Wreck-It Ralph (2012) (Revisited)

logoDirector: Rich Moore

Writer: Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee (Screenplay) Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, Jim Reardon (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill, Mindy Kaling

 

Plot: When Ralph of Fix-It-Felix gets tired of being the bad guy he heads into the gaming world to find a medal. He enters one game called Heroes Duty where he gets his medal but also accidently unleashes a series of events that could destroy the video game world they live in. Ralph ends up in Sugar Rush game where he meets Vanellope an apparent glitch in that game who just wants to race but the evil King Candy won’t let her. Ralph must now make up for what he has done before it is too late and become the hero he so much desired to be.

 

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Verdict: Brilliant animated adventure film

Story: When you get a film that has so many references to the game world much to the same level the toy references are in Toy Story are you know you have something special. This story shows that even when you are doing a job you need to be appreciated and if you are not you have to make a change. It also shows that you should appreciate the people that do the little things to make you so popular. It deals with the ideas of being treated equal and that should be treating everyone equal no matter what the differences are between each other. (10/10)

 

Character Review: Ralph – A great character that shows just because your job is to be bad doesn’t make you a bad guy. He is clumsy but also has a heart of gold who just needs to be welcome in by people. (10/10)

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Character Review: Vanellope – A hyper excitable character who is fed up of being left in isolation and just wants to be part of the game. An important character that shows no matter if you different you are doesn’t mean you should be cast a side by everybody. (9/10)

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Character Review: Felix – He has to stop Ralph in all his game outings but doesn’t notice or want to fix how people look at Ralph outside the game. He is all about innocents getting put in the wrong hands whereas along as he good he ignores the rest of the people around him but has to learn he isn’t the centre of attention by the end. (9/10)

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Character Review: Calhoun – Strict Sergeant from heroes Duty who has to stop all hell letting loose in the game world and fix what Ralph has caused. (9/10)

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Character Review: King Candy – He is the evil ruler of the Sugar Land game but he has a bigger secret behind his motives. (9/10)

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Director Review: Rich Moore – In his first animated feature film he shows how well he can tell a story on screen. (9/10)

 

Adventure: Great adventure aspects in the film. (9/10)

Comedy: some very clever laughs and jokes that all will enjoy. (9/10)

Family: Great family friendly film that all will enjoy. (9/10)

Animation: Brilliant animated film using all different types of graphics references to show how old the characters games are and reflect with older graphics. (10/10)

Music: Brilliant soundtrack which includes great songs as well as great tunes from video game history. (10/10)

Chemistry: The chemistry between all the characters is great up there with the chemistry between Sully and Mike in Monsters Inc. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: Maybe a few. (5/10)

Settings: Inside the video game world, where the characters travel through the wires to go to each of the games and can interact with all the other characters great setting for the film. (9/10)

Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush

Suggestion: This is such a fun film for anyone who has ever played a video game. I would suggest this to everyone I feel this could have been the best animated film out in 2012, full of very likeable characters and a great storyline that all the family will enjoy. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Clever references to gaming history.

Action Scene of the Film: The final showdown.

Funniest Scene: Ralph invades Sugar Land ceremony.

Favourite Quote: Calhoun ‘Doomsday and Armageddon just had a baby and it is ugly!’

Oscar Chances: Nominated but didn’t win lost out to Brave, don’t know how

Chances of Sequel: It could have a sequel

Similar Too: Toy Story

 

Overall: This is Video game version of Toy Story

I Have to give this a better rating after watching a second time 

Rating 93

Inhuman Resources (2012)

logoDirector: Daniel Krige

Writer: Jonathon Green, Anthony O’Connor (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicholas Hope, Kelly Paterniti, Sam Reid, Alan Dukes, James Mackay, Hayley McElhinney, Tom Savini

 

Plot: When Thomas Reddmann (Hope) is found guilty of being the Head-hunter serial killer he is sent to jail. While in jail he is believed to have died in an escape attempt. He didn’t die and now he wants to prove he is innocent, he kidnaps six people involved in his trial and sets them up in a strict work environment where insubordination leads to punishment and after five strikes he kills them. Two witnesses Annabelle (Paterniti), William (Reid) lawyer Ruby (Mackay) Police officer Edward (Dukes) Psychic (McElhinney) all have to work together to survive and uncover the truth and they are on the clock.

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Verdict: A very tense low budget thriller with plenty of twists and turns

Story: Well where do I start, this is one film I switched on just to kill some time and it ended up pulling me in to see what happens. Mixing elements of two very different films Law Abiding Citizen and Exam to create a revenge film with a twist on wanting the truth to be exposed at any means. The tension builds and you are left waiting for the next twist on the real event unfolds right up to the final reveal. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Nicholas Hope – Reddmann left to be guilty, goes through a lot in jail before his escape, pushes the characters to the limit to clear his name. Great performance creating a haunting character who will keep his word, a dominate screen presences throughout. Star Performance Award, Scene Stealer Award. Scariest Character Award (9/10)

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Actor Review: Kelly Paterniti – A video stripper who wants to work in an office but keeps getting rejected. Kidnapped for being a witness in the trial and seems to be the only one who tries to escape as well as being the only person that sees a clear piece of evidence that lawyers and police seem to miss. Good performance puts up a great fight and shows great innocent presence in a room where everyone seems to have a secret. Unluckiest Character Award (8/10)

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Director Review: Daniel Krige – With only a few small budget films to his name this film shows he knows how to create some great scenes in a thriller that has plenty of surprises. (8/10)

Horror: Uses some Saw like tactics in some of the kills but relies on thrills rather than scares. (7/10)

Thriller: Once you know what is going on you will be sat at the edge of your seat throughout. (9/10)

Special Effects: Tom Savini one of the best if not the best special effects man in the business today and he shows why here with some excellent effects. (10/10)

Believability: A boss snaps and traps employees well that bit has happened before but the extreme Reddmann goes aren’t. (2/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The setting fits the film perfect creating a tight atmospheric feeling throughout. (9/10)

Suggestion: I would be suggesting this as I always like these types of films showing that you don’t need silly money to create a great atmosphere in a film nor do you need to have glorified violent deaths. The film could also appeal to other people who like high tension in films. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: I enjoyed the final scene the best tops off the quality in the film

Kill Of The Film: Sheena O’Leary very bloody great use of special effects

Funniest Scene: The final scene.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Open to one

Similar Too: Exam, Panic Button

 

Overall: Hidden gem in horror thriller films

 

Rating 82

The Alphabet Movie Meme Challenge

An A-Z look at films From The Drama Llama

Anticipating Movie of 2014

 A

Interstellar You Christopher Nolan at the helm you know you are going to get something special the question is how special will it be for us? But this could easily be any of the sci-fi heavy year for films.

Book Adaptation I’d Love To See

B

Star Wars – Death Troopers As this was the only book I managed to finish last year the idea is good and you could add some spice back to the franchise with Han Solo and Chewy taking on Zombies.

Celebrity I’d Most Like To Meet

C 

Stephen King He Is one if not the best writer in the last century, His mind would be so interesting to talk to and just to see his process would be incredible.

Dream DirectorActor Pairing

D 

Christopher Nolan – Bruce Willis The best entertaining director who can still keep the story together without just going gun-ho and an actor who proved with Sixth Sense he can be great without using action to get there as well he needs a director to bring his career back on track instead of pay check films.

Essential Classic Film

E

Duck Soup – This is one of my favourite comedy films ever made, It is funnier than most new films and the jokes still feel fresh now.

Favourite Film Franchise

F

George Romero’s of The Dead Series – Each film ends up having a social message and even though the latest additions haven’t been the best they are very enjoyable.

Genre I Watch The Most

G

Probably Horror – I would say horror as when I can’t find something to watch I end up seeing how bad the film on the horror channel is.

Hidden Gem

H

I can’t pick just one so I will go with three for very different reasons.

One Week – A drama about a guy who gets diagnosed with cancer and takes one last week before treatment starts to travel across Canada.

 Deep Rising – From Stephen Sommers this is a fun film that I never heard off until I had watched it, very good sit back and enjoy film.

 Parasomnia – A twisted horror tale that stars Jeffrey Combs and challenges reality very well.

Important Moment in My Film Life

I

Seeing The Goonies and Back to the Future for the first time also seeing Jurassic Park when I was about 6 in the cinema.

Just Right for A Rainy Day

J

Armageddon – Good enjoyable film that will pass the time and keep you fully occupied at the same time.

Kiddie Movie I Still Shamelessly Enjoy

K

The Goonies – The sense of adventure in this film reminds me so much of growing up and I get offended when people who are younger than me haven’t seen it.

Location I’d Most Like To Visit

L

The Dark City From Dark City just to see how unusual it feels ti be in.

Marathons I Watched

 M

Friday The 13th – I have watched all in a weekend once just to see if the kill count was correct in Jason X

Netflix Movie I Actually Watched

N

Don’t Use Netflix

One Movie I Saw In Theaters More Than Once

Never seen one twice

Preferred Place To Watch A Movie

(Cinema or at home)

Home – I don’t like people talking through a film or making noises.

Quote that Inspires Me

Q

‘You’ve Got the makings of greatness in you kid’.  From Treasure Planet

Remakes (Friend or Foe?)

R

Depends – I don’t mind seeing a re-imagination like Halloween or Star Trek, I also don’t mind a remake of a bad or average film like My Bloody Valentine or Maniac, but I hate remakes of classics like The Thing or Evil Dead.

Snack I Enjoy Most

S

Dark Chocolate

Thrilling Movie That Blows My Mind

 T

Looper – It has some major plot holes but it really tests the mind when you think about something and realise something else.

Unapologetic Fanperson For

 U

Joseph Gordon Levitt – Ever since I saw Brick I have seen every film this guy has made and can’t help but have incredible amount of respect for this guy for all his HITRECord work.

Very Excited For Award Show Season?

V

Yes – I love seeing what wins the awards it usually annoys me as I usually prefer a different film but still have to watch it.

Wish I Never Watched…

W

Shaun Of The Dead – I hated it and I don’t understand why everyone else loves it.

XXX Movie I First Watched At A Young Age
(R or NC-17!)

Y

Scream – I think it was this, my parents would never let me watch the real horror films or Halloween or Friday the 13th level to start with.

Your latest movie-related obsession

Y 2 

Following break through stars early work and trying to find a star I can watch their first work when it was new and be able to follow their whole career. The main ones I have so far are Dwayne Johnson which I first saw as a wrestler before becoming the actor, and the newest addition to my list is the Twisted Twins directors

ZZZ-Catchers

Z

Spiderman 2 – This film again everyone loves and I just found dull and boring. An easy one to catch a few zzz watching.

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

logoDirector: Isao Takahata

Writer: Isao Takahata (Screenplay) Akiyuki Nosaka (Novel)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yarmaguchi

 

Plot: Seita and Setsuko are brother and sister during World War 2 Japan. After their mother dies during an air raid they are left with an Aunt, but after she starts pushing them away by not treating them the same as her own children they have to learn to look after each other during the hard times. They have to struggle through hoping that their father will return from war to save them.

 

Verdict: A beautiful tragedy

Story: Simply put wow, this has everything you would never expect to see in an animated film. The struggle both the characters face just to survive a horrendous situation with a tragic outcome that will test everyone’s emotional levels. I feel the story is very important as it shows how children have to deal with the loss of family during war without having a supporting family they will be left to look after themselves. (10/10)

 

Character Review: Seita – Big brother whose opening lines tell you just how much of a tragic story you are about to witness. He struggles to just put food in his little sister’s mouth during the hard times. (9/10)

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Character Review: Setsuko – Little sister whose innocence is taken by the war where she is not quite old enough to truly understand the situation but gives enough to know her brother is giving everything to make sure she survives. (9/10)

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Director Review: Isao TakahataThis piece of direction is absolutely stunning (10/10)

 

Drama: Showing the struggle perfectly. (10/10)

Animation: Brilliant animated film with some of the most tragic scenes in animated film history. (10/10)

Believability: These sorts of things would have been happening during world war two and that make this even more painful to watch. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: Most people will end up shedding a tear or two by the end of this film. (8/10)

Settings: War time Japan creates a very dark setting for this tragic story. (9/10)

 

Suggestion: This is one of the most important animated films I have ever seen that everyone should watch to understand and be grateful for where they are now in life. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Seita gives his sister some of the remaining fruit drops she loves and she realises that is all she will get, so she eats just the crumb parts and save the rest.

Worst Part: The Aunt

Action Scene of the Film: The air raid is action packed.

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The War scene

Trivia: This is the only Ghibili theatrical feature not be part of the Disney-Tokuma Deal.

Oscar Chances: Didn’t Get an nominations

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Masterpiece in tragic cinema story telling.

 

Rating 95

Ocean Waves (1993)

logoDirector: Tomomi Mochizuki

Writer: Kaori Nakamura (Screenplay) Saeko Himuro (Novel)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Nobuo Tobita, Toshihiko Seki, Yoko Sakamoto, Yuri Amano, Kae Araki

 

Plot: Taku waiting at a train stop see Rikako an old school friend and he starts to reminisce on his high school experiences. Taku looks back on the first time he saw Rikako, the trip to Tokyo and friendships.

 

Verdict: A very good growing up story for teenagers.

Story: Growing up through school is always considered one of the hardest things, this story shows how two people struggle through everything before realising how they really ever felt. It shows how you don’t know or understand your first feelings for the opposite sex and how friendships are very delicate and can break but also be restored with simple words. (8/10)

 

Character Review: Taku Morisaki – He sums up every boy through high school, having a small interest in a girl. Will do crazy things for her but never knows how to show how he really feels. (8/10)

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Character Review: Rikako Muto – Moves to a new town and struggles to let people in, sees he parents go through a divorce and can’t accept that people are there to help her. This is a great example of how difficult growing up in a splitting family as well as not knowing how to react to acts of kindness. (8/10)

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Director Review: Tomomi MochizukiShows the growing up stage of teenage life very well showing how hard they make it but once they have made it they can look back at how easy it actually was compared to adult life. (8/10)

 

Drama: Nice drama showing the basic scenarios teenagers go through and act during them. (8/10)

Romance: More of a reluctant romance here but you can see the chemistry between the two. (8/10)

Animation: Good animated film. (8/10)

Chemistry: Great chemistry between the two lead characters that has elements of When Harry Met Sally just in teenage years of not understanding friendship and love interests. (9/10)

Believability: The story is very believable as most of us have been through some part of the feelings. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: High school setting is usually just for comedies this drama shows how realistic an animated film can make a high school life. (9/10)

 

Suggestion: I would suggest this because of the studio who made it as well as it is good for looking back and seeing if you went through any of the scenarios. A lot of film fans don’t like oversees cinema in a different language which could turn a lot of people off this film, but try it and you will be rewarded.  (Try It)

 

Best Part: The reunion.

Worst Part: Bit short.

Oscar Chances: None

Chances of Sequel: No

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Overall: A delightful tale of how we all grow up and make mistakes.

 

Rating 74