So this film had some controversy surrounding it. By which I mean someone who may or may not be tied to North Korea didn’t like the look of the film and so they hacked Sony and proceeded to distribute emails and films galore. Oddly, Sony actually cancelled the release of the film, and then everyone pointed out how they probably shouldn’t and the film got released as planned along with a bonus online distribution model. If I was a cynic I’d say it was probably all one elaborate marketing scam. I mean, it would fit in with the film’s constant themes of deception… might not be though. Click the jump for my review thing.
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My rules for what constitutes a Christmas film is pretty simple. A) the film should be set at Christmas. Kind of a no brainer that. 2) The film should promote family togetherness over the pursuit of material things. And D) There should be at least some element of heart-warming schmaltz going on. This all sounds a little twee and silly but it is the basic ingredients of all good Christmas films. Scrooged has it, Die Hard has it and even Bad Santa fulfils that criteria. Home Alone may be one of the finest examples of those requirements being met. Also it has one of the most violent finales to a film ever filmed. Well, within the restrictions of a PG certificate. Click the link below ya filthy animals.
Gawd I’m way behind on getting this review done. The last week has been quite busy for me. I recorded about 3 hours of gaming fun for my mellow gaming Youtube channel, followed that up with an 85 minute podcast called Critapocalypse and have spent the last 4 days editing these things. Now, is finally the time for me to get back to reviewing them film things I review. Ladies and gets, here is Dead Heat.
So I was having a bit of a lame weekend for various reasons and needed some junk food film watching. Having only watched Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure a few days earlier I had to turn to my other alleged guilty pleasure. That being, girl centric high school comedies. I’ve already covered Clueless here, one day I’ll get to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. What I really needed to watch was a high school comedy with Shakespearean levels of drama. There is only one possible choice. Mean Girls it is then. Click the link for a totally fetch review.
You know when you get the sudden urge to just watch a film? This wasn’t one of those situations. For week’s now all sorts of crappy crap has been going on with people harassing anyone that dares to be a woman, or even stand up for what a woman dares to say on the internet, and it all got me quite fed up. I just don’t understand harassing someone over the internet, or at all. All I keep thinking about is how they must have missed seeing Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in their youth. I say this because the film contains possibly the greatest and most beautifully simple piece of philosophy of modern times. A simple idea with which we should carry ourselves in order to not be crappy people. That being “be excellent to each other, and party on dudes”. It’s so simple it should be written on money or something. Anyway, let’s talk about how good Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure actually is. Click the link.
In the interests of full disclosure I should state that I did back the funding of this film on Kickstarter. I did so as a fan of Bill Plympton’s work and so, if you think I liked this film based on this review I would hope you’d understand that it is as a fan of his films, and not because I backed it. Besides, backing on Kickstarter isn’t the same as investing in a film for profit. It’s pretty much the same as pre-ordering a game or a DVD. Hell, if you view backing a Kickstarter as a show of bias then you must also consider buying a DVD and thus giving money to a studio to further finance films and to monetarily support the film maker as a sign of bias also. I say this because disclosure has been a hot topic recently, and whilst yes, it is important, some people seem to have the wrong idea about what it means. Anyway, here’s my review that is clearly tainted by the money I gave to this film’s production.
Just over a year ago I reviewed the mostly crowd funded internet video reviewer spin-off movie Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild. I quite enjoyed that film though remarked that some familiarity with the Youtube sensation that is Stuart Ashen may be required. This is possibly even more of a requirement to get the best out of The Angry Video Game Nerd movie. I figure a large amount of my audience here err closer to the nerdier side of things but I may have to provide some backstory to this film to give you an idea who The Nerd is. So, click below and I’ll discuss The Nerd, his genuine impact on internet review culture and, maybe, I’ll mention this film too.