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28 September 2011

DOA: Dead or Alive

Directed by: Cory Yuen
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Runtime: 86 Minuts
I truly did not expect much from this but it was still a piece of garbage not to be taken seriously. As a whole the film is an excuse to fit in some sex appeal, which really gets annoying and to top that, we have constant stupid action. Being based off the popular video game series (which I have played) this is a video game-to-cinema film that fails miserably at even being slightly entertaining. There are several just plain boring gags with unexplained pointless characters.

27 September 2011

Battle Quest: My RPG Game Download

Over about three weeks I made this little game project with RPG Maker. It's my first and it should last a fair amount of time. Try it out and leave comments on the youtube video!

26 September 2011

Marnie (1964)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 125 Minutes

After the peak of success of Hitchcock's films during the late 50's, early 60's, "Marnie" is among the unsuccessful Hitchcock films after that peak. Having to top "Psycho" and "Vertigo" was no easy task and despite not being anything compared to them "Marnie" is relatively a special film. Going in to the psychological state of the titular woman gives this film an eerie kind of presence and plays out like a psychodrama. 

25 September 2011

End of the Week Quickie Reviews 6#

Limitless (2011)

It may have some cool editing effects, but they become disorientating after a while and the film just seems to keep trying to be visually splendid. The story is about a drug that makes your whole brain accessible, causing you to have a massive IQ. However, it has its drawbacks later on. Bradley Cooper plays a wasteful idiot who ends up on this drug and works his way up on the business ladder. The story is okay, but hardly believable. “Limitless” is a little mediocre but in a way is a good action drama worth a one-time viewing.
My Rating: 7/10

22 September 2011

TrollHunter (2011)

Directed by: André Ovredal
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy
Runtime: 105 Minutes
So how does a mokumentary from Norway about real life trolls sound? Pretty absurd right? Well here, if you look past the stupidity you will find a reasonably entertaining film. With strong CGI and a kooky and weird presence, “Troll hunter” is a fun mokumentary movie. From start to end you may not be convinced that trolls exist, but it is a good heap of reality-breaking folklore fun.

21 September 2011

The Trouble With Harry (1955)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Prepare For the unexpected! People can have serious doubts about a comedy from Hitchcock. Although not bringing tears of laughter to the audience, this film has clever humour that just makes you think “What a predicament”. The acting feels natural and the plot is sharp. Filled with great black comedy, but not offensive comedy, it is undoubtedly a lesser-known Hitchcock film, but still quite a good one, and in dazzling vista vision.

18 September 2011

End of the Week Quickie Reviews 5#

Night at the Museum 2 (2009)
It was a sufficient sequel but lacking in story and originality. One thing it certainly has too many unfunny jokes that just ruin the film. This sequel is self-conscious of its previous films and uses gags from it here, such as the monkey-slapping scene, but this time with two monkeys. It has some good jokes but most of them just are not amusing. This time we meet loads of new historical figures such as Amelia Earhart, General Custard, Al Capone and Abraham Lincoln. It has some promising concept behind it, but the film in the end fails to have that good family film spirit. Several more interesting effects have been used and it was interesting to see certain parts of history come alive. Not a terrible film, but worthy of viewing.

My Rating: 5.5/10

17 September 2011

Best Sci-Fi Film of the 80's Poll Results

So my 4 week long poll of the best 80's sci-fi film has come to an end with many votes. As you may know, you could select multiple answers so many of you p probably picked two or three films. The 80's had some great films and especially for Sci-Fi. Here are the top 6 results:

Total votes: 52

16 September 2011

The Last Airbender (2010)

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-fi & Fantasy
Runtime:103 Minutes
What a waste of my time. I could have been doing so many other more interesting things than watching this film. Watching grass grow, doing maths homework or even nothing at all! “The Last Airbender” is full of cliché action, wooden and dull acting and a story that will likely put you to sleep. Based off Nickelodeon’s popular TV show, the film proves to be a failure as a fantasy film, an action film and a film all together.

15 September 2011

Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2004

Directed by: Richard Schikel
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 132 Minutes

For anyone who seeks to learn more about this illustrious man, then this documentary is certainly for you. With a great collaboration of actors, film historians and directors, this engaging documentary is pieced together like gold. We get to see footage of Chaplin on and off screen in this the wondrous 2-hour documentary that overlooks the life of Charles Chaplin. The documentary could go on to be 4 hours long. 

13 September 2011

Bad Santa (2003)

Directed by Terry Zwigoff
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 91 Minutes

Prepare for strong language and booze because this is not your typical Christmas movie. Starring Billy Bob Thornton in a role unimaginable with anyone else, “Bad Santa” is a comedy not to be forgotten. With hilarious crude humour and a main character whose life wasteful, and wastes himself, this film is great comedy. Most modern comedies are not very impressive but here it is solid crude strong humour. 

11 September 2011

End of the Week Quickie Reviews 4#

Night at the Museum

After having a re-watch of this I can say that this is a fun comedy film with reasonable acting and some excellent appearances. We have plenty of recognisable faces here. First, we have Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, the legendary Dick Van Dyke and even Mickey Rooney. Rooney is 91 years old this year and I am impressed to see him still acting. Dyke is also a reasonable age now being 85. The film has plenty of weak points and I cannot stand Ricky Gervais. It has plenty of enjoyable gags but fails a little in the long run. The film is not intricate and the idea is very foolish, but as a family comedy film, it is worth a onetime viewing.

My Rating: 6.5/10

09 September 2011

Run Lola Run (1998)

Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House, Drama
Runtime: 81 Minutes
A friend recommended this to me and I am impressed with it. The film is sometimes frantic and has fantastic editing elements tied in with its kinetic kind of energy. It is an exciting film start to end that reminds you that every little thing you do can change another thing, like a chain reaction. Every little thing matters. There may not be full plot to follow for its duration, but we get to see an intricate one three times in different realities of different things happening each time. Through clever camera angles and fine editing “Run Lola Run” is an exciting on-the-run action film.

08 September 2011

The Next Film Marathon

Not long until it is October and we approach Halloween so I plan on having a new film marathon, that will be big and bad ass. I will start the marathon between October 1-8 and continue right up to the day of Halloween.

06 September 2011

Safety Last (1923)

Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer , Sam Taylor
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 80 Minutes
Often known as Harold Lloyd’s best film, it is the first film I have seen from this great comedian. His physical ability (let alone being quite athletic) definitely brings laughter to the screen in this well executed piece of silent comedy. The story is simple, the characters are sweet and the comedy is very funny. This has some of the finest slapstick you could ask for, which makes Lloyd a contender as one of the best comedians of this time.

04 September 2011

End of the Week Quickie Reviews 3#

Platoon (1986)

An excellent solid drama with some hard-hitting performances from Charlie Sheen, William Dafoe and Tom Berenger. It is adventurous and will definitely make you feel like you are out their fighting with these brave men. Set in the Vietnam War, the story is directed and written by Olive Stone wonderfully as he captures this historical war. The acting was superb, and the story was dramatically hard-hitting, and is an excellent adventure to be taken on.
My Rating: 8/10

03 September 2011

Frenzy (1972)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror, Drama
Runtime: 120 Minutes

As one of Hitchcock’s final films, he still manages to bring a youthful experimentation touch as well as his own unique style to the film. This shocking piece of work makes it another Hitchcock classic for definite. It is dark, suspenseful and it even has edgy dark humour, or as Hitchcock calls it, ‘comedy noir’. For any fan of this director, it is a must-see and even more of a must-see if you have not seen many of his films.

02 September 2011

Monkey Business (1931)

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 67 Minutes 

As the first Marx brothers film I have seen, I am hugely impressed with their comedy. It was witty, clever and the film was almost like gag after gag. Well-co-ordinated and hugely funny, which shows how funny they really are because even after all this time, they are funny. It is similar to Laurel and Hardy, timeless comedy. The gags were great and the four brothers were excellent. Their comedy bounces off one another, which makes things all the funnier. “Monkey Business” is a divine comedy film that will have you either chuckling or in stitches.

01 September 2011

Blogger of the Month 2# Adam Moody

It was hard choosing this month's blogger of the month, but I thought I would do one for my good friend Adam, whose blog does not get much notice and should. His writing content is superb and detailed and a lot of thought clearly goes in to his work. using a 4-star rating system.

He has been writing at this blog for about a month now and has a fair amount of reviews so far. He has also touched a good variety of films, such as "Naked Lunch", "Insidious" and "Hobo With a shotgun". Overall his blog is worth checking out and don't forget to follow him!

Hitchcock Movie Competition [brackets] Results!

At last the Hitchcock competition is over. I made the final round last a little longer to give people more of a chance to vote. Here are the results and thanks everyone for anticipating in this fun little event.


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