A Rambleast Review: Suicide Squad

A Rambleast Review: Suicide Squad

The state of things. I mean honestly.

I came out of Suicide Squad, the third bad film in a row in what can no longer apologetically be dismissed as merely a shaky start to DC’s fledgling cinematic canon, shaking my head and thinking “the state of things, I mean honestly.” Sure I’m no age at all and I’m too old for this film. Continue reading “A Rambleast Review: Suicide Squad”

Six Years Bloggin’ – Killing Time (Some Film Reviews)

Six Years Bloggin’ – Killing Time (Some Film Reviews)

I registered with WordPress six years ago today, and having just been notified of that I’d like to post something in line with what I created the site for in the first place: context-free musings on unimportant things. I’ve watched a bunch of films recently and here’s what I thought of ’em.

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On Night Of The Living Dead ’90

On Night Of The Living Dead ’90

As my list of bought-but-not-consumed media ever dwindles, I find I’ve more time to do things without the mental tug of “but you paid for that – do that first“, so I pulled out (pffttt…I downloaded it) Tom Savini’s great little 1990 remake of Night (dundundundundun) of The Living Dead* and watched it last night with my wife. I’ll tell you, the only thing I don’t like about this movie is the music, which is real late 80s-into early 90s TV movie bollix, cheap crappy keyboards with no musical themes or motifs that just sort of wanders. An afterthought. The library music that was used to score the original film is killer, and really, really spooky. So that’s a shame.

But everything else about it is great. I love Pat Tallman as the inverted, kickass Barbara who’s all about running past the zombies because they’re so slow. Tallman, a stuntwoman, may not be the greatest actress but it kinda helps with the character. Barbara, too, is out of her depth, but only just. Plus, Tallman has really great features. There’s a couple of shots where the structure of her face is lit by the moonlight and it just looks fantastic. Tom Towles is fucking fantastic as Harry Cooper, too. El Wifo was cussing him out the whole length of the thing. There’s a great scene where Ben’s giving him grief for carrying the television around, and he yells “I wasn’t taking it downstairs. You can’t get any reception in the basement, dickhead!” The kid playing Tom is really likeable, man, it’s very well cast, is what I’m saying. Good gags with the zombies and generally solid filmmaking all round. It’s one of those rare remakes with a worthy motivation, too, what with Romero and co. trying to make a little money off the name seeing as they had no copyright claim on the original. Might watch the original tonight maybe.

*Specific reference that rewards a familiarity with the original movie’s deadly trailer.

Terminator : One Possible Future, From Your Point Of View [Guest Post]

Terminator : One Possible Future, From Your Point Of View [Guest Post]

It’s been ages since The Terminator hit the gritty streets of the mid-eighties… an instant cult classic that set the Austrian among the pigeons. But what is it about James Cameron’s sci-fi huddle of animatronics and neon beats that caught the imagination of the planet?

Time-travelling robots — sent back in time by a psychotic Artificial Intelligence working hard on an apocalyptic future, that’s what.

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Two Dark Horses Manage A Bolt, Even After The Barn Door Is Shut… [Guest Post]

Two Dark Horses Manage A Bolt, Even After The Barn Door Is Shut… [Guest Post]

If I was to say the name Matthew McConaughey, does it still conjure up a plate of smarmy rom-com meat?

Hopefully not, but he had been peripherally annoying me with his satellite acting for the longest time, never really shedding that rom-com persona. Basically never really living up to his… potential.

But in the last five years, following a short break from acting, he’s made a u-turn – and those changes he’s made in role choices have been welcome.

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Gravity And Such [Guest Post]

Gravity And Such [Guest Post]

Finally got to see Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) and I have to admit – thinking it could be the thin line between a watery rom-com disaster in space because it stars Bullock and Clooney (for the first time onscreen together, I shit you not) or just one decent watch… frankly I was pleading with the nine gods for the latter – dying for the ‘alone in space’ realism pay-off…

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