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 The Crow – 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…”
The Crow (1994)
The Crow is a huge cult favourite to many and was the last film to star Brandon lee, the son of the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee. Brandon was unfortunately shot on set by accident with a prop gun. Many claimed it was curse because he died so young like his father but his death was ruled an accident. The filmmakers were left with an incomplete film and with the help of Miramax they managed to complete with the remaining shots with doubles and with the help of CGI.
On release The Crow was hailed a visual marvel. It showed a new style, blending elements of gothic horror and film noir. Brandon Lee was praised for his performance.
Has the film sustained its quality over the years? Next year it’s 20 years old. Let’s take a look back at this 90s classic.