Director: Seyi Babatope
Starring: Weruche Opia OC Ukeje Beverly Naya Oreka Godis Gideon Okeke Bukky Wright Desmond Elliot Wale Ojo. Nigeria. 1h 40m
This has to be one of the best produced Nollywood films I’ve seen for some time, not only is the sound ok, but the production is not notch and it used some really artistic camera techniques, and it even has it’s own Wiki page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…When_Love_Happens Continue reading When Love Happens (2014)
Det Sgt Mark Dixon (Dana Andrews) just wants to be like his father,a decent upstanding member of the community and a good cop but he’s got some anger management problems and isn’t afraid to go above and beyond to enforce his own personal justice which gets him into all sorts of trouble.
The intro is brilliant, very clever use of names written on the sidewalk while a pair of feet stroll around, The film starts out simple, Dixon is a hot head, goes after a criminal and fucks everything up by killing the suspect by one banging him in the head, he scapers and then has to investigate the crime while trying not to incriminate himself and while trying to seduce Morgan (Gene Tierney). Continue reading Where the sidewalks ends (1950)
Director: Greg McLean
Writer: Greg McLean
Starring: Nathan Phillips Cassandra MaGrath, Kestie Morassi . Australia. 1h 39m
Regularly throughout cinema history, the beautiful continent of Australia releases a genre movie that breaks all the rules. Wolf Creek boasts a range of stomach churning and psychologicals nasties, as it constantly coughs up another gut wrenching fear based on a bizarre but true story. With constant nods to legendary films such as Duel (1971) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) the debut writer/director Greg McLean shows worldwide goreheads how things can be done more effectively, with a unique stark style this isn’t braved much to gain audience figures elsewhere. Continue reading Wolf Creek (2005)
Director : Matt Cimber Writer: Robert Thom Producer: Jefferson Richard Starring: Jefferson Richard. 1h 28m. USA.
Synopsis : A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree.
I accidentally stumbled on this movie after falling in love with the artwork for the, then video cover. But I was lucky to have stumbled on one of the best and unsung psychological horrors of the 70s exploitation movement. Now I am the proud owner a gorgeous shirt from Rabbit In Red, which was originally a painting taking from the cover of Waren Comic’s Vamprella #11, so what’s all the fuss about? Continue reading The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)
Director: David L Hewitt.
Starring: John Carradine, Roger Gentrey, Vic McGee, Jerry Rannow, Eve Bernhardt. USA. 1h 25m.
A group of amazing explorers venture deep into space on an amazing adventure!! This film does promise a lot of adventure. Four American astronauts are trying to orbit and map Mars, but a strange and MYSTERIOUS force pulls them down through the atmosphere and they explore the surface of the red planet in order to find the source of their capture. After discussing the options the intrepid team leave their ship and embark on a journey of suspense. The find golden roads that lead them to rivers filled with giant leech infested waters, bizarre martians and of course the Wizard, who seems to be the source of all martian consciousness.
Three Earthmen and a girl encounter the horrors of MARS!
This decrepit low budget sci fi movie developed from L Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Yellow Brick Road becomes Golden and the inhabitants all weird and kooky. Three guys and one girl become a brazen science fiction version of Dorothy and her companions, the only thing missing is Toto and he’s probably missing the rains down in Africa… . The budget alone cannot be blamed for this movie being so poor, the acting is like a highschool musical and the sets look shifty.
Despite the story not being all that original, the concept of rewriting a classic can sometimes be a fruitful process but all aspects of this film are quite bumbling, even down to crediting an actor who has nothing to do with it, maybe the Wizard knows why Lon Chaney is mentioned in the cast. Sadly it’s not one of hidden sci fi gems that offers an interesting look into the future from the past, throughout most of the movie I felt sorry for the cast walking about the desert in shiny silver and gold space suits.
There is just no imagination here, and it feels like a bunch of adults acting out a children’s play, it’s not even so bad it’s good and it’s not something that I’ll return to.
R – Wizard of Oz (1939), Planet of the Vampires (1965)
L – Space Explorations, A-Z of Sci Fi, Astronauts,
5S – John Carradine
Vs – Wizard of Oz Vs Wizard of Mars
Director: Robert Eggers.
Starring : Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Wahab Chaudhry. Canada. 1h 32m.
In this conscientious and terrifying horror, the age old concepts of witchcraft, magic and possession and brought together in this bleak forest folklore film. A family are exiled by the church and forced to scratch a living on the outskirts of an ominous forest where evil is believed to lurk. Strange and devastating things begin to happen. An infant goes missing, crops fail, and the livestock starts taking on strange personalities. The family are taken to the limits of their faith and sanity as they are starved and tormented on a daily basis, the mother (Kate Dickie) seems to become possessed by an evil spirit and suspicions fall upon the eldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) who is suspected to be a witch but denies the charges. As loyalties become frayed and each family member is tested in unforgettable ways, the true nature of the haunting becomes apparent but at what costs to his pious family!?
A New England Folktale
Continue reading The Witch (2015)
Possibly one of the more anticipated biographies of the decade, not only have we reached an age where once thought sordid taboos can be openly expressed but we have also have an actor at our disposal who not only physically resembles Wilde but has also been through similar scandals and tribulations due to his fantastic mind and eccentricities.
The movie starts Oscar Wilde giving a lecture in Colorado in 1882 despite his bizarre persona he is welcomed by the silver miners and his tour becomes a great success, on returning to the UK he marries his long-term sweetheart Constance Lloyd (Jennifer Ehle) and the young couple have two sons in quick succession. He is soon introduced to Robbie Ross (Michael Sheen) and then Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas (Jude Law) while discovering his homosexuality while dealing with a long suffering wife and raising children.
With a delicate approach this detailed account of Wilde discovering his sexuality is literally all the film covers. It seems obsessed with the man’s sexuality more than anything else. apart from a narrative of Fry reading The Selfish Giant which is an interesting choice there is hardly any mention of his works and no scenes of him hunched over books writing.. nothing is said about the man’s creativity but the lens here is zero’d in on his dick.. basically.
The narrative and subject aside the film is well acted and dressed beautifully, one of the downsides is the lack of imagination of in the later scenes after Wilde’s incarceration. Stephen Fry was clearly built for this role and while he adds finesse and charm to this deeply interesting character, the film itself is structured poorly, Empire having no discernible Direction, comes across as a cheap TV and film which doesn’t do his performance any justice. Overall I feel a great opportunity was wildly missed here.
R – Milk (2008)
L – Writer Biographies, Artist Biographies
A – How accurate do biographies have to be?
5s – Michael Sheen, Jude Law
3 more short horror films including a return from Danny Donahue who gives us something more frightening than his last installment… Vermin. Continue reading 3 horror Shorts, The Whisperer, Attic Panic and Blink
This stylised British crime flick is reminiscent of a typical slick South Korean gangster film. Mostly filmed at night and with a tight as fuck intro the film introduces Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) as a super villain with a heart being chased after the fumbling but determined Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) after an altercation he gets shot in the knee and is left writhing in pain by Strong. Many years later McAvoy is struggling with his hate for Strong and dealing with being an inadequate officer. Teaming up with a young colleague Sarah Hawks (Andrea Riseborough from Byzantium) he starts chasing after Jacob who has been driven out of hiding after his son is injured.
Max catches up to Jacob and his gang who includes the enigmatic Roy (Peter Mullan) and the antics commence. It’s filled with British dark humor and some intense action scenes. The play off between Strong and McAvoy is very brave, starting out as enemies and eventually breaking down boundaries and having to work together showing a lot of character and versatile acting from both. Continue reading Welcome to the Punch (2013)
Despite the scary title, this film is brilliant in every way, it tells an intricate story about a noble young girl who has been dumped into her father’s care while her mother is away on business, the trumpet playing princess is very attached to her mixed breed dog, Hagen. The pair are inseparable which is made difficult during a massive round up of stray dogs and a bitch of a neighbor who makes a false claim against the dog. The film separate and while Hagen is left on the highway and strives to survive in a dangerous environment with the help of a fellow dog who he bonds with, his owner Lili has her own problems and adventures to embark on, dealing with her missing dog, bonding with her estranged father and discovering boys and clubbing.
I really enjoyed the film, it has a lot of layers, with rising notes of coming of age, there are many subconscious links with immigration and slavery (that’s what I picked up), animal rights and modern families. Lili is such a strong and powerful girl, with her love can conquer all approach, the film slightly takes her perspective as she travels through the unknown.The filmmakers utilized the acting talents of 274 dogs from various shelters.
There are so many bizarre elements in this film, the father works in a slaughter house, the daughter is this comic style heroine, who’s so distinctive on her bike, with a blue hoody and a trumpet. Many of the scenes are poetic not coming from the script but purely from the moods and ambiance.. Generally the film is muted but still manages to convey massive waves of emotion.
The film has been likened to The Birds (1963), and ultimately it is, the story is about Hagen meeting up with a network of stray dogs, after being abused by some shady characters in the Hungarian underworld start an uprising. It’s something that is beautiful in terms of the oppressed rising up, but on the flip side it will agitate anyone with Cynophobia, but then I suppose Cujo (1981) did more damage in the 80’s.
Full review to follow soon…..