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January Round Up

January has been a really busy month. Although I have managed to squeeze a lot of new releases into my schedule, unfortunately I’ve not had the time to review them (woe is me). Nevertheless I’ve decided to round up what I saw in the cinema in January.

Texas Chainsaw 3D

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series is one of the most iconic horror franchises in cinema. Kicking off with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974, three sequels followed before it was inevitably remade in 2003, the remake then spawning a prequel in 2006. 2013 sees its first foray into 3D and you know it isn’t that bad…for the first 5 minutes at least. Continuing right after where the original left off, a lynch mob burn down the Sawyer family’s farmhouse with all of them inside. Finding a baby has survived, one of the mob adopt it only for her to grow up into Alexandra Daddario suggesting that she may not be a blood relative of her cousin Leatherface. Continue reading

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Sleeper (1973)

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By 1973 Woody Allen was a firm favourite with Cinema going audiences. Although not yet feted as a master by the critical community his films were highly successful at the box office. That’s not to say that he was simply pandering to the masses for financial gain. In retrospect you can see him developing his film making style over the course of these early comedies. Each new film showed that Allen was spending a great deal of time honing his craft. His Direction, writing skills and acting all improved over a hand full of very well received movies giving him the confidence to try new things and more importantly produce an interesting end product. When Sleeper was released it was seen as a new high in Allen’s career. Continue reading

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Zombie Asockalypse (2009)

zombie asockalypse 1The perennial question for film makers is how to make their latest offering unique. In an overly crowded market place they need a hook to hang their product on. Something that will entice people to watch and enjoy their film. Over the years the most innovative thinking has been done by horror film makers. With small budgets restricting the process the film makers have had to think radically in order to produce an interesting product. Within the horror genre the most overused character type (after the vampire) is the Zombie. So how best to revitalise the genre? In the case of Zombie Asockalypse the answer is to have all the characters played by sock puppets. Continue reading

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What to Look Forward to in 2013: Part 1

GI Joe:  Retaliation

gi joeIt’s very unlikely that this will feature in my top ten come the end of the year, however I can’t deny having some love for it’s predecessor. It was cheesy, over the top and had the worst Scottish accent since Robert Duvall in A Shot at Glory, but it was fun and a had a strong cast. The sequel was supposed to see the light of day last year, however a decision to post-convert into 3D (yay he screamed sarcastically) and re-shoot a lot of the film to include more Channing Tatum, pushed the release date back almost a year. This won’t be The Godfather Part II, however at best it might just match The Expendables Part II.

The Lone Ranger

lone rangerJohnny Depp stars in a film with Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton isn’t directing? If this film was released last year I’d wager it was a tell tale sign of the Mayan apocalypse. Instead it’s Gore Verbinski that has taken the taking of converting the classic TV series for a modern audience. Armie Hammer takes the lead as the Lone Ranger himself; however it’s Depp’s Tonto that caught most people’s attention. Stylistically it’s looking great, with a supernatural theme running through it, the film proves to be interesting at least.

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Thomas’s top 10 of 2012

This list proved harder to cut down than I initially thought. Nonetheless, here’s my top films of 2012. Likely subject to change once discussed with exception of the top three.

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The Muppets

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Within five minutes of this film starting I instantly regretted my decision to come see it. My nostalgic memories were being kicked from me as I realised that not only the Muppets themselves had aged badly,

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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2012)

Hobbit1The Hobbit is a book by J R R Tolkien, that was written as a bedtime story for his son and is a more light hearted prequel to his opus magnum The Lord of the Rings.  It tells the story of how a Hobbit called Bilbo Baggins gets coerced by the Wizard Gandalf into joining with a company of Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, as their Burglar.  The company sets upon a journey across Middle Earth to the Lonely Mountain, home of the old Dwarven city of Erebor which was taken over by the Dragon Smaug, in the hopes of retaking the city and restoring it to glory. Continue reading

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My Essential Christmas Films

Seeing as how it’s Christmas and all, I thought I’d share with you my favourite Christmas films.

Santa Clause: The Movie santaclausbdcap3_original

A film that didn’t do too well at the box office, it went on to become a cult film of sorts. Investigating the origin story of Santa Clause, the movie (albeit thinly) answers all the questions as to why the great man came to be. The special effects are terrible and the script forgettable so why’s it on the list?  Well it’s fun and very warm. Plus John Lithgow’s pantomime portrayal of Santa’s corporate rival is so over the top you can’t help but love to hate him.

kinopoisk.ruHome Alone 

Rumour has it that a top studio exec was fired for passing on the chance to produce Home Alone. Considering it made $17 million in its opening weekend it doesn’t fall into the realms of improbable. When the McCallisters go on holidays for Christmas they leave behind their 8 year old son Kevin (Macauley Culkin). At first it’s all fun and games however he starts to miss his family and finds himself the unlikely Continue reading

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This Means War (2012)

this-means-war1When a film is released bearing the announcement ‘directed by McG’ it immediately polarizes opinion. If you have a look at his resume as a director its easy to see why a lot of people hate his work. Movies such as Charlies Angels, The sequel Full Throttle and Terminator Salvation drew criticism from most quarters. Terminator Salvation especially got a pounding for effectively ruining the franchise with the poorest entry in the series. Yes I am including Terminator 3.  So how would a McG action comedy go down with the public and in particular with moviescramble? Continue reading

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Dark Horse (2012)

dark horse 1The rise in prominence of the man-child, the stay at home adult, is more common now than at any time in the recent past. Circumstances in these financially constrained times mean that adult children who are unwilling or unable to leave the family home are creating a new dynamic that can become uncomfortable for all. Frictions and tensions can become common place as the aging parents expecting some freedom from child care responsibilities see the dreams for their autumnal years shattered. The 2012 film Dark Horse from cult director Tod Solondz centres on a kidult and the problems he faces while trying to connect and build a relationship with a similar woman. Continue reading

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Mugging for Amateurs (2012)

The master and apprentice tale is one that seems to be able to cover most genres of film and has been integrated into countless films over the years. From classics such as The Sting to the likes of Star Wars and Kung Fu Panda we see the theme being played out to great effect. Is is one of the staples of modern cinema storytelling that accurately reflect real life. Where would any us be without being guided by an experienced hand. This is why it resonates with us and still proves to be popular with Artists in all forms of entertainment. One of the latest entries to cover this is the 2012 short film, Mugging for Amateurs, from Scottish writer / director Johnny Herbin. Continue reading

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