POLICE ACADEMY 5: ASSIGNMENT: MIAMI BEACH


1988 STINKER! DIRECTOR: Alan Myerson After four anarchic, gag laden films, the fifth entry into the ever self-referential Police Academy series may have tipped the franchise over the edge. Never claiming to be anything but a broad comedy, the first movie followed the recruits, lead by Steve Gutenberg’s Mahony, as they learned the trade, whilst the…

THE GREY


2011   DIRECTOR: Joe Carnahan The Grey is an ambiguous movie. Opening with a suicide note from our anti hero, Liam Neeson, who then proceeds to have his shot gun end thwarted by a the howling of a wolf, he ends up on a plane which crashes in the desolate yet beautiful Alaskan wilderness. Neeson…

“LIVE OR DIE ON THIS DAY” A THOERY OF THE GREY


The Grey, the 2012 “survival” movie, directed by Joe Carnahan, has become a well regarded film. But especially due to its controversial ending, has become a hot bed of fan theories, some of which suggest that the survivors of the plane clash which leaves several oil workers stranded in freezing Alaska, all died in the…

THE BIG TRAIL (FOX GRANDEUR)


1930 DIRECTORS: Raoul Walsh &  Louis R. Loeffler “The Indians are my friends…” Breck Coleman – John Wayne Not exactly a statement that would exemplify the Career of a man rightly or wrongly associated as being the Cowboy of the Cowboy and Indian movies. But there is no doubt that John Wayne was certainly one…

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (3D)


2017 DIRECTOR: Chris McKay Batman reigns supreme. Dark, Gothic, self important egotist with serious commitment issues. The Lego Batman Movie could have been little more than a cash in on a popular character from the 2014 surprise hit, The Lego Movie (2014), but instead we get a film which would seem to cement the future…

THE POLICE ACADEMY FRANCHISE – 1984 – 1994


#1 1984 – POLICE ACADEMY Welcome to Police Academy. A raunchy comedy following the exploits of a group of young recruits who in one way or another are normally unsuited for Police work. But obviously, they make it and the rest is history. At least here, we have a film with a story, plot and…

BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925)


1925 DIRECTOR: Sergei Einstein “The fictionalised version of the 1905 Revolution” in Russia; that is how this film will be described. The truth is simple: This is a propaganda film, so successful and subversive back in the 1920’s that HItler’s regime loved it, but also stopped their own troops from watching it. Banned for years…

THE GENERAL (1926)


1926 DIRECTOR: Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton It has been 90 years since Buster Keaton’s classic failed critically, at the box office, as well as being instrumental in stripping Keaton of his creative control over his movies. The General has since become recognised as not only a silent comedic masterpiece, but a directorial and creative one…

THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)


1915 DIRECTOR: David Wark (D.W.)Griffiths Beginning life as an adaption of Thomas Dixon Jr.’s Novel, “The Clansman”, and originally planned as colour movie to shot in Kinemacolor, controversial from the start, The Birth Of A Nation has been the subject of many an essay and news article; so there is little to say other than…

THE LAST JEDI… BUT WHO?… OR HOW MANY…?


Today the title for this years sure-fire blockbuster, the 8th episode in the 40 year old saga has been announced. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. But who is it referring too? Luke, Rey or Kylo? Or are we forgetting someone or it just the collective Jedi? Enough said. See you in December…  

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC


1928 DIRECTOR: Carl Theodore Dreyer Silent cinema is not my strongest subject but one which I have been making a concerted effort to learn about over the past decade, but admittedly at a slow pace. The idea of sitting through a silent film can seem to be chore to a modern audience and to be…

THE END OF THE LINE FOR LG 3D?


As I have commented before of this blog, 3D is being slowly but surely abandoned by the mainstream media companies as 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) not only takes the lead, but seems to be supplanting what has come before. Light loss is par for the course with 3D both in and out of the…