So this film had some controversy surrounding it. By which I mean someone who may or may not be tied to North Korea didn’t like the look of the film and so they hacked Sony and proceeded to distribute emails and films galore. Oddly, Sony actually cancelled the release of the film, and then everyone pointed out how they probably shouldn’t and the film got released as planned along with a bonus online distribution model. If I was a cynic I’d say it was probably all one elaborate marketing scam. I mean, it would fit in with the film’s constant themes of deception… might not be though. Click the jump for my review thing.
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If you click on the link for animated films I’ve reviewed over in the search filter thing you’ll see that I’m quite a fan of a variety of animated stuff. Two of my favourite animated films of all time are Transformers: The Movie and Spirited Away. Without hitting impressionistic eastern European animation I doubt I could pick two films further apart. I’ve always loved animation and was enthralled by the voices behind them. Even as a kid I knew Mel Blanc was pretty much every Looney Tune. That Peter Cullen and Frank Welker were Optimus Prime/Eeyore and Megatron/Slimer. I respect what they do immensely. Always have, always will. I Know That Voice is a documentary designed to showcase why some of us love these voices. Click the link below for the full review!
Now here’s a film I’ve been wanting to review for some time. I did consider it as a candidate for this year’s Horror Week that’ll be coming in October, but then I was able to get a copy for a great price from Arrow Films and figured I couldn’t really wait much longer. The 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a sci-fi horror classic that, when I was a youngster, was one of my favourite works of both genres. Let’s see how it holds up today after having not seen it in its entirety for quite a few years.
We’re now Six films into the Godzilla series and, already, we’ve moved away from what the original film was drastically. The dark thematic elements regarding Japan’s fear of the Atomic bomb has been replaced with cursory discussion. Godzilla is no longer the villain but has become almost an anti-hero fighting to protect Earth. Gojira was very much set in the real world, in this film the Earth in invaded by aliens from Jupiter’s recently discovered moon, Planet X. The change in tone and style over the first 6 films is so grand that, if were not for the iconic design of Godzilla himself, you’d think thee films were entirely unrelated. This would be akin to making a sequel to a film like RoboCop and giving him a jetpack or having him fighting ninja robots or something equally stupid. Thankfully that fate has never befallen RoboCop. Godzilla, on the other hand, is only part of the way through his Showa era transformation. Click the link below to see if I think these changes have worked out for the best.
I’ve been a bit lazy recently. Last film review I did was for Alpha Papa which was over 2 weeks ago. The reason for this break is because I came across this little show that has been around for a few years and decided I’d catch up on it. Some show called Breaking Bad. It ain’t too shabby. You should watch it. When I’m done with Breaking Bad I might try watching this other cult show called Game of Thrones or something. I dunno, never heard of it. Anyway, after finishing season 4 of Breaking Bad yesterday I remembered that I have this site and decided to watch a film. That film was Spaceballs… but then I figured I’ve seen that, like, 4,000 times so instead I watched Indie Game The Movie. I guess you could click the link for my review. Don’t worry, I’ll cover Spaceballs at some point.
This is it. The grand finale to the three flavours Cornetto trilogy. A trilogy that pretty much doesn’t actually exist but the marketing team have enjoyed all the money from cross promoting this with the UK’s leading brand of cone based ice cream. So, no, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End aren’t really a trilogy. Much less one that is intrinsically tied together by a quite nice ice cream based confection. Personally the mint choc chip was always my favourite, but I can settle for strawberry. Can I have my free box of Cornettos now Walls? Anyway, my review of The World’s End is after that link thing that’s below this paragraph. Unless you came straight to this page. In which case just keep scrolling down. Don’t forget to read though. I like it when people do that.
Nightmare visions of the future. We all love them. From 1984 to Blade Runner many creative types have had their vision of just how wrong the world will get depicted on screen. Disregarding the often quite naïve time frame some of these books, and later films, have predicted the downfall of society (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Is set in 1992, Blade Runner 2019) they generally predict that the future will be a dark place full of thought police, rain, smog and a distinct lack of personal hygiene. In recent years, as technology companies casually pretend 1984 was a guide and not a warning, have depicted the future as being quite bright but with some sort of rich/poor divide and a crazy robot for Will Smith to fight. There tends to be a parallel between real life good times depicting nightmare futures to real life bad times (such as today) and the depiction of a more hopeful and more action packed future. Which is probably why a film such as Idiocracy had trouble getting an audience. Follow the link for me sort of explaining this all a bit better.