From SetTheTape.com: “Throwback 20: Maximum Risk”

The year is 1996 and Ringo Lam, Hong Kong’s second-biggest director of its famed Heroic Bloodshed era of glory and gore, had arrived in the USA to team up with Jean-Claude Van Damme – if audiences were expecting a spectacle of roundhouse kicks from Hong Kong to New York City, then they were in for... Continue Reading →

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From ReadFilm.co: “Review: ‘mother!’ (2017)”

Darren Aronofsky – the director behind Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Wrestler (2008) and Black Swan (2010) – is back with his newest two-hour controversy, mother!, a film that is pure marmite… you’ll either love it or hate it. Opening with the semi-terrifying imagery of a horrifically-burnt individual, mother! presents the story of a boring couple, Him (Javier Bardem) and Mother (Jennifer Lawrence),... Continue Reading →

From ReadFilm.co: “Review: ‘Arrival’ (2016)”

Amy Adams – the best actress in contemporary American cinema – delivers an out-of-this-world performance in 2016’s best science-fiction movie. If a certain election result has ruined your week, then you can quickly remove the despair by watching Arrival. In 2014 on Instagram, I labeled Prisoners as “Quite possibly the best mainstream thriller within the last five years.” Prisoners‘ director, Denis Villeneuve, has... Continue Reading →

From ReadFilm.co: “Review: ‘Westworld’ (1973)”

Westworld; Director: Michael Crichton; UK Distributor: CIC. Country: USA. Due to the popularity of the contemporary Westworld TV series, I thought that now would be a good opportunity to expose the 1973 film, of which the series is “inspired” by. 1973’s Westworld was written and directed by Michael Crichton, the dude who later wrote the Jurassic Park novel. The story is of two... Continue Reading →

From ReadFilm.co: “Review: ‘Phantasm: Ravager’ (2016)”

Phantasm: Ravager; Director: David Hartman; US Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment; Country: USA. The first Phantasm film since 1998’s Phantasm IV: Oblivion, but the first to NOT be directed by series creator, Don Coscarelli, however, he does have a writing credit. This is… Phantasm: Ravager. My recommendation: do not watch Phantasm: Ravager if you haven’t watched the preceding films.  As one would expect, the film opens... Continue Reading →

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