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Xenocide - 2012-10-19

They made a movie with Peter Sellers, Orson Wells and Woody Allen, and I wasn't informed?

You go now!

duck&cover - 2012-10-19

Yeah, Welles and Sellers didn't get along and got into a fight and Welles smothered Sellers into unconsciousness with his moobs. True story.

Merzbau - 2012-10-19

David Niven, and cinematography by Nicolas Roeg too! And it's fucking TERRIBLE.

Xenocide - 2012-10-19

duck&cover: You didn't have to say "true story." I would have only called you a liar if your story didn't involve Welles being as fat and unpleasant as possible.

Merzbau: Aw, really? I guess it's like when they form one of those supergroups where your favorite drummer from one band, some amazing singer from another band, a transcendent guitarist from a third band, and probably Paul McCartney, all get together, and the result is the musical version of cat vomit.

Adjuvant - 2012-10-19

It is indeed awful, but for some reason I watched it on VHS about 15 times when I was 13. I guess I was just into all things James Bond, so I was willing to overlook some flaws. Major flaws...

cognitivedissonance - 2012-10-19

It went through something like five different directors, all of whom insisted on script rewrites. It has some really striking visuals that might make up for the bad script (Checkpoint Charlie is particularly wonderful... one side is a bright blue set and the other side is a bright red/orange nightmare scape; Peter O'Toole leading a Scottish bagpipe band made of Bond women through a fog cloud dreamscape; Woody Allen as Dr. No with a secret eyeball shaped fortress and a retarded plan involving killing all men taller than him).

Jet Bin Fever - 2012-10-19

I would be lying if I said that I didn't own almost everything those two men did.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-10-19

In the 70s, this was on one of those great New York stations (either wpix, wor, or wnew) constantly, and everybody loved it. I remember having a discussion with a fellow cinema student at SUNY Binghamton about it. He used the word "episodic" to describe it. I'd never heard the word before, and it was pretty fucking apt.

Arbitrary values like "good" or "bad" don't so it justice. It's a shapeless 1960s psychedelic mess. It's also bodacious fun, somewhere between The Avengers TV series (the one with Diana Rigg), and the Monkees. I don't think Woody Allen has ever been funnier, though he doesn't get a lot of screen time. There's a scene where someone is kidnapped by men on horseback, and the horses escape on a giant flying saucer. It culminates in in of those big messy 1960's crowd scenes. There are cowboys and indians for no particular reason. The indians parachute in, yelling "GERONIMO!" as they leap out of a plane. And it all ends in an explosion when the super villain played by Woody Allen is tricked into swallowing his own WMD.

Adjuvant - 2012-10-19

This movie has one of my all time favorite Woody Allen lines: "You can't shoot me! I have a very low threshold of death. My doctor says I can't have bullets enter my body at any time."

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-10-19

Tied up spy: You're crazy! You're absolutely crazy!

Allen: They called Einstein crazy.

Tied up spy: That's not true. No one called Einstein crazy.

Allen: Well, they would have, if he had carried on like this.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-10-19

I like this scene, with Peter Sellers and Jacqueline Bisset, one of the few scenes that actually parodies Sean Connery. Sellers' line after he's been drugged is priceless.


chumbucket - 2012-10-19

the 1960's MOVIE! a 1960's MOVIE!

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-10-19

From Netflix customer reviews

It's a glorious, grand celebration of a kind of hip that never existed, scored with Bacharach and Herb Alpert, set in a sixties pop psychedelic funhouse. More a place than a movie, really, a place where if you lift the right manhole cover you'll hear Tom Jones singing "What's New, Pussycat", where George Raft flips a coin next to Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) from the Man From Uncle, while a seal with a 007 tag on its collar claps its flippers and a nuclear weapon counts down. Great turns from Niven, Sellers, Allen, Wells, and more, plus the presence of nearly every B list sex symbol of the 60s, all in the service of a goofy hit and miss fantasia that follows a sequence which lampoons German expressionism with a giant flying saucer landing in London. The scene between Sellers and Wells alone (filmed at different times because they couldn't stand to be in one another's presence) is worth a viewing. Is it a good movie? Sometimes that just doesn't matter.

162 out of 162 members found this review helpful

Kabbage - 2012-10-19

Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it, German expressionism!

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-10-19

I'll be the first to admit, the reference to German expressionism is... obscure.

Jet Bin Fever, if you own everything poor old Orson Welles did, you must own a lot of crap.

BHWW - 2012-10-19

Seriously, this is a mess of a movie, a sprawling dog's breakfast of a film, an example of wretched excess in film 60's style, "let's cram in everything we can". I don't hate it, but it is not good at all, even with a Bacharach theme.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-10-19

I don't disagree with you, but I love it.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-10-19

I'm sort of glad they don't make movies like this any more

memedumpster - 2012-10-19

I don't remember if I like this movie or not, but if you ever want to know what it's like watching a Bond film while down with the flu, go for it.

The Mothership - 2021-10-31

Positively medieval illuminated capitals!

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