Oh man! What’s this? A second review in one week? That’s rare. Mostly it’s because I watched this film last week and kinda delayed writing this review and then went to see Terminator Genisys when I was about to actually write. Oh, and then watched another film, to be reviewed later, right before Terminator Genisys. So yeah… got some reviews coming. Should probably talk about Expendables 3 I guess. I’ve covered the previous films and thought they were pretty mediocre, not really capitalising on the big 80s nostalgia machoness they could have. Will Expendables 3 be any better? Let’s see shall we.
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The good thing about a franchise compromising of two universally praised films and two universally panned films is that a director, in this case Alan Taylor, only has to aim for mediocre in order to be regarded as the third best. Of course, it helps if the film is more on the side of good though. In that regard Alan Taylor has pretty much managed to hit a home run. In as much as Terminator Genisys is pretty decent and enough above mediocre to be on the right side of enjoyable. But lets go into more detail shall we? A semi spoilery review coming up. Although none more spoilery than the trailers have been really.
There’s the new Critapocalypse podcast. Only film reviewed in this episode is Jurassic World but we spend a considerable amount of time discussing the Marvel films like the nerds we are. We also reviewed Orange is the New Black season 3, Season 2 of Agents of Shield, WWE’s Elimination Chamber and Money in the Bank events Massive Chalice on Xbox One, Bayonetta on Wii U, Download Festival 2015 and Amanda Palmer’s recent Union Chapel concert. Click the link below for the downloadable Soundcloud version and various links and timecodes.
I was a really big fan of the original Sin City when it came out. Saw it multiple times in the cinema, imported the DVD, and then imported the director’s cut boxed set. Brought the comics and so forth. Even made a Sin City themed car on FORZA Motorsport because, yes, I had that much free time. I never thought the film was perfect but it’s hyper stylised approach, which really hadn’t been done before then barring a few exceptions, was intoxicating for me. The dark twisted tales of brutish men easily manipulated by the women of Sin City, a place where going down the right back alley can result in almost anything happening. It all appealed to me. I like Noir. I like comic books. I like hyper-stylised takes on film and pulp novel tropes. Sin City wasn’t perfect, but it was unique. It was also on the razors edge of being absolutely awful. Speaking of which… here’s Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For.
Jurassic Park is an actual classic film. It’s not a perfect film. It’s not even an exceptional film, but it is an important film in the progression of blockbuster cinema. It had wonder, action, adventure and and single handedly created a generation, or two, of kids obsessed with dinosaurs. I was already a dinosaur nerd when the original film came out so seeing Jurassic Park was like I was finally getting to see actual dinosaurs on screen. I could write huge posts about how well Spielberg conveyed the jaw dropping sight of seeing these dinos realised on screen like never before. Jurassic Park wasn’t just about gawping at the creatures though. It was an action film. And a damn good one too. Jurassic World is fully aware that seeing giant monsters isn’t a huge deal now, hell, the plot revolves around that fact, so it rightly focuses on action. Does Jurassic World lose anything because of this? Click below for my words about this.
Hey look! It’s Critapocalypse 18 within which Matt tries desperately to drag the length of the podcast out as much as possible with his nonsense. We reviewed the tv shows Gotham, Parks & Recreation and Community. Game reviews include AdVenture Capitalist, The Witcher 3, Massive Chalice and Wolfenstein The Old Blood. Also, I reviewed Konami… because fuck Konami. Click the link below for the Soundcloud version that you can download and everything. Also, timecodes for the reviews!
The 90s was a magical time for small cinema to get noticed. There was a slew of directors coming from nowhere with fresh new films. Films like Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi, Kevin Smith’s Clerks Jean Pierre Jeunet’s City of Lost Children and so on, all came from fresh minds looking to get noticed. These spawned copycat films with larger budgets that often didn’t quite get what made the originals they were so fond of tick. Clerks was probably the most cloned and is almost single handedly responsible for the rise of the slacker comedy-drama. Now, Empire Records was no direct clone, it was in production long before Clerks release, but it can easily be described as being from the same mould. But is it any good? Click below and I’ll tell you definitively. Because only I can decide these things.