Retro Ramblings

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Archive for August, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues (2009)

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

For those who complain that you can’t get something for nothing, I give you Sita Sings the Blues, an incredibly inventive and entertaining feature-length animation from Nina Paley. It’s bright, colourful, insightful and also educational. What more can you ask?
According to her website, Nina began making this film after a difficult break-up from her husband. […]

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The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

I’ve never seen a Lucio Fulci film before, although I’ve always been curious about seeing Zombie Flesh Eaters: zombie vs shark? Hello? One day I’ll track a copy of that down. In the meantime, I’ve never really fancied any of his other movies. I’ve never been a fan of Italian Giallo, including Argento. His films […]

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Adventureland (2009)

Friday, August 21st, 2009

If you look up cool and quirky in the dictionary, you might find this picture.
Our Sunday screening was this new teen comedy “from the director of Superbad“. It stars Kirsten Stewart, who I had seen earlier on in some clips from New Moon, and her acting looked frankly hilarious, and not in a good way. […]

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District 9 (2009)

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Simply put, District 9 is the most astonishing film I have seen in a very long time. I was privileged to have a ticket for the BFI/ Empire Movie-Con II last weekend, and this film was the secret screening on the first day. As soon as the title “Peter Jackson Presents” came on the screen […]

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Hi again. Sorry it’s taken me a couple of days to find the time to write this one up. As before, here’s quick run-throughof the day’s previews and screenings:
Iron Man II: Well, wouldn’t you know. Robert Downey Jr. is in town and popped in again, to another thunderous round of applause. I’ve not seen the […]

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BFI-Empire Movie-Con II: Day One!!

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

I have been attending the Empire Movie-Con II this weekend, and here is a quick rundown of what I have seen so far, along with a brief opinion (for what it’s worth):
Trailers and clips for
The Lovely Bones (plus interviews and personal intro from Peter Jackson) – looks fantastic. I have read the book and am […]

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Cat Women of the Moon (1953)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Wow. That certainly is a striking image. And those are impressive eyebrows. Just imagine how scary they would have looked in 3D. I find it hard to believe that this film was originally released in 3D. It just seems like a lot of effort, for a film which seems to suffer from a lack of […]

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It’s Alive! (1969)

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

When I started watching this film I was expecting the cult classic It’s Alive, directed by Larry Cohen. Little did I realise that he had been beaten to that title five years earlier by Larry Buchanan. I recently got myself an ipod Touch, and celebrated by loading it up with movies downloaded from The […]

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The July Plot (1964)

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

In 1964 the BBC, as part of their regular “Wednesday Play” series, produced a 90 minute drama based on the assassination attempt on Hitler in 1944. John Carson played Col. Claus Schenk Count von Stauffenberg, now best known for being played by Tom Cruise in Valkyrie. I’ve not seen that, so I can’t compare them, […]

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S & M Hunter (1986)

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

At last we arrive at the final film of the Art of the Nasty festival. By this time it was 10pm, and quite a few people had decided not to stay. I was unsure about this film, but was determined to see it through to the end, as a), I’d paid my money, and b), […]

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