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.
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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…
About 8 months ago I introduced a friend of mine to the glory that is Tremors starring Kevin Bacon. It’s a film I’ve loved since I was a kid. Kevin Bacon didn’t star in the sequels. I’m not a fan of the sequels. So much so I never bothered watching the prequel Tremors 4 the Legend Begins. That was until a few days ago when the same friend of mine revealed that she had a copy and I’m gonna pretend she forced me to watch it. To be fair this prequel isn’t entirely bad though. So how entirely not bad is it? Click the link to find out!!!
Back when I watched and reviewed Mark Cousin’s Story Of Film (Review No.126) one directors work featured in that documentary struck me strongest. It was the work of a director I only had a passing knowledge of having never seen his work and only knowing him by name. I was unaware of his techniques and what it was that made his films great. I decided to research his methods and work and find a film that would be a good starting point. That director was Yasujiro Ozu and now I know just what is so great about the man and his work. Last night I watched Tokyo Story and I’m pretty sure I just added a new film to my top ten favourite films of all time.
If you go back a few pages you’ll see that I reviewed a 15 hour long documentary called The Story Of Film a short while ago. Whilst watching that film I came to the realisation that there’s an awful lot of classic films I really should have seen by now, and chief among them was The Third Man. So no sooner had I finished watching The Story Of Film I was on Lovefilm adding a bunch of classical cinema treats to my rental list which shall hopefully be getting reviewed by me sooner rather than later. It’s a proverbial bucket list of movies including films such as Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story and Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries. One day I might even get around to watching the biggest film I have never seen, The Godfather. Yup, never seen it. I’m a bad person. Anyway, today I’m covering Carol Reed’s The Third Man. I might even delve into my classic films I already own at some point. Got a copies of Double Indemnity and Chinatown just daring me to review them. For now, click the link this particular classic film review!
Here’s a film I’ve wanted to cover on here for some time. Total Recall is pretty much the film that simultaneously waved goodbye to the excess of 80s cinema and hello to the technical special effects wizardry of the 90s. It was one of the last big special effects movies to go largely without CGI relying instead on models and animatronic effects to sell you it’s fiction. I’d bet most people raised in the 80s are fans of this film and if you’ve never seen it you should so you can be a fan too. Click the link for my review!
Post-modernism is all over the place these days. It is possibly the biggest creative force in artistic works of the last 15 – 20 years, especially in film. No genre has been through the post-modern cycle more times than horror. From Wes Craven’s first Scream film all the way through to Cabin In The Woods people have been taking a subverted look at the horror genre for new ways to twist it around for the younger, more culturally aware age. It’s a time where films are always letting you either peek behind the curtain or are flipping the curtain around to show you how it’s stitched. Does that make sense? I have no idea. Tucker & Dale Vs Evil everybody!!!