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Kung Fury

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

What movie can pack dinosaurs, kung-fu, tricerocop’s, hitler (AKA the ‘kung führer’), thor, Vikings and time travel in only 30 Minutes? It’s got to be ‘Kung Fury’ one amazingly short movie. As Jon Irenicus would say, ‘how wonderfully mad’.

This movie is packed with action, fantasy, FX on every frame and is completely free (though you might want to buy the game or movie to support them).

If you like humor, action and FX you might want to watch .

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Technical details:

* Genre: Fantasy (the back of the casing says adventure)

* Play time: 118 minutes

* Sound English DTS 5.1, English Dolby 5.1

* Subtitles: Dutch

This wonderful tale brings you to worlds imagined by Doctor Parnassus. Due to a pact with the devil, he is immortal. Obviously there is a price to pay for that, but I won’t go into details because I think this is not what you buy this movie for. For me the value is in the lovely scenery, the beautifully imagined worlds and the original story. A very unique movie with an exceptional tale. If you value fantasy a little bit more than a good story then you enjoy 118 minutes of excitement. Anyone who is interested in something different than the usual movie willl find value in this picture.


I can recommend this movie to any fan of the fantasy genre.


Friday, November 25th, 2011

This is a 3D animated movie. The story is about a robot moving to the big city and particularly ‘Big Wigs’  uh, I mean ‘Big Welders’ factory. However when arriving there, things aren’t as he expected them to be. This movie has an original story and some very nice graphics. I especially liked how they textured the ‘suit’ robots (stainless steel) and the ordinary robots which looked much like the tin equipment you had back in the 60’s and 70’s with frayed paint and round chrome edges.

A fun 3D animated movie with a lot of humor and an original story, that I can recommend to any fan of 3D animated movies.

The Legend of Zorro

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Technical details:

  • Voices: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Hindi
  • Dolby 5.1
  • Extras: Deleted scenes, Commentaries, Making of etc.
Legend of Zorro

Legend of Zorro

Back in the 70-ties, when I watched zorro on my parent’s black and white TV set, about 7 years old, and discovering the world around me, two questions taunted me.

  • What color was Zorro’s cape,
  • and why for heaven’s sake was his image on a bottle of sherry?

It took quite some years to find out that his cape was just black (what a disappointment). Why his image was associated with sherry, was something this movie might reveal.

You know being a superhero is just not as easy as you would think. Obviously there are problems with the kids, being away all the time due to your superhero duties, and the pressure that goes with it. Of course this imposes a lot of stress and one good way to fight stress is with alcohol. Now about 40 years later I finally understand why Zorro is on that bottle of sherry! Yup, he is a good candidate for AA.

Problems with the wife and kid, appearing drunk at a party. That pretty sums up this movie. Of course the bright candle lights, the barrels of wine, and warm nights makes for some good looking camera shots, however, it can’t save the movie. There is some superhero action at the beginning and end of the movie but nothing in between. I think they could have made a nice movie with the same effort. Not sure to whom this movie is supposed to appeal. People interested in social interaction aren’t likely to buy a movie with Zorro in the title, likewise someone who want to see a superhero solving the worlds problems isn’t going to be satisfied seeing his/(her) superhero succumb to alcohol.

If you are interested in a superhero’s social problems, then this, is the movie to watch, if not then just skip this one.

This DVD I got from the bargain bin, and that is where it should have stayed.

Final verdict, don’t buy.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Technical details:

  • Voices: English, Turkish
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Danish, Fin, Icelandic, Nordic, Swedish, Turkish
  • PAL
  • 5.1 DTS
  • Playtime: 106 minutes
  • Extras: Comentaries, Removed scenes, Making of etc.
  • Type: Fantasy
  • Two disc edition
  • Price tag: between 7 and 10 €
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

I didn’t think too much of the  movie while reading the back of the box. “A captain, a hunter, a strong man, a vampire, an invisible man and someone who can’t die have to save the world”. Well it can’t get anymore ‘cliche’ than that. However this movie, based on a book, has all the right ingredients, humor, adventure and romance (ok your mileage may vary on that last one 🙂 ).

It is fun to see who the main characters really are, so I won’t spoil the fun here. This movie has a lot of FX and is really fun to watch. Although completely different, I can imagine, this would appeal to people who like a movie like ‘Indiana Jones’.

One of the main characters, played by Sean Connery, dies at the end. However it leaves the possibility of a sequel open, and I can only hope one will be created.

King Kong

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Technical details:

Voices: English

Subtitles: English, Dutch, Finish, Hebrew, Nordic, hungarian, Swedish

Playtime: 180 Minutes (Yup, that is not a typo 🙂 )

Price tag: 7 €

King Kong

When I see the title ‘King Kong’ I can’t happen to view a very clumsy ape attached to the Empire State Building. A scene typical of the ancient ‘King Kong’ movie. However this ‘King Kong’ movie is different. Set in the twentieths of the previous century, a group of people, brought together through circumstances, are heading to ‘Skull Island’. They’ll bring back King Kong to New York where he is on display. Of course in the end he will escape his prisson and the classical scene on the empire state building will play out.

This movie was directed by Peter Jackson, who also directed ‘Lord of The Rings’ and it shows. King Kong is really worth every penny you paid.

I really enjoyed this movie.

Star Trek 2009

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Star Trek 2009 has the following technical features:

  • Voices: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French
  • Playtime: 122 Minutes
  • Type: Scifi
  • Price tag: I believe 8 Euros or so.

Being a fan of the original star trek series, the ones with William Shatner as captain Kirk, I was a bit hesitant to buy a movie with a completely new cast. But reading some reviews I thought I would give it a chance. The story is in any case a typical ‘star trek’ story. Including Romulans, time travel and firing phasers. It has the fantasy of the original series but, and this contrary to the previous ‘Star Trek’ movies, the pace of a modern movie. To top if off the original Spock also plays a role as the ‘old’ spock. The film directed by JJ Abrams has a very distinguished look. Everything looks very dynamic, which is especially surprising when you see how they pulled it off. For the latter see the extras on the DVD.

I can recommend this movie to anyone who liked the original series.


Tin man review

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Tin man is a new take on the Wizard of Oz. The technical details are:

  • Voices: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Dolby: 5.1
  • Playtime: 180 minutes
  • Type: Fantasy
  • Price tag: 12 Euro


Tin Man DVD

Tin Man DVD

The story is about DG who has some strange dreams for some time. At a certain moment she goes to the ‘other side’. Once on the there she meets some odd people. Someone whose brain was removed a kind of lion and someone who got punished by being locked up in a tin frame. Together they travel to fight the evil Azkedellia.  On the ‘other side’ you will see shape shifting people, robots, magic etc. Together it will keep it interesting for the full 180 minutes.

Although it refers to the Wizard of Oz it actually is a complete different movie than any Wizard of Oz I have seen. And that is actually for the better. I thought the acting was quite good and the animations and special effects very good. You can of course watch the movie in one go. I watched it in two parts though. It had a good pace and never got boring or anything.  If you like special effects and a fantasy setting then this is certainly movie to buy, just forget that it has anything to do with the Wizard of Oz.

Monster House review

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
Monsterhouse DVD

Monsterhouse DVD

I bought monster house a while ago. I was an impulse buy in the supermarket and when I started watching it I thought for the first few moments that it was really aimed at kids and I wasted my money. However luckily I was completely wrong 🙂

Monster house is a DVD by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg according to the box.  The version I watched has the following details:

  • Voices: English/Dutch/Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English/Dutch/Hebrew
  • PAL
  • Dolby 5.1
  • Playtime 86 minutes
  • Extras: Documentaries/Trailers/Photo gallery
  • Type: Animation
  • Rated 6/horror
  • Price tag: I believe 8 or 12 Euros

The story is about a grumpy old man living in a haunted house. A boy at the other side of the street observed the house for a while and tries to convince other people that the house does actually live. Obviously nobody believes him, odd isn’t it? Anyway with the help of a friend and a girl, they just met, they are going to investigate the house and unravel its mystery, which I won’t reveal here.

The film is a 3D animation created using mocap which has resulted in amazingly realistic animations. The way the characters move is very lifelike even though the characters themselves are caricatures. The animation is quite polished. There is a lot of humor in the movie.  The horror aspect should of course be taken with a grain of salt, at least for adults.

if you like 3D animated movies then this is certainly one I can recommend.