Review: Midsommar

Director: Ari Aster Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper Two films into his career, and you get the feeling that Ari Aster is working through some shit. Anyone who caught last year's Hereditary will have already guessed two things; 1) Aster is interested in the extremes of the grieving process and 2) he … Continue reading Review: Midsommar

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: Mandy

Director: Panos Cosmatos Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache Just lately, physical media outlet HMV have started repackaging classic cult titles in VHS boxes. Inside are blu-rays, but the chunky throwback aesthetic is to another period's tech altogether. This marketing choice has seemed strange to me; inauthentic nostalgia without the follow-through (what about putting … Continue reading Review: Mandy

Review: The Endless

Directors: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson Stars: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez Sometimes an idea just won't let you alone. For filmmaking duo Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, new doors were opened following the critical acclaim for their second feature Spring, and while the future will likely see them step through those doors, a notion from … Continue reading Review: The Endless

The Strange Magic of Purple Rain

Prince died last week and I, like many others I would imagine, watched Purple Rain. A little personal context if you'll permit me. I always respected but never particularly pursued the man's music (shamefully I count myself among those now moved to make up for this past neglect). His loss didn't feel as strangely significant to me … Continue reading The Strange Magic of Purple Rain

Review: Suburban Gothic

Excision, directed by Richard Bates Jr., is one of my favourite modern horror films, and one of my favourite films of the decade so far, regardless of genre. A confident and daring sneak attack, it masked its subversive nature in wry humour and a colour palette that recalls American Beauty more than American Mary (another modern favourite, whose … Continue reading Review: Suburban Gothic

Review: The Guest

The Guest is the latest baby from filmmaking duo Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard, most notable for gifting us last year's phenomenally entertaining home invasion horror You're Next. That movie (which all genre fans should give some time over to) saw them breaking away from the more navel-gazing productions that had carried their names before. As usual … Continue reading Review: The Guest

Why I Love… #37: The Room

Year: 2003 Director: Tommy Wiseau Stars: Tommy Wiseau (Johnny), Juliette Danielle (Lisa), Philip Haldiman (Denny), Greg Sestero (Mark), Carolyn Minnott (Claudette) Genre: Melodrama / Comedy / Disaster Movie A camera pans slowly along the Golden Gate Bridge from one end to the other. The kind of establishing shot you might see in any number of … Continue reading Why I Love… #37: The Room

Review: Excision

Before you skim down to the score at the bottom of this one, be warned that you are not ready for Excision. In one sharp, calculated, grotesque fell swoop, first time feature director Richard Bates Jr. has crafted a film to make you sit up and pay attention... or run screaming for the exits. A lot of … Continue reading Review: Excision

Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene

***originally written 17 February 2012*** Martha sneaks out of the commune at dawn, crosses the road and heads into the woods. One of the boys follows her, so she hides. He finds her later in the town, sat in a diner and tries to coax her back to the house, but she resists. Reluctantly, she … Continue reading Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene