Aardman Animations are arguably responsible for some of my favourite films & TV shows. For me, it all started with Morph when I was a young boy. Then we had Creature Comforts & finally we ended up with Wallace & Gromit.
And it was the Wallace & Gromit TV shorts that introduced the world to one very special little sheep – Shaun the Sheep. After appearing in A Close Shave, he was such a fan favourite that he ended up with his own TV show & has now finally gotten a film of his own.
But can the adventures of a sheep actually make an entertaining film?
There is much that can be said for a “good” schlock horror – & anyone who has followed this site over the years knows that I really am rather partial to horror films, good or bad (although I do prefer watching good horror films!).
Another thing that I like quite a lot? Aliens! So if I get the chance to see a horror film about aliens, then surely that’s gotta be a winner, right?
Well…..let’s just see if that’s the case with the latest horror from writing duo The Vicious Brothers, Extraterrestrial.
I’ve seen a few Michel Gondry films, like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind and Green Hornet and he is certainly an imaginative & creative director – but when I was sent Mood Indigo to review, I really wasn’t sure how I would get on with it, as I wasn’t totally taken with the trailer when I watched it.
But was I right?
To celebrate the release of Mood Indigo (review coming soon) on DVD & Blu-Ray this week, I have a DVD bundle to offer up for you lovely readers.
I’ve long been jealous of those mystery boxes that are available in the USA. I always get tempted to order myself one of the ones that ships to the UK, but always ultimately decided not to, mainly due to the difference in price between ordering it in the USA & the UK where I live. Yes, I know that they have to handle the shipping, but I always like to get as much value for money as I can!
Regardless, I am a geek & love the idea of getting a mysterious box each month containing various geeky goodies. And then I came across My Geek Box in September, and my search it seemed was over! My Geek Box are a UK based bunch offering a mystery box to the UK (and other countries) which also looked pretty damn good! Each box contains a selection of 5 – 8 goodies and a T-Shirt, the total value of which will always be more than the top subscription price of £16.99 (you get a discount if you order in monthly blocks) and each box is themed (more on that below).
I was too late for the September box, unfortunately, but was well in time to order the October box. So I did. And then the wait began.
While the title seems to have gone through another change since it was released in the cinema, I was still more than looking forward to checking out this latest Tom Cruise Sci-Fi flick. But could Edge of Tomorrow (or Live. Die. Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow, to give it the title according to the Blu-Ray) ever live up to the trailers I had seen?
I sure hope so!
WWE Studios are becoming more & more a recognised film making studio. It used to be that the films they made were simply a vehicle for one of their wrestling stars to make some more money, but maybe that is beginning to change.
That being said, See No Evil 2 does see Kane (or, to use his real name, Glenn Jacobs) return to the role of Jacob Goodnight and see’s WWE Studios try to turn Goodnight into a franchise to rival Michael Myers.
But is this a case of goodnight sweetheart or simply going to sleep?
I’ll fully admit that I had not even heard of this film before I received it, but when I looked into it a little and found out that it was starring Clive Owen & reminiscent of the gritty 1970 crime thrillers like The French Connection I was certainly hoping that it would deliver on this promise.
The question, of course, is if it did or not. So let’s find out, shall we?
Leprechaun. A film series that hails from the good old days of the 1990s, where horror seemed so much more…entertaining, something which a lot of modern day horrors seem to forget & instead substitute humour, or scares, for gore soaked bore fests.
So now here comes WWE Studios (yes, the Wrestling Entertainment company) with the first in what they hope is going to be a reinvigorated return to the Leprechaun franchise, with Leprechaun Origins.
But is it a case of striking gold or is the pot at the end of the rainbow empty?
I’ll be totally honest, when I first heard that they were planning on making a series based on Thomas Harris’ Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, I thought it sounded like a stupid idea. They’d already made a couple of very good (and two not so good) films based on the character, but was there really anything left that needed to be examined or told about the character (especially after the “revelations” of Hannibal Rising)?
But then I saw the first season, and I’ll admit to being convinced. It was a very good show. Due to one reason or another, I never got the chance to see Season Two – so I was very happy when the review discs dropped through my letter box.
However, is it a case of lightning striking twice, or should Hannibal have left it at the end of Season One?
Time for a competition! One lucky winner will get a copy of Bad Neighbours, starring Zac Efron & Seth Rogen, on Blu-Ray &, as if that wasn’t enough, the winner will also get a 7″ gourmet chocolate pizza!
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Typical isn’t it? You wait years for a Hercules movie & suddenly there are two released! Renny Harlin delivers first, with The Legend of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray before the other Hercules film even arrives in the cinema – but is it a case of a Greek legend or a Greek tragedy?
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But does Need For Speed suffer from Mario Bros. syndrome or can a good film be made from a game that doesn’t really have a plot?
Liam Neeson returns once again to the action thriller genre, the same genre that he enjoyed so much critical success with 2008s Taken.
But is Non-Stop a thriller that you need to see or just yet another supposedly good film that ultimately disappoints?
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Let’s find out, shall we?
As much as I love supporting independant film makers, as lets be fair without people trying to get into film directing the movie industry will stagnate, I am always slightly wary as a director with no one to curtail their excesses via budget or studio concerns can lead to a film that is a bit of a mess.
Of course, for every film like that there is one that will blow you away. But which is Martin Gooch’s Death, also known as “After Death” in the USA?
Back in 2010 I reviewed a film called Ninja, which I rather quite enjoyed. As I said at the time, it wasn’t wholly original but it was a hell of a lot of fun. Now four years later, I have received the sequel to review, but is it a case of second times a charm or should they have left it at the first film?
Lets find out.
Anybody who has read this site over the years will no doubt be aware that I have a thing for the horror genre. Yes, I’ll admit it, I am a BIG horror film fan. And one of the most enjoyable horror’s that I have seen in recent years was The Woman In Black. I thought it was a really well made film that didn’t rely too heavily on loud noises or jump scares & instead seemed to want to instil a sense of dread in the viewer, which I found a lot more effective than most attempts. And it was also great to see Hammer Studios once again releasing a quality horror film. Read the rest of this entry »
You know how you can be totally unaware of a film & then you get to see a trailer & you suddenly think “DAMN! How did I not know about this before?!?”? Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I had finished watching the trailer for The Human Race, a new film from British director Paul Hough. Read the rest of this entry »