36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)

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Director: Olivier Marchal .
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, André Dussollier, Francis Renaud . France. 1h 51m.

I‘ve not covered a lot of French Cinema on my blog to date and I find this distressing and I’ll have to break this pattern as I watch a lot of French films, but for me some of the outstanding works of modern times are these slick and intelligent crime thrillers. For me this film is an excellent example of how to pay homage to a great director and film without pissing away the energy of a superb story and idea. Continue reading 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)

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Will Dracula wear a Cape again?

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I’m going to attempt to broach a ridiculous question that has bothered me and probably only me for a few years now. I often spend hours on the toilet pondering if Dracula will ever return wearing a cape again.. Probably a good time to point out that these “hours” are cumulative.

More recently there seems to be a shift from Dracula movies to Vlad flicks, it’s nothing new, things often switch from one to the other as trends change, the earliest Vlad movie that I can remember was the Russian 70’s effort, Vlad Tepes (1979), I’m sure there are more but I really enjoyed this film so it gets checked. Continue reading Will Dracula wear a Cape again?

+ 1, Plus One, Shadow Walkers (2015)

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Director:Dennis Iliadis
Starring: Ashley Hinshaw, Rhys Wakefield, Natalie Hall. USA. 1h 39m

Along with a new wave of sophisticated teen sensation thrillers like It Follows (2014), Dark Summer (2015) and The Guest (2014), Plus 1 also swans around like a peacock flaunting an unusual story told in a unfamiliar fashion. The summer party to break all records has begun but something strange has invited itself to the party with devastating consequences. Continue reading + 1, Plus One, Shadow Walkers (2015)

Silence of the Lambs – Hannibal Lecter Escape Dance…

The magic moment starts about 50 seconds into this clip, and for the life of me I can’t work out why it tickles me soooo much. Now the film is about a rookie FBI agent doing her own legwork on a case of chasing down a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill to prove to the powers that be that she’s eligible to be a real FBI agent. Part of her trial by fire is to interview a notorious cannibal and criminal genius Hannibal Lecter and a strange attraction builds between them. Hannibal, who’s painted as the most dangerous man in the world has over the top security, and still he manages to escape. During this gory breakout, the cops have to investigate and for some reason there is this shuffling around in the corridors that just cracks me up everytime I see it.

Robocop (1987)

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Director: Paul Verhoeven .
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer . USA. 1h 43m.

I’d like to start this off just announcing that Robocop has been one of my all time favourite movies since i first saw it, the effect has been massive on my day to day life, so I’ll try to keep this review short but I could probably write a book on Robocop.

Comparisons could be made between this robotic man of justice and many hero’s and monsters from the past, being created by man from bloody remains and what could be seen as (techno)magic he is akin to a sci fi golem. Either way the film became an instant cult classic inspiring a few sequels a lame TV show and much music shenanigans. Continue reading Robocop (1987)

Unconditional (2014/2015)

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This is pure daytime drama that if it were to be remade would probably star Bette Midler,  but this turned out to be an interesting Nollywood film, it strives to be different from  the majority of the other flicks that revolve around broken marriage, love and crime.

A mother is at work when her distraught sister arrives and through her blubbering she describes how she’s managed to lose one of the children. While driving them home she stops to allow one of the elder daughters to pee, but when she returns to the car, one of the baby twin girls is missing, after her confession they rush to the police station and they turn out to be total arseholes about the situation. A search is eventually started by a private detective. Meanwhile an it seems agency owner becomes the main attraction as the overweight vicious and horrid woman bullies her staff, husband and customers. Continue reading Unconditional (2014/2015)

5 Selected – Peter Weller

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 01.Robocop (1987)

One of the best action sci-fi movies of all time, and starring the unusual Weller, not someone you’d assume as being an action hero, he is lucky to outsmart the bullet (pun intended) and become one of the greatest robotic antihero’s and part time scumbag (explanation coming). Alex Murphy was just the average nice guy until he got blown to pieces by a violent gang, his body, claimed by OCP, a futuristic corporation that runs the Detroit City Metro. Police, who transform him into an unthinking cyborg, until he regains his memory and starts chasing the gang who killed him, and those who control the gang. A cult classic with tons of spin offs, comics, animated shows films and series. Robocop harnessed many guises for us, as a metallic golem, a lone samurai or a gunman rolling into town to put things straight we can all sympathize with him. There are tons of deeper issues covered in the films, including the rise of fascism through the media, a brilliant film that keeps giving. 10/10 Continue reading 5 Selected – Peter Weller

Apocalyptic (2014)

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Director:Glenn Triggs
Starring. Jane Elizabeth Barry, David Macrae, Geoff Pinfield. Australia.1h 24m

A majorly flawed found footage movie that has a few cult style frights and thrills to offer but some mistakes just can’t be overlooked.

Starting unassumingly with a small crew making a documentary at an AA/Drugs Rehab meeting, they chance upon a striking individual who claimed that he escaped from a doomsday cult isolated on a remote farm, realising that this story would be more exciting the team embark to the rural cult’s home to investigate the bizarre group and their end of days prophecies. The strangeness of the cult is soon put aside when the team attempt to save one of the members and themselves, as it’s clear that the world isn’t going to end or is it?

I had to try and spice up the plot after damming the movie in the first line. I did really enjoy the film but the ending was such a let down for myself, but that’s just me, it wouldn’t stop me from watching it again just due to the bat shit crazy events and fucked up social experiment that is exposed in the movie. Continue reading Apocalyptic (2014)

Geung Si – Rigor Mortis (2013)

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Director: Juno Mak.
Starring: Chin Siu-ho Anthony Chan Kara Hui Lo Hoi-pang Paw Hee-ching. Hong Kong. 1h 41m.

A detailed and superb Hong Kong film directed by Juno Mak, is a tribute to the Mr Vampire (1985+) series and features many of the same actors.

A formerly successful actor Chin Siu-ho (the star of Mr Vampire), becomes depressed and suicidal when he wife leaves him. He moves into a run down apartment and soon after his welcoming ceremony he decides to hang himself, but as he’s losing consciousness a pair of twin ghosts possess his body. Yau, a retired vampire hunter breaks in, cuts him down and exorcises the spirits from Chin’s body. Continue reading Geung Si – Rigor Mortis (2013)

The Gift (2015)

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Director: Joel Edgerton
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, USA. 1h 48m

I regret not  watching this at the cinema as I was so convinced that it was going to be yet another jump scare horror that I respectfully sat it out, but now that I’ve found some time to watch it, I found it quite an intriguing directorial debut from Joel Edgerton, based on a screenplay that his initially titled Weirdo which drew inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock and it’s hard not to see a stark alliance with the Vengeance Trilogy. Continue reading The Gift (2015)