Category Archives: World Cinema

Film Review No.355: Chinese Zodiac (CZ12)

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I like Jackie Chan. Actually, I really like Jackie Chan. My favourites aren’t the films many would pick though. I tend to lean more towards his traditional kung fu films than is stunt focused action flicks. That said, I have a huge amount of respect for how well shot, edited and choreographed his action films are. I grew up watching films like Police Story, Project A and Armour of God and they all feature the master at his best. So yeah, I prefer Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master but have a lot of love for just how well made the 80’s and 90’s Chan films were. In the mid to late 90s he moved over to making American films primarily. He then aged and slowed down, as was probably likely, assuming my theory of him being immortal isn’t true. Not too long ago he returned to China and made, what’s been touted, as his last action film. That is this film, Chinese Zodiac. A reboot, of sorts, of the Armour of God series. How did the film turn out? Click the link below for my words on this matter.

Chinese BORE-diac more like!


Film Review No.354: 13 Assassins (2010)

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I don’t make new year’s resolutions, mostly because I’m a grumpy old twat, but mostly because I’m terrible at doing what I say I’ll do. Granted, that’s probably the point of a new year’s resolution but… that’s just, like, your opinion… man. What I aim to do this year, however, is get a more consistent review schedule going. There’s been a little slacking off due to my Youtube channel growing, which has led to me focusing more on that. The aim is to balance this out. Part of this balance includes picking out a more eclectic mix of films to review, which I’ll start with tonight by reviewing Takashi Miike’s remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 film 13 Assassins. Click the link below for my review.

Samurai Jack could have handled this job single handed.


Film Review No.349: Snowpiercer

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I’m a little late getting to this one. I wanted to review Snowpiercer much earlier in the year but it has still not seen a UK release. I thought it had and I had just missed it. Turns out there was a festival showing and that’s it. No DVD release or anything. But the film is up on the US version of Netflix which is easy enough to access if you’re a UK Netflix customer. So, do that. Because, Jesus, this film is pretty damn good and needs watching. You know it’s out over a lot of Europe too on DVD. They’ll play on UK DVD players fine and will be in English. Screw Weinstein and his messed up handling of this film. Anyway, click the link below for the review.

It’s mostly about how we constantly destroy ourselves.


HORROR WEEK 2014: Film Review No.344: A Bay of Blood

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AKA Twitch of the Death Nerve. AKA Bloodbath. AKA The film that kinda started it all. Well, if by “all” you mean “slasher movies”, which is a statement I kinda disagree with a little. Kinda. Don’t lynch me! I don’t debate that Bay of Blood laid the template many slasher films, especially Friday The 13th, would follow. But I’d argue that the concept of a slasher movie had existed for decade in Psycho, Peeping Tom and even Kind Hearts and Coronets. The idea of a serial killer taking out many, many, people wasn’t new. But Bay of Blood did, certainly, add a whole lot of gore and established a bunch of new tropes. Click the link below for me saying what I think of the film itself.

A twitch of the mouse click nerve.


Film Review No.340: Cinema Paradiso

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I have taken my sweet time getting to this film. It’s one of those films I knew I’d need to cover one day and a few months back I got hold of a copy of Arrow Film’s 25th anniversary release. This Blu-ray includes the nearly 3 hour long director’s cut version of Cinema Paradiso which I had never seen before. In fact, the only version I had seen was the standard 2 hour long theatrical cut. So how does the extended edition of one of the most critically praised films of all time stand up? Really quite well I’d say. Click the link below.

Maybe I should follow this up with Guest House Paradiso. Maybe not.


Film Review No.334: The Rocket

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It’s been a while since I reviewed a film that didn’t involve zombies or science fiction in some way. Figured now would be a good time to get back to those arty films all the film students pretend to like so much but really they haven’t seen them because they all just watch a checklist of the most commonly known successful films in recent film history. This is The Rocket ladies and gentlemen!

Should have used a bottle.


Film Review No.329: The House By The Cemetery

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Sometimes I’ll buy a random film by one of my favourite cult directors purely because it’s one of the odd ones I haven’t seen yet. After attending the London Film and Queuing Con I got inside a building that was selling all sorts of film and comic related stuff and picked up a few classics from the Arrow Films booth. Amongst them was one of them films I just mentioned, The House By The Cemetery by Lucio Fulci. Last week, after seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, myself and my friend Paul decided to sit and watch this film for the first time each. We’re not entirely sure we followed the whole thing. After the link below is my review. If that’s what you could call my ramblings.

It’s more of a house with a cemetery in it to be honest.


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