Sunday, October 22, 2017

New Radio Ep

Well here is my new Radio ep where I reviewed:

- Blade Runner 2049
- Happy Death Day
- The Mountain Between Us

As always you can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/abclocalradio_sa/friday-flicks-oct-20-final

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Film Review - The Mountain Between Us (2017)

The Mountain Between Us stars Idris Elba as Ben and Kate Winslet as Alex two complete strangers with a flight to catch desperately so they charter a flight which later ends up crashing in the mountains and with only weeks to survive the 2 must quickly find a way to get back to civilisation.

The Mountain Between Us is both a survival disaster film but also a melodrama love story and unfortunately the latter ends up undermining the former though the mountain scenery and the chemistry between Elba and Winslet is good and both of them do the best that they can.

But the script here just gets ridiculous at times especially with its love story sideplot and so much this was the case that I’ve been nicknaming the film differently as it gets too silly for my liking at one point towards the end of the film and it made me go “What, Nah nah I’m sorry but I am not buying this at all” and it was after that point that I really lost my patience with this movie and though “I love these actors both are very charismatic and likeable but this is terrible.”

Up until that certain scene I was prepared to let this movie slide into the “It’s fine but utterly forgettable” to “This is terrible” and yeah I cannot recommend this movie because of that, 1.5 out of 5.

Film Review - Happy Death Day (2017)

Happy Death Day is produced by Jason Blum who also produced Split and Get Out earlier this year and concerns Teresa (Jessica Rothe) nicknamed Tree here she is a College student who wakes up on her birthday after a big party the night before and then not only finds herself murdered by a man wearing a baby mask that is the mascot of their College but she wakes up to find herself reliving that very day over again now the game’s afoot to find out who is responsible for her death.

Happy Death Day at first made me think of the Red Dwarf episode “Thanks for the Memory” as that episode took place on Rimmer’s Death Day and concerned a whodunit though one that is very different but also like that episode is a heap of fun and I found myself being very surprised at how much fun I had with this film and a lot of that is due to 2 things:

- The first is the great concept this film uses to make as its horror basis and Split from earlier this year also produced by Mr. Blum had a similar feeling in terms of being both a fun horror film as well as something else and this kind of horror is the type I prefer as opposed to the Conjuring type of horror with its endless jump scares, quick cuts and loud noises.

- The second is the way the storytelling unfolds Rothe makes for a very likeable and charming lead and watching her put the clues together and figure everything out even to the point of using the time of her death to her advantage is very good and as a result you become more invested in her as a character and the final reveal was not one that I saw coming and like a great twist reveal should do you end up going “Ah I see well done” though that can be very difficult to pull off especially in heist films so to see it done well here was very good indeed and made me that much more happier with the film when it ended.

And so that was Happy Death Day and I didn’t have a triple fried egg sandwich with chilli sauce and chutney before watching it but I did have a great time watching it, 3 and a half out of 5.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Film Review - Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villenuve and Ridley Scott who directed the first film serves as executive producer here the story features K (Ryan Gosling) a new Blade Runner detective in 2049 who is assigned to track down a new replicant who may have gone off the grid this leads him to both Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) from the first film and just like that movie K will soon see things these people wouldn’t believe.

I hold Blade Runner from 1982 as one of my top 10 movies of all time for creating both an incredibly imaginative visual world one of the best in movies as well as great modern detective story with Deckard and one of the best villains in all of cinema in Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty whose search for life was equally compelling but in a world where 9 out of 10 sequels miss the mark could this one be the exception or be another one in a long line of failures.

Well it’s a bit of both as I am very mixed on this movie overall firstly I will start with the craftsmanship here consisting of Denis’s direction, Roger Deakins cinematography, Dennis Gassner’s production design and the visual effects work it is impeccably crafted and seeing it perfectly projected on a big cinema screen not once do you think the visuals are boring because there is such love and care and precision in every detail and every image on that basis alone this movie is worth the cinema ticket.

And also some of the performances here are quite good Gosling is fine even if he does a lot of staring in the film, Ford does the usual thing he’s been doing for a long while now which is play the grumpy old man, Robin Wright was quite good as the LAPD boss even if she has little screen time but Sylvia Hoeks was the standout for me as the right hand to Wallace with some fierce killing skills of her own.

However the central mystery at the heart of this film I found to be really weak and at times I went “What the Fuck” to myself in some scenes towards the end of the film now I won’t say too much more as I have no desire to give a lot away but I went to myself “Oh it’s that” in the early scenes and kept waiting for the film to catch up to that point and as great as the craftsmanship was I got a little bored after a while before Deckard’s arrival into the story helped to pick things up and pull them into focus.

And lastly Leto’s Wallace is just not that great a villain and Roy from the first film had a compelling narrative of his own in his search for more life which combined with Deckard’s detective investigation really helped to make that film more than just a great visual feast as their clash in the climax of Blade Runner 1 was all the more riveting because you were invested in both of their journey’s here Leto walks around stares up at the ceiling and he acts more like Dr Herbert West from Re Animator it really feels like at times that Leto is imitating Jeffery Combs from that film.

And also what Roy did was the give that first film it’s heart and it’s soul and when I think about this movie and how poor a villain Leto is again it leaves a very large hole that is very difficult to fill and as greatly crafted as 2049 is for me not having a dynamic villain or compelling mystery makes me feel very mixed on this movie.

And so that was Blade Runner 2049 a very mixed bag of a sequel with great craftsmanship but not having a great mystery or a dynamic villain, 2 and a half out of 5.

Monday, October 2, 2017

New Radio Ep

On this episode I reviewed:

- Kingsman the Golden Circle
- IT
- Captain Underpants
- Lego Ninjago

As always you can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/abclocalradio_sa/friday-flicks-sep-29-final

Friday, September 22, 2017

Film Review - Lego Ninjago the Movie (2017)

Lego Ninjago is the third film in the Lego series and this time concerns the Ninja Force a team of high school kids who pilot giant Mechs and protect their home city Ninjago from an evil warlord named Garmadon but when he destroys their mechs in an attack the Ninjas must travel through a secret forest to uncover the true secret of their power and stop Garmadon once and for all.

Lego Ninjago is sadly a big disappointment of a film and it’s a real shame as I really liked both the Lego Movie from 2014 and this years Lego Batman movie and like those films this one has some nice Lego visuals that do make you go “Wow this looks really neat” and also makes you wonder how all of it was built plus there was a cute Kitty Cat in the film.

But unlike Lego Movie and Lego Batman this movie does not have either an interesting story or interesting characters and after a while I started to get really bored and checked my watch more than once as it all feels very predictable with the father and son reconnecting, the team learning to work together, the big revelation where everything comes into focus which sometimes can work but most times just feels like an attempt to wrap up the plot in a quick manner and the whole learning to love your true parentage which again can work but sometimes like here can feel very patronising.

And so that was my review of Lego Ninjago and it’s a real letdown from the 2 previous Lego films and I would watch those instead, 1 and a half out of 5.

Film Review - Captain Underpants (2017)

Captain Underpants is based off of a series of books and tells the tale of 2 young school boys George and Harold who create their own comic strip called Captain Underpants a loveable but dim witted superhero but when their school principal Mr Krupp threatens to put them in separate classes one of them hypnotises the principal into becoming Captain Underpants.

I don’t really have a lot to say about this film other than I laughed a lot pretty much throughout the whole film and many times out loud the film has a very brisk pace and sharp writing that feels like its piling on gag after gag after gag much like Airplane, The Naked Gun or Hot Shots would do and like those films I really laughed a lot.

Not to mention this movie actually has a really fun villain in Professor P (to reveal his full name would spoil the surprise) and his plan was pretty damn good and unlike so many supervillains in the Marvel Studios and DC film universes he wasn’t boring or forgettable he had a plan and he was great fun to watch while doing so.

And so that was Captain Underpants a film that made me laugh a lot and had a great villain which is more than most big budget superhero movies nowadays accomplish, 3 and a half out of 5.