Category Archives: World Cinema

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.


GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.313: Godzilla Final Wars

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Well, we’re at the end of the Toho side of this journey. After this there’s just Gareth Edwards new US produced take on Godzilla, which can’t possibly be as awful as the 1998 film. Toho decided that in 2004, on Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, they’d go out with a bang and leave Godzilla to rest for 10 years. The aim was to make a modern, action packed love letter to the monsters and history of Godzilla. That film is Final Wars and after the link I’ll tell you all about how awesome Don Frye is.

Finally…


GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.312: Godzilla – Tokyo SOS

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Well look at this. It’s the only actual sequel of the Millennium Era. Godzilla: Tokyo SOS follows on a year after the events of Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. Kiryu is damaged and undergoing repairs, but there’s a ticking clock running in the form of the threat of an eventual return of Godzilla. Exciting stuff. Click the link below and I’ll tell you words about this here film.

Sending out an SOS.


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