Mad Max – 40th Anniversary

1979 Director: George Miller Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Geoff Parry, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward Words – Rebecca Kirby If like me, your first exposure to the Mad Max franchise came via Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, it’s predecessor 1979’s Mad Max sure looks and feels like a very different…

Alien: 40th Anniversary

1979 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Bolaji Badejo Words: Nathan Scatcherd Living as we do in the year 2019, it’s difficult to imagine the sheer force Alien must have had upon audiences when it was released back in 1979. Coming seemingly…

Battle Royale

2000 Director: Kinji Fukasaku Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano Words: Katherine Guest Battle Royale, a Japanese dystopian thriller, is a film in which violence is made into a spectator sport. More specifically, it is about children on children violence as a result of government legislation. In the nineteen years since its…

Oldboy (2003)

2003 Director: Park Chan-wook Starring: Choi Min-sik, Kang Hye-jung, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-Su, Ji Dae-han Words – Nathan Scatcherd Oldboy has – in the fifteen years since its release – become one of the prime examples of ‘extreme’ Asian cinema to really be embraced by Western audiences. Part two of director Chan-wook’s ‘vengeance trilogy’ (preceded…

A Nightmare On Elm Street / Dream Warriors

1984 / 1987 Director: Wes Craven / Chuck Russell Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon Words – Oliver Innocent From its earliest antecedents in folklore and fairy tales, the fuel for scary stories has always been bad dreams. The demons that haunt Man’s dreams have become some of the horror genre’s most enduring characters;…

Princess Mononoke

1997 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Ghibli fans are like a loving mother, they would never pick a favourite. All are equal in their eyes, each different, each unique, each loved. Yet, there seems to be this vocal minority rising-up that challenge this view. Some declare that actually, there is one that tips…

Spirited Away

2001 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Asking someone to choose a favourite Studio Ghibli film is like asking someone what their favourite song is. It is an ultimately pointless question, as much like music, Ghibli’s filmography feels subjective to mood and emotion. However, as with all this, there does appear to be one…

Best Films of 2018

2018 has been a great year for cinema, and as the year comes to an end we’ve selected our 10 Best Films of the Year – click on the film title to see our review. So, in no particular order…   Isle of Dogs the stop-motion animated feature with an all-star cast, telling a tale…

Cult Corner: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin

1971 Director: Lucio Fulci Starring: Florinda Balkan, Stanley Baker, Leo Genn, Jean Sorel, George Rigaud, Anita Strindberg Words – Nathan Scatcherd A little-seen entry in the filmography of Italian director Lucio Fulci (his better known films include The Beyond, Don’t Torture a Duckling and Zombi 2), A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin carries the classic…

Suspiria (1977)

1977 Director: Dario Argento Starring: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Alida Valli, Joan Bennett, Flavio Bulci, Miguel Bosé, Udo Kier Words – Nathan Scatcherd It’s generally agreed that Suspiria is something of a touchstone in horror cinema, and with the fortuitous timing of Luca Guadagnino’s impending ‘reimagining’, it’s a good time to creep yourself out with…