Retro Ramblings

Reports from the dusty corners of filmland

Archive for February, 2010

Frankenweenie (1984)

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

This is one of the short films Tim Burton made whilst he still worked at Disney, the other being the animated Vincent. It’s not hard to see why Disney didn’t quite know what to do with Tim Burton. He clearly had talent, and a knack for telling stories about kids, but did this really fit […]

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Grand Theft Auto (1977)

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

By the time Ron Howard was twenty he had starred in over ten movies and dozens of popular American TV shows. He came from a TV family, which I imagine helped. Whilst he starred alongside Andy Griffith, his brother Clint played with a 650-pound bear in Gentle Ben. His dad Rance was also an actor […]

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Hogfather (2006)

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I started reading the Discworld novels sometime in the late 1980s. They were a revelation. I loved everything about them. Even then, I couldn’t understand why someone hadn’t tried to make a movie. Over the years we got stage plays, animations and radio adaptations, but still nothing “real”. Then, four years ago, Sky produced their own version […]

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Beyond the Rave (2008)

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

This review is going to be riddled with SPOILERS. You have been warned.
Late one Saturday night in September 2007 I found myself dancing in silence next to a fire-breather in an abandoned warehouse somewhere in London. I was surrounded by dozens of other people similarly dancing in silence. This wasn’t some sort of slightly pointless […]

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Peter and the Wolf (2006)

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

This won the Oscar for best animated short film in 2007, and you can see why. It clocks in at 30 minutes long, and the animation is incredible.
This is a modernised take on the original Prokofiev tale. It uses the music throughout, but here Peter lives with his cantankerous grandfather, is bullied by local poachers […]

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Los Angeles: Portrait of a City

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I’ve written a review of this amazing new book from Taschen. You can read it by clicking on the picture or going to the Cinema Retro website. If you are interested in movie history it’s got some really fascinating photos going right back to the silent movie days.

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Lesbian Vampire Killers (2008)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I tried watching this film a few months ago and gave up during the opening credits. However, I managed to try it again, thanks to it being one of Apple’s free downloads of Christmas. If they can only get people to watch it by giving it away for free, so be it.
My main problem  with […]

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Oh my. What a terrible film. It’s painfully embarrasing through and through. This picture says it all: an obvious back projection as Emmannuelle tries to get him to move by being sexy. He doesn’t. A couple of seconds later we discover why. He’s gay! Hilarious.
The death nell of the Carry On series was most definitely […]

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Serenity (2005)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

It took me a long time to catch up with the Firefly phenomenon. By the time I became aware of its existence it had already been cancelled and this movie was in production. I first saw the film a year after its release and really enjoyed it, but I couldn’t help feel that I was […]

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