Last month saw the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the latest instalment in the X-Men franchise, to largely negative reviews. Most focused on the underdeveloped characters, the villains, and the fact that it didn’t bring anything new to the genre. X-Men meh sums it up. Now, after a few weeks, I think it’s time to look at some of the good points of the film, where it ultimately failed, and what’s needed to make the X-Men stand out in the saturated superhero film genre. The X-Men comics are about discrimination – about being different – and this needs to be referenced…
In the latest installment of the Heads! mystery, private detective Steve Datsun and his partner Blake Higgins track down ‘Vortex Face’, a doom metal band whose performances end in death and destruction. They’ve kidnapped a young musician and their sinister underground tour appears to be linked to the ‘Heads!’ gang – a group of girls wearing oversized animal heads pulling off heists across London.
“But who are those girls…with those HEADS!”
The Blair Witch Project’s 20th anniversary is this weekend, and Fright-Rags is honoring the occasion with its first collection of apparel from the film. The company also has new tees from Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Splatter University.
“I’m afraid to close my eyes, I’m afraid to open them.”
The Nightingale follows Clare, an Irish convict who is regularly abused by vile British officer Hawkins, eventually resulting in her husband and new-born infant being murdered in front of her while she is being gang raped in an excruciatingly long and graphic scene. When Hawkins abandons his post due to the drunkenness of his men and journeys up north to apply for another post, Clare sets out to exact her own revenge. She brings along a native guide named Billy, who she treats unfairly. Billy is the only character who prevents this film from being a period based I Spit on Your Grave…
“Her song will not be silenced.”
On 19 August, Indicator presents a six-disc limited edition Blu-ray box set dedicated to the unique collaborative relationship between one of cinema’s greatest visual stylists and one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars: Marlene Dietrich & Josef Von Sternberg at Paramount, 1930-1935. Also available is Indicator’s delayed release of the Michael Palin comedy The Missionary.
“What could she do but flee from love? She loved two men at once!”
Godzilla: King of the Monsters original motion picture soundtrack! Featuring music by Emmy® and BAFTA Award winning composer Bear McCreary, in two special deluxe triple LP vinyl configurations.
“Long live the King!”
Lloyd Kaufman premiered Troma’s lesbian love story, Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High AKA Vol. 2, at the prestigious New York City Film Noir Cinema in April. Tickets sold out almost instantly, but thankfully the good folks at Film Noir Cinema have added one last special encore screening on Saturday, May 18th!
“We’ve been mutated… What do we have to be afraid of?”
The word ‘Epic’ has recently been devalued and just used to mean something that is striking or enjoyable, but the correct meaning of the word indicated narratives in the ‘Epic’ mould – those which surpass the ordinary in scale and reach heroic proportions – this applies to films too. I’m taking a look at some of the truly Epic movies from the early 1980s that showed extraordinary ambition in their story and spectacle.
“Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king.”
Charles Bukowski once said “Some people never go insane. What horrible lives they must lead!” Clearly this is not the way for the characters in Pazucus: Island of Vomit and Despair, as whilst they seem to act and look crazed and insane their lives are blighted by horrors all around them. Their insanity is reflected in Gurcius Gewdner’s film which is somewhat of a strange piece of underground genre cinema, art house horror, b-movie monster horror, and deliberately maddening genre flick that is deliberately frustrating and uneasy to pin point as to what it actually is about. The plot, if there is one to focus on, follows Carlos who is constantly vomiting…
“You won’t be coming home!”
The Dark Knight returns to Mondo Gallery this May with a brand new show eight decades in the making. Mondo Gallery’s 80 Years of Batman celebrates the history of the caped crusader, along with his allies and infamous rogues gallery of villains, with eighteen classic, iconic and fan-favorite Batman comic book cover images produced as screen printed posters. Opening night for 80 Years of Batman will be held Friday, 17 May, and the show will run through 25 May.
“For most of my life I’ve been enamored with Batman. His rogues. His world. His look. It’s just about as perfect as you can get.”
Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says… Fright-Rags has new apparel, so sit tight, hold the fort, and keep the home fires burning. And if we’re not back by dawn… call the president.
“This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I’m talkin’ to whoever’s listenin’ out there.”
It’s rare that I write a review of a film I really hated, but Goosebumps 2: Happy Halloween held such promise I’ll make an exception. The first film had a fair few faults of its own, such as straying from the source material. But for the most part, the original stayed true to the tone of the books and had some good comedy moments. The second film however has fewer comedic parts that made me laugh, but at least does feel true to the tone of the books – more so than the TV series – with the main plot being similar to Night of the Living Dummy.