The Bafta-winning UK comedy series returns for a second season with further low-key adventures of the DMDC (Danebury Metal Detecting Club) as Andy, Lance and the rest of the gang are back…and still about as useless as always. Situations have changed since last we saw the group. Andy is now a father and has completed […]
Tim Ritter’s Killing Spree is a product of the mid 80s to early 90s splatter boom where anyone who owned a 16MM or a shitty video camera was trying to get in on the action by making a no-budget homemade horror flick. These films were usually of the “so-bad-it’s good” variety, the only redeeming values were their […]
Having not seen any wrestling since the mid-80s-90s where I grew up watching the classic WWF Superstars, I was quite curious to see how this current generation of wrestling is. Being a complete neophyte when it comes to modern wrestling, I learned a Royal Rumble is essentially a no-holds-barred 30-man brawl wherein the winner is […]
In 1968 the ABC network was struggling to compete with CBS and NBC. Known for poor quality programming and very low ratings, comedian Milton Berle quipped: “The way to end the Vietnam War is to schedule it on ABC. . . . It’ll be cancelled in 13 weeks”. To pull in viewers during the Republican/Democrat conventions of […]
In the mid 2000s DVDs were a booming business. Cult, Horror and Exploitation fans were in heaven with awesome films being released by companies such as Blue Underground, Synapse, Cult Epics, Severin and Unearthed Films. I shudder at the amount of cash I dropped on single box-set releases compared to how cheap DVDs are today. […]
Dino Death Match: In 2006, at Hell Creek in Montana, a rare fossil was found. Given the name “The Dueling Dinosaurs”, the fossil consists of two dinosaurs who appear to have killed each other during a fight. One is a smaller sized carnivorous tyrannosaurid and the other a larger herbivore. What’s all the excitement about? The […]
Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, SNL) star as two monogamy-challenged folks struggling to hold down any semblance of relationship till they predictably fall for each other by the time the credits roll. No need for a spoiler-alert there as every rom-com ends the same.
One of the true strengths of TV comedy is that different styles can work. There can be broad, mile-a-minute laugh-fests, there can be dark, satirical pieces or even shows like BBC4’s Detectorists, where laconic, observational, character-driven humour wins the day.
I Lost it at the Video Store is a love-letter to the near-extinct video store and its culture. The title is an homage to influential film critic Pauline Kael’s I Lost it At the Movies. Out of all retail outlets that are dying off the video store has been the saddest one to watch go. There was something […]
A (post) punk romance from schlock director Ulli Lommel, this is one of his earliest efforts, perhaps his first or second, when he was still interested in art as opposed to exploitation. That said, it doesn’t make it any better or more coherent than his later efforts. The movie is famous for two things: (1) […]
Around the mid 2000s Anime started getting really big. Emos liked it and nerds liked it, all of a sudden it was everywhere. I didn’t get this new phenomenon. Why now? I wasn’t ready to spend my money on anything but everything coming out on DVD from various companies and it just seemed like such […]
Sometimes there are films that define their audience simply from their synopses. Korean animated feature Aachi & Ssipak is one such film. Set in a future where the main source of power is, uh, human faeces, two hoodlums (the titular Aachi and Ssipak) find themselves caught between the fascist government and a tribe of blue […]