I kind of skipped past Now You See Me when it was released. Not sure why exactly. Something seemed “off” about it. It appeared to be one of those crime heist movies but with an Ocean’s Eleven vibe. Which is kind of what it half is. It probably could have been exactly that too. But it’s only half that. Click below for my words about this film.
Category Archives: Action
Why did I decide to watch Doom? I found myself perusing the various films Netflix has to offer on Saturday night with no idea what I should settle on. Jackie Chan films are now ruled out because they appear to all be dubbed… ick. Not much new that could be watched in under 2 hours was appealing. Eventually I just stumbled across Doom and thought “I haven’t watched that all the way through before” and suddenly I was watching it. Well… that wasn’t a great decision. I mean, the film isn’t the worst thing ever. It’s not even the worst game adaptation. It just, kinda, is. It exists. Allow me to go into detail right after that link below.
I like Jackie Chan. Actually, I really like Jackie Chan. My favourites aren’t the films many would pick though. I tend to lean more towards his traditional kung fu films than is stunt focused action flicks. That said, I have a huge amount of respect for how well shot, edited and choreographed his action films are. I grew up watching films like Police Story, Project A and Armour of God and they all feature the master at his best. So yeah, I prefer Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master but have a lot of love for just how well made the 80’s and 90’s Chan films were. In the mid to late 90s he moved over to making American films primarily. He then aged and slowed down, as was probably likely, assuming my theory of him being immortal isn’t true. Not too long ago he returned to China and made, what’s been touted, as his last action film. That is this film, Chinese Zodiac. A reboot, of sorts, of the Armour of God series. How did the film turn out? Click the link below for my words on this matter.
I don’t make new year’s resolutions, mostly because I’m a grumpy old twat, but mostly because I’m terrible at doing what I say I’ll do. Granted, that’s probably the point of a new year’s resolution but… that’s just, like, your opinion… man. What I aim to do this year, however, is get a more consistent review schedule going. There’s been a little slacking off due to my Youtube channel growing, which has led to me focusing more on that. The aim is to balance this out. Part of this balance includes picking out a more eclectic mix of films to review, which I’ll start with tonight by reviewing Takashi Miike’s remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 film 13 Assassins. Click the link below for my review.
I’ve been on some serious nostalgia trips this past year. Nightbreed last week, various films from my youth along with a near complete run through of the Godzilla films. On top of that I’ve been digging up loads of random cult films such as Slugs and Kung Fu Cannibals. It looks like this nostalgia train isn’t stopping just yet though. And I don’t even mean with today’s review. My Christmas film is all lined up for next week too and that’s another piece of fried childhood gold. Another piece of such precious metal of my youth is the subject of today’s review. Spurred on by that, quite frankly, ridiculously good trailer for next year’s instalment, I am going back to where it all started with the original Mad Max. Click the link below for my review.
Whenever I hit a milestone review, as in every 50 or on The Film Dump’s birthday, I like to review a special film. More often than not special actually means “special”. Like that bus that drove you to school. Kung Fu Cannibals, known as Raw Force in some parts of the world, is that bus. This wasn’t the film I had planned originally, but Matt over as Cinemageddon kinda forced me to watch it because he’s a dick like that. He insisted it was better than Miami Connection. This was despite me insisting that no film is better than Miami Connection. Anyway, follow the link for the review.
I’m a little late getting to this one. I wanted to review Snowpiercer much earlier in the year but it has still not seen a UK release. I thought it had and I had just missed it. Turns out there was a festival showing and that’s it. No DVD release or anything. But the film is up on the US version of Netflix which is easy enough to access if you’re a UK Netflix customer. So, do that. Because, Jesus, this film is pretty damn good and needs watching. You know it’s out over a lot of Europe too on DVD. They’ll play on UK DVD players fine and will be in English. Screw Weinstein and his messed up handling of this film. Anyway, click the link below for the review.