Archive for the ‘Movie’ Category

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope

In a lot of ways documentary is the responsible older sibling of film making. It’s not that documentaries can’t be designed to entertain — of course they can — but they also shoulder the responsibility of educating, or enlightening, their audience [Like any form of creative media there are exceptions to this rule, but for […]

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Blu-Ray: Monsters

Invariably when you talk about MONSTERS other films will be mentioned: Cloverfield, Godzilla, The Mist. And you’d be forgiven for making the comparisons too, but what sets this film apart from the usual giant monster fare is that the creatures in this feature aren’t making their initial appearance on the city skyline. They aren’t being […]

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Horror: The Silent House

I don’t profess to be as hard as nails in any respect, so when I say that horror movies don’t scare me I’m not trying to sound all badass. The fact is that I enjoy the hell out of a good horror movie. The closer I get to the edge of my seat the more […]

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Horror: Cronos

In an interview that I read recently CRONOS Director Guillermo del Toro spoke about his childhood memories of the original Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) – a film that del Toro has just remade. During the interview he remarked that “For many years this was the scariest movie I ever saw. It was like […]

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Horror: Grace

Children are monsters. No really, they are. They grow like parasites, and even after tearing their way out of the being whose insides have nurtured them to term, they continue to suck nourishment, and sleep, out of their mothers. They assert a bizarre form of mind control over their soul crushed parents too. “Awwww, isn’t […]

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Blu-Ray: Last Chance to See

Whenever I watch one of those awards nights – where people who already have far more than they need get up and accept awards for things that they were already exasperatingly over-paid to do – I always end up asking myself who I’d thank should I ever win anything of greater accolade than a parking fine. […]

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DVD: The Lost Thing

Fifteen minutes. That’s how long this movie is. In that short time it manages to wrap you in the gorgeous world that it creates, far more so than many of the feature length movies I’ve seen in my time. Depending on how you choose to interpret it, The Lost Thing could be a bleak tale […]

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Blu-Ray: The 5th Element

Stuff sneaks up on you. Like, while watching THE FIFTH ELEMENT blu-ray I realised that I’ve quietly stopped revisiting the movies that I love. When I was a kid I’d watch the same movie over and over again. It was like I was trying to perform some strange repetition experiment. Honestly, if you made prisoners […]

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Movie: Goemon

You can’t get much further from the last movie [in the last post here on elroyonline] than with the Japanese fantasy adventure film Goemon. The movie is based, extremely loosely, on the life of Goemon Ishikawa, a legendary Japanese Bandit from the 1590’s. Goemon was a Robin Hood like figure, with the most notable difference […]

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Movie: North Face

It’s only when you watch a movie like NORTH FACE that you realise how artificial mainstream movies are. I don’t mean to suggest that mainstream movies can’t be entertaining, gripping, moving or even awesome. They can, and often are. But when you step away from the comfort of the highly polished Hollywood fare that you […]

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