After entering production in 2009, going through numerous writers, directors and actors, the big screen adaptation of Stephen Kings classic novel IT finally reached screens this year. I’ve been a big King fan ever since I first read The Dead Zone and IT is without a doubt one of my favorite books of all time. Obviously I’ve watched the 1990 miniseries with Tim Curry and his outstanding performance as Pennywise, the shape shifting, child eating monster who’s favorite appearance is a clown, but to be honest, his performance was pretty much the sole reason to watch it. So has director Andy Muschietti finally made a worthy adaptation of IT? Yes. A thousand times yes. I’m going to go into spoiler territory for this review so if you want to go into the film knowing nothing stop reading now.
Shin Godzilla is the 31st film in the Godzilla series of films, and the 29th to be made by the Japanese film company Toho. After being released in Japan back in 2016, it finally got a limited release over here and I was lucky enough to catch a showing in my local cinema. Now, I’m a big fan of giant monster movies, particularly the Godzilla films. There’s just something so endearing about watching actors in rubber monster suits trampling model cities and beating the crap out of each other. I’m glad to say that Shin Godzilla is a great addition to the series, bringing a fresh take on a cinematic icon. Continue reading
So to pass the time between reviews I’m going to start doing a new wee feature on my blog where I will pick a favorite scene from my favorite films and talk a wee bit about them. It will hopefully mean I’ll be updating this a bit more often as well. Some will be pretty well known scenes but others might be scenes that, while not very well known, had stood out to me personally. So lets kick it off with one of my favorite death scenes of all time, the death of Brett (played by Harry Dean Stanton) from the classic sci-fi/horror Alien. Continue reading
“Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.” These two lines from the opening crawl at the beginning of Star War: A New Hope back in 1977 form the basic plot of Rogue One, director Gareth Edwards entry to one of the biggest movie franchises in cinema history and the first of many planned spin-off films to come. This review is going to have some spoilers so stop reading if you want to avoid them. Continue reading
Okay, so I’ve kinda neglected this blog for a while. Have had some personal things to deal with over the last few months that have been pretty tough. Things are much better now though so hopefully from now on I’ll be more active on it now. So lets kick things back off with a film I just finished watching about half an hour ago, shark thriller The Shallows. Continue reading
So, I’ve kinda been neglecting this blog a bit as of late. There’s been some personal stuff happening lately which I don’t really want to go into on here. But its got better now so hopefully I’ll be updating this more often from now on. I’ve seem a few films over the last few months so instead of a big review of each one, I’m gonna do a wee review round up. So lets get this show started! There will be spoilers ahead so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Continue reading
So, Ghostbusters. I wanted to enjoy this trailer. I really did. But honestly? I was severely underwhelmed by it.I am all for a new Ghostbusters film, with an all female team. It’s great to get some diversity in films nowadays. But c’mon this just seems like its a parody of the original film. The first film was a semi serious film with a load of deadpan humor in it and by God it worked . This one just seems like its going to be full of gross out humor, aged stereotypes and just plain rip offs of the original. Library ghost, Slimer and a giant ghost/monster on the streets of New York? A black, apparently uneducated character who joins the team because she “knows New York”? Why could she not have been one of the scientist types in the film? The whole thing just reeks of pandering to the nostalgia crowd. And it is not working. I will give them credit, the cast they have chosen is pretty damn good, especially Kate Mckinnon. She may actually steal the film from everyone else. And Chris Hemsworth as the secretary? Inspired casting. I’m going to keep hoping that this film will surprise me and be good, but judging from this trailer? I’m not going to hold my breath.
Have you ever wondered what The Thing would be like if it was directed by Quentin Tarantino? Well his new film, The Hateful Eight, answers that question. And it’s a damn good answer.
After the fan favourite character Deadpool was butchered in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, comic books fans were clamoring for decent take on the character. Ryan Reynolds short role in that film as Wade Wilson, showed that he could pull off this character, especially since he was a fan himself. And when some CGI test footage of a possible Deadpool film was “leaked” (I’m still not 100% convinced its was unintentional). the overwhelmingly positive reaction gave fans of the Merc’ with a Mouth a new hope. Once the trailers started showing up and the frankly brillliant marketing started (posters marketing it as a Valentines Day film? Genius.) it finally looked like Deadpool would get a worthy representation on screen. So, did he? Yes, a thousand times yes.
Due to a slight technical cock up on my part, my blog entry on Alien has been lost to the ages. Never fear though, at some point I will put up a new one.