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(IGN)   A review of Bill Murray and Dan Akyroyd's never-released 1984 surreal sci-fi comedy (w/ movie)   (ign.com) divider line 12
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2014-07-13 01:29:14 PM
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2014-07-13 02:26:37 PM
I watched this just last night. An odd little thing. Very much in Schiller's quirkly nostalgia. Look for a young Lauren Tom! And other comers up or legends.
 
2014-07-13 03:40:15 PM
I watched it the other day. I've always enjoyed Shiller's work on SNL, and this did not disappoint. Definitely weird. I liked the bus sequence. It was like a dream, where they get on a bus, and during the journey get out of their seats and go "upstairs" to the lounge and restaurant. That's pure dream territory. Always having dreams about houses with hidden rooms. And Larry Bud Melman (Calvert Deforest)  is one of the bus passengers!

Dark, black and white Noir movies always creep me out and induces depressive feelings. What a grim, grim world to live in. Something from childhood, I guess. Too many boring black/white movies on TV when I was a kid, I guess.

Brilliant using the Port Authority as the Big Brother figure. The in your face simplicity and naivety  of the line "I want to be an artist" was rather endearing. And the "artist test" was a hoot.
 
2014-07-13 04:24:21 PM
Anybody else sing along with the opening credits? Oooooliver Cromwell, lord protector of Englund...
 
2014-07-13 04:28:00 PM
Slow thread. I guess everybody's watching the movie at the moment...
 
2014-07-13 06:17:48 PM
Tried to watch this last night. I can see why it was never released. It's incredibly boring, and I never laughed. The "weirdness" seems stilted and dated by today's standards. I'm guessing it's appeal amounts to some sort of nostalgia trip for old farts.
 
2014-07-13 07:04:55 PM
Pretty interesting and I've certainly seen a lot worse 80s flicks. Surprised they never released it even on VHS though. You'd think the studio would just slap "Featuring 2 Ghostbusters and that guy from Gremlins!" on the box somewhere and not worry about the content. That should have still turned a profit.
 
2014-07-13 07:16:49 PM
I wonder how many unreleased items from before straight-to-video are still buried. Between whatever pittance Netflix and YouTube offer, it's better than nothing.
 
2014-07-14 04:11:42 AM
is it as good as Rich hall's magic shoes?
 
2014-07-14 12:14:17 PM
Watched it over the weekend after Slate did a piece about it.

Briefly put: It's a stinker.

The noir vibe is nice, but neither the leading man nor the leading lady are the noir type.

I also protest describing this film as a comedy -- no laughs were had.

Another red flag: Describing this as that "Bill Murray sci-fi comedy" tells me the only real hook is Bill Murray's presence. And even he is dull in it.
 
2014-07-14 12:51:20 PM
I'm very glad I didn't have to watch this on VHS. All the fast-forwarding would have worn out its idler wheel.
 
2014-07-14 03:51:03 PM

gunther_bumpass: is it as good as Rich hall's magic shoes?


L-O-V-E Magic Shoes. One of my most favorite skits ever. Too many people haven't seen it.
 
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