I have taken my sweet time getting to this film. It’s one of those films I knew I’d need to cover one day and a few months back I got hold of a copy of Arrow Film’s 25th anniversary release. This Blu-ray includes the nearly 3 hour long director’s cut version of Cinema Paradiso which I had never seen before. In fact, the only version I had seen was the standard 2 hour long theatrical cut. So how does the extended edition of one of the most critically praised films of all time stand up? Really quite well I’d say. Click the link below.
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Silly inconsequential story unrelated to this film… I got asked to review this by my buddy Luke last week. The name didn’t ring any bells so I looked it up and recognised hearing about the film a while back and so I said I’d watch it the next day as it was on Netflix and so I wouldn’t need to find the funds to buy a copy. 6 days later I eventually get around to watching Out of the Furnace. After watching I head downstairs, draw the curtains and notice that I had a copy of the film on dvd sat in my living room. Not my copy. Belongs to my house mate. But it’s been sat there at least 3 weeks as she’s been away that long. So, yeah… I could have covered this film ages ago. Click the link below for the unintentionally long overdue review.
It’s been a while since I reviewed a film that didn’t involve zombies or science fiction in some way. Figured now would be a good time to get back to those arty films all the film students pretend to like so much but really they haven’t seen them because they all just watch a checklist of the most commonly known successful films in recent film history. This is The Rocket ladies and gentlemen!
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.
Maniac is a film within which Lord of the Rings star Elijah Woods plays a mentally disturbed short guy. No, not that film… no, no, no… yep, the one where he scalps women. No, scalps, not beheads. Anyway, Maniac is a remake of a largely forgotten (sorry horror fans, it is) 1980 horror film that puts spin on the film by being presented almost entirely from the first person view of Elijah Wood’s character Frank Zito. Click below for my review.
Sometimes, just sometimes, I’ll hold off on reviewing a film for what I consider a special occasion. For example, I held off covering any James Bond films until just before Skyfall was released because I felt it would make sense to cover them all at once. Same reason I’m covering the Godzilla films right now. Miami Connection is a film I wanted to hold off on until just the right moment. It needed to be a milestone film. And not one of them X50 milestones. This HAD to be a X00 milestone. I intended to review it 100 films ago as review 200 but I discovered that the Blu-ray was not region free a little too late and was unable to get another copy in time. That has been sorted this time around. I’ve held of watching what many now regard as the best-worst movie. Sorry Troll 2. If you have never heard of Miami Connection I implore you to read this review, maybe also watch the episode of Red Letter Media’s Best of the Worst where they cover this, and them embrace the fact that you will need to see this as soon as possible. Click the link below for The Film Dump’s 300th review!
Back when I was a youngster of some variety formerly decent British TV Channel, Channel 4, set up a film sister channel called Film 4. This was back in 1998, which means the variety of youngster I was would have been a 16 year old. Early on they did a few nights of Godzilla films and it was then that I saw the original Godzilla. Before this point I had seen the 1998 abomination “starring” Matthew Broderick and a number of random Godzilla films on VHS. The original Godzilla, or Gojira as it probably should be referred to in order to differentiate itself from the previously mentioned US film and the upcoming reboot, was a very different film to the ones I had seen before. It was slower paced, darker and there was no other monsters in sight. Also it was in Japanese. At this point, if you did see a Godzilla film, it would have likely been the English dubbed versions which often edited down from their original versions. This was the first Godzilla film I had seen without it being presented through the distorted lens of a US film studio. This was the real Godzilla experience. I watched the film again last night for the first time in a long, long time. How did it hold up? Click the link below.