Brick

Brick (2005)

Brick first published by EyeforFilm, 11 May 2006 Film noir has cast its shadow over genres as wide-ranging as science fiction (Blade Runner), horror (Angel Heart), the war film (The Army In The Shadows) and even the documentary (The Thin Blue Line), while the classrooms, corridors and cafeterias of the high school flick have proved…

Malevolence

Malevolence (2004)

Malevolence first published by EyeforFilm, 12 Oct 2005 Some 10 years after a spate of unsolved disappearances in a rural area, four outsiders bungle a robbery at the local bank. One dies from gunshot wounds, but the dead man’s sister Marylin (Heather Magee), her naïve boyfriend Julian (Brandon Johnson) and the manipulative, violent Kurt (Richard…

The Midnight Meat Train

The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

The Midnight Meat Train first published by EyeforFilm, 24 Oct, 2008 Every night around the witching hour, in the tunnels deep under LA’s streets, the late train takes an unscheduled detour – and anyone unlucky enough to be riding in its carriages is about to meet Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) – a sharply dressed butcher with…

King Kong 2005

King Kong (2005)

King Kong first published by EyeforFilm, 9 Dec, 2005 New Zealand director Peter Jackson and his latest protagonist, the mighty Kong, sure have a lot in common. Both are hulking, hirsute figures who have long enjoyed cult status on their remote islands, both were discovered (along with their beautiful native habitats) by America’s moving picture industry…

Vengeance Is Mine

Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Vengeance Is Mine first published by EyeforFilm, 29 Oct 2005 Shohei Imamura worked his apprenticeship as an assistant to the great Yasujiro Ozu on Early Summer (1951), The Flavour Of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) and Tokyo Story (1953), but the younger director despised the stately middle-class classicism of his mentor, preferring his own films to be “messy”….

Death Proof

Death Proof – Director’s Standalone Cut (2007)

Death Proof first published by EyeforFilm, 5 September 2007 Comprising a double-feature of Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez‘s Planet Terror (as well as mock-up trailers during the intermission), Grindhouse was originally conceived as a grittily nostalgic revival of the whole ‘grindhouse’ experience – yet another groovy time-warp to add to the countless Noughties…

Transformers Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon first published by EyeforFilm, 1 July 2011 Cast your mind back to 9/11. Lost for words to express the enormity of the horrific spectacle unfolding on their screens if not before their very eyes, people kept incredulously repeating the mantra: “It’s like something out of a movie.” Well, Transformers: Dark…

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen first published by EyeforFilm, 15 June, 2009 A title baldly declares that the film we are about to see has its origins in Hasbro toys. Over images of a one-sided battle between men and mechas in a rocky landscape, a booming voice-over declares: “Earth – birthplace of the human race…

Transformers

Transformers (2007)

Transformers first published by EyeForFilm “Cool, mum!” says the little boy in the passenger seat of a car as above him two towering robots fight each other, in the process destroying anything (vehicles, pylons, the freeway itself) that gets in their way. The mother, needless to say, looks less pleased.Little boys are certainly one target…