Loving Vincent’s Animation

As well as seeing the popcorn pleaser Thor: Ragnarok over the weekend I also saw the much smaller UK/Poland animated movie Loving Vincent. What makes this biographical tale of Vincent Van Gogh stand out is the animation style: each frame is an oil painting on canvas like a Van Gogh painting. Don’t believe me, check out the trailer below:

As you can see the animation is definitely beautiful but is there more to the movie than pretty pictures? You’ll have to click below the break to find out

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Ragnarok of Comedy

Ragnarok of ComedyThanks to work, I’ve only just caught up with Thor: Ragnarok – another solid seven out of ten film from Marvel Studios. One thing the film does do is highlight Marvel’s problem with comedy and how it undercuts any tension the movie may have.

I’m not saying that superhero movies shouldn’t make a single joke. In fact characters like Thor need to embrace the silliness of their premises but they need to do it in a way that still takes their stories seriously. Below the break I’ll have examples!

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Golden Compass Rewatch

Golden Compass RewatchThe only way to complete this mini Northern Lights/The Golden Compass series is to do a rewatch of the film and see if the concerns I had of the original trailer were unfounded. The short version is it is better than I remembered but does have a couple of major issues stopped it ever becoming a good film.

Beware spoilers for The Northern Lights/The Golden Compass below

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Introducing The Golden Compass Film Discussion

Introducing The Golden Compass Film DiscussionToday is the day that Philip Pullman publishes his new book La Belle Sauvage, the first volume of The Book of Dust series – a sequel series to Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy.

Introducing Golden Compass Film Discussion

I’ve loved the original trilogy since my university days and I’ve talked a bit about them on previous blogs before so to celebrate the launch of the new book I’ll be re-publishing my original trailer review for The Golden Compass as a Ghost of Blogs Past. The following day I’ll publish a re-watch review of the film that refers back to the trailer review post to see if my concerns from 2007 are still true today. I’ll post both of these articles below the break once they have been published.

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Next of the Planet of the Apes

Next of the Planet of the ApesYesterday I saw the quite superb War for the Planet of the Apes. Apart from being great it concluded what I’m going to call the Andy Serkis Trilogy of Planet of the Apes films. Can you believe there have now been nine Planet of the Apes movies in total? Eight of which could be claimed as cannon but that is not what I want to talk about today. Instead I want to talk about what next for the Planet of the Apes. This of course includes spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes so no suggestions until after the break below!

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The 13th Doctor – A Hot Take

Tonight the BBC finally announced the actor who would play the 13th Doctor, taking over the role from Peter Capaldi at Christmas. For those avoiding spoilers (good luck!) I won’t say who it is until after the break. For those who want to find out – or just want to enjoy the moment again – here is the BBC‘s intro video!

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When The Beginning Isn’t A Very Good Place To Start

When The Beginning Isn't A Very Good Place To Start

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According to the musical the Sound of Music

Let’s start at the very beginning/a very good place to start

However when adapting/remaking/re-imagining a famous property it often isn’t.  Last week I sat down to watch Emerald City, the Game of Thrones style TV remake of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is everything you’d expect from such a description (minus the pointless female nudity) yet the opening episode was often boring as the usual plot points came and went. Spoilers from here on out so click below to read more.

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Eye on the Avengers

Eye on the Avengers

The last two films I saw at the cinema have been Eye in the Sky (which was brilliant) and Captain America: Civil War (also very good). On the surface both films seem very different but they actually looked at similar issues, just in very different ways.  Eye in the Sky looks at the politics and regulations of drone missions and the effects they cause on local populations and the people who fly them while Captain America: Civil War is about whether the Avengers should be following regulations in their own missions after civilians are killed during a failed mission. To say anything more will involve spoilers for both movies so click continue reading if you want to continue reading…
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The Huntsman Winter’s War Review

The Huntsman Winter's War ReviewBack in November I posted about the trailer for The Huntsman Winter’s War and claimed that

The Huntsman Winter’s War will be a hot mess of a film but at least it will be a fun one!

Well I saw the movie yesterday and I thought I’d report back my thoughts and whether I was wrong or not. You’ll find the answer below the break.

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