So Marvel thought it would be hilarious to release Thor The Dark World right in the middle of my Horror Week. Good going Marvel! Why not screw everything up for me as much as you can? Like that time you released The Avengers just as I was about to do my traditional joke review for The Film Dump’s 1st birthday. I’m sure they’ll find a way to screw up the Godzilla season I’m planning. Jerks. Yup, Marvel have it in for me, clearly. So, Thor The Dark World is out in the UK and I just got back from seeing it. So here’s my review… right in the middle of Horror Week. Click the link.
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I recently decided it was time to up the ante when it comes to the sort of films I mostly cover on here. I tend to focus a lot of the more nerdy and mainstream big movies with occasional toe dipping into the more classical realms of cinema. Time to shake that balance up a little bit. I’m still going to be covering the more action focused stuff. Thor 2 review next week! What I want to do though is cover more of the greats. You don’t get much more great than this, 2001: A Space Odyssey. This is also the first Stanley Kubrick film I’ll be reviewing on here. So click the link below to open the pod bay doors (to this review).
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.
A long time ago I reviewed, what is widely considered, the best worst movie of all time. That film was the gloriously awful Troll 2. You may have gathered by the number 2 in the title that Troll 2 was a sequel and that the previous film may have been called Troll. That is a fair assumption and also the truth. Although Troll 3 actually has about 500 different names so it probably wouldn’t have surprised you if Troll 2 was a sequel to Crush Groove. Anyway, I’m here to review Troll. Click the link and I shall begin. Or just scroll down if you happened to already be on the actual review itself and not just The Film Dump’s homepage.
If you have read my review for the Arnold Schwarzenegger Total Recall film you will likely know that I revere it as one of the last great practical effects movies and an excellent piece of sci-fi. That and a film that is pretty much badass for a full two hours. It is odd how in the late 80s and early 90s films managed to balance multiple elements like that, by which I mean strong action coupled with strong sci-fi. These days, that sort of combination is few and far between. For every The Matrix there’s at least 2 sequels and 5 copycats that just don’t get it. With the ratio of good action sci-fi to bad action sci-fi being so poor these days, what chance does a remake of Total Recall directed by Len Wisemen have? You probably know the answer already…
You know what is quite a nice experience? Revisiting a film you haven’t seen for a long time. I don’t mean a long time as in a couple of years, or even a decade. I mean long enough to not be entirely sure that the film was a good as you remember it being. Quite often this doesn’t pay off as anyone who I’ve forced to watch the Garbage Pail Kids Movie will testify. But sometimes it really pays off, as it did a number of years back when I re-watched Robocop for the first time since I was a kid. Nostalgia is a fickle bitch. Last night I watched a film I haven’t seen since it was released on VHS here in the UK which has to be around 18 years now. Lets see how well that film, True Romance, holds up.
So I’ve slowed down a little on the reviews over the last few weeks. There’s two reasons for this. 1) I am one of those losers that likes wrestling and as such am currently addicted to WWE 13, which I will review on The Games Dump soon(ish). B) I really am having trouble deciding what should be review No.200. Usually I’d go buy something that’s got bad cult classic written all over it for a milestone review, I did so with Troll 2 for review 100 and Death Bed for review 150. Trouble is I’m penniless right now and so can’t afford say The Garbage Pail Kids Movie or Story Of Ricky-Oh as I had been thinking of covering. So now I’m toying with the idea of finding a genuine classic piece of cinema to be the 200th review. I’d like it if people commented on what I should do. Should I get to review 200 now (Which may coincide with the blogs 100,000th view) or wait until I get paid (Last day of the month) to buy an absolute turd of a movie I can have a good rant over. Tough decisions. Now if I was planning to review a truly excellent piece of cinema for review 200 I couldn’t have done much better than today’s film, Paddy Considine’s directorial debut Tyrannosaur. Click the link for the review!
Fun fact: Tomorrow Never Dies revisits two location from previous Bond films. The Stoke Park Club, which was the location where Oddjob knocked a statues head off with his hat in Goldfinger, here used as an interior for a romance scene between Pierce Brosnan’s Bond and Terri Hatcher’s Paris Carver. The other location was Khow-Ping-Khan islands near Phuket which were used as Scaramanga’s island home in The Man With The Golden Gun. No reference is made to those films when they visit these locations. Opportunity missed Bond. Anyway… that’s what I’m passing off as an intro to my review of Tomorrow Never Dies, the 18th film in the Bond series. Not far to go now…
Fun fact about Thunderball. It is, when adjusted for inflation, the most successful of all the Bond films. Crazy huh? That’s what happens when a series is riding the crest of a great big Goldfinger sized wave. So how good a film is it? Well you’ll have to click the link to find out. Or just watch it yourself and make up your own bloody mind. What am I? Your personal opinion maker?
He got the point… geddit? because he got harpooned… they have points. Ahhh tell it to the cleaning lady on Monday. She’ll get it. No cos today is Friday, and she has the weekends off, so Monday… right?
About a week ago I noted that when I come to review truly great films, such as RoboCop in that instance, I often worry that I’ll struggle to find the right words to describe just how good the film is. Today I review a film that is also going to be a struggle to find the right words for. Not because it’s a stunning film that should go down in history as one of the greatest ever. It is certainly not that. It’s also not a terrible film. The trouble with Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is that it is, as the title suggests, a Tim & Eric movie. They have such a unique and specific corner of comedy all to themselves and it becomes hard to criticise their film on the standards you would most. It’s one of those films that the fans will “get”, that most people won’t and what that means is that the films worth becomes difficult to quantify. Wish me luck…