From 1979, this cheap cash-in on the Smokey franchise, the CB craze and custom vans probably sounded like a good idea in theory but in practise it takes a long time for the story to fall into place.
I’ll just put it out there and say that I wasn’t expecting much from Jennifer’s Body. I hated Juno sooo much. It was a self-indulgent and awkwardly scripted film. I was expecting Jennifer’s body to be similar in terms of having an annoyingly quirky script or full of “I’m so cool because I know about […]
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 […]
In 2008 there was Thankskilling, a no budget slasher parody made for just thirty five hundred bucks ($3500!) that starred Turkie, a demonic turkey back from the dead who hunts down and kills a bunch of teenagers on, you guessed it, Thanksgiving. Dumb, cheap, played for laughs but genuinely funny while obviously showing a true […]
Jpod is the name of a pod in the basement of a video game company called the Neotronic Arts. A Y2K glitch caused workers with the last name beginning with ‘J’ to be sent to this pod, hence Jpod. Jpod is based on the Douglas Coupland novel of the same name. I read the book after […]
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.
Deathgasm began life as a competition entry. The second year of the New Zealand “Make My Movie” competition specialised in horror and the winning pitch was from Weta digital effects man Jason Lei Howden. As a result, he had $200,000 and a shooting schedule of less than three weeks to make it. The results are […]
The Corpse Grinders is a lurid and rather crass film that revolves around a cat food company called Lotus Cat Food. The Lotus brand of cat food is the most costly and superior cat food on the market. Run by two shifty businessmen (Landau and Maltby), the pair get into trouble with their suppliers and have to […]
Order DVD Frank Murdoch (Joel Murray) is a sad, divorced insurance salesman. By night he struggles against insomnia brought on by headaches and his loud mindless neighbours, escaping either into violent fantasies or the sewer of popular television. By day he works with people who are obsessed with the TV he hates, and have no […]
Order DVD The Cheezy Flicks motto seems to be to bring you the best of the worst and with 1977’s SuperVan they have outdone themselves! This isn’t so bad it’s good as much as so bad you can’t believe it!! And I loved every damn insane, pointless, exploitative, WTF moment of it! Okay, enough exclamation marks. Truth is, most […]
Having established his reputation delivering uncompromising and often profanity-laden monologues addressing racial, political and other topical social issues, the late Richard Pryor was probably not the first person most people would expect to be given his own prime-time comedy/variety program, especially given the safe American television landscape of the mid-1970s, when feel-good sitcoms like Happy […]