Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Sala samobójców (2011)
Nicely directed, but horrible lead characters
There's a lot going for this film. It's well directed and has a certain style. The animation sequences are quite beautiful, and the film's music soundtrack is very good.
However the film's bleakness and the lack of sympathy I felt towards the main characters ruined the overall appreciation of the film.
The four leads, Dominik, his parents, Beata and Andrzej, and Sylwia, are all horrible, selfish, people.
Dominik is a spoilt brat, an only child, spoon fed in life he childishly throws tantrums when he doesn't get his own way.
He is soon led into a world of madness by Sylwia, an immature and mentally unstable girl, who thinks the world revolves around her and her suicidal thoughts.
Beata and Andrzej are too wrapped up in their work to be good and attentive parents, and when they're not cheating on each other and finally realise Dominik need help, their rudeness to the psychiatrists who offer their services is appalling.
When you have a film which serves up such unappealing characters there is no emotional investment, I really couldn't care if they all lived or died.
Having said that, I will watch out for director Jan Komasa's next film, he shows great promise.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Very entertaining vision of hell on earth!
Just watched The Cabin In The Woods, I knew nothing about it and it was a real surprise.
I've watched a lot of horror films over the last 35 years and this one combines elements of some of my all-time favourites such as The Evil Dead, Hellraiser and Suspiria. While I wouldn't put The Cabin In The Woods in the same bracket at those classics it's not that far short.
The cast, including Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins, seem to be having a fun time in amongst all the nonsense, and the cameo at the end introducing The Director put a huge smile on my face.
Once hell is released on earth, and all the monsters/demons/zombies are released from their cages/rooms. it really is great to see such a horror film fanboy's wish-list of mayhem and destruction on screen.
While it's a real mishmash of films gone by, The Cabin In The Woods certainly one of the most entertaining horror films of the last decade, and well worth a look for horror fans who appreciate a fast-paced action-packed film, with some WTF moments and plenty of laughs along the way.
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
A wasted opportunity, should of been better
I can't fault the visual style of Trick 'r Treat, it really captures the essence of Halloween in the USA. It also has Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin and the legend that is Brian Cox, so three big plusses there.
So what makes this anthology film such a dog's dinner, a movie of missed opportunities? I think it's because the narrative is such a mess, oh don't get me wrong, there's some genuine fun and gruesome moments to be had, I love the conclusion to the Anna Paquin storyline (nice twist) and the pumpkin monster in Brian Cox's house is terrific, but overall it's like looking at a jigsaw puzzle with a lot of pieces in the wrong place.
I don't have a problem with films where scenes are out of sequence, the jumping of timelines, but even when pieces are out of order there has to be a certain logic to their disorder (if that makes any sense!) and here's it's a mess, even when the parts do all click into place by the end. Perhaps it's also the editing of the film in terms of sequencing that is not right.
Plus the pacing is poor at times, the school bus in the quarry lake segment could of lost several minutes easily, and was also the weakest story of the film, despite being pivotal to the conclusion.
If you want to see a film that's a really good example of a narrative with fragmented segments coming together perfectly, I recommend Greg Marcks 11.14, which has an excellent ensemble cast including Hilary Swank, Patrick Swayze, Ben Foster, Henry Thomas and Barbara Hershey.
I love anthology films and really wanted to like Trick 'r Treat, but I'm afraid this one let me down. 5/10
The Last Seven (2010)
Can't we Brits make good horror films anymore?
I despair for the British horror film genre. I really do.
In the space of just a few weeks I've watched this and Dead Cert, two prime examples of films that had promising premises but totally ballsed it up with inept direction and editing, lousy dialogue and rounded off with some truly pathetic acting.
I grew up in the 60's and 70's watching delights such as The Abominable Dr Phibes, Dr Terror's House of Horrors, Asylum, From Beyond The Grave, Tales From The Crypt, Frightmare, House of Whipcord, Scream and Scream Again, Theatre of Blood and many more.
These films had real actors, decent scripts, filmmakers who knew and understood the genre, not fly-by-nights trying to make a quick buck by dolling out any old rubbish.
Apart from Severance I haven't seen a decent British horror film in ages, and if today's filmmakers keep serving up crap like The Last Seven then my despair looks set to continue.
The Last Seven is amateur night crap, avoid!
The 4400 (2004)
Enjoyable from beginning to end!
I've just finished watching all 44 episodes over the last six weeks.
Have to say, as someone who's enjoyed TV sci-fi since the mid 60's, I thoroughly enjoyed the series, a few completely mental/daft episodes, but overall very watchable, in the same way I enjoyed V in the 80's, don't take the 4400 seriously, kick back and enjoy!
Hat tip to all those involved but a massive thanks to Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie, Patrick Flueger, Jeffrey Combs and Billy Campbell, oh and Megalyn Echikunwoke - a decent actress who looks so sexy!
Shame there's no more but the final episode of season 4 wrapped most ends up, with just a few outstanding questions which no doubt will be discussed and debated for years to come.
If you can get the DVD boxset of the entire series at a good price, you won't regret it.
A comedy without any laughs, a thriller without any thrills.
I really wanted to enjoy this film.
Such a stellar cast and so much potential, but boy did the scriptwriters and director blow this one big time.
The film just bumbled from one scene to the next, with no concept of pacing, timing, let alone story or character development.
I can't believe with so much going for it that something so dull could be turned out. I think I laughed once.
It only gets a a 3/10 because it was great to see Ernest Borgnine in two scenes, a truly lovely fella and a credit to his profession.
A missed opportunity and not worthy of your hard-earned cash.
The Football Factory (2004)
An irresponsible film promoting a lifestyle of a bygone age
Let me say from the outset, I think football hooligans are cretins, neanderthal morons of the lowest order, and those who still persist in this kind of behaviour (thankfully not so many these days) have nothing to do with the beautiful game, they are not "fans" just thugs.
Nick Love's The Football Factory is nothing but a glamourising advert for sickening violence and thuggish behaviour.
Apart from the Dudley Sutton character, I had no sympathy for any of the others, it really was a film with few redeeming features, and now that Love has remade The Firm I wonder if he is only capable of making films that promote violence An irresponsible film, only enjoyed by those with a caveman mentality.
Team America: World Police (2004)
An immature film for an immature audience only
Oh dear. What could of been a biting political satire is totally ruined by the juvenile and immature toilet humour of the director and writers.
There are a few laughs to be had, but they are sparse, in between a barrage of repetitively lame jokes/insults.
I'm sorry but continually talking about folks private parts does wear very thin after a few minutes, never mind over a whole film.
And it really does take the biscuit having an easy pop at talented actors like Martin Sheen, Sean Penn and many others, who have far more talent and ability than the tiresome drivel served up here.
This film had the potential to be a lot of fun, but failed well short of the mark.
For immature school kids only. Trey Parker really should grow up.
Utterly mental, totally insane, throughly enjoyable !
Delving through the DVD shop I picked this up, from the cover I though it was some trashy straight-to-video rubbish that a company like Troma had put out, but when I read the credits on the back I thought it was worth a punt, as I had enjoyed Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers, and with a cast including Adrian Lester, Sean Pertwee, Rick Warren, Malcolm McDowell and Bob Hoskins, why not give it a go?
I have to admit all the voice-over at the beginning really annoyed me, I thought hello, low, low budget so they have to cover the cracks with loads of explanations instead of showing what actually happened.
But finally, after about 15 mins, when the team go in on their mission, a smile appeared on my face which got wider and wider as the film progressed, and as the story got more and more insane.
With nods to Escape From New York, Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) and 28 Days Later, amongst others this is the one of the best British action film I've ever seen, fast and furious.
Ludicrous? Yes! Nuts? Yes! A action-packed thrill-ride worthy of your money? You bet! 8/10
A Wedding (1978)
Finally caught up with A Wedding last night and love it!
Robert Altman films can be hard work at times, and others you just get pulled into straight away.
A Wedding is an instant attraction, a real delight, full of some great characters, and many funny one-liners, the first hour is a real chuckle, the second hour gets down to more serious issues, but if you've ever been to a wedding (and who hasn't?) you will identify with many moments from this.
Some really great performances especially from Carol Burnett, the housewife with a moral dilemma, Howard Duff, the lecherous alcoholic doctor, Viveca Lindfors, the nutty guest, and Geraldine Chaplin as the very irritating wedding planner.
Well worth a look! 8/10