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You've summed it up rather well...sreange little flick.

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES (1985). Really good imaging of how Holmes and Watson met and how they acquired the tics of their personalities. Nicholas Rowe and Alan Cox are well cast and certainly have the characteristics needed. Great sets of Victorian London and I believe the first use of CGI in a film. Only beef I can think of is there are too many of Executive Producer Steven Speilberg touches, at times making this almost into a Indiana Jones story. Still worth seeing and too bad this didn't do so well..I certainly would have liked a few more of these. ***1/2
I don't even remember this film. Pretty sure I never saw it. Guess it was just released at a bad time. I'm not sure I like the mixing of Sherlock Holmes with the supernatural, I mean unless he's unmasking the fakery of it. Otherwise Holmes seems to lose his identity.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:09 PM
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They Live (1988)
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It's kind of a Tic-tac candy version of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. You get the initial minty blast, but because there's not much there, you might as well chew it quick and move on with your fresher breath. If you see the film's trailer, you've seen all you need from the entire film. There's enough material for a very cool music video (I read Green Day made a homage video with their song "Back in the USA").

Set in the 1980s, a construction drifter looking for work and place to stay discovers glasses that allows him to see hidden messages in consumer media messages and to see the otherworldly controlling message authors among us. Writer/Director Carpenter says the film "is about yuppies and unrestrained capitalism". The film is based on the 1963 short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" by Ray Nelson.

Carpenter uses a simple black and white technique when looking through the glasses, and the special effects and imagery right out of the 1950's sci-fi films which are quite effective and even scary. However after the reveal there's is no further plot or character development, and instead the hero just starts shooting everything, as the film coasts in a campy and rowdy trot to the end. It's too bad Carpenter didn't go more towards the depth of 'The Thing' instead of more towards 'Assault on Precinct 13'.

The film spent two weeks in the top 10, making $13 mil on a $1 mil budget, but ticket sales quickly vanished. As Starlog magazine wrote in 1988, "Carpenter is on record as attributing the film's initial commercial failure to the hypothesis that those 'who go to the movies in vast numbers these days don't want to be enlightened'"; which I would have to consider the pot calling the kettle black.
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