It’s a bit shabby and cheap but the message is poignant and makes the movie bearable. The budget is low, which you’ll fathom from the cast, but the ideas steam right from 1970’s paranoid sci fi but sadly those retro stories all seem to be coming true which is what sparked my interest in watching this film again. With proposals of using more drones due to the decrease of police on the streets, reminded me of a short story from Philip K Dick about small “justice” robots that enforced the law, but through their AI the results start to become more deadly as the bots start to rethink what crime is. Continue reading Eyeborgs (2009)
Starring:Les Falco, Mickey Taheny, Danny Woollard. UK. 1m 21m
While recently trying to work out the criteria of distinguishing a documentary from something that is merely something shown on the TV rather than in the cinema, and putting it down to just how gripping they might be, I start reeling through a pantheon of documentary movies that I adore and one of the more difficult ones to find and the one I enjoyed the most is The End.
After twigging the 1 minute advert on an old DVD it had me hooked and yet I could never actually catch the title until I realised that the caption at the end of the preview wasn’t simply signifying the end of the advert but it was actually the title…*doh* after working out that little gem I was away to find a copy. Continue reading The End (2008)
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: Tim Robbins Terry Jones Eartha Kitt Mickey Rooney Tsutomu Sekine John Cleese Antony Sher Imogen Stubbs. UK/Sweden. 1h 47m
This was one of my favourite video’s back in the day, every time I rented this from the video store the card was filled up with my mothers signature, I was so thrilled when I eventually got my own copy and pretty much wore it out, but strangely I lost the urge to watching this Norse comedy repeatedly on DVD but during the holidays I chucked it in and it was quite refreshing to see that it hasn’t lost it’s surreal spark. Continue reading Erik the Viking (1989)
Director: Ubong Bassey Nya
Producer: Uchenna Mbunabo
Starring: Christabel Ekeh, Princess Shyngle, Matilda Lambert, Sam Sunny, Collins Talker, Felix Omokhodiow, Ebi Fortune, Nigeria. 1h14m
I’ve very recently got into Nollywood, and I thought Mexican Narco films were in a world of their own. But Ghallywood and Nollywood are in a bubble of terrible sound, dodgy sets and deep spiritual and moral stories that are mystifying if not straight forwards…
Despite this not being my introduction film it’s going to be the first that I review… Just because it’s brilliant in many ways, well kinda… So a group of three female friends in their late 20’s/ early 30’s are all stuck with one dilemma, they all want to get married and they want to get married right now. One has a long term partner but he’s only recently got himself a job and wants time to save for the wedding but she perceives this as him dragging his heels, another girl has a boyfriend but isn’t prepared to put out until there is a ring on her finger, and the third is the eldest and single, but the building’s security guard is totally devoted to her but she cusses him out everyday for being beneath her, but the house girl does show him interest but he keeps her at a distance.
After being turned down for sex until a ring appears the secret boyfriend unleashes a terrible plan that will cause a rift between everyone but will ensure him some quality sex with beautiful women.
The film has a healthy dose of humor and some interesting scenes, the production is better than some of the other movies, the biggest problem is often the sound which sounds like it’s been recorded on a fischer price toy. The characters are strong and acting holds up.
It develops an interesting moral about young women who are so desperate to get married without taking time to get to know the men they are assigning themselves to, obviously a big problem in Nigeria?? After the film gets started, characters are introduced it becomes very obvious that each woman is more concerned with the rock on her finger and their social status than the quality of the relationship they are in, cultural differences aside it’s a problem in many countries and it’s easy to see this as being an episode of Housewives of (insert place name here).
For just being over an hour long it packs in a lot of revelations, taut emotions and sees a lot of relationships going through terrible trials with an interesting twist at the end, sadly the film doesn’t really conclude, there is an update on the final events so it clears it up in a few seconds… but that’s neither here nor there.
R – The Sorrows of Elizabeth, Rosemary’s Fight
L – A-Z of Nollywood
Director : Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley, Richard Domeier. USA. 1h 24m
I can’t stress enough how basic this review is going to be. I’m sure there have been books written about this film as it’s one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. I honestly couldn’t sing it’s praises enough in just one review but feel that it’s essential for this years 2016 31 Days of Horror.
I’ll blow your butts to kingdom come
There is something totally unreal about the Evil Dead 2, it really is funnier, scarier and better than the first indie movie, which in its own rites was actually an amazing film in it’s own rights. The original flick featured a group of teens going into the woods and accidentally summoning demons that possess and destroy them, the second film picks up from where the first ended, which is rare, but Ash (Bruce Campbell) has been plagued and hunted by the demons that were unleashed in the first movie, and is unable to escape and is slowing being tormented into madness and goes through temporary moments of possession. After being attacked and bitten by the undead Linda, Ash has to cut off his infected hand. The original professor’s daughter Annie (Sarah Berry) and her academic partner Ed are making their way to the cabin when they realise that the road is “blocked” it’s actually folded the fuck up, but they get Jake and Bobby Jo to give them a lift on an alternative route, by the time they arrive at the cabin, Ash has reached a new low or high depending on how you look at it, his rogue possessed hand is running amok, and he’s satin the middle of a room laughing along with the soft furnishings. They have to duck as Ash initially thinks they are the hoards of the evil dead, and they think he’s a murderer but eventually differences are put aside, ash received a chainsaw hand replacement and together the group battle the Evil Dead.
Director:Terry Lee Coker .
Starring: Michael McKell, Kris Johnson, Danniella Westbrook. UK. 1h 29m.
There is this uprising of Essex movies, initially it kicked off after all the footie films, Cass (2008) soon turned into Rise of the Footsoldier and then due to it’s popularity but the time the sequel came out it was lost in among all of the other Essex flicks and the all insist on having Essex in the title! And now we have the Essex Vendetta… What a load of bollox.. Continue reading Essex Vendetta (2016)
Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac. USA. 1h 48m
After the brilliant British sci-fi film The Machine (2013) which I waited a while to see, as it was often compared to being the next step from Blade Runner (1982), and while the film was good it just didn’t have that same cyberpunk feel to me, so I did wait a little while to catch up with Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s provocative sci-fi flick. Continue reading Ex Machina (2015)
Director: Miguel Angel Vivas .
Starring: Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan . Spain, France, USA, Hungry. 1h 50m.
I’m at that stage where “infected” movies are actually starting to get on my nerves, especially the ones which just regurgitate the same old boring nonsense again and again, but there is something strangely unique about Extinction in that a fantasy safe zone has been erected around a family and an enemy/friend who has moved in next door but it’s not enough to really save this lengthy film, we dont need heart warming we need heart eating!!
There isn’t a lot of back story as we’re thrust into a dangerous and violent introduction as a bus travelling in the snow is attacked by “mutant/zombie/vampires” Zomutires? and it’s quite a gory beginning to this survival movie, this is brilliant as we are adults and understand he basics, so well done there, but what follows doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense but at times is scary and suspenseful. Continue reading Extinction (2015)
Director: Denis Villeneuve.
Based on: The Double by Jose Saramago
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini. Canada, Spain. 1h 31m.
Every now and again an amazingly bizarre psychological thriller filters through to the big screen. and they usually go unnoticed as they don’t cause a lot of hype with the masses but this surreal doppelganger mystery is filled with some of the most curious and breathtaking cinema that I’ve seen for quite some time.
A man attends an erotic show in an underground club that ends just as a naked woman is on the verge of crushing a live spider under her heels, elsewhere a pregnant woman is sitting at home alone. Continue reading The Enemy (2013)
I’ve just finished watching this delightful showcase of animated Edgar Allan Poe stores. It’s strange to think that this stories are still influencing people despite being told and retold for nearly 200 years. Now it was a huge venture and has been executed perfectly.
Most of us know the stories so the magic really lies in the art and presentation and I’m still giddy from how amazing this was. You can easily argue that this had been done a thousand times before, and it has, and even using some of the people who worked on this one.
“Every second of this is iconic and overall it’s masterfully and thoroughly thought through, often with breathtaking results”