“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Apple (1980)
How bad is it? It's a science fiction musical Biblical story. It's that bad. Should you see it? If you love kitsch.
Gee, I wonder if this is a bad guy...
Menahem Golan, half of the Golan-Globus production team, directed a few bad films (Stallone's "Over the Top," for example) including this one, based on the Eurovision song contest. In the future of 1994, an innocent couple becoming famous through their music is tempted by fame and drugs - a subject handled better in the earlier "Privilege." The main actor can't act, none of the main actors can sing, the songs - while not terrible in themselves - have over the top gaudy production numbers, the costumes are so bizarre they make your eyes hurt, there's a Canadian with a German accent and the Biblical allegory is layered on so thick as to be cloying. In the end, God comes down from heaven in a white Cadillac (apparently God's a Hank Williams fan) to take the duo away.