150 Hold the dark (2018)
There’s something very mysterious in Jeremy Saulnier’s cold thriller where children are suspected of being carried off by a pack of wolves. Once the retired naturalist and wolf expert(Jeffrey Wright) arrives in the secluded Alaskan town to begin his investigations he realises that there is something more tribal going on within the community, but can he solve the new spate of killings that have taken hold of the town before it’s too late? An unusual story which really divided Saulniers fan base, but I feel we need more experimental films like this to appreciate.
It’s not easy turning a generations favourite short story anthology into a movie, especially when so many cherished the books. But there were a lot of wise decisions for this creepy terror revolving around some of the loved tiny tales and a few new additions work well within the cultured mix. Ends with a chance of a sequel so watch this space.
Epic “dead person” vs “demonic Yokai inspired beasts” , is a running theme for this slightly mindless non-stop fighting CGI action blast. This rendition of the best selling Manga doesn’t really explore the history and origins of such a strange concept but the movie just runs from one battle straight into the next as the bosses get bigger and harder to kill, despite the lack of narrative I really enjoyed the brilliant battles and zesty monsters
Mads Mikklesen has explored most film genres, but his attempt at revenge based Western wasn’t all that bad, as a Danish immigrant along with his brother and fellow Scandinavian Mikael Persbrandt they team up after a tragic incident bringing some pain and justice to an otherwise pressured town. Prevailing performances all round in a dusty world with a silent Eva Green and a bastard Jeffrey Dean Morgan running a lawless town.
146 The Last Saint (2014)
Once Were Warriors was a groundbreaking movie, the sequel not so much, and since then gripping New Zealand dramas don’t really happen but while this is slightly under powered I have to add the Last Saint as in hindsight it’s one of the more interesting and gritty films from New Zealand for such a long time that’s not based on kick ass tribal fighting. A young man attempts to find his feet after joining a gang only to discover it’s too late to back out, on top of this his near suicidal mother needs support and cannot give any in return.
145 Life (2015)
What’s this doing here? Well I really love the concept, I think a lot was put into making it look like a space station rather than continuity and common sense (for an air tight station that alien can really hop about right?) but it’s still a great story and film. Also, it touches on one of my biggest fears and to see this played out really finally hit home that cinema can still be scary in this day and age. Great acting and a chance to see Ryan Reynolds not save the planet was refreshing.
144 Here Alone (2016)
Zombie prevail but aren’t the centre of attention of this downbeat drama starring Lucy Walters as a woman living on the brink of starvation but refuses to leave her not so coy spot in the woods, having to break into a local infected town for supplies, why would she choose not to move on? Encountering a father and daughter on the road her world is shaken up but not her resolve. It’s really moving to see that other things can take priority during an outbreak and that emotions still exist, pretty epic little movie that is so thoroughly thought provoking and break from the normal survival movies.
143 Babadook (2014)
A single mother dealing with grief of loss with her young son, but a simple eerie children’s book titled “Mister Babadook” seems to manifest a dark presence in their home. A really slow burner which eventually lets rip into a deep torturous horror movie, going back to the non jump scare era of genuine haunting while leading the audience to a cross roads to the cause. Limited copies of the Babadook were on sale, if you find one then it’s mine.. Just saying
142 Mlyn i krzyz / The Mill and the Cross (2011)
I love to learn while I watch and everything comes alive in this detailed look into Bruegel’s paintings, starring Rutger Hauer as the enigmatic painter who literally gets absorbed into his sometimes confusing over detailed works, explaining the thinking behind each character. It’s like a virtual tour of the paintings and the mind of the artist, absolutely phenomenal..
141 Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Horror westerns got a boost when this slightly outrageous desert tale hit the screen, a handful of me track their loved ones through the desert after being kidnapped by a strange unknown tribe of Natives. Kurt Russell heads an all star cast in S. Craig Zahler mastful epic with “one of those endings”.
140 Mr Turner (2014)
Timothy Spall stars in a meticulous history of W M Turner, centred around his slow decline and later years, Spall makes a gentle grunt make up for a thousands words, it’s a really special costume drama with outstanding acting, a truly unsetimnetal portrait of a rare artist.
Christian Bale gets swamped by the bigger picture in this gripping drama about fate, family and justice. A family scratching a living in a dead end town, Russell Baze (Bale) works in a steel mill, his father is terminally ill, his brother newly returned from serving in Iraq and ends up fighting illegally for a local crime gang, Depressing at times but that makes the kick ass revenge angle so much more enjoyable.
138 Dog Pound (2010)
Kim Chapiron’s remake of Scum following three young men in a juvenile detention centre. Filled with brilliant action, actors and tense situations it really is just as compelling as the original but just in a different place and time. Bloody and hormonally charged.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s surreal dreamlike drama does not hold back when it comes to delightful tales and high strangeness as it boasts creepy red eyed furry relatives that live in the jungle and fish intent on getting women pregnant. Uncle Boonmee is a man facing his death due to kidney failure and makes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of his wife in this arty drama with no rules but all the thought and care that a loved one needs.
After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society. A delightful Anime drama which is highly emotive and sad while being a telling the tragic tale of motherhood.
135 Unsane (2018)
A woman is paranoid that a stalker is closing in on her, while discussing her fear she inadvertently ends up signing herself into an asylum, while struggling to get out of the asylum she discovers that even locked away she might not be free from her stalker or is this the ultimate proof that shes imagining everything!? A quirky movie filmed on an iPhone where reality is never what it seems, really compelling and really enjoyable.
134 Bad Milo! (2013)
I don’t really do “comedy” I have no funny bone but I got out my tree for Bad Milo cos he’s the most adorable ass demo I have ever seen.A stressed-out man (Ken Marino) discovers that a tiny demon lives in his intestine, and that excessive anxiety causes the creature to escape and slaughter the man’s tormentors
Elegant and poetic, Nebraska tells the story of a cantankerous old man who believes that he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, determined to claim his prize his son begrudgingly heads to Nebraska with him in a comedy road trip starting Bruce Dern and Will Forte. It’s strangely funny but keeps grounded as a father and son drama who reform bonds and soon the whole family are digging up the past and making amends or taking their sweet revenge.
A paranormal institute set up in the early 1970’s tests people expressing supernatural powers, ESP, psychokinesis etc but they are presented with a woman who seems to be experiencing all of the typical traits of something more religiously sinister, adapting their labs for the evil forces controlling her only leads to more confusion, a very peculiar mock documentary movie which really got under my skin, starring William Mapother in one of his non lofiscifi roles.
A suspected serial killer is released years after terrorizing a Chicago town, now assumed to be an innocent man. Now working as a barber he’s skillfully tracked by two men who are sure that he’s guilty decide to carry on the case and bring their man to justice but is he really innocent? It really keeps you guessing and has a wonderful atmosphere throughout, a daring cat and mouse chase.
130 Goodnight Mommy (2015)
Twin boys who do everything together, from collecting beetles to feeding stray cats, welcome their mother home after her reconstructive surgery. But with her face wrapped in bandages, and her demeanor distant, they grow suspicious of her identity. A very solid horror that slowly walks it’s viewer through a maze of ideas some straight forwards and other quite arty, something to enjoy the second time through as well, wonderful horrowful horror.
Initially I assumed an actual hunt would take place, for a criminal or person or that some Danes were going all Deer Hunter on us, instead it’s a sordid and difficult film about an entire town turning on a school teacher after a child speaks out about abuse. Mads Mikkelsen plays a humble character in this raw story, it’s dark and chilling throughout.
Israeli supernatural horror film. Written and directed by Doron and Yoav Paz, it follows a group of youngsters out for fun in Israel, armed with some Google Glasses they manage to capture the end of the world when all hell breaks open on their trip. Superb big effects along with fun suspense and thrills, really exciting fun run.
127 Cop Car (2015)
Two mischievous boys (James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned police cruiser and steal it, unaware that its murderous owner (Kevin Bacon) has stashed a hostage in the trunk. High octane action in this deadly flick which is creepy when two really young children are involved.
Ron (Matthew McConaughey), a rodeo cowboy diagnosed with AIDS, discovers a banned drug that can help patients survive longer. To get around the system, he forms a club to smuggle the medicine to those in need. A desperate movie based on a true story that shows the real struggle that gripped the world during the early years of the AIDS epidemic.
125 400 Days (2015)
While in a simulator to study the long term effects of space travel, a group of astronauts face a series of challenges. When they lose connection to the outside they assume it is part of the test, but when a man appears they start to have doubts. I really love the doubt that grips the second half of the movie, it’s not entirely plausible but it’s really entertaining to watch it unfold.
I nearly cried when I realised I couldn’t ass Bittersweet life to a list of favorite movies but his dark, violent and disturbing movie features two of my favourite SKorean stars, Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun. A top 4 man possessed with rage is determine to find the man who killed his lover, slowly going through the top 4 suspects he finds the most deprived man ever. Gruesome only begins to sum it up, a fast paced questionable thriller just what the doctor ordered.
Another total box office disaster but I really enjoyed this Western styled movie from Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Starring Anton Yelchin and Marquette as orphaned brothers. When one returned to his hometown to see his “slow” brother, he discovered that he’s being used as mindless deadly muscle for a local crime gang, he has to go above and beyond in order to free his brother. The film is a remake of the 1989 Hindi film Parinda, also directed by Chopra.
Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani’s follow up from their massive modern Giallo hit Amer, I won’t even attempt to try and solve his riddle but i enjoy every second of it on the screen. A man returns home to find his GF missing, while shocked, he begins his own personal investigation around the gorgeous Art Nouveau styled building. It’s a similar style to Amer, a movie of sensations,that has to be felt than really understood in the simple term of narrative, but it builds up from childhood memories, cuts become genitals, strangulation a song, it’s sexually diverse and sensually stirring.
121 The Legend of Barney Thompson (2015)
Barber Barney Thompson’s mediocre life takes a turn when he enters the world of a serial killer after accidentally killing his boss. This British comedy thriller is a perfect blend of black comedy and drama while this unusual awkward man tries to work out why he’s got killer tendencies and tried to keep the details from his alcoholic mother who’s played by Emma Thompson in her best role.
120 Frankenstein vs the Mummy (2015)
A modern tale featuring two of horrors great characters, a university lecturer becomes embroiled with a madman while accumulating body parts while a college resurrects a mummy, the two go head to head in a epic battle, very low budget but the Frankenstein character takes over the movie and he’s funny AF, I did warn you that I get into ALL types of movies!
119 Tempus Tormentum (2018)
A drifter, drifts into the wrong town, moments after arriving he find himself attacked in his motel room and the spends the night running from a gang of three masked luncatics it’s a wild ride with lots of surreal out takes in this psychotropic road trip run mostly on desperate feet.
118 Starred up (2013)
A violent young man gets starred up, moving to an adult facility while still a juvenile, Jack O’Connell stars in another tough teen with issues role, something he does so well but really takes it above and beyond in this treacherous father son relationship behind bars. Written by a a real corrections therapist and seen through Asser’s lens, Eric and his fellow convicts aren’t beasts as much as big babies.
117 Animal Kingdom (2010)
After his mother’s tragic death, a teen, Joshua moves in with his uncles and grandmother. Joshua’s life takes a threatening twist, when he learns that his new family is a mid-level crime syndicate. It’s a terrible run of events for the young vulnerable man having to deal with a ruthless crime family who see him as fodder, dark, brilliant and dangerous.
116 Aspotle (2018)
There are many strange things afoot in Gareth Evans folk horror set on an isle of the coast of Wales. A brother in search for his sister who has been kidnapped by a strange cult soon discovers the primal origins of the cults magic and purpose. Chilling terror starring Michael Sheen and Dan Stevens.
115 Occult Angel (2019)
Indie horror mystery set in Bath and it’s occult history, a bit silly at times but overall there’s a massive mystery and continuing story on through a related instagram account ,so the horror continues in REAL LIFE!! Brilliant concept and if anyone has gotten further with the puzzle at the end of the movie please let me know.. So far I have
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114 Black 47 (2018)
In 1847 an Irish mercenary fighting for the British army abandons his post to seek revenge on those responsible for the death of his family. It’s an incredibly dark chapter in Irish history, where British arrogance and indifferent to the Irish was at an all time high, starving and oppressing the people after using them as cheap labour in the wars. A bloody revenge story picks up quiet soon in the movie but eventually smacks the audience with a magical twist and levels up to something extraordinary. total excellence throughout, starring James Frecheville, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea and Barry Keoghan with many others.
113 Wounds (2019)
A bartender breaks up a fight, finds a phone and stumbles into a carefully planned occult nightmare, blending in and out of reality he tries to decipher the messages found on the strangers phone while attempting to sort out her personal life. A very clever and disturbing movie that goes all the way down the rabbit hole and still asks interesting questions about a gnosis/ chaos magic which rarely pops up in cinema due to it’s confusing nature, but it’s slowly uncovered here piece by piece in a fairly nasty way but it makes it clear that nothing is safe… anymore.
112 Wer (2013)
In France, an American female attorney (A.J. Cook) defends a murder suspect (Brian Scott O’Connor), who has a brutish appearance the largest (bass playing) hand anyone has sceen and a deadly secret. Filmed partly as a found footage it’s another thrilling adventure starring Simon Quarterman from Devil inside. There is a lot of are werewolves real or not, then some brilliant beat downs
Leonardo DiCaprio went from baby faced to seasoned actor and really impressed everyone with his performance in this powerful movie with a rapey bear and flying horse..I jest but there are some ghastly animal antics and body horror in this cold take of desperate icy survival.
The concept of Jauja in it’s opening is a fabled land which many people have gone missing while trying to locate, but this historical drama following a Dutch father and daughter travelling in foreign lands, is more of a philosophical desert flick. Lose yourself to find yourself. Viggo Mortensen is really in every fiber of the movie, starring, producing, OST and even the subtitles, it’s a deep slow winding movie with lots of concepts and ideas, let it take you where it will.
When I was discovering LoFiSciFi which is something new to me this decade, I found it to be quite a serious deep pondering genre, but then I found the FP which totally rocked me! A Comedy SciFI movie from the Trost Brothers is outrageously funny. Two rival gang fight for turf but the weapon of choice is the Dance mat sensation, renamed to Beat Beat Revelation! It’s totally out there are unreal if you get bored, check out the clip about feeding the ducks in the park, go on your rebel do it now.
Vampires descend on a run down seaside resort, looking for sanctuary and blood. Not quite a British girl power lost boys but a really charming neon thriller. Switching between modern times, a disturbing but slightly vampy romantic story it etched out as to lush vampire ladies trying to etch out a “life” as they fall in love and reflect on their past. Two eras are gorgeously reproduced in a neon punk style. Which gets bloodier as the two modern day hunters begin to track them down.
107 A Dark Place / Steel Country (2018)
When a young boy goes missing, a local rubbish collector (Andrew Scott) embarks on some detective work of his own, uncovering more than he can handle. Andrew Scott emulates a socially challenged character with much poise and commands attention in this bittersweet drama, it’s a dark and volatile town with many crippling secrets.
The second work by Na Hong-jin, who made a stunning debut with “The Chaser” (2008). This movie follows the strange adventure of a taxi driver who gets caught up in a criminal rabbit hole. During the quiet moments the film is simply impressive, but then it steps up the bucket of blood slaughter and action and it gives far beyond what most films are capable.
A vengeful crime boss forms an unlikely partnership with a detective to catch the elusive serial killer who viciously attacked him. A suspenseful narrative and highly entertaining action scenes, this is a punch above the rest of a South Korean scene which is already filled with bombastic violent action movies
Jordan Peele’s second installment of fear evoking and unusual horror tales with a central black cast. Race isn’t as prevalent as in Get Out as the Wilson’s face darker versions of themselves while out at their holiday home. It’s quite thriller, very curious and keeps giving new ideas and twists as it progresses to its powerful double ending.
I have followed Jason Steele’s work for some years now and I have never been let down, be it Llamas, Unicorns, Ghost Horse Butts, Fanny and Earl, etc Jason’s creativity is unbound and so very funny.In his premier full length movie, hopefully one of many, This epic follows a determined detective try to stop the evil Ouya who has stolen America. It’s weird and a total blast but you really need to be in the imagination stream.
Eight children liberated from a WWII concentration camp, are abandoned at a home deep in the forest with limited supplies, soon their starvation is least of their worries when the vicious Alsatian guard dogs track them down, attacking and killing anyone in their way. Desperate and depressed it’s a tense thriller filled with vulnerability at every turn, children who have already been through hell have one more danger filled chapter. A dark fairy tale.
Three brilliant legends of science and invention set to battle for the future of electricity supplies across the USA, Tesla, Westinghouse and Edison go head to head in the cut throat business of energy supplies. Despite the amazing talent involved the film is a little under powered but it’s a significant improvement over all other previous attempts so tell this dramatic era of American history.