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A Droid Premiere: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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It feels like this movie has taken forever to get to the big screen. I vaguely remember Wolgang Petersen being attached at one point in the early 2000’s. This was before ‘Superman Returns’. Before ‘Batman Begins’. And then there was that Times Square billboard in ‘I Am Legend’, teasing the possibility that the two most famous superheroes of all time would one day go toe to toe for our viewing pleasure.
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A Droid Premiere: Triple 9 (2016)

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Surprise! Yes, it’s your old mate Droid here with a review of the new film ‘Triple 9’. Since it’s been a surprisingly long time since I wrote one of these, I expect it to be pretty terrible. So… par for the course, really.

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A look at 2013: January to March

2013-HeaderIt’s a new year. Time for resolutions, fresh starts, life changing decisions and all that bollocks. It’s also a good time to evaluate the cinematic landscape that we’ll be navigating in the new year. 2012 was, let’s face it, a very mixed bag in terms of cinema. Some good, a lot of bad, but mostly it was content with mediocrity. Will 2013 be any different? Let’s take a look.

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Droids Movie Confessions

I saw this over at brother Kloipy’s place, and well, decided to steal it.

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Jarv’s entirely subjective and not at all coloured by personal prejudice list of the Greatest Songs written for films!

 

I haven’t done a list for a while, but it’s a quiet Friday and I’ve not watched anything due to the sun being out, and therefore compelled to go to the pub. However, a discussion earlier today led to me thinking about what are the greatest songs ever recorded for films?

To define the rules here- the song has to have been expressly commissioned and recorded for the movie. So the likes of Little Green Bag or Son of a Preacher Man are hereby prohibited from the list. Secondly, because Bond films could probably supply the whole list themselves, I’m only allowing 1 Bond theme. Thirdly, no Disney, because those tend to be musicals anyway, and the obvious candidate is Elton John’s Circle of Life from the Lion King. Which leads me in to 4, if I don’t like the artist in any way  then that’s out, so ta ta Elton, and also goodbye McCartney. Fifthly, no Rap/ Hip Hop, because as a genre it relies on samples, and the sample is invariably not commissioned for the film. Finally, I’m not doing this in any particular order- these all have merits, it’s just 10 great tracks.

And I’ll cheat if I feel like it. So, let the list/ pointless arguments commence!  Read More…

XIPHOS AND THE MOST VAUNTED OF ALL MINI REVIEWS

Here are some books I’ve read and TV and movies I’ve seen lately. I  decided to wrap them up into a quick reviews format this time out. Due to Barfy being very busy at the moment this is all me she didn’t edit it so that’s why it reads like it was written by a slow five year old.

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Jarv’s Birthday Series: Mimic (1997)

Continuing on this never-ending trek through the annals of film released on my Birthday, and it really hasn’t been that hard. I haven’t suffered the misery that Pillows has sat through, but I will put my two worst films up against any film on any other list. Against that, though, I think I’ve probably drawn the most “classic” films- with some of them legitimately ranking in the “best in category” level. I’ve also, and this has surprised me a wee bit, drawn a lot of movies that I remembered very fondly from the time that looking back at them now don’t rate anywhere near as highly. Today’s offering, Mimic, is an early Guillermo Del Toro film, and, well, I’m not really sure how I feel about it. Read More…

Made in Britain: 13Hrs

I’ve been toying with this idea for a while, but never got round to doing it. Basically, Britain used to have a proud film industry, but years of incompetence, neglect and gross stupidity reduced it to little more than a rump. Still, in the 21st Century there is a core of British talent out there making films in this country. Admittedly, for every Danny Boyle there’s also a Danny Dyer, but nevertheless, we do still make films here. I’m weirdly compelled to watch almost everything made in the UK, so when I blunder across one, I’m going to review it here under the banner: Made in Britain. First up is 2010’s 13hrs, a reasonable attempt at a 21st century werewolf movie. Read More…

Post Millennial Trauma: Burning Bright (2010)

I’m nearly up to date with my little journey through the best that the 21st Century has to offer in horror films. I did, I have to say, look at 2010 with some trepidation. Nothing particularly leapt out and made a strong case for inclusion, but there were several very solid films of a similar standard- The Crazies was a pleasant surprise, given that it’s a remake that didn’t suck, and Daybreakers was a good stab at a new iteration of that horror mainstay, Vampires. However, on the basis that Koutch already reviewed Daybreakers, and I haven’t really got a lot to say about it that he didn’t cover, and Xi did a sterling job with The Crazies, I thought I would give this little film that slipped under the radar a write up.  Read More…

The Underrated: Peeping Tom.

Again, this is a funny choice for an Underrated review, seeing as it clearly isn’t really underrated any more. Sure, no bugger has seen it, but that’s more to do with the fact that it was made in 1959. Interestingly, up until 1980, this really was a lost classic. It took Martin Scorsese himself to save it, restoring one of the few surviving UK prints, and we should all be grateful that he did.
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