Will Preston

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DVD Review – Julia’s Eyes (2010)

by on Sep.05, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

I have a small fear: I’m scared of losing my eyesight. Call it a shallow fear if you will, but it’s still a fear nonetheless. The feeling of vulnerability. No longer being able to differentiate between what is really there and what your mind forces out from your subconscious to wave in front of your naked face. Close your eyes now. Do it. What do you see? Macabre faces? Your worst fear? Anything is possible under the cruel blanket of darkness. So obviously, the horror story of a woman going blind is going to hit home for me in a big way. But on paper, it sounds a tricky story to reveal on the big screen, especially when it’s from her perspective.

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DVD Review – The Last American Hero (1973)

by on Sep.03, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

I find it hard to look at Jeff Bridges in his pre-beard days. There is this haunting vacuum of space on his chin when he pops up clean shaven. It almost comes to the point where I have to draw a beard on my screen to address this problem. Even his voice suggests he needs a beard. Ironically, in The Last American Hero, a beard would have really suited his character, what with him being a hillbilly and all.

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DVD Review – War of Resistance (2011)

by on Aug.23, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

There are two types of World War two films: the ones that show you the explosive battle on the frontlines and the ones that show you the cloak and dagger sneakery from behind the scenes. With the former, the focus is on the tension and the difficult moral choices the characters must make in order vanquish the Nazi menace. From these themes, we see a good amount of character development and a lot of carefully worded conversations when confronted by a helmeted German soldier. The line between the Hollywood style blockbusting of Saving Private Ryan and the edge of you seat covert flicks like Inglourious Basterds must never be crossed. War of Resistance happily skips over this line and knocks everything off the shelves whilst it does it.

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DVD Review – My Best Enemy (2011)

by on Aug.19, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Role reversal in comedy is a fine technique. If done right, not only does it exaggerate the contrasting differences between the two people involved, it can also subtly hint at some surprising similarities. So when you sit down to watch a black comedy about a Jewish prisoner swapping their outfit with that of a Nazi officer, you start to wonder whether any similarities between the two can occur. In this case, it was all used for comic affect, despite being based in a dark time.

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DVD Review – As Blood Runs Deep (2010)

by on Aug.09, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Every now and again, there comes a crime drama which mixes together a twisting plot with breathtaking delivery. The set up is brutally unleashed, the characters are defined with such pin sharp detail that you could imagine them existing in real life, and the ending is delivered like an explosive whirlwind of true justice. Not only this, but the general execution shows that a lot of mothering care was applied, as well as the cast slipping into the roles like a sexy second skin. All of these add up to what a truly good crime movie should be, and somehow As Blood Runs Deep missed all of them completely.

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DVD Review – Middle Men (2009)

by on Jul.26, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

I’m more than happy to admit it. I’m a man; therefore, chances are I’ve indulged in the more erotic side of the internet. Wait! Don’t look at me like that. You’ve probably seen enough filth to drown a newsagents before you clicked onto this site. I know you have. And what’s more, I’ve bet you paid with your credit card too. Did you ever stop to wonder how that secure payment system came about? The one that replaces Backdoor Beauties with a vague business title so the wife/mother/boss doesn’t suspect a thing. Maybe you should give the recent Luke Wilson vehicle a ride in that case.

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DVD Review – Wasted on the Young (2010)

by on Jul.21, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Aren’t teenagers great? Actually, I lie; no they’re not. Whilst trying to find their place in life, they’re either griping about having to deal with newfound responsibility like someone’s just asked for them to fill in a tax return an yard thick, or they’re swaggering their unearned good looks and youth to potentially impregnate anything vaguely resembling a woman within a certain radius. But yet, the reckless lives of such studly ragamuffins hardly fails to at least turn heads. After all, if things are going to go out of control in an emotional way, why not make it sexy too. Wasted on the Young is probably the most extreme film dealing with this subject.

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DVD Review – Skin (2008)

by on Jul.11, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Now, the key to a good film about an angry lower class youth, it to make the youth in question seem believable, whilst not getting the brat-level way too high. There has to be the right amount of pathos and some degree of justification before we start seeing little Jimmy’s problems at home a serious enough excuse for him to go Clockwork Orange about the place. Holland would be one of the last countries I’d expect to see this amount of violence, but it’s still making me wonder whether that weekend away to there wouldn’t be completely free of any violence.

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DVD Review – The Violent Kind (2010)

by on Jul.04, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

The straight to DVD market is a mystery to me. How does it survive? Who buys these discs of disappointment? Even the covers are a massive warning sign. Yet somehow people buy them. I’ve never once met one of these people and I actually wonder whether they exist or could it be that the studio is hired to come up with a formulaic friendly piece of garbage to stop dust gathering on some of the shelf space at the local Blockbusters. Not that I’ve seen many of these at Blockbusters, either. Yet, somehow films like The Violent Kind come around to yet again kick down my faith in the film industry.

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DVD Review – Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)

by on Jun.26, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

A good detective story can survive with just a good amount of clues and a steady pace, but when it enters the outer circle of the action adventure genre, it’s hard not to be pleased. Even the recent Sherlock Holmes adaptation embraced the modern cop buddy genre to provide a thoroughly good watch. Of course, not all detectives would benefit with this treatment. I would hardly imagine Poirot or Columbo mucking in when the fists started flying. But some detectives can.

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