Thursday 26 November 2009
Sequences Of A Titular Nature #2
Adventureland (2009 - Greg Mottola) - There was just something warm and almost comforting about watching "Adventureland" the first time. Maybe it was all the lovely blurred images of the amusement park's blinking lights from the titles that just pulled me back to my own late teens and early twenties. It won't be my favourite film of the year, but I couldn't wait to get it on DVD and I watched it again the very night I got it. There's a few things that don't play perfectly well towards the end of the film, but I liked the characters so much that I was easily able to forgive it all.
Mansion Of Madness (1973 - Juan Lopez Moctezuma) - The overall hallucinatory feel of this particular adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's "The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Feather" is foreshadowed right at the outset by blue and red titles. It's as if we're experiencing someone's actual hallucinations. The film has some great visuals and that off kilter feeling remains for much of it, but it loses a lot of its built up strangeness with long expository sequences.
Scream Blacula Scream (1973 - Bob Kelljan) - Perfect indication of the fun that is to follow. I only wish they had more of those characters that look like they were made with tangrams. I've now seen the original "Blacula" as well and though I liked it, this tops it on all fronts.
Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun (1969 - Robert Parish) - There's nothing overly stunning about this set of titles - except in retrospect looking at all the old technology which at the time may have appeared futuristic. You have to love those banks of lights...The film itself was reasonably solid stuff too. It didn't quite take the idea of a clone Earth (in our same orbit directly opposite us) as far as it could have, but it still ended in an interesting place. And it had terrific looking sets throughout.