Tuesday, 26 April 2011

21 through 25

Realising I've been somewhat lacking in the film watching department (Or at least the 'watching new films' department) I decided to pull my finger out and over the last weekend managed to get a fair few films in. Thank goodness for Bank Holiday weekends.
I also put it down to the new shop being my main focus at the moment. Had some rather amusing situations happen so far. In fact, before I get into the reviews, I'll tell you about a guy who came into the studio on Friday.
This dude came in looking pretty... spaced out. I dont think he was on anything but I think he normally is and its effected how he is in his normal day to day life... He approached the counter and rolled up his trouser leg
"Aaaah what it is butt, i've got a leg sleeve I want to know if you can finish off like. I got an angel holding a cross and jesus holding a cross and I want something to go in the gap inbetween like."
"No worries, did you have any idea of what you might want to fill in the gap?"
"Not really sure like, whatever you think would look good innit? Maybe a cross on its own like? Maybe another Jesus? I cant have the Virgin Mary though."
"Why cant you have the Virgin Mary out of interest?"
"Cos she's a Catholic like."
"Well... Actually she was Jewish"
"Same thing like"
Found it hard here not to piss myself laughing and then start arguing the differences of the worlds religions...
"I'm a Seven Day Adventist Christian see"
"Right... Well... um... without meaning to sound rude, what CAN you have?"
"Well I was thinking about having a headstone in the space."
"Ok... Did you want anything on the Headstone at all? Any sort of text?"
"Uh... Yeah... I'd want RIP J. J."
At which point I had to bite my cheeks to stop from laughing. Talk about completely unrelated to the religious imagery he had found so important only minutes earlier...
I gave him a break down of our prices at which point his junky head must have thought about all the drugs he could purchase instead, and he left.

So yeah a lot of stuff like that seems to be occupying my time these days.

Anyway, onto the films!

21.) Tron: Legacy (2010) Dir: Joseph Kosinski

I'd wondered if there would ever be a sequel made to "Tron" after the film did so poorly in the early eighties. I remember in the nineties there was an episode of the cartoon "Freakazoid" where they talked about how the original didn't turn out to be the success that Disney had hoped it would be and it was pretty much a financial disaster. That said, it kinda built up a massive cult following over the years with modern day popular culture oftern making reference to it. Things like "Family Guy" for instance.
So I was pretty happy when I heard that this film was being made as with modern effects I figured it could be something pretty special. I've seen the original numerous times but not for many years so only vaguely remember it but I always remember that I liked it. I heard various things about the film as it was in production. Things like Jeff Bridges real world son would have to fight his CG world son who was the spitting image of a young Bridges.
This was almost right with the young Bridges being pretty much a digital clone whose sole purpose is to improve the cyberworld. Of course, to develop the plot, he has to go bad and ends up imprisoning Bridges in the CG world or 20 years. Then Bridges real world son grows up on the outside and finds his dad is still alive and sets off to rescue him. Kinda. Dont want to give too much away.
This film is O.K at best. Visually yes it looks good but I have real problems with the story.
For example, I think they only really called this film "Tron" so that people would know it was a sequel as Tron is NOT a major player in the story. His appearance in it is totally predictable as well and his exit from the film is not one that I thought worthy of someone who is the film titular character. In fact I would go so far as to say it was completely unsatisfying and unmemorable. This pissed me off a bit.
It would kinda be like having a Conan film where Conan only appears in the film as a supporting character who you hardly really see and has little to no dialogue at all. Thats not what you're paying for on the door is it?
Another thing that bugged. If I came up to you and said "Here you go, this is a unsecure, easily accesible wallet that I want you to carry on the centre of your back where it can be easily removed by any third party. In this I want you to keep your: House keys, Car keys, Passport, Money, Credit Cards, Pin numbers, Jewellery and anything of any value to you." you would turn to me and tell me I was off my fucking head. Yet in this film its accepted practice in the CG world. They keep a disk which has their entire identity on their backs. I know it was kinda like this in "Tron" but I would hope that after 20 years of your identity being stolen in this CG world, they would have found a more secure alternative. Nope. Even the old Jeff Bridges is still carrying his on his back and his contains the key for any of the computer world people to leave and enter the real world. He knows his is the most valuable disk but instead of locking it away in a vault or something, he carries it. On his back. It ends up being stolen from him stupidly easily and everyone looks on as if this is a big shock.
I know you might think i'm over thinking it but after waiting over twenty years for a sequel, dont we deserve better than this? The ending is pretty gash too. Really, really disappointing. Have they left it open for another film? If so, will this one actually have Tron in it to justify the film name? We live in hope...
Rating 3/5

22.) 9 (2009) Dir: Shane Acker

I knew this film existed but I didnt really know much about it and for some reason, despite it being animated I wasnt really bothered about ever seeing it. Maybe the designs of the main characters just didnt do it for me or maybe it was the washed out colour scheme that seems to be used all through the film... Whatever it was, I decided that as it was on last weekend, I would give it a look.
The backround to the story is nothing particularly new: Humans versus Machines. I think Cameron had pretty much sown up this area in the Eighties. What I did like about this though, is that its not about the survival of humanity. We're already extinct. It's about the survival or some weird sock-puppet type things who were given life by the same human who created the machines that wiped us out in the first place. All this on top of flashbacks to the humans fighting the machines that sort of made it look more the World War 2 era when the machines attacked as opposed to some futuristic time.
There was also a clever way of handling death in the film that would still make it watchable to children while informing adults that people were being ruthlessly cut down and killed. I liked that. It didnt really directly show humans dying but it was implied. Human corpses always seem to be just slightly out of focus too so you cant really spend too much time studying them and they're really clever in the way that you're not really drawn towards the corpses but more the sock puppets anyway.
Now what did bug me was the character of 9. The only machine left to hurt the sock puppets was a robodog. The SP's track down the dog and see it trying to stick a special stone into a giant robot but they kill him before the robodog can finish inserting it. Most of the SP's celebrate whilst 9 thinks it would still be a good idea to see what would happen if the stone was inserted into the machine. Thus waking a maniacal machine hell bent on wiping out any life on the planet other than machine. Oh and it can create other machines as well and is in fact the main machine that started the whole human/machine war in the first place.
Good job 9. Maybe do some research before you go sticking that fork into the plug socket yeah?
Rating 3/5

23.) Paul (2011) Dir: Greg Mottola

I love Simon Pegg. I think he's done wonders for the whole Geek community. He's contributed, without a doubt, to Geek-chic. Making Geeks seem a lot cooler than perhaps we really are. "Spaced" was a stroke of absolute genius and I couldnt help but feel when I was younger that it was written about me (In "Spaced" the main character Tim was an aspiring comic book artist who worked in a comic book store. At the time I was an aspiring comic book artist working in a -yep you guessed it!- comic book store).
So whenever I hear that he's written a knew film I look forward to it. "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" were both brilliant. "Paul" wasn't quite up to their standards... It was nothing really... new. I think maybe the missing factor in this film was the lack of involvement of Edgar Wright.
The film was basically Pegg and Frost getting all the other geeky shit they had built up off their chests I think. In the last ten minutes of the film alone I think there are a billion quotes from other famous science fiction films.
So basically 2 Brits travel across America and along the way they meet numerous whacky folks from the film "Superbad" and the series "Arrested Development" causing much hilarity to ensue. Seth Rogen was a pretty voice actor, some of the CG seemed a tad shonky but overall I enjoyed the film! It just didnt blow me away.
Rating 3/5

24.) Surrogates (2009) Dir: Jonathan Mostow

I wanted to see this film when I heard it was being made. I liked the concept even as ridiculous as it was. Plus the idea of Bruce with a really ponce like hair style amused me somewhat!
This is one of those Sci-Fi films where if you spend too long thinking about the story, you realise it couldnt work and pick lots of holes in the plot. If you watch it and switch off though, it's pretty enjoyable.
Basically in this film the majority of the population jump at their own shadows so instead of leaving the house themselves, they plug into a computer and let robot versions of themselves who are impervious to pain go out instead. You could be anyone you want though. You dont have to look anything like yourself.
Willis is a cop investigating a murder whose surrogate is destroyed forcing him to walk around as himself. He becomes disillusioned with the whole surrogate robot thing but still has to solve a murder. Since he doesnt have a robot version of himself to investigate with anymore it puts him in danger of actually being killed but thats nothing compared to what could happen.
I wont say more than that. There's lots of things you could tear apart in this film but its alright. Has a pretty decent cast too.
It kinda reminds me of all the internet games where fat, sweaty, middle-aged, unemployed losers pretend to be teenage girls and masterbate profusely as they "cyber" with teenage boys...
I saw a documentary about it once...
Rating 4/5

25.) Battle: Los Angeles (2011) Dir: Jonathan Liebesman

Not to be confused with my earlier review for "Battle OF Los Angeles" which of course is an absolute classic.
This is basically the same premise though. Aliens come to Earth and start attacking. You dont see too much of the actual aliens because of that "shaking camera" effect that seems to be so popular these days... Two-Face plays a staff-sgt who has to go up against the aliens with a inexperienced 2nd Lt. as his C.O.
It's not really strong on story if i'm completely honest. You learn a little bit about the backround of each main character but considering all of the main characters are Marines, you know they're really just there to be shot at and/or killed.
The marines go in, get their asses kicked and then spend the majority of the film trying to retreat to a safe zone before the area they're in is carpet bombed or nuked or whatever.
Two-Face is pretty bad ass and yet troubled all at the same time.
Michelle Rodriguez is in this too. She doesnt die in it either for a change. Seriously though, does anybody actually like her? Does anybody think "We need a hottie for this film, get Michelle on the phone" because if so, they clearly havent spent much time checking the wealth of hotties out there. I just find her really irritating with the whole "I'm such a bad girl" vibe she seems to like perpetuating. She's picked because she's so butch I think. The whole "Is she or isnt she a lesbian?" thing must appeal to a lot of guys who like it when towards the end of the film its revealed she is infact straight. I dont know, i'm probably reading too much into it but I dont think any film she has ever been in would have suffered if she HADN'T been in it. Anyone want to share any opinion on this?
Rating 3/5

So another 5 down! Only another 225 films to go! Easy...
I have a few lined up now that I want to watch but I've fallen a little behind so need to pull my thumb out and cram a few more flicks in I think...
Still taking suggestions for films.
Also if anyone knows a good source of old science fiction films online then please let me know! I'd prefer websites that would let me stream them. Films from the 50's and 60's etc etc...


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

16 through to 20

Yep indeedy-do-da I've hit the TWENTY films mark...

I realise I will seem to you guys that I have slowed down a little but I feel it was somewhat inevitable... I had to start getting a decent nights sleep and also... So much bad Sci-Fi... It drains you.
I understand that some of you (Dan) havent agreed a hundred percent with some of my reviews. I also know that this was going to be somewhat inevitable. You cant please everybody. If you could, everyone on the planet would know that the one true God is in fact Ogdru Jahad.

A Hellboy reference for you there guys...

I've fallen a bit behind because of building and setting up my new shop too. I'll try and get back on top of it.

Once again into the breach and onto the films!

16.) Paradox (2010) Dir: Brenton Spencer

I know what you're thinking - "How could anything that Stars Kevin Sorbo and that guy who played Teal'c in Stargate: SG1 possibly be bad?!"
I know because I thought the exact same thing. Two high class American C-listers and yet the film still sucked!! I'm starting to realise that if its over an hour long and being shown on the Sci-Fi channel, then nine times out of ten it's probably going to be shit.
This film is about a world where Magic is the dominant force, not science. Science is seen as an aberration. Not TOO shit a premise so far.
Sorbo is a cop who starts the film by being completely unprofessional and inept which (In my opinion) contributes to the death of his partner. His partner though, has been killed by a... wait for it... A BULLET! DUN DUN DUUUUUUHHHHH!
This is shocking because guns in this world are powered by magic and therefore dont require bullets. Teal'c plays Sorbos Captain. Blah blah blah. Turns out someone has created a portal to a parallel world (Ours) and are exploiting the ability to travel between worlds for their own gain.
Cue some terrible fight scenes, some even worse CG and most impressive of all, an Ancient Winston Churchill who soon becomes Sorbo's new best friend. Seriously. Churchill used magic to stop himself aging and dying and himself has taken to studying science as he believes it to be the way forward.
Sorbo meets a woman who studies Science in his own world, they implausibly fall in love and a load of shit happens at the end which to be honest I dont really remember because I kept drifting in and out of paying attention to this film. I do remember that Teal'c turned out to be a baddie in the end though.
The film tried to incorporate some effects similar to those of 300 or sin city but with such a low budget it was never going to work. EVER.
Rating 1/5

17.) Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002) Dir: Bob Gale

Now I have to be honest, I had never ever heard of this film, I stumbled across it completely by accident on the IMDB. This really surprised me though because the film stars Gary Oldman, James Marsden, Christopher Lloyd, that blonde chick from "Road Trip" who's always getting her tits out in films and even Michael J. Fox has a small cameo right at the start of the film.
I'm gutted I have never come across this film before! Bob Gale (Writer as well as director) has created a masterpiece here. This is one of those films which is just NICE, know what I mean?..
I dont really see how this film passes as Sci-Fi as such, I would have gone more with fantasy... but hey, IMDB lists it as Sci-Fi so, hell it works for me!
The basic sort of backstory to this revolves around a man O. W. Grant (Oldman) who has the ability to grant one wish to any person he likes. Grant is a bit of a prankster though and to the undeserving (and sometimes even to the deserving...) he makes the pranks go sour for his own amusement. The O. W. in the name even stands for "One Wish"
Enter James Marsden as a boy celebrating his (22nd- I think) birthday. He's asked to make a wish and his wish is to know pretty much where his life is going. Oldman is working as a waiter at the restaurant and grants the wish via his weird monkey shaped, wish granting pipe...
From then on Marsden keeps seeing pictures of a girl he's only ever seen in his dreams all over the place. He's painted her and obsessed over her and now that he finds out she is real, he decides he MUST find the real her. This leads him on a journey delivering a package down Interstate 60. The only real problem with that is that Interstate 60 doesnt really exist. It's not on any maps and you wont be able to find it unless you know where to look. You have to open your eyes to the ability to see things that you wouldnt usually accept as being real.
As he drives down the interstate he meets lots of strange and interesting people and visits a few peculiar towns (One of which has Kurt Russell as the Sheriff - ANOTHER big name! How had I never heard of this film?!!!) before finally arriving at a town where every resident is a lawyer. Here's where his mystery woman is being held.
It's just so unexpected and well written, so nice and a break from what I would class as your usual film. maybe it's just me who thinks this. If you have already seen this film, I would LOVE to know what you think and if you havent seen it, I urge you to give it a go and let me know what you think!
Rating 5/5

18.) Franklyn (2008) Dir: Gerald McMorrow

I cant say I have seen too many films that actually star Ryan Phillippe and I'd never heard of this film but in the interests of the challenge I decided to give it go because it couldnt possibly be worse than some of the shit I had already watched.
I didnt mind this film.
It was ok! Nothing particularly ground breaking as such and maybe it was just because I was tired but, there IS a twist in this film which I didnt pick up on until not long before it was revealed which is a bit slow for me.
The film centres around three people. Two in the modern day and one in a distant future where it's illegal to not have a faith of some sort. You could worship a pair of stripy socks as long as you worshipped SOMETHING.
Old Ryan is the person in the future. He's anti-religion and is tracking a man he believes to be responsible for the murder of a young girl.
There's also a girl who has tried to commit suicide on numerous occasions in the name of an art project. This is one of the modern day London inhabitants.
The other modern day character is a guy who has been jilted at the alter and has rekindled a romance with a girl he knew as a child (Who is illogically played by the same girl as the suicide-art-freak only in a red wig...)
You spend a fair bit of the film wondering how the future timeline ties in even remotely with the modern timeline but this is eventually explained away thanks to the addition of King Theoden from "Lord of the Rings" who is trying to find his long missing son.
I dont want to give away anymore than that really because I would like for you to discover the twists for yourself, although none of them will actually blow you away.
Some of the effects for the future world are quite nice but since the bits in modern London are actually filmed in open air london and the future bits in a studio... its sometimes lacking and feels to much like a set when its showing the future. Kind of like "Planet Hell" in the original "Star Trek" series for any of you hardcore geeks in the know.
In other words, this film is worth a go but only reeeeally if you have nothing better to do or... you're doing a film challenge.
Rating 3/5

19.) The First Men in the Moon (2010) Dir: Damon Thomas

I generally tend to like film adaptations of H. G Wells books (As long as they dont star Tom Cruise) even down to the old ones from back in the days when the shilling was still in use.
I also liked the original version of this film and as always was a little skeptical with a remake but after a recommendation from my dad I plonked my incredibly sexy arse down and watched this.
It's pretty low budget with some nasty CG on the aliens that live in the moon, but overall I did really enjoy this. Mark Gatiss as Cavor is brill and check out the mutton chops he's sporting! Pretty sexy shit right there folks!
If you dont know what the film is about, its basically set in the early part of the 20th century and one guy discovers a way to travel to the moon and another more opportunistic chap sees a chance to milk this ability for as much money as he can. They go to the moon, discover life and all end up murdering some of the local population unintentionally.
I wont go into massive detail about this because if you dont know what its about, you SHOULD. Didnt your parents force you to watch the originals of these as a child? For shame!
Nothing spectacular but a good Sunday afternoon yarn.
Rating 3/5

20.) Battle of Los Angeles (2011) Dir: Mark Atkins

Please note before I start that this film ISN'T "Battle: Los Angeles" but is in fact the cheaper, much shitter (Although this is up for some debate apparently) version made by Asylum.
Now we've all come to expect films by Asylum to be shit by now but this is really taking things to the next level. I even picked the above image because I think it speaks more than words ever could. Just in case you dont get the idea though, see the chick with the eyepatch? She's also a U.S special agent who weilds a... Katana. Yes. A katana. Aliens invade and somehow modern technology doesnt appeal to her but a bit of folded metal from Japans feudal era is perfect. The really irritating thing is she DOES manage to take out an alien spaceship with the sword!
Let me go back to the start of the film. It begins with absolutely no back story whatsoever. The aliens just arrive on Earth in a very "Independence day" manner and so the US Gov launches a bunch of fighters to go and see what the crack is. Of course they all get wiped out with the exception of one hard ass woman. There's an irritating bit when shes brought into it though where she flies in a squad with a male pilot who appears to be afraid of flying. Genius.
On the ground there are a bunch of pilots turned marines trying to mount a defence against alien fighters with their machine guns. I dont mean anything as sophisticated as anti-aircraft weaponry. I mean machine guns. One incredibly bad actor even uses a pistol to try and take down a heavily armoured alien fighter. They dont even have a 50cal. the films that low budget. The pistol wielding actor even says moments before firing his pistol that he only has one shot left in it and then proceeds to fire more than his 6 shooter could possibly hold on a good day!
Can you say "Who loves Orange soda?"
"Kel loves orange soda!"
"Is it true?"
"Mhmm, I do, I do, I do-hoo!"
Thats right folks, this film stars the Hollywood A-lister Kel Mitchell!!!!
Should I take back all the bad things I have said and am going to say about this film now on that basis?!
If anything, this guys terrible, terrible acting makes this film worse! If thats even possible!
And considering all the main characters in this film are members of the American armed forces (You dont see one single civvy in this film despite it being set in one of the US's most heavily populated cities) I cant help but feel that even I have had more military training that this bundle of douchebags. None of them seem to know how to hold a gun properly and their idea of how to approach the enemy is farcical at best!
So an "Independence Day" style mothership has attacked LA and a load of their mini fighters are taking out any forms of resistance the military might send their way. It also turns out the military have been keeping an alien captive underground for years as well. They've also had an alien ship they have been studying (Which of course, Kel gets to fly without much in the way of instruction...) and while watching this I couldnt help but think "Hmm... wasnt this all in another Sci-Fi film?" but nothing would immediately spring to mind...
Oh this film is just SO shit that I dont know if I should hit the friend who loaned me the film or not...
The real icing on the cake is when they board the alien mothership and it turns out that its all being controlled by the giant worm from "Tremors"
I really, honestly, truly cant stress how bad this film is. Really. I'm sure i've said this about other films but believe it specifically about this one. I could rant for hours about how bad this is.
For example there is a bit early on in the film where a plane lands amidst all the chaos going on but.. wait... the film looks to be of the type flown during the second world war... Oh God please let it just be an unfortunate case of a WW2 reenactment going on while the attack happened and please let it not be a case of this being a pilot who disappeared during the war only to reappear now the same age as when he disappeared 70 years ago...
I'm pretty sure my grammar is getting worse and worse the more I write and angrier I get.
Oh and it turns out that the WW2 pilot was not actually the original WW2 pilot but was in fact an evil, weird, alien, robot type thingy. It was totally unpredictable.
Really it was. I'm not saying this film is Gash. I'm saying it's:
Ok. It IS probably one of the biggest piles of gash I ever did have the misfortune to clap my eyes on.
If I could give minus points I would.
It makes me think that nothing could be worse than this and i'll probably end up thinking that the film starring Aaron Eckhart is a modern masterpiece! I'll be THAT jaded by this film!
Rating 0/5

So thats the next 5 films done! Hope you've enjoyed my reviews of these 5 more than I've enjoyed watching some of them...
In other unrelated news, I've had my first tattoo. It hurt.
One film I did see in the cinema the other day that was complete and utter gash was "Sucker Punch"
It was a truly awful film and the only reason I havent included it here is because for some reason, the IMDB dont class it as a Science Fiction film despite it containing Mechs, Dragons, Steampunk Zombies and stuff like that. Mind boggling but the rules are the rules. As visually stunning as "Sucker Punch" is though, it is devoid of any real content so if you can, avoid like the plague.
If you were only going to watch it for the girls in the film, I would suggest you just buy a poster of them and masterbate over it. That would be far more satisfying for you in the long run. Trust me.

Until next time folks!

Much Love.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

12 through 15...

I was thinking of updating this with every ten films I watched but then figured that would be a lot to have to write up all the time in one sitting... So I figure I'll try to stick to every five. In fives is ok but I think I have some for of OCD which left me irritated by the fact that I had reviewed up as far as 11 films! Why 11? Why not either go up in fives or do a review on 12? I thought it was odd doing the first 9 too but then I always have been a little weird...

I also think I might be depriving myself of too much sleep with this challenge as i'm only allowing myself to watch these flicks when everything else with the day is done and I have gone to bed. Considering i've been working late to get my new tattoo studio up and running it means i've been staying up til half 1 most nights... i'll have to sort out a better way to do this... Or go insane. I think that would be a funny way to wrap this up...

Anyway, before I get too far off point, lets get to the films...

12.) Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Dir: Steve Pink

I'd not originally wanted to watch this film because I thought the premise was a little bit too ridiculous even by my standards. However after watching so many God-awful gash films, I thought it would be a nice break to watch something the IMDB classed as a Sci-Fi Comedy. This popped up when perusing the list of most popular IMDB Sci-Fi flicks so I decided to give it a go despite earlier reservations.
I have to be honest, I actually quite enjoyed the film.
Maybe this is simply on the basis of how many gash films I had watched building up to this. By this I mean that they were SO bad that HTTM couldn't be seen as anything other than good really.
The film starts pretty much like every other film John Cusack has ever starred in: He's divorced or recently gone through a break up of some sorts, or has lost contact with the woman he loves (2012, Serendipity, High Fidelity.).
The newly single Cusack and his token black friend (AKA the "Ernie Hudson syndrome") decide to take their token crazy bald friend away to a holiday camp they enjoyed in their youth in 80's after said crazy bald friend tries topping himself. Cusack decides to allow his live-in nephew to join them on this trip.
However upon arriving at the camp they find it has fallen into a state of disrepair.Shock. They check out their room and discover they have a hot tub just outside. Upon checking it, the hot tub is knackered. Somehow later though it appears magically repaired and working, none of them thinking this is odd, jump into the hot tub and they have a all night (Homo-erotic) party.
The following day they all go skiing but find it odd that when they reach the bottom of the hill they are using, everyone is dressed like something from the 80's... They realise that they have somehow travelled back in time to the 80's and are initially worried that they will bump into their younger selves and cause a terrible paradox with the same matter occupying the same space (They dont phrase it like that but c'mon, thats what we're aaaaall thinking right). Then they see their reflections and realise they have jumped back into their younger selves with the exception of Cusacks nephew who wasnt born at the time:
This bit of the film is the bit that really bugged me. I can understand sometimes after a pretty heavy night on the sauce, some people might just get up, dressed and head straight out without washing or cleaning or anything like that so they wouldnt see their reflections when getting dressed. However none of them seem hungover and you're telling me seriously that not ONE of the 3 guys who were around in the 80's had actually taken the time out to prepare themselves by looking in the mirror that morning? Fuck.Off.
Anyway thats not the main point. They have to try and redo everything exactly the same as they did the first time around to avoid rewriting the future. This doesnt go according to plan and many, MANY changes are made. To much hilarity.
Despite all these flaws you might think I am pointing out, the film does have some very funny points, like a guy in the modern age they know only has one arm, so when they see he has two in the 80's they desperately try to look out for when he loses the arm. Loads of different situations tie in with that.
The crazy bald guy as well, realising that his life is shit in the modern day goes about setting stuff up so he lives a more comfortable life.
The black dude in the modern day knows that his wife has been cheating on him but after all the changes they make to history, when he gets back to the modern day, he's rich and powerful and she never cheated on him. This still bugged me though because he remembers the other reality and knows that she DID. Grr.
Big plus for this film? Lizzy Caplan is in it:
Isn't she swell? I love her.
This was also the second film on the trot I had seen that had Johnny from the Karate Kid in it! Granted, in this its a relatively minor role but considering the part he plays ties in with a good "gayness between straight mates" joke, it's still a pretty good part!
Oscar worthy this aint, but if you had an hour and a half to kill, you could do a lot worse than watch this. And hey, who out of us wouldnt want to go back in time and found things like Google ourselves?! I just dont see it likely that a Hot Tub will take us there...
Rating 4/5

13.) The Man From Earth (2007) Dir: Richard Schenkman

This film I stumbled across by accident while looking for Sci-Fi blockbusters on IMDB.
It's a "made for tv" film but is based on quite an interesting concept (It also has the Candy Man and one of the guys off "Star Trek: Enterprise" in it) in the sense that its based on the idea of a man living since the age of the cave men to the present day.
It's incredibly low budget so dont go expecting any flash backs throughout the film but it's really rather well written.
John Oldman (Pun in the surname) is a university professor who has just had his last day at work and is moving on not just in the work sense. He's completely moving away from the area. His colleagues/friends (One of whom seems to have a rather inappropriate relationship with one of his students that none of the other professionals seems to mind) obviously want to know why. So John goes on to tell them about how he doesnt age so every time people start to notice he has to move away. He's actually roughly around 14000 years old, was friends with Van Gogh and was also a major biblical figure. He goes on to clear this up though: He never intended to be seen as any sort of magician, just wanted people to respect each other more and treat each other with kindness...
Almost the entire thing is filmed in the one room over 90 odd minutes as the scientists talk about the possibility or likely hood of what John is saying being true. There's a little bit of shonky acting but the actual driving force for the story kept me entertained. Dont go looking for this though unless you really like the sound of it. Wait til you see it on FIVE USA one day or something...
Rating 4/5

14.) Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009) Dir: Gareth Carrivick

I absolutely LOVED this film. Its an utter stroke of genius with a tiny budget. I couldnt believe I hadnt heard of this film before! Especially as it has the "IT Crowd"s Chris O'Dowd in it!
Three mates in a pub drinking. One is obsessed with the notion of time travel. The other is also a geek but the other one (The guy out of Shameless) is their more "normal" mate. Chris O'Dowd gets approached by a woman (Anna Faris) who tells him she is so honoured to meet him as he's going to be big stuff in the future. She would know as she is effectively doing Jean Claude Van Dammes job as a Time Cop.
Chris chats to her for a bit until she says she has to leave and then goes back and tells his mates thinking they were playing a prank on him. They werent. Then every time they go into the toilets they come out in the same pub but in a different time period.
Again this is another one where effectively its all set in one location, within the one room. They change the set slightly depending on the time period but you can tell this wasnt a massive budget flick!
It's a comedy. Not laugh out loud funny but one you cant help but enjoy as they try and dodge around Time Paradox's and try not to bump into their past selves...
Rating 5/5

15.) Alien Trespass (2009) R.W. Goodwin

I admire what this film was trying to do. Honestly I do. It's trying to make a comedy that sort of... lovingly mocks or pay homage to the B-Movies of the 50's and 60's. Styling it all like the retro films but with modern actors and filming techniques.
Unfortunately this doesnt stop it from being unfunny gash.
The main character is Will from "Will and Grace" playing a professor whose body is... possessed by an alien who has come to Earth acting as some sort of intergalactic cop trying to track down and kill a Goata. It's a monster that will basically wat you, leaving behind a pile of watery jelly, which will help it replicate itself and then eventually take over the planet.
The moster is appalling, intentionally I might add, but it still just doesnt work for me. It just looks too fake. If they had filmed the entire thing in Black and White I think it would have worked better.
Its cast... they really struggle too. It's like they're trying to act like people in B-movies would have acted back in the day but they just cant seem to pull it off since thats not how they would have been trained. It's just terrible. I really wanted this to be good and despite how I didnt enjoy it at all, its far from being the worst thing I have ever seen. Simply for the effort the writer and director went to I applaud it.
Still gash though.
The supporting cast are poor... and the music... Christ the music just really gets on your tits! I mean, if they had managed to pull off a retro look a little better then the music might have worked better with it but instead to me at least, it just seemed like someone played a random B-movie soundtrack over the top of the film instead of having something original composed for it...
Avoid unless you're with friends and WANT to take this piss out of it...
Rating 2/5

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