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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


Guardians of the Galaxy Poster

Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldena, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Dijmon Hounsou, John C. Riley


An unconventional review for an unconventional blockbuster. 

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-poster-3I had lost hope there was ever going to be another film that would ever make me the feel the way this made me feel. I was not prepared. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (GOTG) provided an impenetrable sense of immersed escapism that was almost transcendent, I wasn’t a viewer, I was a participant. My inner child, the one who was taken to a galaxy far, far away many moons ago was being fed the primordial building blocks that birthed a life spanning, debilitating cinematic obsession...

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From the Vault: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Before I was the Fraker I was John Doe and like everything else in this universe all cinema itself is interconnected on a molecular level. Slowly over time I plan to import many of my older reviews over to this new site under the banner of FROM THE VAULT. The format is simple, anytime I review a film here and it can be thematically linked to a previous critique from the old site I will be sharing. With the release of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES this weekend and my subsequent review which you can read HERE I figured this would be an ideal time for world’s to collide. Hope you like this trip into my past writerly adventures.



Director: Rupert Wyatt

Starring: James Franco, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Andy Serkis, Frieda Pinto, Tom Felton, James Harris,

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Poster

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Poster

Director: Matt Reeves

Writer:  Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver with Mark Bomback

Starring: Gary Oldman , Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Toby Kebbell, Kirk Acevedo, Judy Greer

Click HERE to read my review of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Koba“Caesar loves humans more than apes!”

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is that fraking rare example of a sequel that climbs to the highest, hard to reach branch exceeding an expectation raising predecessor.

Compelling science fiction masquerading as spectacular popcorn entertainment, the predetermined consequences of the established mythology carry a cinematic gravitas that devastates emotions and stimulates contemplation...

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Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014) – Part 3

Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014)  

Part 3 of 3; Compilation Soundtrack Albums. 


Part 3 of 3; Vocal Compilation Soundtrack Albums (In alphabetical order)

Last week’s posts focused exclusively on instrumental scoring with Part 1 & Part 2 of my Favourite Fraking Soundtracks from 1995 to the present day. This week it’s time for Part 3, Vocal Compilation Soundtracks.

Unlike non-vocal film scoring, lyrical tracks can use their words to inform audiences of scene intent or foreshadow events to come. Comprised of familiar tracks they can also carry a nostalgic, sentimental weight or musically set a distinct time period...

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Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014) – Part 2

Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014)

Part 2 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (J-Z)

donnie darko soundtrack

Continuing the list of favourite fraking soundtracks, here is the letters J-Z to round out all 52 composers. (All feedback welcome)

Part 2 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (J-Z)
(In alphabetical order)

Click HERE to read Part 1 of 3: Original Film Scores and their Composers (A-H)

Click HERE to read Part 3 of 3: Part 3 of 3; Vocal Compilation Soundtrack Albums
James Horner: Fraking Favourite –APOCALYPTO

Other Scores worth checking out: THE NEW WORLD, ENEMY At the GATES

James Newton HowardFraking Favourite – UNBREAKABLE

Other Scores worth checking out: MICHAEL CLAYTON, RESTORATION

John Corogliano:  THE RED VIOLIN

John Murphy: Fraking Favourite –...

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Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014) – Part 1

Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014)  

Part 1 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (A-H)

The Heat Soundtrack

The Heat Soundtrack

Part 1 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (A-H)

Thanks to my new fraking cinefiend pal for the inspiring this post. (You know who you are music man.)

The cinematic experience has always been as much about sound as vision. Right from the silent days the Nickelodeon picture house’s musical accompaniment was played live within the venue. Whether elevating emotion, punctuating comedy, heightening tension or rousing spirits, film soundtracks have always been essential to fine tuning audience response to a scenes tone and purpose.

As varied and expressive as the medium itself, ranging from the minimalist scoring that unobtrusively laces nuanced drama to operat...

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Top 24 Fraking Anticipated Films of 2014

Top 24 Countdown: Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2014

Terry Gilliam Directs THE ZERO THEOREM

Terry Gilliam Directs THE ZERO THEOREM



Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendon Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, M. Emmet Walsh
Release Date: January 19th, 2014

Director John Michael McDonagh (brother of Martin McDonagh of IN BRUGES fame) reteams with Brendon Gleeson for what looks like another bent trip that may recapture the magic of their earlier delight THE GUARD. I.T CROWD fans note Chris O’Dowd in the cast. GAME OF THRONES fans look out for Aidan Gillen.



Director: Lars Von Trier
Starring:  Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Udo Kier, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Jamie Bell,

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Top 13 Fraking Favourite Films of 2013



I FRAKED UP!: Normally I would be speaking in absolutes, stating a subjective opinion as though it were fact. Confident in the knowledge I had seen all the ‘important’ films of the previous year and possessed an informed overview of the entire cinematic spectrum. This year I have to declare my ignorance. To put it in other words, amongst numerous titles, I haven’t seen GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, WOLF OF WALL STREET, HER, AMERICAN HUSTLE or INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, six films that seem to be atop many people’s list for ‘film of the year.’ So there it is, glaring omissions in screening aside, here are my 13 fraking favourite  films of the 2013. (In Alphabetical order only)

 blue caprice

BLUE CAPRICE is a fraking compelling and observant real life thriller.

Painfully non-judgmental Director Alexandre Mo...

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From the Vault: The Warriors (1979)

The Warriors: DVD Cover

Hey boppers, I was fortunate enough to catch a midnight screening of an original 35mm print of THE WARRIORS last Saturday Night at the local retro movie house. I’d never seen it with a cinema audience before and their vocal enthusiasm reassured me that cult 70’s cinema will live forever. Obviously, the first thing I wanted to do at 2am as I departed that darkened house of fun was review this face stomping, rumble and strut gem.  But, as the testosterone subsided and clarity returned to the head I remembered there was already a critique of the film that I wrote under the nom de plume of John Doe…and with that the FROM THE VAULT section gets its premiere contribution.

First published in 2007 on an alternate virtual turf, enjoy the first of what will be many flashbacks FROM THE VAULT.

Original Cinema Poster


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Pacific Rim Review


Pacific Rim (2013)

Writer/Director: Guillermo Del Toro

Cast: Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Clifton Collins Jr., Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Hunnam

Herc: “We can either sit here and do nothing or grab those flare guns and do something really stupid.”

PACIFIC RIM is a fraking audio visual juggernaut! It’s the most impressive live action anime yet. Big, dumb popcorn entertainment aimed at the 10 year old in all of us.

An eye candy saturated behemoth of creative staging and creature design. This is sci-fi spectacle so massive in sensory scope and meticulous framing that the rich beauty of its operatic staging leaves you in a spellbound trance. It’s a juvenile enchantment that makes it easier to over look the simplicity of the story, creaky dialogue and robotic lead performance.


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