Friday, 17 October 2014
Posted on 23:36 by Daniel Mumby
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Posted on 23:41 by Daniel Mumby
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Starring Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Adam Sevani, Will Kemp
A common tactic when making sequels is to repeat the same story arc as the first film, but with a character who is in some way related to or connected with the original protagonists. Straight-to-video sequels are notorious for how tangential their relationship is to the originals: American Psycho 2, for instance, centres on a girl who stabs Patrick Bateman after he murders her babysitter.
Step Up, you had a series of dance set-pieces which were integrated reasonably well within the dramatic storyline. The end result was hardly The Red Shoes, but is was a film in which the dancing served the plot, rather than the other way around. Step Up 2 (as it shall henceforth be called) goes in the exact opposite direction, in which the dancing dominates to such a degree that the plot becomes episodic, almost to the point of being irrelevant.
The Great Gatsby before Baz Luhrmann finally got the gig. But if we take Evigan's performance out of the equation, the remaining cast do just enough to keep things watchable.
NEXT REVIEW: We're The Millers (2013)
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Posted on 22:08 by Daniel Mumby
phonic.fm. I've not decided upon a theme, though there will be a fair few goodbyes and probably a tear or two. I want to thank you all for listening to me over the last two years, and hope that I can get you in the mood, one last time.
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Posted on 22:27 by Daniel Mumby
You can read Didion's list, and the section of The White Album from which it is taken, here. If you like what you read, the Lists of Note book by Shaun Usher has recently been published, and you can order it here. If you're left wanting more on journalism, check out my old review of All The President's Men.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Posted on 00:34 by Daniel Mumby
Directed by Anne Fletcher
Starring Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff, Mario
The surprise commercial success of Save the Last Dance ushered in a wave of films focussed around street dance and hip-hop. Where classic-era Hollywood dance films were dominated by ballroom, ballet and tap dancing, the 2000s gave us film after film in which impressive street or hip-hop choreography came face-to-face with decades-old romantic and dramatic conventions, with varying degrees of success.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, it is possible to enjoy these films as artistic endeavours rather than narrative ones, but for the less freeform among us, even the best leave us with an unsatisying niggle.
The Red Shoes is about the boundary between fantasy and reality, and the tension between creativity and common sense. Black Swan is about the need to embrace one's dark side in striving for artistic perfection, even at the cost of one's sanity. Even Strictly Ballroom, Baz Luhrmann's raucous debut, is less about ballroom dancing than the fight against orthodoxy and how the fear of failure cripples people.
Angel Heart, but the colour palette is inviting and his use of wide angles is judicious.
High Society, Anne Fletcher comes from a background in choreography. There are occasions when we get the impression that the sets have been deliberately designed to be as big and spacious as possible, to allow more room for the dancing and more scope for the camera movements. But while Walters ultimately failed to tell his story in an interesting way, Fletcher has enough grasp of cinematic narrative to hold our attention.
Apologies for the long gap between reviews on here - I will strive to do better in future.
NEXT REVIEW: Step Up 2 The Streets (2008)
Friday, 19 September 2014
Posted on 22:41 by Daniel Mumby
Members' Day in Coventry earlier this year, Riding Lights' head honcho Paul Burbridge observed that it was getting increasingly difficult for Christian theatre companies to sell shows to audiences. Whatever the reason - and he put forward a number - I urge you to put aside whatever preconceptions you may have and see this show. Riding Lights are a prodigiously gifted and passionate company with an incredibly high standard of performance and storytelling - in short, you'll get more than just your money's worth.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Posted on 21:42 by Daniel Mumby
here. Hope to see you there!
P.S. I'll be doing a more general announcement post in the near-future, so watch this space...
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Posted on 22:21 by Daniel Mumby
1. The Bed-Setting Room (dir. Richard Lester, 1969) (6/11/10) - review - podcast
2. Flash Gordon (dir. Mike Hodges, 1980) (13/11/10) - review - podcast
3. The Man Who Fell To Earth (dir. Nicolas Roeg, 1976) (20/11/10) - review - podcast
4. They Live (dir. John Carpenter, 1988) (4/12/10) - review - podcast
5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (dir. Jim Sharman, 1975) (11/12/10) - review - podcast
6. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: The Muppet Christmas Carol (dir. Brian Henson, 1992) (18/12/10) - review - podcast
7. Into The Night (dir. John Landis, 1985) (15/1/11) - review - podcast
8. The Wicker Man (dir. Robin Hardy, 1973) (22/1/11) - review - podcast
9. Withnail & I (dir. Bruce Robinson, 1986) (29/1/11) - review - podcast
10. Get Carter (dir. Mike Hodges, 1971) (5/2/11) - review - podcast
11. Deliverance (dir. John Boorman, 1972) (12/2/11) - review - podcast
12. Mad Max (dir. George Miller, 1979) (19/2/11) - review - podcast
13. Dark Star (dir. John Carpenter, 1974) (26/2/11) - review - podcast
14. Pink Floyd - The Wall (dir. Alan Parker, 1982) (12/3/11) - review - podcast
15. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (dir. George Miller, 1981) (26/3/11) - review - podcast
16. Quadrophenia (dir. Franc Roddam, 1979) (2/4/11) - review - podcast
17. Blue Velvet (dir. David Lynch, 1986) (9/4/11) - review - podcast
18. Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome (dir. George Miller, 1985) (16/4/11) - review - podcast
19. The Long Good Friday (dir. John MacKenzie, 1979) (7/5/11) - review - podcast
20. Angel Heart (dir. Alan Parker, 1987) (14/5/11) - review - podcast
21. The Clonus Horror (dir. Robert S. Fiveson, 1979) (21/5/11) - review - podcast
22. Hallowe'en (dir. John Carpenter, 1978) (28/5/11) - review - podcast
23. Savage Grace (dir. Tom Kalin, 2008) (4/6/11) - review - podcast
24. The Boys From Brazil (dir. Franklin J. Schaffner, 1978) (11/6/11) - review - podcast
25. The Thing (dir. John Carpenter, 1982) (18/6/11) - review - podcast
26. Westworld (dir. Michael Crichton, 1973) (2/7/11) - review - podcast
27. Cronos (dir. Guillermo Del Toro, 1993) (9/7/11) - review - podcast
28. If.... (dir. Lindsay Anderson, 1968) (16/7/11) - review - podcast
29. The Hitcher (dir. Robert Harmon, 1986) (23/7/11) - review - podcast
30. An American Werewolf in London (dir. John Landis, 1981) (30/7/11) - review - podcast
31. Heartless (dir. Philip Ridley, 2010) (6/8/11) - review - podcast
32. Mumby's Best Bits (best-of featuring reviews of Flash Gordon and If.... and a rant about Transformers 3) (13/8/11) - podcast
33. O Lucky Man! (dir. Lindsay Anderson, 1973) (20/8/11) - review - podcast
34. Eraserhead (dir. David Lynch, 1977) (27/8/11) - review - podcast
35. Spetters (dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1980) (3/9/11) - review - podcast
36. The Magic Christian (dir. Joseph McGrath, 1969) (17/9/11) - review - podcast
37. Britannia Hospital (dir. Lindsay Anderson, 1982) (24/9/11) - review - podcast
38. Logan's Run (dir. Michael Anderson, 1976) (1/10/11) - review - podcast
39. HORROR MONTH: Wake Wood (dir. David Keating, 2011) (8/10/11) - review - podcast
40. HORROR MONTH: The Fog (dir. John Carpenter, 1980) (15/10/11) - review - podcast
41. HORROR MONTH: Carrie (dir. Brian De Palma, 1976) (22/10/11) - review - podcast
42. Capricorn One (dir. Peter Hyams, 1978) (12/11/11) - review - podcast
43. Bad Lieutenant (dir. Abel Ferrara, 1992) (19/11/11) - review - podcast
44. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (dir. Edgar Wright, 2010) (26/11/11) - review - podcast
45. Gojira (dir. Ishiro Honda, 1954) (3/12/11) - review - podcast
46. Event Horizon (dir. Paul W. S. Anderson, 1997) (10/12/11) - review - podcast
47. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Whistle Down The Wind (dir. Bryan Forbes, 1961) (17/12/11) - review - podcast
48. Review of the Year (24/12/11) - podcast
49. Ladyhawke (dir. Richard Donner, 1985) (14/1/12) - review - podcast
50. Silent Running (dir. Doug Trumball, 1972) (21/1/12) - review - podcast
51. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (dir. Stephan Elliott, 1994) (28/1/12) - review - podcast
52. Peeping Tom (dir. Michael Powell, 1960) (4/2/12) - review - podcast
53. Labyrinth (dir. Jim Henson, 1986) (18/2/12) - review - podcast
54. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (dir. Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, 1975) (25/2/12) - review - podcast
55. American Psycho (dir. Mary Harron, 2000) (10/3/12) - review - podcast
56. The Omen (dir. Richard Donner, 1976) (24/3/12) - review - podcast
57. THE MOVIE HOUR X-RATED: Heathers (dir. Michael Lehmann, 1989) (31/3/12) - review - podcast
58. Gregory's Girl (dir. Bill Forsyth, 1981) (7/4/12) - review - podcast
59. This Is Spinal Tap (dir. Rob Reiner, 1984) (21/4/12) - review - podcast
60. The Stepford Wives (dir. Bryan Forbes, 1975) (28/4/12 - review - podcast
61. Blade Runner (dir. Ridley Scott, 1982) (5/5/12) - review - podcast
62. Phantom of the Paradise (dir. Brian De Palma, 1974) (12/5/12) - review - podcast
63. A Clockwork Orange (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1971) (2/6/12) - review - podcast
64. Kick-Ass (dir. Matthew Vaughn, 2010) (9/6/12) - review - podcast
65a. GRAND FINALE: Night of the Living Dead (dir. George A. Romero, 1968) (23/6/12) - review - podcast
65b. GRAND FINALE: The Ones That Got Away, Top 10 Rants and Coming Soon (23/6/12) - podcast
Featuring reviews of:
- Big Trouble in Little China (dir. John Carpenter, 1986) - review
- Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (dir. Steve Roberts, 1980) - review
- Super (dir. James Gunn, 2011) - review
- Shock Treatment (dir. Jim Sharman, 1981) - review
- The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (dir. Gary Weis & Eric Idle, 1978) - review
66. ONE-OFF SPECIAL: Highlander (1986) - review - podcast
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Posted on 22:19 by Daniel Mumby
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Posted on 23:16 by Daniel Mumby