Maelström is quite a familiar story, on a couple of different levels as it turns out. The story of an often aimless person who is driven to try and effect change in their life after a tragic or life-changing event perhaps caused by then has been done plenty of times before and after Maelström. Perhaps more so afterwards as it’s become quite a well-used story in indie cinema in the…
I DID SAY THAT I'M NOT SPOILER WARNING ANY MORE BUT IN CASE YOU MISSED THAT, I'M NOT SPOILER WARNING ANY MORE AFTER THIS. SO, ERM, SPOILERS.
A day like most others.
Wake up. Breakfast. Go out. Study. Meet friends. Maybe some lunch. More studying. And then nothing is ever the same again.
One chooses death. The other believes he is left with no choice because of what…
The best spoof films and 'mockumentaries' are those that show a genuine affection for the subject matter they're lampooning.
That's one of the many reasons why Friedberg and Seltzer's films fail so hard - they don't really have any affection for what they are mocking. When they're mostly mocking complete shit in the first place, that's hardly surprising and why most of their films are doomed from the beginning. It's…
No, Random.org hasn't pulled out another blinder and scheduled this next to This Is Spinal Tap. I took charge of my filmwatching destiny for a bit and put this next to it. Tomorrow I'm planning on watching Waiting For Guffman and For Your Consideration as well.
I did find Best In Show to be funnier than This Is Spinal Tap but that's not a fair comparison to make considering the…
You know, I'm marking this as a first time watch but let's face it - I've seen it before.
Well, most of it, anyway. The bit with the pods. 11. Getting lost on the way to the stage. The black album cover. The Stonehenge stage disaster. And more. I'd say perhaps as much as any incredibly popular film I hadn't seen yet, This Is Spinal Tap was the most impossible…
Funny how things work out. There I was only a couple of days ago talking about how I'd not seen many of J. Lee Thompson's later films and look what Random.org has thrown up. If only it worked with lottery numbers :(
It's alright, this. It's a largely standard Charles Bronson action thriller in that he's brought out of 'retirement', but in this one it's to hunt down a doctor…
I've seen quite a few J. Lee Thompson films now and I'm left wondering exactly what the general critical opinion is on him.
I tend to be out of touch with these things, but I have to say that he's a director that has rarely disappointed me. Admittedly I haven't seen all that many of his films from the end of his career where he and Charles Bronson phoned in…
I really haven't selected very well for this project at all unless it's been westerns.
The Business Of Strangers is an extremely dull and even more extremely talky drama about a couple of women who bond in a hotel room and then something about a possible rapist and revenge and they fall out and complete bollocks really.
With this kind of film you can go one of two ways. You…
Let me tell you why this project was, in theory, a good idea. But let me also tell you, in reality, why it wasn't.
So, it means I get to squeeze in films in months I knew were going to be insanely busy. But because of how insanely busy most of the days are, I end up falling asleep watching the films, miss a big chunk, and have to go…
This project is going really badly so far, and no mistake. At this rate I'll be praying for more films that are half an hour too long.
Vigilante is a putrid and depressingly terrible Death Wish rip-off where an alarmingly young looking Robert Forster sees his wife and baby son viciously attacked in their home and you can probably guess the rest.
Except William Lustig's piss-poor crime midden is so…
The Taint would have worked much better as a short film.
Because it really is only any good when blokes are being shot in the cock, or their cocks are ejaculating gallons of bloody sperm all over the place, or people are being viciously and unconvincingly murdered, and that bloke in the lead role is being a dopey prat.
Much of the rest of the time it's actually really boring…