DVD Review: THERMÆ ROMÆ, The Animæ.

(Are time-travelling hot-tubs a new general topic for comedies?) Before Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo broke records a few weeks back, the most successful Japanese film was Thermæ Romæ, a ribald and silly live-action comedy about bathing habits which... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Blu-ray Review: L'AGE D'OR / UN CHIEN ANDALOU Show Buñuel In Bloom (BFI)

I am by no means an expert on the work of Luis Buñuel, but I know what I like. Having plowed my way through roughly half a dozen of his films, I can say that his debut feature, L'age d'or,... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Blu-ray Review: EEGA Is The Best Film Of 2012, So Why Such A Crappy Blu-ray?

I've made no secret of my love for SS Rajamouli's Eega. Back in July I called it the best film of the year, and now, halfway though November, I don't feel any differently. The film was recently released on Blu-ray,... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Blu-ray Review: BASKET CASE: THE TRILOGY Is The Only Way To Go! (Second Sight Films)

Frank Henenlotter is a filmmaker and film lover who holds a very special place in my heart. His tireless dedication to the preservation of sleaze and exploitation history is nearly unparalleled, as a filmmaker, his work is instantly recognizable for... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Blu-ray Review: Nicholas Ray's WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN Shows How The Rebel Found His Cause

Nicholas Ray is one of the most respected filmmakers in Hollywood history, and with a CV that includes films like Rebel Without a Cause, Johnny Guitar, In a Lonely Place, and many more, it's no surprise. What impresses me the... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: MIAMI CONNECTION, Baby, is More Than a Diamond in the Rough

Dear Miami Connection, You're the one for me. I've loved you since the first time I saw your trailer. I don't know whether it was the insanely acrobatic Tae Kwon Do or the incredible friendship-themed power pop that first got... More »
  

Review: HELLS ANGELS (HERUZU ENJUERUZU) Is The Greatest Story Ever Told

Fans of Dead Leaves and Redline, rejoice. From out of nowhere Madhouse releases Heruzu Enjueruzu (Hells Angels), a wicked, manic and no-boundaries anime that may feel like a Studio 4°C project but has its roots firmly in the Madhouse foundation.... More »
  

Sitges 2012 Review: THE SECOND DEATH Finds New Terror in Religion

Argentinean director Santiago Fernández Calvete's The Second Death is an oddity: A hard-boiled, supernatural mystery that revolves heavily around Catholic dogma. Its engagement with religion is far more complex than the slew of exorcism movies we've been subjected to as... More »
  

Sitges 2012 Counterpoint Review: THE LORDS OF SALEM Turns a Satanic Cult into a Snoozefest

Goofy. That's the word that kept popping into my head through the entire running time of Rob Zombie's baffling Polanski rip-off, The Lords of Salem. Not weird, not bizarre, not hallucinogenic, and certainly not Lynchian, as some critics (including our... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: TETSUO: THE IRON MAN/TETSUO II: BODY HAMMER

Third Window's Blu-ray debut of Tsukamoto Shinya's breakout feature, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, has been one of my most anticipated titles of 2012 since we broke the news earlier this year. Tetsuo is a film that transcends its bizarre and... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Roman Porno Double Feature: NYMPHO DIVER: G-STRING FESTIVAL & FEMALE TEACHER: DIRTY AFTERNOON

This fourth batch of Nikkatsu Roman Porno discs from Impulse Pictures is, in my humble opinion, the finest of the series so far. Between the genuinely joyous sexual exploration of Nympho Diver: G-String Festival and the proper melodrama and thrill... More »
  

Jess Franco On Blu-ray: FEMALE VAMPIRE / EROTIKILL

Jess Franco on Blu-ray.Four words I never thought I'd type, but here we are. While this is obviously proof that the Mayans' Doomsday calendar is right, I suppose it's only just that we enjoy the spoils of the apocalypse while... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: HELLFJORD Is a Delightfully Surreal Descent Into Norway's Fishy North

From the creators of Dead Snow, Cold Prey and You Said What (so pretty much every talented Norwegian currently making movies) comes this delightfully weird and wonderful television series, following a disgraced city police officer as he sees out... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: KLOWN Will Have You Crying With Laughter

I first encountered Klown at Fantastic Fest 2011, which is where I pulled this review from, now having rewatched it, it remains insanely funny. As such, I'm republishing my old review with added comments at the bottom of the article... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: DANGER 5 is YACHT ROCK-level Hilarious, but with Nazis!

All right, let's get straight to the biscuits: World War Two. The Nazis are making their mark on Europe. Adolf Hitler wants to take the world. And keep it. All for himself. Hitler's days are numbered because Danger 5 are... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: LA MEMORIA DEL MUERTO Is A Delirious Genre Mashup

Influenced by everything from Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) to Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II (1987) this bit of occult horror from director Valentín Javier Diment pops like a Tex Avery cartoon off the screen, offering solid laughs and genuinely shocking... More »
  

Fantastic Fest: Ernesto Diaz Espinoza Drunkenly Reviews Ernesto Diaz Espinoza's BRING ME THE HEAD OF THE MACHINE GUN WOMAN

Hello. My name is Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, just five short of TEQUILA swallow, and I'm the director of the stunning, beautiful, sexy, hot, crazy, fun to blow your brain, and LATINXPLOITATION masterpiece of the genre, the now famous movie esquicita... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: THE FINAL MEMBER Grips You By The Short Hairs

In a year full of great docs this Fantastic Fest entry has managed to create some substantial buzz, which comes as little surprise considering the photo accompanying the online press materials showed a group of severed animal phalluses arranged neatly... More »
  

Fantastic Fest: Yamaguchi Yudai Drunkenly Reviews Yamaguchi Yudai's TEBANA SANKICHI

Tebana Sankichi in is a feature-length shorts made ​​by independent production 20 years ago. Tebana Sankichi is a comedy, rather than the usual comedy, it is a work that depicted the successive episodes put on rock music of the 70's... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: MIAMI CONNECTION Is The Best Tae Kwon Do Rock Avengers VS. Ninjas & Stupid Cocaine Film You've Never Seen

Dear Miami Connection,You're the one for me. I've loved you since the first time I saw your trailer. I don't know whether it was the insanely acrobatic Tae Kwon Do or the incredible friendship-themed power pop that first got me... More »
  
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