Troll Hunter (2011)

Director: Andrè Ovredal
Cast: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Knaerum

The concept of Troll Hunter is an interesting one. We’ve all seen films in which the fantastical is kept a secret from the rest of the world. Harry Potter keeps the wizarding world a secret to the rest of the world. Toy Story keeps the fact that toys are alive a secret from people. And in just about every film Matthew McConaughey has ever been in, he has kept the fact that he is an actor a secret so well it’s uncanny. (more…)

Published in: on September 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Skin I Live In (2011)

Director: Pedro Almodòvar
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet.

Antonio Banderas sure has come a long way from being an animated Spanish stereotyped feline extra on Shrek 2. The situation may differ for other people, but it is this and his role as Zorro that I associate most strongly with him. It’s good to see that, in a movie such as this, he can still do some genuinely interesting work. (more…)

Published in: on September 22, 2011 at 12:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus

Developer: Oddworld Inhabitants
Platform(s): PS1, PC
Release Date(s): Nov 1998

Another visit to everybody’s favourite Oddworld!
More Sligs, more Mudokans, more violent deaths, and, naturally, more farting.

The Set up:
Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus picks up seconds from where Abe’s Oddysee left off. Abe has just returned to his people, having saved them all from turning into gooey snacks in Rupture Farms meat processing plant. However, no sooner has he gotten home, Abe has a vision of some dead Mudokan’s, begging him for help. So he and a few hand-picked Mudokans journey across the desert to Soulstorm Brewery, another institution run by the villainous Glukkons of the previous game, in order to save his tribesmen and set the dead to rest. (more…)

Super Metroid

Developer: Nintendo
Platform(s): SNES
Release Date(s):
Jul 1994

You play as, like, a SPACE guy, or something!
And you, like, blow up ALIENS and stuff. With, like, GUNS and junk!

Maybe it’s just me…I didn’t play the Metroid games as a kid, and my first encounter with Samus was when I played Super Smash Bros. Melee, where she’s a playable character. So when I read up a little bit on the games to see what they were like, as a series, I kind of thought this sounds fiercely mediocre. I mean, if you read the three words I’ve capitalized up there, they more or less sum up the game, but also hundreds of others, so it should more or less blend in seamlessly with them. (more…)

Published in: on September 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Kill List (2011)

Director: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Michael Smiley, Harry Simpson, Emma Fryer, Struan Rodger.

Like a cheese and banana sandwich, Kill List exceeds expectations. It is a film more entertaining and gripping than it has any right to be, considering how many terrible British gangster films have preceded it. And, like a cheese and banana sandwich, it is difficult to categorise. (more…)

Published in: on September 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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On the Waterfront (1954)

Director: Elia Kazan
Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning

On The Waterfront is a fairly straightforward film. It doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is, a simple feature telling a relatively simple story. And it happens to be all the better for it, as the accessible plot doesn’t get in the way of a genuinely moving story supplemented with some of the most terrific acting ever committed on-screen. (more…)

Published in: on September 7, 2011 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

Developer: Silicon Knights
Platform(s): Gamecube
Release Date(s): Nov 2002

It doesn’t happen very often when you pick up a game which you’ve heard almost nothing about and are completely blown away by it. Games that good are usually talked about and become pretty mainstream. Therefore, when I picked up Eternal Darkness, I was expecting a half decent survival horror and not much else. (more…)

“How to speak Japanese” by Yoshi Abe

This book sucks. I read the whole thing and I still can’t speak Japanese.

Published in: on September 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire is…well it’s gay. Like, really gay. Riding a rainbow-colored unicorn through a screening of Twilight while listening to Ricky Martin gay.

Just to make something clear, this isn’t a derogatory statement; it’s just there is a severe homosexual subtext throughout this text. Though subtext may not be the correct term to use, as it is so blatantly clear… (more…)