Category Archives: Romance

Film Review No.392: The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

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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.

Hehe… wind.

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Film Review No.356: Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus

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So, yeah, I backed this film on Kickstarter. If you think that will effect my opinion of the film then, whatevs. That’s up to you. I see backing something on Kickstarter as being no different to buying a DVD. I’m just paying for it early. Anywho, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is the latest Spike Lee joint, as he calls them… and so do many people. It’s a remake, of sorts, of Ganja & Hess. Which I’ve never seen because I can’t watch everything. Is the film any good though? Click below to find out.

Ya Dig?


Film Review No.340: Cinema Paradiso

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I have taken my sweet time getting to this film. It’s one of those films I knew I’d need to cover one day and a few months back I got hold of a copy of Arrow Film’s 25th anniversary release. This Blu-ray includes the nearly 3 hour long director’s cut version of Cinema Paradiso which I had never seen before. In fact, the only version I had seen was the standard 2 hour long theatrical cut. So how does the extended edition of one of the most critically praised films of all time stand up? Really quite well I’d say. Click the link below.

Maybe I should follow this up with Guest House Paradiso. Maybe not.


Film review No.300: Miami Connection

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Sometimes, just sometimes, I’ll hold off on reviewing a film for what I consider a special occasion. For example, I held off covering any James Bond films until just before Skyfall was released because I felt it would make sense to cover them all at once. Same reason I’m covering the Godzilla films right now. Miami Connection is a film I wanted to hold off on until just the right moment. It needed to be a milestone film. And not one of them X50 milestones. This HAD to be a X00 milestone. I intended to review it 100 films ago as review 200 but I discovered that the Blu-ray was not region free a little too late and was unable to get another copy in time. That has been sorted this time around. I’ve held of watching what many now regard as the best-worst movie. Sorry Troll 2. If you have never heard of Miami Connection I implore you to read this review, maybe also watch the episode of Red Letter Media’s Best of the Worst where they cover this, and them embrace the fact that you will need to see this as soon as possible. Click the link below for The Film Dump’s 300th review!

Review for eternity, loyalty, honesty.


Film Review No.280: Clueless

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You know what films are fun to watch, and to a greater extent, fun for me to review? Those films that are so of their era that many people today either A) write them off as some random film of their time or B) are one of those young whipper-snappers that seem to think anything made before they were born isn’t worth their time. Clueless is one of the the most mid 90s films of all time. Even more so than Wayne’s World, Bill & Ted and maybe even California Man (Encino Man to you Yanks). I’m not sure if Clueless is more 90s than Bio-Dome… but I’m sure I’ll visit that film eventually to decide. Regardless, Clueless is actually an undeniably fine film. Click the link below and I’ll tell you why it’s actually brilliant. Also, if you’re from column B stop trying to be cool and watch something decent for once you petulant whipper-snapper!

I think I would be described as a Monet. 😦


Film Review No.278: Blue Is The Warmest Colour

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Fine! I’ll watch an actually critically praised and award winning film that will likely scoop the best foreign language Oscar… wait, what do you mean it’s not even nominated? Not even a performance nomination? What… the… hell? So I admit I’ve seen worryingly few of the films that are nominated for Oscars this year. In fact I’ve only seen 2 films nominated for Oscars and both are in the special effects category, so they don’t really count… but really? Blue is the Warmest Colour isn’t up for a single one? Click the link to allow me to tell you why it probably should be. I mean, the other films in best foreign language may be better… I dunno… but this film is exemplary.

Blue, as a colour, actually evokes feelings of cold. The title is a lie.