The Great Gatsby

thumbnail_7e6362e9-ffd8-4438-85f6-d1c02ea56c15Have you ever watched a movie so unusual and captivating, that you really don’t know where to start in explaining it? Well, that’s exactly how I feel about The Great Gatsby. But before the irony in that statement kills us all, let me give you a little taste of the insane tale, that is The Great Gatsby.

Set in the 1920’s, The Great Gatsby begins with an aspiring writer (Nick) moving to New York, across the bay from his extremely wealthy cousin, Daisy. This leads to Nick being sucked into the world of the super-rich, where you party all the time and cheating on your significant other is only unacceptable if you get caught (Wow, this movie really makes New York in the 20’s, look wild and unruly).

Nick’s new next-door neighbour is a mysterious millionaire, that no one seems to know anything about. Except, for a bunch of wild rumours and that he throws the best parties. Soon after moving in, Nick is personally invited to one of Gatsby’s parties. Something that has never happened to anyone before (apparently Gatsby’s parties are just one big gate-crashing event). This eventually leads to Nick discovering who the mysterious Gatsby is and from here, the real mystery begins.

I really can’t say much more about the plot of this film, without completely spoiling it. But what I will say, is that it certainly kept me guessing. From who Gatsby was and how he made his millions, to how the story would end. I was constantly guessing and re-guessing. It was by far one of the best stories I’ve experienced in a while. The plot twists and delivery were just excellent and I really can’t find much wrong with The Great Gatsby.

thumbnail_3c8a774d-6393-4204-a024-2694c8aeea0aAnother very impressive factor in this film is its backgrounds and scenes. They are just so attention grabbing and so well done, making The Great Gatsby a real feast for the eyes. Especially, when the backgrounds are used to reflect the characters thoughts and emotions. Which also added a really nice feel to the movie, that completely sucks you in and has you very much amazed.

My only criticisms of this film, is that it’s a little slow and slightly boring at the start. However, once the film finally gets going, it turns out to be very exciting and enjoyable. Also, although I thoroughly enjoyed this films unique and quirky style, I don’t think it would be to everyone’s taste and some may find it a little too much and a little too strange for their liking.

Overall, The Great Gatsby was an amazing film and the best film I’ve seen in a while. From its endless plot twists and the mystery that is its storyline, to its dazzling and breathtaking scenes, I loved every bit of it. This film may be a slow starter, but from the second you lay eyes on the Great Jay Gatsby, this movie will hold you captive until the very end (in a good way though. Not in a scary hostage situation way). For this reason, I would highly recommend watching The Great Gatsby. It would make a great addition to any movie night.

Rating: 5/5

Hope you like my new shorter style of review. I plan on trying this style out for a while, as it should allow me to post more regularly. Reviews will still be the same quality, but just more compact and to the point and of course, I’ll still include some digital art.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy this new style

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Top 10 Favourite Festive Movies

thumbnail_b7b5fa60-a601-4c64-b956-822ac5e2497cIt’s that time of year again for some of us. Where we become wrapping paper ninja, where going shopping becomes a deadly game of “Don’t get trampled” and where we make one hell of an attempt to get nice and fat.

Although we all might celebrate different holidays this time of year, one thing we can all come together and relate to, is a good Festive movie. There’s just nothing like escaping the cold, with a nice warm blanket and a hot drink and snuggling down to watch a holiday classic.

For this reason, I give to you my Top 10 Favourite Festive Movies:

10-Jack Frost (1998)
A boy’s father dies and comes back as a snowman. The father and son mend their broken bond, just before the snow starts to melt and you can see where this is going.
This movie isn’t great, but has made it onto the list due to nostalgia. Every Festive season, since I was a child, this movie has been shown on T.V. and it’s never fails be heartbreakingly bittersweet. Not the best Festive movie, but one I’m sure all 90’s children will remember watching, during the Festive season.

thumbnail_fa3a4abd-59e1-4f03-b5b4-5edd3c0840ac9-Rise of the Guardians
An evil villain named Pitch Black, aims to destroy all the holiday guardian’s, so that the world will be thrown into darkness and despair. To stop this villain, the guardians must work together and reignite children’s belief in the guardians.
This list is a bit on PG side, but that’s mainly because families all come together over the festive season. I come from quite a large family, where children (my nieces and nephews) outnumber the adults. So, festive viewing has to be child friendly.
If it wasn’t for that, I probably would have never given this movie a look in. This film is surprisingly dark and may upset more sensitive children, but glob I love the villain in the movie (as children’s film villains go, he’s terrifying). The fact the main character and Elsa from Frozen, has similar powers is a bit suspicious. But ignoring that, it makes for a good festive movie, for when chaos in child form comes to visit.

8- Arthur Christmas
This is a very typical Christmas movie involving the big guy, Snorlax (No, wait that’s not right). I mean, Santa Claus. It’s pretty straight forward, Santa Claus forgets a child and he’s too exhausted, to sort this problem out himself. So, saving this child’s Christmas, falls into the less competent hands of Santa Claus’s son, his retired father and an elf.
Another film I would have ignored, if it wasn’t for child friendly viewing. As Santa Claus movies go, this is one of the better ones and is very entertaining. It makes for a great silly, jokey movie, that both children and adults can enjoy.

7-Frozen
By now we’ve all probably seen Frozen, so it needs little introduction. A hilarious little snowman, catchy songs and a story about two sisters love for each other. What’s not to love? However, this movie comes with an added bonus, Silence. Sounds weird, but stick with me.
When your living room has become a mad hatter’s tea party of screaming children, arguing over something ridiculous (like who gets to open the lid of the sweets). Putting on this film, is like having a magic mute button. Within minutes of putting on Frozen, the shouting and messing stops and the house becomes so quiet, that all you can hear is the rustling of sweet papers, as everyone enjoys some chocolatey treats.

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A father, gives his son a strange creature, that comes with a set of strict rules, regarding its care. However, the son accidentally breaks these rules, causing the creature to multiply. Unfortunately, these newer creatures are evil and hell-bent on causing chaos. Leading to a bunch of the evil creatures, running amuck in the town, on Christmas Eve.
It may be an oldie, but it’s definitely one of the best festive films, of its time and is still an excellent movie. Being kind of creepy but funny, it makes a nice change from the typical festive films, shown this time of year. It’s also the reason, I feel uneasy around furbys, but screw it. It’s too good of a film, to hold that against it.

5- A Christmas Carol (2009)
There are so many different version of this classical Christmas story, about an old grumpy, money hungry man, being visited by 3 ghosts, that make him face his heartless and greedy ways. Causing him to become so horrified by his own behaviour and its consequences, that he changes his ways and transforms into Mr Super Nice.
Out of all versions, this one really surprised me. Considering it’s animated, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. However, I was wrong and the animation, gave it a really creepy vibe, which made the film very enjoyable.

4-The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king is fed up with life in Halloween town, so forms a plan to kidnap Santa Claus and take over the Christmas holiday.
I’m a huge fan of stop-motion and Tim Burton is one of my favourite directors, so it’s no surprise that The Nightmare Before Christmas, is on this list. The dark spooky undertone, great character design, dramatic singing and layers of hidden meanings throughout, are all things I love about this film. The Nightmare Before Christmas is just so magical and full of wonder. It’s not hard to see, why it’s also one of my favourite Tim Burton films.

3-Elf
A human raised by elves at the north pole, discovers he is not an elf and wants to return to the human world, to meet his real father. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know how things work in the human world (who ever actually does), which leads to him getting himself into some odd but hilarious situations.
This movie is kind of silly, but silly doesn’t mean bad. In fact, Elf is really enjoyable and is a great good mood movie, that will help relieve that holiday stress (It’s hard to be stressed, when watching someone so cheerful).

63aaf79a-039e-4ce1-9b87-28916246851f2-The Grinch (2000)
The Who’s of Whoville, repeatedly humiliate and treat the Grinch like dirt. So, he decides to get revenge, by stealing the Who’s Christmas.
The older I get, the more I can relate to the Grinch. There’s just times while watching this film, that you realise you’re as odd as the Grinch, have the same level of hatred for Christmas and have some of the same alone behaviours.
I find myself laughing more at the fact, I’m slowly becoming the Grinch, than at the comedy in this movie. However, it’s this relatability that makes this film so enjoyable and amusing. It’s like watching yourself, when you’re in a bit of a bad mood and having a bad day.

1-A Muppets Christmas Carol 
It’s the same classical story as the other A Christmas Carol on this list, except with the Muppets.
I watch this movie multiple times throughout the holiday season and love it for so many reasons. Some of the main reasons being nostalgia, I grew up watching the Muppets and Sesame street and now adore anything to do with puppets. Another reason is, how it uses great quotes from the book. I also love the book, so find this so fantastic.
However, the biggest reason is, the Muppets delivery of a classic Christmas tale. The delivery is just excellent in this film. They take a serious classical tale and add in some humour, without destroying overall tone of the story. It’s my favourite Muppets movie and an excellent festive movie.

Hope you enjoyed this list and feel free to tell me, your festive favourites in the comments. Looking forward to reading them.

District 9

thumbnail_83643c4b-a6e6-40f8-b991-bf8e716d2d7cI’ve been asked so many times if I’ve seen District 9, that I finally became curious enough to check it out for myself. Usually films about giant bug aliens, is a no go for me. Normal little bugs make my skin crawl, so the thought of giant intelligent bugs, horrifies me to my very soul. Movies like Alien and District 9, really makes me want to sleep with a rolled-up newspaper under my pillow and a can of bug spray on my nightstand.

Curiosity got the better of me this time and I am now reviewing a film, that quite frankly made me dry-heave, a few times. But not to worry, what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger (if insomnia, nightmares and night sweats, are the equivalent to stronger).

District 9, begins with an alien spaceship breaking down within the earth’s atmosphere. Being the friendly hospitable creatures, we are, the humans blow a hole in the side of the spaceship, to have a peep inside.

Inside the spaceship, a race of harmless giant grasshopper aliens, are found. (Later named the prawns, because no one knew what a prawn actually looked like and mistook grasshoppers for prawns. A very sad error to make, if cooking prawn rice). Being awesomely kind-hearted the human governments, decide to give the poor prawns somewhere to stay on earth. Allowing them to build a shanty town, ran by human warlords and for safety’s sake, surround it with a high spiky fence.

After 30 years, the shanty town becomes lawless and a threat, due to warlords exploiting the prawns cat food addictions. Promising the prawns cat food in exchange alien weapons. To eliminate this threat, the Multi-National United (MNU) aims to destroy the shanty town and move the prawns to a new tent town.

While giving the prawns eviction notices, MNU officer Wikus finds a strange piece of alien technology, which he unintentionally activates. Leading to him infecting himself, with an alien virus which causes him to slowly to transform into a prawn. The MNU then take Wikus away to experiment on him. However, he escapes and becomes a fugitive and must hide from the MNU, while finding a cure for the alien virus.

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What an actual giant friendly prawn alien would look like.

Glob, I feel like a crazy lady just writing that description and that’s only the first 20 minutes of the film. District 9 has a lot happening and from my description, you can probably tell, what this film is hinting at. Considering how sensitive of subject it is, I’ll save you from a lengthy interpretation of this film and just say, there’s a slight hidden meaning to its beginning.

My honest opinion of District 9, is that I could take or leave it. It makes a big flashy statement at the start, but doesn’t follow through. It’s as if the creators put all their efforts into making the beginning great, but just got a film irony template from Disney, for the rest of the film (I joke not, it the same formula used in films, like Freaky Friend or The Princess and the Frog). This didn’t completely ruin the film, it just seemed a bit strange. But I suppose the beginning of a film is important, and if a film formula works, why not use it.

What spoiled this film for me, was the main character Wikus, he just wasn’t likeable. He was a complete and utter tool (jerk) and very moronic, making him incredibly annoying. I also think they went a bit far with the grossness, in District 9. I really could have done without seeing a lady munching on a putrefied prawn arm. It just turned my stomach and made me want to turn the film off.

Despite its shortcomings, District 9 did have a few good things going for it. Mainly the design of the prawn aliens. They looked very cool, with their creepy grasshopper anatomy and were very bug like. I can really see why the prawns are so appealing, to fans of these sort of movies.

Distract 9 also plays around with some very interesting alien concepts, like alien reproduction, weapons, technology and how aliens would view the human race. This aspect of the film, was fascinating and for me, is what really saves this movie from becoming a complete loss.

To conclude on District 9, I feel it’s just another okay movie. It really didn’t excite me much. Although it had an under tone of meaning at the beginning, it didn’t follow through with this level of meaning and became rather typical of any other irony/ “don’t be a jerk or you’ll be punished” movie. It did have cool creepy aliens and some interesting concepts, but this didn’t fully make up for its irritating main character. In a nutshell, I wasn’t overly fussed on this movie and I could take or leave it. For that reason, I would rate it middle of the road.

Rating 2.5/5

Crimson Peak

thumbnail_65dfb950-d461-40fd-bde1-449ac3960c70The last review of this little Halloween horror adventure. A horror film about creepy ghosts, a lunatic with a knife and a helpless idiot, that breaks all the rules of surviving a horror movie, seems the perfect way to end this series. Crimson Peak had all this creepiness and alike bit more.

Crimson Peak is about a young woman Edith, who is hunted by the ghost of her dead mother. Her mother returns from the grave to bring her a warning of Crimson Peak. Although terrified by these ghostly visits, Edith decides to ignore the warnings and give it no more thought.

An English baronet named, Sir Thomas Sharpe appears out of the blue one day, at Edith’s father’s business. After only a few day Edith falls deeply in love with Thomas and after the mysterious dead of her father, she agrees to marry Thomas and move to his stately home in England, in a place known as Crimson Peak. Shortly after moving to Crimson Peak, Edith realises things are not as they seem and quickly discovers a horrifying secret about Thomas and the place called Crimson Peak.

With badly decomposed ghost skeletons jumping out from every corner, this movie should by terrifying. Unfortunately, Crimson Peak falls short of this and is more, creepy than scary. This film starts of good and set a scary tone, but sadly this doesn’t last long and is lost, when the film tries to become a psychological thriller. But before I end up ripping completely into this film, I think I should start with, what was good about this film.

The best thing about this film is the ghosts and the stately house. They’re both creepy as fudge and set a really nice tone for a horror film. The ghosts are these horribly mangled figures, that look more skeleton or zombie like then human. The house, you could not pay me to stay overnight in. It just looks like a place you’d meet a horrible bloody end in and screams haunted house. Perfect for a horror film and setting an eerie tone.

thumbnail_8992c439-92a4-4c04-96a3-7911508f1428When the film finally gets going, the storyline is pretty interesting. Before, Edith goes to Crimson Peak the movies a bit boring and not that interesting. However, when she finally arrives at Crimson Peak, things get very interesting and a very nice mystery is unravelled. Along the way, terrifying ghosts appear everywhere. Seemingly with the intent to hurt Edith. But things are not as they seem and the presence of these ghosts deepen the mystery even more.

Although, Crimson Peak has its good points, it unfortunately also has a lot of bad. I could go on and on about what’s wrong with this film, but that would get boring really fast. So, I’ll just touch on the two biggest problems with this movie. Crimson Peak didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be. It jumps between horror, murder mystery and twisted romance constantly. If this was meant to be a blend of genres, then they blended the genres very badly. At times it seemed like two different movies. One about a murder mystery with creepy ghosts and the other about jealous twisted love triangle. Making the movies direction seem confused and lost at times.

Also, the main character, Edith was incredibly annoying and a complete idiot. Edith receives numerous warnings from a ghost, but pays no attention. A strange guy and his creepy sister show up from nowhere, looking money. Then Edith’s father dies mysteriously after an argument with this guy. But for some crazy reason, Edith still agrees to marry this guy, despite only knowing him for a few days and the fact her father just died. That whole scenario stinks of black widow. More annoying, Edith even comments on the fact that this guy wants to appear to have money, but clearly doesn’t and you would also think she’d be wary of strangers, after being warned about an unfamiliar place. So, what the fudge was this lady at. She clearly has no sense.

When Edith finally gets to Crimson Peak, she just takes the complete biscuit. From doing ridiculously stupid things that always leads to injury or death in horror movies, to letting herself be treated and talked to, worse than a dog. She was clearly missing a back bone and possibly a brain as well. She had so many warnings and opportunities to escape. It was like was she wanted to be killed.

Overall, Crimson Peak was just Okay. It had an interesting mystery and terrifying ghosts, but seemed to missing that one thing that makes for good horror. It was also very confused about its direction and genre and at times was boring and predictable. However, in saying that, it did have some good going for it.

As a film for a Halloween horror binge watch, I would not recommend this movie. There is just so many other better horror films you could watch, that would more suitable and a lot scarier.

Rating: 2/5

World War Z

thumbnail_53651c8f-5636-4f24-b2f5-396cee4908baNo Halloween venture into the darkness, would be complete without a Zombie or two. In World War Z case, super-fast loud zombies, that can really utilise the power of the zombie pyramid. Pretty terrifying if you ask me. Roof tops aren’t even save from these guys. There’s really no escape from these horrifying creatures. Which makes this film, perfect for a Halloween scare.

World War Z is a zombie apocalypse film, about a retired U.N. investigator called Gerry (although you are given the impression, he was more of a secret agent than investigator). While leaving his children to school with his wife, zombies start attacking the city. Causing mass panic and chaos in the early morning traffic.

Luckily, they escape the speedy zombies and the chaos, and eventually find themselves on a floating military base, with Gerry’s old U.N. buddies. Far from the reach of zombies. Unfortunately, to keep their place in this base, Gerry must come out of retirement and help in the mission to find a cure for the zombie virus. This leads to Gerry jetting around the world, in the search for a cure. While of course fighting and escaping from massive herds of zombies.

I’m a huge fan of zombie films, and World War Z truly didn’t fail to please. But to shake this review up a bit, I’m going to review it in terms of the 5 things I look for in a good zombie film.

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I think I may have gone too far with the cat soup kitties. I might need to balance this out with the cute creepy drawing of the kitties.  

Zombie Quality
Plain and simple, the zombie in World War Z are terrifying. Being faster than the average human, surviving over a hundred feet falls and being surprisingly acrobatic, I would place them in the super zombie category. They also make horrifying noises, that will make your blood run cold. I for one, would absolutely not want to come up against one of these zombies. My baby legs would stand no chance at outrunning one of these guys.
Visually, the zombies look just as terrifying. Although most are computerised, the few that aren’t look incredibly freaky. Kind of like angry walking corpses. Making zombie quality, really good in World War Z.

Story
The storyline is pretty straight forward. Zombies attack, man decides he’ll find cure for zombies, man goes find cure, while avoiding becoming zombie food. It’s pretty basic, but is delivered very well. It gets the balance of action and story just right and has a nice twist near the end. My only criticism is that some of the action scenes move a little too fast, for the eye to keep up with. Meaning these scenes can be slightly confusing and it can be hard to tell, which characters have been taken by zombies.
Also, if you have a fear of flying, I would recommend staying away from this movie. There’s a lot of airplane incidents, that will completely horrify you and feed your fear even more.

Zombie Deaths
Sadly, there is no really good or gory zombie death in this film. I think this film is more about the chase then the kill. Meaning, it’s focused more on people running away from the zombies, then fighting the zombies. Although, there are a few one on one zombie kills, there’s none that really stand out. Making this film pretty disappointing, in terms of zombie deaths.

thumbnail_b10903e2-5c9c-49fb-8df2-8ac93baa5a9aAccuracy
I’m very passionate about microbiology (it one of the few things I miss from my time studying Biomedical science). How scientifically accurate a zombie film is, can be a real deal breaker for me. I don’t expect the writers to be experts, but just to get the basics right and at least know, the difference between bacteria and virus or anything a quick google search could tell them.
Luckily, World War Z was surprisingly accurate and had no crazy scientifically inaccurate comments. Best of all, it showed a very good understanding of microbiology and that they actually did their research. It’s probably one of the more accurate zombie films I’ve seen, making it very nice film in my eyes.

Surprise and Originality
It’s pretty hard to be original when it comes to zombie films. Nearly everything been done before, so the littlest bit of originality goes a long way. World War Z is rather typical of a zombie film; however, I’ve never seen zombie pyramids before and I haven’t quite seen someone travel around the world, during a zombie apocalypse. Its twist was also fairly surprising and somewhat original. Therefore, I would say that, World War Z is original as zombie movies get and will definitely please in this area.

Overall, World War Z is a rather good film. Its action packed and full of excitement, but is still focused on telling an interesting story. It isn’t very gory, yet still manages to make its zombie absolutely terrifying. It’s definitely one of the better zombie films I’ve seen and for this reason, I would highly recommend giving it a watch.

Rating: 4/5

Vampire Hunter D

thumbnail_40227db9-e179-4e51-8e3f-484b538e1305_1With Halloween ever getting nearer, I might as well bring on the horror and start my expedition into the shadows. Horror and anime is not something I’ve really mixed, but I’m all up for new film experiences. So, why not kick of this journey into the darkness, by doing exactly that.

I had a lot to choose from, but any film that promises slithery demons, vampires, hunters and a creepy evil Migi hand, is a film I’m going to want to check out. Vampire Hunter D promised this and delivered so much more.

Set in a dark future, where humans must fend off vampire, demons and other creatures, to survive. A young lady, Doris Lang is attacked by a Noble vampire (Count Magnus Lee) and is bitten. Doris somehow escapes this first attack, but is still at risk from Count Lee, as he plans on kidnapping Doris and forcing her to become his bride.

Suspecting Count Lee will come for her again. Doris hires a mysterious stranger known as D, to hunt down Count Lee and kill him, before he can attack her again. This leads to a series of bloody events, as D enters Count Lee’s lair and set out to save Doris Lang.

To be honest, Vampire Hunter D (1985) is quite a bit older than myself and has some of the typical problems of anime from that time. Such as bad dubbing, weirder shaped heads and random nudity. So, to be fair when rating this anime, I’ll overlook these problems. It just what 80’s animation is like and isn’t isolated to Vampire Hunter D alone.

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Despite being an older anime, Vampire Hunter D was actually pretty good and had a half decent storyline. Granted it didn’t wow me to a great extent, but was still very watchable and had a good element of mystery and excitement. It very nicely unravelled, the mystery surrounding D and managed to capture my attention right up until the end. Making it very enjoyable to watch.

Vampire Hunter D also had a nice amount of gore, which is always a bonus for any horror fan. In addition to this, it had a good share of unintentional comical moments. Including scenes that look, all so wrong and that could be hilariously misconstrued as something else. If you’re as immature and dirty minded as I, you’ll have great fun with this movie. Particularly the ending scene, where characters shout “I love D” from a hill-top. I’m not even joking, they actually shouted that. Makes you wonder how the hell, they let that one slip without noticing and if it’s unintentional, at all.

I think the biggest selling point of this film, is the Mysterious D himself. As vampire hunters go, D’s pretty kick ass. If I was a vampire and heard, D was coming to whip my butt. I wouldn’t sit around sniggering and acting pretentious, like Count Lee. I’d be shaking the kittens from my trouser legs and heading to the nearest airport. D just made mincemeat of whoever stood in his way, without much effort. Not to mention, he sounds like Liam Neeson in Taken.

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Blast from the past. You might recognise this drawing. It’s the first vampire drawing, I did for this blog. I occasionally like to throw an oldie into my posts, for nostalgia purposes.

Like all films, Vampire Hunter D has its short coming. Its biggest being, the huge plot holes and things that didn’t make sense. For example, if D could kill Count Lee that easy, why the hell did he not kill Lamika and the mutant, the first time he fought them. He could have saved himself a butt kicking later on, as well as a lot of time and bother. It also would have sent one hell of message to Count Lee. It would have made it very clear to Count Lee, that he would have to be prepared to die, if he wanted to take Doris.

Another rather annoying aspect of this anime is the flashes. They were a bit excessive with the flashing lights, in Vampire Hunter D. The odd flash of light is fine in a film, but not whole sequences lasting minutes. I felt like I was at a 90’s nightclub and my eyes were starting to sting, from looking at the blinding light. I like being able to see after watching a movie, so this really wasn’t good.

Overall, Vampire Hunter D was good for an old anime horror movie. However, in saying that, if you dislike old anime, you’ll probably not enjoy this film. It’s very typical of 80’s anime and if this isn’t too you’re taste, then Vampire Hunter D will not impress you much. On the other hand, if like me, you have a soft point for older anime and love horror, Vampire Hunter D is worth checking out. It would make for the perfect start, to a horror or old anime binge watch. It has a real creepy weird feel to it, that is great for putting you in the mood for more horror.

Rating: 3/5

Sorry this post, was so long coming. I originally was going to review Akira, but after watching it I realised it was a massive hint at something else. Although I did really enjoy Akira, reviewing it would have turned into a deep analysis of the film.
To do this properly, I would have had to re-watch Akira a few times and had to pull apart some of the scenes, to explain its hidden clues and its hints at other things. Basically, Akira was making so many hints, it would have taken me ages to collect and analyse them all and the review would have been so long, I fear it would put people of reading it. So, I had to find something else to review, last-minute.

Confessions of a Quirky Film Lover.

thumbnail_6d43605c-e7ae-41e8-9af4-83c2f6f02509I’ve had this blog for a while now and I’ve never done a “get to know me post”. I’ve thought long and hard about this and have come to the conclusion: “Naaa, I’m a bit too odd for this crack” (crack, being slang for stuff, not the other sort of crack). “My complete space cadet-ness could leave everyone very bewildered. I’m going to need to think up, a less direct approach. If I’m to make a friendly and insightful post.” So, that’s exactly what I did.

The best way to “indirectly” get to know someone, is through what they love. An even better way, is through what they wouldn’t normally admit, about what they love. Since my anime confessions, could quite possibly start war world 3 (I’ve been on the forums, it’s very scary). I think it’s a lot safer for us all, if I make this confession about my love of film.

I’m not sure if this idea is genius or Glob awful. But either way, let’s begin my film confessions:

thumbnail_0d2d8f72-9c78-452c-98c7-2b9ee44ecd16I love watching horror in the dark. But sometimes I get a little too afraid and have to turn the lights back on and check all the hiding places, in the house for evil things/monsters. I wish this was a joke, but it’s not. It sounds so silly, but sometimes horrors really know how to scare the plop out of you. Add in the fact, I live in the middle of nowhere, in an old creaky house and one’s imagination can run away with itself.

I don’t think Rebel Wilson is funny. I cringe every time I’m forced to watch something she’s in.

I have an appreciation for all types of animation, not just anime.  

I love the works of Tim Burton. He’s actually my favourite Director.

I enjoy watching really sad but meaningful movies, usually ones based on true stories or human rights abuse. I’m not sure how to explain this. I think it’s the educational and true human nature aspects, that appeal most to me.

I’ve watched more old cowboy films, then I care to admit. I don’t actually enjoy them. I just like watching them with my father and he really enjoys these films. Which takes me to my next confession.

There’s a huge place in my heart for ould boy films (movies the older gentleman enjoys).

thumbnail_5f33385b-831a-4a9b-b7a8-b82d468a183cI love dinosaurs, but can’t stand Jurassic Park. My hatred of those films, cannot be described in words.

I really like musicals and yes, I sing along.

My evil superpower, is being able to pick holes in any plot, find editing and film errors and point out scientific inaccuracies. I can pretty much ruin any film on someone, no matter how much they love it. Luckily, I’m not an a-hole and I only use this power when cornered, by that one person that won’t quit and doesn’t take “I don’t like the film”, for an answer (we all know one).

I’m a huge fan of stop motion and puppets. I also love watching how stop motions are made. I’m fascinated by it.  

Every time I see something dead on the road, the song from Watership Down comes into my head. If it’s really sad, I might also end up singing it. 

I really like Will Ferrell, especially in Elf. I know he’s a bit silly and all his characters are essentially the same. But, you have to admit he puts a hell of a lot of effort and energy into playing the fool.

I laugh at the most inappropriate things in horror films. The list would be endless, but at the top of this list is, zombie deaths, demon attacks and people trying to fight ghosts.

The jump scare gets me every time and not just a little. I pretty much jump out of my skin, even if I see it coming.

thumbnail_c85bda52-98c5-476c-b23c-163aacbb7ec0I thoroughly enjoy watching bad or low-budget zombie movies.

The Muppet Christmas Carol, is my favourite Xmas movie. (I also really like the book of the original story)

Sometimes I just want to watch something weird. There’s times when I get extremely bored with film and the only thing I find stimulating, is weird and experimental film.   

Hope you enjoyed my film confessions and hopefully you don’t think I’m a complete Gobshite. If you’re brave enough, I’d love to hear your film confessions in the comments. 

Thanks for reading.

A Letter to Momo

thumbnail_5baaeb7f-6689-44f7-b783-0e5d31dbdd22After watching A Letter to Momo, it’s very clear. If Ireland ever sinks like Atlantis and were all left floating in little boats, in the sea. I’m paddling to one of the small islands of Japan. I’ll have arms like Popeye when I get there, but it would be worth it. Those islands look so beautiful and peaceful and A Letter to Momo captures this perfectly. I absolutely loved the animation in this film.

A Letter to Momo is about a girl, Momo. After her father dies, Momo finds an unfinished letter written by father, just before he died. The letter only reads “Dear Momo” which leaves Momo without clarity and yearning to know, what her father wanted to say to her in his letter.

Shortly after her father’s death, Momo and her mother move to a little island of Japan. Unable to watch over his loved ones himself, Momo’s father sends 3 spirits/guardians (or demons/Jinn, I’m not exactly sure what they were), to watch over his family and report everything back to him.

Unfortunately, these guardians are not the most well-behaved, are always hungry and have serious sticky fingers (i.e. they steal a lot and often). To make things worse, Momo is the only one in her family, that can see these unusual guardians. Momo must now cope with her father death and the move to the island, all while trying to keep her nightmarish guardians out of trouble.

Although being about something so sad, this anime was so much fun. There was a lot of little giggles from me, while watching this film. A true sign, I enjoyed A Letter to Momo. It somehow managed to make something, that should have been tragic and depressing, into something comical and entertaining. It safe to say, this was achieved through its choice of characters. Mainly the 3 guardians.

thumbnail_e63d3cae-2916-4e53-ad40-4303045dd666The only way I could accurately describe them, is as 3 Gobshites or Eejits (but, the lovable very entertaining sort). From their weird games of dress-up, Dad dancing and trying to eat baby wild boar, you’ll find it hard not to be amused by their antics. Not to mention, their complete cluelessness and that one of them looks like Gollum’s (Lord of the Rings), cuter younger more forgetful brother. It’s almost enough to forgive their thieving ways.

One thing I really loved about this film, was the animation style. It was that more realistic style, where the characters have rounder heads, instead of the typical anime pointed chin and where characters looked more human like. It was very pretty and nice to watch. Also, it has loads of super cute old anime people. Weirdly, anime old people are cuter than anime babies, so having loads of little old people just makes this film an extremely cute watch.

The storyline was fairly decent too. It told a very sweet tale of a child missing her dead father and adjusting to life, in a new environment without her Father. It also had the right amount of humour and fun, so that the film didn’t become overly sad and depressing.

In saying that, I did feel like this film was missing something. Maybe a little more detail on Momo’s father and his wandering spirit, would have been nice. They sort of throw the fact, that Momo’s father has to wander the earth for a while, before going up to the sky, on top of you near the end of the film. This kind of left me confused, but intrigued. Anything to do with spirits and wandering peaks my interest, so I would have really loved to hear more about this. Also, A Letter to Momo was a very long film and at times, it felt like it dragged on.

Overall, I thought A Letter to Momo was a great anime film. It was very fun and entertaining. It had the element of humour, but still told a very sweet and interesting story. The paranormal/Jinn guardian aspect, was truly fascinating and really captured my interest. For these reasons, I would highly recommend A Letter to Momo. It’s an amazing film, with a slight Ghibli feel, that I think both anime lovers and non-anime fans could enjoy.

Rating: 4/5

Don’t Knock Twice

thumbnail_68373002-a7bf-43ac-9889-3eb624f4b931I really don’t know what I was thinking, when I decided to watch Don’t Knock Twice. There are so many other horrors, I could have watched instead. But I suppose, by watching extremely bad horror, you learn to appreciate good horror. So, I’ll try to refrain from ripping into “Don’t Knock Twice” too much, in this review.

Don’t knock twice, is about a woman trying to regain custody of her daughter. However, before this can happen, her daughter knocks on a dead witch’s door twice. This somehow summons a demon, that’s hell-bent (King of Cheese strikes again) on capturing her daughter and devouring her completely. The mother must now do everything she can to save her daughter from the demon’s grasp.

The storyline of this film is incredibly messy, making the whole movie one big confusing jumble of nowhere sub-plots, that make no sense and have nothing to do with the outcome of the film. This film literally has no direction. It’s just all over the place. It drifts from one nowhere sub-plot to another and in the end, returns to its first one. All while making a poor attempt at a twist in the main plot, which was so obvious a one-eyed mole wearing a blindfold, could have seen it coming.

To add to this messy storyline, there was extreme badly Frankensteined scenes (a big pet peeve of mine). With the amount of teleporting the 2 main characters did, in the biggest scene of the film. I was starting to think, they themselves were witches and not just Ginger. It was just awful. The 2 characters actually swapped places, at one point. Leaving me to wonder, how on earth no one noticed that, before the film was released.

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 A flaming flower. Some of my abstract art, to brighten up this review.

I think the most annoying thing about this film, was its psychic impulsive characters. Characters just magically knew things, without any sort of research or logical thought. At one point, the mother randomly decided to burn all the doors in the house, without having any sort of reason for doing so. Like nowhere in this movie did it say or suggest, that the demon needed a door to manifest. It had literally just appeared behind people numerous times, by this point. So, what on earth was this woman at. The demon clearly didn’t need a door. There was a lot of this sort of thing in Don’t knock twice, which was very annoying.

As I can’t let myself be completely negative, I had to find something good about this film (which was extremely hard). I suppose the witch aspect was interesting, even though it didn’t make for good horror. I only wish, they had gone into a bit more detail on witches and gave Ginger (the witch) a stronger backstory. They essentially just said she was a witch, even though she never really done anything witchy and was pretty much, just a demon’s slave.

I’ve watched a lot of bad horror films and have always been able to enjoy them, on some level. Whether that be, finding humour in its cheesiness or the irony of how not scary and fake/forced everything is. But with Don’t knock twice, I found it hard to enjoy anything about it. The whole witch thing, just didn’t work well and them trying to throw a demon into mix, just reflects this. They should have really stuck with one and maybe this film would have had some sense of direction. For this reason, I would suggest not wasting your time with this film. I personally wish, I had watched something better instead.
Rating: 1/5 (and I’m being incredibly generous)

The Road

thumbnail_3f6f5b16-3f0d-4e40-8bc1-44048e211565I love recommendations. I’m always so happy when I get them, especially if it’s really good ones. The Road was recommended to me by another blogger, Alternate Dimension and I’d like to say thanks. Post-apocalypse movies are a favourite of mine and The Road was a really interesting one. I liked it a lot. Thanks for a great recommendation, I really appreciate it.

 

The Road is about, a father and a son wandering in post-apocalyptic waste land, where no animal or plant has survived. They dream of reaching the south coast and finding a better way of life. On their journey they face starvation, sickness, bandits and cannibals. Along the way, the tragic tale of what happened the boy’s mother in this twisted world, unravels bit by bit.

The Road deals with some very serious issues, that some may find upsetting. It’s a lot heavier than the usual movies, I review. For this reason, I’ll try to remain sensitive in this review and I would like to point out, that anything I say is not aimed to upset or annoy. If it does, I am truly sorry, it was not my intention.

I think a good place to start is with the two main characters. The boy is very cute. Somehow in just a horrible situation, he still remains sweet, kind, innocent and very naïve. Your heart really goes out for that little boy, in just an unforgiving world. He’s like Bambi, which is what makes the ending so much more tragic. In saying that, he did have a far better eye for danger and judge of character than his father. If the father had of paid attention to him, it could have saved them from getting into a lot of dangerous situations.

The first thing you notice about the father, is the actor’s (Viggo Mortensen) eyes. I wasn’t even watching in HD and they looked so haunting and soul piercing. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself staring at them, because they’re so captivating and strangely beautiful, but also kind of unnerving. However sadly, I think this was some type of lens or effect. Viggo Mortensen eyes aren’t as pale or grey, as in the film.

thumbnail_dda6ce0a-ac42-467d-903b-cb0148b1f218The father is pretty much the opposite of the boy. He distrusts everyone, takes a lot of risks, is kind of violent and thinks the worse. His only reason for living, is to protect the boy and ensure he doesn’t suffer too much. This leads to him being a bit twisted and to some very dark conversations between the father and son. But given the circumstance, you can’t really blame him for being like that.

Overall the storyline was very interesting. It addresses a very serious and dark subject, that won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I rather enjoyed this view-point of a post-apocalypse worlds. It was very realistic and thought-provoking. It really gets you questioning, how much post-apocalypse suffering and starvation, would you endure or let your loved one endure, before considering the unthinkable. And also, who could you trust, at the end of the world. Some very dark thoughts, but it’s this that pulls you into the storyline and has you wishing, things get better for the father and son.

The constant threat from gangs of cannibals, added a nice amount of excitement and horror to a film, that would otherwise be a psychological thriller. Towards the end of the movie, it gets more psychological, as we see the boy’s character, go from scared little boy, to a kind-hearted humanitarian and then to a fearful reflection of his father. You go on quite the emotion filled journey with the boy, making for a very emotive watch.

One down side to this film, is its pace. It’s very slow and at times you wonder about the direction of the film. Given that the characters are wandering around a dead waste land by foot, you can forgive this. Quickening the films pace, would have made it seem over dramatized and unrealistic. In the end, the story unravels quite nicely and the slow pace, gives you the chance to get to know the 2 main characters and observe the sweetness and love of their relationship.

In all, The Road was different from any other post-apocalypse film, I have watched. The combination of cannibalism, the nature of its apocalyptic disaster and relationship development between characters, is not something I’ve seen often in this type of film. I think this gives The Road an interesting take on the post-apocalyptic world.

The Road is also a very thought-provoking film, that has you constantly questioning, who is saving who. Is the father saving his son or is the son saving the father? In a way, they are each other keepers, which makes the story very beautiful, but also heart-breaking. If you enjoy post-apocalypse films or films with cannibals, The Road is definitely worth checking out.
Rating: 3.5/5