Flu ramblings are fun

Posted in film by deflowerd on July 10, 2008

I have the flu. It’s winter here and I am really quite ill. Shaking, fever, sinus issues… Ugh. Not good. It’s 2am and I can’t sleep. So here’s some stuff.

So apparently they’re making two movies about Sherlock Holmes. One is a comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell (blerg), and the other is a serious one starring Robert Downey Jr. (fuck yeah!) and directed by Guy Ritchie (semi-fuck yeah!). Would RDJ be right for the role?

It’s been a few months since I last read any Sherlock Holmes, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Holmes, in the books, is in fact quite charismatic. While Holmes was based on an older teacher of Arthur Conan Doyle’s, the actual character is actually around RDJ’s age, and was fairly charismatic. I think. He was supposed to be one of those prodigal genius’ that everyone was amazed by.

Uh, in closing; me like Robert Downey Jr.

Approximately 7 years ago I said I would review Rogue. So here it is.

Rogue is the second feature film by Aussie director Greg Somethingorother. McLean! That’s it. Thank you, IMDb.

His first was Wolf Creek, which was fucking scary and really well made. A lot of people diss it for being brutal and cold, but in my opinion it succeeded at what it wanted to; be a good horror film. It was tense, suspenseful, otherwordsthathavethatsamemeaning, and it really hit home. I’ve traveled through the Central Australian desert, and it’s scarily remote. The 4 leads (3 young adults driving north on a kind of backpacking holiday thing and the… the antagonist) all do a great job, and the plot and dialogue are both excellent. Highly recommended for those who appreciate good horror. I give it 4/5 in general, but it’s a 5/5 horror flick.

Anyway, Rogue follows a group of tourists on a boat cruise up a river in the Northern Territory, in outback Australia. The cast includes Michael Vartan , who plays an American travel writer, Radha Mitchell as the boat captain and tour guide, and several others who, in any other horror film, would just be making up the numbers. Here, those others include Aussie comedic actor Stephen Curry and Wolf Creek star and Australian icon John Jarratt, and they’re not just making up the numbers. Most of the cast give strong performances. Most. Basically, the boat gets stranded upriver far from help, and the tourists and their tour guide find themselves trapped in the domain of a great big hungry Saltwater Crocodile. The film delivers most of the genre conventions, but does so in an entertaining and fresh way. The tension is high, and the Croc looks pretty bloody scary. This is a nice little creature feature, and it’s definitely worth a look.


I also saw The Prestige, so I thought I’d give my opinion on that too. It’s good. Hugh Jackman’s accent slips a few times, and Christian Bale is unremarkable (as usual), but other than that it’s a really nice, interesting film. I’m a big Chris Nolan fan, and he really delivered a great piece of cinema here. Many people look for hidden secrets and further depth in this film, and rightly so; the film itself really creates a strange experience for the viewer. It leaves you thinking, “Wait… did I miss anything? Is there more to this than meets the eye?” And that is a question I still can’t answer.

Speaking of Hugh Jackman, there’s significant buzz about his upcoming X-Men spinoff, Wolverine. He was arguably the best thing about the X-Men movies, and I like the Jack Man, so I’m hesitantly looking forward to this.

I’m starting to feel pretty unwell so I might end this entry here and see if I can get to sleep. Cheerio!


Revisions, or ‘I was wrong’

Posted in film by deflowerd on June 22, 2008

Indiana Jones 4 sucked, and Get Smart doesn’t look half bad.

Rogue and The Prestige mini-reviews coming soon, as well as a review of the classic 1974 noir, Chinatown.

Coming soonish… Die Hard 4.0 and Rogue reviews

Posted in film by deflowerd on June 2, 2008

That’s right, soon I’ll be posting reviews of Live Free or Die Hard, or Die Hard 4.0 as it was titled in Australia. I’ll also be posting a review of the Australian creature feature Rogue, a movie which practically no one saw.

(They’re watching Big Brother)