Today is February 2nd and we have two birthday girls to celebrate: Gemma Arterton and Farrah Fawcett. This is the first all-female HB...YSW and hopefully not the last. I have two pretty interesting movies to suggest you take a look at. One's a sci-fi classic very much of its time and the other is a super dark indie comedy that slipped through the cracks.
Logan's Run (1976) – Logan's Run can only really be watched today knowing the context of its release. This is what big budget sci-fi was immediately before Star Wars. If George Lucas hadn't come along sci-fi adventure would have looked like this. Cheesy, heady, a little stuffy, cool sets.
The premise is great. Society has evolved to the point where anybody over 30 has to die. It's a young society kept young by murder. Those that try to escape their over the hill fate are hunted down. One such hunter, Logan, starts changing his mind about this whole thing as he approaches 30.
There's been talk of a remake for a long time and I honestly don't think the original is untouchable. Taking the concept and modernizing it is actually pretty intriguing to me, especially in this day and age where it's true that the old people are outdated in terms of their way of thinking and the young people are proving to be making the same kinds of mistakes, but from a different angle. (I don't think there are too many geriatrics swatting YouTube personalities).
Farrah Fawcett will never be mistaken for a brilliant actress, but she was definitely an icon, especially around this time and her feathered hair bubbly personality is on full display in this supporting role in Logan's Run. It's a weird one, but definitely worth a watch if you're a sci-fi/fantasy fan. Available for rental on all the major streaming services.
The Voices (2014) – Just before Ryan Reynolds somehow made Deadpool an international sensation he starred in this jet black comedy directed by the Oscar Nominated Marjane Satrapi about a dude whose cat tells him to kill people.
Reynolds is a happy go lucky super nice dude that happens to be psychotic. We see 95% of the world through his POV and it's nothing but bright colors and sunshine and happy songs and smiles. Sure, his cat tells him to kill people and his dog tries to talk him out of it, but it's all happy! Then there's a tiny portion of the movie where he stops taking his meds and we actually see the real world he's living in, which is more of a David Fincher/Se7en grimy awful setting.
Gemma Arterton has been in a few underseen movies, the latest of which was the great take on a zombie story called The Girl With All The Gifts. That movie is great, seek it out, but I had to go with The Voices for pick to celebrate this Bond girl's birthday because she gets to show a whole lot of range... From flirty office girl to spunky head in a refrigerator.
The Voices is very smart, fun, funny and about eleven shades of fucked up. It was on Netflix a little while ago, but a quick check showed it's off the streaming service now because why have more than 6 or 7 good movies available at any given time, right? You can still rent it through most streaming giants, including iTunes, YouTube, Amazon and GooglePlay.
That's it for this Happy Birthday... You Should Watch! As always, let me know what you think of these films if you have had the pleasure of seeing them already or if you end up tracking them down.
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