As you may know from previous reviews of scary movies, I love bad horror/scary movies, especially if they include the supernatural dating scene. There is just something inherently funny about grand speeches and lovesick looks being paired with bad CGI and plot holes. Today’s review of Blood and Chocolate, however, came about from my desire to scour the imdb history of Hugh Dancy after his brilliant run in Hannibal (go watch this right now if you haven’t seen it).
This week is Trondheim’s annual International Film Festival, Kosmorama. I have managed elleven films so far, with hopefully three more tomorrow. By Monday I hope to have a more substantial list of films, but right now I’ll just mention Stoker as the biggest film I’ve seen (so far), and this week’s usual radio review, this time of Bullet to the Head.
I admit my hopes weren’t high when I sat down to watch Tom Cruise’s latest sci-fi epic – and that is exactly what Oblivion tries so hard to be, an epic – but I tried to keep my prejudices to a minimum. I have a soft spot for Cruise, ever since he acted the pants off everyone in Interview with a Vampire, a performance I have yet to see him top. Like director Joseph Kosinski’s previous film, Tron: Legacy, this one is a looker. Apart from having the same robot-makers as the people in Wall-E, it looked like they had just said yes to every concept drawing they were presented with. That said, it doesn’t have much in terms of plot or character development. Morgan Freeman and Nicolai Coster-Waldau come in far too late to save it, and the ending is mind-numbingly predictable. Think of it as doing a speed-walk through a renaissance art gallery. It’s pretty, but don’t take the time to discern any meaning.
Oblivion creeps by on looks for a dice roll 3.
This week I got the task of seeing a British rom-com from the creator of Borat and Bruno. I admit my expectations weren’t high, though the fact that Stephen Merchant showed up made me ever-so-slightly optimistic. Unfortunately, although it’s made well with generally good actors, most lines just fall flat and I spent most of the time facepalming. Merchant’s lines feel forced, and he looks lost without Gervais to tell him he’s being a twat.
The film manages to be sweet enough for a dice roll 3, but I’d wait until it’s on the tv on a night in.
Wow, been a long time, but I am slowly getting back into shape with the radio. This week I managed to see the “cashing in on Twilight” movie Beautiful Creatures. Surprisingly, it’s actually better made, shot for shot, than Twilight, and the characters feel more real (which isn’t actually hard). The problem arises when we get boggled down in book-lore and Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson try to make it a little too epic. It still gets an agreeable dice roll 3.
This week I was the lucky one who got to see the last Twilight movie. You can tell I’m excited, right? Actually, it’s become sort of a tradition for me to see them because, while I am not a Twilight fan, I do understand them thanks to by Anne Rice fangirling past.
So, I decided to review the film for the fans and not the haters! By that standard Breaking Dawn Part II is actually the best of the bunch in my opinion. It has cool vampire powers, some nifty effects here and there, and the lease amount of staring!
In the non-Twihard world, it actually comes away with a decent dice roll 3.
Since I didn’t get to see any film premiers this week, I thought I’d review a film I saw a while ago and didn’t write about. Pixar’s Brave.
Set in a fantasy version of Scotland, Brave stars the young princess Merida (voice by Kelly MacDonald) who is the rebellious type. Although she has a good relationship with her father Fergus (instantly recognizable as Billy Connolly), and her three rascal brothers, she does have problems with her manner-obsessed mother (Emma Thompson). Hating the idea of being forced to marry one of the sons of the three other clans, she comes across a witch who offers a spell to change her fate by changing her mother. If you know Disney you will immediately know that some things are too good to be true, which is exactly the case when the mother is indeed changed, into a bear.
Taken 2 isn’t as great as the original. In fact, it’s just an average action flick if you forget Liam Neeson is starring. I feel like they wasted too much time explaining the characters, when we should all be familiar with them by now.
It’s an average dice roll 3 for this sequel.
Another week, another double radio review! Follow the links to the full reviews at RadioRevolt.no
Hotel Transylvania 3D: They’re monsters, but they’re actually really nice! Not the most original of concepts (I remember reading about nice vampires in first grade), and not very well executed. The animation is far from inspired, and the jokes are either out-dated or just not that funny. The film has some warmth, but just let your kids re-watch Monsters Inc. if they want nice monsters.
Dice roll: 2
Dredd 3D: Based on the comic, not the Stallon-movie, Dredd offers up more than its fair share of blood and gore. It’s a ballet of slow-motion carnage as Judge Dredd fights his way though a Mega-Skyscraper ruled over by the deranged “queen-pin” Ma-Ma. I had mixed feelings all the way through, but it’s the lack of any sort of irony that made me roll my eyes just one time too many. Watch it if you’re a fan of pure, unadulterated action with the thinnest of plots.
Dice roll: 3
I’m a big fan of movies where the characters take the law into their own hands. It satisfies that urge we all get at one point when dealing with stupidity. Films like Falling Down, which is an absolute classic, or my own personal favourite The Boondock Saints. They are linked with the superhero movie, or at least the amateur superhero movie, like Kick Ass. The level of enjoyment I find in these films is relative to how much I agree with the choice of victim. God Bless America makes me laugh, but there are a few problems with its tone.