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Hey! Things happened and where were you? At a bar, I bet

Posted in CATCH UP BLAMMO, News, Trailers with tags , , , , , on July 28, 2010 by The DvS

Or as we like to call it in the world of meandering ramble that is “blogging”, it’s a newsround. Is it me or did espionage get really tough these days?

First up…a tricky decision.

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Other things we may have missed, and, on reflection, we really really did.

Posted in CATCH UP BLAMMO, News, Teh Awesome, Trailers with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2010 by The DvS

So a lot happened in our small hiatus. Babies were born, minds exploded and pork was eaten. That’s major, I assure you. So, what did we miss? Let’s see….

Yeah, goes without saying really….onward, and bring her on board…. Continue reading

Classic Blammo #1

Posted in CATCH UP BLAMMO, Recreations, Teh Awesome with tags , , on March 24, 2010 by The DvS

I’m sure a lot of you have an hour to kill where you can watch a movie about a legendary dick for an hour. You’ll be amazed at this dick, for despite it’s age, this dick manages to captivate you for sixty minutes, with it’s old school hard action and shooting scenes.

Oh god, no I didn’t mean that.

Thanks to the delightful powers of the internet, some classic (and perhaps, never heard of) movies can be viewed by all. Blammo‘s already watched the amazing Wild Guitar, which we’re going to remake for today’s generation of force fed talent contest hopefuls. But here is one hour of Dick Tracy, released in 1945 from RKO Studios. They really don’t make ’em like this anymore do they….

Bleeding Eyes 2010: Marked for Death

Posted in Bleeding Eyes, CATCH UP BLAMMO with tags , on January 3, 2010 by The Count

Never seen this classic movie?  Want to make like you’ve seen it but can’t be bothered?  No problem then – read and refresh as I watch it for you:

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Woo – it’s a Red Cliff!

Posted in Asian Cinema, CATCH UP BLAMMO, Reviews, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by The Count

Oh John Woo.

Once the greatest Hong Kong director in decades churning out masterpieces like The Killer and Hard Boiled he was lured away to Hollywood where he thought international stardom would come.  It did of course, but at a cost.  Soon he discovered that the kind of violence shown in his works were tied by rules in the west and, add to that, a Chinese director making Chinese films in the style of American movies was a stroke of genius, a Chinese director making Amerinca movies in the style of American movies quite frankly proved to be shit.  With the exception of Face Off (no damn you it’s a work of art) he created flop after flop (with even the successful films being utterly embarrassing – MI:2 I’m looking at you) and it was no surprise when he packed his bags and returned home.

So Red Cliff eh?  What do we have here?  Well on first glance it seems like another visual and heart breaking stunner in the vein of Crouching Tiger, Hero or House of the Flying Daggers.  But whilst the afore mentioned films were poetic sombre and dream like this is… well… this is John fucking Woo baby!

Expect to see explosions, slow motion, people jumping from horses whilst (oh yes) firing their bow and arrows.  Expect to see some enjoyable plot twists an utterly evil bad guy (starting a war so he can seduce a for’s wife) and finally, expect to see a dual wielding hero.  DO NOT expect to see John Travolta or Nic Cage.

Unfortunately usual Woo cohort Chow Yun Fat dropped out in pre production (due to contractual disagreements with the suits) but was replaced by the always awesoem  Tony Leung and he plays the part with the same charm that you’d expect from the absent Hard Boiled star.

Red Cliff itself is a visual explosion.  Huge numbers of extras on screen reinforces its ‘epic’ intentions and the score and sound effects are sub bass woofer awesome.  The acting is top notch and, though the plot is complex (the western version of the film is two feature length parts combined into one) it’s consistently intriguing and the direction relentless.  However John Woo’s first Chinese film since 1992 falls just short of being a masterpiece.

Red Cliff is at times rather confusing.  Very similar names make large sections of conversation seem like we’re talking about one person to learn later we were discussing another.  The nature of battle, unless you’re having two men running at each other whilst sticking to the same side of the screen, is always a bit hard to follow and, as this makes up 70 percent of the movie and consists of tens of thousands of soldiers hacking at each other, Red Cliff’s epic battles often wash over you.

Regardless it’s hard not to love this film.  It’s both an ancient China epic and a John Woo movie… and even better – this crazy combination actually works.

4 out of 5

Things I Have Watched: A Quickfire Review Method

Posted in CATCH UP BLAMMO, Reviews on September 27, 2009 by The DvS

Alas, once again another blog gets neglected due to the impossible nature of life and what it throws at me. And this isn’t the place to air these woes! This is Blammo, and in my absence, I’ve watched a lot of shit! Some of it great too. So, in an effort to dip my toes into the water once more, and as The Count is soaring through Great Britain on two wheels (down the road on his new moto-byke), I’m going to throw short, simple reviews to cover a lot of ground. We begin with….

DISTRICT 9

An absolute surprise. I had a lot of faith in this movie pre-release, the whole viral marketing was handled superbly well, and numerous watches of Alive In Joburg was enough to sell it. Settle down and watch the whole thing and it’ll blow you away. I guarantee you would not have expected half of the stuff covered in this movie. Well planned, well scripted and captivating enough to make this one of the best sci fi movies of all time. Prawns and cat food will never be the same again, and anything else I write is basically a spoiler. Watch. 5 Fik Yoo’s out of 5!

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Catch Up Blammo: THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE WEIRD

Posted in CATCH UP BLAMMO, Reviews on September 17, 2009 by The Count

Turbo review: If you’ve not yet seen it then go watch this now.

Slightly slower yet still faster than the chick with the stick in Thundercats review: Sitting somewhere between a Sergeo Leone piece, a Robert Rodriguez farce and a Tarantino pastiche The Good the Bad and the Weird (Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom to give it it’s true title) is simply the most fun I’ve had with a movie since Death Proof.  It’s utterly ridiculous, effortlessly cool and stunningly photographed.

Kang-ho Song (last seen in the tremendous yet seemingly unseen by the majority of the universe, The Host) stars as The Weird, an outlaw with a mysterious past and a knack of getting himself in trouble.  Finding himself robbing a prize (a treasure map) way more valuable than he expects he goes out to seek the loot trailed by The Good (a bounty hunter), The Bad (an unstoppable assassin) and the entire Japanese army.

Unfortunately it does drag a little at the end of the second act where the spectacle becomes rather over explosive and stunt after stunt is thrown at the viewer (each amazing but, alas, your patience does begin to wear thin as you wish the plot would continue).

However it truly is another example of how the Korean film market is unstoppable at the moment with high quality genre pieces.  Utterly recommended.

4 out of 5