If you click on the link for animated films I’ve reviewed over in the search filter thing you’ll see that I’m quite a fan of a variety of animated stuff. Two of my favourite animated films of all time are Transformers: The Movie and Spirited Away. Without hitting impressionistic eastern European animation I doubt I could pick two films further apart. I’ve always loved animation and was enthralled by the voices behind them. Even as a kid I knew Mel Blanc was pretty much every Looney Tune. That Peter Cullen and Frank Welker were Optimus Prime/Eeyore and Megatron/Slimer. I respect what they do immensely. Always have, always will. I Know That Voice is a documentary designed to showcase why some of us love these voices. Click the link below for the full review!
Category Archives: Documentary
I dunno if you know this about me but I’m a bit of a gamer. Don’t worry, I’m not one of the horrible misogynistic, hateful, shut in idiot gamers you read about in the papers. I’m one of them gamers that likes playing games and not being a dick. I also really have an interest in the history of gaming from is very beginning. I’ve read everything I can. Own a number of books and articles on the medium and it’s origins. I’ve attended museums devoted to games. I even worked in the industry for a year and, as part of that job, I ended up playing Rock band on stage in a strip club. Yup, I like games. They’ve been good to me. So, I jumped at the chance to watch Video Games: the Movie, a documentary charting the history of video games as a medium and art form. Does this doc pass my rigorous requirements for a study of one of my favourite past times? Click the link to find out.
So I have somehow come to review 3 zombie themed films in a row. Two of this are Paul’s fault, that’s fair enough, but Doc of the Dead is all me. Heard about this documentary being made with the involvement of the guys from Red Letter Media, providing some short Plinkett themed gags, a few months back. The film has just appeared on Netflix so I guess I had to review it. Click the link below for words about this.
I may have mentioned this before but Troll 2 is pretty much some kind of work of cinematic genius. By “some kind of” I mean somewhere between Manos Hands of Fate and Citizen Kane. I’m not sure exactly where it sits, but it is clearly between those two films. Best Worst Movie follows the cult fandom of Troll 2 that has built over the course of nearly 2 decades after it’s initial release. The film explores why Troll 2 is so adored and how that adoration has effected the lives of the cast and the film’s director Claudio Fragasso. Quite brilliantly this documentary is directed by possibly the best person for the job, star of Troll 2, Michael Stephenson. Click the link for my totally unbiased review of Best Worst Movie!
I’ve been a bit lazy recently. Last film review I did was for Alpha Papa which was over 2 weeks ago. The reason for this break is because I came across this little show that has been around for a few years and decided I’d catch up on it. Some show called Breaking Bad. It ain’t too shabby. You should watch it. When I’m done with Breaking Bad I might try watching this other cult show called Game of Thrones or something. I dunno, never heard of it. Anyway, after finishing season 4 of Breaking Bad yesterday I remembered that I have this site and decided to watch a film. That film was Spaceballs… but then I figured I’ve seen that, like, 4,000 times so instead I watched Indie Game The Movie. I guess you could click the link for my review. Don’t worry, I’ll cover Spaceballs at some point.
This is so meta…. I’m reviewing a film that is essentially a review of the history of film. A catalogue of it’s advancements, influences and cultural shifts. The Story Of Film: An Odyssey is an epic, and believe me that term is used fully in context, documentary about the history of film from the very first images ever captured in motion on film all the way up to modern films such as Avatar and Inception. It even has an epilogue that discusses the potential futures of film. Understandably this was quite an undertaking for director Mark Cousins. Click the link for my account of my journey through this story of film.
I’ve covered a horror themed documentary before here on The Film Dump, that one being Video Nasties. That was a very British focused doc about the era in the early 80s when horror films were getting banned left, right and centre. Today’s film is focused on the history of the US horror genre and how it reflected the tastes of the times. An interesting history it is too. Click the jump to read my views on the documentary Nightmares In Red, White and Blue.