So last weekend I went to a queuing convention held outside the London Film & Comic Con. When the Queuing convention was over, and event that ran for 6 hours in a 30 degree heat with no shade, I decided to pop into the LFCC for a laugh and see if there was anything worth getting. As it was nearly 16:30 I was too late entering to meet Stan Lee so instead I went to the Arrow Films booth and purchased a set of blu rays. The lovely young lady working there even gave me a discount. My haul included today’s film along with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The House By The Cemetery, Cinema Paradiso and (ahem) The Exterminator. These will likely be the next set of films I review. So tonight we start with John Carpenter’s classic fusion of east meets west with Big Trouble in Little China. Click below for that review I mentioned.
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Upon completion of Godzilla month last week I got a few friends over to watch a number of “cinematic classics”. By which I mean we had a Best of the Worst themed night. After getting through such “greats” as Story of Ricky, Miami Connection and Godzilla Final Wars one of my “friends” who we’ll pretend is called “Luke” decided we should watch Double Dragon. This is my review of Double Dragon.
Well, we’re at the end of the Toho side of this journey. After this there’s just Gareth Edwards new US produced take on Godzilla, which can’t possibly be as awful as the 1998 film. Toho decided that in 2004, on Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, they’d go out with a bang and leave Godzilla to rest for 10 years. The aim was to make a modern, action packed love letter to the monsters and history of Godzilla. That film is Final Wars and after the link I’ll tell you all about how awesome Don Frye is.
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!
Oh man, where do I begin with this film? Some of you may be aware of The Story of Ricky. Mostly aware you’d be aware of its infamy as being one of the most gloriously brutal and violent films of its kind. To be honest, that’s likely all you’d be aware of. The film is pretty much a wafer thin story hanging on the tendons of a recently severed/exploded arm. Follow the link below and allow me to explain why that is all Riki-Oh needs.
After Jackie Brown was released and multiple critics had had the chance to realise that it wasn’t Pulp Fiction 2 the film managed to gain a high level of praise. It was Tarantino’s most mature and restrained film to date. Naturally he wasn’t gonna stay restrained all the time though. Cut forward 6 years and Kill Bill is due to enter cinemas towards the end of the space year 2003. The film is a massive 4 hours long and the decision was made to split it in two. A decision I think was actually made long before. To view both Kill Bill films separately is to view two cohesive films that are tonally very different but share much of the same language of cinema. While Vol.2 is more character focused and relaxed Vol.1 is an ice cream sundae based explosion of violence, movie quoting and cereal based gags. Click the link for my review.
So if you look back to my review of Kill Bill Vol.1 that I posted recently you’ll see that I enjoy the film’s mix of classic revenge motifs and extremely violent action. It’s a hard act to follow. Even if, technically, Vol.2 isn’t a sequel. The two films are meant to be seen as one entity. Some people take issue with Kill Bill Vol.2 because it doesn’t share the first film’s fast pace and levels of extreme violence. After the link I plan to tell you why expecting the same thing is where those people went wrong.
It dawned on me earlier this week that in the space of a little over 3 months I had written nearly 50 movie reviews. If I keep this pace up I could do 200 in a year. Is that good going? How many does Ebert do in a year? Does Google want to pay me to do this? All are questions that I’d like to be answered with the word “yes”. Even the second one. Anyway, I figured I should pick out a film that means something to me. A film that managed to kill dead my interest in a whole franchise for a number of years. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the Citizen Kane of movies referred to ironically as the Citizen Kane of videogame based movies… Mortal Kombat Annihilation.
SO far I’ve reviewed 5 martial arts films and not one of them has been Chinese in origin. Ninja Terminator is actually Filipino interestingly enough. So here’s my first proper 100% bonafide Chinese martial arts movie review, and it’s a doozy. Ip Man is the tale of a period of time in the life of one of the most influential martial arts masters of modern times, a man that trained Bruce Lee which eventually led to the creation of Jeet Kune Do. So, click the link for the review to see what I thought.