Category Archives: Films and television

Dredd – 3D Blu-Ray Review

Just finished watching ‘Dredd’.

Drokk!  What a blast from the past!!!

‘Dredd’ reminded me of the good old days, when post-apocalyptic films didn’t always require a patronising and mind bending story about the self destructive qualities of humanity or attempt to squeeze a huge array of bland characters (played by ‘B’ list Hollywood stars) into pointless sub-plots.  

In fact,  it reminded me of everything I loved about watching ‘Robocop’ or ‘Escape From New York’ as a kid.  Awesome,  life changing films for me.  

I was a MASSIVE Judge Dredd comic fan growing up (and 2000AD!);  the comics were harsh and gritty in their portrayal of a futuristic ‘civilisation’ which is teetering  on the verge of collapse each and every day. 

I’d religiously spend my holiday money in the 80’s on the comics;  usually purchased from an unsuspecting carrot crunching newsagent in Selsey High Street during the Summer holidays or from the comic shop within the indoor markets down by Reeves Corner in Croydon. 

The trademark Judge Dredd story lines were always violent (yay!!) and laced with a fantastic sense of humour; they were as much tongue in cheek as they were shocking?

I often wonder if the politically reflective Judge Dredd comics would have been published today?   What with the terminal levels of unbalanced political correctness within the UK; expect Lord Vaz to start a crusade to retrospectively ban the comics, you read it here first!

So,  to the plot.

Mega City One is a reluctant oasis within the nuclear wasteland remnants of the United States of America; kept in check by the Judges, men and women who ruthlessly bring justice to those who break the law, without the need for trial or jury. 

I thought it was fantastic how the story of the film completely centres around Judge Dredd and Judge candidate Anderson; it is simply a story about an average day of unrest in Mega City One where Anderson is under Dredds evaluation to become a fully empowered Judge?  

They unwittingly become entangled in a block (a 200 storey tall apartment buildings) gang war where the Ma Ma gang (run by a crazy drugged up former hooker called Ma Ma) are looking to expand their influence in Mega City One using a drug which makes the brain think time has slowed to a fraction of a second.

The time delay drug made think of the effects of ‘cake’  as reported on ‘The Day Today’.   Look it up on YouTube later if you are unfamiliar!

Overall,  I thought the film was fucking fantastic and the no nosense way Dredd ended Ma Ma’s reign showed that the film was all about him.  Loved that.  

Karl Urban is perfect as Dredd and it was awesome seeing him use the full arsenal of the Lawgiver (his gun!).   I also thought Olivia Thirlby was great as the psionic Judge Anderson and look forward to seeing the chemistry between them develop in future films.

What storylines will they nick for sequels?   The ‘Judge Child’  is a good candidate, personally,  I hope they go for Judge Death!  “The ssssseeentennnnce issss deaaaath!”

The 3D Blu-Ray version looks gorgeous and is a must own purchase,  buy it!

Resident Evil Damnation

I watched the animated (CGI) ‘Resident Evil – Damnation’ film today and really enjoyed it; thought I’d post a quick review!

People often say the films are just glorified game cut scenes; to some extent that’s true, I personally think they are excellently animated and my attention didn’t stray from the format (probably because  I’m a Manga fan of old) and enjoyed the usual quirky characters!

Overall, I think I enjoy the Resident Evil films by Paul W S Anderson as elements of them are true to the gaming series; however I genuinely wonder what a ‘serious’ director would have done with the franchise given the power of the back story that gives the games their impact.

The CGI Resident Evil films are as close to an alternative as you are going to get until Anderson stops churning out films and lets someone else have a go.

Unlike the last animated film (Resident Evil – Degeneration) there is clearly evidence of a much greater Japanese style and influence in the movie, particular in the action scenes.

I absolutely loved the scenes with the Tyrants and the Lickers.  Awesome.

As a huge fan of most things RE (Biohazard if you’re a hardcore fan) I hope there will be another film in the wings because they are getting better as they go; only time will tell if they bring Chris or Jill in as Leon surely deserves a nice break on a Caribbean Island?

Go on

I am trying to broaden my TV horizons, so I decided to grab the new Matthew Perry comedy called ‘Go On’; I am really glad that I did as it is quite funny and has quite a lot of charm!

Perry plays a cynical and witty sports radio host and has to ‘Go on’ with his life following the recent death of his wife; he reluctantly joins a support group at the request of his job and the show’s selling point is the great casting and chemistry of the group members.

At 20 odd minutes long an episode, ‘Go On’ is great T.V. and a series that I shall look forward to watching each week in between Dexter, Fringe and all my other usual guilty pleasures!

Great to see Matthew Perry in something funny again.

Cockneys Vs Zombies – Trailer

Just stumbled upon the trailer for ‘Cockneys Vs Zombies’, what can I say?  Fucking genius.

Can’t wait to see Alan ‘Brick Top’ Ford in this film, looks hilarious and has a great supporting cast!  Kudos for getting Richard Briers in this!

Best line ever.  “Oi Zombies, get the fuck out of my East End!”.  Hahahahah!


The Amazing Spider-man

The Amazing Spider-man may not be the best superhero film ever, but it is the best Spider-man film ever!

Gone is the autistic and boring Peter Parker of Tobey Maguire and in comes the exceptional Peter Parker of Andrew Garfield.

I was thoroughly impressed by Andrew Garfields take on Peter, his acting is top notch and I loved how his characters personality evolved throughout the course of the film. Something that I felt never happened in Raimi’s trilogy.

The best compliment I can pay Mr Garfield is that comic book writers will probably use his portrayal of the character when writing new storylines, spot on!

The use of 3D suited the film although I enjoyed the emphasis that was placed upon the non-Spiderman scenes which told a very enjoyable tale about Peter’s school and family life.

Dennis Leary was a cool choice for Captain Stacey (I love him in the film Judgement Night) and thought the supporting cast was well put together!

It was great to have a really traditional villain in the Lizard and I hope they will address the forgivable plot holes that were littered around this movie by doing a sequel which takes the story forward!

It can only be the Goblin next for me, although I’d be very impressed if they work Parkers father into a Venom saga somehow!! Introduce a new Fantastic Four and relaunch that franchise? Who knows?

All in all, ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ is definitely one for all the anorak comic nerds like me; the film was so good that even Stan Lees cameo made me laugh!

The Hobbit (trailer)

Was really chuffed to see the trailer for ‘The Hobbit’ tonight; I thought the footage looked excellent and represented the ‘character’ of the novel well in comparison to the darker tones of the Fellowship.

My first impressions were that the film has a very familiar feel to it as the original trilogy, but definitely has a unique style of it’s own.

The cinema audience didn’t seem to know how to react to the singing which I found very funny! The importance of song is a pure reflection of the text and I thought it was great to see the dwarves singing!!

The media types who slated the look of the new footage are on their own!! The dwarves look a bit more ‘comical’ than Gimli does in the trilogy but I thought that also reflected the text well? It looks fun and I can’t wait!

It was wonderful to see Sir Ian McKellan back as Gandalf and Martin Freeman looks spot on as Bilbo Baggins! Hearing Gollum speak at the end made my spine tingle!

What’s a Baggins?!?!!