The Compelling Contradictions of Orgies Of Edo

Year: 1969 Director: Teruo Ishii Stars: Asao Koike, Masumi Tachibana, Mitsuko Aoi Last week the esteemed independent distributor Arrow Video added Orgies Of Edo to its far-reaching range of curious titles. And while this release has gone without fanfare, it is one worthy of your investigation, especially if you have an interest in cult Japanese … Continue reading The Compelling Contradictions of Orgies Of Edo

Review: The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Stars: Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits, Liam Neeson The Coen Brothers have made Westerns before, and more than just the two 'obvious ones'; the Texan noir of No Country For Old Men and their adventurous remake of True Grit. In truth the West has scored through much of their cinema which is resplendent … Continue reading Review: The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

Director: Julius Onah Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl If there's one thing guaranteed to piss off the critics, it's getting excluded from the established pattern of pre-release screeners. Take a peek at 'Film Twitter' immediately after the surprise Super Bowl announcement that The Cloverfield Paradox would be available to stream on Netflix after the … Continue reading Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

Review: Wiener-Dog

Director: Todd Solondz Stars: Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito Wiener-Dog is the latest film from Todd Solondz. It finds the writer/director on fine form, pedaling more of his homespun all-American nihilism in which depraved hilarity and gut-punch sadness collide. That might not sound like the best night out but, depending on your sense of humour … Continue reading Review: Wiener-Dog

Review: Tale Of Tales

Plot holes in films are irksome things, evidence of imperfection. Depending on your attachment to the surrounding material, they can often be forgiven, however. A weakness, sure, but usually not a fatal one, so long as the scale isn't tipped by their presence too harshly. I can usually overlook plot holes in favour of finding enjoyment … Continue reading Review: Tale Of Tales

Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 2 – The Desolate One

It's my birthday. In a move that felt more like penance than a treat, I elected to spend a portion of the day alone, returning to Miguel Gomes' beguiling and confounding trilogy which had something of an inauspicious start last week. My local independent cinema is showing an installment every Tuesday. Having made it a … Continue reading Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 2 – The Desolate One

Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 1 – The Restless One

I'm fairly new to the cinema of Miguel Gomes; my awareness and interest in him piqued by his 2012 film Tabu, a collision of styles with a two-fold narrative that I found charming in a Wes Anderson fashion - well, the fanciful extended flashback fairy tale of its second half - but overall somewhat listless. A film I … Continue reading Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 1 – The Restless One

Review: Southbound

The horror anthology endures. It's popularity may wane from time to time, but it always comes back. Over the last few years it's been reinvigorated by the V/H/S series, but with those movies presently on pause (and with the less said about The ABCs of Death the better), it's good to see the sub-genre in particularly rude … Continue reading Review: Southbound

Review: V/H/S Viral

The V/H/S series has already become a scattershot if worthwhile experiment in reviving the portmanteau horror film; each installment inviting a selection of guest directors to produce their own found footage video nastie. As with any anthology series, the results so far have not always worked, but the misses have been forgivable in light of the hits … Continue reading Review: V/H/S Viral

Review: The ABCs Of Death

Like an episode of Sesame Street being broadcast from hell, The ABCs Of Death presents 26 shorts by 26 different directors each of whom illustrate a different way to die based around the letter of the alphabet selected. The people called upon span the globe with talents working in both live action and animation. The promise is a … Continue reading Review: The ABCs Of Death