Film 2011

I forgot/decided against doing this last year and regretted it. So, this year, I’ll be repeating what I did for 2010 and listing all the new films I watched. However, instead of individual posts I’ll attempt to just update this page with very short reviews so that I don’t end up having to do huge batches.

The Rs denote a repeat viewing.

  1. Rogue – From the director of Wolf Creek, I picked up this film in the HMV sale for the princely sum of a fiver. We watched it as part of the Animal Attack Day in Polwarth Gardens and it was enjoyed by everyone. An utterly daft movie, we enjoyed shouting at the characters and laughing at the various deaths. I still say Michael Vartan can’t act for toffee though, never more so when asked to act against a CGI crocodile.
  2. Mammoth (aka Outbreak) – Even the retitled version shares a title with another movie. Oh dear. Delightfully silly, you’re either going to love a movie that features aliens resurrecting a mammoth frozen in a block of ice or you’re not. I did.
  3. Razorback – I’ve been meaning to watch this for a while now, more so after EZC’s Ozploitation night. Strangely trippy in places, this was a fairly strait-laced animal attack film though since people were drifting in by the end I can’t be overly sure it wasn’t spoofing itself. However, a lot of fun and I’ll watch it again at some point without people talking over the top of it.
  4. Franklyn – I meant to see this at the cinema but it was gone before I got a chance. I’d somehow got then impression it was going to be a lot better than it was, which isn’t to say it’s bad just that it’s fine. Y’know, fine? Neither great nor rubbish, but a pleasant enough way to spend 90 minutes.
  5. Splinter – A couple’s camping trip is ruined when they fail to put up a tent correctly, they get hijacked on the way to a motel, they try and buy fuel, nasty creature attacks. I don’t need to overstate the plot for this film, but it’s a lot of fun. Nicely played without a weak member of the cast and enough gore to keep my happy without tipping into splatter. A couple of “really?” moments towards the end when reality falls apart, but well worth the fiver I paid for it.
  6. The Shinjuku Incident - As I type I still have half an hour of this to watch, but it was late and I needed sleep. The film would have to alter drastically for me to change my opinion of it though, and that opinion is that it’s a fine film. Strange to see Jackie Chan acting instead of clowning but a welcome change at that.
  7. Sillent Hill (R) – I haven’t seen this since it came out in the cinema but it’s been on my list of movies I want to watch again pretty much since then. I’ve no idea why it’s taken me so long to finally getting around to picking it up. Still, it’s as twisted as I remember it and a good way to spend a couple of hours.
  8. Children of Men (R) – I don’t care what trickey they used the single shot scenes in this film are amazing. It also made me think twice about my low opinion of Clive Owen. A really great, if very bleak, film.
  9. Robot Jox – We watched this before the podcast recording. I say watched, we started watching and then pretty much ignored and talked over the top of it. The stop motion mechs were quite impressive but the story was very dull. Straight to video nonsense.
  10. The Red Queen Kills 7 Times – I’ve had this as part of the Miraglia boxed set for years and never got around to watching it. Turns out that it’s a decent giallo if a little bit on the long side. I had wondered about it for the club and while in some ways it would be perfect, the saggy middle might bore slightly drunk viewers.
  11. Scream (R) – I haven’t watched my Dutch copy of Scream in almost a decade, most likely. The first thing that struck me was that it looks like it’s a VHS rip. The second is that Matthew Lillard really annoys me. But third was the fact that this is still a cracking film. No matter what it spawned later on, the original is great.
  12. Zombieland (R) – Still good fun. I don’t know what they’ll do for the sequel.
  13. In The Loop – I watched this the wrong way – over consecutive nights with my tea. I stupidly thought it would be more episodic. I’ll need to go back and watch it again.
  14. Hawk The Slayer – Part of an EZC doubler. This was great fun, though a pile of nonsense. Good with friends and beers.
  15. Deathstalker 2 (R) – One of my choices for the Zombie Club, it didn’t play too well. It’s the first time we’ve tried to put on a comedy and most of the jokes fell flat. However, we made our own humour and for the most part I don’t think people were too bored by it.
  16. Hennessy – An interesting movie about an Irishman whose family are killed by British soldiers so he sets off for England to destroy the houses of parliament. It’s had a troubled release history in the UK and it’s easy to understand why. I enjoyed it a lot.
  17. Bloody Friday – A foray into West Germany in an attempt to find a non-Italian example of good Eurocrime for the upcoming EZC night. It was an okay movie, but far too nihilistic for our tastes with not nearly enough to laugh at. Interesting, but not much more than that.
  18. Conquest – Watched before the swords and sorcery podcast recording. None of us paid too much attention to it and what we did see was drivel. Definitely one of Fulci’s poorer efforts.