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Oliver Harper takes a close look at Superman III (video)

February 28th, 2012 by Marc 1 Comment

Welome to the first week of our new ongoing video feature: Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. So, to start off, Oliver will be looking at Superman III… we’ll let you tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every Tuesday FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

“The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

  • Big Phil

    I think the reason why this film gets such a poor rap is due to Richard Lester’s full direction on this movie. Superman 1 & 2 were (mostly) shot and directed by Richard Donner at the same time, though Richard Lester ended up as go-between between Donner and the Salkinds. This film he directed entirely himself and it differs substantiallyin tone from the previous films. That said it does have two saving scenes that make it essential viewing: when Superman goes bad and drinks (love how he flicks peanuts at bottles) and also the scene where Clark Kent fights Superman. Oh, quick trivia point: The scene at the end where Superman puts to rights the Pisa Tower contains VERY offensive language (allbeit in Italian:)

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