HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Last Warrior, The
Artemis 81
Rampage
Quiet Place, A
Braven
Changeover, The
Isle of Dogs
Funny Cow
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Mad to Be Normal
Beast of Burden
Dead Men Walk
Game Night
Under the Tree
L'Amant Double
Gonin
Coco
Producers, The
Molly's Game
Forest of the Lost Souls, The
Hatchet III
Birdman of Alcatraz
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Wonderstruck
If It Ain't Stiff, It Ain't Worth a Fuck
Nun, The
Red Sparrow
My Friend Dahmer
Journeyman
Heat, The
   
 
Newest Articles
The Ultimate Trip: The Original Psychedelic Movies
Players of Games: Willy Wonka, Tron and Ready Player One
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? The Ends of The Monkees
Flings and Arrows: Conquest vs Flesh + Blood
Orson Around: F for Fake and The Late Great Planet Earth
ITC What You Did There: Retro-Action on Blu-ray
And It Was the Dirtiest Harry We Have Seen in a Very Long Time: The Dirty Harry Series
Manor On Movies: The Astounding She Monster
Manor On Movies: Don't be a dolt. That's not a cult (movie)
Wes Anderson's Big Daddies: Steve Zissou and Others
Bad Taste from Outer Space: Galaxy of Terror and Xtro
A Yen for the 1990s: Iron Monkey and Satan Returns
Hey, Punk: Jubilee and Rock 'n' Roll High School
Help! with The Knack: Richard Lester in 1965
Roll Up, Get Yer Free Cinema: The Shorts on the BFI Woodfall Blu-rays
   
 
  Tunnel Vision Switching ChannelsBuy this film here.
Year: 1976
Director: Bradley R. Swirnoff, Neal Israel
Stars: Phil Proctor, Howard Hesseman, Chevy Chase, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Laraine Newman, Betty Thomas, Ron Silver, Al Franken, Tom Davis, Gerrit Graham, Ernie Anderson, Pat Proft, Murphy Dunne, William Schallert, Neal Israel, Michael Mislove
Genre: Comedy
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: It is the future year of 1985 and American society is going down the drain. What is being blamed for this? The free television station called Tunnel Vision, the "No-Bullshit Network", which is attracting up a huge share of the audience, even to the extent that people are giving up their jobs to stay at home and watch it. A Congressional Hearing is called to address the problem, and the head of Tunnel Vision (Phil Proctor) agrees to show examples of the broadcasts, taken from a random day's schedule, for the senators to make up their minds on whether the station should be closed down or not.

Resembling a very long trailer for a bigger movie, Tunnel Vision was written by Michael Mislove and co-director Neal Israel, and one of the short lived cycle of sketch movies that were released in the seventies and eighties, which ranged from the very good, like The Kentucky Fried Movie, to the mostly mediocre, like The Groove Tube. The film is like a version of the upcoming Saturday Night Live with more near-the-knuckle humour, all at the expense of what your average American would be treated to on an average day's television viewing.

Despite being set in the future, Tunnel Vision says more about the era it was made than about what TV would be really like years later. The opinion seems to be that TV will be seriously dumbed down, which, right enough, is what TV is accused of today, but this is less ahead of its time than what the critics have repeatedly been saying since the medium was invented. Contemporary concerns such as political corruption, pollution, sexual liberation, war and crime inform the humour, making this a time capsule of the hip, cynical attitudes of 1976.

Spoofs of TV genres make up the larger part of the film, rather than take offs of specific shows. There are plenty of news reports, read out by serious sounding men, saying supposedly outrageous things (although the anti-Polish joke comes across as sincere), and an ever-present continuity announcer presents previews for the ridiculous prime-time winners, such as the self-explanatory "The Pregnant Man", or "Get Head" (a cop show starring a disembodied head). And don't forget the ads, including one for the church which has an archbishop disrobing to reveal he is a woman.

Some of the jokes, not many, but some of them, are pretty funny in a smartass way. A wholesome sitcom seeing its Mary Tyler Moore-style heroine end one scene giving an out-of-character blowjob, or the brief trails for shows like Celebrity Wrestling (Jackie Onassis vs Sammy Davis Jr) are amusing enough. There are two running gags, one which sees two candidates for mayor attempting campaigns of oneupmanship that escalate to murder, and another which has a French chef blindfolded for a margarine taste test, only to wander through the rest of the film at odd moments. More historically interesting than anything else, especially as it features some celebrities-to-be, Tunnel Vision at least doesn't outstay its welcome: it's just over an hour long. Music by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 7443 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Robert Segedy
Darren Jones
  Asma Amal
  Chris Lawrence
Enoch Sneed
George White
Stately Wayne Manor
   

 

Last Updated: