14/10/2014

GOTHAMIZED: FURNITURE MAN - PODCAST


Gothamized is a completely unofficial guide to new series Gotham and a debate arena for all things Batman.



In this eighth episode, we discuss the third episode of Gotham, eggs, The Balloonman, Sean Penn, Pyg Balloons, The Flash and we end with a riddle.

(for my written review of the Gotham Pilot, click here!)

Hope you enjoy it!

You can also find us on podcast The Big Rewind (available on iTunes) and send us emails with your Bat-questions, Six Degrees challenges and riddles here: gothamized@gmail.com

(for the pilot episode CLICK HERE)

13/10/2014

GONE GIRL - REVIEW


Director David Fincher is back with a new, reliably strange thriller and, mercifully, it's not another "Girl With The...", not yet anyway. Based on Gillian Flynn's novel, Gone Girl sees Ben Affleck play a husband who finds out that his wife has gone missing all of a sudden.

If there is one movie that's nearly impossible to review without spoiling anything it's this one, but I'll give it a go.

The trailer for the film, which was pretty clever, turns out to be way more clever than we thought as nothing, we soon realise, is as it seems. The movie's plot sort of reinvents itself as the story develops so whatever you're expecting, it's very likely it's not that. There's a good bunch of effective twists and turns throughout the film and seeing as it is by Fincher, the M. Night Shyamalan of dark "realistic" thrillers, they're handled brilliantly and should keep you hooked from start to finish. And Gone Girl isn't a short flick so that's saying something. You know how Zodiac was gripping pretty much non-stop and still left you wanting more somehow? This one's sort of like that. It, however, works slightly less than Zodiac as a film in that you can sort of pick at a couple of plot-holes here and there if you think about the twists a bit too much but otherwise, it's definitely right up there.

Ben Affleck does a great job at playing a morally grey character you're never quite sure how to feel about while Rosamund Pike gives an impressive, career-best, possibly even Oscar-worthy performance. Neil Patrick Harris also shows up at one point as Pike's creepy ex-boyfriend and it's certainly refreshing to see him play a completely different role than we're used to. It's a very good cast and David Fincher uses everyone's abilities perfectly, constantly keeping the audience three steps behind by throwing big Hitchcokian moves at us when you least expect it. Ultimately, the film ends in a somewhat anti-climactic way but, although it could have kept going pretty much forever, it had to end somehow and the way it does end definitely works.

That's all I can say about it, really, without ruining the experience for you but to put it simply: I absolutely recommend this movie. I can't guarantee you'll love it or even like it, I could see this one dividing audiences on a number of points, but I personally had a great time watching it.

Whatever you think of it, this is one movie which should stay with you for a while.

Another oddball Fincher hit.

12/10/2014

MANBORG - REVIEW


There are movies.

And then there is Manborg.

When nazi vampires from Hell take over the Earth, a soldier is killed by Count Draculon (Adam Brooks) after witnessing his brother's death. Somehow, the soldier is soon reborn as a half-man, half-cyborg entity known only as Manborg. His goal? To learn to master his powers (before he accidentally kills someone he shouldn't), get revenge for what Draculon did to him and take down those Hellish forces before all hope is lost.

Basically, RoboCop meets Hellraiser meets Toxic Avenger meets... I guess the 80's in general.

Along the way, Manborg meets some resistance fighters including martial arts expert #1 Man (voice-dubbed by Kyle Hebert), Australian Billy Idol-esque gunfighter Justice (Conor Sweeney) and his sister Mina (Meredith Sweeney) whose fighting style is very much steeped in anime. Together, they escape the dastardly (and in-love) Baron (Jeremy Gillespie) and, in an odd Star Wars-esque turn of events, start training with the help of Manborg's maker Dr Scorpius (Brooks again) who appears to them as an Obi Wan-style hologram and a Little Guy who is nowhere near as useful as Yoda but worthy of mention nonetheless.

The whole film is a trashy, no-budget retro treat packed full of stop-motion monsters, ambitious but effective practical gore effects and cheesy CGI/green screening not to mention obvious dubbing. It's an endearing, loving send-off of a whole bunch of cult horror and sci-fi movies from back in the day with a tongue-in-cheek approach. It's a valiant effort by director Steven Kostanski to bring back some good old-fashioned dated corniness and put his own spin on it while making a film look cheap yet kinda cool thanks to some nifty hand-made effects. Some great scenes include some very silly montages, The Baron's bizarre crush on Mina, Manborg's elaborate "birth" and the latter's random one-word responses.

If you enjoyed stuff like Hobo With A Shotgun or anything by Troma then you should have a ball with Manborg: it's goofy, trashy as hell but it's a fun, short-and-sweet ride with some good laughs splattered throughout.

Plus the trailer for fake movie Bio-Cop at the end of Manborg is genius.

You can catch more Manborg-style madness is the gang's latest film The Editor, a homage/spoof of classic Giallo flicks.

10/10/2014

THE BIG REWIND: EPISODE 43 - PODCAST


In this 43rd episode, Adam (aka The RetroCritic) and fellow film buff Jamie discuss movie news, review Gone Girl and talk retro stuff.


Email us here if you have any questions, requests or contributions: bigrewindpodcast@gmail.com

Or simply comment below :)

Oh and you can also find us on iTunes where you can subscribe to the podcast and download every episode thusfar!

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07/10/2014

GOTHAMIZED: CATJUICE - PODCAST


Gothamized is a completely unofficial guide to new series Gotham and a debate arena for all things Batman.



In this seventh episode, we discuss the second episode of Gotham, cats, The Dollmaker, Jenna Haze, AOL, James Franco and we end with a riddle.

(for my written review of the Gotham Pilot, click here!)

Hope you enjoy it!

You can also find us on podcast The Big Rewind (available on iTunes) and send us emails with your Bat-questions, Six Degrees challenges and riddles here: gothamized@gmail.com

(for the pilot episode CLICK HERE)

04/10/2014

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR - VLOG 04/10/14



Or to kill for?

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES - REVIEW


Liam Neeson's back and yes, once again someone's been taken.

And he has a very specific set of skills.

A Walk Among The Tombstones definitely, on paper, may sound like yet another Taken rip-off (*cough* Unknown *cough* Non-Stop) but chances are you'll forget about Neeson's gimmicky yet career-redefining B-turned-A-movie quickly as you sit through this one, which is based on a series of novels.

The plot sees an ex-police detective turned private detective take on a case involving a drug dealer's wife who was kidnapped for ransom money then delivered to him in little pieces. The dealer understandably wants to find those responsible in order to, at the very least, ruin their day. Neeson soon follows a trail of suspects as the killers plan their next abduction. Along the way, our troubled detective meets a young boy called T.J. (Astro) who elects himself to be his partner and although that may start giving you Cop And A Half flashbacks, this movie handles this unspoken partnership pretty well. What sets A Walk Among The Tombstones apart from all those other silly actiony Liam Neeson films is its genuinely dark tone and the fact that it doesn't go for a cheap end twist. Instead, the killers are revealed to us relatively early on and the mystery becomes whether they'll ever get caught and who will make it out of this story alive, if anyone. It's like a slowly unravelling film noir in which you learn about everything gradually.

The film is surprisingly tense and well made plus its concept is an interesting, playful one: a detective working to help out drug dealers with legitimate problems like innocent family members getting abducted and killed in horrible ways. Neeson is as reliable as ever and the supporting cast does a great job remaining convincing throughout. You've got a very stern Dan Stevens playing the guy who initially hires Neeson, David Harbour as one of the creepy baddies, Sebastian Roché as one of the dealer victims and Olafur Darri Olafsson as one of the main suspects. The action isn't too over the top, instead popping up every so often for short, effective bursts of violence, and the whole thing owes more to a thriller like Prisoners than those Taken movies. It helps that the writing is rather sharp and full of clever, subtle touches which add some welcome black humour to an otherwise morose flick.

If you're expecting something ludicrously fun and dumb, you might want to wait for Taken 3 (aka Tak3n) which looks like it'll deliver exactly that. A Walk Among The Tombstones, however, is a grim, tense little thriller with some suspenseful moments, a more serious tone, an involving concept put together really well and packed with strong performances.

It's a good film: check it out.

02/10/2014

GOTHAM: PILOT EPISODE - REVIEW


I review the Pilot episode of new Batman-themed series Gotham.

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For more Gotham talk, head over to iTunes or HERE for the appropriate Gothamized podcast episode.

29/09/2014

GOTHAMIZED: GOTHAM BEGINS - PODCAST


Gothamized is a completely unofficial guide to new series Gotham and a debate arena for all things Batman.



In this sixth episode, we discuss the Gotham Pilot episode, the many faces of John Malkovitch, batmobiles and we end with a riddle.

(for my written review of the Gotham Pilot, click here!)

Hope you enjoy it!

You can also find us on podcast The Big Rewind (available on iTunes) and send us emails with your Bat-questions, Six Degrees challenges and riddles here: gothamized@gmail.com

(for the pilot episode CLICK HERE)

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