I’m not prone to making sweeping statements on films. I think there is always a higher bar to reach or a lower depth to sink to. Unfortunately with Left Behind, a reboot of previous films and the successful book series, I feel we have hit the bottom.
Now we are into the fall gaming season in full swing. First Up we have Mad Max. After the hugely enjoyable film this year, we now get the game from Avalanche studios. Buckle up as it is one of a dying breed. The fabled 8/10 game, that we used to get all the time.
Starring Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, Horns is a visually striking film based on the novel by Joe Hill, directed by Alexandre Aja. Although it didn’t set the critical world alight, it plays like an alternate version of the goth classic, The Crow, unfortunately it just falls short of having the same lasting impact.
In our next Messy Movie, we look at a film, which should have been a classic. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling, we could have hoped for another genre creating masterpiece like their previous collaboration Drive. Instead we got a horrible mess of a film, which shared more in common with a snuff movie, than a coherent story.
. With a film version of Andy Weir’s The Martian coming soon, I thought I would take a look at what the film needs to get across. As you may expect a few spoilers follow.
Event Horizon released in 1997 is an interesting film. Completely stereotypical as far as space films go, it follows the typical story of a ship, lost in space, that has now been found and needs investigated. It has gained a cult following for a few reasons but in our opinion remains a mess of a film.
Ending the world is one of the most popular themes in cinema. No matter what decade it is, there always seems to be another threat on the horizon. Let’s look at the main kinds of threat humanity face on-screen, how likely they are to succeed and what they do to us as the viewer.
1985 -The Rocky series of films created by Sylvester Stallone were arguably one of the biggest franchises in cinema. The fourth film in the series was released and perfected the genre. It’s our latest Formative Film.
If like me you keep up to date with gaming and trends, you will be on the look out for anything coming out of Asia. You won’t have missed the sensation of Attack On Titan. The manga series created by Hajime Isayama which, is inspiring anime, games and more. The question is, what is Attack on Titan?
‘What a lovely day!’ Is proclaimed by Nicholas Holt’s character Nux. Mad Max Fury Road, is a film, that will divide everyone who sees it. For me it was an epic assault on the senses, for others the incessant action and violence may wear thin after the first act. Like another Aussie export Marmite, you will love or hate it.
We all know the feeling. After watching a scary film, we have to go outside alone or sit in the house alone. No matter who you are, the brain plays its trick on you and you feel the fear. But which of these movie evils scares you most? Let’s break it down looking at how they get into your mind.
All aboard the Pork Chop Express as we return to 1986. A film was released that, failed at the box office, almost made director John Carpenter quit Hollywood, and turned a script from a western into a glorious mess of a film and the best mystical Chinese adventure ever. Lets take a deeper look at another of our formative films. Big Trouble In Little China.
When you think of Batman now, an image comes to mind. Gravelly voiced, lurking in the shadows, the Dark Knight is one of the most iconic figures in cinema and literature, but when did he go from the costumed Batman to simply the Dark Knight? Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is genesis.
How do you end something? Whether it is a film, game or book, the moment comes when you have to make a decision and advance towards the endgame. You could always put it off and make your work a trilogy, but even then the end has to come sooner or later
The year is 1986. Transformers are the world’s most popular toys, spawning a successful animated TV series. The decision is made at boardroom level to introduce new toys to the market. They need to make space on the roster for the new toys, so devise a joint strategy with G.I. Joe to kill off the existing characters in big screen versions, while introducing the new ones. By chance, the perfect storm of an animated movie is born
Having had a while to properly digest the trailers for Star Wars episode seven: The Force Awakens, or TFA for short, my mind is doing overtime on what sort of story arc and world state we will be in come December