It is a little sad that the average film fan isn't talking more about South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's latest effort, Snowpiercer, a hugely entertaining slice of genre filmmaking that is unlike anything you've seen before. Based on the French graphic novel, 'Le Transperceneige' by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, the film was picked up by The Weinstein Company and disappointingly given a limited theatrical run in most countries... [READ MORE]
The first time I saw The Dorm that Dripped Blood a friend who had a strong affinity for terrible 60s and 70s horror lent it to me. I assumed it was some schlocky ghost story from 1973 before popping the tape in, but quickly realised the movie was made in the best decade for cinema ever. On top of that, it wasn't some dull ghost story, but a slasher... [READ MORE]
Nightcrawler is such an apt title for this, the debut film of writer/director Dan Gilroy (Michael Clayton director Tony Gilroy’s brother, who wrote The Bourne Legacy and, interestingly, is married to Nightcrawler co-star Rene Russo). Nightcrawler. Just say it out loud, preferably with a Bela Lugosi accent. It suggests something lurking in the dark, something creepy... [READ MORE]
Interstellar wants to be an event movie so bad, it’s like co-writer/director Christopher Nolan is doing all he can to convince you that this is our generation’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s not, in case you were wondering. Hoo-boy, it’s a bit of a mess. The sort of mess that’s impressive in its devastation and one you can remark upon... [READ MORE]
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those that feel there are already enough shoddy bigfoot movies and those that don’t. The former group are a pack of dickheads. Fear the Forest starts with a rash of hunters looking to score some big money by baggin’ bigfoot. Two hunters think they get a Sasquatch that was out for a walk with its young... [READ MORE]
Director Sion Sono certainly has a particular style – take some fucked-up characters, put them in extreme situations, set the action to classical music and watch everyone and everything disintegrate – and his 2011 slice of wonky everyday life in Japan as depicted in Himizu is certainly no exception. In 2011, a massive earthquake rocks Japan... [READ MORE]
I have to admit, I am a massive fan of this man whom I recently had an opportunity to interview. As a lowly film journalist for a few websites, a person like me can only aspire to having the tenacity to self-publish in the manner Robin Bougie has. A cartoonist and film buff, his magazine Cinema Sewer, and it's collected editions of the same name... [READ MORE]
The greatest thing to happen to Doctor Who since it was relaunched in the new millennium occurred in 2014, and that was the casting of Peter Capaldi. The first Doctor, Christopher Eccelston, played the role with gusto, but after only a year in the role he wasn’t really given a prime opportunity to make the character his own... [READ MORE]
It seems like I'm forever claiming to like slashers while in the midst of slamming whatever slasher I happened to see most recently. I'm not just pretending to like this subgenre in order to hang with the cool kids at Digital Retribution, and as proof of my genuine affection for movies where people get naked and drunk in between getting sliced and hacked.... [READ MORE]
A film called Porn Shoot Massacre could go one of two ways: it could be a lo-fi, gritty and nasty gore-a-thon, or it could be a bunch of porn stars and writers that thought they could make a horror film. Sadly it's the latter – Porn Shoot Massacre was an excruciatingly bad 85 minutes (!) that I won't be getting back any time soon. Worse still is that it had some promise... [READ MORE]
I readily acknowledge that some brilliant movies have come out of NZ like the aforementioned Once Were Warriors and Whale Rider, but my favourite films from The Shaky Isles are still Peter Jackson's earlier movies and Black Sheep. I was keen to see Fresh Meat because the cover proudly claims it is "in the tradition of Bad Taste, Braindead & Blacksheep... [READ MORE]
Wanted: Dead or Alive is so 80's it hurts: a New World Pictures production, Rutger Hauer, straightforward dumb action, big hair, awful soft rock soundtrack and harmonica-infused score (when it's not indulging in Halloween-style cues, that is), Gene Simmons (!), murky and unflattering cinematography, and terrorism themes... [READ MORE]
Andrew Leavold has been working on the documentary for several years. Like anyone that's seen For Y'ur Height Only, Andrew took an interest in the film's diminutive star Weng Weng. Unlike everyone else, though, Andrew's interest augmented until it was a full blown obsession, and with rumours abounding and verified details about Weng Weng scarce... [READ MORE]
Superhero movies have gotten a lot more expensive than they used to be. There were some more costly productions like Superman and Superman IV, but there was a lot of cheap, tacky crap. One brave, or foolish, man decided to try and bring the cheap back to the superhero genre, but took some intriguing steps to leave tacky behind... [READ MORE]
Basically, Doctor Who is a third parent of mine. I don't mean my mum was once an intern in the 60s at the BBC, but instead, he took care of me by being my after school babysitter, and also taught me a general sense of right and wrong when I watched him on the ABC as a kid. My first experience with Doctor Who wasn't the TV series though, but instead the books... [READ MORE]
What's this? Noah? A fiercely religious film with seemingly no extreme bloodshed, gratuitous nudity or other exploitative content is being reviewed on Digital Retribution? Well, you may or may not know the following about Noah. It's directed by auteur Darren Aronofsky, who has Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan to his credit, to name a couple... [READ MORE]
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