Welcome to 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. This week Oliver looks at Robocop – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week 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…”
Robocop was a film that many of us wanted to watch as kids but had to seek out the VHS or watch it round at a friend’s house without your parents finding out. My introduction to Robo was playing the game on the old 8-bit computers and playing the coin guzzling arcade. Once you saw the poster for the film you just had to watch it.
The death of Alex J Murphy was a shocking experience that still looks very disturbing to this day. Once he becomes Robocop the film becomes a sleek, tightly made sci-fi action comic book. Its got every genre rolled into one. The satire and comedy keep you smiling and laughing through all the ultra violent moments. This is a comic book movie aimed for adults. (Editor’s note – Clarence Bodicker may be the single greatest movie villain of all time)
Could this be the best film of the 80s?..Lets find out.