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24 November 2011

Wounds of Misery: My film Trailer

 I leave for Germany tomorrow so I thought I would drop this off for you all. This is the trailer to a film I literally thought of on the spot. I felt I had to make something so I decided to do this. I will have 4 or 5 shots to put in extra to build the story a little, but the film will definitely be up.check the video for the date! thanks everyone for reading and see you all next week!

23 November 2011

Saboteur (1942)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Country: USA
Runtime: 115 Minutes
In Alfred Hitchcock’s earlier career, he still made many great films. Saboteur is without a doubt one of them. It is sharp, intelligent, clever and most of all, filled with great Hitchcock suspense. The performances from Robert Cummings and Priscilla Lane were delightfully Hitchcockian and the film’s plot is simply smart. Once more, an innocent man is running from society in a Hitchcock film and this motif of Hitchcock’s auteur still goes nicely. With some moments of heart and eccentricity, “Saboteur” is another great Mystery & suspense film.  

22 November 2011

The Rum Diary (2011)

Directed by: Bruce Robinson
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Runtime: 119 Minutes
The film is stale in most parts, and truly lacking an interesting story. Despite Johnny Depp’s solid performance and little comedy moments, the film has nothing special to offer and will likely leave you bored.  We follow a journalist in this biopic who travels to San Juan to work at a Newspaper company. You often forget it is a biopic film with it's staleness. The film may have some moments of humour, but the film feels like it has no goal or end. This is definitely worth skipping for your next visit to the cinema, and that is all I can say.
My Rating: 4.5/10

21 November 2011

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Directed by: Woody Allen
Genre: Romance, comedy
Country: USA
Runtime: 94 Minutes
If you are wondering what one of the best films, you will find this year is this is one. Enchanting is an excellent word to describe the picturesque quality to its cinematography and wholesomely beautiful story. Never have I had so much respect for Owen Wilson on screen, which is likely his best performance of his career. I am quite new to Woody Allen, I must say his direction and writing is fantastic here, and I can see were the acclaim comes from. This film stands out from the blockbusters and CGI films of the recent years, which makes it a great experience.

19 November 2011

What's Good About CGI Animated Films

I decided to make this post to write about my love of CGI animated movies. I have realised that animated films have not degraded in quality over the years and some end up being magnificent. Over the past few years, CGI animation has been growing insanely popular were now we have something like 15 animated films in a year. With the great technological advancements, titles such as “Toy Story 3” and “How to Train Your Dragon” show that it is an excellent medium and now animation is not a thing just for kids, but for everyone. Animation to me is an art. Although not on the same level as film, I still love it so.

17 November 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Directed by: : Jennifer Yuh Nelson , Jennifer Yuh
Genre: Animation, Family, Comedy
Runtime: 86 Minutes
Was it enjoyable? Yes. Is it a worthy sequel? Definitely! The sequel to the lovable "Kung Fu Panda" is surprisingly vibrant with its humour, crisp animation and cliché, yet admirable plot. The film is considerably short, and you will probably wish it were longer, but in its 86 minute runtime, you get quite an action-packed little adventure with the overweight, panda and his friends. DreamWorks have made a good lot of animated films now, and the Panda of films are some of their best. This film should be enjoyable by all ages. 

Insidious (2011) Quickie Review

Directed by: James Wan
Genre: Horror, Mystery & suspense
Duration: 103 Minutes
You can think of Insidious as the cinematic version of Paranormal Activity. With lavishing cinematography and a few thrills, the film is likely to scare you out of you r wits, especially with that terrific music work. However, the film still feels average with some of its stupidity in how it unfolds towards the end. Some of the thrilling things that happen are quite foolish, but bearable. 

15 November 2011

The People Under the Stairs (1991) Quickie Review

Directed by: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Wes Craven’s little horror adventure is rather stupid, but is not all bad. You get soem few cheap thrills and plenty of corny comedy along with it. Fool (Brandon Adams), an African-American teen, breaks into the home of the wealthy landlords who evicted his family from a ghetto tenement. A fortune in gold coins is rumoured to exist inside, but Fool discovers that the mansion is a chamber of horrors presided over by a pair of incestuous, serial killer siblings (Everett McGill and Wendy Robie). 

14 November 2011

Dirty Harry (1971)

Directed by: Don siegel
Genre: Drama, Mystery & suspense
Runtime: 102 Minutes
You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” This quote would soon become renown from the mouth of Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry himself. Don Siegel excellently directed this crime drama and the gripping plot was very exuberant. The film being released in1971 is one of the earliest ‘cop team up’ films, and later ones like “Lethal Weapon” would come. I love the concept of cops after thugs and criminals and it makes for an exciting film. You get plenty of action, nice bits of humour and an excellent thrill ride from “dirty Harry” and his escapades and Eastwood’s performance will make you remember this film for quite some time.  

13 November 2011

The Wild Bunch (1969) Quickie Review

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Runtime: 141 Minutes

Sam Peckinpah’s 140-minute violent western is grippingly action packed and takes you on the saddle for a bumpy ride.

12 November 2011

Retro Review: A Chump at Oxford (1940)

 Directed by: Alfred J. Goulding
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 63 Minutes

This is a very old review that for the sake that I have not put up a review in while, I shall put up this one. The grammar will be weaker, and my points and language won't be as good as what I do now. So for the sake of humour, have a read at this. In addition, it is a wonderfully funny Laurel and Hardy film.

09 November 2011

Bad Taste (1987)

Directed by: Peter Jackson
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Runtime: 91 Minutes 
Every great director started somewhere, and for   Peter Jackson, it was at a cheaply made fun horror movie. It is fun, absurd and not exactly original, but seeing Jackson acting himself is hard not to enjoy. If you are in to the gross-out kind of gore, “Bad Taste” is the movie for you. Filled with zombies and English and I believe, Australian actors, the film is a wild and strange trip. 

08 November 2011

The Lion King (1994) (IN 3D!)

Directed by: Rob Minkoff & Roger Allers
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family
Runtime: 87 Minutes
In the 90’s, Disney redeemed their status of being a great animation studio with films like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”. “The Lion King” was among their hits in the 90’s and to this day, it is a beautifully crafted piece of work. With delightful charm and a sincere story, it is hard not to like the film. Seeing it in 3D, and in the cinema for that matter, bring back memories of childhood, which makes Disney an important company- because it makes childhoods all the merrier.  Lion King is an undeniable classic. 

06 November 2011

Black Swan (2010)

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 103 Minutes
Never has ballet ever been so intriguing to me. “Black Swan” is a beautifully crafted film that will either emotionally move you or hate it. For me, it is the emotionally moving part. The film is so touching and Natalie Portman’s performance was nothing short of breath taking. The year 2010 was a reasonably promising year and this is one of the best from it. There is a great collaboration of actors and great direction from Darren Aronofsky in this melodramatically beautiful film. 

05 November 2011

The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (2011)

Directed by: Tom Six
Genre: Horror, Drama
Runtime: 88 Minutes
You are probably wondering why I would even bring the film to my attention and review it never mind watching it. Well, my curiosity put me to it and I had to see how bad it was and what exactly creator Tom Six done. Are you wondering what the worst of this year is? It is right here in this disgusting display of artless tasteless cinema.  Tom Six is easily a very disturbed man and in this pointless violent and brutal shocker, you will only be turning your head every five minutes. 

04 November 2011

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Historical, controversial, comical, surreal, satirical, disorientating, daring, exciting, exhilarating; the list can go on of ways to describe this film. When watching Stanley Kubrick’s adaption of Anthony Burgess’s Novel, you are witnessing one of the greatest films of all time. Perhaps only through my eyes, but this is definitely among the greats. Full of artistic brilliance and visual images that you will not find in a film before it like it, Kubrick’s careful direction makes this one very exciting film.  You get one of the best cinematic experiences when watching the film and it truly defines film as an art. This is a must-see for film lovers of all kinds. 

03 November 2011

Horrible Bosses (2011)

Directed by: Seth Gordon
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 97 Minutes
Far from original, and it pretty much is a generic comedy, but at the same time, you cannot help but enjoy the senseless plot. Taking the idea of having hard-ass bosses and the desire to kill them is interesting and although many of the things we see are not original, the film is still cleverly put together. Seth Gordon, the director knew what he was doing here partially and the film while you won’t find the meaning of life, is still a pretty fun comedy.

Best Horror Sequel Poll Results

So the poll that book place during the Halloween period has come to an end. Here are the results!

Total Votes: 32

02 November 2011

Top 15 Favourite Horror Films of All Time

Well my giant horror marathon has come to an end after 35 reviews and about 40 film viewings. Now I can say I won't have good dreams for a while. The horror genre is great in many ways. Out of the four main emotions, that cinema can bring to you, being laughter, sadness, happiness and scares; horror excels in suspending your disbelief and taking you into frightful journeys. Many horror films are picked on for not being versatile enough and being filled with 'cheap' scares, like the "Paranormal Activity" series, which in some ways it is. However, the genre is to "horrify" and "scare" you. Many horror films excel in mixed emotions and intertextuality making it a very fine genre. There is no such thing as the greatest genre but horror still has many great films within it. Here are my top 15 all-time favourite horror films.

01 November 2011

Blogger of the Month 4# James Rodrigues

So here we are, another month another blogger. this month I have chosen someone who I had intentions of doing last month, but didn't. So here he is, James Rodrigues a good film critic with some very interesting opinions. Relatively new to blogging, 'Rodders' here has few followers and deserves a little bit of attention for his efforts.See his blog here.

The 11 Best Horror Villains/Monsters

Now that my horror marathon has ended, I will look over my favourite horror monsters and villains in no order. All these characters are either terrifying, psychotic, intimidating, creepy or just plain great to see on screen. Here they are!

Fred Kruger
Actor: Robert Englund
Film: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 

Kruger has become a horror icon and his knife-glove has become a famous motif. Robert Englund portrays Kruger excellently and he is a very intimidating horror character.

The Shining (1980) [Horror Marathon] 35#

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Runtime: 119 Minutes
Stephen King’s horror novel “The Shining” may differ from this eerie adaption, but the film is something very special. Exploring insanity and going psycho, “The Shining” is a very thrilling and unforgettable. Stanley Kubrick, the genre explorer did an excellent job with this film using a variety of fresh camera angles, editing and even effects. When watching the film, it may confuse you at times and I believe it the real goal of it. You will pick up quickly what is happening and it will take you on one big thrill ride.

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