Three Films I want to see: Sleep Dealers, Pandorum and Big Man Japan

Sleep Dealers

Strange film based in the near future where immigrants don’t have to leave the country to work. They can control robots via a virtual reality headset. Looks like it won lots of awards so I am definitely going to catch this.

Mexico. The near future. Memo Cruz has always dreamed of leaving his tiny village and heading north. But when he is ultimately forced to leave, Memo finds a future so bizarre - border walls, shantytowns, hi-tech factories, remote control drones and aqua-terrorists - that it looks a lot like today.


Scary Sci-Fi horror. I know it’s made by the guys that did Resident Evil so it will undoubtedly be really bad, but I liked the look of the murky visuals and the voice over guy made me laugh too.

From the creators of the Resident Evil film franchise comes Pandorum, a terrifying thriller in which two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they’ve been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they’re actually not alone — and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.

Big Man Japan

Comedy giant Japanese monster movie. Or maybe Japanese giant comedy monster movie. Anyway, it looks like a laugh.

A middle-aged slacker living in a rundown, graffiti-ridden slum, Daisato’s job involves being shocked by bolts of electricity that transform him into a stocky, stick-wielding giant several stories high who is entrusted with defending Japan from a host of bizarre monsters. But while his predecessors were national heroes, he is a pariah among the citizens he protects, who bitterly complain about the noise and destruction of property he causes. And Daisato has his own problems -an agent insistent on branding him with sponsor advertisements, an Alzheimer-afflicted grandfather who transforms into a giant in dirty underwear, and a family who is embarrassed by his often cowardly exploits. A wickedly deadpan spin on the giant Japanese superhero, BIG MAN JAPAN is an outrageous portrait of a pathetic but truly unique hero.

The Lost Initiative Season 5: The one where he was nice to me

I enjoyed the Star wars references.

Here are some better puns...well maybe not better. When I said better I really meant worse. Here are some Star wars puns that are worse:

Which fishlike commander was disgusted whenever he entered a tavern? Admiral 'Ack, bar!'

Can you beat a Gungan at a staring contest? Yes, because Jar Jar blinks!

Which Imperial commander was afraid of swimming? Darth Wader.

Shop for Star Wars paraphernalia at the Darth Mall.

The Lost Initiative Season 5: Fingers on lips!

One of my better T-Shirts, it's a shame Iain ruined the day by being a gigantic bully, I will have my revenge.

The Lost Initiative Season 5: Whatever Happened, Happened

Apparently this is a funny one. I think it was the one where I mumbled something at the beginning that many people found very amusing, I just found it very embarrassing.

Where the Wild Things Are

It's the first time I have heard about this movie which I find quite shocking as the trailer looks incredible.

I have a feeling that is going to join my list of films I’m going to want to show to my kids.

I can’t really work much out from the trailer so I looked up the plot of the book on Wikipedia:

The book is about the imaginary adventures of a young boy named Max, who is punished for making mischief by being sent to his room without supper. Max wears a distinctive wolf suit during his adventures and encounters various mythical creatures, the "wild things". Although just ten sentences long, the book is generally regarded as a classic of American illustrated children's literature.

It might be hard to base a film on such a short story, but judging by the visuals the director hasn't had a problem. I haven’t been this existed about a film since my mate showed me the trailer for Pans Labyrinth.

It looks like cross between Drop Dead Fred and Donny Darko – two of my favorite films.


Film stuff: State Of Play starring Russell Crowe

Long time, no speak...that's the problem with Twitter, it's just so fast if you've a short attention span/ very little time. Still, I don't want to neglect the blog so thought I'd do a quickie on a movie I saw last night. Based on an original BBC series with John Simm and Bill Nighy which I'm amazed to say I've never seen (normally I seek out anything with John Simm in), STATE OF PLAY the film is directed by Kevin McDonald (Touching the Void) and stars Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams.

Now, this film had a rather troubled conception - Brad Pitt was attached to play the Russell Crowe role but dropped out shortly before filming due to disagreements caused by script rewrites, causing various delays - which led to Edward Norton having to drop out also - to be replaced by Ben Affleck. Various scribes were involved too, and Paul Abbott (who created the original BBC series) was reportedly initially reluctant to sell the movie rights because he was wary of a six-hour miniseries being successfully compressed into a 2 hour film - and perhaps transposed to America.

Often, a difficult or protracted genesis signals a very-possibly-ropey film. And while I'm sure my lack of awareness of the original TV series has helped here, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It's engrossing, well-acted (I thought the scruffy, slighty tubby Crowe was great, and can't now imagine Pitt in the role, as was Ben Affleck. Viola Davis puts in another brief but excellent performance, and Jason Batemen, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren all shine too), well-paced, amart entertainment. It's not trying to be an intricate examination of government or corporate politics, it's simply a good looking thriller which zips along and keeps the viewer (this one at least) switched on and engaged throughout.

It's out on April 24th - here's the trailer if you like that kind of thing - I heartily recommend! It's a damn sight better than the piss-poor Monsters Vs Aliens...