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Review: Rough Cut (2013)

November 28, 2013

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This review was originally published on the Cornerhouse website. Italian director Jesus Rinzoli’s Hiker Meat is a classic of late ‘70s exploitation horror, akin to Raimi’s The Evil Dead (1981) or the cult giallo flick Torso (1973). Sex, drugs and violence abound in these low-budget celluloid gems. Featuring a fantastic accompanying score by seminal German Krautrock band Lustfaust, Hiker Meat is a film revered by […]

Boobs, Bums & Big Guns: A Feminist Reading of Spring Breakers (2013)

May 20, 2013


Spring Breakers

The opening scene of Harmony Korine’s latest teen-flick-with-a-difference, Spring Breakers, could easily be confused with an episode of MTV’s Jersey Shore - a reality show that is both horrific and hilarious in equal measure. Young, tanned bodies gyrate at the camera, confronting the observer with close-ups of jiggling naked flesh as Skrillex booms over the soundtrack. Drunken teenage girls […]

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Mini Grimmfest this Easter at the Plaza, Stockport.

March 17, 2013

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It seems odd that there’s been no mention of Grimm Up North or the fabulous work they do anywhere on this blog until now. I’ve been actively involved with these guys for a while; I assisted with their annual horror & cult film festival Grimmfest back in October, and I do what I can to […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to The Room (Wiseau, 2003)

February 20, 2013


If you’re reading this with confusion, wondering what the hell The Room is and what all the fuss is about, then you obviously haven’t yet been lucky enough to watch this cinematic masterpiece. The Room is a romantic drama produced, directed, written and starring some bloke called Tommy Wiseau, who has an unidentifiable accent and makes very little sense […]

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Review: Amour (2012)

February 5, 2013



Mainstream cinema revolves around the young and the beautiful, but considering the world’s rapidly aging population, it’s surprising that we don’t see more narratives dealing with older protagonists. Most people have witnessed the slow deterioration of a parent or grandparent through aging, and we all live with the knowledge that one day a similar fate […]

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Review: Les Misérables (2012)

January 24, 2013



Adapted from the popular stage show (which is in turn an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s nineteenth century novel), Tom Hooper’s film version of Les Misérables was guaranteed for box office success thanks to a ready-made audience of musical theatre fans anxious to see just how well the new film version matched up to the live event. I […]

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