Review: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) (A Sequel Thirty-Odd Years Too Late?)

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“I hope you don’t mind me taking the liberty”

When we were told that we were getting a belated sequel to Blade Runner, one of the most influential sequels of all time, I reacted with apathy. Why do we need a sequel thirty years after the original was released? Blade Runner might be very well respected as a film, but I couldn’t imagine many people buying tickets to see a sequel to it. And, of course, not many people have bought tickets to see a sequel to Blade Runner. It only making $30 million in its first weekend, compared to its budget of around $150 million. But I’d advise, nay implore, people who love cinema to watch Blade Runner 2049. What could have been worthless cash-in turned out to be one of the films of the year… Continue reading

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HAMMY’S TOP 10…BEST SEQUELS

Last week, I wrote a list of My Top 10 Worst sequels (click here to check out my list). To balance it out, I thought I’d do a list of My Top 10 Best Sequels! After watching Kingsman: The Golden Circle, I hoped that I’d never see a sequel again. However, Blade Runner 2049 rekindled my hopes and dreams. Yes, it’s as good as the critics say. It would be on this list, but I need to watch it again to fully critique it (my review will be coming up soon, just need time to digest the film!). There are some sequels that improve on the original in significant ways, and some sequels that are just as good as the original. Of course, these sequels are few and far between, as the majority of sequels are mediocre. However, all of the sequels on this list should be watched by Hollywood big wigs when attempting to produce a sequel. It’s not rocket science, is it? Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…WORST SEQUELS

Let’s face facts: more often than not, sequels are unnecessary. Why do we need a sequel to Blade Runner, a film released almost thirty years ago? I’m trying not to cave in to the hype (but of course will see it at the cinema!). Why do we need sequels at all? When a film makes lots of money, Hollywood see that as a sign that people want more. So a sequel is rushed into production. They’re typically louder, bigger and longer. A chosen few are some of the best films of all time. Most sequels fall into the mediocre category. But there are those sequels that sully the good name of the original.   Continue reading

Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) (Or: How Not To Do A Sequel)

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“You think that s**t’s gonna work this time?”

Kingsman: The Secret Service was a novel surprise back in 2014, an ultraviolent spy spoof that worked gloriously. In fact, it was so successful in what it did that a sequel wasn’t necessary. However, a sequel was thrust upon us. Could the sequel be a successful spy spoof that didn’t copy the outline of the first one? Could it spoof sequels? Could it give us a reason for its existence? My answer to all of the above questions is: no. It’s a mess, in basic terms. It adds nothing of substance to the Kingsman universe. A plodding pace, a silly storyline and incongruent scenes add up to an awful sequel. Continue reading

Review: mother! (2017) (Seeing Is Believing…)

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“You scared me”

mother! has courted a lot of controversy since it was first screened for the Venice Film Festival. It holds the crooked honour of an F Cinemascore, a score reserved only for the very awful films. It’s bombed at the box office after some questionable marketing. Paramount had to release a statement defending the release of the film! It’s not very often you see that happening. I saw a trailer for it that was laughable. However, nothing would stop me from seeing another Darren Aronofsky film. After missing Noah, I couldn’t let Aronofsky down! And what I witnessed was something I’ll never forget. Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…SURREAL FILMS

There are films that you can burn after watching, those that are disposable entertainment. There are those that are entertaining, yet have something to say. These leave you thinking. Then there are those films that defy definition. Hollywood used to be called the dream factory. Some directors take that name literally and offer us films that don’t adhere to straightforward narratives. These films aren’t for everybody. They are like sweet dreams…or beautiful nightmares. They are, in a word, surreal. Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…POTENTIAL REMAKES OF STEPHEN KING FILM ADAPTATIONS

Stephen King’s IT is lighting up the jaded box office around the world as I’m typing this sentence. It’s hit the biggest opening weekend for a film released in September, for a horror film, and is the second biggest opening weekend for an R-rated film (just behind Deadpool). Right now, Hollywood executives must be trawling the back catalogue of Stephen King books to cash in on this gold mine. Of course, IT has a sequel to follow. On the negative side, The Dark Tower slumped (IT took more on one day than The Dark Tower did for its entire theatrical release).

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Review: Stephen King’s IT (2017) (The Horror Film Of The Year?)

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“You want it to float, don’t you?”

Stephen King’s IT is one of my favourite novels. I could read it over and over again until the end of time. The first adaptation of the novel, the 1990 TV miniseries, failed to do the novel justice, despite a great performance by Tim Curry as the novel’s main horror, Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Twenty seven years later, we have been given a full-on Hollywood film adaptation (or, more accurately, a two part film adaptation). Does it do the novel justice? More importantly, does it deliver true horror? My answers to both questions are uncertain. There’s too much cut from the novel to do it justice (even given that it only tells the story of the children, not the children as adults). It also relies too much on jump scares and delivers an uneven tone throughout the film…

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HAMMY’S TOP 10…HIGH SCHOOL FILMS

Well, after the summer holidays, it’s Back To School for most young people in the UK this week! Unfortunately, I’m an adult, so going back to school is not an option for me. I am not able to have six straight weeks off work over the summer to enjoy my freedom. I have four weeks off a year, and I can’t take them off consecutively. But I look back on my school days fondly. Yes, I miss them, especially the high school days. I can’t remember much about primary school, but high school evokes plenty of happy memories for me. Innocence, learning lots of things, going through puberty, having lots and lots of friends…But they are over now. However, films have me covered in this area. There are a plethora of films about high school that jog my memory about my high school days. So here are my Top 10 High School Films! Continue reading

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (2017) (Another Uninspired MCU Sequel?)

“Showtime, a-holes”

Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 was released on DVD/Blu-Ray here in the UK today! I did manage to watch it at the cinema, but felt uninspired to write anything about it. Yes, the film was alright…but’s that about it. It contained flashy and entertaining action sequences and a surprisingly emotional ending. Kurt Russell as Ego portrayed one of the best MCU villains out there. But the majority of it felt like an exercise in box-ticking rather than an attempt to improve on the original. Just like the soundtrack, GOTG vol.2 felt like a tired retread of the original. Continue reading