Nighthawks

ORDER DVD Lost somewhere in between Stallone’s highly successful Rocky and Rambo franchises, Nighthawks is an underrated gem in action cinema and is notable for introducing Rutger Hauer to American audiences and Sly kicking ass in drag. Nighthawks revolves around two New York undercover cops DaSilva (Stallone) and Fox (Billy Dee Williams) who are assembled by a British Counter-terrorist specialist Hartman (Nigel […]

The Ma Barker Story

ORDER DVD From the Pope of Aesthetic Nihilism himself – Jon Aes-Nihil – comes this bizarre reimagining of the Karpis-Barker gang saga. This family/gang of criminals terrorized the Midwest with a series of bank robberies, kidnappings and murders in the 1930s. The Ma Barker Story is essentially a prequel to Aes-Nihil’s 1984 film Manson Family […]

Animal Kingdom

ORDER DVD Australian cinema is in the middle of something of a resurgence lately, with films across a wide variety of genres gaining international recognition and new voices rising to be heard. One of the most promising of these is David Michod on the strength of his powerhouse debut, crime drama Animal Kingdom. “Crooks always come […]

Outrage

ORDER DVD Actor/director Takeshi “Beat” Kitano is probably most well known for his string of ultra-violent Yakuza films in the ’90s. Masterpieces like Violent Cop and Sonatine cemented Kitano’s stone-cold demeanor, deadpan humor, and often Zen-like atmospheres into the cannon of must-see Japanese cinema. After those films Takeshi went on to make more lighthearted comedy/drama fare (with the slight […]

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 […]

Brighton Rock

Originally published in 1938, Graham Greene’s novel Brighton Rock was a seminal and highly influential crime thriller, having been adapted into a play (1944), a film (1947), a radio drama (1997) and even a (short lived) 2004 musical produced for the London stage. Taking its name from the hard confectionery that was traditionally sold at […]

Bedevilled

When high-powered businesswoman Hae-won is forced to take leave from her job due to being unwillingly involved in an attempted murder case, she decides on the isolated Moo Do island where she once spent a childhood holiday as her vacation spot. Once she arrives she is reunited with her old friend Bok-nam who, Hae-won soon […]

Bronson

Michael Peterson – better known by his bare-knuckle boxing name of Charles Bronson – is perhaps the most notorious prisoner in Great Britain. Originally arrested for the armed robbery of a post office in 1974, he has spent during the intervening years a mere 122 days outside of prison walls. Repeated fighting incidents and a […]

Cropsey

For many of us the name Cropsey immediately triggers the image of the maniac in the movie The Burning but it turns out Cropsey has been an urban legend for a lot longer than that. This documentary from Zeman and Brancaccio is about the Cropsey stories that they grew up with on Staten Island, the […]

District B13

It’s France 2013 and the gangs rule the ghettos of Paris so the government whacks up some concrete barriers and leave the slums to the drug lords and street gangs. Into that slum drops a nuclear weapon that needs recovering. Sounds kinda familiar don’t it? But this Escape from NY ‘homage’ doesn’t have Snake Pillsen or The […]