Archive for March, 2009

Taken

Posted in Reviews on March 30, 2009 by The DvS


At Liam Neeson‘s present age, I would’ve thought that a physically demanding action role would have been out of the window. A lot of actors tend to wind their bodies down away from the body taxing fight scenes, running after people through crowded streets and jumping off bridges. Neeson then proves you wrong, and this is probably one of the finest films of his career. Yes, it even tops Darkman‘s action. Sorry, in my eyes, Jedi mentors don’t cut it for me. Al Ghul’s do, but that wasn’t exactly a whole Neeson platform.

Taken, then. Written by Luc Besson (Leon, La Femme Nikita) and Robert Mark Kamen (The Karate Kid and er…The Transporter), Neeson is Bryan Mills, a former government operative who’s adamant he’s never going to go back to the life he once had for the chance of a sweet life with his daughter. A life made difficult by his ex wife (Famke Janssenomnomnomnomnom) who spoils her with lavish gifts and an extravagant lifestyle. In their world, money makes the world go round, and they have a lot of it. So with that, it’s only fitting that said daughter (who, I must say, is one of the most spoilt little bitches ever to grace cinema) and friend wants to travel round the world to follow U2 on tour. Such a life! Of course, Daddy isn’t happy with this decision as he knows exactly what the world is like, yet they travel to Paris anyway.

It’s kind of a slow paced introduction to the characters but it magically changes at the drop of a hat as the girls get abducted for white slavery whilst on the phone to Neeson. It’s from that point, and a perfectly delivered monologue from Neeson with a subtle ferocity, that the film really gets underway.

Action scenes are totally superb, I was watching and figured that this was the tale of Old Man Bourne as they are on a par with Ludlum’s superspy. Yet, action doesn’t make the film , and the storyline itself was well researched. I think I was more impressed at how clever it was than how kick ass the fights were. The infiltrations, the detective work, and the simple little tricks that are predicable as anything in this genre, truly surprised me.

The only thing I can suggest is that you get hold of a copy immediately and see it for yourself. I foolishly ignored it last year, and now my face has been slapped accordingly. It’s only let down is the warm build up it takes, and if I could readjust the point for a Holly Valance appearance, I would. But if you really need to get away from Statham no-brainers, Neeson’s your man.

4 battered slave traders out of 5

The Final Fronier (well Poster anyway)

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2009 by The DvS

Here’s the official one piece to accompany the new movie. It’s cool enough but I think for a movie like Star Trek a little more colour wouldn’t go amiss. I’m not saying there’s anything very wrong with it but I don’t think it’ll change anybody’s mind about seeing the film (so I suppose rather a failure) – maybe if they’d added a green skinned alien hotty it may have helped…

What do you think?

Home by Gemma Hayes

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2009 by The DvS


Here is the latest music promo by Irish Indie princess (and potential ex wife of mine) Gemma Hayes. I include this vid simply as it’s one that I couldn’t get out of my head long after seeing it… however not necessarily for the right reasons. ‘Home’ has a fantastic concept and amazing imagery – right up to the first half of the song. Unfortunately after that it becomes a very standard affair. I suspect the film makers came into either some financial or serious time issues whilst in production but I can’t help but feel this is a real wasted opportunity.

I can’t seem to find out who directed it so if anyone knows please post in the comments below so I can amend the article.

LINK to Youtube clip of HOME

BLAMMO update

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2009 by The DvS

As my real world alter ego makes music promos for a living I often get asked which vids I enjoy myself. So I’m going to also add links to music videos that I think either have interesting concepts or simply just please me whenever there is a slow news day. These won’t always be brand new (especially as YouTube and the PRS having sulking matches mean us in the UK are denied access to the majority of new videos) but won’t always find repeated ad infinity on MTV.

Fists of Furry

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2009 by The DvS


Finally we get a trailer for Spike Jonze’s children’s fantasy movie ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ and I can’t help but adore the look of it. It’s both ridiculous and wonderful. It makes me wish I was a seven year old watching this on VHS at my Granny’s house as she baked cakes and told stories. And if striped furry monsters aren’t enough then check out the cast – Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, James Gandolfini… this is surely going to be a monster hit (sorry).

Watch the trailer here: QT Trailers

Gobstopper!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2009 by The DvS
Gobstopper Trailer – watch more funny videos

Oh, how I wish Gobstopper was a real movie.Whoever had the genius idea of re-telling Charlie & The Chocolate Factory as a horror flick and got Christopher Lloyd as a right evil Wonka, really needs BLAMMO to buy them a drink. Yet, sadly it’s an internet exclusive for a video site and we must turn our heads with a failed mutter of sadness as we can’t get to experience this slice of awesome cake in a full feature. A heartfelt thank you though, to it’s creators, spurring out original content to the internet legions that isn’t a top ten list in any shape or form.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Posted in Reviews on March 16, 2009 by The DvS


Disclaimer: I hated the idea of making this into a movie. I hated the idea of Zack Snyder making this into a movie. I hated the fact that it had to trim out the Black Freighter story from this movie. Otherwise I’m rather shocked to say not only is Watchmen not an utter travesty but it’s actually a rather good film. But how good?

Well let’s start with the casting. Not a foot wrong. The casting in Watchmen is just unbelievably good – where you’d expect a studio to demand a big name to play Rorschach they instead choose Jackie Earle Haley (who I last saw brilliantly play the paedophile in ‘Little Children’) and I can’t stress enough how perfect this casting is. His journals sound like Batman from the Nolan movies, but genuinely psychotic. The kind of man driven mad enough to fight crime in a mask… but not have the lucky reserve of a butler and a billion dollars to keep him on the right side of society. In fact Jackie Earle Haley delivers my favourite line of the movie when his character finds himself behind bars: the cons that he himself had put away approach him and try to scare him but Rorschach simply turns and screams, “You think I’m stuck in here with you – BUT YOU’RE STUCK IN HERE WITH ME!!!”. It’s air-punchingly brilliant.

Also wonderful are the actors playing The Comedian (his look of joy as he burns Viet Cong with his flame thrower is stunning), Silk Spectre (II) and Dr Manhatten (portrayed by Billy Cruddup with the largest screen time for a big naked penis I’ve yet seen) however Patrick Wilson (also from Little Children) as Night Owl (II) gets the harder job of a more subtle and Everyman role and through this succeeds fantastically (especially as I felt the theatrical cut didn’t really explore his character enough).

And this is where it’s time to start bashing the movie. Yes it’s rather unfair to start complaining stuff is missing from a story I felt was unfilmable due to the massive amount of information within its pages but I couldn’t help[ but feel some really important stuff was, indeed, absent. Yeah the Tales of the Black Freight was sadly missed by us lovers of the original, but for those who haven’t read Alan Moore’s opus then I suspect you won’t notice the space it left. Nor is it the hugely in depth history of the Minutemen (the original crime fighters) that is only present through a 30 second montage under the opening credits. No it’s the important missing links to the actual main plot that become rather apparent in the last act where the ‘heroes’ fight their way to the villain’s lair and undercover the dastardly plot. Suddenly the viewer starts to ask themselves why they are here, who this villain is and why we should care. When the final revelation is upon us we rather wish we could go back with Rorschach to kicking butt in the prison.

Regardless Watchmen is a real triumph. All the beautiful imagery is in it (from frames taken painstakingly perfectly from the art work of Dave Gibbons) and the brilliant visual parallels between watches and smiley faces that really need to be seen to be understood. The violence is shockingingly uber-violent and the direction of Zack Snyder actually, to my surprise, sits really well (with his slow motion spins and use of super close ups) within the feeling of the original story. Most importantly though, and in contrast to other Alan Moore Hollywood adaptations, Watchmen gets the point of the original text and sticks to it and that was the biggest surprise and triumph of all.

4 big blue cocks out of 5