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Anthropoid (2016, Czech Republic / UK / France)

Anthropoid (2016) Theatrical Poster

There are worse ways to spend an evening than in a darkened room with Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, watching a movie. In this case we were watching the Premiere of the Sean Ellis WWII thriller Anthropoid in which they both star.

Ellis’s film is a labour of love – he produced, co-wrote and directed the movie and, as if wearing all those hats was not enough work, he was also his own cinematographer.

“Resistance Has a Code Name.”

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Brutal Bombshells by Rik Jackson and Craig Jex

Brutal Bombshells by Rik Jackson and Craig JexAfter a successful Kickstarter campaign last Halloween, Rik Jackson and Craig Jex introduced their sexy, independent, splatter anthology Brutal Bombshells to various comic conventions throughout the United Kingdom.

Brutal Bombshells is exploitation at it’s finest; a collection of six EC Comic styled short stories, each featuring femme fatales, dangerous ladies and psycho bitches who are determined to stalk you, stab you, and (as you take your last breath) gouge their way…to your heart!

“Barbara only intended her new breasts to turn heads… NOT IMPALE THEM!”

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Guyver: Dark Hero (1994, USA)

Guyver: Dark Hero (1994) VHS CoverOf all the bad films I have had the guilty pleasure (and at times displeasure) to watch, none have be as sentimentally close to me as Steve Wang’s live action take on the Japanese Manga; Guyver. A sequel to 1991’s The Guyver (itself a mediocre Americanized take on the source material), Guyver: Dark Hero was everything its predecessor should have been. Granted many might think this is just Power Rangers with blood and gore, but for its minuscule budget it contains impressive practical effects and brilliantly choreographed wirework.

“The Zoanoids weren’t the failed experiment. The Guyvers were. The aliens created the Guyvers to fight their wars for them. The humans rebeled. Out of control. The Guyver is nothing more than a weapon…”

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Endgame (1983, Italy)

Endgame (1983) Theatrical PosterLet’s get right to it; is this movie the final installment of The Bronx Warriors trilogy that includes 1990: The Bronx Warriors and Escape from the Bronx, or not? The short answer in my opinion is no, it most definitely is not. It bears no resemblance, nor any connection to the previous films that I could detect; though it is supposedly set in New York, I don’t recall any reference to it in the dialogue.

“For an ENDGAME champion in the year 2025, there’s only one way to live. Dangerously.”

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Remainder (2015, UK / Germany)

Remainder (2015) Promotional PosterIn Remainder, his debut feature, Omer Fast gives us his take on Tom McCarthy’s brilliant cult novel, an original, reality-bending, psycho-thriller which submerged us in the bizarre mind-warp of a damaged protagonist.

A young man is left both mentally and physically shattered after a mysterious accident in which he is struck by heavy debris falling from the high glass-canopy roof of a swanky London building.

“Based on the acclaimed novel by Tom McCarthy.”

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The Walking Dead (2012) Xbox 360

The Walking Dead (2012) Xbox Live Arcade CoverThe Walking Dead is very graphic in it’s depiction of violence. These moments can be unsettling, amplifying the harsh emotional tone in a video game where anyone can be torn apart without notice. Telltale Games don’t hold back when it comes to gore!

“It’s impossible to go through life without causing some kind of pain.”

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Dead 7 (2016, USA)

Dead 7 (2016) Promotional Poster“Larger than Life!”

Wow, if there ever was a less promising tagline for a zombie Twistern, I can’t recall it. Hopefully, whoever came up with it will work on expanding their creative writing skills. BTW, I know that’s a reference to a Backstreet Boys song, but still. How do I know? Well, I didn’t; I looked it up and I’m choosing to take the word of the Interwebz. It’s right 100% of the time, isn’t it?

“Everybody’s gotta die someday…”

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The Vineyard (1989, USA / Canada)

The Vineyard (1989) VHS PosterI can’t even begin to discuss 1989’s The Vineyard without first discussing the undisputed talent of James Hong. With a filmography that has spanned over six decades, it is Hong’s portrayal of the legendary sorcerer Lo Pan in John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China (1986) that has become the most iconic. Yet, those of us that have seen Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) will also remember Hong as Hannibal Chew, the genetic (eye) engineer hired by the Tyrell Corporation. That being said, James Hong is truly a force to be reckoned with…

“An island of death fueled by the blood of its victims.”

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Cube (1997, Canada)

Cube (1997) Theatrical PosterDirected and co-written by Vincenzo Natali, Cube is a Canadian science fiction horror released in 1997. Significant for being the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) first feature film, and Natali’s feature length directional debut, Cube has polarised audiences since release due in part to it’s ‘kafkaesque’ setting; a surreal, industrial cube-shaped design.

Cube is one of the greatest, and unfortunately most underrated horror movies from the 1990s.

“The only way out lies within your own mind.”

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Ran (1985, Japan / France)

Ran (1986) Theatrical PosterKurosawa’s epic movie Ran is a cinematic masterpiece that has survived the test of time. Dazzling cinematography on the mountain slopes and volcanic plains of Kyushu and spectacular battle scenes earned Kurosawa a Best Director Oscar nomination and made Ran the most expensive Japanese movie ever produced.

One of the elements that makes the film so compelling, is the skill with which Kurosawa remodels Shakespeare’s King Lear to Japanese legend…

“In a mad world only the mad are sane.”

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Our Kind of Traitor (2016, UK)

Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Theatrical PosterWith the legion of fans garnered by the recent TV adaptation of novelist John le Carre’s The Night Manager, now would seem to be a fortuitous time for distributors to be releasing Our Kind of Traitor, another adaptation which may serve to alleviating the pangs of ‘le Carre withdrawal’.

Director Susanna White opts for a quieter tone rather than underlining the drama with big explosions, histrionics or the frequent inclusion of graphic violence.

“Who can you trust with the truth?”

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LaserCat (2011) Xbox 360

LaserCat (2011) Xbox Live Indie Games CoverWelcome to the colourful neon world of LaserCat, an award-winning 8-bit styled multi-screen adventure game independently developed by Daniel McFarline for MonsterJail Games and released in 2011 on the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace.

The evil magic space frog Wizzord has kidnapped Owlfriend and won’t release him/her until he/she receives the ransom of one million British Pounds Sterling so it is up to you to rescue him, preferably before teatime!

“All hail Wizzord!”

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