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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Ant-Man is the latest in a long line of Marvel Cinematic Universe films people decided would be rubbish before it was released only to be proven wrong. Have I spoiled that the film is actually really quite good with that first sentence? Yes. Yes I have. Please do read the rest of this review though, despite my conclusion being all up front and stuff. I just feel it’s worth pointing out early on that Ant-Man is good and you should probably see it. Now I’ll tell you why and stuff.
This review is a little bit delayed. Normally I review a film a day or so after watching it for review purposes. I watched the original Terminator film way over a week ago, literally right before seeing Terminator Genisys. So yeah, I took my time getting this done. I hadn’t seen the film for a couple of years. Terminator is one of those films I grew up with back in the days when parents gave zero shits what their kids watched. Oh the 80s was a grand time. So, how does James Cameron’s (second) first film hold up today? Really fucking well actually. Click below for wordstuffs.
Oh man! What’s this? A second review in one week? That’s rare. Mostly it’s because I watched this film last week and kinda delayed writing this review and then went to see Terminator Genisys when I was about to actually write. Oh, and then watched another film, to be reviewed later, right before Terminator Genisys. So yeah… got some reviews coming. Should probably talk about Expendables 3 I guess. I’ve covered the previous films and thought they were pretty mediocre, not really capitalising on the big 80s nostalgia machoness they could have. Will Expendables 3 be any better? Let’s see shall we.
The good thing about a franchise compromising of two universally praised films and two universally panned films is that a director, in this case Alan Taylor, only has to aim for mediocre in order to be regarded as the third best. Of course, it helps if the film is more on the side of good though. In that regard Alan Taylor has pretty much managed to hit a home run. In as much as Terminator Genisys is pretty decent and enough above mediocre to be on the right side of enjoyable. But lets go into more detail shall we? A semi spoilery review coming up. Although none more spoilery than the trailers have been really.
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.
Jurassic Park is an actual classic film. It’s not a perfect film. It’s not even an exceptional film, but it is an important film in the progression of blockbuster cinema. It had wonder, action, adventure and and single handedly created a generation, or two, of kids obsessed with dinosaurs. I was already a dinosaur nerd when the original film came out so seeing Jurassic Park was like I was finally getting to see actual dinosaurs on screen. I could write huge posts about how well Spielberg conveyed the jaw dropping sight of seeing these dinos realised on screen like never before. Jurassic Park wasn’t just about gawping at the creatures though. It was an action film. And a damn good one too. Jurassic World is fully aware that seeing giant monsters isn’t a huge deal now, hell, the plot revolves around that fact, so it rightly focuses on action. Does Jurassic World lose anything because of this? Click below for my words about this.