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.

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.

The Bone Collector (1999)

Director – Phillip Noyce

Starring – Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Luis Guzmán, Michael Rooker, Mike McGlone, Leland Orser, Bobby Cannavalle, Ed O’Neill

Notes & scribbles

  • Based on the first Lincoln Rhyme novel by Jeffrey Deaver
  • Denzel is even good when he just moves his head and his finger!
  • Quite funny watching the featurette on the DVD with the producer, director and Denzel all talking about the young, almost unknown, actress (Jolie) that was cast and how she was brilliant, while Jolie herself seemed quite excited about being in the film.  Quite the difference from the superstar she is now.
  • Rooker seems to play the Michael Rooker part he plays in lots of films.
  • Thought Queen Latifah was good in her small part.
  • Saw this in the cinema originally.

Badlands (1973)

Director – Terrence Malick

Starring – Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates


What’s it all about? – Kit (Sheen) and Holly (Spacek) fall in love and go on a killing spree (in fairness it’s Kit that does all the killing)

Notes & Scribbles

  • I know her dad didn’t like Kit, but killing her dog as punishment for being with him was a bit extreme.
  • The music they use in this sounds familiar (turns out it’s been used in other films that I’ve not seen), wonder if its been used in an advert or something then.
  • Probably going to be singing Love Is Strange all night now.
  • Like the voice over by Spacek.
  • They did good work making the treehouse.
  • Surely an inspiration for True Romance and Natural Born Killers and influenced itself by Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Kit’s a helluva shot! (I originally mistyped this a helluva shit, which, in some ways, is true too)
  • Curious wee film, with really good performances by Sheen and Spacek.
  • There’s a scene where there are two kids playing beside a lamp-post.  Turns out it was Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen!

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.