HAMMY’S TOP 10…FILMS OF 2008

Guess what? 2008 was ten years ago? Just think, we were still in the clutches of the credit crunch, alot of people were being made unemployed/losing their house, and Gordon Brown was attempting to run Britain. But on the bright side, George Bush couldn’t be in the White House ever again! Most importantly, 2008 was a pretty good year for films! We needed the distraction of the cinema a lot back then! To be fair, we need any distraction we can get nowadays…But on a serious note, 2008 was packed full of great films. And here are my Top 10 Films of 2008… Continue reading

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Review: Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) (How To Do A Sequel?)

“Back order, back order. All a man wants is some fresh germs!”

It’s strange to me that Gremlins hasn’t been signed up to a belated sequel/reboot by Hollywood. The original was relatively well-received and was the fourth highest grossing film of 1984! The sequel is less talked about, but still, think about it. Gremlins has plenty of merchandise potential. It’s a bankable property based on nostalgia. Of course, they’d mess the franchise up by having the Gremlins in wonderful CGI. But as long as they didn’t make all the Gremlins female (I jest, of course!), I’m sure Hollywood would have a hit on their hands. After recently watching Gremlins 2: The New Batch, I can almost see why Hollywood haven’t capitalised on the Gremlins franchise. It’s because Joe Dante created a crazy, insane sequel that defies description and defies most of the conventions of a sequel. How could anyone follow that? Continue reading

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) (Wonder Woman 2?)

(SPOILER FREE)

“What’s the law on what ya can and can’t say on a billboard?”

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is yet another victim of the instant gratification world we live in. It opened to critical acclaim, yet just as quickly fell to scathing reviews and judgements about its treatment of race issues and placing a white man’s redemption in the narrative. It happened last year with La La Land. Can’t we just take our time and enjoy things? Maybe give Three Billboards a critical reappraisal in a few years or so? What I saw when I watched Three Billboards was a damned fine film. A film not without its flaws, but a damned fine film nonetheless. Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…FILMS OVER THREE HOURS

Last week, I posted a list of my Top 10 Films Under 90 Minutes (click here to view the list!). It got me to thinking…in the interest of fairness (and I’m all about fairness and justice), what about the other end of the spectrum? What about those bum-numbing films? Those films over three hours? I think any film over two hours is pushing its luck, but over three hours? It has to be a pretty special film to be over three hours AND keep you entertained. After some hardcore thinking, I came up with a list of Top 10 Films Over Three Hours! Here it is… Continue reading

Review: Darkest Hour (2017) (Churchill On The Tube?!?!?)

(SPOILERS AHEAD)

“He stands for one thing and one thing only: himself”

Do you want a film about World War II where at least three of the main characters are rich, white, old and have a speech impediment? Do you also want a film that completely shifts its tone in the third act, upending everything that’s been built up in the previous two acts? Then Darkest Hour may be the film for you! Can Churchill’s manner of speaking be classed as a speech impediment? Well, it impeded my hearing of the dialogue. Does that count? Darkest Hour is a good, even very good film the first two acts. However, a pivotal scene in the third act comes across as crass and ridiculous. For me, at least, it ruined the entire film. Continue reading

Review: The Conversation (1974) (Let’s Talk About A Great Film!)

He’d kill us if he got the chance

Ahhhh, The Conversation, Mr. Coppola’s little gem directed between The Godfather Part I and II. For my money, it’s a more coherent and entertaining film than either Godfather movie. That’s not to say it’s a better movie (it lost Best Picture Oscar to The Godfather Part II, and who am I to argue with the Academy Awards?!?!?), but given a choice of a Francis Ford Coppola film to watch, I’d choose The Conversation any day of the week! The Conversation is an insight into paranoia, an expert dissection of the human conscious when forced to rethink its notions daily. Powered by a powerhouse performance from Gene Hackman, The Conversation is a must-see film. Continue reading

Review: Coco (2017) (Another Pixar Masterpiece?)

(SPOILER FREE)

“Sometimes, I think I’m cursed”

Well, I was not prepared for that! Pixar’s latest animated film, Coco, proved to be an emotional rollercoaster for me. I’ve not cried that much during a film for a very, very long time. And it wasn’t just a few tears…towards the end it was a full-on flood! My fiancée didn’t even shed a tear! Maybe it proves my theory of the male period…but that’s a tale for another time. It probably means that I can’t review it objectively, but I’ll try my best. For now, Coco stands out as a top-tier Pixar film. And that’s saying something, isn’t it? Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…FILMS UNDER 90 MINUTES

I recently read that the Doomsday Clock is at 2 minutes to midnight. We are that much closer to destruction, thanks to Trump! Isn’t it hard to find time without being pressured by knowing that the world could end at any second? I have so many films to watch! It’s not just about finding time; it’s about finding the right amount of time. Say I want to watch Gone With The Wind (on the to-watch list!). I’d have to put a sixth of a day’s worth of time aside to watch it! There’s only two minutes to midnight, for goodness sake! I can’t be watching Gone With The Wind! The lack of time makes deciding which film to watch very difficult. So it got me to thinking…what about those films that clock in under an hour and a half? After some serious thought, I decided upon ten films to watch if you’re struggling to decide on a film but have less than an hour and a half to spare (and are also concerned about the Doomsday Clock). Continue reading

Review: Pi (1998) (More Than The Sum Of Its Parts?)

“My mother told me not to stare into the sun…”

Twenty years ago (roughly), a young filmmaker released his first feature film: Pi. That man was Darren Aronofsky, and since then he’s directed a few of my favourite films. However, when I was first introduced to Requiem for a Dream, I didn’t quite know what to make of it. I knew I liked it. But I was overwhelmed by it. I needed more Aronofsky. His only other film was Pi…so I eventually found it. And again, I was overwhelmed by it. It’s rough and ready and not quite a masterpiece, but it was a sign of great things to come from Aronofksy. Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…UNDERRATED FILMS

Last week, I posted my list of Top 10 Overrated Films. In the interests of fairness, I’ve been thinking about underrated films. You know, those ones that pass under the radar, aren’t seen at the cinemas/have a limited release, and are quietly forgotten about…but are in fact awesome! Or those that were released to middling/negative reviews but I actually enjoyed. I had an absolutely massive list of underrated films, but it’s difficult to decide what’s underrated, isn’t it? But it was rather difficult to narrow them down to just ten. But here it is…my Top 10 Underrated Films! Continue reading