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Review – 28 Days Later

This review is part of our 31 Days of Horror series. You can check out the other posts by clicking these words.

This review contains major spoilers.

Everyone loves a good zombie flick. Unless you don’t. And if you don’t, 28 Days Later is one of the ones which makes this a sad state of affairs. Also, this isn’t really a zombie flick – but I’m leaving it within the parameters of one.

Okay. Like with most zombie-style flicks, the introductory plot is pretty basic and to-the-point. Thankfully, though, 28 Days Later has so much more to offer than the average post-apocalyptic picture-show. So, in a nutshell: Animal activists break into a laboratory in order to free some chimpanzees held in captivity. Ignoring the pleas of a present scientist who strongly advises against the idea due to said chimpanzees being infected with a super-contagious Rage Virus, one of the activists lets a chimp free. Said chimp, clearly in an abnormal state, mindlessly attacks one of the activists and infects them with the rage virus, spreading to and initiating a reaction in the activist almost instantly. And from here, things just go from bad to worse – but I guess that’s what you get for monkeying around (and before anyone says it: yes, I know there are significant distinctions between chimps and monkeys. Let me pun in peace.)

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Review – The Cabin in the Woods

This review is part of our 31 Days of Horror series. You can check out the other posts by clicking these words.

This review also contains spoilers.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012), directed by Drew Goddard – along with production and script credit to Joss Whedon – initially presents itself with a bog-standard storyline. In a nutshell: a group of 5 teens head to a remote cabin in the woods (whoa, it’s the name of the film!) and find they’re severed of all communications with the outside world as they know it. A door to the basement opens itself up, which leads the group to a bunch of ancient relics as well as a spooky book. Dana (Kristen Connolly) reads a passage from the book which, of course, gives rise to a bunch of murdering zombies. Same old horror tripe under a new yet somehow unoriginal name, right? Wrong.

Now, I should mention that, for the most part, I really don’t care for horror films, with their overused tropes and unimaginative, predictable arrangements – and this is exactly why I enjoyed The Cabin in the Woods so much. The film quickly leaves the generic and dull premise behind as it shoots off into what I perceived as a satirical deconstruction of the stereotypical concept of a horror film; but what makes this even more enjoyable is that it manages to entertain the viewer with a film which is both serious and clever whilst doing this, and thus toying with the horror genre.

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Ready Steady Cut EP60 – Stephen King’s IT (1990)

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This is Episode 60 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, with the remake of Stephen King’s IT coming to cinemas soon, we discuss the 1990 version.

We also discuss What’s Happening At Ready, Steady Cut! and as always, we answer questions raised by our listeners and play another game of You Can’t Beat Me! This week it is Leonardo DiCaprio characters.

Episode Summary:

00:00 – Introduction and Episode Summary
04:10 – What’s Happening at Ready, Steady, Cut!
06:50 – IT (1990) discussion
52:22 – Questions from Listeners
1:03:15 – You Can’t Beat Me – Leonardo DiCaprio Characters
1:29:05 – Final Comments

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Ready Steady Cut EP57 – September 2017 Movies Preview

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This is Episode 57 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, we discuss and preview the movies that will be getting a wide release in September 2017.

There are a number of wide releases in September, however, it does not look on paper to be a big month for the box office apart from the anticipated Kingsman: The Golden Circle. With each film, we offer our thoughts on the pre-release information, trailers and make predictions to how they will be critically received.

Episode Summary:

00:00 – Intro and Episode Summary
04:13 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Wide Re-release)
07:03 – IT
12:01 – Home Again
19:03 – American Assassin
25:44 – Mother!
33:11 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle
38:11 – Stronger
42:52 – The Lego Ninjago Movie
46:11 – The Battle of the Sexes
51:21 – Brad’s Status
54:31 – Flatliners
57:31 – American Made
1:01:51 – Final Comments

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Review – What Happened To Monday

What’s this?

I do not like Mondays. It is always a bit of a shock to get up so early and respond to colleagues after such a laid-back weekend. By Tuesday I am fine. I think the title What Happened To Monday is fitting. If I was ever going to choose a day where something bad happened, it would be that day.

This is a Netflix Original. A dystopian science fiction thriller that originally premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and stars familiar face Noomi Rapace.

What’s it about?

The premise is a distinctly interesting subject. It is 2073 and the planet is nearly beyond saving with food resource dwindling, there is an increase in natural disasters and the world appears to be over-populated. The story plants the idea that families producing too many children is the crux of the planet’s problem. Governmental departments have set up the CAB (Child Allocation Bureau) that enforces a policy that each family can only have one child, with the theory that in the short term it will deal with the planet’s issue.

Meanwhile, Terrence Settman (Willem Dafoe), has just learnt that his wife has died whilst giving birth to identical septulet sisters in an unknown hospital that is willing to keep it a secret. In a world set by the CAB policy the last thing you need is this, obviously.

The first act sets the stage; the seven sisters are trained into a robust cooperative routine to survive this dystopian nightmare in which they find themselves, in order to not get caught and cruelly executed. Conveniently, their father gives them names of each day of the week. That is the day they are allowed to go outside and become part of society. Their house is constructed in a way that allows the women to react to random strangers approaching the property if it ever became a problem. The concept is immediately absorbing which sets up the remainder of the feature.

So it’s good then?

There are a couple of elements that this movie gets right. The entire set-up presents an intriguing dystopian world accustomed to the norm that having one child is ideal to prevent disasters. The streets parade regimented CAB officials and checkpoints, something that you’d similarly see in other dystopian movies. If you are familiar with Never Let Me Go, you will understand that it hides you from the true horrors of a surviving disconnected world. What Happened To Monday wants you to understand the atrocities by showing forced compliance.

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Opinion – Why cinema prices are ruining everyone

I’m currently facing bit of a predicament at the minute. There are A LOT of films coming out over the next couple of months that I desperately want to see, but I’m not sure whether I have the funds to cover them all. In September alone, there are four films I want to see. This will amount to a minimum cost of £39.16 (yes, I can work a calculator), before any other expenses are taken into account i.e. travel and snackage. Now, I don’t believe that I am the only one who believes this to be an outrage. Since when did going to the cinema to see one film, let alone four, force a person to consider selling an organ on the black market?

It was during the planning of a recent cinema trip for four people to see Dunkirk that the extortionate cost of cinema tickets became apparent to me. I did a survey of the four biggest cinema chains I could think of: Showcase, Cineworld, Odeon and Vue, and I was very surprised by the results. Showcase Cinema Deluxe was actually the cheapest, and Vue was the priciest at near enough £11 per ticket for adults. I was suitably gobsmacked to say the least.

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Ready Steady Cut EP56 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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This is Episode 56 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, with the re-release and 3D remastered version hitting limited cinemas, we discuss what is regarded to be the best Sci-Fi Sequel of all-time – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Trailer Talk is The Meyerowitz Stories and as always, we answer questions raised by our listeners and play another game of You Can’t Beat Me! This week it is iconic 80s characters

Episode Summary:

00:00 – Introduction and Episode Summary
04:48 – Trailer Talk – The Meyerowitz Stories
08:45 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day Discussion
1:00:16 – Questions from Listeners
1:13:02 – You Can’t Beat Me! – Iconic 80s Characters
1:27:27 – Final Comments

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