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Twixt

Twixt is odd. Sometimes odd can be good, like Inception, and sometimes it can be incredible like Memento. However, it can go drastically, horribly wrong. When this happen odd describes something that is plot-less, confusing, du...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Now You See Me

If we subscribe to Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige line of thinking, a magic trick, like those performed in Now You See Me, should consist of three key parts.  The first is ‘the pledge’ wherein we see something seemingly norma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Purge

Trying hard to be more than just the sum of its parts, The Purge is a horror that sets out an interesting premise, builds well and then, unfortunately, forgets to scare, shock or thrill. Set in a very near future, crime is at a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Deep

This Icelandic film about a man who inexplicably survives a shipwreck in the unforgiving North Atlantic, one that wipes out all his crewmates, has an understated beauty. Based on a true story and adapted from a play by Jón Atli...
 
 
 
 
 
 

ATM

ATM comes from writer Chris Sparling, the man responsible for putting Ryan Reynolds in a coffin for the entirety of Buried and making it a genuinely gripping watch.  So with his ability to craft tense, self-contained thrillers ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lifeforce

Lifeforce was originally billed as “from the director of Poltergeist“.  That’s only partially true, as it has become legend how little control Tobe “The Texas Chainsaw Massace” Hooper actually had ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Superheroes Must Die

Now is truly the age of the superhero on screen.  Marvel and DC blockbusters may continually dominate the cinema charts but there is certainly always room for movies that attempt to deconstruct the superhero genre.  Think Watch...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deadfall

Deadfall is a film that wants to be so many things.  On the one hand it wants to be a noirish crime thriller, a snow-scape Western and a compelling drama with broken families at its core.  But in trying to be so many things doe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trevor Howard: Collection

Instantly recognisable to anyone who grew up in the days when terrestrial TV channels still padded out their schedule with classic black and white films, Trevor Howard is one of the great screen presences of British post-War ci...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black Rock

Black Rock is not what the posters and trailer would have you believe.  It’s billed as a survival horror a; Deliverance with girls.  But while the ad-men want to attract the gore-hounds, Black Rock is aimed at a more discerning...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last Exorcism Part 2

The Last Exorcism might be one of the best titles to come out of the recent found footage boom, perhaps also one of the best horror movies of the last five years.  It took the form of documentary footage following Reverend Cott...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Here Comes the Devil (Ahí va el diablo)

Prior to his entry in this year’s anthology The ABCs of Death with B is for Bigfoot, no stranger to the horror genre, Argentinian writer/director Adrián García Bogliano pushed the boundaries with Mexican horror Here Comes the D...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fast & Furious 6

How has Fast & Furious 6 come into existence you might ask?  A franchise that started waaay back in 2001 with a film which was essentially a remake of 1991’s adrenaline junky classic Point Break; swap the surfboards for fas...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Plein Soleil

Patricia Highsmith may not have invented the psychological thriller but her novels and short stories have gone a long way towards defining it. Highsmith’s first novel became Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train while her eig...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Link

The relationship between people and apes is long and quite complicated, and not just in films.  You still occasionally hear stories in the news about chimps and the like bought as exotic pets turning against their owners in hor...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen is everything you might expect from a film that stars Gerard Butler single-handedly defending the White House against a small army of terrorists; there’s gratuitous violence, cringe-inducing amounts of cheese...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inseparable

Li (Daniel Wu – One Night In Mongkok, The Banquet, The Man With The Iron Fists) hasn’t had an easy time lately.  Under pressure at work with a looming deadline of his report prior to his company’s latest produ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pi – 15th Anniversary Edition

Darren Aronofsky‘s feature debut Pi certainly hasn’t been dulled by the passage of time. Requiem For A Dream might outgun it for sheer intensity; The Fountain may deal in more sweeping, existential brushstrokes; whi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mad Max Collection

Director George Miller started something unstoppable when he unleashed Mad Max on audiences back in 1979.  Everything from computer games, music videos – famously 2Pac’s California Love and Puretone’s Addicted To Bass – as well...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape

Norwegian cinema has been consistent over the last few years with generous, genre-abundant offerings to the silver screen.  We have had a taste of Norwegian horror with Rare Exports, fantasy with Troll Hunter and Thale, the cri...