Because it is an unspoken goal of The Film Dump to review every film made in the 80s (Hint: film review 300 is an 80s films) it was only a matter of time before I got to Jim Henson’s master work, Labyrinth. Also, because Labyrinth is a great film it was also only a matter of time before I got to it. This is a film I probably watched fortnightly as a kid. I was actually unaware, until recently, that it had failed critically and financially upon its original release. I had always assumed it was a huge deal because it was a huge deal to me, my friends and pretty much everyone around my age and younger today. The film is still referred to as a cult classic. There’s nothing cult about how poplar Labyrinth is. This film is legit, so, click the link below and I’ll tell you just how much Labyrinth is one of the most legitist films ever.
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Fine! I’ll watch an actually critically praised and award winning film that will likely scoop the best foreign language Oscar… wait, what do you mean it’s not even nominated? Not even a performance nomination? What… the… hell? So I admit I’ve seen worryingly few of the films that are nominated for Oscars this year. In fact I’ve only seen 2 films nominated for Oscars and both are in the special effects category, so they don’t really count… but really? Blue is the Warmest Colour isn’t up for a single one? Click the link to allow me to tell you why it probably should be. I mean, the other films in best foreign language may be better… I dunno… but this film is exemplary.
I’ve been writing about various incarnations of RoboCop a lot recently. I’m afraid this isn’t going to ease up just yet. This is because I decided, on a whim, to watch RoboCop 2 a few days ago and, as the rules do state, I must now write a review of it. At least it wasn’t RoboCop 3 I watched. I’m not actually sure I could even get through that film. RoboCop 3 gets all the flak it deserves. It is a terrible, horrible film. RoboCop 2 gets a lot of flak too. This is mostly unjustified. Click the link below for me telling you why I’m right and you’re all wrong.
Hands up who thought The Lego Movie would turn out good? I didn’t. I saw the charm in the initial trailer, but, kind of expected the film to end up being one of those kids films that end up being a series of dumb jokes wrapped around the most flimsy of stories. I mostly expected it to be a huge advert for Lego toys. Well, it is that. I’m pretty sure many people that have left the film have gone and purchased a Lego set shortly after. I probably would have if I had a spare few thousand pounds to buy what sets I could with that. So, like, one minifig and a small car, right? The Lego Movie represents everything that I should hate about films aimed at children. Its humour is puerile, its filled with nonsense, its a marketing ploy, it has that one catchy song that won’t fecking LEAVE MY HEAD!!!… It’s so frigging awesome. Click the link.
For the last few weeks I have pretty much abandoned the plan I had to up the importance level of the films I did review. I had decided to focus more on the cinematic masterpieces and artistically unique/interesting. Today will not be the day that I change that. I’m carrying right along with the big silly fantasy and sci-fi nonsense with Dylan Dog: Dead of Night starring the George Lazenby of Superman films, Brandon Routh. Maybe soon I’ll cover a more important film. I make no promises though. That said, I’ll be doing the Godzilla films soon so… well, the first is important… that counts, right? Click the link below.
Oh remakes. How you do test my patience. On the one hand I can totally understand why you’d remake a film, we’ve been doing it from the early days of cinema and the retelling of stories is merely part of human nature. We pass stories on from one generation to the next making changes to suit the times. If we didn’t update and change stories then The Bible wouldn’t be so darned popular. A while back I reviewed the Total Recall remake and, along with trashing the ever loving hell out of it, I surmised that it was an example of a remake that got pretty much everything wrong, not just in the retelling of the story but in just basic film making. Some remakes can be great, The Magnificent Seven for example. So where does RoboCop sit, quality wise, if Magnificent Seven is a great remake and Total Recall is fucking awful? Click the link for my review, why don’t ya?
Ghostbusters is one of those films that I grew up with. I’d bet that any child of the 80s grew up watching the Ghostbusters film, the animated series and playing with the toys. Pretty sure every child of the 80s can be prompted to sing the theme tune at the drop of the hat. They’ll also answer without hesitation to the question… “is this true?” with “yes, it’s true, this man has no dick”.What? You expected a different question? That would have been too obvious. You know what else will be obvious? Where my views of the film lie. Click the link to not be surprised.
I do like reviewing films aimed at children. They exist as this area of film making that can vary wildly in tone, technique and thematics from one film to the next that it almost seems that any subject could be touched upon. A problem comes up though that when you tackle certain subjects in a children’s film a film maker has to be careful regarding what you can and can’t show. You can do film suitable for kids that tells them it’s OK to be different but you can’t outright have the film say that it’s OK to be gay, for example. Most young kids aren’t ready to tackle a subject like that. So you use other thematics to send the same message. Paranorman is a film that isn’t satisfied with passing just one tough message. It is a film that intends to stick with a child into adulthood by not hiding its subject matter, its themes or by pulling any punches. In many ways it is one of the most daring kid’s films in some time. Click the link for me not glossing over stuff for you.
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.
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.