God made him simple. Science made him a god.
A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.
A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.
Der Rasenmähermann, Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man
Honestly one of the very best “bad movies” of the 90’s and really one of the greatest of all times, this movie is so ridiculous and yet so completely wonderful at the same time. In spite of not seeing it since the actual 90’s, it all washed over me like a thick cozy wool blanket and I just loved it.
I kept having to remind myself that all the rudimentary cgi was in fact fairly cutting edge for 1992, but even if it wasn’t I still would have loved it for all the (probably) wrong reasons. Pierce Brosnan is just one of those guilty beautiful pleasures that I will NEVER want to talk about and Jeff Fahey owns the role…
"His mind is like a clean, hungry sponge."
I'm really at a loss to describe how awesomely and perhaps stupidly fun this movie is. I saw it at my local used DVD store and the only thing I knew about it was what I saw on the cover: Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey wearing dumb Tron suits. From that simple image and the fact that I had never heard of it, I ended up correctly assuming both the tone and caliber of the film. At one level, it truly is awful. The dialogue is insipid, there are subplots that never pay off, and the special effects are the textbook definition of "dated". It's no surprise that after the film's release…
Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 6.0 Challenge
The Lawnmower Man (1992)
I'm not quite sure what it was that drew me to The Lawnmower Man, a cheeseball 90s techno-thriller that New Line Cinema infamously marketed as a Stephen King adaptation (despite loose connections with his short story of the same name) before the latter decided to sue. Nonetheless, this was definitely...something. I'm not sure if it was good or bad, but it was a movie nonetheless.
Dr. Lawrence Angelo (a pre-James Bond Pierce Brosnan) is a gifted computer scientist experimenting in the field of virtual reality, who needs a new test subject when his guinea pig chimpanzee is gunned down after going on a frenzied rampage. He turns to Jobe Smith (Jeff…
Horror Hunt #26 (August 2020) Day  Watch a movie released the year you graduated from high school.
To be honest, I fell asleep a couple of times, briefly, throughout this movie. So maybe I'm not being fair but 1. i was really tired, 2. This movie wasn't keeping my interest anyway. I was thinking this could be ok if it was remade with today's cg rather than effects made at the worst possible time for this type of movie, but then I realized I still wouldn't really want to watch it again. And Jenny Wright wouldn't be in it. Actually the cast is the best thing....and that lawnmower is really cool. I might've enjoyed this more if the movie was just shots of the lawnmower chewing up massive fields of grass....and a naked fat man following behind eating the leavings. Yeah they should've made that movie. Oh wait...
I love the hacky religious implications of Jeff Fahey’s character being named Jobe, but I would have named him something more subtle like John Mower.
I have a theory about Lawnmower Man that is purely hinged on people’s own interpretations about what kind of film they’re getting. The title itself evokes this imagery of lawn mowing slashing or Maniac retrospection of blue collar madness, but neither of these things really happen and the audience who would even be intrigued by a movie titled Lawnmower Man generally find themselves disappointed by a rather wholesome approach it delivers.
When you take it at its core, it’s actually a pretty solid story that never gets bogged down by unnecessary subplots and for me, the effects have this endearing silly encapsulation of PS1 graphics that perfectly work for the time and place the story exists in. The sets are…
This technology is simply a route to powers that conjurers and alchemists used centuries ago. The human race lost that knowledge and now I'm reclaiming it through virtual reality.
One of the most quintessential films of the 90s arrives on Blu ray from Scream Factory, who have done as good as a job as they can with the transfer. Included in the package are two cuts: the theatrical, at 103 minutes, and the director's cut, at a whopping 141 minutes, making this the Terrence Malick of 90s horror flicks. I've been excited to rewatch this for some time as I've always been a fan of early cyber culture, including the early attempts at CGI contained herein.
And I'm happy to…
Power Gloves for Algernon. Hyper odd techsploitation Will Gibson filmic fanfic under a Stephen King title. One of the strangest things New Line ever gave us (and that's saying something).
A computer scientist has invented a virtual reality program that can have profound effects on the human mind. He uses a mentally challenged gardener as his guinea pig and the first results are promising. But as the sessions continue, disturbing signs start to appear.
Ostensibly an adaptation of a Stephen King short story, this lame sci-fi feature actually has next to nothing to do with its source material (to the point that King denounced it). One could say that "The Lawnmower Man" is the quintessential movie that hasn't aged well. The only problem is that it was crap the day it was released, and it's badly dated crap today. The SFX look like they were made with an Amiga 500.…
So 90s it hurts.
There are some movies that just seem to be universally despised that I love. The Lawnmower Man is one such example. It's incredibly bizarre, very silly, and super aggressive in the execution of its themes. It bashes you over the head with its ideas and it does it beautifully. The film is hilarious, and honestly, pretty well acted.
I can get down with some incredibly cheesy visuals and storytelling choices, and The Lawnmower Man has those. The VR visuals are so painfully dated, being from 28 years ago, yet it helps to elevate the plane into feeling so disconnected from reality, which actually makes the film stand on stronger ground. Its also fascinating to look at,…
This movie is so fucking good. A+. Also real talk people talk about the CGI being dated but in many ways it feels so perfectly integrated--like, the graphic quality isn't supposed to be 'realistic'; it's functioning to visually signify the environment of virtual reality, i.e. what we're seeing is inherently artificial, it's supposed to be an 'artificial' representation!
PS Pierce Brosnan might be the only human male in existence that I find more attractive when he's younger (like here, or in Nomads) than when he's older?
90s tech futurist aesthetics twinned with an unintentional critique of its own mechanisms of production and modes of expression. Pierce Brosnan plays an update on the mad scientist, now corporate tech engineer, obsessed with the possibilities of his own virtual creation to alter consciousness, perception, behaviour and reality. He is lost in "artificial reality", represented in the film with liquid computer graphic animation. Meanwhile, an intellectually impaired gardenkeeper (in a ridiculous turn by Jeff Fahey) becomes a test subject for the company's latest experiment. It is a bad film by most accounts, but harnesses a strange surrealism through the collision of Lifetime Melodrama aesthetics and cold, steely neon futurism. It grinds into its own peculiar frequency, mixing masochistic catholicism, emergent…
90년대 초 영화치곤 컴퓨터그래픽이 괜찮다. 특수효과 팀이 갈려나간 증거.
재미는 없다…단편인 원작을 갖고와서 완전히 뜯어고쳤으나 개조는 실패.
I low-key enjoyed this even though it's total trash.
Bekanntermaßen ziemlicher Quatsch, aber ich hatte meinen Spaß. Bestimmt der einzige Film mit, Tod durch Voxel.
I watched the directors cut and I feel like I entered the void, like over 2 hours passed yet I gained no information, if anyone were to ask me "Hey what happened in this movie" I would pull a blank
9% fun to laugh at
That's why I'm quitting. I've been sucking on the military tit too long. I've got a sour taste in my mouth.
The 31 Horrors of Halloween, Movie #19
More unsettling and disturbing than the sight of a swat team take down a chimpanzee is to see pre-Goldeneye Brosnan look so disheveled; the man who was Bond in my formative years unkempt, unshaven, wearing a baggy polo and shorts and sporting an earring! Its a miracle EON still considered him after this.
It was a shock to see Dean Norris in this and his barely awake performance with slight accent is as un-Hank Schrader as I've ever seen. Meanwhile Geoffrey Lewis' accent is so OIRISH I wouldn't be surprised if Brosnan…
This feels like it's straddling some deep, philosophical handling of technology and power with some of the campiest and silliest visuals I've seen in a while. Between this and Psycho 3 I absolutely love Jeff Fahey's out there film career.
Rocky LaForge 18,800 films
As it reads on the tin.