14th Aug2013

‘Odd Thomas’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Sommers, Leonor Varela, Matthew Page, Casey Messer, Nico Tortorella, Willem Dafoe, Addison Timlin | Written and Directed by Stephen Sommers Stephen Sommers, yes he of The Mummy, Van Helsing and G.I. Joe fame, abandons the big-budget blockbusters for a much smaller – yet just as high concept – film adapted from the […]

14th Aug2013

‘For Elisa’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ana Turpin, Ona Casamiquela, Luisa Gavasa, Jesus Caba, Sheila Ponce | Written and Directed by Juanra Fernandez Desperate to earn some money student Ana answers a job advert asking for occasional nanny duties. Arriving at apartment 3B in the town square for the job interview, things couldn’t have gone better either… tea, biscuits, nursery […]

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14th Aug2013

Arrow Review Round-Up: ‘Spider Baby’ & ‘Django Prepare A Coffin’

by Mark Allen

DJANGO PREPARE A COFFIN Stars: Terence Hill, Horst Frank, George Eastman | Written by Ferdinando Baldi, Franco Rossetti | Directed by Ferdinando Baldi When Tarantino wrote “the D is silent, hillbilly” in his screenplay for Django Unchained I can only imagine he had the same rueful wish that Django Prepare A Coffin had been a […]

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13th Aug2013

Fight Flick Fortnight: ‘Deadly Crossing’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Steven Seagal, Gil Bellows, J. Anthony Pena, Kyle Cassie, Warren Christie, Michael Eklund, Meghan Ory, Peter Graham-Gaudreau, Sarah Lind, Emilie Ullerup | Written by Steven Seagal | Directed by Keoni Waxman When an influx of violent and ruthless heroin dealers descend on Seattle, Elijah Kane (Steven Seagal) leads an elite undercover squad of cops to bring them to justice. […]

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13th Aug2013

’2 Guns’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos | Written by Blake Masters, Steven Grant | Directed by Baltasar Kormákur Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg talk quickly and shoot things in this knockabout action comedy set along the US-Mexican border. They play a pair of dudes involved in drug […]

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12th Aug2013

Fight Flick Fortnight: ‘The Legend is Born – Ip Man’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Dennis To, Fan Siu-wong, Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Huang Yi, Rose Chan | Written by Erica Lee | Directed by Herman Yau Review by Baron Fortnightly The Legend is Born: Ip Man is a 2010 Hong Kong semi-biographical martial arts film about the early life of Ip Man (also spelled as Yip Man) and his journey to becoming a Wing […]

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12th Aug2013

Rewind: ‘Puppetmaster Axis of Evil’ review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Levi Fiehler, Jenna Gallaher, Taylor M. Graham, Tom Sandoval, Aaron Riber, Ada Chao | Written by August White | Directed by David DeCoteau Ah, the Puppetmaster series. Once long thought dead, Puppetmaster: Axis of Evil resurrects the franchise and tries to re-capture the spirit of what many consider the high point in the series – the World War 2 set third […]

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09th Aug2013

Fight Flick Fornight: ‘Tai Chi Master’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Siu-hou Chin, Shun Lau, Fennie Yuen | Written by Kwong Kim Yip | Directed by Yuen Woo Ping Two orphans are raised in the legendary Shaolin Temple, and grow to become the greatest fighters of their generation. As a barbaric regime tightens its grip on the empire, each will choose a different path. One, played […]

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08th Aug2013

Fight Flick Fortnight: ‘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 Despite their small size and inexperience, having grown up under the roof of a Muay Thai school two young brothers and their friends have become highly skilled, if undisciplined, martial artists. Sadly, the youngest of the […]

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08th Aug2013

Rewind: ‘The Unborn’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Brooke Adams, Jeff Hayenga, James Karen, Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin | Written by John D. Brancato & Michael Ferris | Directed by Rodman Flender | Produced by Roger Corman Featuring the big screen debut of Lisa Kudrow (Friends), the deeply unsettling horror exploitation movie The Unborn stars Brooke Adams and Jeff Hayenga as Virginia and Brad Marshall, a couple whose unsuccessful attempts at […]

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07th Aug2013

Fight Flick Fortnight: ‘Blackbelt’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Don”The Dragon” Wilson, Matthias Hues, Deidre Imershein, Alan Blumenfold | Written by Paul Maslak, Charles Philip Moore | Directed by Charles Philip Moore, Rick Jacobson | Produced by Roger Corman Beautiful rock star Shanna (Imershein) is seeking protection from a psychotic killer (Hues) with a mother fixation and a penchant for brutality, as well as from her own corrupt, mobster of […]

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06th Aug2013

Fight Flick Fortnight: ‘Merantau’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Christine Hakim, Mads Koudal | Written and Directed by Gareth Evans Interestingly, although an Indonesian kung-fu film, Merantau was written, directed and edited by Welshman Gareth Evans, a man who should be very proud of his well-made second feature film. Merantau is the name of the journey which must be undertaken by young men in order […]

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05th Aug2013

‘No One Lives’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergesen, Derek Magyar, Beau Knapp, America Olivo, Lindsey Shaw, Brodus Clay, Gary Grubbs | Written by David Cohen | Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura Ryuhei Kitamura’s second American film (his first was the Vinnie Jones starrer The Midnight Meat Train), No One Lives harks back to his early work – the […]

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04th Aug2013

Rewind: ‘Slumber Party Massacre’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Michaels , Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Brinke Stevens, Debra Deliso | Written by Rita Mae Brown | Directed by Amy Holden Jones A mass murdering maniac escapes from prison and, armed with a power drill, begins to decimate the nubile high schoolers of a Los Angeles suburb during their slumber party. Thats it. Why mess with perfection and […]

04th Aug2013

‘The Initiation’ Review [Arrowdrome]

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Daphne Zuniga, James Read, Marilyn Kagan, Hunter Tylo, Robert Dowdell, Frances Peterson, Christopher Bradley, Peter Malof | Written by Charles Pratt Jr. | Directed by Larry Stewart Like any blossoming all-American gal, Kelly is looking forward to her sorority initiation with a mixture of excitement and apprehension – and she […]

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31st Jul2013

‘Drinking Buddies’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West | Written and Directed by Joe Swanberg Director Joe Swanberg’s latest directorial effort Drinking Buddies is a charming little film about the messiness of human relationships. In many ways it reads as a reaction to the artificial interpretation of Hollywood’s current crop of romantic movies. Every cinematic […]

30th Jul2013

Rewind: ‘Forbidden World’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick, Linden Chiles, Fox Harris, Raymond Oliver, Scott Paulin, Michael Bowen, Don Olivera | Written by Tim Curnen, Jim Wynorski | Directed by Allan Holzman | Produced by Roger Corman Set on a far off desert planet in a distant future, Forbidden World is a gory tale of a genetic experimentation that goes disastrously out of control. […]

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30th Jul2013

‘The Wolverine’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen | Written by Mark Bomback, Scott Frank | Directed by James Mangold Even Wolverine’s healing factor should not to be able to recover from the adamantium bullet to the head that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Based […]

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28th Jul2013

‘Java Heat’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kellan Lutz, Ario Bayu, Mickey Rourke, Frans Tumbuan, Tio Pakusodewo, Atiqah Hasiholan, Mike Muliadro, Rio Dewanto, Astri Nurdin, T. Rifnu Wikana | Written by Conor Allyn, Rob Allyn | Directed by Conor Allyn After the suicide bombing of a party in Indonesia, American Marine/FBI agent Jake Travers (Lutz), posing as a grad student, is bent […]

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28th Jul2013

‘Halloween III’ Blu-ray Review [Scream Factory]

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy | Written by Tommy Lee Wallace, Nigel Kneale | Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace I really hate the bad rap that Halloween III gets. I mean, it’s a stinker reputation. People are either supremely dismissive or they appreciate it for what it is – a completely underrated film […]

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28th Jul2013

‘Halloween II’ Blu-ray Review [Scream Factory]

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Lance Guest, Jeffrey Kramer, Pamela Susan Shoop, Dick Warlock, Leo Rossi | Written by John Carpenter, Debra Hill | Directed by Rick Rosenthal I wonder what John Carpenter was initially thinking when he ended his career making an undeniably genre defining film, Halloween. When he was writing […]

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27th Jul2013

‘The Banshee Chapter’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Katia Winder, Michael McMillian, Ted Levine | Written and Directed by Blair Erickson Much like the recently reviewed The Dyatlov Pass Incident, The Banshee Chapter (though the title is just Banshee Chapter on screen)is a blend of fact and fiction – this time based on real documents, actual test subject testimony and uncovered secrets […]

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