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Sordid Cinema Podcast #556: Waterworld is Buoyed by Fantastic Action

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Waterworld Podcast Review

Though perhaps most famous upon its release for being the most expensive movie at the time, Kevin Costner’s aqua-drenched, apocalyptic epic Waterworld has managed to slough that narrative and stay afloat in a sea of sinking blockbusters. The story of a fish-man who befriends a woman and little girl after surviving an atoll raid by smoking pirate goons is a little more comic-booky than its Mad Max facade might initially suggest, but despite odd tonal shifts and a couple of underwhelming performances, there is still a lot to love here.

This week, Rick and Patrick discuss the best parts of this mega movie, including a bizarre setting, lavish production design, and skillful practical filmmaking. They also dive into the trouble-filled shoot, talk a little of Kevin Costner and director Kevin Reynolds’ filmmaking history, and try their best to come up with apt comparisons for this strange film. With action set pieces that are still amazing and gorgeous, colorful ocean imagery that pops off the screen, doesWaterworld has enough ingredients to shedding its soggy reputation? For all this and more, have a listen!

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Waterworld movie review
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  1. Nick

    October 17, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Hi guys my name’s Nick and a while back I stumbled across a movie I had never heard of, it completely blew me away and so ever since I’ve been desperately trying to convince everyone across movie fandom to give it a shot and hopefully drag out of complete obscurity. The movies called ‘The Beast of War’ aka ‘The Beast’ from 1988, Directed by Kevin reynolds staring George dzundza – Jason Patric and Steven bauer, it was only released in two screens across the whole of the U.S. By columbia pictures, and I kid you not when I say this is the best Hollywood film you’ve never heard of. Quentin tarantino’s old writing partner Roger avery has it down as the best movie of 1988 on letterboxd, and he also has it down as one of his 20 desert island films with ‘Apocalypse now’ being the only other war film. The film has a rating of 7.3 on imdb, 3.5 on letterboxd, but not a single critics review on rottentomatoes, but it does have an audience score of 84%. A couple podcasts that have reviewed it (and favourably) ‘war horse vs war machine’ and ‘the retro movie geeks podcast’, the latter on the basis of my recommendation. I continue to pester criterion to do something to save this movie from continual obscurity – but I no longer get anything back from them… Oh well. Please seek this film out, it’s available on dvd and streaming, so it won’t be difficult to track down and if you do see it let me know if you agree with me that this might be one of the 10 best american movies of the 1980s, one way or another we need to find a way to raise this movies profile and prevent it from continual obscurity once and for all. Just check out the trailer. Thank you.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PxS3CL-IewY&t=13s

  2. Nick Paticchio

    October 19, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Hi guys my name’s Nick and a while back I stumbled across a movie I had never heard of, it completely blew me away and so ever since I’ve been desperately trying to convince everyone across movie fandom to give it a shot and hopefully drag out of complete obscurity. The movies called ‘The Beast of War’ aka ‘The Beast’ from 1988, Directed by Kevin reynolds staring George dzundza – Jason Patric and Steven bauer, it was only released in two screens across the whole of the U.S. By columbia pictures, and I kid you not when I say this is the best Hollywood film you’ve never heard of. Quentin tarantino’s old writing partner Roger avery has it down as the best movie of 1988 on letterboxd, and he also has it down as one of his 20 desert island films with ‘Apocalypse now’ being the only other war film. The film has a rating of 7.3 on imdb, 3.5 on letterboxd, but not a single critics review on rottentomatoes, but it does have an audience score of 84%. A couple podcasts that have reviewed it (and favourably) ‘war horse vs war machine’ and ‘the retro movie geeks podcast’, the latter on the basis of my recommendation. I continue to pester criterion to do something to save this movie from continual obscurity – but I no longer get anything back from them… Oh well. Please seek this film out, it’s available on dvd and streaming, so it won’t be difficult to track down and if you do see it let me know if you agree with me that this might be one of the 10 best american movies of the 1980s, one way or another we need to find a way to raise this movies profile and prevent it from continual obscurity once and for all. Just check out the trailer. Thank you.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PxS3CL-IewY&t=13s

  3. Ricky Fernandes da Conceição

    October 19, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Hey Nick.

    Thanks for the message. We reviewed this movie a long time ago on the podcast. I’ll try and track down the episode and upload it again. I can’t promise I have it since some of our older shows were lost but I will look.

    Best,

    Rick

  4. Nick

    October 21, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Hi Ricky.

    Just wanted to ask if justine smith was on that episode, and if not do you know whether she has seen the film or not?

    All the best

    Nick.

  5. Ricky Fernandes da Conceição

    October 21, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Justine was for sure not on that episode since we recorded that show before I met Justine. I have no idea if she has seen it or not. She’s always active on Twitter so you can maybe ask her there.

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