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.
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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.
I am going to start by saying that I cannot promise I won’t spoil something. I am going to try as hard as humanly possible to not spoil the film though. A fair amount has been shown in trailers already so anything to do with that is fair game as far as I’m concerned, but man… they’ve really made it hard to not mention all the cool stuff that happens in this film. This is… and I’m asking you to brace for hyperbole here… the exact Captain America film my nerd brain has been wanting to see for years. It may be the best film in the Marvel cinematic universe. I can’t decide for sure right now. Click the link below and I’ll try to explain… hopefully without spoiling too much, just why The Winter Soldier is such an excellent comic book movie.
Every once in a while I like to review one of them films that’s all like “I’m big and important! Listen to me!” and ones that lazy critics call “an unflinching portrayal of X that cuts to your core or some shit.”. Today’s film fits both of those categories by being about all sorts of important human rights issues and war and stuff that requires Leonardo DiCaprio to pursue an Oscar again. Blood Diamond is a story set during the conflicts in Sierra Leone at the end of the 20th century when child soldiers were used to fight wars that propagated the selling of diamonds mined from conflict zones in Africa. Millions of African people were forced to leave their home towns to become refugees from a conflict they played no part in over a commodity they would likely never see. There’s a potentially strong and worthwhile story to tell here. Does Blood Diamond manage that? Click the link below for my thoughts.
As I have mentioned before, I always have my finger on the pulse of modern culture. Because of this I recently watched an obscure TV show none of you have ever heard of called Firefly. Yep, it’s a show none of you know about and because of that you’d be totally unaware of the equally obscure film made a couple of years after the shows demise. You don’t know about this stuff because you’re, like, nowhere near as cool and in tune with the fringes of pop culture as I am. So shut up and let me tell you why Serenity is a great film. Also, you should watch Firefly too. Cos if you’re the sort of person who’s waited nearly 12 years to finally watch the show you’re probably an idiot or something. I mean, I would have watched it sooner but I’m so “cool” and “with it” that I just had way too much other stuff to watch. What’s your excuse. Click the link for my words about this film called Serenity.