05th May2017

‘Lavalantula’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Nia Peeples, Patrick Renna, Carlos Bernard, Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Ralph Garman, Danny Woodburn, Noah Hunt, Diana Hopper | Written by Neil Elman, Mike Mendez, Ashley O’Neil | Directed by Mike Mendez Back in 2012 I reviewed a Syfy channel monster movie called Arachnoquake, which saw an earthquake in New […]

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04th May2017

‘Sleepless’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Scoot McNairy, David Harbour, Dermot Mulroney | Written by Andrea Berloff | Directed by Baran bo Odar The English-language debut of Swiss director Baran bo Odar delivers nothing of what we want, namely: half-decent action, interesting characters, witty writing, or surprising plot deviations. Jamie Foxx plays Vegas cop Vincent Downs, whom […]

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03rd May2017

‘Creep’ DVD Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass | Written by Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass | Directed by Patrick Brice   Creep‘s official synopsis breakdown involves the words ‘Craigslist; stranger; strange; improvised; mumblecore‘ which, whilst perhaps not the strongest selection, was more than enough to pique my interest. It was however the association with actor/writer/producer Mark Duplass and in particular, his […]

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03rd May2017

‘Mad Max: Fury Road – Black & Chrome Edition’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne | Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris | Directed by George Miller A colourless rendition of George Miller’s action symphony was rumoured back in 2015, but it wasn’t until the end of last year that it would become a reality. Now released in cinemas […]

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01st May2017

‘Tampopo’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Ken Watanabe, Rikiya Yasuoka | Written and Directed by Juzo Itami The life and death of actor and director Juzo Itami is an incredible story in itself (he was allegedly killed by the Yakuza following his gangster movie Minbo), but he was no slouch in putting bizarre stories on the […]

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28th Apr2017

‘Jurassic Prey’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Danielle Donahue, Jeff Kirkendall, Bob Dennis, James Carolus, Steve Diasparra, Ken Van Sant, Todd Carpenter, Austin Dragovich, Laurie Smith, Frank Humes, Houston Baker | Written by John Oak Dalton | Directed by Mark Polonia I’m not going to lie, the oeuvre of the Polonia Brothers is somewhat of an acquired taste. Always low budget, […]

28th Apr2017

‘Lady Bloodfight’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Amy Johnston, Muriel Hofmann, Jenny Wu, Kathy Wu, Jet Tranter, Mayling Ng, Sunny Coelst, Rosemary Vandebrouck, Lisa Cheng, Chalinene Bassinah, Lauren Rhoden, Lisa Henderson, Isa Sofa Chan Kwan Nga, Nathalie Ng, Kirt Kishita, Happy Ma | Written by Bey Logan | Directed by Chris Nahon Question: Are you a fan of Bloodsport, Kickboxer, King […]

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28th Apr2017

‘The Patriot’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Curtis Caldwell, Tom Getty, Daniel Kuttner, Philip Lewis, Eamon McGee, Kirsten Meenan, Joel Neff, David Roush | Written and Directed by Tom Getty Despite seemingly being under the radar of everyone, it would seem Tom Getty is something of a one-man movie-making machine; having produced, written, directed AND starred in five films since 2003. […]

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28th Apr2017

‘The Survivor’ Blu-ray Review (Severin)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Joseph Cotten, Angela Punch McGregor, Peter Sumner, Lorna Lesley, Ralph Cotterill, Adrian Wright, Tyler Coppin | Written by David Ambrose | Directed by David Hemmings When I was younger I was a big James Herbert fan, so watching The Survivor was something I just had to do. Confusing and slow, […]

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27th Apr2017

‘Crimson’ DVD Review (Black House)

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Paul Naschy, Silvia Solar, Olivier Mathot, Evelyne Scott, Claude Boisson, Gilda Arancio | Written by Juan Fortuny, Marius Lesoeur, H.L. Rostaine | Directed by Juan Fortuny Crimson, also known as The Man With The Severed Head (which was the title this film previously debuted under on Arrow’s Arrowdrome label), opens up with a nice […]

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26th Apr2017

‘Elsa Fraulein SS’ DVD Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Malisa Longo, Oliver Mathot, Patrizia Gori, Pamela Stanford, Claudine Beccarie, Erik Muller, Rudy Lenoir, Jean Le Boulbar, René Gaillard, Thierry Dufour| Written by Victor Hardia, Marius Lesoeur, Patrice Rhomm | Directed by Patrice Rhomm As much as I adore exploitation cinema, I have to say that Nazisploitation is one of the least enjoyable branches […]

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26th Apr2017

‘Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Shinichi Fukazawa, Masaaki Kai, Asako Nosaka | Written and Directed by Shinichi Fukazawa When a film has a name like Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell, it comes with certain expectations. Described as the Japanese Evil Dead, that is a lofty claim. So, can the crazy titled film live up to the name of […]

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24th Apr2017

‘The Life of Oharu’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshiaki Onoe, Benkei Shiganoya, Tsukie Matsuura | Written by Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda | Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi The overarching Buddhist message of Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1952 epic should provide a clue as to the sheer depth of misery our eponymous heroine must endure in her lifetime. Death, and another chance in the […]

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24th Apr2017

‘Panic Button’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jack Gordon, Michael Jibson, Ellen Rhys, Joshua Richards | Written by Frazer Lee, John Shackleton, Chris Crow, David Shillitoe | Directed by Chris Crow Think The Social Network meets Terror at 50,000 Feet as four strangers win an all-expenses paid trip to New York, courtesy of their favourite social-networking site All2gethr.com […]

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21st Apr2017

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Gilbert’ Review

by Catherina Gioino

Features: Gilbert Gottfried, Whoopi Goldberg, Artie Lange, Arsenio Hall, Bill Burr, Richard Kind, Howie Mandel, Jay Leno, Penn Jillette | Written by Neil Berkeley, James Leche | Directed by Neil Berkeley If you don’t know his face, you’ll definitely know his voice. But what about his personality? Gilbert Gottfried has seen the typical comedian’s rise to fame, […]

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20th Apr2017

‘The Bureau: Complete Season Two’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

When I reviewed season one of The Bureau I enjoyed the shows more realistic feel when it came to the French intelligence services. Now with the release of The Bureau: Complete Season Two the story continues, with Guillaume Debailly (Mathieu Kassovitz) once again trying to pull the wool over his colleague’s eyes. Still connected with the […]

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19th Apr2017

‘Contract to Kill’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Steven Seagal, Russell Wong, Jemma Dallender, Mircea Drambareanu, Sergiu Costache, Ghassan Bouz, Andrei Stanciu | Written and Directed by Keoni Waxman In his latest direct to DVD effort, Contract to Kill, Steven Seagal stars as Harmon, a CIA/DEA enforcer investigating Arab terrorists captured in Mexico. With his team: FBI agent Zara, and spy-drone pilot […]

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19th Apr2017

‘Sully: Miracle on the Hudson’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Tom Hanks,  Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Valerie Mahaffey, Delphi Harrington, Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan, Anna Gunn, Holt McCallany | Written by Todd Komarnicki | Directed by Clint Eastwood If there is one thing we know about 2017, it is that it is a dark time. What we need is a glimmer of hope, something […]

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18th Apr2017

‘Submerged’ DVD Review

by John Squires

Stars: Jonathan Bennett, Talulah Riley, Rosa Salazar, Samuel Hunt, Cody Christian, Giles Matthey, Denzel Whitaker, Willa Ford, Mario Van Peebles, Tim Daly | Written by Scott Milam | Directed by Steven C. Miller Horror movies that trap a character or group of characters in one confined location can be quite effective in the right hands, […]

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18th Apr2017

‘Sandy Wexler’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider | Written by Adam Sandler, Dan Bulla, Tim Herlihy, Paul Sado | Directed by Steve Brill Sandy Wexler is the latest Netflix original film from comedian/actor Adam Sandler – part of his four picture deal with the streaming service – and tells […]

18th Apr2017

‘Solaris [1972]‘ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Jüri Järvet | Written by Andrei Tarkovsky; Fridrikh Gorenshtein | Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky It’s Will Self’s favourite movie, it spawned a good remake which barely nudged the box office, and it has been described as the Soviet answer to 2001: A Space Odyssey. It combines the laid-back, character-based […]

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17th Apr2017

‘Killer’s Moon’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Anthony Forrest, Tom Marshall, Georgina Kean | Written and Directed by Alan Birkinshaw What would you do if you thought you were in a dream? What do you think four lunatics would do if they were programmed to believe they were dreaming would do? That’s pretty much what Killer’s Moon is about. The lunatics […]

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