Mar. 20th, 2014

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Sightseers (2012)
My main focus when deciding whether to watch a movie or not is the director. Here the director is Ben Wheatley. Before this the only thing I'd seen from Wheatley was "Kill List" a movie that had a really interesting bizarre build-up leading to an utterly ridiculous conclusion. I was completely non-plussed by the ending which meant that I was pretty unimpressed by the movie as a whole, but I couldn't help but feel that Wheatley was capable of something better.

So then I hear that "Sightseers" is Wheatley's next movie and not only do I see it getting high praise, but also that it is a horror comedy. YAY! Before I had a chance to check it out, I heard that Wheatley had yet another movie with high praise called "A Field In England" which he made the news by releasing at the cinema, on DVD and -um what else is there "pay per view" or something?- all at once!

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Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

I wasn't a massive fan of the first Silent Hill movie, but I thought it had a lot of potential to be better. The whole "the darkness is coming" thing (which, I'll go into more detail on in a moment) was really impressive and Pyramid Head (who I'll also explain in more detail later) was a really iconic horror figure. However, the background mythology surrounding the child Alessa was not terribly well explained, with all the information suddenly coming out during an information dump at the end. The information dump comes just before the filmmakers ripped off a scene from "Witchfinder General". Basically I think the first half of the original "Silent Hill" was a great deal more inspiring than the second half.

The first footage I saw of "Silent Hill: Revelation" was a scene of a man tied to a table while blind monster nuses carrying knives stood motionless around him. They only move when they hear a noise. It was a wonderful idea and looked great and I thought this was a sign that this new sequel would be wonderfully creative. But watching the actual movie it turns out that sequences like this were actually few and far between.

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Anyone remember ages back when I suggested I might do a John Hughes retrospective? Well I've been working my way through the movies he directed.

I've come to realise with this sort of thing that it's a bad idea to start with the earlier films. Directors need a big break when they get started or they'd never make it big, so they are more likely to have high quality films towards the start of their careers than towards the end. In the case of movie series it is harder to mix things up, but saving the Platinum Dunes reboot til last tends to finish things on a pretty sour note (as I discovered when reviewing the Friday the 13th movies).

So with this series of movies I decided to work my way backwards, starting with "Curly Sue".

Curly Sue (1991)

Jim Belushi isn't the best comedian ever, but he does a pretty good job here in his team up with a young girl. The two are living on the streets and working together on scams to keep themselves out of poverty.

However, when they scam one particular rich lawyer who works out what is really going on, she decides that she is going to help to ensure that Curly has a real childhood.
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Uncle Buck (1989)

The suggestion of the premise is that the eponymous Buck (played by John Candy) is going to cause havoc when he enters a typical home. My concern was rather more with how I was going to keep my sanity when forced to spend time with the whiney children.

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At this point I decided to skip "She's Having A Baby". I mean just look at the title! I didn't miss out the film. I saw it later. But at this stage I desperately needed a REALLY good John Hughes film to put things into perspective.

So at this stage I skipped straight to "Planes, Trains And Automobiles" which has over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Now finally I could see what a really good quality John Hughes movie was like....

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

What... the hell... was this?

The main roles here are played by Steve Martin and John Candy. I've not seen much with John Candy, but I've seen several films with Steve Martin and he's never really impressed me much. The big exception to the rule seems to be the film "Bowfinger" where I thought Martin was hilarious. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is not a new exception to that rule.

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