Based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Julia Leigh
  • Live scribbling as I watch.
  • Nice beard Willem.
  • Tasmanian tiger hunt then.
  • One of the kids is called Bike??
  • The locals don’t seem too friendly towards Willem.
  • So the kids dad is missing. Wonder if Willem is gonna be distracted from the job in hand?
  • Scenery looks amazing.
  • Gunshot! Is the hunter being hunted?
  • The locals don’t like environmentalists (greenies).
  • I’m on Fire by Springsteen.  Opening lines very apt.
  • Infrared camera in a tree?
  • Ok. Bike’s real name is Jamie. That’s a relief.
  • Looks like Bike is helping Willem by drawing pictures.
  • Those traps look terrifying!
  • Ooyah! Ran right into that branch there. Sare face!
  • So the greenies cost the loggers their jobs
  • Sam Neill is up to something!
  • Think Willem found the dad. Or whats left of him.
  • No tiger so far.
  • The weather can look quite Scottish there. Chucking it doon!
  • Uh-oh – that’s the guy from the start of the film.  What’s he up to?
  • I’m sensing some kind of showdown.
  • He’s caught in a trap. He can’t get out!
  • BANG!
  • Springsteen song doubly ironic now!
  • Was that a Tassie tiger?
  • What a strange looking creature.
  • Sad, wee ending though I did enjoy it.

Tremors 4 – The Legend Begins (2004)

Director – S.S. Wilson

Starring – Michael Gross, Sara Botsford, Billy Drago, J.E. Freeman

Notes & scribbles

  • Back to 100 years before the original film.
  • Gross, as Himur Gummer, pretty much the opposite of Burt in the other films.
  • Drago takes over the lines that Burt would normally say.
  • A decent addition to the franchise.

Tremors 3 – Back To Perfection (2001)

Director – Brent Maddock

Starring – Michael Gross, Shawn Christian, Susan Chuang, Charlotte Stewart, Ariana Richards, Tony Genaro, Robert Jayne, Tom Everett

Notes & scribbles

  • Graboids become Shriekers become Ass-Blasters!
  • They can fly – How to train your Graboid!
  • No Bacon! No Ward!
  • Enjoyable enough.
  • Like how the same writers are responsible for all the films in the series, helps the story flow.