Whilst Marvel sustains a stranglehold on action adventure films and continues to monopolise the superhero genre, reactionary releases are appearing more and more. Sarik Andreasyan’s Russian super soldier mash up The Guardians is an enjoyably barmy example of a pulpy under-dog reaction to Marvel’s expanding universe.
After a handful of short films and a codirecting credit, Kaleidoscope is the powerhouse solo directing debut from Rupert Jones starring the fantastic Toby Jones (his brother) and a career best turn from veteran talent Anne Reid.
Whilst most of the praised Irish produce of the past few years has been horror, Brendan Muldowney’s Pilgrimage provides an unforgiving trip into the rarer realm of British swords ‘n’ sandals adventure. The film follows a group of priests who leave the rural confines of their secluded abbey to escort a holy relic on a […]
Ghost Woman, the debut feature film from Kiki Sugino, draws inspiriation from Japanese folklore and the classic story of Kaidan. For some viewers, the film may feel overly familiar but it’s a charming, fresh-faced, and self-aware take on an old story. Sugino draws inspiration from the two previous film adaptations, but allows her own eerie […]
Bad Kids of Crestview High, the sequel to 2014’s Haunting at Crestview High (aka Bad Kids Go to Hell), is every bit as daft and inane as it’s predecessor. Based on Barry Werwick’s graphic novel, its a silly slasher
Following in the footsteps of complex murder dramas like Memories of Murder and I Saw the Devil, Rage, from Japanese director Sang-il Lee, has a tense yet tender approach to traditional thrillers. In it, three seemingly unrelated stories of love and loss slowly draw together around a vicious murder.
Korean director Kim Jee-Woon made a name for himself in horror, with films like A Tale of Two Sisters and gruelling serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil. From there he’s made outlandish Western The Good, the Bad, and The Weird, not to mention reintroduced Schwarzenegger in US mad action caper The Last Stand. Age of Shadows is his latest film and follows the exploits of Korean rebels seeking to overthrow Japanese invaders during the 1920’s After an exhilarating opening the film launches straight into an exhilarating, freight train of espionage. Train […]
Headshot, the latest film from Indonesian exports Timo Tjanto and Kimo Stamboel, is a rip-roaring action extravaganza and the true culmination of the directors’ passion for farce, black comedy, and action. Surprisingly the so-called Mo Brothers have remained relatively low-key, even though Headshot marks their third feature film. In their native Indonesia the directors don’t fare much better, with most of their flicks never seeing the light of a cinematic release. It may prove the price […]
French Canadian film The Demons, from director Philippe Lesage, peaks behind the curtain of suburban civility for a slow but powerful discussion on childhood, sexuality, and social relationships. In it, an adolescent boy named Felix begins to encounter the adult world in subtle, but dramatic ways. Lesage is clearly an inquisitive and open-minded documentarian whose curiosity allows him to pry the deepest most private parts of life without seemingly rabidly intrusive. That’s an important […]
If you didn’t like Tusk, then chances are you could find Kevin Smith’s latest schlocky comedy adventure Yoga Hosers an absolute irritation. Smith’s latest addition to the True North Trilogy is a direct spin-off from Tusk which harks back to Clerks, fusing his earlier structure and themes with his later, more outré genre work. This […]