Did you know it’s been over 30 years since Back to the Future was first released? Well I didn’t!
I have to warn you that the release is not the greatest quality. Visually it is very pixelated to begin with and remains murky throughout from afar, but when the cameras are up close it’s a lot better. The audio isn’t super great, but it’s not terrible.
The DVD cover is a bit misleading as it features In Utero-era Cobain. To some this will be a cash-in item, but for Nirvana enthusiasts the chance to see any rare shows and own them will be worth the purchase price. I couldn’t find out where the performance was, I am thinking maybe South America, comment below if you know.
Brought to us by Ozploitation icon Brian Trenchard-Smith (Turkey Shoot, The Man From HongKong, BMX Bandits) our story starts with a string of disasters including racial riots in Sydney, a nuclear disaster in the Pacific and the crash of Wall Street leading to a dystopian future where the economic chaos means Tow Trucks fight it out for business, cops are corrupt and the kids form gangs of carboys, roaming the roads stripping cars and raising hell.
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 for a while, as he has at time of writing been deep in directing Thor 3: Ragnarok. If this really is the send-off for his laid-back style of local filmmaking, it’s a hell of a way to finish.
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 love for the genre which it mocked, Thankskilling’s cult status enabled the team behind it to raise an amazing one hundred and twelve grand plus change ($112,000!) via kickstarter to bring us Thankskilling 3 – a movie so insane I had to watch it three times before I could even attempt to review it! (and sober up – the drinking game attached to it will kick your arse)
Deeply depressed, Ian B. Folivor (Adrian DiGiovanni) hasn’t left his cluttered, filthy apartment in over a year. When his sole companion (a vintage TV set he’s christened “Kent”) dies suddenly, Ian decides to end it all by gassing himself with cleaning chemicals. After he falls from his sink trying to cover up the ventilation in his bathroom, Ian is woken by the avuncular Mold (voiced by Jeffrey Combs) who offers him the chance to turn his life around, so long as he does exactly as he’s told. But is it really wise to trust something that grew from the grime in the corner of your bathroom? The Mold may be happy to protect Ian from demonic plasma TV salesmen and his brutish landlord “Box the Ox” (Pete Giovagnoli), but his methods are extreme to the point of murderous. Moreover, once Kent develops his own voice (he speaks in snippets of recycled TV shows) it becomes clear that Ian is caught up in a conflict beyond his understanding, and it’s no simple battle between good and evil.
Takashi Miike has a global reputation as a purveyor of the wild, the edgy, the transgressive. In fact, the bulk of the Japanese director’s extensive filmography is more traditional fare, despite his standing as the international festival circuit’s enfante terrible. Yakuza Apocalypse, however, is exactly the kind of film you think of when you think of Takashi Miike.
Gitane Demone: Life After Death is a 3 disc set that consists of live footage covering many periods of her musical career. Gitane Demone was a member of both Pompeii 99 and Christian Death and left Christian Death in the late 1980s to focus on her own career. Coming from a background of punk and death/goth rock, Demone created and experimented with new styles of music and expanded her interest in gothic / fetish clothing and incorporated the fetish elements into her musical performances.
I’ve mentioned in previous reviews of kids shows that my love for Madman is deeply rooted in the release of my favourite childhood shows (Samurai Pizza Cats, Sailor Moon, Johnny Bravo etc). Earthworm Jim (1995-1996) was one I had pretty much forgotten about, which is weird because I watched it all the time at my grandparents place and used to call my Grandad ‘Earthworm Joe’ as he had earthworms. So yet again Madman have pleased the inner child in me with the release of two Earthworm Jim seasons.