23rd Jan2017

‘Fists of Fury’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Presented by Cynthia Rothrock | Written by Leroy Patterson | Directed by Charles Band Trailer compilations have, in recent year, become big business, they have also become increasingly important in terms of keeping trailers alive. In this time of streaming and digital downloads, where films come sans trailers and extras, there’s no real way – […]

23rd Jan2017

‘Satanic’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sarah Hyland, Justin Chon, Clara Mamet, Anthony Carrigan, Steven Krueger, Sophie Dalah, Marc Barnes, Stevin Knight | Written by Anthony Jaswinski | Directed by Jeffrey G. Hunt So we have a bunch of teens, most of whom are stoners, some are goths, some are jocks; messing with ouija boards and thinking that satanic tourism […]

23rd Jan2017

‘The Squid and the Whale’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, David Benger, Anna Paquin | Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach As they bicker over the tennis net and over the dinner table, there’s tension in the Berkman family from the start. The year is 1986, and a pair of middle class Brooklyn parents […]

22nd Jan2017

Cine-Sunday: ‘Invisible Target’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Wu Jing | Written by Benny Chan, Melody Lui, Rams Ling | Directed by Benny Chan The paths of a renegade cop (Tse), a rookie police officer (Chan) and a veteran detective (Yue) converge with explosive results, as they each take on their most deadly assignment to date: […]

20th Jan2017

‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Vin Diesel, Ruby Rose, Donnie Yen, Rory McCann, Toni Collette, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Deepika Padukone, Danny Wu, Ariadna Gutierrez | Written by F. Scott Frazier | Directed by D.J. Caruso xXx: The Return of Xander Cage starts off strong (and ridiculous) and keeps on going at a hundred miles per hour. You know […]

20th Jan2017

‘The Amityville Terror’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nicole Tompkins, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Kim Nielsen, Amanda Barton, Trevor Stines, Christy St. John, Tonya Kay, Bobby Emprechtinger, Lai-Ling Bernstein, Klaudia Kaye, Korey Knecht, Sarah Lieving, Cher Hubsher, Priscilla Emprechtinger, Jocelyn Saenz | Written by Amanda Barton | Directed by Michael Angelo The Jacobsen family moves into an aged house in the town of Amityville. […]

20th Jan2017

‘Go North’ Review

by Joel Harley

Stars: Patrick Schwarzenegger, Jacob Lofland, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Joshua Close, Derek Brandon, Ele Bardha, Jostein Sagnes, James Bloor, Atif Hashwi, Joe Cipriano, Eva Rosenwald | Written by Matthew Ogens, Kyle Lierman | Directed by Matthew Ogens In a post-apocalyptic America in which all of the adults appear to have been killed off by a mysterious […]

19th Jan2017

‘Punch-Drunk Love’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman, Mary Lynn Rajskub | Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson If you’re Paul Thomas Anderson, how do you follow up a succession of sprawling epics like Boogie Nights and Magnolia? Why, you make a small-scale rom-com, of course. Except this is PTA, so it’s not […]

19th Jan2017

‘The Hospital’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Whitney Anderson, Yeniffer Behrens, Mauricio Mendoza, Christopher Allen-Nelson, Kara Luiz, Michael G. Coleman, Caroline Mann, Paul Dietz, Mike Jerome Putnam | Written by John Rogers, Mo Anouti, Edward Conna | Directed by John Rogers Not to be confused with the 2013 film of the same name, which was pulled from Tesco shelves after customer […]

18th Jan2017

‘Leatherface’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Natasha Blasick, Richard Tyson, David A. Lockhart, Charlie Glackin, Alanna Forte | Written by Barry Massoni, Rene Perez | Directed by Rene Perez Before we start, let me clarify some things… Or not. Because I’m still a little confused. Last March saw the UK DVD release of director Rene Perez’s Playing With Dolls. That […]

17th Jan2017

‘Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050′ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Manu Bennett, Malcolm McDowell, Marci Miller, Burt Grinstead, Folake Olowofoyeku, Anessa Ramsey, Yancy Butler, Charlie Farrell, Shanna Olson, D.C. Douglas | Written by G.J. Echternkamp, Matt Yamashita | Directed by G.J. Echternkamp G.J. Echternkamp and Matt Yamashita, who previously worked together on Virtually Heroes – a video game movie that told the story of […]

17th Jan2017

‘The Covenant’ Review

by Joel Harley

Stars: Monica Engesser, Owen Conway, Clint James, Sanford Gibbons, Maria Olsen, Shawn Saavedra, Amelia Haberman, Greg Lutz, Richard Lippert | Written by Robert Conway, Owen Conway, Christopher R. Smith | Directed by Robert Conway “Sarah,” husband Adam says, holding a gun to his own head. “It’s all your fault.” It’s not an easy lot in […]

17th Jan2017

‘Hunting Grounds’ (aka Valley of the Sasquatch) Review

by Joel Harley

Stars: Bill Oberst Jr., Jason Vail, David Saucedo, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, D’Angelo Midili, Connor Conrad, Jordan Neslund | Written and Directed by John Portanova Horror movie monsters don’t get much goofier than the Sasquatch. Sure, Bigfoot is a legitimate part of American folk legend/mythology, but The Missing Link doesn’t exactly inspire fear or terror, no matter […]

17th Jan2017

‘His Girl Friday’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart | Written by Charles Lederer | Directed by Howard Hawks Walter (Cary Grant) and Hildy (Rosalind Russell) used to be married. Hildy is a journalist looking for a way out of the biz, but Walter – who also happens to be her ex-boss – wants to […]

16th Jan2017

‘Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy’ Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Takashi Miike will always be an interesting director for me. My gateway into his world was with Audition, but Ichi the Killer teased me into his world of the Yakuza and the Triad. Now with Arrow’s release of Black Society Trilogy we get to see a more controlled set of films, which still aren’t afraid […]

16th Jan2017

‘Never Open the Door’ Review

by Joel Harley

Stars: Jessica Sonneborn, Deborah Venegas, Kristina Page, Matt Aidan, Mike Wood, George Troester, Steven Richards | Written by Vito Trabucco, Chris Maltauro | Directed by Vito Trabucco Even before they were popularised by Scream‘s slasher movie obsessive Randy, most of us were aware of the ‘rules’ of populating a horror movie. Don’t have sex. Don’t […]

16th Jan2017

‘Black Orpheus’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Lea Garcia | Written by Marcel Camus, Vinicius de Moraes, Jacques Viot | Directed by Marcel Camus Made in 1959 by the French filmmaker Marcel Camus, Black Orpheus is a Portuguese-language adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Here it is relocated to Rio de […]

15th Jan2017

VOD Vault #8 – The Good, the Bad & the Dead / Rupture

by Phil Wheat

Another week, another installment of VOD Vault – taking a look at some on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms recently. It’s been a few months since our last installment, so what say we kick off this reboot of sorts with two movies on the opposite ends of the filmic spectrum: low-budget Western-style crime […]

15th Jan2017

Cine-Sunday: ‘Force of Five’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sasisa Jimdamanee, Johnny Nguyen, Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Arunya Pawilai, Nawarat Techarathanaprasert, Paytaai Wongkamlao | Written byNonont Kontaweesook, Napalee | Directed by Krissanapong Rachata [Editor’s Note: Welcome to the first installment of Cine-Sunday, a new weekly feature here on Nerdly where we revisit the newly-revived Cine-Asia’s back catalogue and review the highlights. Going forward each new review will go live […]

13th Jan2017

‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies, Charles Dance, James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James, Daisy Head, Oliver Stark | Written by Cory Goodman | Directed by Anna Foerster It’s been some five years since the last entry into the Underworld franchise – Underworld: Awakening, the third sequel to the 2003 […]

13th Jan2017

‘La La Land’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Amiée Conn, Terry Walters, Thom Shelton, Callie Hernandez, Jessica Rothe, Sonoya Mizuno, J.K. Simmons, Jason Fuchs | Written and Directed by Damien Chazelle The third film from Damien Chazelle, in what might be dubbed his “Jazz Trilogy”, La La Land eschews the New Wave immediacy of […]

12th Jan2017

‘We Are The Flesh’ Review

by Andy Stewart

Stars: Noé Hernández, María Evoli, Diego Gamaliel, Gabino Rodríguez, María Cid | Written and Directed by Emiliano Rocha Minter “This is not your average party” hisses Mariano, the de facto protagonist-slash-antagonist of We Are The Flesh, the auspicious debut feature film from Mexican arthouse enfant terrible Emiliano Rocha Minter. Never has a truer phrase been spoken. […]

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