25 Carat

Life has not been easy for Kay (Aida Folch). Her only family is her deadbeat Dad, who swings between making dodgy deals and losing any gains through gambling. Amidst it all, she meets a kindred spirit in Abel (Francesc Garrido), a taciturn former boxer and father of a young boy, now making a living as […]

Deadly Sweet

ORDER DVD When the name Tinto Brass is attached to a film, it would probably lead most audiences to expect one of two things: i – A collision of 1970s Art House erotica and (s)exploitation shock tactics, such as in his infamous Caligula and Salon Kitty. ii – Curvaceous, scantily clad and sexually liberated young […]

Subway

Luc Besson has become a name best known for directing and producing action fare. But back in 1985, he was a little-known filmmaker with one dialogue-less feature to his name (the post-apocalyptic The Last Battle). With this minimal backdrop, he created the film that would make his first major mark and pave the way for what […]

Seven

After the debacle and traumatic birth of Alien 3, it was 1995’s nihilistic Se7en that launched the career of former music video maker David Fincher and the film itself remains hugely influential. From the endless rain and dark interiors to the scratchy and almost tactile opening credits, the shadow of Se7en lies heavy across horror and thrillers in general produced […]

Acolytes

Three teenagers discover a body in the woods not too far from their homes. On top of that, they catch a glimpse of the killer. Should they go to the cops? They could…or maybe they could blackmail the killer into killing someone for them… Such is the hook of indie flick Acolytes, a low-budget Australian […]

13 Game of Death

Thailand has rapidly become an emerging power in world cinema, with a strong line in genre titles like Shutter (2005) or martial arts flicks like Ong Bak (2003). Another indicator of the country’s strength is this superior thriller, a comic book adaptation also known as 13 Beloved. The story sees innocuous and somewhat nerdy salesman Puchit (Krissada Terrence) have a […]

After…

A good plot twist can be a potent weapon in the armoury of a movie. Ideally, these serve as an addition, an extra to an already-effective plot. The story has seemingly been resolved and then the twist arrives to reveal the hidden extra layer to all that has gone before. When this works, it can […]