Remember Rise of the Planet of the Apes? That mostly forgettable despite being fairly decent reboot/prequel to the Plant of the Apes series. It wasn’t a bad film by any means. The human characters were flat and uninteresting but the apes, led by Andy Serkis as Caesar more than made up for that. There’s running theme in Hollywood for sequels to be worse than the original. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the biggest steps up in quality from one film to the next that I have ever come across. It’s not just good, it is full blown excellent and possible near masterpiece level. I was not expecting that. Click the link below for my more wordy review.
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So last weekend I went to a queuing convention held outside the London Film & Comic Con. When the Queuing convention was over, and event that ran for 6 hours in a 30 degree heat with no shade, I decided to pop into the LFCC for a laugh and see if there was anything worth getting. As it was nearly 16:30 I was too late entering to meet Stan Lee so instead I went to the Arrow Films booth and purchased a set of blu rays. The lovely young lady working there even gave me a discount. My haul included today’s film along with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The House By The Cemetery, Cinema Paradiso and (ahem) The Exterminator. These will likely be the next set of films I review. So tonight we start with John Carpenter’s classic fusion of east meets west with Big Trouble in Little China. Click below for that review I mentioned.
I never did get around to reviewing the first Kick-Ass film. I would have liked to as it’s quite an interesting film with a surprising amount to comment on despite its quite simplistic nature. It wasn’t art, but it had something. Kick-Ass 2 has a scene where Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) makes a rival at school vomit and poop CG fluids. It is one of the most embarrassingly inept and stupid scenes I can remember. Remember that I watched Transformers 4 the other day. The film isn’t all bad though. Click below for that review thing I occasionally do.
It has taken me nearly a week to get around to writing this review. I’d like to say it was my usual bout of laziness but, in reality, it’s because it has taken me this long to figure out roughly what I should be saying about Body Melt. This is one of those films that is so off centre that it can be hard to really ascertain exactly what you have seen. Click the link below to see if I did make any sense of Body Melt!
I’m just going to come out and say this right from the start. If you want a spoiler free review it’s best to go elsewhere, or at least not past this first paragraph. Age of Extinction is such a horrendous, vile and horrible film in so many ways I just have to go into all of it. So, here’s a mini review. It is not as bad as Revenge of the Fallen. It actually does a few things right. Excels at times even. I just think that, perhaps, my resistance to the works of Michael Bay has finally worn out and as a result I have to pick this film apart. You’ll see what I mean about the film being horrible and yet being capable of excellence as I go along. Shall we get started?
Maniac is a film within which Lord of the Rings star Elijah Woods plays a mentally disturbed short guy. No, not that film… no, no, no… yep, the one where he scalps women. No, scalps, not beheads. Anyway, Maniac is a remake of a largely forgotten (sorry horror fans, it is) 1980 horror film that puts spin on the film by being presented almost entirely from the first person view of Elijah Wood’s character Frank Zito. Click below for my review.
So I have somehow come to review 3 zombie themed films in a row. Two of this are Paul’s fault, that’s fair enough, but Doc of the Dead is all me. Heard about this documentary being made with the involvement of the guys from Red Letter Media, providing some short Plinkett themed gags, a few months back. The film has just appeared on Netflix so I guess I had to review it. Click the link below for words about this.
Film number 2 of the 4 Paul (my buddy on Mellow Gaming) got me for my birthday was George A Romero’s Survival of the Dead. Fun fact about this film: I have never heard anyone say anything good about it. Thanks Paul! I’ve only reviewed one other Romero Living Dead film on here, that being the excellent Day of the Dead. So here’s a quick rundown of my opinion on the other films… Night of the Living Dead is quintessential cinema, Dawn is one of my favourite zombie flicks of all time, Land is actually quite decent, Diary is fecking terrible. Let’s see if Survival of the Dead continues that spectacular drop in quality since Land of the Dead shall we?
My mate Paul, who I do them Mellow Gaming videos with, is always complaining that I don’t review the films he suggests. This is probably because he only suggests films to torture me with. It was my birthday last week and Paul got me a selection of films, two of which fit into this torture category. The first of these films is today’s subject Osombie. Click the link below for my review.
The Expendables is an odd beast. Marketed and pitched on the idea of bringing a group of 80s and 90s action stars together for a big explosive jamboree of violence, it is, instead, mostly recent action stars accompanying the random stars of the past in a pretty much modern action film. The first film seemed to have issue with this conflict, not sure where it should sit on the sides of 80s excess and modern flash. The sequel seems to have found a better footing though. Click the link below for my full review.