Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is an alternate history action movie which imagines one of the most beloved presidents of the United States of America as a part time slayer of the blood sucking undead. The screenplay (and the original book on which the film is based) is brought to us by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. So it seems his penchant for taking well known tales and putting his own twist of them continues unabated.
The background story is totally Batman; a young Abe Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) witnesses his mother killed by a vampire and as an adult vows revenge. Then it’s pretty much Batman Begins for a while as Abe is inducted into the ways of vampire hunting by Henry Sturges (Dominic Cooper), an experience vampire hunter. Read more [+]
True Grit is the latest film by the director/producer duo, Joel and Ethan Coen. Creators of such films as Fargo and Millers Crossing – True Grit is a distinctly Coen production with violence, black humour and peculiar characters.
As both Liam and Kyle attended the preview screening, we figured it would only be fitting to team up and collaborate on this review. Read more [+]
I’ve always been a fan of bad but good action films and often go searching for the latest straight-to-DVD masterpiece from the likes of Steven Seagal or Jean Claude Van Damme.
“Why?” you ask, “No, seriously Liam, why in god’s name would you do that?” Read more [+]
Available now on DVD from Madman Entertainment
Bleach is an anime series that has been around for a long time now, spanning many seasons and three separate movies with a fourth being announced. That said in traditional PAL style we’re a little behind with the second movie “The DiamondDust Rebellion” being released only recently in Australian shores.
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I know I’ll lose a lot of respect from friends and relatives in admitting this but I never read any of John Marsden’s critically acclaimed and fanatically loved young adult book series growing up. Crazy and unbelievable I know, but I guess I was just the sort of kid who was more concerned with where his next hit of creamy 16 bit video game goodness was coming from. So yes, I went in to this film fairly ignorant about the story and completely clueless as to the tone of the series. Read more [+]
How To Train Your Dragon tells the story of a village of Vikings who have to battle with constantly being raided and pillaged themselves by swarms of dragons who steal their herds and destroy their homes. Our protagonist is a scrawny Viking-to-be called Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel; animated by many), who also happens to be the son of the village chief, Stoic (voiced by Gerard Butler; animated by many). Relegated to being an apprentice blacksmith, Hiccup uses his technical know-how to construct a cannon. One night during a dragon raid Hiccup manages to take down his first dragon using the cannon – but on finding the downed beast Hiccup finds himself unable to kill the wounded dragon and sets him free.
How To Train Your Dragon is the most recent 3D animated feature from Dream Works Animation, the same studio behind the Shrek series, Kung Fu Panda and Monsters Versus Aliens – and this may very well be their best film by a wide margin.
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Halo is a multi-billion dollar franchise that’s taken the gaming world by storm and is slowly making the move to film; this animated DVD release is the first step. When Halo: Combat Evolved was released in 2002, I was one of the many to buy it. Hell, if you owned an XBOX you had to own this game, at the very least it was one of only a handful of games out at the time. I enjoyed the game, quite a bit in fact. It was new and exciting, with fast paced first person shooter action that rivalled GoldenEye 007. However even then I found the story lacking, it was hollow and generic and ever since then as each new game has come out they have tried and failed to make the universe even slightly interesting.
When I heard about this series of short animated films, done in a style similar to the entertaining Animatrix and the fantastic Batman: Gotham Knight, I was actually interested. This could have been what got me invested in the Halo characters and want to explore the universe they created… it could have been.
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Fantastic Mr. Fox is a film based on the book by Roald Dahl and while I don’t recall too many specifics of the book, I do recall it being clever, amusing and one of my favourite books for a time. I’m uncertain just how faithful an adaptation this film is, but it does still conjure the same feelings of awesome – well, with one exception. Read more [+]
Written and directed by Henry Selick and based on the novel by Neil Geiman, this stop-motion animated feature film tells the story of a young girl named Coraline who has just moved into a dreary apartment with her parents. Coraline doesn’t much care for her new home or her weird neighbours – but then she discovers a portal to a place which seems to be a magical, amazing version of her own world. In this ‘other world’ everyone and everything is better than it was in the real world. There’s only one disconcerting quality about this other world – everyone has buttons where their eyes should be. This is the experience of watching Coraline: it’s absolutely wonderful, but with a hint of menace. Read more [+]