Resident Evil: Afterlife...Really?

2:30 PM Posted by Jeremy Heath

OK I'll admit that the video games did scare me when i was young (and a few times last year) but this movie scares me for a totally different reason! I was super excited when i heard that they were coming out with a Resident Evil movie in 2002 but lost interest soon after seeing it. Yes it gave us zombies and lickers and hell hounds and yes they did give us a nemesis in the 2nd one but where was the mansion on the out skirts of Raccoon City? Where were the typewriter save point? Why isn't Clair Redfield or Jill Valentine the main character? These are questions i need answered!
Now i do have to say that Resident Evil: Degeneration got it right! We had Clair Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy kicking zombie ass! At least they fit in to the story of the game! Who the hell is Alice? Shes a nobody! She was a disgruntled Umbrella employee who got fired and decided to release a deadly virus and kill the whole world! Way to go you nobody!
So basically what im trying to say is, STOP MAKING RESIDENT EVIL MOVIES!!! Unless its the animated ones that actually make sense!

Why Hollywood, Why?

2:29 PM Posted by Jeremy Heath

Everywhere i turn these days im seeing adverts for "new" movies, but the thing that pisses me off is that the movies being advertised aren't in fact NEW! Apparently Hollywood is unable to come up with an original idea for a movie so they look to every other country in the world to see which of their movies they can steal and turn into a huge pile of crap! Why Hollywood, Why must you take perfectly good, often great, sometimes brilliant foreign movies and try to "put an American spin" on it? You can't put an American spin on a foreign movie, for if you could it would have been made in America! Now I've seen my fair share of rumors floating about on the internet talking about an American remake of some amazing Japanese films like "Old Boy" and "Battle Royale". I can say now that those movies will never be made in America because for some ungodly reason the majority of Americans don't like anything more hardcore than Barney the Dinosaur! And there are even rumors of bringing the hit E4 British Teen Drama TV show "Skins" to America and i can say now that show wont last long at all because all that show is is bad language sex drugs and alcohol, and its one of the best shows I've ever seen, but the FCC would never allow that show on American television because god forbid kids learn what its like outside their posh gated communities! So in conclusion American remakes of foreign movies (and sometimes even our own) are 9 times out of 10 complete shit!

Heres a list of movies that are Doomed to fail because we're doing a remake:

Death at a Funeral- awesomely funny British comedy turned into just another Tyler Perry black power movie!
Old Boy- its been reported that Steven Spielsberg and Will Smith are doing a remake of the 2003 Japanese movie...and even though Smith is awesome this movie will fail!
Let the Right one In- This is one of my favorite movies ever made. This is a Swedish vampire movie, and i dont mean the sparkly depressed vampire, i mean real vampire...kinda. The vampire is an 11 year old girl! The movie isn't all about gore and carnage its a beautiful movie about friendship...and some gore and carnage! :) but now its being remade in America and although the cast looks promising, I'm not holding my breath!

Stanley Kubrick's "Clockwork Orange"

6:14 PM Posted by tinetabulous

A Clockwork Orange is a highly criticised and controversial piece of film by Stanley Kubrick (director of Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket and The Shinning) and is an adaptation of the dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess.

If you believe the copious amount of negative publicity then you would watch this movie expecting to see over two hours of ultra-violence beyond anything you could ever imagine and I'm afraid you would be thoroughly disappointed. "Clockwork Orange" is a thought provoking,highly intellectual piece of art which should be experienced and enjoyed by the masses.

The opening scene of narrator and main character Alex de Large (Malcolm McDowell) is an intimate close up on the young punks calculating stare and smirking, jovial face. He is wearing a bowler hat and has false lashes on his lower and upper lid of his right eye. His cuff-links and suspenders and decorated with a bloody eye ball. As the camera zooms out our anti-hero is sitting amongst his horde of teenage "droogs", Georgie (James Marcus), Dim (Warren Clarke) and Pete (Michael Tarn).The young hoodlums are all adorned with white combat suits and a cod-piece, parading the sexuality of their youthful bodies.

By all means, "Clockwork Orange" does not make for easy viewing. For one, the dialogue is a mixture English, Russian and Cockney slang-known as Nadsat. In my opinion, due to the numerous themes explored in this extraordinary piece of film it is in the viewers best interest to watch it more than once in order to fully appreciate it.

The main themes explored is of free will and human rights. This makes the movie relevant in today's society and is what makes it such a lasting film. Alex and his gang of "droogs" represents mankind and what it is capable of when uncontrolled and everyday conventions ignored. The violence conducted through this is saw entirely from the droogs point of view and the pleasure they take from it is very apparent.

The film questions the darkest elements of the human condition and the answers do not make for comfortable viewing. Alex represents teenage angst and how society has shaped the youngsters of the world.

Due to the violence portrayed "Clockwork Orange" is bound to ruffle a few feathers but is undoubtedly a piece of film that will outlive the generation it was created for. There is the perfect balance between entertainment and art and allows the viewer to develop their own opinions on it. In my own opinion "Clockwork Orange" will always be one of my favourite films and every time I see it I take something new away from it.

Pure Genius.

Rating: 9/10

Running Time: 131 minutes

UK Certificate: 18