16-22 February 2009

February 27 2009 at 9:16 am (The list)

mash-1M*A*S*H (1970)

Robert Altman injects a healthy dose of fun into the war film genre by focusing on the lives of a group of surgeons operating on wounded soldiers in the Korean War. Very little action or horror is seen, instead focusing on the pranks that the surgeons play on each other led by Donald Sutherland’s rebellious Hawkeye and Elliot Gould’s suave Trapper. Altman was always great at directing ensemble casts like this and here his unique directorial style makes for a joyously anarchic experience full of fast, overlapping dialogue and scenes witnessed from a distance. Fast-paced and chaotic, it’s one of the few war films that can be described as enjoyable.


Rating: 4/5


Shame list total: 1,222


neil20marshall20doomsday20uk20posterDoomsday (2008)

After the grueling The Descent, writer/director Neil Marshall went back to the rough and tumble of Dog Soldiers to deliver a surprisingly fun if brainless actioner. After a mutant virus wipes out a large percentage of the population of Britain, those infected are rounded up and confined to Scotland where they are walled in and left to rot. Years later, the virus reappears in London, so ballsy Major Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) is sent up to Scotland to find a cure, and has to fend off the cannibalistic survivors. There is some terrible dialogue, and with shades of 28 Weeks Later and Mad Max 2 it’s very derivative and slips incomprehensibly into other familiar territory such as Gladiator and The Lord of the Rings. Still, it’s exciting and gory (Sean Pertwee’s Dr Talbot comes to a particularly unpleasant end), and it benefits from some great make-up and effects, and an explosive car chase.


Rating: 3/5


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