The Raid

Traditionally, a movie needs certain elements to be considered great. Terrific acting. Strong characters. Superb dialogue. Original plotting. The Raid has none of these. Yet, it is most definitely great. Absolutely great. This is an action film in its purest sense, where it delivers raw thrills and none of the frills. The scenario is as […]

Tyrannosaur

When I heard that Paddy Considine was working on his directorial debut, I immediately hoped it’d be in the tradition of those other fine British actor-turned-writer/directors, Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. Both took one brief spin in the director’s chair, with Nil by Mouth and The War Zone respectively, and managed to turn out two of the hardest hitting […]

Gantz: Perfect Answer

At the conclusion of Gantz (2010), college student Kei Kurono (Kazunari Ninomiya) found himself at a crossroads. After being swept up in some kind of strange contest with other people recruited apparently at the point of death, Kurono fought in the service of a large black ball called Gantz, battling aliens for ‘points’. But the […]

Cinema Asia

Cinema Asia is a five part documentary series about Asian film produced for the Discovery channel. Each episode looks into a movie industry of a different country discussing movies made and historical and cultural issues that affect their movie industries. Often a film professor or film critic is used to give their information or opinion. In […]

Of Dolls and Murder

Throughout the 1930s and 40s, a middle-aged woman from Chicago named Frances Glessner Lee made a significant contribution to the evolution of police forensics by creating the Nutshell Studies, a series of 20 hand-crafted and meticulously detailed dolls house dioramas which depicted violent crime scenes, and were used as training tools for aspiring detectives, who […]

Submarine [Blu-ray]

Richard Ayoade is a British comic actor best known for his work in TV series such as Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and, most prominently, as supernerd “Moss” in The IT Crowd. However, he has also a strong sideline in directing music videos for the likes of Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a path that culminated in […]

Bong of the Dead

With its namesake and a tag-line of “There Will Be Bud” you would expect Bong of the Dead to be a humourous B-grade film combining the campy appeal of weed exploitation and zombie horror films. Don’t hold your toke though- Bong of the Dead is about as potent as a bong-hit of cabbage. Frankly, it plain sucks, failing to […]

Evil Dead Inbred Rednecks

Chris Seaver is a true renaissance man, with a list of movies including Terror at Blood Fart Lake, Deathbone: Third Blood Part 7, The Blood of Deathbone, Teenape Goes To Camp and Close Encounters Of The Inbred Redneck Kind he has set a new standard in straight to DVD, no budget badness. And let me […]

Drive

It’s not often a film completely blows me away but Drive managed the rare feat of doing just that. I went in with fairly high expectations being a big fan of director Nicolas Winding Refn. Refn’s film not only met my expectations but totally exceeded them. Film awards are something that don’t really interest me […]