A future I sort of hope to see.
I’ve been reading about Fallout: New Vegas, an upcoming release in a video game series that pushes all my geek buttons (remember this?) and in the process I remembered this movie – A Boy and His Dog. I’ve actually been trying to watch this 1975 film for about a year, but I’ll admit I haven’t been trying hard enough. First, watch this trailer (unless you suffer from epilepsy, in which case, move right on down).
Trippy, right? Don’t you love the 70’s? When they were putting out sleazy avant-garde stuff like this and Barbarella and no one batted a lash? A Boy and His Dog began as a short story by Harlan Ellison – a man with a Wikipedia page longer than the Constitution who seems to me like a cross between Ray Bradbury and Hunter S. Thompson. Like most things that interest me, the story is set in an alternate history – post-apocalyptic America in 2024 – and follows the ramblings of Vic (Don Johnson, later to star in Miami Vice) and his dog as they scour the depopulated landscape for women to bed and popcorn to eat.
I could write more, but I’ll leave you with this picture and the assurance that I never plug a movie that doesn’t feature at least one attractive male lead. You can find the entire thing in ten-minute segments on YouTube, if that’s your style.