Remember Rise of the Planet of the Apes? That mostly forgettable despite being fairly decent reboot/prequel to the Plant of the Apes series. It wasn’t a bad film by any means. The human characters were flat and uninteresting but the apes, led by Andy Serkis as Caesar more than made up for that. There’s running theme in Hollywood for sequels to be worse than the original. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the biggest steps up in quality from one film to the next that I have ever come across. It’s not just good, it is full blown excellent and possible near masterpiece level. I was not expecting that. Click the link below for my more wordy review.
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So last weekend I went to a queuing convention held outside the London Film & Comic Con. When the Queuing convention was over, and event that ran for 6 hours in a 30 degree heat with no shade, I decided to pop into the LFCC for a laugh and see if there was anything worth getting. As it was nearly 16:30 I was too late entering to meet Stan Lee so instead I went to the Arrow Films booth and purchased a set of blu rays. The lovely young lady working there even gave me a discount. My haul included today’s film along with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The House By The Cemetery, Cinema Paradiso and (ahem) The Exterminator. These will likely be the next set of films I review. So tonight we start with John Carpenter’s classic fusion of east meets west with Big Trouble in Little China. Click below for that review I mentioned.
I never did get around to reviewing the first Kick-Ass film. I would have liked to as it’s quite an interesting film with a surprising amount to comment on despite its quite simplistic nature. It wasn’t art, but it had something. Kick-Ass 2 has a scene where Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) makes a rival at school vomit and poop CG fluids. It is one of the most embarrassingly inept and stupid scenes I can remember. Remember that I watched Transformers 4 the other day. The film isn’t all bad though. Click below for that review thing I occasionally do.
I’m just going to come out and say this right from the start. If you want a spoiler free review it’s best to go elsewhere, or at least not past this first paragraph. Age of Extinction is such a horrendous, vile and horrible film in so many ways I just have to go into all of it. So, here’s a mini review. It is not as bad as Revenge of the Fallen. It actually does a few things right. Excels at times even. I just think that, perhaps, my resistance to the works of Michael Bay has finally worn out and as a result I have to pick this film apart. You’ll see what I mean about the film being horrible and yet being capable of excellence as I go along. Shall we get started?
My mate Paul, who I do them Mellow Gaming videos with, is always complaining that I don’t review the films he suggests. This is probably because he only suggests films to torture me with. It was my birthday last week and Paul got me a selection of films, two of which fit into this torture category. The first of these films is today’s subject Osombie. Click the link below for my review.
The Expendables is an odd beast. Marketed and pitched on the idea of bringing a group of 80s and 90s action stars together for a big explosive jamboree of violence, it is, instead, mostly recent action stars accompanying the random stars of the past in a pretty much modern action film. The first film seemed to have issue with this conflict, not sure where it should sit on the sides of 80s excess and modern flash. The sequel seems to have found a better footing though. Click the link below for my full review.
Not sure who did that fan art up there but for a fan of the original comic arc that this film shares its title with, that art is geek city. Hats off to the unknown sir. Anyway, X-Men Days of Future Past was released today here in the UK and I got back from seeing it a couple of hours ago. Is it a good film? I reckon so. Click the link below for an actual review.
Upon completion of Godzilla month last week I got a few friends over to watch a number of “cinematic classics”. By which I mean we had a Best of the Worst themed night. After getting through such “greats” as Story of Ricky, Miami Connection and Godzilla Final Wars one of my “friends” who we’ll pretend is called “Luke” decided we should watch Double Dragon. This is my review of Double Dragon.
Here it is. The final Godzilla film of The Film Dump’s Godzilla season. I may have had to miss 3 of the earlier films, due to nightmarish prices, but I’d say 27 Godzilla reviews in a row is just about enough. Looking forward to covering something a bit more arty next, whatever that ends up being. Will definitely have to be something a bit special methinks. Anywho, click the link below for my review of Gareth Edward’s 2014 take on Godzilla.
Well, we’re at the end of the Toho side of this journey. After this there’s just Gareth Edwards new US produced take on Godzilla, which can’t possibly be as awful as the 1998 film. Toho decided that in 2004, on Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, they’d go out with a bang and leave Godzilla to rest for 10 years. The aim was to make a modern, action packed love letter to the monsters and history of Godzilla. That film is Final Wars and after the link I’ll tell you all about how awesome Don Frye is.