Sunday, August 19, 2018

Annihilation (2018)

Believe the hype! Because everything positive you've heard about this film is true.

It's a monstrous marvel of a movie which mixes adventure with philosophy and dares poke holes at reality itself. There's alien flowers and mutated creatures, in what is pretty much the best version of John Carpenter's The Thing, since John Carpenter's The Thing.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Kooky (2010)

Finding movies that are as entertaining to children as they are to adults is no easy task, but this little puppet film took me by storm.

It's by far the best looking children's movie in decades, with a visual style that is simply to die for, and an adventurous story that had me cheering in delight.

I only wish it was around for me to see when I was a kid.


Friday, August 17, 2018

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Sometimes you just want to watch something nice. And I think enough time has passed now, to warrant blowing the dust of this 90s gem. At least when I recently did, I found myself pleasantly surprised at how it was actually even better than I remembered.

In short: It's a quirky comedy about two boys who are arrested for murder and the unconventional lawyer who tries to prove their innocence.

But all that is purely circumstantial, as it's really a character driven piece about people who bicker for a living, and the setting hardly matters. I would have loved to see these same guys in a holiday flick, or trying to rebuild a house, or even in space. Anything to see them quarrel som more.

Sadly, there never was a sequel. But maybe that is just as well, knowing how Hollywood loves to make lazy cash grabs. If anything, it's a perfect example of how less is more.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

While this was a modest hit back in the day, it did not receive the attention it deserved. And that's rather sad, because this is in fact Indiana Jones 4.

Now, you might argue that there was already another film called Indiana Jones 4, but if so, you would be mistaken. That Kingdom of the Crystal Skull shit was NOT an Indy film! The list of things wrong with that trash is too long to mention, but suffice to say that it featured none of the spirit of the other Indy films, and came off more as a mockbuster.

However, everything that was wrong with Crystal Skull, is RIGHT with Tintin. This film is funny and exciting and action-filled, with great characters, snappy dialogue and marvelous locations, making it pretty much the perfect adventure flick.

The similarities to Indy are also there in abundance, so much so, that changing the main character's name, would actually be the only thing required to make it an official Indy film. So if you just pretend Indy used to be called Tintin in his 20s, you'll be delighted to relive the excitement of Raiders of the Lost Ark once again.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Starship Troopers (1997)

Oh, man I remember when this first came out. It's one of those films where you walked out of the cinema feeling all psyched on a pure adrenaline shot of awesomeness.

The story can pretty much be summed up as a glorious blood bath, with sexy stars and ugly aliens getting slaughtered left and right. And even though the movie carries a distinct message about anti-totalitarianism and what have you, it's all done as tongue in cheek satire.

So whatever your political views might be, there's no denying how awesomely entertaining it is to witness the mayhem of an inter-planetary war.


Friday, August 10, 2018

I, Tonya (2017)

Well this was a surprise! What first looked like just another biographical sob-story, turned out to be one of the funniest films of the year.

At its core, it's a film about losers. There's the delusional nerd who believes he's a secret agent, an abusive parent who talks to birds, a drunkard who only knows how to express love with his fists, and of course the white trash blonde who dreamed of winning the Olympics.

It's told in a pseudo-documentary kind of way, with interviews mixed in with dramatizations. And while most of the characters talk almost like parodies of themselves, what makes it even funnier, is that at the very end of the credits you get to see the real people, and realize that nothing was exaggerated.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Blood Drive (2017)

Whenever I tell people about this show, I always get the same reaction: "You're kidding right?"

The concept is simply to outrageous to be believed without seeing it for yourself. So what is it about?

A car race where the engines run on human blood, and all the contestants have bombs around their necks that will blow up if they should come in last, unless they engage in anal sex.

Yep, that's right. Anal sex in blood-thirsty cars makes for some pretty awesome entertainment! And if you think that sounds too good to be true, you'll be delighted to know that it's not even a fraction of all the delicious depravity in each episode. There's also cyborgs, cannibals, kung-fu and a cult of amazonian women who of course use men as milking bags for semen.

It even features a starlet killer, in the form of Julian Slink. Even though the show was cancelled after the first season, I really hope we get to see more of this guy, 'cause anything he does is equivalent to cinematic heroin.


Monday, July 30, 2018

Chef's Table (2015)

I know what you're thinking: "A cooking show? Really?"

Well, hear me out, 'cause this is more than a cooking show. Actually it's hardly a cooking show at all, but rather a documentary series about the lives of the most celebrated chefs in the world. And contrary to all other cooking shows which are merely focused on HOW to make different dishes, we get to know these people's histories and philosophies, and explore WHY.

It's also a beautiful journey through culinary extravagance which will have you water at the mouth. A lot of it looks utterly unreal, but trust me: I've personally been to the restaurant featured in the very first episode (which is officially "the best restaurant in the world") and this is the real deal.