Blacktop

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

Two-Lane Blacktop first published by Little White Lies “Just passin’ through,” is how they describe themselves, their existence, and their general trajectory.  In a customised 1955 Chevrolet as stripped-down, well-tooled and finely tuned as Monte Hellman’s film, two taciturn, plain-dressed, anonymous young men – dubbed The Driver and The Mechanic in the closing credits, and…

The Devil's Rejects

The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

The Devil’s Rejects first published by Movie Gazette From the renegade cowboy to the teen rebel, from the bankrobber to the gangsta, the outlaw has been a fixture of American cinema since its very beginnings – but the decade when such onscreen anti-heroes really came into their own was without question the 1970s, when they gave…

Viva

Viva (2007)

Viva first published by Little White Lies Review: “This is the 1970s – we’re liberated women now!” Well, sort of… Abandoned by her neglectful husband Rick (Chad England), bored suburban housewife Barbi (Anna Biller) joins her swinging friend Sheila (Bridget Brno)  to benefit from their “newfound freedom” by joining a call girl service (“I’ve always wanted…

Hanzo the Razor trilogy

First published by Little White Lies The exploitation cinema of the early 1970s was, in keeping with the times in which it was made, awash with a contradictory mix of the revolutionary and the reactionary – and there are few films that illustrate this dichotomy more clearly than the Hanzo the Razor trilogy, comprising Misumi Kenji’s Hanzo…

Backwoods

The Backwoods (Bosque de Sombras) (2006)

The Backwoods (Bosque de Sombras) first published by EyeforFilm “We’re in the middle of nowhere,” says Norman (Paddy Considine) to his wife Lucy (Virginie Ledoyen). What he means is that they are in an isolated part of Northern Spain, with neither one of them equipped physically, culturally or, indeed, linguistically to cope with the sticky predicament…

The Atticus Institute

The Atticus Institute (2015)

The Atticus Institute first published by TwitchFilm Straddling the grey area between found footage and faux documentary, The Atticus Institute purports to investigate the events leading to the sudden closure of an underfunded centre for parapsychological research in 1976, and the disappearance, maybe even demise, of its founder Dr Henry West (William Mapother). Present-day interviews with West’s former…