Archive | October, 2010

Have You Seen…?

29 Oct

With college taking up so much of my time, and the rest stolen by sleep, or being on the verge of sleep, I’ve rarely had a chance to just watch movies. Gladly, this week I’m on midterm. Even though I’ve had – and still do have – a lot of work to catch up on, I’ve taken that time to get my movie on. I tend to work better with a film on than I do music so it worked in my favour.. well, for the most part. So, here’s a round up and snappy review of what I’ve seen this week! I plan on doing this often, possibly weekly. There won’t always be as many as there is here… most likely…

Definitely Maybe

The plot of this movie reads like How I Met Your Mother, except you get the answer after an hour and a half or so. A soon-to-be-divorced Ryan Reynolds recounts the greatest loves in his life to his daughter (Abigail Breslin) in order to tell her how he, you guessed it, met her mother. The three lovely ladies come in the form of Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher and, my favourite, Rachel Weisz. They’re all fairly likeable in their own ways and the onscreen relationships between them and Reynolds, as well as with him and Breslin, are well grounded and believable.

I’d almost, probably, most likely, possibly give it 3/5

 

Imagine Me & You

Ah, this is one of my favourite romantic comedies! As the tagline suggests, The path to true love isn’t always straight…, this rom-com isn’t your run of the mill chick flick. Rachel (Piper Perabo) has just married her long time boyfriend and best friend Heck (Matthew Goode). All is well, right? Well, not quite. She begins to develop feelings for the florist, Luce (Lena Heady). Things start to get all kinds of confusing, as you can imagine. I absolutely adore this film. The plot is different and the film’s actually good. I’ve watched it a few times and haven’t gotten sick of it yet. A lot of romantic comedies don’t stand up to repeated viewings, if they ever stood up at all. Plus, just look at that cast! And joining them is Anthony Stewart Head – in a wonderful role – as well as some other great comedic actors. 

5 confused brides out of 5

 

Where The Wild Things Are

This is the adaptation of the children’s book by Maurice Sendak. It centres around a disobedient and rather strange little boy, Max (Max Records), who runs away one night to his own world. He ends up in a forest with some big fuzzy creatures – said “wild things” – where he’s crowned ruler. Among these is James Gandolfini, Catherine O’ Hara, Lauren Ambrose and Forest Whitaker. A smashing cast, I must say! Gandolfini’s Carol was a vastly interesting character, very volatile, and Ambrose’s KW was touching.  But, well, I didn’t love it. It didn’t grab me in any way really. I hadn’t grown up reading the book but I didn’t think that would affect it. Maybe it did. I did enjoy parts and the visual was stunning… But it’s not one I’d watch again.

2 cuddly monsters out of 5

Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks is a god! You know it, I know it.. It’s a plain fact and Blazing Saddles is one of his greatest creations. The plot’s a little awkward to explain, as a lot of westerns are, but it involves slavery, train tracks, the smashing of the fourth wall and racism (the scritp was co-written by Richard Pryor). Basically, it sees Bart (Cleavon Little) saved from the gallows and appointed sheriff of Rock Ridge, with the bad guys hoping this will end badly for him and the town. He teams up with ‘Waco Kid’ Jim (Gene Wilder). The two made a fantastic duo and are, of course, hilarious as is pretty much everything else. An opportunity is rarely missed for a joke or visual gag, something lacking in today’s comedies. I could go on, but then it’s wouldn’t be concise, would it? Just watch it and follow up with a ton more Brooks! 

5 Stetsons out of 5

 

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

I’m not going to say much about this movie, mostly because I’m getting tired. I had put off watching it due to my collection of negative thoughts aimed directly for Russell Brand. But it was on tv and I have some massive love for Jason Segel and Mila Kunis. They didn’t disappoint. Since they’re all in the same group of, um, funny movies (note the sarcasm), I knew who’d be popping up. Jonah Hill and shame shame shame for Paul Rudd. I used to love that man, now…nope, not so much! It’s watchable and does hold some treats, mostly Segel or Kunis shaped. The music is a great part of this movie too, notably Segel’s songs and the Hawaiian version of Nothing Compares to You in the credits.

3 stars forgetting about 5

 

Crank 2: High Voltage

There are…no words. I was expecting the same old-same old action movie, with the only fantastical aspect being Jason Statham electrocuting himself to charge up the old ticker. No. Just, no. I was wrong. It is one of the strangest movies I have seen – and that’s saying something! It would slot rather nicely into Miike Takashi’s filmography. That should give you an idea. It’s got disturbing information retrieval methods, a little too much nudity, an incredibly inappropriate sex scene, far too many cameos for a movie of it’s kind (Chester Bennington, David Carradine, Michael Weston, Corey Haim, Lauren Holly, and even  Geri Halliwell). The main cast is odd. I expect crazy ass movies from Bai Ling, and I’m not entirely shocked by Statham, but I usually like Amy Smart and the roles she takes. Again, this was just plain weird. I think that’s the most I can say for this movie…

1 electro-charged heart out of 5

 

Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master

Who doesn’t love Freddy? He’s back, as ever, in the fourth installment and his wit is still as sharp as his blades. It follows on from Dream Warriors with Kirsten (now played by Tuesday Knight – I know – instead of Rosanna Arquette) and her other surviving friends. They’re also joined by her new friends. You know there’ll be deaths-a-plenty when there’s this many characters, as apposed to the four in the original movie. No death is wasted here, the writer clearly had way too many ideas, and intriguing ones at that! As with all in the series (except maybe Freddy’s Revenge), it’s well worth the watch.

3/4 better lock your door out of 5

 

Swamp Thing

Written and directed by Wes Craven, Swamp Thing follows Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise) and his research team out in the murky swamp land. He was a good man, looking to develop a new species – plant and animal that could survive any conditions. After an attack on the lab by baddie (Louis Jourdan) Arcane’s men, the latest addition to the team, Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau) is the only person left alive. Well, not quite. The serum Holland created transformed him into Swamp Thing and allowed him to take him vengeance. I can’t not mention Jude (Reggie Batts) who is just too darn cool and the source of many laughs. There’s also some silly, mostly in the form of costumes and make-up, but it doesn’t take away from the film really. I don’t know why it had taken me this long to watch this, but I’m happy I finally did. It’s a fantastic film and pretty much has everything. Ya gotta love Craven, the man delivers! Now I just need to get my hands on the DC comics!

5 slimy creatures out of 5

 

The Three Musketeers

I only have very positive things to say about this movie! This was Disney doing good. This was brilliant casting – Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O’ Donnell, Oliver Platt, Charlie Sheen, Tim Curry, Michael Wincott, Paul McGann… need I go on? Now, Curry makes a marvellous villain, but to throw in Wincott too? Oh, we are being spoilt! It’s also refreshing to see Sheen back when I was in love with him and he had a respectable career. Plus his Aramis is a far cry from tv’s Charlie. There’s action, comedy, revenge, love, honour, swords.. everything you want in an adventure such as this!

All for one, and one for all… or 5/5

 

Man Thing

Marvel’s answer to DC’s Swamp Thing. Both characters were introduced within two months of eachother in ’71, but there’s enough differences between the two, at least where the films are concerned. Where Swamp Thing fights for revenge and to protect the swamp, Man Thing strictly kills to save the land; guilty and innocent alike. The plot revolves around Kyle Williams (Matthew LeNevez) who’s just arrived in Bywater to take the position of Sheriff, which he believes will be a relaxing job. Of course, it’s not going to be! He shows up just in time for an onslaught of murders and disappearances which are being whitewashed at ‘gator attacks. Throw in some Native American lore, yet another inappropriately placed sex scene, disturbing tree attacks reminiscent of the original Evil Dead and some Hick henchmen and you’ve got ManThing!

2/3 man thing type guys out of 5

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Wow, I’ve watched a lot of films over the last few days… and tomorrow is going to be another movie & work catch up day, so stay tuned!

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Interview with R.F. Long

25 Oct

Hey, folks!

Another heads up about a site contribution. My interview with fantasy author R.F. Long is up on Geek Girl on the Street, where she’s celebrated as Geek of the Week!

Head over there to read it, as well as the other spiffy posts! There’s also a rather shiny competition just waiting for you to enter! Go, go, go!

@IndywoodFILMS 72-hour Tweetathon!

18 Oct

By now, any self respecting movie fan must be growing weary of movies that are, well, just plain bad. Every year Hollywood releases an onslaught of “high octane techo thrillers”, a barrage of “touching romances” and a healthy dose of “heart-stopping horrors”.

Now, if we’re honest, how many of these deliver what they promise?

Not too many. And yet we continue to feed the already bloated and big-headed film industry that hasn’t done all that much for us lately. Sure, we get a few gems, and there are quite a few flicks that are watchable but I wouldn’t want in my collection (and if you’ve seen my collection, that’s saying something!).

Why do so many still flock to the cinema to see something that we know will be awful, but “good for a laugh”? On a few occasions I’ve done this..and the films didn’t even offer a chuckle or two. And these were comedies for crying out loud! A lot of people, not just the big wigs with all the cash, are a little wary about independent movies. The general feeling ‘independent’ gives off is either that of some bad film college short or pretentious artsy pieces of cinema that only the oh-so-cool-but-not-cool-at-all get, or at least let on to. 

But no, that is not the be all and end all of independent movie-making. There are original thinkers with fresh new ideas and an energy and enthusiasm that’s since left many of today’s Academy Award nominees. They deserve a chance, for someone to believe in their project and take a risk. Sadly, this doesn’t happen enough but these driven folk aren’t going to back down. One such independent filmmaker is Anthony Lane, or AD Lane.

He will be doing a completely crazy 72 hour tweetathon starting tomorrow (Oct 19th)! That’s three days of solid tweeting!

Why, you may be asking. Fair question. Well, he’ll be undertaking this insane mission to raise money and awareness for his debut horror film Invasion Of The Not Quite Dead – which has Zach Galligan attached. Are y’all telling me you don’t wanna see this movie based on that alone!?

It’s already receiving support from heavies, like  Oscar Nominated Ken Russell, Hollywood actor Kevin Pollack, talk show host Jonathan Ross & Hollywood Special FX make up artist & actor (and not-so-guilty pleasure dreamboat of mine)  Tom Savini!

You know you wanna be half as cool as the people on that list. Or at least cool by association.

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So, you know where you have to be (or at least for some of the time)..

@indywoodFILMS

Tuesday – October 19 – Midnight

For 3 full days!

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And if you ‘re planning on making a contribution towards this great project, you can donate by going to  www.indywood.co.uk

There’s an option of giving what you can, or a pre-order producer package (cue, “ooooh!”

If you can’t give anything, donate some of your time. Follow him on twitter, send him a tweet of encouragement ..or just watch him slowly lose his mind via the webcam. You can also join the Indywood Films mailing list; you’ll be in the know and will be entered into monthly prize draws! (another “ooooh!”) The choice is yours!

And don’t forget to spread the word!

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Alrighty, well.. the countdown is on….

God speed, Anthony!

Interview with Danny Smith

14 Oct

This is just another heads up about a contribution of mine over on Pop Culture Monster

This week I interviewed Danny Smith, of Big Wolf on Campus! Enjoy!

Shameless Self Promotion

11 Oct

This is not quite an entry.. or one at all really!

I’ve just set up a Facebook page for Bewitched, Bothered & Bespectacled if any of y’all are on FB and wanna show some support and keep up to date with the blog.

And new followers on my twitter are, of course, always welcome!

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New post soon!

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10 Oct

So, this is another Sunday night round-up. Unfortunately, there has been no entries between this and last Sunday’s post. But I’m working on it. I hope some of this week’s highlights will make up for that.

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Birdeatsbaby released their new EP, Bigger Teeth, today and I can tell you.. it’s frakking awesome! A more eloquent review is coming shortly. They’ll soon be touring Europe so make sure you get to a show if you can!  I’ll just wait patiently in Ireland…

You can listen to and buy the new EP from their bandcamp aswell as their website. Mine should be in the mail soon! 🙂

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I should hope you all know what today is.. 10/10/10. Otherwise known as 42 Day (101010 is 42 in Binary). It is, of course, in honour of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the number 42 being the ultimate answer to life’s meaning. Maybe you discovered something profound today.. or just had fun with all the 00101101101s and #hashtags knocking around twitter. This post should even be published at 10:10!  I’m going all out.

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Just when you start to lose faith in Johnny Depp with his exhausting continued collaboration with Tim Burton, he does something to regain our love! This week, Depp visited a school in South London, fresh from the nearby set of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and in full Captain Jack Sparrow garb. What spurred this? A letter from a little girl asking if he’d help organise a munity in her school. Can you say, “d’awww”?

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With a heavy heart, I must mention the passing of Solomon Burke, the “King of Rock and Soul”, who died earlier today in Amsterdam Airport, aged 70.  He was a true legend and one of the greatest vocalists music has known. RIP.

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* The title just says “Blog” in Binary. Anything more would have been crazy long with 0s and 1s.

Sleepy Sunday Night Roundup

3 Oct

It’s Sunday night and, boy, it’s been a long week! So, here’s a few of the highlights I though I’d share with you.

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Okay, this isn’t new but it only occured to me today to google it! So, here’s something delightful for your ears, Seth MacFarlane and his sweet voice crooning out some of Sinatra’s classics.

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October 2nd was the birthday of the awesome Danny Smith! Actor, musician, artist and all ’round great guy. You may remember him as the oh-so-loveable Merton from Big Wolf on Campus. More recently, he’s been in Suck, the rockstar vampire flick, which I’m yet to sink my teeth into. In honour of this occasion I bring you ‘Defeated’ by his former band, The City Drive. Man, I miss those guys..

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The Social Network has been released and is doing more than well at the boxoffice. It’s been met with mixed reviews but, with all the mock trailers we’ve seen floating about the internet, it may only be the first of it’s kind! Before we tread that scary path, why not see what the Pop Culture Monster thought of the movie.

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This week I was lucky enough to see Circa, having scored two free tickets! I wasn’t fully certain of what the show held in store beyong aerial acrobatics.. There was more to it –  as if you’d need more that that! I’ll post a full review of the show during the week, but if you can get to a performance, go!

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Finally, Neil Patrick Harris recorded a message of hope to gay youths that are being bullied. It’s part of the It Gets Better project and there are many others releasing videos with uplifting words. They are incredibly moving and I only hope they reach those who need help.

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