Double Radio Review: Hotel Transylvania + Dredd

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

Double Review: The Decoy Bride + Christopher and his Kind

First things first: I have over the course of about a month become a massive Doctor Who fan. This has been on my to-do list for as long as I’ve been a geek, which is close to two decades now. About three seasons in, I was already massively “in obsession” with David Tennant, which was no surprise considering how much I enjoyed him in Casanova. I didn’t think anyone could top him, but Matt Smith managed to not only fascinate me, but make me love Eleven just as much as Ten.

So, as per my tradition whenever I find “new” actors to obsess over, I immediately started going through both of their CVs. As a way to find new films to watch, I love this technique. Although it means I have to watch a lot of movies that might not be really good, they are always films I never would have come across otherwise, and even if I don’t enjoy the films themselves that much, I can still enjoy the acting.

I picked one from each Doctor’s past, fairly randomly. The Decoy Bride (2011) from David Tennant’s filmography, and Christopher and his Kind (2011), starring Matt Smith. Both coincidentally from the same year – the first one with a 5.7 rating and the latter with a slightly higher 6.8 on imdb. No big hopes for either then, but with middle numbers like that you never know. Let’s see how they did!

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Radio Review: Lawless

With moonshine, bootleggers, gangsters and Tommy-guns, Lawless is still not just a prohibition-film. Set in rural Franklin, it often feels like a western. Even if you can’t stand Shia LeBeouf, you have to see this film for Tom Hardy’s performance as the “immortal” Forrest Bondurant. Part Clint Eastwood, part Jesse James, but with none of the charm, he presents us with a unique and fascinating character.

Dice roll: 4

Read and listen to the full review in Norwegian at RadioRevolt.no

Hysterical

Movie: Hysteria (2011)

A movie about the invention of the vibrator. That sounds like a movie that will try desperately to be awkward-funny or too serious, and fail either way. Luckily, this movie is just genuinely funny while reminding us how far women have come, without stereotyping and mocking the “crazy, prudish feminist” type. It’s also, for me, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s best role (and yes, I mean including The Dark Knight). 

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God Bless Hollywood

Movie: God Bless America (2011)

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.

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Prometheus (Finally!)

I finally got to see Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s prequel-but-not-really to Alien this weekend. Even though I had been looking forward to this movie for a long time, I tried to keep my expectations “open”, meaning I had high hopes, but tried to not let those hopes wander in a fixed direction. I think that philosophy served me well. Those who expected yet another “they end up in a closed space with chest-busting aliens and get picked off one by one” will be disappointed.

Since the movie has been out for quite some time, and the fans have already seen it, this review contains spoilers.

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Men in Black 3

14 years. It’s been 14 years since Agent J was recruited by Agent K into the stylish ranks of the Men in Black. Agent J seems to take pleasure in reminding us of this, because he mentions it several times. One cannot help but wonder, however, how things have managed to look exactly the same, down to the very font. It’s both a remarkable achievement, and a somewhat sad state of affairs. Men In Black 3 feeds off my generous nostalgia, but is it enough?

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Radio Review: The Cabin in the Woods

The radio show, Filmofil, is over for the semester, but I am still reviewing movies online!

After Joss Whedon’s monstrous box-office smash, The Avengers, last week, I admit I had high hopes when I heard he had co-scripted The Cabin in the Woods. Not only that, but Thor (Chris Hemsworth) was starring. It is original, no question, but I kept waiting for it to up the ante even further. I laughed loudly, and had a great time, but I can’t give it more than a dice roll 4.

Read the full review in Norwegian at radiorevolt.no! 

Good things come to those who wait

Movie: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

A true spy movie that gives us nothing cheaply, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is packed so full of talent that its only true loss is that it can’t give enough screen time to all the actors. The first half might be a tad confusing and for some it might appear slow and bloated (or maybe even pretentious or Oscar baiting) but for the patient movie-goer it’s a riveting portrayal of a group of ordinary men in extraordinary jobs.

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Is Stab 6 Better Than Stab 5?

Movie: Scream 4.

Nostalgia runs high as 90s kids sit down to revisit Woodsboro for a good-ol’ stabbing time. Due either to low expectations or the ingrained appeal of Ghostface, I found myself not disappointed. Scream 4 does exactly what you expect it to, and breaks no rules.

As fans can easily guess, Scream 4 opens with young, pretty girls answering scary phone calls. Soon we learn it’s the anniversary of the original Woodsboro murders, and Sidney Prescott has returned for a book-signing. It’s a recipe for stabbings we know by heart, with a nice updating of meta-references, facebook, twitter and iPhones. Ghostface is going viral.

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