Moviedrome Mondays: Logan’s Run (1976) and Fahrenheit 451 (1966) (Mark Cousins intro)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday blog entry is a double-bill consisting of two dystopian science-fiction films.

Logan’s Run (1976)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to director Michael Anderson’s 1976 sci-fi action adventure Logan’s Run. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 17, 1997 (read here). Unlike Cousins, my overall opinion of Logan’s Run is rather mixed. While it’s art direction, cinematography and visual effects deserve high praise (dated or not), the film’s thematic elements come off as more interesting on the surface than they are in the center. Nevertheless, the presence of lead actors Michael York and Jenny Agutter make it a worthwhile watch.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Logan’s Run

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to legendary French New Wave filmmaker Francois Truffaut’s 1966 sci-fi drama Fahrenheit 451. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 18, 1997 (read here). Yes, the film is based on late celebrated fiction writer Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel of the same name. In addition, Fahrenheit 451 serves as Truffaut’s first English Language film (a British one in this case). While Truffaut may have had a reportedly unhappy experience making Fahrenheit 451, I still personally love it. If anything else, I would label it a masterpiece of form. Standouts in this case include Nicolas Roeg’s cinematography (trivia: this was Truffaut’s first film to be shot in color) and Bernard Herrman’s music score among other pleasures. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Francois Truffaut films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins intro to Fahrenheit 451

Here is a youtube video link to what may be the film’s original theatrical trailer

While this will not be my last blog entry for 2021, it will be my last one concerning the Moviedrome Monday entries. I shall resume the Moviedrome Monday blog entries in the new year (Sunday, January 9, 2022) beginning with the second half of season 8 of Moviedrome.

Moviedrome Mondays: Spanking the Monkey (1994) (Mark Cousins intro)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to director/writer David O. Russell’s 1994 indie breakthrough Spanking the Monkey. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 10, 1997 (read here). A fresh viewing may be in order considering that it has been a long time since I saw this black comedy.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Spanking the Monkey

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: The Warriors (1979) and La Haine (1995) (Mark Cousins intro)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday entry is a double bill consisting of two crime films set either after hours or within a 24-hour period.

The Warriors (1979)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to action director Walter Hill’s 1979 cult classic The Warriors. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 3, 1997 (read here). Not much to add here except that I totally agree with everything Cousins says about this gem. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Walter Hill films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to The Warriors

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

La Haine (1995)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to French director Mathieu Kassovitz 1995 crime drama La Haine. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 3, 1997 (read here). Though Cousins may be a slightly (and I put emphasis on that word) bigger fan of this film than myself, I must say nonetheless that La Haine is a truly very good film that is just a tiny hair short of greatness.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to La Haine

Here is a youtube video link to a 2020 re-issue UK trailer (I could not find the film’s original theatrical trailer)