Movie Ramblings: Robogeisha


Robogeisha is a Japanese film about 2 young sisters who are recruited by an evil organisation to become assassins. Older sister Kikue is a renowned geisha and is very mean to her younger sister Yoshie who everyone thinks is plain and clumsy. After a disastrous evening entertaining the son of a powerful business man, both girls are drafted in to join his army of female warriors and assassins.

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Movie Ramblings: La Cara Oculta (The Hidden Face)


A Spanish mystery thriller about a man whose girlfriend goes missing and how his life changes as a result. Interestingly you don’t know where the film is going for a long while and it does a really good job of keeping you guessing until a scene, just a few seconds long, about halfway through, which feels like it has given the whole thing away. You quickly find that there is still more to discover but it still feels like a child carefully telling a complicated joke who, seeing the end approaching, gets carried away and blurts out the punchline too early. Continue reading


Movie Ramblings: Super Troopers


Super Troopers is an American comedy about rivalry between 2 local police departments. The highway cops are goof offs who love to play pranks on each other and on members of the public. Unsurprisingly this department is on the verge of being shut down and their responsibilities taken over by the local police department who are straight-laced professionals. When a drug related murder happens on the highway, the scene is set for the highway cops to prove their worth and the conflict between the 2 departments is set to explode with (supposedly) hilarious results. Continue reading


Movie Ramblings: Zombies vs Strippers


Not to be confused with Zombie Strippers, this is a pretty disappointing exploitation style movie. It takes the very standard idea of a group trapped in a location and besieged by zombies trying to fight their way out. In this case the location they are trapped in is a seedy strip club that is on the verge of going out of business. As the staff and customers gear up for one big final party, the shambling horde edges ever closer. Continue reading


Movie Ramblings: Saving Mr Banks


Until quite recently I had thought that the story of Mary Poppins had sprung complete from the fevered imaginations of Walt Disney and his staff. Then I discovered that it was based on a book, a series of books in fact, by Australian-British novelist P. L. Travers. I immediately wondered why only one film had been made and resolved to read the books and see how they compare. I still haven’t got around to reading the books but “Saving Mr Banks” goes some way to answering some of my questions.  That isn’t to say that this is some kind of dry documentary about the history of the story but rather is a charming and often comedic look at a battle of wills between to very different but equally difficult personalities. Continue reading


Movie Ramblings: The Day


The Day is a good gritty post apocalyptic thriller. It is shot similar to The Road and Hell and in most scenes I was unsure whether it was truly in black and white or very desaturated colour. Wardrobe and make up have done a very god job of making sure every one looks suitably thin, dirty and ragged with the notable exception of the cleanly shaven armpits of the female characters. Unfortunately, like Hell, after a very promising start, this film dives straight into the cliché that there is only one good and nice group of survivors and everyone else is murdering, torturing, cannibal scum. This is more intelligently done in this movie than in many others of the same type I have seen but I was really hoping for a more complex story line after the strong opening. Continue reading