Tis the season jolly listeners! For our very first (certainly not our last) Christmas special on Cage Rage, we are going to review an obscure British animated film version of A Christmas Carol (and with good cause) wherein the Cage has landed the lucky role of the Ghost of Jacob Marley. Is this film a forgettable and bad adaptation of A Christmas Carol, or is there something special about it that makes it worthy of proclaiming holiday joy and cheer?
Join me, Ryan, and special guest Dan (better known as Ampersand and is also a Brit!) as we take a look at a film that the balls to proclaim itself as Christmas Carol: The Movie.
See you after the jump!
One problem with this episode had to do with our guest (no worries, Dan!) in that he had no headset or headphones, so his mic recorded our voices by accident. I was able to get rid of most of the echoes, but some could not be removed without getting rid of his dialogue. From now on, I have made it a requirement for any and all guests to have either a headset USB mic, or at the very least a pair of headphones so something like this never occurs again.
Dave, Joel, or Paul: should you stumble upon this show and if you like it; you have open invitations to be guest hosts on whatever movie you want to review.
In case any of you want to watch that amazing Alistair Sim version of A Christmas Carol, this is where you will find it. Just buy it and watch it during every Christmas, you will never want to watch another version again (other than Muppet Christmas Carol).
I don’t know if I should bother with the movie at all. Should I?
Mamoru Oshii is a master anime director (having made Ghost in the Shell 1, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Patlabor 1, Patlabor 2, and Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer. However, he has this strange obsession with Basset Hounds and puts them in his work out of sheer force of obligation.
If you haven’t read the absolutely incredible MouseGuard comic series by David Petersen, rectify that right away. It is one of the more original fantasy series out there.
After you finish reading that, make sure to play the always fun and incredibly well-designed tabletop role-playing game based on it designed by Luke Crane. You don’t have to be hardcore role-player to play that game. Anybody can pick it up and play it within minutes. It is effectively Baby’s First Tabletop Role Playing Game, but still has staying power for veterans as well.
How did this guy end up playing…
How did they get all these actors to do this movie?! You’d think their presence alone would raise the movies’ inherently awful quality, but it doesn’t!
I just don’t understand…well actually yes I do…they were getting an easy paycheck, simple as that. Le sigh…
Some side notes about the pictures…
- I’m not that big a fan of Kate Winslet. I admit she is a very talented actress and genuinely deserves her fame, but I personally don’t really care for many of the films she has been in (Little Children, Titanic, and Iris come to mind). There is only one film that I legitimately liked her in, and that was an early Peter Jackson film called Heavenly Creatures. It is a lot like another more recent Peter Jackson film that I felt was truly, unfairly maligned: The Lovely Bones.
- Michael Gambon is an awesome actor, but I’m not particularly fond of his portrayal of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films post Chamber of Secrets. I felt like they could have gotten a better actor to replace Richard Harris (Patrick Stewart for example), but Gambon was an acceptable substitute.
- Rhys Ifans is probably best known amongst Americans for being Dr. Curt Connors (Aka: The Lizard) in the awesome reboot of Spider-Man: The Amazing Spiderman. My favorite Ifans role, however, shall always be as Spike in the brilliant Rom-com: Notting Hill. If anyone reading this have not seen Notting Hill, you must. It is a Rom-com that is legitimately funny, not full of bullshit or cheese, not cliche riddled, and legitimately good in my opinion
The saddest part about all of this, like Dan said earlier (if you’ve been listening and following the along with the shownotes), is that The Cage isn’t even the worst thing in this movie.
If you like this movie at all in any capacity whatsoever…you’re just wrong. It is borderline racist, disgusting, horribly unfunny, and a hideously awful vanity project for Mike Myers. It enrages me when people say “Eh” about it, because I wonder if they were high, drunk, or both while watching it.
What can I say other than I was not really all that impressed with the character design of the Ghosts.
Really Dan? I thought everyone in England all spoke like this?
Tales From Earthsea is by far the worst film that has ever been made by Studio Ghibli; no contest. Check out JesuOtaku’s review of it to see what I mean…
And this point marks the end of the shownotes for this episode. Happy Holidays to everyone regardless of what time you read this! If you would like to send your comments, questions, and other mail related stuff, send it over to email@example.com