Lemmy documentary is absolute essential viewing. An utterly amazing life chronicle of a living legend. Not only was it enlightening and informative, but it has major re-watchability. The interactions and admirations from other rock legends really added a weight to their love and respect for the Killmeister himself.
Plus, this isn’t just a film for die-hard Motorhead fans only either. Not at all in fact, it’s just a simple and engaging piece serving up a slice of rock history at as close a level to it’s subject matter as you could hope for.
Get it watched.
Must See: 13 ASSASSINS
I just read yet another 10 best films of 2010 blog, this time on Twitch, and 13 Assassins is top of the list again. God Dammit, why haven’t I watched this yet? I even have it and for some reason I’ve not viewed yet. I’m totally slipping is my only conclusion. Samurai epics are my fav and yet I’ve still not gotten around to it.
Here’s what the review over at twitch says about the flick:
1. 13 ASSASSINS
I love nothing more than an epically staged and classically told tale of honour, courage, retribution and redemption and there are few genres that can handle these themes more adeptly than that of the samurai film. On hearing that Miike Takeshi was mounting a remake of Kudo Eiichi’s 1963 film 13 ASSASSINS I was intrigued, if not immediately overwhelmed with excitement for the project. The prolific director of such cult favorites as AUDITION and ICHI THE KILLER had never really ventured into this genre before and his most recent output, dividing his time between the adolescent CROWS ZERO brawling flicks and teeth-gratingly obnoxious kids’ fare like YATTERMAN, had left me cold, to say the least. I could not be more pleased to discover therefore, that his version of 13 ASSASSINS not only shows a maturity and sense of the classical that his work has never even hinted at in the past, but that the film itself could be declared a classic of the genre and quite possibly the best samurai film since Yamada Yoji’s THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI from 2002.
When the Shogun dies and it appears his psychotic brother is set to take over the kingdom, a number of high-level government officials secretly engineer an assassination attempt, for the greater good. The film spends nearly an hour gathering its players together for the mission ahead, including a number of old favourites such as the washed up, retiring warrior, the cock-sure young try-hard, the desperate impoverished samurai who has no choice if he is to put food on the table again, and fans of everything from Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI to Soderbergh OCEAN’S 11 will revel in witnessing these genre staples being adhered to so lovingly. The second half of the film, however, erupts into an orgy of orchestrated violence, as the assassins lay siege to the shogun and his hugely superior entourage as they pass through a small hillside town. Every character is given his moment to shine, and as the heroes inevitably begin to fall, Miike inspires genuine compassion from his audience, as well as dazzling them with an unstoppable barrage of wonderfully conceived set pieces. No other film in 2010 surprised or delighted me as much as this one, and for that it is officially my favorite film of the year.
The Sword by The Luna Brothers was easily the greatest comic I read last year by a healthy margin. Simply stunning work all round. I’d recommend it in a heartbeat without hesitation. MUST READ.
The opening issue is above and it is just a singular perfect set up issue. When the TV or movie comes out, this opening will blow minds and The Walking Dead will be a distant memory I’m sorry to say. The tension is amped up and doesn’t stop. Ever.
Read the free issue above and enjoy a damaged mind from here on out.
If you think it’s not your thing, seriously just chance it. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it if you like movies about friendship and triumph over adversity. Who doesn’t like all that stuff anyway right?
Anyway, couple that with superbly engaging, personable performances, full characters and some beautiful visuals and you’ve got your self a pretty engaging couple of hours.
Another utter gem from Kirkman and Ottley this month. I love Invincible with a passion!!! Best and only superhero comic I actively read and am genuinely excited and invested in. More more and more please. Art, story, characters all superb.
Here’s the thing about Invincible, it’s story is fresh, new and simply put just flat out original. There may be elements that are old school sure, but here their given a welcome new spin that’s always unpredictable and yet logical. That’s all you need, and unfortunately there is very little of that in mainstream comics these days.
Never ever ever split up the tag team creative duo of Kirkman and Ottley on this title. It’s what makes the whole package so fluid and truly sets it apart from the rest. And by set its apart, I mean puts it in a league of it’s own that the others just can’t touch.
I’m actually amazed and pleasantly surprised, maybe relieved is more apt, that Crossed: Family Values#7 concluded the series on a relatively happy and hopeful note. Given the massively messed up nature of the book I was expecting the worst for our seemingly doomed protagonists. It has been a harsh harrowing journey that’s had me gasping for breath as it turned my stomach in many places, but those last few pages were definitely a happy ending by Crossed standards.
As always this series, probably more so than the last in fact, has had me sickened to my core on numerous occasions. Yet all the while I couldn’t help but let myself get dragged deeper into it’s doomed drenched landscape with gleeful ease.
There’s been many an image scorched into my brain by Barreno’s high quality, horrifying yet super effective art on this run, but the main strength for me has been the writing. David Lapham’s done a first rate job of really established and cemented that large family dynamic beautifully, before then distorting and perverting it in true Crossed style. Thankfully, we’ve emerged at the end with a new, all be it smaller, family being formed and it’s one with a much stronger will to survival I think.
Top marks all round from me. Original content at it’s most brutal that I guarantee you. Can’t wait for 3D and Psychopath, they both have me intrigued.
So this afternoon I finally got around to watching Noroi: The Curse, a film which I’d heard about a while ago. It was release back in 2005, but I’d never managed to track down until a few days ago when I stumbled across it by chance. I’m glad I remembered it when I saw it as it turned out to be pretty damn good horror flick.
The basic premise is that of a shaky cam style documentary following a paranormal investigator and his camera man who together make videos about their investigations into the weird and unknown. Simple. Except that through the course of the film, their investigations take them into areas of EVP’S, Ghosts, animal mutilations, mass suicides, Clairvoyance, possessions, kidnappings, materialisation, murder, arson, demonology, ancient tribes, rituals, folklore and crazy people with tin foil on their heads. What’s great is that all these aspects play a part in setting up a bigger story which only revealed at the end, but they are all brilliantly utilized to amp up the tension from one scene to the next.
First off, this isn’t a mildly scary, jump filled gorefest J-horror like we’ve grown to expect. This is actually an unusually long, nearly 2hrs, complex movie that will creep you out off your skin leaving your nerves pretty much shredded. It’s an old fashioned horror movie I guess, but it’s told using the genre’s modern methods. This is a hand held camera, fake documentary type flick after all, but it’s way ahead of the likes of Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity as it’s chills are deeper and it’s characters way more believable. I’d say it’s closer to Lake Mungo or District 9 if anything as it cleverly weaves it’s tale in an unsuspecting and yet logical manner.
What’s weird is that it actually feels quite slow in retrospect, but it’s actually pretty fast paced throughout. I think it seems that way as there’s so many different, seemingly unrelated things happening, that you get carried along pretty swiftly. That’s definitely one of it’s strengths though as it sets you on an unpredictable path that’s never boring for a moment.
Although it is a slow burner at times, the tension is always there and it’s always building, steadily and magnificently until your screaming for air. There’s always something weird or slightly jarring about something that you just can’t pin point. That is until the final act.
Without giving anything away either, the end is pretty amazing when you step back and soak it up. This is no let down ending which we’ve come to expect from most horror movies today. This is a skilfully, satisfying ending that concludes enough so you can draw breath again. There is some slight suggestion leaving one or two threads open, but it’s necessary. It also enables a secondary concluding piece of evidence which grants you an even more terrifying insight just when you think your safe and you’ve seen it all.
Very satisfying and very creepy. The acting and direction are all totally believable and as good as anything else you hold in high regard. I’d recommend watching in the dead of night as well if you really want total immersion and maximum creeps. A damn fine horror film if you can find it.
I just got done with a screening of The Troll Hunter and it was a beyond belief fucking great. Full review coming later on, but pretty hyped for this movie right now cos if was just pure epic. It was kinda like watching Hellboy or Godzilla, but filmed in the style of a real life documentary. Pissed and stomped on the likes of Cloverfield anyway. Full review coming.
Shall we do this?…. Ok, lets do this.
The Troll Hunter is seriously THE best shaky handheld style mocumentary I’ve seen to date. Totally engrossing and quite alarming at times, it carries it self with an unusual light hearted approach which adds to the whole charm of the experience. There are “Cloverfield” type moments of sheer terror and frantic running, but there are also moments reminiscent of the recent “Monsters”, with stunning cinematography capturing incredible Nordic vistas and mountain terrains that are simply breathtaking. This is a monster film with a fresh difference, which gives it a distinctive edge.
The film begins with a brief disclaimer regarding two newly discovered hard drives and the film contained on them. We are then introduced to three student film makers who have discovered an odd, loner character in their town. Eager to find any kind of story anywhere, they interview local people to try and discover more about this random man and eventually they start following him.
This then leads their two fates to become entangled and reluctantly, the hunter agrees that they may join him in his work and document his activities. Activities which involve tracking and killing rampaging and marauding Trolls all the whilst keeping the general public oblivious. Along the way we learn a great deal about the Trolls as well. Their history, culture, habits and social types etc. We also get a glimpse at the agencies and cover-ups which are employed to maintain the media’s ignorance. All of which adds to the reality experience the film wants you be apart of and for me it succeeded.
It almost feels like the film makers have employed some “Borat” style gorilla film making techniques at times. They seemingly roll around real towns and countryside’s encountering ‘real people’ who are none the wiser to what’s really going on around their homes and businesses. Remarkable, this helps maintain the suspension of disbelief brilliantly as the scenarios are so well orchestrated that it’s easy to go along with it in the context of the film’s journey. The film also feels similar to Hellboy or Nightwatch in many respects as we learn about a fantasy world that exists just beyond our own society.
The student character’s are all pretty none descript as people. Who they are is of no really importance to the story really. They serve as a means to provide some narration around events for the most part and to follow ‘Hans’ The Troll Hunter, and the undisputed star of the show.
His performance is awesome. He feels natural, grumpy and awkward. Not particularly brave or strong, just a regular guy doing his job. It’s no big thing to him, it’s just a responsibility and service he has to perform for the greater good. Towards the end of the film he does begin to soften, giving into regrets from former decisions. This perhaps, we’re left to conclude, being the reason why he decided to let the filmmakers follow his normally secret craft in such detail. He’s had a enough in the end and starts to realize that the system could be better and needs to change.
The Trolls them selves are extremely impressive, totally believable and well integrated throughout the film. Solid effects in both audio and visual departments have created truly ugly beasts that feel and look as real as you’d hope. Given that the nature of the film is from a hand held viewpoint and, I’m guessing lowish in budget, the FX are easily on a par with anything you’d expect from the big budget boys, if not better. What is different about Troll Hunter compared to others in the genre, is that here the monsters are given full screen exposure when most of the encounters occur. This is so satisfying as a viewer. They are visible in sharp, crisp high definition which really adds to the danger and impressiveness of the effects. Your not left wonder what was that I just glimpsed? Your left wondering what the hell is that and then your given the time to examine it closely, in detail whilst still being shocked and awed.
It’s awesome, check this film out. It’s a fantastic piece of reality/fantasy film making which deserves your urgent attention.
I watched the live action adaptation of “GANTZ” a couple of nights back and have now become obsessed.
It’s pretty amazing stuff. I don’t really want to get into it too much because I’m hopefully going to get a review up on here in a few days and that will detail my new found facination.
However, since my viewing i’m now currently reading the original source manga thanks to an app on my phone. Ain’t technology grand huh? Anyway, I’m now at chapter 131 of the manga and this shit is just insane as it is gorgeous. I’m lovin’ it’s bizarre concepts and dilemmas, as well as it’s ass kicking antics.
I watched Tron Legacy last night and I enjoyed it, despite all the negativity which people have heaped on to it. Firstly, it didn’t blow my mind or anything, but there were moments that certainly blew parts of my mind enough that I though, wow that’s cool. I found all the players engaging enough and some of the action or game sequences were simply awesome.
So why the hate people? I don’t get it. Was the trailer just too much awesome that hearts were hyped on it being a game changing flick? The visuals were certainly up to par. The film has it’s faults for sure, cgi Clu for one, but it didn’t effect my enjoyment one bit. I could see what they were trying to do, and sure it fell a little at times, but it was still kinda cool.
Have people just simply forgotten how to enjoy an straight up popcorn flick because our collected geek values have been raised to new levels? Perhaps.
I enjoyed it anyway. I’d be up for watching it again as well at some point, I probably won’t buy it just yet, but I’ll definitely seee it again at some point.