REC 3 Review (2012)

Horror films tend to rely on the unknown that scares on. The closer we get to the monster and the more times we see it it frightens us less and less. This is what most horror franchises revolve around the defeating the monster at the end and then he comes back from the dead in the next film – Friday 13th series is a perfect example. I guess you could compare some horror franchises to comfort food, to you they are familiar and have no way of scaring you. Continue reading

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2012) Review

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the last part of the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series. As with any sequel anyone who hasn’t seen the previous two films or read the books will no doubt be puzzled by the unusual components of the film that the fans love. This film is released in a era where 3D films are the norm and there are many CGI spectacles in many films so Dog Days is sort of a breath of fresh air to some extent.

The protagonist in the film is a rather normal, everyday kid (Zachary Gordon) Greg who wants to spend his summer in his bedroom playing endless hours of video games preferably in the company of the girl he has a crush on. His father (Steve Zahn), Frank has other ideas for how his son should spend his summer – doing father and son bonding activites. Greg initally tries to dodge working at his dad’s company by pretending that he already landed a job at the ritzy club where his friend works and his crush also works.

The many difference between this and the last Wimpy Kid film is that this film feels less episodic than the last film. The characters still aren’t fleshed out as they would be in a normal film, they are about as fleshed out as a stick figure.

Fourteen-year-old Zachary Gordon, playing put-upon “Kid” Greg Heffley for the third time, is undergoing the unavoidable growth spurts and vocal octave drops that arrive with puberty. He isn’t convincing that he is still a kid as he hits puberty. At the rate he is going the next film will be “Diary Of A Wimpy Young Adult”.

Despite the fact that this ‘school’s out’ part of the trilogy is being released into cinemas at a time where most children are going back to school it still should bring in the same amount of revenue that the last film did ($53 million). The reason that the films have been so popular is that kids can relate to what Greg goes through in all three films and if they can idientify with the characters then kids will go and see it.

Hollywood, no doubt will grow out of the ‘Wimpy Kid’ series. It’s a real shame because Hollywood needs more films like this that capture how it is to be a kid.

Why not all sequels are bad

Not all sequels are bad. It depends what kind of film we are talking about. Most of the horror sequels are just a quick way for the maker of films to get money and they already have a built in audience. People will go to see a sequel of film just because they have seen the first one and want to continue on the experience. Showing these sequels is not only a way of the film makers to make more money but the cinemas to make money especially if it’s in 3D.

The horror film seems to be the worst offender when it comes to really bad sequels. There are so many bad sequels I can’t name them all but here are a few of the worst offenders:

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The Cat Is Back

The cat is back

Top Cat movie is a rather low budget take on a classic series. Although the animation is good and proves that 2D animation isn’t dead yet after the rise on 3D films. This is the only good thing about this film, the jokes that are used have been recycled from the original series so it feels a bit ‘old hat’ in my opinion.

The storyline of the film is riddled with plot holes. I get that some TV or book series are able to be adapted but Top Cat is not one of these. It runs out of steam quite quickly. Transforming a 20 minute show into a 90 minute film means that often the story loses track. Although just because something is low budget doesn’t mean that it is bad such as Looney Tunes, they have their own charm about them. Some of the characters in the film appear in a scene, without any indication as to why they are there and then they disppear again without and indication to this.

In my opinion the writers of Top Cat wanted to make a film that had the same familiarity as the Garfield movies but this idea did not exactly work. I watched Top Cat when I was a child and loved the series, seeing it been made into a film has sort of ruined Top Cat for me. I’m sure that the film will find its fans, however, if you aren’t a fan of old cartoon series then I would advise that you do not watch this film or if you love Top Cat then this film may ruin Top Cat

Snow White And The Huntsman Review

 

 

Snow White and the Hunstman has one preliminary problem: it was released right after Mirror Mirror. There has a been a new version of Snow White brought to the big screen about ever 10 years since its debut release in 1902. How much of a need is there for another version just a few months after the last one was released in theatres?

Mirror Mirror is a family-friendly film whereas Snow White and the Huntsman is a darker representation of this children’s fairytale. This darker representation has been carefully marketed towards a teen audience. The film has a thinly veiled vampire theme so Twilight fans will be enticed into watching it. Another way in which this film also appeals to the teen demographic is that Chris Hemsworth who played Thor in the Marvel Comics franchise.

It is Charlize Theron’s performance as Queen Ravenna in this film that makes this film in my opinion. She executes the part of the evil queen very well, she retains her number 1 status by literally draining all the youth from her competition. The narcistic Queen keeps Snow White in the dungeon with the full intent to drain her of her youth when she becomes of age. Somehow the young girl escapes and takes refuge in the forest.

While Snow White plunges down a mountaintop plunge which is reminiscent of Harrison Ford’s iconic scene in The Fugitive, the evil queen dispatches Eric the huntsman to track down and kill Snow White. His intentions change once he sets eyes upon her and soon realizes how evil Queen Ravenna truly is

The film, directed by Rupert Sanders, falls emotionally flat on its face. The film relies way too heavily on special effects, none of while are amazingly impressive. The films fails to measure up to Mirror Mirror, despite Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart’s appearances in this film. The only good thing about this film is Charlize Theron’s performance in this film. The film is a rehash of Snow White designed to exploit the latest trend of vampire films.

And so the Twilight saga comes to a close

The end of the Twilight will come as a sad event for many. The teenage girls with ‘Team Edward’ on their faces. The teenage boys who just learnt how to copy R-Patz hairstyle. The adults who have yet to discover that if you disguise your copy of Twilight with a different dust cover that you would get less weird looks on the train. Taylor Lautner who hasn’t worn a shirt in three years

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Psycho is a film for film makers

 

Alfred Hitchcock is known as the giant of film. He lived up to his reputation of a Hollywood heavy weight in both his skill and also his girth. Having produced such incredible films as ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Birds’ in 2013 a film about the making of Psycho is to be released.

Now I’m not a lover of the ‘making of’ behind the scenes about a film but admittedly this one looks rather interesting. I am indeed a fan of the film but I wouldn’t say I’m a fangirl, I just think the way it was created was absolutely amazing and just shows that you don’t need to have excessive gore in horror film for it to be classed as a horror film like so many nowadays

Throughout the years many actors have played the famous director but this time the veteran actor Anthony Hopkins is to be transformed into Hitchcock. The other members of the cast are Helen Mirren (Alma Hitchcock), Scarlett Johannson (Janet Leigh), James D’Arcy (Anthony Perkins), Jessica Biel (Vera Miles), Wallace Langham (Saul Bass) and Ralph Macchio (Joe Stefano)

I do think that it will be interesting to watch this film about the making of such a famous film. However, if they go down the route of doing it like how you see making ofs on the DVD extras then that may ruin it so hopefully that won’t happen

 

It seems that Hitchcock famous phrase ‘Psycho is a film for filmmakers’ is rather appropriate at this time