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.
Category Archives: Western
It has been some time since I last picked a film at random to review on here. I’ve gotten into the habit of planning what films to cover next in advance. Since I stopped using Lovefilm I’ve not been receiving random films so I have been plotting what to review next, hence the slowdown in new reviews. Although that is equally because I’ve finally started watching Breaking Bad. Annnnyway, tonight I sat in front of Netflix’ somewhat limited selection of films and eventually stumbled upon Three Amigos. A film I haven’t seen for something like 20 years. Did my rose tinted glasses hold out over the course of reviewing one of my favourite childhood films? Click the link to find out.
Many years ago I got myself coerced into watching a number of Bollywood films by some Asian work friends who, as far as I could tell, thought it was funny that I’d actually watch them. To them Bollywood films was entirely a product of their culture and, by proxy, should make no sense to a silly Englishman such as myself. Over some time I sat and watched Baazigar, Daag: The Fire and Gharwali Baharwali. All of which are damn enjoyable films and quite a good crash course in modern Bollywood movies. None of those movie hold a candle to the film I’m reviewing today though. Sholay goes beyond being a big deal in India. It played solidly in cinemas for 5 years and it still wouldn’t be too hard to find a cinema showing it today some 38 years later. When adjusted for inflation it is the highest grossing Indian film of all time. It also proves that Bollywood films aren’t just for the people of their homeland. I say this because Sholay is one of the greatest Westerns of all time. Click the link for my review.
So here’s the end of my Tarantino review season. Django Unchained is finally out in the UK and so I went to see it last night hoping for something good from Mr Tarantino. His last two films, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds disappointed me in a few ways. Death Proof was full of filler and the same story repeated, Inglourious Basterds had title characters I had no interest in but an incredible sub-plot with Shosanna and her cinema and some of Tarantino’s best writing to date. How to describe Django Unchained then? Simple, pure fecking joy on a grand scale. Click the link for my review!
That is such a straight to video B-Movie title for a film, I think we can all agree. Sounds like something The Asylum would make to shamelessly cash in on a summer blockbuster of a similar title. I should review more of their films. They’re so easy to rip to shreds with a near worrying level of enjoyment. What isn’t easy to rip to shreds though is Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens because it’s actually pretty damn good despite the low rent title. Click the link for my review folks!
I assume the vast majority of readers of my fine (ahem) blog are aware of the hero’s journey. It’s the basic structure of telling a story of a character, in any medium, that goes from relatively basic beginnings to being a hero of the people. Star Wars did it, Flash Gordon did it, the god damn batman did it. It’s one of the most oft repeated character arcs there is. Rango is literally a film about that arc and how much of it is in the control of it’s protagonist. It is also a kids film. A kids film that is about the art of telling stories. Also I liked the bit where he ate the fly…
Ever wondered why people keep calling some films remakes when they’re not? For example, the Coen Brothers version of True Grit is not a remake of the John Wayne film from 1969. Yes they share the same story and characters but they’re both based on the same book and so they are adaptations of that book. They share the core aspects of plot, character and setting but the way they play out is full of differences. A film is only a remake if it is A) based on a film that started life as a film and nothing else (the US remake of Godzilla for example) or B) is a near carbon copy of the a film based on a book (For example the 1998 version of Psycho). Why do I make a point of this? Because the Coen’s adaptation of True Grit is a film to be judged on it’s own merits rather than be compared to the much lighter John Wayne movie. And with that, judge it I shall…