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Made in Britain: High Rise

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I like Ben Wheatley films. Hell,  I even gave the nod to Kill List for my film of the year, and I rated Down Terrace quite highly too. Unlike Droid, I even found something to like in Sightseers. However, I found A Field in England to be a risible load of art student toss, and I’ve got nothing good to say about it. Unfortunately, for me, I don’t like J. G. Ballard, believing him to be probably the most overrated author Britain’s produced in the last 100 years. So, it was with somewhat mixed feelings that I sat down to watch Wheatley’s adaptation of Ballard’s famously unfilmable High Rise- a movie that spent the better part of 30 years failing to make it to the screen.

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Jarv’s Schlock Vault Special: Toadkillerdog recommends…

Who the fuck do you think you are, man?

Just a madman

I’ve fallen for this before, frankly, and been badly burnt. The first time was ContinentalOp’s hideous call on Thundercrack! (read the trauma here, it’s as funny for everyone that isn’t me now as it was then), and then TKD’s Galaxina failed to raise more than the odd chuckle. However, the amphibian slaughtering canine has been on about this one for a while, and I’ve finally found both it and the time to watch it when the missus isn’t here. So, with no further ado on TKD’s recommendation, I give you a Schlock Vault Special: Massacre at Central High, which despite the title, isn’t a slasher. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Contains teenage kicks and spoilers below.

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Spanked by the Monkey: The Planet of the Apes Series continues with CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

I come back to this review series with somewhat mixed feelings. I originally conceived it in the Summer after Rise of the Planet of the Apes turned out to be excellent (Golden Chang winner, dontchaknow?). The idea was to follow the whole Planet of the Apes Chronology from revolution to destruction, and even throw in a bonus review of Burton’s piece of shit. However, on recollection, most of them are, to be absolutely honest, not very good. I am particularly dreading Battle, which I remember as being a boring and pompous piece of shit, where even the usually first-rate prosthetics aren’t up to scratch. Adding to the problem was acquiring Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, which turned out to be a phenomenally difficult and annoying experience. Well, until I buy the forthcoming Evolution box set. Read More…