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 Dark City – 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…”
1998 saw the release of Dark City and it was a huge flop and poorly marketed by a Film Studio that didn’t understand the movie; they aimed it at horror fans and provided limited advertisement and as a result it was missed by many at the time, including me! In the States film critic Roger Ebert was immensely impressed with Dark City and voted it as the number one film of 1998 and even went out of his way to provide a commentary to the film that turned up on the DVD!
Starring many familiar faces, included Jennifer Connelly and Richard O’Brien who many of us grew up watching on The Crystal Maze, the film deals with the notion of reality and what makes us human, set in a world of perpetual darkness, the humans inhabiting the city have their memories swapped each night by an underground group of people called the Strangers who want to find out what makes us human to save their race which is on the brink of extinction.
Dark City is a one of kind movie that looks incredible, you can’t help but get lost in the visuals. If you haven’t seen the movie let’s hope this video encourages you to seek it out straight away!