Tuesday, 12 December 2017

THE DISASTER ARTIST / THE ROOM - podcast review out now

The best worst movie ever made? James Franco plays the lead and directs in The Disaster Artist, the story behind the notoriously bad Tommy Wiseau film The Room. Also starring Dave Franco, Alison Brie and Seth Rogan, The Disaster Artist is a loving portrait of a ridiculous and mysterious man trying to live out his dream of being an actor in Hollywood with his best friend Greg Sestero. We also have our Virgin Viewings of The Room, and wonder if it possibly the worst of the worst films we have ever reviewed on the podcast.

We also discuss some of the other bad films we reviewed in this podcast. Listen to our reviews by clicking on the title: Troll 2, Manos: The Hands of Fate, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

THE DISASTER ARTIST / THE ROOM - podcast review out tomorrow

DVD Roundup: "When life gives you shit, you make Kool-Aid" edition

The Hitman's Bodyguard is a standard buddy caper comedy featuring popular actors Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, but there is something about the film that is just off. The comedy is stale, and there is an over emphasis on a lame romance plot then the subplot of a dictator being tried for war crimes. To say the tone of this film is uneven would be an understatement. Still, Richee enjoyed the shrieks and the music and the explosions, so if you're into that kind of thing, then you'll enjoy The Hitman's Bodyguard. Listen to our full podcast review in the player below.

I've only really been aware of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire for about 18 months now, and I've got to say I fell hard and fast for it. A complex story with complex characters, and the end so tantalisingly close to completion as to drive your mind wild with theories. Season 7 was much anticipated, and while I loved it for just being able to see those characters and that world again, and to answer more questions, there was definitely something lacking in it. On the whole it left me slightly unsatisfied, but Game of Thrones is like a puppy to me, I can't stay mad at it for long. Read my full review of Season 7 here.

After a mass of Stephen King adaptations this year, none fell as hard as The Dark Tower (well, maybe not as much as the abysmal one and only season of The Mist). Confusingly, this film is a continuation of the books, and not a straight adaptation. While the plot of saving the world we know in a world we do not, and the inclusion of Idris Elba as the Gunslinger, makes for an interesting film, the heavy reliance on shoddy visuals and clunky dialogue make for a disappointing watch for fans and newcomers alike. We didn't see this film, but it has been lauded as one of the worst films of the year.

I've only seen the original series, but Twin Peaks was a wonderfully surreal and discombobulating show from the master of dreamlike and fearful cinema. The Return frustrated many people, garnering criticisms for being slow, boring and purposely confusing. While I haven't seen the third season, I can't believe that David Lynch would make an easy and nostalgic show for us to fall back into 25 years later, and these criticism make me want to watch the show even more. Sometimes you need something a bit more difficult to chew on to get even more enjoyment.

Friday, 8 December 2017

TEMPLE (2017) - review

Horror is told in the details. A suggestion that is accelerated until its terrifying, a myth that is retold until it becomes reality once more, and an atmosphere that is cultivated until it is palpable. Unfortunately, Temple is none of these things. It may be easier to list the cliche's this film uses rather than explain the plot, but lets not be droll. Three American tourists go to Japan. One is a student studying religion, the other is her boyfriend, and the other is another photography friend that can also speak Japanese. Love triangle. The Bad Boyfriend. The Beautiful Girlfriend. The Well Meaning Guy. They discover a hand written book on folk tales with a description of a mysterious temple. The Well Meaning Guy goes back and buys it from a little boy while The Bad Boyfriend is off cheating. After finding the directions for the village from a friendly waiter, they all go off together to find it, after the appropriate amount of warnings from concerned locals.

We spend half the movie building up to them arriving at the temple. A little boy helps them find it. There is an unusually Western-style sculpture of a woman representing the kitsune, the fox shape shifter. The little boy warns them not to stay there after dark, but of course they do. Cue lots of running around in the dark, the pitch blackness, and shadowy monsters. Government officials in Japan are questioning the survivor of the attacks, and of course, they somehow have something to do with it all.

The film is in love with Japan in the first half, the camera constant looking around at the neon and the traditional signage through the avatar of The Well Meaning Guy, helped along by director Michael Barrett's history in cinematography. The pleasing visuals are however dropped in the later half, as the encroaching night time results in us watching a film made mostly out of darkness. It becomes very hard to make out anything, and considering this is the part of the film where the monsters are, you would hope for maybe a well timed flash of light from a torch.

At a short 78 minutes, you would hope that they'd manage to squeeze a lot of plot into a short amount of time, but somehow they even able to skimp on that. The plot is threadbare, and the dialogue seems clunky. Considering The Beautiful Girlfriend's interest in religion, you think maybe she would have more to say about the myth of the kitsune. From what I've read before, kitsune's seem more revered then feared, and while this spirit is a shape shifter, it seems like a more malevolent yokai. Plus, that sculpture seems way too Western, and considering Western influences in art didn't start filtering into Japan until the 19th century, it kind of betrays the ancient curse thing they've got going on in this film. Unless the temple was placed there to lure in unsuspecting tourists?

While the first half of the film attempts to setup the dull relationship of these characters, it kind of nosedives in the later half, with scares being on cue and the twist being obvious from its very first hint. There is no atmosphere during Temple's pivotal scares as no background has been giving to this temple and its demon, apart from the standard "keep away" and "its dangerous". The ending is almost laughable it its predictability, and a sore way to end a movie with so much source material at hand in the form of Japan's rich and fascinating mythology.



Tuesday, 5 December 2017

PADDINGTON 2 - podcast review out now

Due to the massive success of the first movie, the little bear from darkest Peru more then deserved a sequel. Directed by Paul King, Paddington 2 sees our young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) be convicted of a crime he didn't commit, all because he wants to get an extra special gift for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday. Starring Hugh Grant as one of the most dastardly villains in cinema this year, Paddington 2 is a pure delight to watch, a visual wonderland and a masterclass in storytelling. Also starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Brendon Gleeson.

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Monday, 4 December 2017

PADDINGTON 2 - podcast review out tomorrow

DVD Roundup: "I'm my own bitch now!" edition

Ah, Atomic Blonde. We had some expectations of you. Maybe give some dignity to another lacklustre Hollywood summer, but no. Atomic Blonde is just a really load 80's mix-tape with gratuitous shots of Charlize Theron and some pretty bad story telling. The main character may not show some emotion, but we definitely showed some anger at the end of this film. Listen to our full podcast review in the player below.

I'm not a fan of the bawdy comedy that focuses more on unnecessary destruction and binge drinking instead of, you know, jokes. However, despite the lazy concept, Girls Trip stands out from the crowd by being an ultimately optimistic movie, greatly helped by the honest chemistry between its four leads. If you like this type of film, the Girls Trip may become a new favourite.

While we are big fans of the original 1954 version of Godzilla here at His and Hers HQ, the American remakes are slightly less favourable. The 2014 version was good, but focused to much on Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the less said about the 1998 version the better, and now we have a whole cinematic universe to contend with as Godzilla teams up with King Kong. Still, Toho, the original creators of Godzilla, have come out with their third incarnation of the giant lizard to rival the Hollywood versions. While not delving into the emotional depths of the original movie, Shin Godzilla is a must for any kaiju fan, especially if you want to see him wreak his native land.

Based on the popular set of books by Dav Pilkey, Captain Underpants is a high adventure of two friends who convince their mean principal that he's the titular hero, and also loads of fart noises. With some charming animation and silly jokes, this may be for the younger kids out there, but lets not pretend that puerile humour can't sometimes be funny.