Blog 573: Thor Blimey

I enjoyed the first Thor film. Appropriately stand-alone, it had a strong plot, was highly fantastical and had great art direction; basically, it ticked all the boxes for me.

So naturally, I went to see its direct sequel.

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Blog 558: Pacific Rim

I grew up on the cheesier end of the Shōwa-era Godzilla films (when Godzilla became more of a hero than an unstoppable force of nature), taping them when they appeared at unearthly hours of the night on Channel 4. They gave voice to a love of giant monsters fighting each other that had been present since Star Wars‘ AT-ATs, but these films haven’t appeared on terrestrial TV for ages and I’m starting to pine for them again (not to mention all the ones I have never seen, like the very original).

Hollywood hasn’t done particularly well in filling in the gaps. What was the last blockbuster monster movie — Cloverfield? That was a bit of a mess (but I never liked shakycam anyway). 1998’s Godzilla? No, he was a cheap knock-off (Jean Reno notwithstanding).

On the face of it, then, Pacific Rim seems like what I’ve been waiting for. Not only does it have giant monsters, but it has giant monsters and giant robots. Directed by Guillermo del Pan’s Labyrinth Toro and starring BBC crime drama darling Idris Elba, it sounded almost too good to be true.

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Blog 555: Movie Night V – Part 2

People make this “living alone” lark look easy. Spoiler, pal: it ain’t.

With Prince of Persia last week and a Princess of Mars (John Carter) plus new BBC drama The White Queen this week, it seems like this year’s theme is “royalty”. I guess  Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood Forest doesn’t entirely fit that theme, though it had a side character prince in it.

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Blog 554: Movie Night V

I’m sure that, when I finally leave home, I’ll just not watch television at all. Instead, I’ll spend all night on the computer, lapsing into fitful and uncomfortable dreams. But hey, since I’m still here and full televisual control is a rarity, I’m just going to keep on buying trashy DVDs whenever I get some time alone.

This year, in my first week alone I ended up watching the original Superman, bought Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and continued watching current BBC crime drama series The Fall

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Blog 391: Titans Will Clash

We saw Solomon Kane a while ago, and I thought it was turgid enough not to mention it at all. Before that film, we saw a trailer for Clash of the Titans with the extremely imaginative tag-line titans will clash.

Naturally, we desired to see this. Well, I did. Jack did. DS was “studying”. What do you mean, I should have been studying too? I don’t understand this. My first exam isn’t until the 27th!

Minor spoilers may ensue. But since it’s a Greek myth, you probably already know how it ends… Or something. According to wikipedia, it’s actually nothing at all like the original myth.

Also, we went to see it in 2D you bastards.

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