Ecstatic Stigmatic

Ecstatic Stigmatic is an early product of the New York Cinema of Transgression movement which was active during the late 70s to late 80s. Directed by Gordon Stevenson (bass player for the seminal No Wave group Teenage Jesus and the Jerks) and starring his wife Mirielle Cervenka (little sister of Exene Cervenka of the band […]

The Drift

  Based on Tennessee Williams’ novella, The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, The Drift tells the decadent tale of Karen Stone, an aging, recently widowed actress who moves to Rome looking for love. While in Rome Karen meets The Countessa, a glamorously degenerate Madam who hooks her up with a succession of gigolos, then, once […]

Portlandia [Season One]

Portlandia is a sketch series from IFC which parodies the hipster utopia of Portland, Oregon. The show stars Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney‘s Carrie Brownstein. Portlandia centers (I use this term loosely!) around a couple who have recently relocated to Portland from Los Angeles. Brownstein and Armisen play a variety of different roles that poke fun […]

Repo Man

Otto Maddox (Emilio Estevez), a young punk living in Los Angeles, gets fired from his mind-numbing job as a supermarket clerk, only to discover that his stoner, aging hippie parents have donated the money they promised him for finishing school to a colourful televangelist. Broke and wandering the streets, Otto falls in with Bud (Harry […]

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 […]

Frankenhooker [Blu-ray]

Henenlotter is (or should be!) a well recognised name among devotees of psychotronic celluloid, he’s the man behind such awesome cinematic atrocities as Brain Damage, Basket Case and more recently  the excellent Bad Biology. Frankenhooker was made somewhere in-between the above-mentioned titles and plays out as a horror-comedy, a subgenre that in my opinion almost always falls flat, but when handled […]

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

In interviews Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost has said that the goal of Twin Peaks was to do “something original”. While it achieved originality in spades the idea of a story about a girl who is murdered from the get-go stems from the 1947 Robert Wise film Born to Kill. In Born to Kill the victim’s name is Laury Palmer, in Twin Peaks it’s […]

Howard the Duck

ORDER DVD Steve Gerber was a comic genius – Man Thing was my favourite comic ever pretty much hands down yessiree no competition the bomb and all that jive. His other fuck up Howard The Duck– while not in the same league for me was up there too, hell I live by Howard’s call sign […]

Suicide Club

A subway station loaded with people await the arrival of the express train to Tokyo. As the announcement of its approach is made over the loudspeaker, 54 schoolgirls move to the edge of the platform in one long line. They hold hands, count to three, then all leap in front of the oncoming train, showering […]