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Tag Archive | Fantasy

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Mini Review

This was fun, I really like watching Wes Anderson films because they take you to another world. He does that with all his films. The Grand Budapest Hotel should be out on DVD and VOD at the moment, it’s a fantastically quirky story about the hotels devoted concierge and his young apprentice lobby boy. The film is really fun and the all-star cast is stellar especially Ralph Fiennes, well done that man.

I’ll go into more detail below but give it a try, got trailers and images below. Check it all out and give me a like and a comment at the end.

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Wer (2014) Mini Review

Here comes another mini review, this time an indie horror film is in my target, also related to werewolves. The film is currently out on VOD, it’s a kind of found footage horror film. But it does have a lot of none found footage scenes. On a none review topic boy does that werewolf guy look like Sébastien Chabal or as he’s nicknamed ‘The Cave Man’ in French Rugby.

I’ll go into much more detail below but give it a try, got trailers and images below. Check it all out and give me a like and a comment at the end.

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Wolf Children (2013) & The Garden of Words (2013) Mini Review

This week am going to start writing mini reviews for indie/drama films because one I don’t have all the time in the world to write my normal 1000+ word reviews and two because I tend to struggle writing reviews for indie films. That being said I probably could go on a while about these two because they are two excellent animated films from Japan. I know most of my readers probably don’t see all that many anime films or anything foreign or subtitled. So with that in mind I have picked two that are in English language (Excellent Dubs).

I’ll go into much more detail below but please give them a try, got trailers and images below. Check it all out and give me a like and a comment at the end.

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Game of Thrones – Season 4 (Trailer #2) Review

BRING ON APRIL! Game of Thrones will coming real soon and this latest trailer was so good that I felt compelled to review it. I have always considered Game of Thrones to be a really long movie each season so it’s a good place to start doing TV trailer reviews. The new season looks great and having read the books I know where it’s going so trust me it looks very promising. I won’t spoil anything but I may mention which new characters to look out for. Enjoy the review and please tell me your initial reactions to this new trailer, more so if you disagree.

“If you want justice, you’ve come to the wrong place”

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Seventh Son (Trailer #1) Review

Sorry I planned to write a review of this earlier but better late than never. I first heard about this film in an issue of Empire Magazine earlier in the year and the idea intrigued me, but the teaser image sold me on it, so I waited to see if it would actually come out but like so many before it it’d  been moved to next year. Still I got this trailer to hold me over until January and well it’s not what I expected. Whilst I may love my fantasy films and my big budget explosions I was kind of hoping this one might be a little subtler, but it’s got some fascinating creatures and features so am not complaining. Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore are…interesting choices but I am not sure I’d pick them for the roles, certainly hope they prove me wrong. Enjoy the review and please tell me your initial reactions to this new trailer.

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Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Review

It’s not bad, it’s good but nothing more and if that’s okay with you then yeah it’s a fun movie to watch and the kids will love it. The story is alright as well as the cast and dialogue, some moments even made me laugh on purpose. The visuals are good and I had fun with it. My only problems come with Bryan Singer and his relentless path to making good films but nothing more and am not sure if it’s because he isn’t a great director or he’s just unlucky but not one of his films has ever blew me away, there just alright. Oh crap he’s going to do the same to days of futures past.

“I may not be the hero of this story, but at least I get to see the end of it!”

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy (Live Action) Web Series Review

I just watched this at the weekend after the series second season trailer came out (wow!). So apparently to adapt a video game into anything remotely good you have to launch a live action web series. Granted this web series isn’t perfect but it was much better than I thought it would be and definitely better than the last film they made of Mortal Kombat. I knew a little of the back stories from the games but not much and it was fun to see them played out as a prologue to the game. The fights in this are great and really fun to watch, my only complaint is I want more! The visuals are also strong in this series, costumes and settings where impressively realistic in their appearance. The acting and dialogue was a little all over the place but wasn’t too bad, some were actually good but not most.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Review

I liked it, not my favourite middle earth installment but a good addition nevertheless. Jackson has at least two more films to bring out greatness from Tolkien’s work so we’ll just have to hope he maintains the pace or does better. It’s really hard not to nerd out when watching these films, by the way I have read the book and I think Peter Jackson did well so far, still haven’t seen Smaug but that’s the next film (I saw its shadow, tail and eye). Loved the dwarfs, normally they are my favourite characters and continue to be in this installment  I also loved the music and would have given it a perfect score if it had more songs and musical scores, but there are more film for that and you have to view as a platform for what’s to come. In terms of visuals, they were really good, some areas better than others but I will go into that later on. Not sure if this is relevant but I saw the film in IMAX 3D without 48fps, some people hated others didn’t mind but I don’t have any experience with it so I’ll leave that for others to discuss.

Gandalf: What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Mini Series) Review

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a 2008 musical tragicomedy miniseries in three acts, directed by Joss Whedon and produced exclusively for Internet distribution. The musical is really quite good and I liked the story as well, not much of a musical loving guy but I don’t mind the odd one that I appreciate and a comedic take on super villains can’t really be missed. The series came out over 4 years ago but I only saw it recently and so I will not be presenting many spoilers and any I am will have a bold warning. The visuals weren’t that bad considering the lack of any real budget and that nobody got paid for this until about a year after it was made. I found the cast to be fantastic and got the comedic take on the superheroes and villains rather well, so I will say well done to Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day and Simon Helberg. I am a fan of their work and as they did this for free I am happy they have all gone unto other successful projects.

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Insidious (2011) Review

I have been meaning to watch this film for a while but only got reminded recently when they announced a sequel to Insidious, so what did I think about the film then? I liked it, creepy but not necessarily scary, however I did like its unique story and its telling of said story. The acting was good and I liked most of the cast. The film is at its strongest for the first half although the beginning was a bit slow, the last half though went a bit too far for me with the other realm travelling and an exorcism which had the ghosts in a bit too much light. What I liked the most about the beginning was how you didn’t really get to see the big bad demons and that made it creepy, but when that vale is lifted it doesn’t have the same effect, but it doesn’t reveal them in most scenes so I’ll give it a pass.

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