TUMP [EP#126 - Chicken With Plums]

This week Douglas, Damion and I return to the world of modern French cinema to discuss last year’s film, Chicken With Plums. So come on a fairy tale journey of death and violins as we ask… what happened to his moustache?

Show Notes:

What We’ve Been Watching
Andrew (00:03:18): Flight, Pitch Perfect, Sinister, High School, Sports Night
Douglas (00:18:10): Mirror Mirror, Argo, Looper
Damion (00:35:16): Ben & Kate, Prometheus, Black Dynamite

Trailers (00:52:15): Side Effects 

Review (01:01:45): Chicken With Plums

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TUMP [EP#110 - Jeff, Who Lives At Home]

This week we go out there into the world and discuss things that make no sense, but make sense, and then don’t make sense, only to make sense again eventually. No, not the new Shyamalan film, but the latest film from Jay and Mark Duplass: Jeff, Who Lives at Home. Check out the show below:

What We Watched

Douglas (00:03:30): The Avengers, Prometheus, Half Nelson, Killer Elite, Criminal Justice, The Hangover
Damion (00:23:10): The Legend of Korra, Safe House, Driving Miss Daisy, Better Off Dead, Dallas
Andrew (00:35:55): His Girl Friday, Indie Game: The Movie, Take This Waltz, Alien: Resurrection vs. Alien 3

Trailers (00:44:47): Flight, Wreck it Ralph, Django Unchained

Review (01:14:58): Jeff, Who Lives at Home

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Movie Review: Prometheus (2012)

“A king has his reign, and then he dies. It’s inevitable.”

Alien is revered as one of the greatest horror films of all time, as well as one of the greatest films set in space, so what happens when the director of the film that originated the franchise returns to it to provide us back-story about one of the biggest monster movie icons more than three decades after the fact? Prometheus.

The film manages to delve – with the subtlety of a hammer’s flat head – into the topics of life and what that means when you redefine God, and when you take a moment and further extrapolate pretty much discussing the idea of Darwinism and any non deity theologized religion.

With historical findings showing the possibility of another being at this other place in the world we have our scientists who’re just more than happy to make the leap into space to try and find out if these scratchings on the  walls of caves and such are more than just science fiction. Two years later them, and the rest of the crew of Prometheus, awake just outside this very planet all rearing to go to see what they can do with this opportunity.

Having foggy memories of the least adored iteration of the franchise, Alien Resurrection, I feel slightly weird wanting to pan this film as the worst Alien film of the franchise, but not the worst film of the franchise. It’s a completely mindless sloppy entry into the canon of all things Alien while at the same time trying it’s hardest to not really be an Alien film, which I guess would’ve made sense if not for one of the final moments of the film.

A film, I think, should be able to reside in a universe without actually having to be a film of that franchise. Almost like how Die Hard and Rambo are both films which reside in the real world and are action films but have nothing else to do with one another. I think I would’ve been more kind to this movie if it was just a space expedition that delved into deity worship and the origins of our makers as opposed to having to service this whole idea of the origins of the Alien as we know it and how that ship came to be where Ripley found it back in 1979.

The truth of the matter is that there are so many things that this movie does do right. The setting on the ship and the wide array of characters gives it a great feel and social dynamic that would make for some great episodic ideas. I’d almost want a whole season of Janek (Idris Elba) and Meredith (Charlize Theron) being at each others’ throats and David (Michael Fassbender) being the new ‘Data’ of the 21st century. It would almost be the newest and best Lost in Space and that I’d adore. A moment I truly adore is when they’re all just awoken and the first thing we see Janek do is set up a tiny Christmas tree showing himself to be the fun cowboy of the bunch.

Where the film really falls short is honestly trying to be an Alien film, or to be more clear, a horror movie. It somehow manages to plod along slowly but surely into the territory of having the monster/creature side of the film appear eventually and it almost seems to serve only for the purpose of starting to rack up a body count rather than actually keep the idea of the film going, that being the search to answer the question of who our creator is.

When the film eventually reaches the last third, and the “engineers” become more prevalent, then it picks up, but at this point in the film it’s almost trying way too hard to catch up to the hype that brought it into the cinema. However, not even that was enough to turn this around into the summer classic I wanted it to be.

Rating: 6.0/10

Top Ten Most Anticipated Summer Films of 2012

For the last two years running my anticipated lists have been well received (2011, 2010) so here I am again having survived the dregs of third of the year with honestly not much to show for it. But like rainbows coming after a spring shower it’s time for the bombs to go off and all that jazz, cuz the summer season is here.

10. Safety Not Guaranteed (June 8 )

I don’t know what it is about her but I dig Aubrey Plaza. This movie looks like it may not be much, but I can’t wait to check it out and see how the basic romantic comedy based on a preposterous setup of a guy believing he’s invented time travel.

9. High School (June 1)

So… Adrien Brody is one of those actors that no matter how poor a film seems he can always brighten it up completely. Seeing this image of him being this ridiculous cannabis salesman makes me smile in ways you can’t imagine.

8. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (June 22)

I want to tell you that I have a good reason for this one, but that would be a lie. The apocalypse is a weird time to be making friends and trying to reunite with people, but I just want to see me some crazy Patton Oswalt. I’m pretty sure he’ll be in one scene of this movie and be done, but I still will enjoy the Carrell and Knightley moments I hope.

7. G. I. Joe: Retaliation (June 29)

Did I mention explosions? Because for some reason we haven’t seen any yet. Until The Rock showed up and decided that Cobra is bad…. I remember reading when this sequel was announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt wouldn’t return as Cobra Commander, but we see the character, can I hope for a cameo voice over or something? I know this is going to be trashy explosions, but I can’t help myself… I still enjoy the first film and that movie was bad.

6. Avengers (May 2)

Deep down I believe Marvel owns my soul. I read way too many of their comics and now I’m in too deep. I couldn’t even see how bad Iron Man 2 was when it was released (review). But hey, at least now I can go see all four big boys (Cap America, Iron Man, Thor & Hulk) fight over who gets to be the team captain and wonder why they’re listening to Sam Jackson at the end of all their movies.

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TUMP [EP#104 - Take Shelter] [Guest: Corey Atad]

This week, as we here in the TUMP studio, take a leap into the mind of a man seeing a storm a coming we’re joined by Corey Atad (from Just Atad and Dork Shelf) to discuss Take Shelter. Check out the show below:

Show Notes:

What We’ve Been Watching

Damion (00:03:10): A Dangerous Method, Carjacked, The Princess of Montpensier, Carnage, Beginners, A Serparation
Corey (00:14:50): 21 Jump Street, Summer Wars, Awake
Douglas (00:19:30): Fright Night (2011)
Andrew (00:24:56): Safe House, Young Adult, Three Amigos, The Take

Trailers (00:31:15): Bernie, Piranha 3DD, Prometheus (TED 2023)

Review (00:51:57): Take Shelter

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