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And now for something completely different

Posted by soveda on June 7, 2010

Ok, I admit it I’m self obsessed (well I’m writing this aren’t I?) and I look at where people have clicked through to get to my blog. I had a bit of a shock yesterday when I saw someone had categorised me in their gone but not forgotten pile… Looking back I did blog a lot early on, I’ll try one a week if I can but no promises!
Having said that the following rant will take some people back to my first posts because it is about:
Comics and the movies

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Last of the old stuff!

Posted by soveda on September 8, 2008

When is fantasy not fantasy?

As I continue to make my way through my collection of films I really should have watched before now I have reaches Pan’s Labyrinth (El labirinto del fauno).
Having managed to keep myself Spoiler free I wasn’t expecting the violence to be as graphic or as early in the film as it was. As it turns out the interplay between the “fantastic” and the “real world” was done in a more subtle and beautiful way than I could have hoped! I have been a fan of Del Toro’s directing style since Chronos and I think he reached the pinacle of his abilities with Labirinto.
Quick review: fabulous film but is it a fantasy film? Read the rest of this entry »

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More old ramblings

Posted by soveda on September 8, 2008

The curious incident of the delayed gunshot:

Some more idle musing, the great beard himself maintained for a long time that Han Solo never shot first. Those of us with long(ish) memories disputed this and the recent limited edition releases of the proper Star Wars trilogy with the untampered with films as an added extra proved us right! However the recent films are fairly average fare with significant amounts of tripe, cheese and sacharine. The taste left in my mouth when Darth Vader (Darth Vader mind you the most evil menace the universe has seen other than his master) wakes from his surgery and screams, well whimpers Read the rest of this entry »

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Old Ramblings…

Posted by soveda on September 8, 2008

Filmic Games:

I am currently half way through “Final Fantasy VII:Advent Children” and I was struck by the awful state of cinema when it comes to films based on computer games.
I think FF7AC is the only half decent one I’ve seen. Doom is tripe, Street Fighter is entertaining tripe, the Mortal combat films are tripe, Super Mario Bros… I don’t have words to describe how bad this film is, all concerned should be ashamed of themselves.Anyone spot a pattern yet?
Mind you it seems rather daft that most of the films out there baed on games are based on “beat ’em ups” which are not exactly plot based… Read the rest of this entry »

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Old rambles…

Posted by soveda on September 8, 2008

This is just a little collection of rambling thoughts from a previously maintained blog:

Coming of age films:

What is the best form for the coming of age film?
I was pondering this after a discussion on another forum. I posted a few of my favorite “coming of age” films and it was pointed out to me that all of them were “fantasy” as metaphor for coming of age. These are they:

Mirrormask – fabulous, beautiful and moving
Labyrinth – Hasn’t dated as badly as I thought it would and referenced in Mirrormask!
The Company of Wolves – Dated badly, I thought it was great when I first saw it but now I’m a bit dubious about it.
Spirited Away – another marvel, and the english language voices aren’t too irritating! Read the rest of this entry »

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