KAOS

The KAOS Brief (2016)

The KAOS Brief first published by SciFiNow In writer/director JP Marandino’s The KAOS Brief, vain 17-year-old Skylar (Drew Lipson) films his life for his vlog Skylar TV – so a camping trip with his twin sister Dakota (Charlie Morgan Patton) and their respective boyfriends Corey (Marco DelVecchio) and Tren (Akanimo Eyo) seems the perfect opportunity to…

Hounds

Hounds of Love (2017)

Hounds of Love first published by SciFiNow 1985 saw the release of Kate Bush’s album Hounds of Love, whose B-side comprised a conceptual song cycle (known collectively as The Ninth Wave) about the struggles of a woman fallen overboard. Though set two years later in a working-class suburb of Western Australia’s Perth, Ben Young’s homonymous feature…

Flora

Flora (2017)

Flora first published by SciFiNow In 1929, some students set out to join their professor on a botanical expedition in a remote forested region of Canada – but find the advance campsite empty and the professor gone. After discovering corpses at a nearby abandoned mill, the group realises that they may be in deadly peril. Sasha…

Going

Going In Style (2017)

Going In Style first published by RealCrime Magazine “I don’t want to watch the ending.” “Yeah, that didn’t work out so well.” The speakers are Joe (Michael Caine) and Willie (Morgan Freeman), watching Dog Day Afternoon (1976) on television. Like the characters on the screen before them, they too are planning to stick up a New…

Slugs

Slugs (1988)

Slugs first published by VODzilla.co We know from the very title of Slugs, adapted from Shaun Hutson’s 1982 novel of the same name, what is coming (its full Spanish title even included the wonderful phrase muerte viscosa, or ‘slimy death’) – and yet director and co-writer (with Ron Gantman) Juan Piquer Simón opens his film with…

Tampopo

Tampopo (1985)

Tampopo first published by Little White Lies, as Part 32 of my column Cinema Psychotronicum Today the label ‘ramen western’ evokes such Eastern oaters as Takashi Miike’s Sukiyaki Western Django (2007), Sadik Ahmed’s The Last Thakur (2008) and Kim Jee-woon’s The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008), which reclaim and renationalise what the spaghetti western had…

Muscle

Bloody Muscle Body Builder In Hell (2012)

Bloody Muscle Body Builder In Hell first published by Little White Lies, as part 31 of my column Cinema Psychotronicum Deriving from the French for ‘lover’, amateur is a word that comes with a double edge. On the one hand, it can suggest the sort of incompetence and ineptitude that you just would not accept…

Season

Halfworlds Season 2 (2017)

Halfworlds Season 2 first published by VODzilla.co The more things change, the more they stay the same. Superficially, the second season of the HBO Asia series Halfworlds is half a world away from the first. Ekachai Uekrongthram (Beautiful Boxer, Skin Trade) replaces Joko Anwar as director – although Colin Chang retains his credit as series creator…

Halfworlds

Halfworlds Season 1 (2015-16)

Halfworlds Season 1 first published by VODzilla.co At the very head of the first (and every other) episode of Halfworlds, the clunking sound of television static can be heard starting up. It’s the familiar sonic ident to any production from HBO, except that this time the text onscreen instead reads ‘HBO Asia Originals’, heralding a hybrid…

Raw

Raw (2016)

Raw first published by Little White Lies “It’s not me.” With nothing in her own wardrobe that conforms to the ‘night club’ dress code imposed by her university seniors, virginal student Justine (Garance Marillier) is trying on a party dress of her older, more experienced sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) – but it does not feel like…