50 Film August – 48: Ponyo (2008)

As this 50 Film Challenge comes close to the end I decided to delve into Studio Ghibli animation for something fresh and interesting and definitely got what I expected.   Ponyo could be seen as a Ghibli adaptation of the Little Mermaid; it follows a young boy who saves a dying fish – Ponyo – who turns out to have magical powers and uses them to become human herself; causing a shift in the earths gravitational pull and putting the whole of mankind at risk.…
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50 Film August – 47: High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2003)

High Tension or ‘Switchblade Romance’ as it was called on its UK release is something of a rulebook for gore and horror. The story of the film has literally nothing original about it and simply follows all the rules of 70’s and 80’s horror only with better effects.   This lack of story however does not make the film a bore as the action is still intense, creepy and strange.…
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50 Film August – 42: Liar Liar (1997)

Seeing it has been a long time since I have watched a ‘proper’ Jim Carrey film and with Liar Liar being the only major one which I haven’t seen I decided to cross it off my list and enter the world of Carrey’s slapstick. And what a world it is. Right from the opening scene Carrey is on true form performing beautifully with frantic speaking and multiple facial reactions leading to great jokes.…
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