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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Avatar is an overrated, expensive, and average level film that is not as good as it is made out to be.

Avatar was hailed at the time of its release as a brilliant new addition to cinema, with its ground breaking CGI technology, to its heavily marketed 3d gimmick, It was seen as a successful film on many levels. Even I was impressed by it……for the first 5 months. Its was only after viewing It again on blue ray that I fully realised that the film was nothing more than a derivative, expensive, B grade film with a paint by numbers plot that is barely original by today’s standards.

The films story of a heavy military presence on an alien planet was a good set up for a genuine study of characters and the war ideology. But instead what we got was a sense of morals so thinly veiled that it comes off as pretentious rather than thought provoking. There is only good and bad in this film in terms of its characters morals, there is no grey ambiguity. The military is presented as completely arrogant and as the main antagonist, while the native Na’vi as the protagonists. The fact that the military is just straight up bad is one of the films major problems in my opinion, as its could have been a great exploration of how war can be fought with two different perspectives, but from the same people. The fact that in war there are those who fight for freedom and honour, but within that same sector, there are those who murder and destroy which in the process makes what their country stands for completely different.

Vietnam is a great example of this, as during that war there were a lot of massacres of innocent people at the hands of US troops. But this was only a small minority, not every single soldier. Avatar portrays it so that almost every soldier present in the film is some brainwashed patriotic moron. The films supposed allegory on the war on terror and the war in Afghanistan is so blatant in its symbolism that it barely counts as an allegory, its more of a plot point than anything.

The film utilises the worn out premise of the soldier that fights his own people, a premise done many times over the years. Its story is almost a exact copy of the one from Dances With Wolfs, and its themes are not balanced since there is no moral ambiguity, despite the fact that it references things that feature the exploration of moral ambiguity, such as Vietnam and Afghanistan. The film plays out like a watered down morality lesson for 5 year olds, and it patronises its audience with its bold observations of the American military, while showing disregard for the fact that not every soldier in the US army is a murderer.

James Cameron’s filmography includes The Terminator and Aliens, two films that had subtle allegory’s that encouraged though on some level. But James Cameron’s Avatar is not on the same level, as it makes its points so basic that it completely destroys the themes that it tries to convey. Films like Apocalypse Now have brilliant subtle themes and symbolism that is rewarding to analyse, and is at the same time a fascinating exploration into war hypocrisy and how an individual can change the conducts of war for their own agenda.

Overall I find James Cameron’s Avatar to be an overrated film that uses cliché and 1 dimensional characters to be its antagonists. Its story has been done many times before, and its themes ,symbolism, and allegories are so obvious and paper thin that they fail to convey on a level that is rewarding or thought provoking.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Alien VS Predator film review

what do i think about Alien Vs Predator? the 2004 action/sci-fi/horror film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, well lets start with the premise. The film is based off and around the Alien Vs Predator franchise which consists of comic books, video games, toys, and books. It ,as the name implies, is about the two infamous alien species having a war with each other. Now, this may seem like a dumb idea, which it is, but the comics and other Alien Vs Predator themed things are great, its just the movie that makes me want to quote Hudson from Aliens by saying “game over man, game over“. Ok so whats the story about, the story involves the discovery of a mysterious pyramid hidden blow the artic. This plot point soon involves a team of archaeologists from the Weyland Yutani Corporation(oh dear the references to the previous films in the franchise have begun, barf bags at the ready people) who go to take a look inside the pyramid. Unknown to them though is that the pyramid belongs to the predators(or the Yujuta if you want to be a nerd about it like me)who use the pyramid has a breeding ground for their prey the aliens(xenomorphs). Alright then simple enough but theirs one problem……………..
IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am a huge alien/predator fan so I feel it is my job to inform you that the amazing plot points in this film are complete bull.

Amazing plot point number 1
Predators built pyramids
(really? Did they invent the light bulb as well? How about the modern car do I thank them for that too?)

Amazing plot point number 2
Predators helped humans in the past
(oh yes of course they hunted the humans and then skinned them as a way of showing friendship they even sometimes RIPPED THEIR SPINE OUT!!! In order to build a trusting business partnership, yeah that seems about right to us predator fans doesn’t it)

Amazing plot point number 3
There are hieroglyphics depicting the species as being at war on earth for centuries
(yes hello Mr Scott hi sorry to bother you but I just called to inform you that aliens have been on earth for centuries, so you know that near enough makes the continuity of your movie and the other movies pointless ,oh and spread the word on to Mr Cameron would you please, thanks bye)

Are you seriously telling me that they’ve been here this whole time? Where they hiding out in Jay wick or something while Sigourney Weaver went as far as 3 sequels(with Aliens being one of the only good ones)in order to keep them contained. I understand that the predators have been here all this time but the aliens being here has no way of helping continuity or story structure. Any way lets move on to the characters and oh boy are they an interesting bunch. Ok so we have Alexa our strong heroin and Ellen Ripley replacement for the film, we have Sebastian a archaeologist who acts as a hieroglyphics translater, and Charles Bishop Weyland the billionaire head of Weyland industries who starts the team in order too……….wait a minute this guy seems familiar oh yes of course this is supposedly the role model for the Bishop android that is featured in Aliens, and he even looks like the android because the android was designed to look like him. They even got Lance Hendrickson to reprise the role, wow mr Paul W.S. Anderson you sure do know fan service even if it is completely pointless and redundant.

 Moving on, there are more boring cardboard cutout characters but we don’t need to know about them because they are killed off pretty quick (hooray). Lets talk about the action, its mediocre at best, its not terrible but it not exactly great or interesting its just a load of flashy effects and bad editing, but at least its not as dull or in your face as Alone In The Dark, speaking of the dark the lighting in this film is terrible you can barely see anything and perhaps that’s a good thing, I understand that darkness adds atmosphere but at least let me see what’s going on most of the time even if it does suck.
Actually now that I think of it the premise and the characters don’t come together too great , its actually quite funny, I mean the teaser trailer could have gone like this
ALIEN VS PREDATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ITS TOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I could write a better story than that, in fact I think most people could.

Ok lets talk about the writing I will summarise it in two ways, crap ,and full of references to the previous movies in the franchise. These references include lines from the other films such as, ok everyone all together now “YOUR ONE UGLY MOTHER FU…………..” and then the line gets cut off in order to achieve a PG13 rating, oh the wonders of censorship, because that’s what the true fans want to see, a toned down and clean cut Alien/predator movie.

Well overall, wow what a dull mess, its bad but not Alone In The bad or even Street Fighter bad. it’s a good B movie I guess but I call it a S movie(can you guess what the S means). Well anyways some of the references are a nice touch and remind us of how great the other movies are compared to this. I don’t recommend it but if you are a Alien/Predator fan it might be worth a rent since you might get something out of it, or if you don’t mind B movie material like this and enjoy those types of films then you are the audience this film aims to please. I mean as much as I hate this movie it does have some strong points, the special effects are great, especially the animatronics used for the Aliens it gives that classic Stan Winston and 80 film effects feel that is much more interesting than cgi. Also the set design is not too bad and the ending with the queen alien is much better than the combat throughout the rest of the movie even if it is short.

This review is entirely my opinion and a lot of people will like this movie. I don’t like it due to its inconsistencies with the franchise and its lack of decent thrills but this movie does have an audience of people who will like it for what it is, a mindless crossover movie with a simple beginning, a simple middle, and a simple end, the reasons I don’t like this movie is because I am someone who likes their movies to have depth and a inspired production as well as respect for the franchise its making money off of. But if you enjoy mindless plot points, mindless action, and mindless ideas, this film is for you.

Reservoir Dogs film review

Reservoir Dogs is the 1992 crime film written and directed by Quentin tarantino and produced by Harvey Keitel and Lawrence bender.

The film focuses on a group of criminals that are assigned to carry out a heist with the intention of stealing some valuable diamonds. But during the heist they are stopped by the police who to the surprise of the group, knew they were coming. The group retreat back to their warehouse hideout and begin to become paranoid and question who it was in their group that could have possibly tipped off the police to the groups heist plan. This sets off a situation of mistrust, confusion, and bloodshed among them as they try to figure out who could possibly be the mole amongst them.

The first brilliant things I noticed with reservoir dogs was its writing and the casts performances. Tarintino’s witty and interesting script is brought to life by the casts flawless performances, especially Harvey Keitel’s performance. Tarintinos great and unique character situations are amplified to a higher level of greatness by how the cast interact with each other while in their roles, and by how the cast are clearly having fun with Tarintinos witty dialogue.

While the film features a fairly simplistic scenario and story, it is in no way a empty concept. The film chooses not to show the heist itself, a choice that focuses the audiences perceptions on the paranoia and mistrust of the characters during the aftermath of the heist. This is a great way of turning what were believed to be professionals into temporary enemies as they suspect each others involvment in the heist tip off. The action present in the film is also classic tarintino, with bullets flying and blood running.

The film also features tarintinos iconic non linear storytelling, in which each member of the group has their own back story which explains their involvement in the group. Another tarintino trait that is present is this film are Mexican stand offs, something which are possibly homages to old westerns, which tarintino is a fan of.
Overall I highly recommend this movie. The cast is worthy enough of a watch all on its won, but its also cript and his talent as a director that really shine through. The film is an impressive feature film debut for Taritino that has many quotes and scenes that have become iconic over the years since eit was released. The film features a brutal, uncompromising, witty, and thrilling portrayal of honour amongst thieves, and mistrust amongst thieves.

V For Vendetta film review

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V For Vendetta is the 2006 dystopian thriller film directed by James mcteigue and produced by joel silver and written as well as produced by the matrix creators, the wachchoski brothers. It is based on the graphic novel of same name which was written by watchmen writer Alan Moore.

The film is set a dystopian England that has given up its liberties, rights and freedoms to a totalitarian society run by a party known as Norse fire. The film follows the character of V, a masked vigilante who wants to remove Norse fire from power to bring freedom to the country. His plot is soon intertwined with another character evey, as he decides to let evey help him in his plan to remove Norse fire from power.
As a film, this film is not bad, but as an adaptation it is a travesty to the original source material. It abolishes the books original theme of anarchy vs. fascism, and instead features a conflict between liberalism and neo conservatism. These changes are minor but are still unnecessary as the original Anarchy and fascism theme was filled with moral ambiguity but with this adaptation it is made clear that Norse fire are antagonists while v is a protagonist. The films script is written is a way where v is the clear and decisive protagonist, where as in the book he was more of an antihero, with his morals and motivations being shaded in gray ambiguity.

The cast do their part as the characters they are portraying and for the most part the characters are intact from the source material. Each performance is good and is one of the films few strong points. However a major complaint I have when it come to the films characters is the changing of the character of Adam Susan. In the book he was portrayed as a leader with some semblance of subtlety and depth, while in the film he is nothing more than another cliché big brother type that has his talking head displayed on giant monitor screens.

The film aims to be more action asked than its source material, a decision which was highly unnecessary, as it distracts from the story. For example there’s an action sequence at the beginning of the film that lasts longer than it did in the book, and while this doesn’t slow the pace of the story too much, it is still unfitting because this sequence lasted a page in the comic, but about 3 minutes in the film. With all that aside the action is still well directed and some of the set pieces are entertaining.

A strong point about the film is its soundtrack. Its features music such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture and has the rolling stones song street fighting man playing over the end credits. The music is relevant to the films theme and story and adds something good to the film.

Overall I found this film to be a good film that has themes of revolution, power, and freedom, but as an adaptation I personally found it to be a complete mess. The film only kept a basic outline of the original concept, and I personally found that it didn’t encourage the same level of thinking towards its themes in the same way the graphic novel did. The moral ambiguity of the comic is an important part of how the audience perceives the characters and their actions as well as their beliefs, and since their moral ambiguity is partially absent form the film, its means that the themes that the film is carrying over from the book do not always translate in the way they were intended to be.

To those who haven’t read the comic, the film will work and its themes can resonate with the viewer, but to a fan of the graphic novel the response could be fairly mixed, as some will like the new direction taken by the film, while others will not. I highly recommend reading the graphic novel first if you want to see both interpretations of the story. But to those who don’t, the film is still watchable.The films themes will appeal to many and the film does have some truly memorable moments which make it worthy of watching.

Alone In The Dark film review

Boring, forgettable, poorly made and just a very poor adaptation of the video games. This movie aims to please no one.

Alone in the dark, is the 2005 action/horror film based on the ‘Alone in the dark’ video game series.
This film is directed by Uwe Boll, someone who is known as one of the worst directors of all time, along with Ed Wood.

The film plot (as identified by the 5 minute opening text that was added when the test audience complained about the films stupid and confusing narrative) is about an ancient race called the Abkani, and how they opened a path to a dark world which allowed a bunch of monsters into our world.

The film starts with paranormal investigator Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) returning home after finding an Abkani object. While on his way home he is attacked by an unknown man who appears to be after Edward’s artefact. After a boring and unimaginative fight scene Edward dispatches of the mysterious attacker who appeared to be able to survive multiple gunshots for unknown reason at this point in time.
Edward is then involved in a plot involving the Abkani, monsters, a mad scientist, and his childhood in an orphanage which was home to many experiments on the children there, and to be honest this is where the movie really suffers, its story,

It’s convoluted , hard to follow and down right stupid, to the point where the mindless action seems to be more of a story than the films narrative itself.
It gets to the point where the plot is so poorly written that the audience is literally ‘alone in the dark’.
The performances are terrible, especially Tara Reid as Edward’s explorer friend Aline Cedric, who does not seem to try at all. Another interesting thing about her character is that she is supposed to be a smart and scientific character. Director Uwe Boll’s way of making the audience believe this is by making her wear a pair of glasses, and as we all know anyone who wears glasses has to be smart and brainy right ?
Tara Reid already has no credibility in being this supposedly smart character so the glasses certainly are a waste of a prop, and time
Another problem is the action. It’s just a mess of gunfire and explosions with the occasional rock music filling in for most of the scenes audio. As a whole the action is boring, and nothing above average. This film is supposed to be a horror as well but I did not get scared once or even closely to becoming scared. The only dawning horror I felt was watching this awful movie.

It also has no connection whatsoever to the video games it is supposed to be based on.
The only thing left in this adaptation are some of the characters (about 2) from the games themselves. The games were inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, but none of that potential makes its way into this film.

Overall this movie is loud, obnoxious, boring, unentertaining and just down right terrible. Bad acting, bad direction and bad movie action makes this possibly one of the worst films of all time.

This film belongs in a cesspit and not in your DVD collection.
This move has no good points, not one, and leaves you unentertained .
The movie crashes and burns a mere 10 minutes in (5 minutes for narration and another 5 for a lousy car chase).

Do not see ‘Alone in the dark.
Do not buy it.
But if you want to see how bad it is (like I did) you can get some good unintentional laughs out of its awfulness, and that’s about it.

Inception film review

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Inception is the 2010 science fiction action film written, produced and directed by Christopher Nolan.

I will start by saying that this film is phenomenal in its craft, its ambition and its directing, it is a thrilling concept that offers incredible action sequence but also offers a thought provoking story and narrative that really makes you think about the ideas it portrays. The action and story narrative is perfectly blended and incorporated so that one aspect does not overshadow the other. It is always great to see a film that has exiting sequences while maintaining a clever, philosophical, and a intriguing exploration into its ideas and concepts.

Inception follows the character of Dom Cobb who is a unique type of thief called an extractor, an extractor is someone who can enter another’s unconscious mind and explore their dreams in order to find certain things that are hidden within their thoughts. Don Cobb is given the chance to go home to his children in America who he has been isolated from as long as he does one important thing, which is to carry out an inception. An inception is the opposite of extraction, instead of extracting an idea he has to plant one. It is a dangerous and risky job but Dom accepts the job in order to see his children again. But later on things become much more dangerous as Dom Cobb has his own personal demons In his own mind and dreams, as well as his goal being guarded with obstructions that threaten the entire operation and quite possibly him and his extractor teams life.

That is just a basic premise of the story but it is a lot more complex and full of depth than that, I cant mention much more without spoiling the plot completely. The story is an intriguing and character driven journey that is filled with many great set pieces, story’s arcs and themes. Christopher Nolan knows how to write a great script and it really shines through. It was proved with the Dark Knight that he can create a real world Batman story filled by real world themes and ethic character driven situations that create a new type of comic book film, and it is proved with his film that even his own original ideas are just as fresh and ambitious as his previous films. He offers a surreal but clever idea of how a dream can work and the realities of that dream, the way dreams are structured and created and most importantly how they can be explored.

The films cast do a great job of portraying there characters, each with different personalities and roles that contribute to the story. it’s the journey of the characters that plays a big factor in the film.

The action sequences in this film are amazing. Superbly directed and filmed, and made exciting and thrilling with gun fights, car chases and close combat that offer great action set pieces. Christopher Nolan clearly knows how to direct even the most complex action scenes with great pace and detail.

The music by Hans Zimmer creates great Atmosphere that accompany the films theme of dreams and its surreal ideas.

The special effects are filled with scale and depth with cgi being used very well in order to create sequences of incredible design and imagination.

Overall this film is an incredible experience with a story that offers so many questions and themes that can be analysed and discussed. Action is exiting and thrilling, and its characters have depth and development. It is one of those films that makes you think and challenges you with it bold and ambitious concepts and ideas. Its writing is inspired and fresh and its production has a great deal of thought put into it.

Inception is one of those films that challenges our perception of things which is in this case dreams, it shows us a complex and surreal concept that explores the notion of a dream and how one simple idea spreads like a Bactria or a virus and when that idea is fully developed and fully understood it will never leave the mind. Dom Cobb is a very interesting character with great motivations and personal traits that I wont spoil as they are a big part of the story. The films perfect mix of action, character motivations and philosophy make it one of the best films of the year.

Predators film review

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Predators is the 2010 horror action sci film directed by Nimrod Antal and produced by Robert Rodriguez. It is a true sequel to the films Predator 1 and Predator 2.

The story of this film starts with a group of human characters that range from mercenaries to doctors finding them selves on a strange planet that they have no knowledge of. Upon exploring the strange world they soon realise that they are not alone and are being hunted by the planets hostile inhabitants. The group have to adapt to survive and try to outwit what is hunting them .

First off I will say that this film is defiantly not a bad film or a bad sequel, its characters are interesting, its action is exiting and well directed, and the special effects are well used . The story is simple and it takes the franchise back to its classic beginnings that the first 2 entry’s established, this is defiantly a true and worthy sequel to Predator 1 and Predator 2.

The film features a classic predator soundtrack with classic predator action and effects that make the film feel like a natural part of the film franchise. All the bad ideas and continuity from the Alien Vs Predator films have been abolished making the film a true and original Predator film that offers new thrills. A great part of the film in my opinion is the music, its classic predator with all the familiar riffs and music cues including a few new ones that bring back that Predator film feeling in all its iconic glory. The film features many references to the original films that are great to see and hear. The choice of music during the ending credits was also interesting and a nice idea as well as a funny reference to the first film.

The action was thrilling and brutal just like the original, plenty of bullets and gore to entertain those who like action. The inclusion of the use of a Gatling gun was a funny reference to the originals iconic shooting into the jungle scene. Despite its 15 rating the film does not push back on violence like the Alien Vs Predator films did which is a good choice and kept the classic violence from the originals intact.

The performances from the main cast was very good, especially Adrian Brodys character Royce who was a great protagonist and a gear character just like the protagonists portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover in the originals. Each character has a different story that creates a varied group of characters just like the commando team in the original predator.

The use of practical effects and natural environments was brilliant and offered a classic and authentic feel. Animatronics are mostly used but the occasional CGI is used as well, although its only used at the right moments where it needed creating a great balance between natural effects and artificial effects that still feel like a classic Predator movie.

Overall this film was defiantly a great film and sequel, it has the classic Predator feel and design to it that offers a bold and exiting new entry into the classic film franchise.

Clash Of The Titans film review

Clash Of The Titans is as shallow and uninspired a film can get, all it is an hour and 50 minutes of CGI, terrible character development, and a main character so uninteresting and pointless that he might as well be a card board cut out. The film is directed by Louis Leterrier and stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades. There are more characters but they honestly get barely any screen time, Danny Huston for example plays Poseidon and he only gets 1 line, no seriously one line, in the original film he was at least a supporting character. All the actors and actresses portraying the gods appear to be mute for the entire movie as they do absolutely nothing to advance the plot or even help the movie for that matter. I mean why would you get all these people, dress them up like prats and then make them gawp at the camera for most of the movie, Its not interesting or resourceful, that money used to pay those people could have been spent on a better movie experience. The film is a remake of the Ray Harryhausen produced classic that was released in 1981, and I can easily say that after watching the original I personally think that the original is a far superior film, the original has all the things that the remake lacks such as character development, a solid motivation for each character, a interesting and diverse cast of characters, and a much more inspired production. The original was great on it own and their was no need for this modern Hollywood turd of a movie.

Does the movie industry have no original ideas now, all it is remakes and the occasional direct to DVD sequel. We need much more creative film making than this, im finding my self watching classics of the past just to watch a good movie, films such as the Akira Kurosawa samurai movies, or the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns. Films that actually went down in history as something to be remembered and honoured, but now what do we have, Twilight , High School Musical, all this pointless and meaning less junk that floods the film scene and turns the movie goer experience into a raving nightmare of musical numbers and melodramatic vampire romances, what happened to movies they just stopped becoming entertaining. Its thanks to people like Quinton Tarintino that films are still somewhat what fresh as he is a director who pays homage’s to all the classic films of our time, from the westerns, to the samurai movie, to the revenge flick, to the pulp crime stories of the past. Watch pulp fiction or kill bill or even reservoir dogs and you will witness the greatness of film history that is now days overshadowed by the current idea of a movie. All this vampire obsession is turning into a genre I like to call Vamploitation. Its where you take the idea of the vampire and try to exploit the success of the twilight franchise in order to make a quick profit.

Any way the plot of Clash Of The Titans goes like this, Zeus conceives the character of Perseus with mortal which makes Perseus a demigod, Perseus and his mother are cast away as outcasts because of this and are set adrift is a casket in to the ocean. They are later found by a couple who after realising the mother is dead decide to adopt him as their own( reminds me of Superman). Mean while people are angry at the Gods which makes the Gods respond by killing many people. Perseus now an adult is fishing with his family until they are killed by the means of Hades. This angers Perseus and makes him set out for revenge on the Gods. Meanwhile on mount Olympus Hades plans to over throw the current Gods by tricking Zeus into releasing the Gods greatest weapon the Kraken in order to destroy cities and kill in order to create despair and darkness, which makes Hades Stronger. After a while Perseus comes across soldiers who he joins to help stop the Kraken that will soon be released, which if it does will claim the life of the requested sacrifice Princess Andromeda. This sets them off on a quest for Medusas head which along the way involves giant CGI scorpions and tons of unforgettable and unoriginal characters.

While my brief synopsis is not very easy to follow that’s because the movie is not easy to follow, it’s one of the few times I have seen such a shallow movie have such a complex and confusing narrative. They have changed so much from the original in ways that it completely destroys many plot points form the original that were necessary to the overall experiences. For example in the original Andromeda is Perseus’s main reason for embarking on this quest, but in this movie Andromeda is now a simple and barely mentioned plot device that in a strange way acts as a secondary motivation that’s barely expanded on. You don’t feel like this character exists as she is barely featured, it mostly focuses on a new character created for the film that wasn’t in the original called Lo. Lo is the replacement for Andromeda in the quest for Medusas head and does nothing new to the film or even becomes an interesting character. There’s a scene where she is killed and I didn’t even care because I didn’t fell connected to this barely mentioned, and waste of a character. You didn’t care when she was dead because like most of the characters in this film there practically dead anyway since they don’t do anything for the film, I almost expected them to be CGI as well because surely no one would pay an actress just to mysteriously stare into the camera using her most bland facial expression. And the funny thing is that’s practically what they did, I mean why bother with all these character if all their going to do is die or speak uninspired dialogue. My favourite character trait in this movie is Hades since he speaks with this raspy wheezy voice as if he just smoked a whole pack a cigarettes. The idea of Gods smoking is a strange but compelling image because even Gods need to relax after a hard days work of committing genocide to the race they helped create. And for some reason all the Gods apart form Hades wear this really shinny armour which makes them look like vampires in the sunlight or something, also it looks ridiculous I mean even a rock group wouldn’t wear stuff like that on stage it just makes the Gods seem like walking headlights. I recommend wearing shades so that you don’t lose your eye sight to the Gods destructive shinny armour. Also I think some of the actors playing the Gods have fake beards which is possibly the worst costume choice I have ever seen, well apart from the eye exploding radioactive armour that the Gods wear.

I will now talk about the action sequences in this movie and also about how bad some of them are. There is a scene where they fight these giant scorpions that lasts what feels like a decade of dramatic set pieces and people getting thrown across the screen as if they were made of paper, its absolute chaos, pillars are smashed people are killed swords fly all over the place as if they having a seizure. And while all this was happening I realised something, the 3d effect was barely used in scenes that could have utilised it perfectly, what’s the point of converting this film into 3d if your not going to create exiting 3d set pieces. On the subject of the 3d in this movie all I can say is that’s its down right pointless, I saw it in 3d to get a better movie experience( strangly enough I was exited to see this movie before I realised it was a turd biscuit). Any way the 3d is no Avatar experiences, the reason is because the film was not filmed using James Cameron’s 3d camera technology meaning it was converted to 3d after the film has finished production. This choice was made because of the success of Avatar and its 3d. Anyway the action is mindless point less and incredibly over the top for a Greek mythology themes movie.

The acting is terrible, these characters are not given any personality or any interesting performances and this makes the characters nothing more than devices used for the sole purpose of action sequences and poor writing. Perseus is such a bland character compared to Harry Hamlin’s portrayal of the character in the original film. All Perseus does in this movie is kill things and that’s about it. While the other characters are their to either be killed or to make really bad attempts at comedy. You could easily make the film with hand puppets and static images and it would still be the same movie, that’s how bad and pointless the performances are in this movie.

And the choice of music is just ridiculous, it uses a remix of a rock song………in a Greek mythology setting, are you kidding me, that makes no sense because it does not fit the movies theme or ideas, what kind of crack were they smoking when they decided on that music choice. The imagery in this movie can be good at times but most times it looks like they took too much inspiration from lord of the rings and decided to just use the same environment.

Overall this movie actually baffled me because it was a good example of what a modern Hollywood piece of crap it actually was. It blew the lid of the crap barrel and reached a solid 10 on the diarrhoea meter (ironically diarrhoea is a Greek word ). This movie made me think about how movies today rely on style over substance and completely offer no sense of depth or creativity. Watch the original it has more depth and creativity than this movie. The original features a great cast, great visual effects by Ray Harryhausen which are done mostly with stop motion animation which I find to be one of the best practical ways of creating the monsters for the film. The original is a more complete experience and a much more compelling one as well. These remakes are getting out of control and they seem to get more popular over time which offers the question what other classics are going to be remade? And should you see the originals first, defiantly see the originals first as you will find no matter how old or how outdated the classics may be they still shine through movie history with films such as the original The Day The Earth Stood Still or even films such as the original Nightmare On Elm Street. The classics are always usually better than their modern day counterparts. Overall I recommend the original Clash Of The Titans and not the 2010 remake. After seeing this film I started seeing other films deemed classics, films such as the samurai movie Yojimbo directed by Akira Kurosawa and western such as The Good The Bad And The Ugly directed by Sergio Leone, now those are movies. The remake of Clash Of The Titans is a perfect example of a film in which the original is still a classic even till this day.

Pulp Fiction Review/Analysis

Quinton Tarintino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction still holds up today as a modern classic. Its non linear storytelling and compelling characters offer an experience that’s unique and interesting. The films writing and direction is brilliant right from the start, as Tarintino’s witty dialogue and brilliant cast are brought together with fantastic results.

The films storys are a trilogy of shorts that all link into each other in some way. Story 1 deals with Vince Vega being given the job of taking a crime boss’s wife out to dinner, story 2 deals with a heavy weight boxer refusing to take a dive and taking the dive money anyway, and story 3 deals with an accidental bullet to the head and the need to then dispose of the body.

The storys seem simplistic from a glance but once viewed up close are actually fairly deep and often allegorical in nature. A great example of this is the boxer’s story, called The Golden Watch. The Golden Watches main theme is honour, honour that is represented with a watch that was passed down from people who fought in wars and all valued the watch. The stories central character called Butch is as much a warrior as his previous relatives were, as they were soldiers when owning the watch. The entire story plays out like a war, with Tarintino cleverly and subtlety portraying scenes as if they were metaphorical war zones, ranging from sneaking through a hole in a fence, to the sound of radio chatter and airplanes flying overhead.

(image above) The fence looks very similar to barbed wire.


  (image left) Butch goes through a hole in a fence as if infiltrating an enemy stronghold.

Each story has their own theme. There are technically 5 stories in total, but one of them acts as an introduction, introducing 2 hit man characters that are part of the film main cast, and the other acts as an epilogue that follows on from the films very first scene in which a couple plan to rob a dinner. The 5 stories all have a theme in common, with the themes following as judgement, loyalty, honour, respect, and finally redemption. This set of themes are practically religious in nature, with the one of the films main characters, called Jules encouraging the religious symbolism even more with his observations on the subject.
One of the films most talked about aspects is what is the contents of a briefcase that Vince and Jules were set out to retrieve. It has been debated over the years, and according to an early script the contents was going to be diamonds. But in the final film a gold glow was added and can be seen shinning out of the brief case as it is opened so that only the films characters can see what’s inside. People have speculated that this almost god like glow( there’s that religious subtext again) is what people want to see when they look inside. For example, Vince see’s drugs, since he is a frequent drug user, Jules see’s enlightenment, something he has been seeking, and one of the robbers see’s money, the thing they are after.
 (image above) Vince looks into the briefcase

Overall, Quentin Tarintino’s Pulp Fiction is an entertaining, deep, and brilliantly performed piece of cinema that is possibly Tarintino’s best film so far. It uses simplistic pulp crime stories as a basic outline for its many themes and references, and the final result is certainly a good one.