Back in the year 1997 Barry Sonnenfeld got together with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones to give them kids of the 90s a little sci-fi fun in the form of Men In Black. Based on the Lowell Cunningham comic it told the story of a New York cop recruited by a secret organisation tasked with policing alien life on Earth. The film was a lot of fun, partly in thanks to slightly 80s attitude of asking the audience to just go along for the ridiculous ride. It didn’t take itself too seriously and so it managed to elevate itself above potential stupidity. A fine and enjoyable film. Its sequel was bollocks, far too concerned with showing zany and wacky aliens then telling an actual story. I was not planning on seeing Men in Black 3 partly because of how disappointing the second film was and this feeling that it existed to push Will Smith and sideline Tommy Lee Jones, cos he’s all old and stuff and Will Smith really needs a hit film. Last night there wasn’t much on TV and I was after a film to watch. Men in Black 3 was starting in a few minutes so I figured “what the hell”. Men in Black 3 is a good film. Click the jump for reasons.
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That’s a hell of a title… if you’ll excuse the weak, and genuinely unintentional, pun. What would you expect a film called Hell Comes To Frogtown to be about? You’d probably imagine that the title has some sort of figurative meaning. That “Frogtown” is referencing something in the film that you’re not privy to yet. That the “Hell” is a person or a force that represents death and destruction. Unfortunately got Hell Comes to Frogtown this potential metaphorical title isn’t that at all. Hell Comes to Frogtown is about a man called Sam Hell that’s been sent into a place called Frogtown. That’s not a parallel for Paris either, oh no. The Frogtown of the title is a town inhabited by frog people. Also, Sam Hell needs to rescue some babes so he can get them all pregnant and stuff. Yeah… click the link.
I’ve been waiting a long time to review this film. I first saw it just a few days before starting this here Film Dump titled blog so it just missed out on being my first review. I didn’t own a copy of my own as the blu-ray was silly expensive in the UK and DVD just isn’t good enough to do the visual treat that this film is justice. You need them extra resolutions man. Over a year ago I spent a weekend in Sweden. Whilst their I was doing what you always do when on holiday, browse the local DVD store. In this case it was the Swedish version of what HMV wished it was called Media Markt. Whilst browsing the blu-rays I found a copy of Total Recall with an awesome comic book cover and Den Fantastiska Raven (that’s Fantastic Mr Fox in Swedish or something) for 700SEK each. Considering the average cup of coffee in Sweden costs that much I had to snap it up, especially as it was about 3 times cheaper than it was at home. For reasons unknown to me I’ve let this disc, well the box it’s within, collect dust for 16 months. I’m a bad person. This film is fantastic… as the title suggests. I should have reviewed this ages ago. I apologise. Now click that link below for my long overdue review.
Trawling the UK Netflix for films worth watching is generally a fruitless endeavour, packed as it is with straight to DVD sci-fi and horror and films everyone has seen a million times before. Whilst working my way through it’s various genre categories I found a cult 80s film that I had never seen before. It wasn’t Princess Bride though, which is a shame, because people will not stop telling me how I should have seen that by now. Sorry, but my film watching youth was different to yours. The cult film I saw in amongst all the cyborg based films was, in fact, Weird Al Yankovic’s UHF. To many of my US readers this is a cult film that they grew up with. Here in the UK it was released straight to video and promptly went out of print. It’s only really been available in recent years with the advent of digital streaming and download services such as Netflix. Naturally I had to watch it. Click the link for my thoughts on what the hell I just watched.
It has been some time since I last picked a film at random to review on here. I’ve gotten into the habit of planning what films to cover next in advance. Since I stopped using Lovefilm I’ve not been receiving random films so I have been plotting what to review next, hence the slowdown in new reviews. Although that is equally because I’ve finally started watching Breaking Bad. Annnnyway, tonight I sat in front of Netflix’ somewhat limited selection of films and eventually stumbled upon Three Amigos. A film I haven’t seen for something like 20 years. Did my rose tinted glasses hold out over the course of reviewing one of my favourite childhood films? Click the link to find out.
Here’s a thing that bugs me. There was an Ali G and a Keith frigging Lemon movie before there was an Alan Partridge one. What the hell is wrong with the world that Keith smegging Lemon gets a film made and released theatrically before the king of North Norfolk Digital does? That legit annoys me for two reasons. 1) Keith lemon sucks and b) Keith lemon sucks balls. I’m so sharp and cutting with my wit. Anyway, the Alan Partridge film is finally a thing and I saw it last night. Is it a big plate providing more value for money than the standard plate or is it a mentalist you wish to get away from? Click the link below to find out!!!
You know what I love about all these crowd sourced things these days? Occasionally something people fund gets made on time and turns out good. Amanda Palmer did an incredible job of that with her Theatre Is Evil Kickstarter. Earlier this year world famous internet reviewer of tat Stuart Ashen (or is that Ashens?) launched an Indiegogo project to fund the production of an Ashens movie. Yes, at some point, whilst hunched over the sofa possibly reviewing some Poundland wrestling figures, Stuart Ashen thought to himself “I could make a film of this you know”. Thankfully, at some point after this revelation, Ashens realised it would probably be better to make an actual film than a 2 hour review. And so here it is. Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild, the feature length adventure of one Stuart Ashen searching for the single greatest piece of tat in the world. Click the link for my review, and the full film itself. Cos it’s on the YouTubes!!!
This is it. The grand finale to the three flavours Cornetto trilogy. A trilogy that pretty much doesn’t actually exist but the marketing team have enjoyed all the money from cross promoting this with the UK’s leading brand of cone based ice cream. So, no, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End aren’t really a trilogy. Much less one that is intrinsically tied together by a quite nice ice cream based confection. Personally the mint choc chip was always my favourite, but I can settle for strawberry. Can I have my free box of Cornettos now Walls? Anyway, my review of The World’s End is after that link thing that’s below this paragraph. Unless you came straight to this page. In which case just keep scrolling down. Don’t forget to read though. I like it when people do that.
Nightmare visions of the future. We all love them. From 1984 to Blade Runner many creative types have had their vision of just how wrong the world will get depicted on screen. Disregarding the often quite naïve time frame some of these books, and later films, have predicted the downfall of society (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Is set in 1992, Blade Runner 2019) they generally predict that the future will be a dark place full of thought police, rain, smog and a distinct lack of personal hygiene. In recent years, as technology companies casually pretend 1984 was a guide and not a warning, have depicted the future as being quite bright but with some sort of rich/poor divide and a crazy robot for Will Smith to fight. There tends to be a parallel between real life good times depicting nightmare futures to real life bad times (such as today) and the depiction of a more hopeful and more action packed future. Which is probably why a film such as Idiocracy had trouble getting an audience. Follow the link for me sort of explaining this all a bit better.
Many years ago I got myself coerced into watching a number of Bollywood films by some Asian work friends who, as far as I could tell, thought it was funny that I’d actually watch them. To them Bollywood films was entirely a product of their culture and, by proxy, should make no sense to a silly Englishman such as myself. Over some time I sat and watched Baazigar, Daag: The Fire and Gharwali Baharwali. All of which are damn enjoyable films and quite a good crash course in modern Bollywood movies. None of those movie hold a candle to the film I’m reviewing today though. Sholay goes beyond being a big deal in India. It played solidly in cinemas for 5 years and it still wouldn’t be too hard to find a cinema showing it today some 38 years later. When adjusted for inflation it is the highest grossing Indian film of all time. It also proves that Bollywood films aren’t just for the people of their homeland. I say this because Sholay is one of the greatest Westerns of all time. Click the link for my review.