Brains

Eat Brains Love (2019)

Eat Brains Love first published by SciFiNow Rodman Flender’s Eat Brains Love belongs to a subcategory of what has become known as the ‘rom zom com’. This subgenre term – if not quite the concept – originated from the marketing for Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004), even if the romance in that film’s…

Reeves

The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves (2019)

The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves first published by SciFiNow British filmmaker Michael Reeves will always be associated with youth, not just because he had already directed three films – two of which were very good – by the time he was 24, but also because he died of an accidental overdose in 1969, aged…

Light

Dark Light (2019)

Dark Light first published by SciFiNow The oxymoronic title of Dark Light involves a paradox. Like a Buddhist koan, it announces the film as a contradictory challenge that the viewer, sitting in the dark cinema looking at the flickering light projected onto the screen, must try to resolve, even if resolution is ultimately impossible. This…

1BR

1BR (aka Apartment 1BR) (2019)

The feature debut of writer/director David Marmor, 1BR (aka Apartment 1BR) opens with a montage of generic shots to establish that we are in Los Angeles, beneath the Hollywood sign, and then the camera moves up to the front door of a particular apartment complex, passes people chatting and collecting mail in the lobby, and…

Fish Story

Fish Story (Fisshu sutori) (2009)

Fish Story first published by EyeforFilm Tokyo, 2012. A comet is due to collide with Earth in five hours, with apocalyptic consequences for the human race. Everyone has fled the city for higher ground – all except for a bitter middle-aged man on a wheel chair, the younger owner of a record store, and his…

Soi

Soi Cowboy (2008)

Soi Cowboy first published by Film4 Summary: This brooding sophomore feature from Thomas Clay takes its western director (and protagonist) to an eastern setting, revelling in the casual asymmetries that emerge from such a relationship.  Review: With his controversial feature debut The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005), Thomas Clay combined a Kubrickian control of his medium…

Carmichael

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael first published by Film4 Summary: Smalltown disaffection, foreign policy and a bit of the old ultra-violence make a disturbing cocktail in Thomas Clay’s feature debut. Review: It is not uncommon for director’s low-budget debuts to be small-town coming-of-age dramas, and The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, with its setting amongst the…

Gojoe

Gojoe (Gojoe Reisenki) (2000)

Gojoe (Gojoe Reisenki) first published by Film4 Summary: In Sogo Ishii’s Gojoe, Daisuke Ryu and Tadanobu Asano play two legendary Japanese heroes who must become more than men to change history and fulfil their cosmic destiny. Review: Yoshitsune and Benkei are amongst Japan’s best known folk heroes. Yoshitsune was a twelfth-century prince of the Genji Clan who,…

Grudge

The Grudge (2020)

The Grudge first published by Dirty Movies In 1998, for the TV anthology Gakko no Kaidan G, Takashi Shimizu made two very short (three-minute) shock films, respectively titled Katasumu and 4444444444, in which he introduced creepy, contorting revenant Kayako Saeki and her meowing son Toshio, laying the central groundwork for the grudge-bearing, implacably vengeful spirits…

The Grudge

The Grudge (2004)

The Grudge first published by Movie Gazette in 2004   To call Gore Verbinski’s The Ring (2002) a ‘reimagining’ of Hideo Nakata’s extraordinary Ring (1998) would be to imply that there was any imagination at all in the Hollywood retread. Instead, there were some second-hand frights, a few entirely gratuitous new scenes (mostly involving spooked…

Grudge 2

Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)

Ju-On: The Grudge 2 first published by musicOMH Sequels sprout from the horror genre as inevitably as long black hair grows from Asia’s female ghosts; and movies in the ghost story/haunted house format are particularly sequel-friendly, since from the start they are themselves sequels of sorts, revisiting the scenes of crimes from the past that…