218 reviews in and I find myself struggling to remember if I have covered any Martin Scorsese films (I haven’t). It would be pretty shocking of me if I had indeed gotten this far without looking at a film by one of the all time greats (it is). And then I remember that there’s plenty of great film makers I’ve not covered on here and I begin to feel like I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be. At least I have reviewed a Shane Van Dyke film… a true luminary of the cinematic arts. Maybe I should do a directorial heavyweights season. Anyway, today I knock Scorsese off my imaginary list of directors I have failed to talk about with his first ever children’s film, Hugo. Click the link for the review!!!
Category Archives: Fantasy
I wanted to search for a less challenging film to review the last two I covered. Something that would actually have flaws I could get my teeth into. Something that wouldn’t carry with it the weight of years of academic praise and deconstructions. I believe I found that film. The live action adaptation of the Osamu Tezuka Manga, that wasn’t called Astro Boy or Black Jack, Dororo. Here’s a story with an incredibly silly/convoluted premise that has so much promise for great visuals and something of a unique style. Did I get all of those things with this film? Click the link to find out.
Christmas time was always fun around the Spacemonkey household back in my youth. Big dinners, cool gifts thanks in part to 80s excess and most importantly, awesome Christmas movies. Before Christmas movies turned into the continual stream of yearly blandness that we have today that is. Well, with maybe the exception of Elf. That’s actually a kind of fun film. Back then there was one film that would always be on my “to watch” list. One film that always put me in the Christmas mood. That film was, of course, Ernest Saves Christmas. I don’t own a copy of Ernest Saves Christmas, so instead, this year I’m reviewing my second favourite Christmas film of all time. The Bill Murray starring modern day adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Scrooged.
How long has it been since I did an anime review? -Checks all posts page on the dashboard- 4 months! That’s how long. Well that’s entirely too long. Guess I should correct that with one of the anime films that helped maintain the popularity of anime during it’s early to mid 90s heyday. Yes I said that was the heyday. A lot of what’s about now stinks. There, I said it. Shame Satoshi Kon died. He was really keeping the quality level high. Annnnyway, today I review Ninja Scroll. You know, that anime where the big rock dude rapes the poisoned girl. Why do so many of the films I cover seem to feature rape? What’s wrong with me? Click the link to find out!!!
Have I covered any Darren Aronofsky films yet? As I reach review number 170 I’m starting to lose track of what I have and haven’t covered. I’ve been meaning to tackle one of his films on here for some time because he is honestly one of the more interesting of today’s directors. He’s a guy who’s been tied multiple times to big flashy franchise films, always teasing us with the potential brilliance he could bring to the series, just to back out in favour of making another low budget near arthouse film. His début Pi was a real micro budget film. He’s most well known now for Black Swan and The Wrestler, both excellent films. Personally I think Requiem For A Dream is his best work. But he did make one large budgeted feature, that being today’s film, The Fountain. What is interesting about The Fountain is despite having a large budget and quite a bit of marketing behind it he managed to make his most polarising film to date. Click the link for my thoughts on The Fountain.
So while I try to learn how to edit like a amateur to make my first video for The Games Dump (It is being made, I promise. And it will not be worth the wait.) I decided I shouldn’t neglect the blog I actually have running. So I decided to get onto one of the films I’ve had ready to watch for a while now. The James Franco and Danny McBride starring Your Highness. Click the link for my review!
First off, apologies for not doing a review for a whole week. Basically I’ve had a week off work and got myself some new toys to play with that will hopefully allow me to do a few new things around this here web blog thing. Hopefully what I’ve acquired will pay off and I won’t just get bored with the added effort they’ll require. Watch this space and all that for details. To make up for it I have two reviews coming, this one and one tomorrow, for films that I probably shouldn’t have bothered watching. But I have anyway because this is the slowest expanding movie review database on the internet and as such it needs to be filled. Slowly… like the dirty whore that it is. Also, before I start this review, yes I am aware that there is a picture of some kittens at the top of the page. You try finding tasteful screenshots from this film. Click the link for the review.
So I had no idea that this existed until I started searching for Batman films to review a few months back. It was never released here in the UK as far as I can tell and it’s based on a series that I gave up on halfway through it’s second season. There’s actually some unofficial Batman films from the 60s where he faces Dracula, obviously they’re lost to time, and Batman has faced vampires and Dracula himself in various incarnations of the comics. So this isn’t actually that batty a premise. Yes I’m still doing Bat-puns. Naturally I had to buy this because I like Batman, I like vampires and I felt like padding out this review season a much as possible. Click the link for the review!
Some films exist for the sake of art. Some for the sake of entertainment. But some, such as the subject of today’s review, exist for the sake of business. Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire walked from Spider-Man 4 shortly before production began due to issues with production dates and so almost immediately Sony got to work on a reboot of the Spidey series. They kind of had to though. If they hadn’t the Spider-Man license would have reverted back to Marvel and we’d probably have Spider-Man in our Avengers by now. Thankfully though Sony didn’t go the same route as the original Fantastic Four film did when it was faced with asimilar dilemma. Instead they knuckled down, put together a good crew headed by a strong director and got to work on The Amazing Spider-Man. And I’ve just seen it. Click the link for the review…
I have never paid a penny towards this movie. No I haven’t pirated it, wouldn’t do that. When it was released in the cinema my uncle paid for the tickets. That cinema viewing was a terrible experience. The screening was full to the brim with people talking and a baby crying for the last hour. When the film was released on video that same uncle brought me a copy. I watched it once to confirm that my opinion of the film wasn’t based on how bad the screening was that I went to. Turns out the crying baby helped the film by adding a much more suitable musical score. The copy I have watched tonight I have borrowed from my friend Luke. He has also given me some sort of flu with his recent coughing and spluttering. Basically no viewing of this film has ever been a good one. It’s like the film brings badness and pain with it. It’s now nearly 2AM in the morning, I’m boiling hot, my throat hurts and I need a drink. Regardless I’m gonna get through this review before I go to bed in the hope that it will somehow be therapeutic. Click the link to share my pain.