So Marvel thought it would be hilarious to release Thor The Dark World right in the middle of my Horror Week. Good going Marvel! Why not screw everything up for me as much as you can? Like that time you released The Avengers just as I was about to do my traditional joke review for The Film Dump’s 1st birthday. I’m sure they’ll find a way to screw up the Godzilla season I’m planning. Jerks. Yup, Marvel have it in for me, clearly. So, Thor The Dark World is out in the UK and I just got back from seeing it. So here’s my review… right in the middle of Horror Week. Click the link.
Category Archives: Fantasy
Choosing what to cover first on Horror week was a little tricky. Other than Halloween 3 on October 31st I hadn’t set out a schedule. I don’t like to think too far ahead. Brings me out in hives. Eventually I decided that if I was going to start Horror Week with a bang I may as well go with the most bat-shit insane of the 5 films I’ll be reviewing over the coming week. When it comes to insanity on film you don’t get much more insanityer than Dario Argento. To call him an unconventional director would be a slight understatement. They guy always has, and always will, live in a cinematic world of his own. The sort of world where a serial killer can be hunted down by a wheelchair bound biologist with a Chimp for a nurse and a 14 year old girl with the psychic power to communicate with insects. And that’s Phenomena ladies and gents! Click the link for the review!
A couple of weeks back… probably more by the time you stumble across this review whilst looking for something else Final Fantasy VII related… I did a post about video game based film adaptations and how they, quite often, suck a load of donkey balls. One such film that I mentioned not being all that great was Final Fantasy The Spirits Within. That film is often derided for being massively off base of what the Final Fantasy games were. Which was pretty amazing seeing as it was made by Square, the makers of the games. Although looking back they sure did think they were the dogs bollocks around then. So, what happens when they not only make a Final Fantasy film that mirrors the games but is actually a sequel to one of the games? Their most highly praised Final Fantasy at that. Click the link for my review which is sure to piss off a few fanboys.
A long time ago I reviewed, what is widely considered, the best worst movie of all time. That film was the gloriously awful Troll 2. You may have gathered by the number 2 in the title that Troll 2 was a sequel and that the previous film may have been called Troll. That is a fair assumption and also the truth. Although Troll 3 actually has about 500 different names so it probably wouldn’t have surprised you if Troll 2 was a sequel to Crush Groove. Anyway, I’m here to review Troll. Click the link and I shall begin. Or just scroll down if you happened to already be on the actual review itself and not just The Film Dump’s homepage.
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!!!
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!