Painted

The Painted Bird (2019)

The Painted Bird first published by VODzilla.co Some way into Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird, the young Boy (Petr Kotlár) who is its main character watches the old birdcatcher Lekh (Lech Dyblik) applying paint to the wings of a captured bird, and releasing it into the air. The bird flies up to join its flock…

Bacurau

Bacurau (2019)

Bacurau first published by VODzilla.co “Bacurau has always been here,” says old Plinio (Wilson Rabelo), puzzled at his town’s sudden disappearance from the satellite map on his smartphone and computer. “It should be right here. Bacurau has always been on the map.” In a sense, Bacurau’s absence is a metaphor. After all it is a…

Littlest

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich first published by SciFiNow From its direct-to-video inception in 1989, there have been 11 films in Full Moon Features’ Puppet Master franchise (the last, Puppet Master: Axis Termination, made in 2017, some 13 years after Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter), as well as a non-canon crossover with Demonic Toys in…

99

Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)

Brawl In Cell Block 99 first published by Sight & Sound, January 2018 Review: “I’m not really interested in the economy,” says Bradley Thomas (Vince Vaughn) at the beginning of Brawl In Cell Block 99. Intercepted by his boss Dean in front of the car shop where he works, Bradley – who will come to be…

Mother of Tears

Mother of Tears (2007)

Mother of Tears first published by EyeforFilm From the very outset, Dario Argento‘s Mother Of Tears abounds in images of the past being disinterred and returning to haunt the present. Its title sequence features a digital rearrangement of demonic details taken from various medieval woodcuts and paintings. Its opening scenes show some modern workmen at a…

FrightFest 2011 Diary: Day 1

First published by Little White Lies Diary Day 1 – Thursday, 25th August  As devotees of dread gather once again in the Empire for FrightFest, now celebrating its twelfth year of gory glory, the construction work still going on outside in most of Leicester Square serves as a model for the state of horror. For…

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: David Lynch is executive producer on this Werner Herzog film about a man, his sword, his mother, and the long arm of the Lord. Inspired by a true story. Review: As the sound of a train is heard in the distance, the title ‘David Lynch presents’ appears on screen, followed swiftly…