The Fly – Tamara’s Never Seen

Tamara gives her thoughts on The Fly.

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  1. I had a friend in high school who told me this was his favourite movie when he was in grade 2. He would draw countless pictures of the various stages of Brundle fly in his notebooks. Yeah…he was an eccentric fellow. Meanwhile if grade 2 me saw this I would’ve been irreparably traumatized. The scene in Willow when they all turn into pigs scared the shit out of me.

    Anyway, yeah this is an excellent film, the gradual degeneration of Seth Brundle is enthralling as it is tragic. Not something I’m inclined to watch often though (I think I’ve only seen it twice), unless I feel like really bumming myself out for a few days.

    • I’ve only seen The Fly twice in my life. Once as a kid and as an adult and it still holds up really well.

      • Yeah, classic Cronenberg is great. I highly recommend The Brood, one of his early horror films from the eighties. A disturbing film to be sure, but not nearly as depressing as The Fly.

        • Snorgatch Pandalume

          The Brood is still pretty fucking depressing, OldMan. As for me, I would recommend Scanners (best movie about telepathy ever) or Rabid (an interesting take on the zombie movie genre).

          • Haha…yeah, now that you mention it The Brood is kind of a downer as well. Apparently Cronenberg was going through a nasty divorce at the time which is immediately apparent when you watch the film.

            Scanners is great, still has the distinction of containing the greatest head exploding scene ever put to film.

  2. I totally agree on the rewatchability. No more for me, thank you very much. In my teens I saw the edited version on TV and 20+ years later I still have no desire to see it again. Interesting review, you mentioned a few details I’d forgotten about.

    You haven’t seen ‘Back to the Future’? WOW! That’s required viewing for anyone reviewing movies on the internet. (Yes, it’s an unwritten, unregulated, unenforceable requirement but it’s still a requirement.) Oh well. At least once you see it you’ll gain a greater understanding of both nerd and dork-dom.


  3. Wow Tamara you are really hot.

  4. You should watch ” The Forbidden Zone “.
    A movie made by Richard Elfman, brother of Danny elfman.
    They had a band called the Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo.
    The movie was made to represent the style of the band.
    Danny elfman made most of the music for this movie.

    A must watch ! 🙂

  5. Don’t listen to all the jerks, Tamara. I haven’t seen any famous movie either. So far, the only movie you’ve talked about on this show that I’ve actually seen is “The Goonies,” and it was so long ago that I remember almost nothing about it. And besides, the best time watching any great movie is always the first time, because you don’t know what to expect.

    But I’m so glad you’re going to watch “Back to the Future”! That’s one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s super 80’s and very ridiculous, and I know you’ll love it!

  6. Yeah, I’ve never seen The Fly. It sounds a little too depressing for m. Although, I have seen Back to the Future. ^.^

  7. Oh man, I remember seeing The Fly when I was a kid and being incredibly freaked out at the end which was also one of the saddest endings in movie history.

    I remember rewatching it a couple of years ago and it still held up pretty well and still feeling the exact same way I did when I was a kid.

    The sequel was interesting but kinda meh.

    • Snorgatch Pandalume

      Oh man, the sequel was total shit. Watch Mike Jeavon’s review of it so you can get an idea of just how bad it is without having to actually waste time watching it.

  8. You need to see EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY! You have Jeff Goldblum in all his tanned, 80s-haired glory AND Geena Davis AND fantastic 80s musical numbers!

    (Best of all, NO GORE)

  9. lilith_ascennding

    “I don’t think it will be gory like modern films, like Saw.” HA. HA. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh, poor naive Tamara, you don’t know Cronenburg, do you? There’s a reason why I haven’t watched anything by this guy, including The Fly, and that’s because he’s famous for his body horror. I can respect the man for his ideas (I’ve read about a lot of his films, and they definitely sound interesting), but I am squeamish as hell, so I definitely do not have the stomach for human VCR’s and fingernails dropping like flies (pun definitely intended). I mean, if anyone knows a film by Cronenburg that isn’t super gory, by all means, direct me towards it and I will give it a watch. But for now, I am perfectly fine with reading essays and plot summaries of his movies. Also, Doug’s cameo was hilarious. And Jeff Goldblum is unreasonably sexy in that monkey shot, it’s not fair.

    • Snorgatch Pandalume

      I’ve been a fan of Cronenberg’s work for over 30 years, but I will be the first to admit, yeah, his movies tend to be really disturbing to watch. He pretty much invented the genre of body horror, with movies like Shivers, Rabid, Videodrome, and the Brood. The thing is, though, his movies are damned smart, and so are his heroes. None of the idiot characters doing stupid shit that makes you want them to die, like in most horror movies. No drunken horny teenagers getting picked off one by one.
      Nor is there the whole “science is bad” vibe you often get from the genre. Cronenberg has said that scientists are his heroes, because they’re constantly trying to push back the boundaries of what is possible. For instance, Rabid is about an experimental skin-graft procedure performed on an injured woman to save her life that ends up going horribly, catastrophically wrong. OK, that’s bad, but you can’t fault the doctor’s intentions. It’s just that when you enter unexplored territory, there’s always an element of risk involved.

  10. Let me get this straight: ants and spiders have proportionally incredible strength; why wouldn’t a fly? It worked for Pete Parker, why not Jeff Goldblum?

    Tamara as a cat-human hybrid? Please don’t give all the anime fanboys any ideas.

  11. Tamara, you should watch An American Tale. I saw this in theatres as a child, and some of the music is still stuck in my head 30 years later. Some of this music comes close to West Side Story.

  12. So you went from Jeff Goldblum in a Speilberg thriller…

    to Jeff Goldblum in a David Cronenberg body horror…

    Next step: Tamara’s never seen – VideoDrome!
    (hehe well maybe not so soon after the Fly)

  13. I love these videos, but omg. Tamara. FOCUS! You are all over the place trying to be cute. Give us your opinion of the movie(your opinion is valid). You don’t have to write a comedic script and start your video with a slack jaw expression in every video… We know your acting when your working with Doug, but here in “TNS” we want to see ‘you’.

    -keep on working hard, thanks for all you do. 🙂

  14. Hey, if you’d like to see a far less disgusting film featuring Jeff Goldblum, you should check out “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension.”
    It’s a pretty fun, if bizarre and nearly incomprehensible bit of ’80’s sci-fi cinema.
    It’s also got Peter Weller, Clancy Brown, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Vincent Schiavelli, Yakov Smirnoff, and an unexplained Watermelon.

    And it’s being remade as a TV series by Kevin Smith, so the property is beginning to regain prominence. No time like the present to check it out.

  15. WIll you see the sequel or the original version of the movie?

  16. Great job! This is the first time I’ve watched one of your videos twice.

  17. There’s a reason he wanted to fuse with her. She was pregnant and he wanted more human DNA. I actually already saw the ending of this at first. It’s still a powerful film. I really do get the relationships between these characters. It’s probably Jeff Goldblum’s best movie.

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