Sadako 3D 2 April 2, 2014Posted by oldboy in : Ring, J-Horror , add a comment
Awful, just bloody awful and senseless and dumb movie and I dare say it shows the state of Japan’s movie industry today where films are made to the standards of TV quality which is pretty damn cheap here. These days a vast majority of films released by Japan are often sequels to TV dramas shown here. If not that then they are movies filled with talentless young actors and actresses who have graduated from subway commercials to portray characters 20 years their senior. The stories are usually bland romance or romance comedies that are aimed at young Japanese couples.
Flying Guillotine Movies March 24, 2014Posted by oldboy in : DVD/Video/T.V., Asian Cinema , add a comment
Emperor Yung Cheng creates an army of Flying Guillotine users to take down anyone that he may see as a threat, but such an army makes him far deadlier and vicious targeting anyone who should dare even look at him the wrong way. When one of the Flying Guillotine members decides to escape he encounters the full wrath of the Emperor and his army.
Unlike it’s unofficial sequels this is a rather tame (yet bloody) start to the myth of the flying guillotine. If you’re gonna get into the Flying Guillotine series then watch this first because what’s going to come later will blow this away.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug March 18, 2014Posted by oldboy in : Uncategorized, Cinema, Fantasy, Book to Film , add a comment
The bits I thought would be longer were shorter and the bits I thought were short were longer. So begins the long journey of the epic review of ‘The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug’, now pronounced smaOUg,
Hummm, well it starts off pretty well. The Peter Jackson cameo is the most obvious and somewhat funny for being so. The flash forward to the Dwarves and Bilbo Baggins running with Gandalf through beautiful landscapes reminded me of the good ole LOTRs days.
Before Midnight February 15, 2014Posted by oldboy in : Cinema , add a comment
I remember being introduced to Before Sunrise while sitting on a bus talking to a girl in Kobe many years ago and didn’t get round to actually seeing it (and seeing the irony of been told about it on a bus) until I was persuaded to do so by another girl whom I considered to have good taste in movies too.
Romance movies aren’t really my thing but what I like about Before Sunset, Sunrise and Midnight is that they’re a little bit more genuine than most.
Sherlock series 3 January 15, 2014Posted by oldboy in : DVD/Video/T.V., Sherlock Holmes , add a comment
2 Years on and we finally had a resolution (one of many) to how Sherlock did or might have pulled it off. At this stage does it really matter how he did it? I think the producers quite agree too. It’s more about the return of the world’s greatest detective (no, not Batman) and how people around him deal with that return.
Gravity January 8, 2014Posted by oldboy in : Cinema, Science Fiction , add a comment
The Film that makes you want to drink for the right reasons. Going into gravity I knew little about it and tried to keep my expectations low. I’m not the biggest fan of George and Sandra so I wasn’t overly hyped to see it. But after seeing it I was telling everyone I knew to go see it. It’s easily the best film of 2013. It totally ups the game for all sci-fi movies from now on as to how they film scenes in space. People praise JJ Abrams work on Star Trek for how he shot the exterior scenes of Ships in space but this film shows the Alfonso Cuarón is the visionary director. Taking cues from films like ’2001′ he re-introduces the physics and danger of space travel.
Doctor Who series 7 part 2 November 20, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Science Fiction, Time Travel , add a comment
Part II of series 7 comes off a lot stronger than part one. When it shines it really shines. When it doesn’t it has me wondering if it’s time to give the show a rest.
The Christmas Special The Snowmen was an excellent episode. It had me laughing out loud in places as it did my parents who never watch this sort of thing usually. If it can get all of us in the same room and all of us enjoying it that’s something quite special in my view. Great to see Strax back. He was very funny in this. I loved the allusions to Sherlock Holmes too and
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban November 2, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Books, Fantasy , add a comment
Much like the movies the tone of the books start to take a darker turn with repeated scenes of Harry hearing the final scream of his Mother before she dies trying to save him. We also have Harry wanting to take revenge for his parents and we’re told how Sirus Black coldly killed a bunch of Muggles in a past incident. It’s a turning point.
Breaking Bad October 2, 2013Posted by oldboy in : DVD/Video/T.V., Best Ever , add a comment
Perfect is how I’d describe the ending of this series. I haven’t seen a finale in so long that was able to wrap up so many elements and hanging strings in such a satisfying way. But was it a little too perfect? Or are we so spoiled rotten when it comes to the high production value of TV these days that nothing will satisfy us? In some ways I want to be surprised by the unpredictability of events, in other ways I want to enjoy my meal. while I didn’t know what was going to happen I felt like the last episode of the series gave us everything we could have wanted. There won’t be any regrets or a big huh?! with this series finale. *Cough, Sopranos, cough Battlestar Galatica’s Kara disappearing cough* .
Blind Fury September 10, 2013Posted by oldboy in : DVD/Video/T.V. , add a comment
Blind Fury is a lose remake of the 17th Zatoichi movie ‘Zatoichi Challenged‘ starring Rutger Hauer. The film floats somewhere between a family TV movie of the week and a grindhouse film.
Having lost his eye sight in combat in Vietnam, Nick Parker spends years training before returning to the USA in order to talk to the man who left him alone on the field of battle. By chance he gets mixed up with a gang who are after the kid of his ex army buddy and so he must protect the kid while trying to get him back to his father, who now cooks drugs.