Big Driver (2014)

Director – Mikael Salomon

Starring – Maria Bello, Olympia Dukakis, Joan Jett, Ann Dowd, Will Harris

What’s it all about? – Stephen King in story-about-a-writer-shock!  A mystery writer gets brutally attacked on her way home from a reading group and, with the ‘advice’ of one of her characters (and her sat-nav!), she sets out to get revenge on the big driver!

Notes & Scribbles

  • Based on the novella which appeared in the collection ‘Full Dark, No Stars’.
  • Her sat-nav had conversations with her!
  • He really was a big lad, and deserved what he got in the end.
  • Really had the TV movie feel about it.
  • Joan Jett without her Blackhearts.

They Live (1988)

Director – John Carpenter

Starring – Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, Peter Jason,

What’s it all about? – The ‘Rowdy’ one finds out that aliens are taking over the world, and can see them when he is wearing sunglasses.  Cue aliens being killed and Roddy saving the day.

Notes & Scribbles

  • Based on the short story ‘Eight O’Clock In The Morning’ by Ray Nelson
  • I think there’s probably a law that states if you write about this film you have to mention the classic ‘I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass….. and I’m all out of bubblegum’ line. It’s daft, but great!
  • Loved the fight scene in the alley between Piper and David.  It seemed to go on forever.  Wonder if it inspired the Peter vs Chicken fights in Family Guy.
  • Meg Foster is a bit creepy looking.