Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Hunger Games and Hunger Games Catching Fire, movies and books – 119

Hunger Games

In this one, Mark is joined by Max to talk about Hunger Games and Hunger Games – Catching Fire – the movies and the books

Avatar The Last Airbender Season 1, and Arkham Origins – 118

Arkham Origins

In this show, we finish up Avatar – The Last Airbender Season 1, and cover the XBox360 game Arkham Origins. Oh and toss in the PS Vita game Arkham: Blackgate

Who Can Kill a Child? aka Death is Child’s Play aka Island of the Damned 82/100

Who can kill a child

I threw this on, expecting a straightforward exploitation movie, and got a BIG surprise. Firstly, it starts off with a prologue explaining, as a documentary, the atrocities and hardships that have affected children, starting with the holocaust (with footage), and leading to Vietnam war footage, and starving children in Africa. It’s was a shock and quite upsetting, mostly because I just wasn’t prepared for that.

Then we launch into the movie, which is partly in Spanish, but mostly in English, involving a married English couple (wife pregnant, and they have two other children back in England) holidaying in Spain, and the man telling his wife of a lovely quiet little island with a village he stayed at as a child.

There’s a festival on at the town they are in, and the noise makes them decide to go stay on the island. But when they get there, it seems deserted, except for playing children.

This is a creepy, but very engaging thriller/horror movie. Children can be utterly creepy in the right context, and this movie uses this to the full. The acting of the two leads is a little off – you can tell they’re good actors, but they seem to be overprojecting a little, almost like it’s a stage play. I think it may be something to do with being directed by a Spanish director maybe, and a different sensibility? Not sure, and I got used to it just fine, as the rest of the movie worked so damn well. The slow build, the quickly escalating (and profoundly shocking) violence, the music, the scene-setting, and the resolution, all worked excellently.

If I had to give a high-concept pitch: Imagine The Children of the Corn made with the same quality and sensibility as the original Wicker Man

thoroughly recommended.

Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly 64/100 One of the oddest movies I’ve seen…

Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly

Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly 64/100 One of the oddest movies I’ve seen that keeps a traditional narrative.

It feels like a parent of the BBC comedy League of Gentlemen. An odd family group consisting of a mother, a nanny, a boy and a girl live in an odd old house (I think the one used in the Rocky Horror Picture Show), and the boy and girl go out and entice men back to play ‘games’. The family is in a state of arrested development, with the oldish (17? maybe) children acting like children, and mumsy and nanny treating them as such, but the games descend into violence at the drop of a hat. This movie involves them picking up a “new friend” who decides to play them at their own game.

Shades of The Prisoner, The Beguiled, Sunset Boulevard, and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, with a pinch of The Addams Family. It has to be seen to be believed, really.

Avatar The Last Airbender Season 1, and Lovecraft: The Call of Cthulu and Shadow over Innsmouth – 117

Avatar The Last Airbender

Sam and Mark cover the first half of Season 1 of Avatar – The Last Airbender, and a couple of Lovecraft stories, Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Call of Cthulu

Friday the 13th 1,2,3 – 116

Friday the 13th

First we did some Freddy, now it’s time for some Jason.

Star Trek The Original Series Season 1 Episodes 11 to 20 – Odd One Out 045

Star Trek

More oldschool trek, episodes 11-20