Film Review

Amer: A Fascinating But Ultimately Disappointing Exercise In Style

I wanted to like Amer, I really did. In fact I wanted to love it. It's the type of luxuriously stylish work that I usually fall head over heels for. I wanted to join the chorus of praise with many other critics. I wanted to become obsessed with Amer and pore over all of its sequences in minute detail for it surely is asking for that degree of close examination.

Red, White & Blue: A Harrowing Yet Utterly Brilliant Film

Simon Rumley's Red, White & Blue is textbook underground filmmaking at its best. Low-budget, stylistically accomplished, uncompromising and totally niche. It's a revenge drama by way of Steven Soderbergh with a dash of 70s grind-house thrown in for good measure.

Wild Target: A Community Service Announcement

Wild Target isn't truly awful but it is pretty damn close. If it wasn't due to the most jaw-dropping and bizarrely confused love triangle I have seen in years, this would've been a complete disaster. The sheer laziness of it all makes Wild Target actually rather entertaining, that is if it hasn't offended your intelligence so much that you had already walked out.

Macabre: A Decent Bit of Bloody Fun

Macabre is a film that knows exactly what it is doing. It is a film that unpretentiously offers up a stock standard genre set-up in order to give the audience what they want. And what they want is buckets of blood which Macabre delivers in spades.

We Are What We Are: A Mildly Disappointing Slice of Art-House Horror

A shabbily dressed man stumbles through a shopping mall. Obviously quite unwell yet ignored by passers-by, he comes across some mannequins in a store window. For some unknown reason these mannequins grab the attention of this sick man. As he shudders away from the window and collapses to the ground, spitting out black bile, he is still ignored by the well-to-do shoppers.

American: The Bill Hicks Story

I really don't want to be that guy who complains about a documentary leaving out certain stories or not accurately representing its central character but I'm gonna warn you up front: For the rest of this review, I am totally 'that guy'.

The Loved Ones: A Razor Sharp, Fun Film

This demented little film makes me proud of Australia. Sean Byrne's feature debut is a solid and creative little horror film that finds a perfect tone surfing the thin line between the horrific and the humorous.

The Social Network: An Elegantly Misanthropic Comment On Our Times

The Social Network is an amazing film. While I'm sure I am joining a chorus of film critics who are yelling those words from the rafters it cannot be understated how relevant and important this film is. It is also impossible to separate this film from the extrinsic elements of the world today that it is commenting upon.

Cold Souls: Too Low-Key For Its Own Good

Cold Souls is a fascinating failure. Too low-key and underdeveloped for its own good yet incredibly watchable and worthwhile in its own odd little way. Debut Writer/Director Sophie Barthes struggles to find a consistent tone while losing track of her narrative half-way through.

Buried: A Surprisingly Successful and Uncompromised Thriller

Buried is a remarkable film. Let's get that out of the way up top. Having slowly developed a degree of infamy amongst cult film devotees you may have already heard that this is the film that is set completely inside a coffin, buried under the ground.
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