Monday, August 30, 2010

Recent Viewings...

Here is the usual round up of last week's viewing...

Exit Through The Gift Shop (2009)
Directed By Banksy

Thierry Guetta is obssessed with filming, he films all aspects of his life, every minute he can. When he turns his attention to filming street art and the artists who create it, he sets in motion a series of events that will end up with him becoming one of the most famous street artists himself! Exit Through the Gift Shop is speculated to be a mokumentary, and if it is, it is a very good one and refreshingly entertaining. Even if you have no interest in street art, I am sure you will still find something to like about the film, which is a testament to how well it has been produced.

Pinocchio's Revenge (1996)
Directed By Kevin Tenney

This was my B Movie Challenge for the week. My only real issue with the film is the lack of focus on its main character. With Chucky (Child's Play), we know that the doll is possessed by a serial killer, here we have no indication as to why Pinocchio is in fact alive or why he is able to manipulate people. In fact, we have no idea why he is "evil" at all. As it stands, the film is very obviously a TV movie, with fairly lame acting and sloppy direction, which is a shame given the potential for this type of material.

Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Directed By Dan Curtis
Speaking of puppets, I also watched The Trilogy of Terror, a made for TV movie featuring 3 individual tales of terror, each starring Karen Black in the lead roles. The first and third tales are the best, with the second a little too obvious for its own good (and not really all that terrifying). They are written (in part) by Richard Matheson, who has been a fairly prolific writer for horror and sci fi television with episodes for The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and more recently The Masters of Horror.

Trilogy of Terror II (1996)
Directed By Dan Curtis

21 years after the original Trilogy of Terror, we are treated to a sequel, again the first and third are the strongest and again the lead actress, Lysette Anthony, appears in all three. The third story is a direct sequel to the third story of the first film featuring the Zuni Fetish Doll. It pays many a tribute with much of the same set of events occuring, only in a slightly different environment.

Dr. No (1962)
Directed By Terence Young

Having purchased this on Blu-ray for the princely sum of $12, I was staggered by how good this film looks on the Blu-ray format. It is presentations like this that will convert any die hard movie fan over. I watched Dr. No for the first time on VHS back in the day, to think that kids these days can watch a film from the 60's in a quality only dreamt of by the directors of that time is astounding. This and North by Northwest are possibly the two best film restorations I have ever seen, but I am looking forward to Frtiz Lang's Metropolis hitting the high def format later in the year! Of course the film is great and Sean Connery really is James Bond....I'll have none of this Daniel Craig BS.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Directed By Edgar Wright

I completely Lesbians this movie! Possibly the most fun I have had watching a movie in Cinemas since...well actually, since Kick Ass, but still, The best film so far this year!

The Expendables (2010)
Directed By Sylvester Stallone

And... the worst film of the year so far. What a waste of talent. (If you can call them that). A shoe string story with more potholes than the Brooker Highway, awful dialog, wooden acting and cameos that (lets be honest) are just for the sake of it! Whilst I appreciate that the film would not look at all out of place next to 80's rubbish action films like Commando, this could have been sooo much better!

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