Film Club: Oldboy (2013)

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Film Club is an idea that I have been toying with for a while now. Originally it was a feature I was going to do on my own where once a month I would try to dissect a film, whether it be a renowned classic or something more modern. After a while though, I thought this was a feature best suited to multiple reviews, from various perspectives. With that I emailed a few fellow bloggers who were more than willing to get on board with the idea and help me out, and Film Club was born.

The rules of Film Club are:

1st Rule: You do not talk about Film Club.

2nd Rule: Ignore rule number 1, because I want everyone to talk about Film Club as much as possible.

3rd Rule: We don’t review cinema releases, as not everyone is always able to get to the cinema in time.

4th Rule: If the film is part of a franchise, then we must start with the first in series, i.e. we can’t review Terminator 2 before reviewing The Terminator.

5th Rule: We each take it in turns to pick a film for us all to review, and state our reasons why we picked it.

6th Rule: A score out of ten must be given to help form a general consensus on each film.

7th Rule: Each review can be no longer than 600 words.

8th Rule: No major spoilers allowed.

This month Natasha Harmer of Films and Things picked our film for the month and came up with quite a controversial pick in Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy. Below are Natasha’s reasons for picking the film, followed by her passionate review. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghostbusters, My Review

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Director: Ivan Reitman Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis Synopsis: “Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.” Rating: 12A Runtime: 105 minutes

” Back off, man. I’m a scientist.”

Anyone who pays any kind of attention to this site or my Twitter feed knows that Ghostbusters is my favourite film of all time. I have loved it since I was a child, and I love it, possibly even more, as an adult. However, I have purposely avoided reviewing this film ever since I started my own website because I’m not sure if I can review it without bias. Whenever I approach a film I do so in a way that I can review it down the middle, but I have constantly thought to myself how can I review my favourite film and call it anything less than amazing?

This past weekend, September 6th, I turned 30. I say that not to get you all to wish me a happy belated birthday, although that would be nice, but the number is significant because Ghostbusters also celebrates its 30th anniversary. As a way of celebrating I hired a screen at my local Cineworld and held a private screening of Ghostbusters. With that in mind, I thought now was the best time to review a classic which just happens to be my favourite film ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Now You See Me, My Review

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Director: Louis Leterrier Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo & Woody Harrelson Synopsis: “An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money” Rating: 12A Runtime: 115 minutes

“When I first met you, I thought you were kind of a… dick.”

Magic is a medium that is hard to replicate. By that I mean, when you see it first hand you can be left genuinely astounded by the trickery and fast hands of a performer, but on the big or even small screen, such an act can lose much of its appeal. Magic relies on the performer being quicker and smarter than the audience, but when quick hands and sharp eyes are replaced by CGI and a good editor, the illusion is lost. That, among other things, is the problem with Now You See Me. It’s all very much a show, and moves at a lightning pace but fails in its attempts to really draw you in. Read the rest of this entry »

Question of the Month: Most Anticipated Movie (The Real Version)

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And the Oracle is back off holiday. Well, not quite. I still have a pretty hard day of work and right as you are reading this, I am probably slaving away over my ‘mystery, third job’ that I have no idea how much of a mystery it still is, for anyone that follows me too closely on Twitter. I am just too terrible at keeping secrets. But I knew that even if I couldn’t post for the entirety of this week, there was no way in hell I could deny you guys Question of the Month. You put so much effort into these answers and I don’t want you guys going another second without reading the article below.

The Question in hand: What Movie Are You Most Looking Forward To? This could be a film this year, next year, 2016, 2017… if it has been rumoured, you have my permission…

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Batman: Assault On Arkham, My review

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Directors: Jay Olivia & Ethan Spaulding Starring: Kevin Conroy, Neal McDonough & Hynden Walch Synopsis: “Based on the hit video game series, Batman must find a bomb planted by the Joker while dealing with a mysterious team of villains called, The Suicide Squad.” Rating: 15 Runtime: 75 minutes

The DC animated line of various films and TV shows has been a relative success, and has provided the studio with a success that their live action counterparts have not always managed. Shows like Batman The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, along with films like Batman: Mask of The Phantasm or Justice League: War have drawn acclaim from both fans and critics alike. The latest entry in DC’s list of animated films is Batman: Assault on Arkham, and is loosely tied to the Arkham video games.

In Assault on Arkham, we see a motley crew of villains brought together by Amanda Waller to break into Arkham Asylum in order to steal a valuable USB hidden inside the Riddler’s cane. The various villains were relative unknowns to me. I was familiar with Deadshot and Harley Quinn, but I will be honest and say I had never heard of Captain Boomerang, Black Spider, King Shark or Killer Frost before. So I was a little anxious as to whether Assault on Arkham could work with a cast of c list villains as the main protagonists. Read the rest of this entry »

Ranking The Superman Films From Worst To Best

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I have recently ran a few features where I take a film franchise and rank its various entries in a list from worst to best. These lists have been somewhat successful, have been fun to write and have given my readers a few things to debate about. I have already covered the X-Men, Batman & Marvel franchises, and this week I turn my attention to the Superman film series.

The Superman film franchise, as with many comic book franchises, is a mixed bag of films which range from all out classic to why did they even bother? The various films date back to 1978 (I’m not including Superman & the Mole Men here) in the original Superman, and go all the way up until 2013’s Man of Steel.

Take a look inside as I rank the Superman films from worst to best.

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The Guest, My Review

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Director: Adam Wingard Starring: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe & Brendan Meyer Synopsis: “A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.” Rating: 15 Runtime: 99 minutes

“Mrs Peterson, are you sure you’re comfortable with me staying here?”

As a film fan it can be quite hard to be genuinely surprised by a film. As a film reviewer, whether that be a hobby or a paid profession, it can be even more difficult to be surprised by a film, but every now and then, there is one film that comes out and does just that. The Guest is that kind of film, and is the kind of retro fix that fans of 70’s & 80’s action thrillers will not be able to get enough of. Read the rest of this entry »