Category Archives: C

Film Review No.395: Captain America Civil War

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The last film I reviewed was about some punching buddies that punched for a bit and then were buddies. Captain America Civil War is about some buddies that decide to punch for a bit too. Two films with a similar premise in a row. One big difference though… and spoilers for my opinion here… but one of these two films didn’t suck a great big one. Batman V Superman is the film that sucks a giant chode by the way. Captain America 3 is a good film… a REAL good film. So, I’m going to avoid spoilers as I want to write a more detailed thing later on, but do click below to carry on to my full review where I say why Civil War succeeds where Batman V Superman failed miserably.

Punching Buddies Redux

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Film Review No.355: Chinese Zodiac (CZ12)

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I like Jackie Chan. Actually, I really like Jackie Chan. My favourites aren’t the films many would pick though. I tend to lean more towards his traditional kung fu films than is stunt focused action flicks. That said, I have a huge amount of respect for how well shot, edited and choreographed his action films are. I grew up watching films like Police Story, Project A and Armour of God and they all feature the master at his best. So yeah, I prefer Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master but have a lot of love for just how well made the 80’s and 90’s Chan films were. In the mid to late 90s he moved over to making American films primarily. He then aged and slowed down, as was probably likely, assuming my theory of him being immortal isn’t true. Not too long ago he returned to China and made, what’s been touted, as his last action film. That is this film, Chinese Zodiac. A reboot, of sorts, of the Armour of God series. How did the film turn out? Click the link below for my words on this matter.

Chinese BORE-diac more like!


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.335: Cheatin’

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In the interests of full disclosure I should state that I did back the funding of this film on Kickstarter. I did so as a fan of Bill Plympton’s work and so, if you think I liked this film based on this review I would hope you’d understand that it is as a fan of his films, and not because I backed it. Besides, backing on Kickstarter isn’t the same as investing in a film for profit. It’s pretty much the same as pre-ordering a game or a DVD. Hell, if you view backing a Kickstarter as a show of bias then you must also consider buying a DVD and thus giving money to a studio to further finance films and to monetarily support the film maker as a sign of bias also. I say this because disclosure has been a hot topic recently, and whilst yes, it is important, some people seem to have the wrong idea about what it means. Anyway, here’s my review that is clearly tainted by the money I gave to this film’s production.

How’d you get to be so cute?


Film Review No.283: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

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I am going to start by saying that I cannot promise I won’t spoil something. I am going to try as hard as humanly possible to not spoil the film though. A fair amount has been shown in trailers already so anything to do with that is fair game as far as I’m concerned, but man… they’ve really made it hard to not mention all the cool stuff that happens in this film. This is… and I’m asking you to brace for hyperbole here… the exact Captain America film my nerd brain has been wanting to see for years. It may be the best film in the Marvel cinematic universe. I can’t decide for sure right now. Click the link below and I’ll try to explain… hopefully without spoiling too much, just why The Winter Soldier is such an excellent comic book movie.

Ameeeeeeerica!!!!


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.268: Chennai Express

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So I was perusing Netflix to find something to watch last night when I see in my Twitter feed that Film Crit Hulk has reviewed Dhoom 3. Dhoom 3 is currently doing a crazy amount of business in India and around the world. Obviously, it being a Bollywood film, there’s been pretty much zero coverage by mainstream western media. The film is out in the UK but the nearest cinema to me showing it is a fair old journey away and I’m quite broke right now. So how’s about I review the Bollywood film that was setting the theatres alight earlier this year before Dhoom 3 came out, and more importantly happens to be available on the UK Netflix. That film is the Shah Rukh Khan starring Chennai Express and after the link is words what do make up this review.

Do not underestimate the power of the common man.