To date, Skyfall remains the highest grossing Bond film ever, and rightly so. A stylish, handsomely mounted production sees Daniel Craig’s third outing as the […]
The epitome of Big Dumb Fun, Wrath of The Titans is filled with stunning visual effects, sound design and story, no, acting, no wait, direction – the hell with it: you get what you expect from this film, and nothing more. It’s never about the acting, nor the plot, and for some reason Hollywood still seems keen to give Sam Worthington lead roles in films; up against the monsters and demons he does well, but he’s utterly unconvincing as Perseus once again when it comes to things like emotion and “acting”. Wrath is large-scale popcorn entertainment that will never win an Oscar, but will certainly keep the teenage boy market (and me) quite happily entertained for 90 minutes.
Okay, get the obvious out of the way first. There’s a film called Battleship, it’s directed by Peter Berg, and it’s truly one of the most horrible films you’ll ever see – at least as far as little things like story, character and logic go. However, if you enjoy special effects and a thunderous soundtrack, then this is probably the film for you.
Alongside Twister, Dragonheart remains a pivotal film for my cinematic experiences: I remember sitting in the cinema, watching it in bowel-trembling dts, and it seemed to me that somebody up in the projection booth had upped the bass quite a bit. The rumbling and sheer power of the soundtrack to Dragonheart was, and still is, seared into my memory.
Gruelling, thoughtful and insightful, The Pacific makes a perfect third effort in the collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, after Saving Private Ryan and Band Of Brothers, and is among the very best TV series’ seen this year. HBO’s amazing BluRay set gives this series the high definition transfer to die for, with some of the most stunning sound and visual presentations I’ve seen in ages. The Pacific is essential war-film viewing, and a must-own for any serious film/TV collector.
Earlier this year, the majority of film critics and audiences were blown away with director Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight, Inception. Inception is a film we’ve already reviewed here at fernbyfilms.com, and you can follow this link to read it, but we thought we’d have a shot at giving you our thoughts on the BluRay presentation of the film, released back in December. Whether you like the film (or are among the twelve people on planet Earth who did not…. fools!) is irrelevant to your enjoyment of this BluRay version of the film, for it represents one of the formats most impressive visual and aural presentations to date.
One of the true delights of my day here at fernbyfilms.com is the arrival of a new BluRay disc. While I don’t normally do reviews […]
Rousing, wide-screen spectacle about the birth of Robin Hood (figuratively) in the way only Ridley Scott can. Better than many serious critics give it credit for, Crowe and Blanchett lack the chemistry needed by Robin and Marion, but the film delivers enough action, humour and zest to more than account for this single deficiency. While not a contender for the title of best Robin Hood story by a long shot, Ridley Scott delivers a solid, entertaining and often exciting adventure film in the mould of the grand traditions of Hollywood.
Genuinely cool premise, directed by the guys who made the Crank films, begins interestingly, swaggers through some half-baked plot twists, and then comes undone with a decidedly stupid ending. Butler again proves why he is such a dynamic leading man, with a magnificent physical presence giving this film the punch it needs. Great use of camerawork gives this film the vibrancy and energy the script demands, and goes some way to overcoming the script’s largish faults.
Taking into account the somewhat dismal presentation of the Fellowship video quality, and the superficial bonus material (on a DVD9), it’s fair to say that this BluRay release will appeal only to those who cannot wait for the eventual HD release of these films in their Extended format, or newcomers to the franchise.
Unassailable classic of cinema, The Wizard Of Oz remains one of cinema’s most enduring icons, alongside Gone With The Wind, The Godfather, and Citizen Kane, as a moment of bottled magic. While many films made early last century have now dated and become relics of their era, Wizard remains as fresh now as it did the day it premiered in 1939. If you have never seen this version of the story (and let’s be honest, a lot of younger folk won’t have!) then can I beseech you to do so?
Breaking from our mold of simply doing film reviews, today I thought I’d quickly mention my thoughts on the just released Avatar BluRay from Fox.We […]