Tag Archive | Samuel L Jackson

A Droid Premiere: Robocop (2014)

A Droid Premiere

When sat down to I write this review a few days ago, it was with the intention of not focusing solely on the fact that this is a remake of a great film and a personal favourite. I tried to accept the film on its own merits and not to compare the two films. I finished a draft, but it felt a little unsatisfactory. Like I hadn’t looked properly at the film, and instead, glossed over the big issues. Anyway, what is written below is the same review, but draft two, which hopefully addresses some of these issues. It’s more critical, and it does directly compare the two films. A lot. But only because the remake forces me to. But I guess the important thing is that the rating hasn’t changed. There’s just more context to why I gave it that rating. Anyway…

{INSERT USUAL RANT ABOUT UNECESSARY REMAKES HERE}

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Django Unchained (2012)

Django_Unchained_PosterDjango Unchained, the 8th movie from Quentin Tarantino, was better than I
expected, but not quite as good as I wanted on a first viewing. As of now, I think Inglorious Bastards (I refuse to learn how to misspell that properly) is possibly QTʼs best movie since Pulp Fiction (though I readily admit I still have never seen Jackie Brown), and I may need another viewing of Django to decide which movie I think is best. Right now its Bastards, though that could change in the future.

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Just Pillow Talk’s Birthday Nightmare: Sphere (1998)

This review series really is compelling. Not in any sort of pleasant way, more as if we’re standing here rubbernecking at a car crash. I’ve never seen such a list of absolute garbage in a series before (and I’m the mug doing video game adaptations) with nary a break from the cycle of depression.

Poor old Just Pillow Talk clearly now has what can only be described as battered reviewer syndrome. He’s almost passed through every stage of grief and is now circling in a sort of dull, weary acceptance with only the thought that “This time it will be better” to console him. Except, sadly, this time it’s 1998 platinum stinker Sphere, a film that I would unquestionably Orangutan of Doom.

Having read the review, I seriously think we need to get him some medical help. Or some quality drugs.

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Droid defines the Decades best movies – #11 Unbreakable (2000)

unbreakable During the past decade we have been bombarded with superhero movies, each with the intent of explaining the hero’s origin and starting a multi film franchise in the proceedings. ‘Unbreakable’ is the second best of the whole lot. It would place higher on my list if not for one, incredibly infuriating decision by M. Night Shyamalan. But more on that later.

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The Underrated: Black Snake Moan

I find there is a frequent common thread in underrated films: terrible marketing.  Some films are just either misrepresented, or someone has been extremely lazy in the marketing department, or someone has failed to understand the film. Black Snake Moan is a case in point. Seriously, look at that poster- we’ve got a semi-naked and sultry Christina Ricci chained up with a glowering and angry Samuel L. Jackson grasping the other end of her leash.  It is a poster designed to hit as many taboo buttons as it can. It reeks of sex, miscegenation, inter-generational naughtiness, misogyny and whole lot of exploitative fun. It looks like it could be a poster for a Russ Meyer film.

Black Snake Moan is not exploitation.

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