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. […]

12th Jan2017

‘Ghosthunters’ DVD Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Stephen Manley, David O’Donnell, Liz Fenning, Francesca Santroro, Crystal Web, Phyllis Spielman, Kjai Block, Kim Shannon, Kris Marconi, Anna Harr | Written and Directed by Pearry Teo 

“Don’t follow too close.”

 When his wife and daughter fall victim to a Jigsaw-like serial killer by the name of The Night Stalker, Henry (Stephen Manley) has only one thing on […]

11th Jan2017

‘Manchester by the Sea’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler | Written and Directed by Kenneth Lonergan Kenneth Lonergan’s last film, Margaret – a vast New York opera which movingly explored the nature of subjectivity – was secretly one of the best American films of the century so far. But given that film’s “challenging” production and […]

11th Jan2017

Review Round-Up: ‘Sausage Party’ & ‘Bad Moms’

by Phil Wheat

SAUSAGE PARTY Stars: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd | Directed by Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon The groceries at Shopwell’s live their lives by a code that helps them stay peaceful and happy until it’s time for them to […]

10th Jan2017

‘Hell or High Water’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, William Sterchi, Buck Taylor, Kristin Berg, Jackamoe Buzzell, Katy Mixon, Keith Meriweather, Amber Midthunder, Joe Berryman | Written by Taylor Sheridan | Directed by David Mackenzie Two Texan brothers, Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) reunite and start robbing branches of a particular […]

10th Jan2017

‘Ice Sharks’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Edward DeRuiter, Jenna Parker, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Clarissa Thibeaux, Travis Lincoln Cox | Written and Directed by Emile Edwin Smith By now you probably all know I have a soft spot for ridiculous shark movies, be they from Roger Corman, The Asylum, Syfy or anyone else… Which is why I always HAVE to subject myself […]

09th Jan2017

‘Blood Punch’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, Ari Boyland, Adelaide Kane, Cohen Holloway, Fleur Saville, Mike Ginn, Amanda Reed | Written by Eddie Guzelian | Directed by Madellaine Paxson No doubt picked up for UK release following the hype surrounding actor Milo Cawthorne’s other horror flick, Deathgasm, Blood Punch is a Groundhog Day style horror that tells […]

06th Jan2017

‘Masks’ Review (Reel Gore Releasing)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Michael Balaun, Lucyna Bialy, Lisa Blaschke, Franziska Breite, Zübeyde Bulut | Written and Directed by Andreas Marschall Everybody wears a mask to the world. We create an image that we want people to see and create a character that becomes our public face. Actors have, or at least hope they have the ability to […]

06th Jan2017

‘Hands of Steel’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Daniel Greene, Janet Agren, John Saxon, Claudio Cassinelli, Geroge Eastman, Roberto Bisacco, Andrea Coppola, Donald O’Brien, Amy Werba | Written by Sergio Martino, Elisa Briganti | Directed by Sergio Martino As someone who grew up reading The Dark Side magazine I was privileged to be made aware of a myriad of genre films that, […]

05th Jan2017

‘Bornless Ones’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Margaret Judson, Devin Goodsell, Michael Johnston, Mark Furze, Bobby T, David Banks, Victoria Clare, Gwen Holloway, Nick Saso, Rob Tepper, Lana Titov, Greg Travis | Written and Directed by Alexander Babaev Take four outrageously good looking guys and gals, a fifth guy with some sort of life challenging disease… Move them into a new […]

05th Jan2017

‘Why Him?’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Megan Mullally, Tangie Ambrose, Cedric the Entertainer, Griffin Gluck, Keegan-Michael Key, Jacob Kemp | Written by John Hamburg, Ian Helfer | Directed by John Hamburg In a change to their usual Christmas tradition, Ned (Bryan Cranston), the boss of a struggling printing company and overprotective but loving dad […]

04th Jan2017

‘Call of Heroes’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Louis Koo, Ching Wan Lau, Eddie Peng, Jing Wu | Directed by Benny Chan From traditional martial arts arse-kicking, to fast and furious swordplay, with wire work which does NOT look fake and is used sparingly to emphasise the films fight scenes rather than be the centre of attention – unlike Crouching Tiger for […]

03rd Jan2017

‘Pitchfork’ Review

by Andy Stewart

Stars: Daniel Wilkinson, Brian Raetz, Lindsey Nicole, Ryan Moore, Celina Beach,Nicole Dambro, Keith Webb, Sheila Leason, Vibhu Raghave, Rachel Carter, Andrew Dawe-Collins | Written by Glenn Douglas Packard, Darryl F. Gariglio | Directed by Glenn Douglas Packard I love slasher films. I always have. In fact, I would say that it is the slasher, more […]

03rd Jan2017

‘Silence’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Issey Ogata, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yôsuke Kubozuka | Written by Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks (based on the novel Silence by Shūsaku Endō) | Directed by Martin Scorsese Having been in some kind of development for the past quarter of a century, Martin Scorsese’s Silence finally […]

02nd Jan2017

‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Max Records, Karl Geary, Morgan Rysso, Matt Roy, Bruce Bohne, Elizabeth Belfiori | Written by Billy O’Brien, Christopher Hyde | Directed by Billy O’Brien I Am Not a Serial Killer is an offbeat take on the serial killer sub-genre of horror, told from the perspective of John (Max Records – […]

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