So I’m a Studio Ghibli nerd. You may not realise this because I’ve only covered Arrietty so far on here. That was a silly mistake. I should have covered way more than just that. This weekend I finally got around to watching Hayao Miyazaki’s currently, definitely, absolutely final film The Wind Rises. Miyazaki claims this really is the last film he’ll direct and I have reason to believe him this time. You don’t make films like The Wind Rises without it being the full stop at the end of the sentence that makes up your career. Click below and I’ll tell you just how brilliant this film is.
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Would you look at that. I’m all up to date on them Hunger Games films what the teens like to watch and stuff. Maybe I’ll even go see part 2 in the cinema. It’s been a bit of a rocky ride. I really liked the first film, despite it’s lack of originality, but man I wasn’t keen on Catching Fire. The film… not the act of catching fire itself. I felt like the second film was entirely pointless as nothing really happens. It was essentially another Hunger games event with people saying Katniss has inspired rebellion without showing rebellion or even her developing to a point where she grows into her role as a figurehead for the movement. So, as I found the previous films to be diametrically opposed in quality, what did I think of the first half of Mockingjay? Click my link below to read my words about it.
Yeah, I know. It’s been, like, two weeks since my last review. I haven’t had much chance to watch films recently, what with Mad Max and Metal gear Solid V releasing in the same week. Thanks for that games publishers. Except Konami. FucKonami. Anyway, I got around to watching that Nightcrawler film everyone was raving about last year. I’m so behind the times. Why are you even reading this? Anyway, below is what I thought of this damn fine and mostly exceptional film. Ermm… I guess that sentence was also my thoughts on it… Click the link… please?
Oh it feels good to watch an actual real film for once. Not a superhero thing, or a superhero thing masquerading as an action flick. Just an actual film with people talking and themes being explored as opposed to just being lightly touched upon. Granted, I’ve watched a sci-fi film. Not exactly a million miles away from the relatively mindless genre wank I’ve been staring at recently. Ex Machina is also one of my favourite types of sci-fi. By which I mean the type that could have easily been an episode of The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone or, maybe, even The Scary Door. So, yeah… here’s my review of Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina.
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.
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.
How do some films attain cult status? Sometimes it’s because the film housed an idea that sparked a large enough group’s interest. Sometimes it can be because the film is that special kind of inept that we just love to laugh at and with. Sometimes it’s because the blu-ray for the film has a quote printed in it that just reads “Is this the movie where someone’s dropped in a meat grinder? – YouTube comment on The Exterminator trailer”. You see, sometimes, such as with today’s review, it just takes having one scene. But what about the rest of the film? Click below for The Film Dump’s 4th birthday special review.