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 viewersRead More →

There are certain things that exist in the pop culture universe that I feel like I know everything about but have never watched/read/listened to or seen. Star Wars was a big one (I watched it recently), and now I can add  Evel Knievel to that list. I knew he didRead More →

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 andRead More →

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 governmentRead More →

Iris is a documentary by one half of the famed Maysles Brothers (Albert), about Iris Apfel, a 94 year old New York interior designer and style icon. I had never heard of or seen Iris before but from the moment you see her you can tell she is an interestingRead More →

Created by Finnish writer/illustrator Tove Jansson in the late 1940s. The Moomins are a family of eccentric, oddly-shaped creatures slightly resembling Hippopotamuses that inhabit Moominvalley along with Snufkin, Snork Maiden, My Little and the Hattifatteners, among others. Initially published as a series of books that lead to a regular comicRead More →

The Fall is a show that focuses on a serial killer who is committing sexually violent murders in Belfast. When he’s not killing young women he is a bereavement counselor, a husband, and a father.  Metro Police Superintendent Stella Gibson is a senior investigating officer who is sent to assist the Belfast policeRead More →

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 toRead More →

Order DVD Loosely based on an urban legend linked to the 2001 death of Takako Konishi, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter tells the melancholy tale of 29-year-old Kumiko, a solitary introvert working as an Office Lady in Tokyo with an unhealthy obsession for the 1996 Coen Brothers film, Fargo. Due toRead More →