On July 6 around 6pm (London +0 GMT) I will be uploading the next film created by my friends and I in our youtube group: IndieHouseFilms It is a mockumentary of a group of filmmakers trying to make a documentary about the Tollymore Forest somewhere in Northern Ireland. I created the film to have a bit of fun with the genre and to poke fun at conventions, movie mistakes and even young people at some parts. The film is quite silly, but I hope you enjoy it. Watch the preview below and enjoy :)
The first true month of my summer break began on the first
day of June, and instantly I sat down and watched many films. In the first
week, I managed to watch 13 films, and began to slow down after that, but I
tallied up quite a few great films this month. I re-watched many films this time, and more
than I have any month this year. I also
explored the films of Wes Anderson a little, and I can see what the fuss has
been about when it comes to his films. Seeing Moonrise Kingdom was released
recently, I thought I would explore his earlier films, and I think they are
great! He is a talented director who definitely has a very special way of
telling his stories.
I have saw on a few blogs compiled lists of 100 facts about them. Well, here is part 1 of 100 facts film related about me. I would like to thank Cinematic Corner and Cinematic Paradox for their lists as it is what inspired this post. (Check out their great blogs also). Let's get started.
1)Although not my favourite film of all-time, if
I were to choose a film to watch for the rest of my life it would be Singin in the Rain.
Remember at new years 2012 I set myself targets as a film buff for my film life and blog? Well, now that we are now in the middle of the year, I thought I would check up how I am doing so far on achieving these targets. Read the post here. Now let us take a look as to how I have done so far.
Directed by: Uwe Boll Starring: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff Genre: Horror, Fantasy USA 96 Minutes
plain boring and not even fun to watch to make fun of for being so bad: that is
what Alone in the Dark is like. It is
neither scary nor entertaining, and plays out as a messy and inept film.
Directed by: Andrew Stanton Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action USA Colour, 132 Minutes
Verdict: Although not as horrible as I expected, John Carter tries hard to be a
fun-filled action fantasy film, and fails in the end while replicating many
other films in the past. There are some nice jokes, but the wooden
characterisation and messy pacing ruin the film as a whole.
Ahhh musicals. There are critics who despise them and hate the genre in film, but how can one hate a complete genre? Especially when films such as Chicago, Singin in the Rain and The Sound of Music exist in the genre. I thought it would be interesting to compile some of the best musical numbers in film in both sound and how the songs appear on film. Here they are:
Summer has arrived, schools are out (well some of them) and I am now reclining and sitting back to watch some movies. You may have noticed (if you are not a new to this blog) that I have radically changed the layout. I am at the moment mainly using a template, but it may change soon. For this summer I have some new ideas and changes to this blog and plan on exploring a wide variety of films.
Directed and Written by: Werner Herzog Genre: Documentary USA Colour, 99 Minutes
Verdict: Werner Herzog has made almost as many documentaries
as he has fictional films, and his documentaries most certainly have a cinematic
element to them. Encounters at the End of
the World is one of his best documentaries as he explores the wonders of
Antarctica and its fascinatingly beautiful areas, revealing more than just gorgeous landscapes.
Directed by: Ridley Scott Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure USA Colour, 124 Minutes *No Spoilers Guarenteed*
Verdict: For fans of the original Sci-Fi classic, Prometheus may seem a disappointment and
lacks the engaging suspense and chilling atmosphere the Alien franchise is famous
for having. However, it is not entirely bad and has a great soundtrack,
cinematography and a solid female lead.
The month of May has been a busy and hectic month for
several reasons. First off, it’s the time of year when everyone is busy with schoolwork
whether you are in High School, College or University. Now, all of my work is
complete (very happy about that). Secondly, I have been unable to review many
films, but I have certainly watched a lot. Now that summer is here, I thought
it was time to change the blog around, and now I have a different layout, new
archiving and a new review layout method. Here is an overview of May in the
Verdict: City of God with its rocket-like pacing
is one of the best cinematic achievements of the 21st century and
has accessibility allowing many people to relate and love the film. With grand
young performances, flawless editing and fantastically shot cinematography, the
film stands among the all-time greats.
Well, a lot of time has passed and at this point I have explored hundreds of films. I have not once made a favourite directors list public as I have wanted to ensure it is a justified list. With directors such as Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock around, I wanted to wait a while to try and explore as many directors as possible. So here it is, my favourite directors and my three favourite films from them (in no order)
Directed and Written by: Adam Elliot Genre: Animation, Drama USA Colour/B&W, 88 Minutes
Mary and Max tells
the story of two very unlikely Pen Pal’s, with one being an 8 year-old Australian
girl and the other a 44 year-old man with Asperger’s syndrome in New York. Through
their lives, they write to one another about their lives and the differences
and similarities they have.The film definitely excels with its narrative structure and excellent use of music and voice-over and it is quite a unique experience when we see the friendship and film develop. With thought-provoking content and bizarre visuals, it adds up for a unique experience.
After seeing the trailer, one thinks to themselves, “Well, this
seems like an improvement to Tim Burton’s last venture Alice in Wonderland” and that it might be a fun-filled Gothic styled comedy. This is quite wrong. For most people, the film has been a
disappointment (not that expectations were exceedingly high anyway), but the
film’s zany narrative that is simply all over the place, making most of it
boring and tedious. The visuals are fantastic, but the comedy is lacking when
it tries and the plot definitely brings it down.
Directed and Written by: Christopher Nolan Genre: Thriller, Drama USA B&W/Colour, 113 MinutesSo, like many people, before giving criticism on
the film I watched it a second time, and I absolutely love it! The plot follows
a 'detective' trying to find the man who raped and murdered his wife. It seems
simple, but he has short-term memory loss, and cannot create any new memories. Therefore,
through the photographs, notes and tattoos of words on his body, he tries to
track him down. What makes the film exciting is its narrative structure, which
before even seeing the film you SHOULD be aware of.
Many reviewers and critics have gotten to this film to say
what they think, and after a week I think so much shit has been flying across
film fans and buffs I need to say something. What did I think? I thought the
film was great, and definitely surprising for a comic book blockbuster. This
definitely sets a standard for the future comic book movies, and while having
plenty of mindless action that so many people love now, it does not get too
lost in it all and takes time to show its characters humanity.
After all the hype, hate and conversation over this book
adaptation, I finally decided to go watch it in the cinema. Although I expected
a little bit more from the film’s glorious source matter of literature, the
film definitely has great performances and well-constructed editing as well as
a morally challenging plot involving kids slaughtering one another. The concept
is golden for it shows the evil and inhumanity of what could be a pessimistic
future for the sake of entertainment. The
Hunger Games will please some, but others will find it a slow and boring
Well, this has certainly been a big month for cinema for me. I have watched more films within this month than I have in my lifetime I think. Even more so than last year's summer, which was insane. Well, I watched a variety of films in this month looking at directors such as Akira Kuroswa and Sergio Leone. I have not written many reviews outside the silent marathon, so I should get on board with a few soon. Many of the films I watche din this month that I watched were pretty long, includning Once Upon a Time in America, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), which is why it seems I have watched over 50 films this month. Well, I am not near that number but I still watched a lot. Here is April 2012 in revue.
Well, this is the second top silent films list I have made, except a little longer. Now, I have watched over 65 silent films and most of them have been very entertaining indeed. From Chaplin to Murnau, watchign silent films is an enchanting experience were you get to take a step back into history of how films were made. Here are what I consider the best 25 silent films of all time (excluding The Artist).
In the early days of
cinema, D.W Griffith made hundreds of films from shorts to features. He is
known for his important works such as The
Birth of a Nation, and undoubtedly, Griffith is a pioneer of cinema with
his use of camera and narrative techniques. Orphans
of the Storm is no masterpiece, but Griffith uses feature films to a
powerful extent with this film conveying a large story based on history, were
two characters simply get caught up in the moments.
Before you plow down my list, read this first. Although I have a page of my all time favourite films on here, I have not made an ordered list of my favourites in my entire time on the blog. I have wanted to explore more cinema before making a solid list, and even posting this one I think it'll be many more months and movies before I get a very solid list. My top five choices I love almost equally, but I chose a title that has very much influenced and interested me in cinema. I am yet to watch some of the acclaimed films floating in the world of film, but here is my list of favourites IN ORDER from what I have seen in my lifetime (which by now is about 900-1000 films). Please comment and give me feedback.
Among the great works of Buster Keaton Steamboat Bill Jr sits among his best, and is definitely up to par
with his famous The General. Once
more, we see Keaton effectively structuring a film with not only comedy- but
also a solid plot. The characters may not be deep as would Chaplin’s, but Keaton
has displayed his acting talent in a character that wins the audiences heart; not
to mention some of his great comedic work used. Overall, it is a fantastic
silent comedy and one of the greatest.
Wow it has been a year already! First things to say is thank you to all those who read and comment on my posts as if I did not get any form of feedback, I would have stopped after a while. I know I do it mainly for myself, but what's the point wasting hours on a blog no one reads? Well for this post, I am going to go through various statistics of my blog showing the amount of reviews I've written, genre totals, view count and more! Oh and a list of my favourite directors: A list that I have NEVER posted.
A while back I tried watching this and the copy had picture perfect
quality, but the subtitles were way off. So, the review of this film has been
delayed and now I have watched it properly. Battleship
Potemkin is among the best silent films, and today is known as one of the
greatest propaganda films of all time. The films striking visuals and largely
controversial (for the time) message sum up for a very exciting experience. The
film has a short runtime, but it's worth every minute.
I found out about this film through the 1001 Movies to see
before you die book (the film lovers bible), and I was quite impressed with the
story. We follow the average man through his life, who is no different from the
other millions among the people around him. The film tells a tale of how we,
being part of the crowd, can get lost among the crowd when something goes wrong
and we step out. The events that happen to our protagonist appear as tragic,
but he always strides forward which gives the film a feel-good finale.
Directed by: Charles Chaplin Genre: Comedy USA Black and White, 28 Minute
In one of Chaplin’s final short-reeler comedies, were he also does not play his tramp character. Except here, he is an employed worker. We get some
excellent gags out of this film that has a wonderful ending that just makes you
laugh at the stereotype we see (being a nagging wife).
This is a difficult film to watch and care about, but for
patient viewers, you will find this is a strangely paced and produced
documentary on witchcraft. In a time when the documentary genre was practically
not even a genre at all, we see fictional dramatisations of stories that is
read by the films narrator- that being the title cards. Even for today’s
audiences, I am sure some clips will be quite haunting and creepy as we see
many manifestations of the devil himself.
Directed by: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton Genre: Comedy USA Black and White, 20 Minutes
Among Buster Keaton’s short comedies, Cops is one of his most recognised and famous and with good reason.
The first half of Cops does not have
many splendid gags, but the second half greatly makes up for it. While not
being utter genius of comedy, Keaton displays pure athletic ability, daring
stunts of his own and simply hilarious comedy. At a runtime of 20 minutes, this
piece of silent comedy will impress you with the gags and stunts performed by
Carl Dreyer’s The
Passion of Joan of Arc today is revered for its filmmaking technique and
emotion conveyed. When watching the film, it is easy to see why. Joan of Arc is
still today a figure of female independence and an icon to women and France. In
the film, we have a compelling and emotionally effective performance from an
actress who would never make another film again. Dreyer’s slow pace and
constant use of close-ups of Joan crying seem quite repetitive, but certainly,
this is a standpoint of silent filmmaking.
Directed, Produced and Written by: Charles Chaplin Music Composed by Charles Chaplin Genre: Comedy USA Black and White, 119 Minutes In the 1950’s, Chaplin combined three of his short comedies
associated with his brother, Sydney and Edna Purviance, and re-composed their
soundtracks (and wonderfully). The three films being, A Dog’s Life, Shoulder Arms and The
Pilgrim are among his best short comedies and with the new scores composed
by him, they come to life once more. Seeing these three films in the gloriously
restored DVD edition make it worth watching for some of his finest gags that
still stand the test of time as hilarious.
Directed by: Robert J Flaherty Genre: Documentary USA, France Black and White, 79 Minutes When watching this film,
you see the documentary genre at an early stage before it became a format to
‘document’ events. As a silent documentary, you can be rest assured we still
see a fascinating account of things that remain interesting. I believe this is the first documentary ever to be made, if not it is certainly one of the first next to Haxan. The film follows a
family of Eskimo’s and how they survive in the blistering cold, and by the end
of the film, you will have some appreciation as to how they go around doing it.
Nanook of the North displays courage
and survival of an Eskimo family creating a today-fascinating documentary.
In this marathon, I am exploring a lot of silent comedy, and
with comedians like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, some of these films remain
very much funny and alive. Here, in Grandma’s
Boy, we see Harold Lloyd with some Charlie Chaplin influence in his first feature-length comedy. A heartfelt
story of a guy down on his luck, with great comedy. Grandma’s Boy may not be
outrageously funny or pure genius, but it has some funny gags and a sincere
plot that is not original, but very sweet.
Written and Directed by: Charles Chaplin Genre: Comedy USA Black and White, 29 Minutes
To start off my marathon, why not a silent comedy classic?
This film in particular, is where we first truly see Charlie Chaplin’s tramp
character come to life. Although the tramp appeared firstly in Kid Auto Race at Venice in 1914, here in
The Tramp (1915), the character has
developed, including mannerisms and movement. For a three-reeler comedy, this
one is surprisingly strong in it's story and it shows that Chaplin’s moving to
Essanay did him good. With great control, the film is wonderful to watch for
silent film veterans.
At last I came round to this film and, what a visually
spectacular film it is…a little too spectacular. As a huge animation fan, I was
blown away by this films quite real motion capture CGI, but while it looks
brilliant it is not what animation is about. Moving on, the film had an
excellent ensemble of voice actors alongside a great director being, Steven
Spielberg. The plot is fast paced, fun and could probably last for over 2
hours. It is a great film indeed, but the plot’s madness brings it down quite a
Written by: Michael Bacall,Patrick Hasburgh,Stephen J. Cannell, Jonah Hill
Genre: Comedy, Action
Colour, 109 Minutes
As a fan of the TV series that jump started (not a pun)
Johnny Depp’s career, I was curious to see this film when I heard of it back in
mid-2011. From various posters and the
films trailer, the film looked like it was going to feature some washed up
comedy and horrible clichés that kill the film. Well, the film definitely has
clichés, but as some critics have been saying, it isn’t all that bad. In fact,
the film actually had some excellent comedy making it surprisingly enjoyable; despite the mainstream label it has.
This month I have lessened the amount of posts at my blog
and I got quite slow with 4 day gaps at times. The reason is due to setting up
the new youtube channel for my filmmaking team, and starting to design motion
graphics again. Oh and school work. I have still been watching many films, and there are a few
reviews coming here soon. March has been another fun month for film and I have
not been watching any set kind of films. From The Birds to The Lorax, I
have just been watching all around me.
“Stupid is as stupid does” This film has been long due on my
watch list, and I have owned the blu-ray copy since June 2011. I have watched
parts of this film in my childhood, but never in one solid viewing. As a film
buff, I can now happily say that Forrest
Gump is a film that is in the moment as it captures the exciting and
curious story of one man who gets himself in extraordinary situations
throughout his life. With excellent direction and award winning (and deserving)
performances, it is a must-see film.
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Here, we have a blog dedicated to classic cinema. The blog has been running since 5 years and now has well over 1000 posts. From silent cinema to the stylish 60's, this blog is great for a step into nostalgia.
By looking at posters and images from this film, it honestly
just looked like another brutal film involving men fighting with their
masculinity as they compare muscles. But I was quite wrong. We get all the
bashing and thrashing, but a story that has its heart in the right place. The
acting was superb most of the actors and the characters were greatly realistic,
not to mention having a great plot. The film uses cliché’s, but has the heart,
which makes it a great film and one of the lesser-known great films of 2011.
I do not really know why I watched this, but every now and
again I watch films with bad premise deliberately just to remember what makes a
good film and to balance out my reviews. Well, the premise definitely has
followed up on this one and it shows as one of the worst films I have seen from
2012 so far. The humour is boring, the acting is unimpressive and the plot just
gets stupid and redundant as it progresses. The acting was very flat and was the worst aspect of the film, and everything just felt so boring. Perhaps it i sjust me, but it was not a very enjoyable experience, however, the concept of a woman going after a criminal for money is an okay idea. There are a few jokes that make you smile a little and the plot is not entirely stupid. It just wasn't executed very well. It is a bad movie
that does not offer much, and is definitely avoidable.
Starring: James Mardsen, Kate Bosworth, James Woods
Genre:Mystery & Suspense
Colour, 109 Minutes
It is interesting to note I watched the original version
about 2 months before I heard about this film. I knew it’d probably be bad and
the reviews were quite average for it, but as a modern day version of a classic
I think they have done a reasonably good job. The film may not have the shock
factor of the original (let’s face it, you cannot replace Dustin Hoffman), but
it still has heart with it's concept to an extent despite being unimpressive.
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Mady Correll, Allison Roddan, Martha Raye
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
B & W 124 Minutes
“One murder makes a
criminal, millions a hero”. Charlie
Chaplin’s second talkie film would be another quite controversial film that
would on things other filmmakers of the time would not dare. By this I mean,
suicide and murder. This is perhaps Chaplin’s darkest film, as it portrays a
man who marries widowers for money- like a ‘gold-digger’. The character in
which we see is not a hero nor a villain, but simply a good man who makes
mistakes and fails while uncovering faults in society. Once again, Chaplin does
not fail to impress with great slapstick and a terrific script that provokes
thought and humours you at the same time.
I was not excited for this film, but I was reasonably
interested to see what they done with this Dr. Seuss story. The first thing to
say is I am disappointed as it easily could have been better. The animation was
florescent and crisp, the story had a good heart, but the voice acting was a
little off (excluding Danny De Vito) and the visual gags were at times too
childish. But then again, it is for kids. The concept did not hold on to the
human destruction concept enough, which was its fault, and you are best not wasting
your time on this one.
As our now fourth film upload, our collaborate in the filmmaking team (IndieHouseFilms), created a short film. Stephen (the director) lives overseas from most of the team, but has agreed to assist on writing and music production on future projects. In this short film, he shows his potential as a filmmaker with good techniques, great writing and good for-what-it-is acting. Please watch, comment and subscribe for the love of film!
I have neglected my blog this month due to stating up the new youtube channel and it is time for me to get into writing some more reviews and posts. Time for another overview of recent trailers for upcoming films. We have some more usual stuff, trash and some promising films heading our way. This looks like a big year for Burton indeed with three films with his name credited being released this year. We also have a prequel coming out too, which I am sure some of you are aware of. Now, let's get started.
The time has come for me to get into filmmaking, so I have started a filmmaking group with my friends. Our name is "Indie House FIlms", combining 'Independent' 'Art House' and 'Film' into one name. We will be making films of all genres such as documentary, found-footage, drama, comedy, and even action. We are not only going to produce short films, but also design graphics, produce animations and tutorials for programs like Cinema 4D and Sony Vegas. Please subscribe to the channel and I hope you enjoy the future uploads!
How does the concept of a film revolving around one man
staring out his window for 105 minutes sound? Quite daunting right? However,
remember who is directing: Alfred
Hitchcock. Rear Window presents
us with Hitchcockian auteur: telling stories perfectly and engaging with the
audience through tension and suspense. The first 35 or so minutes are quite
slow and tranquil, but as time goes on, the murder mystery becomes something
quite special, as well as the side stories used throughout to relieve us.
Everything sums up for a magical movie experience. This is yet another example
of classic cinema that will remain timeless.
Well, I will admit I had some hope for this film, but the
recent news of it being rotten did make me think less of it. When I was done
watching I realised that it definitely did fail to be a great biopic due to its
sloppy lighting and out of control plot. Leonardo
Di Caprio no doubt gave an accused ‘scar-bait’ performance, but a darn good
one it was. Clint Eastwood’s
direction is confusing and unclear as it jumps from one year to the next as it
explores the life of the career of J Edgar, and is likely not to impress
I discovered this film from some film enthusiast friends.
All I saw was a title, so I did a little research. It seemed like an
interesting film from Korea, so I watched it, and I am glad I did. Despite not
having very much dialogue or characters in the film has a quiet and tranquil
atmosphere that for patient viewer, it sums up for good entertainment. The
acting, for what it was, was interesting and the cinematography is definitely
worthwhile seeing for a relaxing 100 minutes.
'Hello, Thomas here. I am a major film buff who loves nothing more than sitting back and watching a film. Here on my blog I dedicate to writing about contemporary and classic cinema with reviews, overviews and everything film. I hope you discover something new here. Thanks for reading!