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Review: Electra Glide in Blue

Review: Electra Glide in Blue

Cool indie distributor Odyssey DVD are re-launching in the UK this month with a wave of cult and classic films. The first six are all released on the 15th of September: Grey Owl, Glengarry Glen Ross, Drums Along the Mohawk, Electra Glide in Blue, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry and Julia. Having always wanted to see it, I requested Electra Glide in Blue. I was only...

Film4 FrightFest 2014: The Top 5

Film4 FrightFest 2014: The Top 5

Because FrightFest was so awesome this year that I refuse to let it end (and also because after it it did end I was too spent to write it until now) I present to you my top five films from this year’s event. Picking a Top 5 was hard damn work this year. The line-up Gods and the great taste of the organisers conspired to create a near wall-to-wall selection...

Review: Pride – “One of the best British films released in the last decade”

Review: Pride – “One of the best British films released in the last decade”

Much like the megaphone van logo, and the protagonists’ bold personalities, Pride is a film deservedly making noise. Not only is it one of the best British films released in the last decade, it shows us an unbelievable – yet true – story of a band of lesbian and gay activists willing to donate their time and efforts to help miner unionists...

Review: The Aviation Cocktail

Review: The Aviation Cocktail

It’s hard to tell what to expect going into The Aviation Cocktail.The film’s trailer touts a tantalising 1950’s small-town familial set-up (“One part passion, two parts betrayal and a splash of blood”), laying out a dramatic tale of broken friendships and icy love lives; but it’s not exactly telling exactly what the film’s plot is. But when the...

Review: Joe – “Captures the world with a sense of dark mysticism”

Review: Joe – “Captures the world with a sense of dark mysticism”

Nicolas Cage is a wonderful actor. To say this, you are either a fan of irony or a deliberate contrarian. This critic is a bit of both… so to re-phrase: Nicolas Cage can be a wonderful actor. The baroque star has fallen beyond mainstream critical acceptability of late and landed firmly into the dominion of Internet myth and general piss-take (Nicolas Cage...

Review: The Guest

Review: The Guest

Interrupting the end-of-summer plainness like an ice bucket over the head is The Guest, a fun, nasty little slice of nuclear family devastation. It’s a tight, black domestic thriller from the seasoned horror partnership of Adam Winberg and Simon Barrett. Like the duo’s previous film, the rudimentary but spirited slasher You’re Next, it’s a genre piece...

Review: Night Moves

Review: Night Moves

Kelly Reichardt follows up her widely acclaimed Meek’s Cutoff (2010), a controlled, contemplative version of the western, with Night Moves, a controlled, contemplative version of the suspense thriller. Both films centre on a small band of vagrants overwhelmed by the hostility of Nature. Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), Dena (Dakota Fanning) and Harmon (Peter...

Review: Sons of Liberty

Review: Sons of Liberty

Synopsis: A special operations unit races to find and prevent the construction of a devastating micro nuclear device created by a group of radical mercenaries whose political beliefs blur the line between terrorist and revolutionary. The British are naughty, guys! Or that’s what the nice old Sons of Liberty (that secret group of dissidents who disliked us...

Tech Review: Optoma HD50 Projector

Tech Review: Optoma HD50 Projector

For a couple of weeks I was lucky enough to test out Optoma’s HD50 projector. It is always so much better watching films on a big screen and even better when you can watch them in the comfort of your own home. Straight out of the box, the small yet powerful projector was easy to set up. Attach the blu-ray player or console to one of the two HDMI ports,...

Review: What If

Review: What If

Hogwarts alumni Daniel Radcliffe is the headliner here, but you might also recognise Zoe Kazan, one half of the meet-cute not-couple in Canadian-Irish production What If (retitled from The F-Word). She wrote Ruby Sparks (2009), a fun and acerbic satire of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope (an increasingly problematic term) in which she was the dreamt-up...