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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

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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 […]

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

February 20, 2013

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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 […]

Review: Amour (2012)

February 5, 2013

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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 […]

Review: Les Misérables (2012)

January 24, 2013

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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 […]

Review: Holy Motors (2012)

November 8, 2012

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Much like the last film I reviewed for this blog, Holy Motors heavily utilises the back seat of a limousine as a key location. Fortunately, Leos Carax’s latest effort succeeds in being infinitely more compelling than Cosmopolis, which bored me to tears. Being totally unfamiliar with Carax’s work when I entered the cinema, and having […]

Review: Cosmopolis (2012)

June 27, 2012

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Although David Cronenberg is particularly recognised for creating gruesome venereal horror films, his work in recent years has moved further away from the horror genre. His latest effort, Cosmopolis, embraces a slow-paced, dialogue-heavy style which is far removed from earlier, more commercial films such as The Fly (1986). Adapted from the novel by Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis shows us a […]

Review: Osombie (2012)

May 20, 2012

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While the idea of a horror film featuring a zombified Bin Laden may strike some viewers as shockingly distasteful, hundreds of others recognised the potential of the concept when an online Kickstarter fund appeared for the completion of post-production on the film. The film’s creators set the initial goal of $15,000 and this figure was eventually […]

Review: This Must Be the Place (2011)

May 8, 2012

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Not being familiar with any of Paolo Sorrentino’s previous productions, I went into this one blind. My only knowledge of the film prior to viewing was that Sean Penn plays the lead role as a comical retired rocker named Cheyenne. And, to be honest, that fact alone should be enough to entice anybody. Cheyenne’s huge […]

Review: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

April 25, 2012

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Five teenagers set out for a wild weekend away at a remote woodland cabin. As horror movie set-ups go, it’s hardly the most original. But as you may have guessed already, there’s a little more to The Cabin in the Woods than meets the eye. The movie poster tagline reads “You think you know the story. […]

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