The Church of Scientology has become notorious around the world. Founded by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, it spread through its message of self-improvement, but with the secrecy of a cult. British journalist Louis Theroux, adept at infiltrating a wide variety of fringe groups, decided to take on this most clandestine of religions.
Saitama is a hero. Not that anybody seems to know it. He does not have a cool superhero name or flashy powers or a fan club. He is a regular-looking bald guy in a cape.
Six people find themselves imprisoned in a maze of identical rooms, littered with deadly traps. As exhaustion and paranoia sets in, the group must somehow find a way before they are destroyed by the labyrinth…or each other. The set-up of “a group of strangers wake up in somewhere with no memory of how they got […]
When the arguments arise about the vices and virtues of remakes, David Cronenberg’s 1986 version of The Fly is oft held up as a paragon. A remake that is inspired by the general concept of the original, but hews a totally new path with themes more personal to the director. The only problem with this […]
A beautiful model reclines on an ornate couch. She is motionless, illuminated by lurid coloured lighting that highlights the blood that has poured from her neck and around her. The camera pulls back, revealing it is all a set, a photo shoot. Welcome to the world of the Neon Demon. The model in question is […]
Death Note is one of the most famous anime series of all time. It began life as a manga in 2003 written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. From there came the anime series, four live-action films, assorted live-action TV series plus – at time of writing – an impending English-language version by […]
A small town bank in West Texas is robbed. Two gunmen, only taking low denomination bills from the cash drawers. Then another bank, the same modus operandi. A third. The robbers taking only several thousand dollars each time, but leaving no evidence, no trail. On their trail, two lawmen, tracking them across the desert.
The concept of fan-created works is nothing new. From fan fiction, where new stories around existing properties are written for fun, through to paintings of favourite characters, there is a long tradition of this form of appreciation. But for three kids in Mississippi, the release of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark would lead […]
Hank (Paul Dano) is a man with no reason to live. Alone, stuck on a desert island with no hope of rescue, he is just about to end it all when a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on the beach. It quickly turns out this is no ordinary corpse. First off, the corpse’s chronic and […]
Taika Waititi has been a talent constantly on the rise. First making his name as an actor, he then broke through as a director with the Oscar-nominated short film Two Cars, One Night before a sequence of feature films drew him further into the spotlight. As such, this may be his last New Zealand film […]
Takashi Miike has a global reputation as a purveyor of the wild, the edgy, the transgressive. In fact, the bulk of the Japanese director’s extensive filmography is more traditional fare, despite his standing as the international festival circuit’s enfante terrible. Yakuza Apocalypse, however, is exactly the kind of film you think of when you think […]
Nathan Robbins (Adam Dillon) finds himself at a police station with no recollection of the events that led him there. A quiet, agoraphobic young man who never leaves his apartment, Nathan must piece together what happened through an interview with Detective Miller (Nicholas Vince), knowing that whatever it was, it ended in blood and violence.
UK 2012 film Slasher House introduced the ultimate Final Girl trapped in an abandoned asylum with four serial killers. In the wake of that film, director MJ Dixon has set about creating prequel films for the killers, beginning with 2013’s Legacy of Thorn and now, 2015’s Cleaver: Rise of the Killer Clown.