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Film Review No.276: The Lego Movie

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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.

Apparently everything is awesome or something.

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Film Review No.272: Paranorman

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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.

Paranorman activity


Film Review No.267: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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After realising that the Rescuers Down Under was squashed at the box office by Home Alone I thought it would be good to follow up my last review with that particular Christmas treat. That plan was soon squashed worse that The Rescuers potential financial success when it turned out that not a single TV channel in the UK was showing Home Alone on Christmas Day. There was Home Alone 2 and, apparently, there’s a 5th film now, but not the original entry in the series. So the hunt was on at the 23rd of this month to find a suitable replacement Christmas film. Man the choice was dire this year. Even Die Hard was missing from the Christmas schedule. Thankfully I managed to find a channel showing The Nightmare Before Christmas, and here we are. Click the link below.

I wish I was a clown with a tearaway face


Film Review No.266: The Rescuers Down Under

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Most of the time I plan out what films I’ll be reviewing on here. As a result I’ll only watch films that I plan to review. Sometimes I just watch a random film due to circumstance. Then I have to write a review of that film because that’s the rules around here. This is one of those times. As a lad I had seen both the Rescuers films multiple times over. I still own them both on VHS. I sat down to watch the Rescuers Down Under the other day with little memory of the film itself, but it’s odd how your brain works, because a few minutes into watching this I found I remembered the whole blooming thing. Good job it didn’t suck! Click the link for my review.

There was an odd period where US cinema was a little obsessed with Australia. This is one of those this is.


Film Review No.260: The Dark Knight Returns Parts 1 & 2

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Yes, I could have easily split this into two separate reviews and got me a few more ad hits, but that just ain’t how I roll. These two films come together as one complete whole and tell a story that is fully contained within these two parts and the comic it is based on. No, there isn’t a comic called The Dark knight Strikes Again. That never happened. Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns is a comic that fans have wanted to see adapted for years. Apparently Warner entertained the idea in the process of reinventing Batman for cinema audiences after the travesty that was Batman & Robin. It would have been a tough one to pull off seeing as it is among the most brutal Batman stories worthy of adapting. What you’d need is a medium that can get away with a little more and a fan base willing to buy. And that’s where Bruce Timm and his pals at Warner Animation come in. Click the link for my review.

Slice and dice!


Film Review No.251: Final Fantasy VII Advent Children

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A couple of weeks back… probably more by the time you stumble across this review whilst looking for something else Final Fantasy VII related… I did a post about video game based film adaptations and how they, quite often, suck a load of donkey balls. One such film that I mentioned not being all that great was Final Fantasy The Spirits Within. That film is often derided for being massively off base of what the Final Fantasy games were. Which was pretty amazing seeing as it was made by Square, the makers of the games. Although looking back they sure did think they were the dogs bollocks around then. So, what happens when they not only make a Final Fantasy film that mirrors the games but is actually a sequel to one of the games? Their most highly praised Final Fantasy at that. Click the link for my review which is sure to piss off a few fanboys.

dilly dally shilly shally? Who has ever said that?


The Weekend Dump: 5 Films That Make Me Grin

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Today was my last day of work for Gala Coral Group. I’ve been working there for the last 6 months after having been made redundant from HMV. I’m leaving Gala Coral for the same reason. Before HMV I was at Electronic Arts where I left after my job got sent to Romania. Suffice to say it’s been a rubbish last few years for jobs for me. So I need cheering up. But I’m one to share so this weekend I’m going to share with you my top 5 (in no particular order) films that make me grin. Also, this is totally not a hashed out list because I couldn’t think of a real Weekend Dump topic this week. Click the link below for the list!

5,4,3,2,1… 54321!


Film Review No.248: Fantastic Mr Fox

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I’ve been waiting a long time to review this film. I first saw it just a few days before starting this here Film Dump titled blog so it just missed out on being my first review. I didn’t own a copy of my own as the blu-ray was silly expensive in the UK and DVD just isn’t good enough to do the visual treat that this film is justice. You need them extra resolutions man. Over a year ago I spent a weekend in Sweden. Whilst their I was doing what you always do when on holiday, browse the local DVD store. In this case it was the Swedish version of what HMV wished it was called Media Markt. Whilst browsing the blu-rays I found a copy of Total Recall with an awesome comic book cover and Den Fantastiska Raven (that’s Fantastic Mr Fox in Swedish or something) for 700SEK each. Considering the average cup of coffee in Sweden costs that much I had to snap it up, especially as it was about 3 times cheaper than it was at home. For reasons unknown to me I’ve let this disc, well the box it’s within, collect dust for 16 months. I’m a bad person. This film is fantastic… as the title suggests. I should have reviewed this ages ago. I apologise. Now click that link below for my long overdue review.

The cuss you will


Film Review No.219: G.I. Joe: The Movie

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I fecking hate the G.I. Joe movie that came out in cinemas a couple of years back. It was a completely lazily produced, poorly written and horribly made turd of a film. Despite that I’m actually looking forward to seeing G.I. Joe Retaliation. Mostly because of it having The Rock in it, who is pretty much an instant fun elevator for any film, but also because it actually looks like real things are in the film and some effort has been made to make some of the action scenes at least stand out on a visual level. When I was a lad G.I. Joe (Or Action Force as it was called here in the UK) was always second fiddle to my love of Transformers. I only owned 1 G.I. Joe video, compared to the mass of Transformers ones I owned. That said, I enjoyed the shit out of the series and all their silly adventures, and no adventure was sillier than their 1987 animated movie. How silly is G.I. Joe: The Movie? Burgess Meredith provides the voice of the leader of a civilisation of snake people. That’s how silly it gets. Click the link for further descriptions of silliness.

COBRAAAAAAcoughcoughcough


Film Review No.203: Ninja Scroll (Jubei Ninpucho)

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How long has it been since I did an anime review? -Checks all posts page on the dashboard- 4 months! That’s how long. Well that’s entirely too long. Guess I should correct that with one of the anime films that helped maintain the popularity of anime during it’s early to mid 90s heyday. Yes I said that was the heyday. A lot of what’s about now stinks. There, I said it. Shame Satoshi Kon died. He was really keeping the quality level high. Annnnyway, today I review Ninja Scroll. You know, that anime where the big rock dude rapes the poisoned girl. Why do so many of the films I cover seem to feature rape? What’s wrong with me? Click the link to find out!!!

Why haven’t I covered Akira yet?


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