Oh it feels good to watch an actual real film for once. Not a superhero thing, or a superhero thing masquerading as an action flick. Just an actual film with people talking and themes being explored as opposed to just being lightly touched upon. Granted, I’ve watched a sci-fi film. Not exactly a million miles away from the relatively mindless genre wank I’ve been staring at recently. Ex Machina is also one of my favourite types of sci-fi. By which I mean the type that could have easily been an episode of The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone or, maybe, even The Scary Door. So, yeah… here’s my review of Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina.
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I was a really big fan of the original Sin City when it came out. Saw it multiple times in the cinema, imported the DVD, and then imported the director’s cut boxed set. Brought the comics and so forth. Even made a Sin City themed car on FORZA Motorsport because, yes, I had that much free time. I never thought the film was perfect but it’s hyper stylised approach, which really hadn’t been done before then barring a few exceptions, was intoxicating for me. The dark twisted tales of brutish men easily manipulated by the women of Sin City, a place where going down the right back alley can result in almost anything happening. It all appealed to me. I like Noir. I like comic books. I like hyper-stylised takes on film and pulp novel tropes. Sin City wasn’t perfect, but it was unique. It was also on the razors edge of being absolutely awful. Speaking of which… here’s Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For.
The 90s was a magical time for small cinema to get noticed. There was a slew of directors coming from nowhere with fresh new films. Films like Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi, Kevin Smith’s Clerks Jean Pierre Jeunet’s City of Lost Children and so on, all came from fresh minds looking to get noticed. These spawned copycat films with larger budgets that often didn’t quite get what made the originals they were so fond of tick. Clerks was probably the most cloned and is almost single handedly responsible for the rise of the slacker comedy-drama. Now, Empire Records was no direct clone, it was in production long before Clerks release, but it can easily be described as being from the same mould. But is it any good? Click below and I’ll tell you definitively. Because only I can decide these things.
How do some films attain cult status? Sometimes it’s because the film housed an idea that sparked a large enough group’s interest. Sometimes it can be because the film is that special kind of inept that we just love to laugh at and with. Sometimes it’s because the blu-ray for the film has a quote printed in it that just reads “Is this the movie where someone’s dropped in a meat grinder? – YouTube comment on The Exterminator trailer”. You see, sometimes, such as with today’s review, it just takes having one scene. But what about the rest of the film? Click below for The Film Dump’s 4th birthday special review.
I like film noir. There, I said it. Call me pretentious or a hipster or whatever people call people that like things that are good these days, I don’t care. I like Noir and I’m proud. Sexy Evil Genius seems to be an attempt to create a noir in the style of a tv show bottle episode. Always gotta have a unique angle to your noir in this day and age. Just look at Brick. That was all high school set and stuff and it was cool. So, Sexy Evil Genius has it’s own unique premise. Well, unique in that it’s My Dinner With Andre but with murder and a few more people. Click the link below for my review.
Occasionally a friend will thrust a film upon me to review on this site. Dependant on the friend it is either going to be something worthwhile (The Rocket, Uncle Boonmee) or something I probably shouldn’t have watched (Kung Fu Cannibals). Thankfully, Excision is in amongst the former. Click the jump thing below to find out why. Or just scroll down cos there’s a good chance you found this review by a random search and, are therefore, already in the review.
So, yeah, I backed this film on Kickstarter. If you think that will effect my opinion of the film then, whatevs. That’s up to you. I see backing something on Kickstarter as being no different to buying a DVD. I’m just paying for it early. Anywho, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is the latest Spike Lee joint, as he calls them… and so do many people. It’s a remake, of sorts, of Ganja & Hess. Which I’ve never seen because I can’t watch everything. Is the film any good though? Click below to find out.