Friday, March 6, 2009

The Great Unwatched: The Stuff (1985)

Director: Larry Cohen

Runtime: 93 minutes

Didn't think I'd have time to catch one of the unwatched today, seeing as I was going to a midnight showing of Watchmen (a pretty good film, all things told, which I might review in full tomorrow). However, I tossed The Stuff in my laptop bag just in case. It turns out that when you're stuck in a movie theater for a few hours before the show even starts, it's the perfect time to watch a movie.

Larry Cohen's The Stuff is a weird little satire of consumerism by way of The Blob. Cohen clearly has a lot he wants to say, but the message gets lost in a melange of technical effects and convoluted plot movements. When the paramilitary force is introduced in the final act, you know Cohen's lost control of his movie entirely. Still, it's funny and more than a little strange and it's definitely a Cohen film, which means...

Worth the Purchase: Yes!

Stats: 11/400 movies watched in nine days.
Currently Projected Completion Date: January 17, 2010
Completion Date Goal: February 25, 2010

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