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John Landis - Overrated or Underrated? August 11, 2010

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Most audiences today won’t have heard of the name John Landis. They would have heard of “Coming To America” and “The Blues Brothers” but it’s unlikely they recognise the talent behind the lens. That’s because Landis has become one of Hollywood’s forgotten star directors. Legal troubles and a decade of poor work has put the director out in the wilderness. Forgettable films from a forgotten filmmaker.

Yet, you ask anyone if they’ve seen Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and most will reply “Damn right I have – best music video ever made!” Well, that was the brainchild of Jackson and John Landis.

Now Landis is back. His latest film “Burke and Hare”, which is currently in production, promises to be his best work for a very long time. Despite his lacklustre movies during the 1990s and almost complete lack of work during the 2000s, Landis has remained one of my favourite filmmakers. [Click here for my top 10 John Landis Films]

What are your favourite John Landis Films?

Godfather 1 V Godfather 2 - voting continues… August 6, 2010

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Voting continues to discover the best Godfather film - have you voted yet? Which is your favourite - Godfather 1 or Godfather 2? Vote here.
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Two classic films but which one is your favourite? Post your choice here.
There aren’t many film couplets that have garnered as much praise as Francis Ford Coppola’s first two Godfather films. Part 2 is widely recognised as the greatest sequel of all time and it is easy to see why: it’s a truly brilliant tale of greed and familial power politics inherent in the Italian mafia. But it also looks at the continuing story with wider scope than the original, having two disconnected stories running parallel to each other. It is many people’s favoured film of the two, it garnered more award nominations than its predecessor, and, perhaps most importantly, features two fine performances from two of Hollywood’s greatest actors – Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. [Vote here]

A decade of soulless remakes and re-imaginings: Horror in the 2000s August 4, 2010

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Rightly or wrongly I look back at the last decade of horror films as one that gave us nothing new. We retread old ground, often with poor remakes or as they became known during the period – the re-imagining. Instead of western audiences enjoying new and interesting tales from the East – a craze that started in the late 1990s with the likes of Hideo Nakata’s 1998 chiller “Ring” or Takashi Miike’s 1999 film “Audition” – we had American producers nicking the stories and replaying them for English-speaking audiences with pretty Californian teenagers. These films have largely arrived thanks to producer Roy Lee who has made it his business to discover interesting tales from the Far East to recreate in the US of A. [Read more HERE]

Godfather v Godfather II August 2, 2010

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Two classic films but which one is your favourite? Post your choice here.
There aren’t many film couplets that have garnered as much praise as Francis Ford Coppola’s first two Godfather films. Part 2 is widely recognised as the greatest sequel of all time and it is easy to see why: it’s a truly brilliant tale of greed and familial power politics inherent in the Italian mafia. But it also looks at the continuing story with wider scope than the original, having two disconnected stories running parallel to each other. It is many people’s favoured film of the two, it garnered more award nominations than its predecessor, and, perhaps most importantly, features two fine performances from two of Hollywood’s greatest actors – Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. [Vote here]

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