Attack the Block

The film opens with a visual and musical reference to John Carpenter’s The Thing – an electronic throb plays over the opening image of something from space coming to earth – turns out it is a firework but it is a prelude to a solid action adventure.

The story begins at night as a trainee nurse named Sam (Jodie Whittaker) makes her way to her home.

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Source Code

The ideas of the film are far more ambitious and interesting than a lot of other films in cinemas and the result is highly enjoyable and smart. Uneven in tone? Sure, but we should be thankful that an original premise concerning parallel realities delivered with imagination and intelligence is on the big screen.

7:45 A.M., a bomb explodes on a commuter train outside Chicago. The bomber informs authorities that it is the start of a campaign of terror with another bomb in downtown Chicago. Transported eight minutes before the explosion, US army helicopter pilot Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds himself parts of an experimental investigation tasked to constantly relive the event in order to find out who the bomber is. 

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Trailer and Link Round-Up Late Edition: 13 Assassins, Hara Kiri and Melancholia

This post is a bit late which is frustrating because the amount of awesome trailers I see every week is huge and the news from Cannes is truly mind-boggling for a film fan. I guess I’ll focus on three film-makers, Takashi Miike and Lars von Trier.

Takashi Miike first.

Well gang, saw Attack the Block this week. Nice film, no 13 Assassins (my film of the year) but what is? On the subject of 13 Assassins, it will be released in the UK by Artificial Eye on the 5th of September at the price of £9.99 on DVD and £12.93 on Blu-ray. Here’s the cover for the DVD:

13 Assassins DVD Cover

Time for the trailers!

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AMV of the Week – Nostalgia Thread

I slacked off a little with the AMV posts so, to get back into things, the next few episodes of AMV of the Week will be packed full of nostalgia as well as highlighting good AMVs.

I can’t believe I grew up watching ultra-violent anime like M.D. Geist but when I recall the boredom I feel for 80’s anime in general, well it must be true. I’m no fan of the 80’s cyber-punk genre but this AMV brought back lazy Thursday afternoons watching the Sci-Fi Channel (before the ridiculous name change to Sy-Fy).

AMV of the Week – Phoenix Wright

Phoenix Wright is just plain hilarious and a great reason to own a Nintendo DS. The cast of characters are so distinct and memorable and the stories so outrageous that it beats any legal drama on television. However I’ve seen a few AMV’s that use it but few that work well with the music.

The music comes from the legend that is Michael Jackson (RIP). The music is Smooth Criminal, an iconic song. Whilst I am, the song and game connect brilliantly. I think the game is captured perfectly by the AMV, the different animations of the different characters and the bizarreness that they have matches the beat perfectly. The lyrics and images match as well.

All in all, a very good AMV.

13 Assassins 十三人の刺客 (2010)

13 Assassins   13 Assassins Film Poster

Japanese: 十三人の刺客

Romaji: Juusan-nin no shikaku / 13nin no Shikaku

Release Date: September 25th, 2010 (Japan)

Running Time: 141 mins.

Director: Takashi Miike

Writer: Daisuke Tengan, Kaneo Ikegami (Screenplay),

Starring: Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Sousuke Takaoka, Hiroki Matsukata, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ikki Sawamura, Arata Furuta, Seiji Rokkaku, Kazuki Namioka, koen Kondo, Yuma Ishigaki, Ken Mitsuishi, Goro Inagaki, Masataka Kubota, Mitsuki Tanimura, Takumi Saito, Kazue Fukiishi

It is only May but I have witnessed the best film of 2011 and it is 13 Assassins. The following review will contain nothing but fulsome praise for Takashi Miike’s film so brace yourselves…

1844, Japan. In the last decades of the Shogun and before the reforms of the Meiji era there is a moment of fragile peace. Unfortunately this peace will be shattered with the promotion of the Shogun’s half-brother, the depraved and psychopathic Lord Naritsugu (Inagaki Goro) who uses his status to commit acts of depravity and evil against the people of Japan. In an effort to preserve order, high ranking official Sir Doi calls upon noble samurai Shinzaemon Shimada (Yakusho Koji) to carry out an assassination. Waiting for Naritsugu to leave Edo with his personal army, Shinzaemon recruits twelve others to carry out a daring ambush in a remote village.

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Sucker Punch

Oh how this film could have been revolutionary. It could have been a subversive, dare I say, feminist riposte to a generation of males weaned on controlling videogames with female avatars that are glorified T&A. Unfortunately the film revels in and never questions or subverts videogame imagery and due to inherent weaknesses in script and characterisation any riposte falls flat.

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