Livid

French writing/directing duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury made big waves in the horror world in 2007 when they unleashed the visceral simplicity of Inside. Virtually a one-set movie, it was effectively two women and a load of sharp implements doing battle around a house. Lean, mean and gore-soaked, Inside won acclaim from fans who […]

Armadillo

Restrepo was the war documentary that everyone was buzzing about in 2010, but in the same year another film was released: Armadillo. Restrepo (read review here followed a group of American soldiers in the Korengal Valley (Afghanistan), the film also has a book counterpart by Director Sebastian Junger called War. Restrepo received a lot of attention and acclaim, it won Grand Jury Prize and […]

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 […]