The Inside Job: An Economic Horror Film
★★★★☆ Charles Ferguson’s wonderfully spare documentary opens with a depiction of the 2008 financial collapse in a micro story about Iceland’s own monetary demise. It’s a terrifying yet simple introdction, shrinking down the dread of a global ressession to one tiny country, which culminates with a controlled explosion, cleaving a beautiful mountain in half. As a metaphor...
Wake Wood: Don't Look Now
★★★☆☆ A second release from the recently resurrected Hammer horror studio, this time borrowing heavily from Don’t Look now, Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery and the seminal Wicker Man. Wake Wood lies somewhat awkwardly among it’s influences, painting a portrait of a remote village seen numerous times in British cinema, and places a young professional couple mourning the loss of...
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Hobo With a Shotgun: Shlock Horror
★★★★☆ Watching the hobo of Jason Eisener’s wonderfully titled grindhouse homage roll into Scumtown is a massive guilty pleasure for any action film affectionado. Rutger Hauer is the hobo in question; Deciding he’s had enough of the violence against the downtrodden in this mildly apocalyptic world, he takes a prostitute with a heart of gold (Molly Dunsworth) under his wing, gleefully...
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Wonderful designs from very talented souls the world over…
Armadillo: War Danes
★★★★☆ Janus Metz Pedersen’s war doc Armadillo is entering the world only months after Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s wonderful Restrepo put us on the forefront of one never ending firefight in the Korangul Valley in Afganistan. This time we are posted off to the Helmand Province and the titular walled base located in the heart of it with a group of Danish soldiers who...
Little White Lies: Liking the Unlikable
★★★☆☆ Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies is an odd ensemble film. It takes great pride and time in presenting it’s many characters in a myriad of unlikeable ways and asks you to come on holiday with them all to a beach house after the near death of a close friend… and care about them. Max (François Cluzet) is so annoyingly full of anxiety and stress that he can barely...