Sunday, 29 March 2015

Wild Tales - Reviewed


When we went to see It Follows we saw a trailer for something called Wild Tales, Six stories of as the poster says "Apocalyptic Revenge" and it looked great so we decided our next trip would be to see it and boy am I glad we did!

As it says it six tales and these are a follows...

The first tale is the shortest tale and tells the tale of a group of people on a plane, A model talks to a classical music critic and by coincidence it appears that one of his reviews a very bad one was for her ex boyfriend, An older lady sitting in front of the critic over hears the conversation and she also knows the musician, I shall say no more as to spoil it but to say the current news events with the plane crash in the Alps made certain scenes very relevant and even more realistic, the final shot of the tale is freeze frame and an absolute brilliant one!




The second tale is set in a remote motorway style restaurant where one night a guy enters and the waitress recognises him as a Mafia boss who auctioned of thier house which led to her father killing himself and a few months later the boss even tried to seduce her mother, Distraught at seeing him there she takes his order and goes and tell he chef lady who is a very scary wouldn't mess with her type of lady and she says to the waitress that they should use the rat poison to kill him, This ends with some great twists and a lot of blood!



The third tale it has to be said was definitely my favourite, Young executive type in his new black Audi and sunglasses racing along a mountain path which if you watch carefully links in to the end of the second tale, He comes zooming up behind an old wreck of a car and tries to go around it but the carves swerves to stop him doing so, He eventually get level with the car to see a builder type smiling back at him, He calls him a red neck hits the accelerator then gives him the finger. Next we see the Audi guy get a flat tyre, He pulls over and being the executive type has no real clue how to change the  wheel so calls a recovery guy to come and help him out, Then in the background you see the red neck approaching in his wreck, The Audi guy is obviously all mouth and craps himself as the red neck pulls over and proceeds to start smashing his windscreen with the tyre iron, What follows is hilarious, Gross and violent in equal measures and the conclusion to this wild tale is a classic!



Tale number four is a tale of hit and run, A rich kid wakes up his parents to tell them he has been involved in a hit and run involving a pregnant lady, They turn on the news to see that it is all over every news channel and the lady and her child have died on the way to the hospital, The police are frantically trying to identify the registration number and owner of the car, In the mean time the rich parents call over a lawyer and try to figure out how to get their son  of the hook, A plot is hatched and offered to the gardener to say that he was drunk and in the car, the lawyer will defend him and they offer him $500,00 to take he wrap, The lawyer is one of the best around and the gardener will get the money and only spend a few months in prison, All sorted, but no it's not! Again I will say no more but a you can probably imagine it's no way near as clear cut as it sounds.



Tale number 5 is one about dynamite, An explosive engineer after successfully demolishing a building is on his way to see his daughter on her birthday and stops off to pick up a cake, He mentions to the lady how expensive it is then leaves, His car has been towed away so he gets a cab and goes to the place that has towed it away, In no uncertain terms he is told to pay up or he will be charged parking fees, He says to the clerk that there were no pavement markings and what they are doing is criminal, this falls on deaf ears and pisses him off, Its very similar in tone to Falling Down, One thing after another winds him up and eventually he snaps and tries to smash a fire extinguisher through one of the clerks windows, The result of this is that he loses his job and possible access to his daughter, It's a greatly told tale they you can greatly relate to on a level of getting pissed of daily by things that are unnecessary and totally out of your control.



On to tale number six the final tale, A tale of a wedding reception, All is happy at the begging with a huge disco and the bride and groom dancing and drinking wildly, The groom then proceeds to walk round thanking everyone for coming but paying particular attention to a long legged darked haired lady sitting on a table with his work colleagues, The bride spots his over friendlessness and takes out her phone where she has a number she has taken off his phone, She always had an inkling that the number was a little bit suspicious from a  few months before, She calls the number twice and on both occasions the girl on the table answers, Cue the madness! It descends into total chaos and the wife makes a brilliant spectacle of herself, Very cleverly done and cringe worthy in places, you really don't know how the hell it is going to pan out, the performances and direction in this are brilliant with some fantastic camera angles.



So in summing up although for me personally the last two tales were the weakest but I've read that to some people they are the best , But one thing for sure is the fact that in every wild tale there is something that hit's you out of the blue, brilliant performances and as I said the direction in all of hem is superb, Humour at it's darkest a definite must see, I know it's only March but for me this is the best film of the year so far, quite simply go see it!
8/ 10
Jonny T.

Wild tales in now showing at Broadway cinema nottingham and Nationwide.


Saturday, 28 March 2015

HOSTAGES - Reviewed, out now on DVD


Synopsis: The night before a high profile operation on the Prime Minister, the surgeon due to perform the procedure, Yael, is surprised at her family home by four masked men. The gang quickly take control of Yael and her family and order her to kill the Prime Minister on the operating table in the morning, or else they will kill her family, who are now their helpless hostages.
Yael does her best to manage the situation, and buy her precious family some time, by injecting the Prime Minister with medication to disrupt his nervous system – giving her medical grounds to delay the operation. Under constant pressure from her captors to perform the fatal surgery, Yael lives daily with the very real and growing threat to her family. An atmosphere of increasing mistrust and paranoia develops between the hostages and the Kidnappers whilst Yael balances the preservation of her family against the life of the Prime Minister in this gripping and twisting ten-part part drama.




Hostages the Israeli TV show recently aired on BBC4 had just been released by ARROW NOIR and what a great show it is! Following in the footsteps of many releases from Arrow Noir such as The Bridge and The Killing, Arrow have expanded the range to include this Israeli TV show.
The 1st of 10 episodes opens up with 4 hostages tied to chairs and gagged whilst being watch by masked hostage takers heavily armed, we then flick back to 12 hours earlier and get to see the events that lead up to where it all started and the reasoning behind the hostage takers, At 1st it may appear that it all is to do with the mother Dr Yael Danon (Ayelet Zurer) as the synopsis above says that she is about to perform surgery on the prime minister and finds out her family has been kidnapped and is ordered to kill the prime minister.

It all really starts to kick in once she finds out and she is a great strong character who is equally as cunning if not more so that the hostage takers, along the course of episodes the hostages develop signs of Stockholm Syndrome where in bond is formed between them, but does this weaken the hostages or the hostage takers?


Well you'll just have to watch it to see! I found that with 10 episodes it was just the right length, all the performances are solid especially from Ayelet Zurer and as with all classic TV series its one of those let me just watch one more, so be warned you could be in for a few late nights!
With over the past few years with a surge of TV shows becoming huge such as 24, Breaking Bad, Game of thrones and indeed worldwide classics as The Killing and The Bridge, Hostages is easily up there for me, It has a ton of twists and turns that you you won't see coming, Brilliant cinematography and refreshing and twisted at the same time,
A must see,
8/10
Jonny T


Monday, 23 March 2015

Discopath - Gets a May 4th Release date!





Hello Folks,
Jonny here with some great news that the rather excellent Discopath is finally getting a DVD release! I saw Discopath a while back a Mayhem festival and it's one of those films that I loved and always wondered where the hell did it go? But I am happy to bring you the news that it's getting a DVD release on May 4th. Picked up for distribution by Metrodome  it's one you definitely need to see, Retro, Hillarious and gory, Believe me you won't be disappointed! Watch this space for a full review coming soon,
Jonny T

METRODOME DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCES 4th MAY HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE DATE FOR





“A brilliantly executed retro styled horror slasher”
HORROR MOVIES UNCUT / 4 STARS



A FILM BY RENAUD GAUTHIER



STARRING JEREMIE EARP-LAVERGNE, SANDRINE BISSON, IVAN FREUD & FRANCOIS AUBIN



The mid-70's: a timid young New Yorker leads an uneventful life until he is fatefully exposed to the pulsating rhythms of a brand-new genre of music: disco. Unable to control his murderous impulses that stem from a traumatic childhood experience, Duane Lewis transforms into a dangerous serial killer exiled to Montreal.


Release date 4th May 2015

Certificate 18 & Running time 78 Minutes

DVD RRP / £14.99




Sunday, 1 March 2015

IT FOLLOWS - REVIEWED


"For nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind."

A Saturday afternoon down Broadway Cinema after buying Vinyl soundtrack to Dawn Of The Dead and going to see what is described as the usual "Best horror in decades" "Scariest film in years" and a load of other quotes you've read a million times, the film in question was "It Follows".  

It tells the story of Jay, Your'e average high school girl with average high school friends who just hang around with nothing much to do  in a very run down and over all grim Detroit. She hooks up with a local guy called Hugh, One night they drive out to a deserted area and the inevitable happens then after a bit of sexy time he reappears in the car behind her and with a cloth smothered in something stick it over her nose and mouth and she is out cold. She awakes tied to a chair in her underwear in a location that seems like a disused car park, Stood some distance behind her is Hugh who apologises over and over and explains that she is on her way, He tells her what is the basis of the whole story in that there is a curse that you will be followed by a demon or demons and when you have sexy time with someone else this is then passed on and you will be free, or will you?
So from now on in Jay is constantly seeing these demons, The 1st one being a very creepy old lady in high school.
The premise sounds pretty Hollywood basic horror stuff  but It Follows is far from any of the Horror trash that Hollywood is currently churning out, It's 100% more stylish and better made than any of that crap. It is a slow burn and one of those films that keeps you thinking and talking about it long after you have seen it as we did over a few beers afterwards in Nottingham's good old Brew Dog. The soundtrack is also brilliant, Very John Carpenter in style, The cinematography is brilliant and the shocks when they come are very cleverly done, not in your usual jump scare way but in a very clever and creepy way. As I mentioned he soundtrack and the overall sound mix was great and makes it well worth seeing at the cinema whilst and if you can. There were also a lot of undertones running throughout the film such as a lot of the scenes which involved water or the mention of water, still got me thinking! The cast are also excellent and all playing their individual roles superbly, All of them well worth keeping and eye on in the future. I'll say it again but if you get chance to see it at the cinemas make sure you do!
8/10
Jonny T.

 


Saturday, 28 February 2015

Psychological thriller "Hostages" released on DVD & Download






Hello Folks,
Well you may or may not have caught Hostages on BBC4 but great news is that the complete season 1 is being released by ARROW FILMS on DVD and Download on Monday 16th March. I have caught the 1st 2 episodes and i have to tell you it's great, All the details of the release below and watch this space for a review of season one coming very soon,
Enjoy,
Jonny T.



ARROW FILMS ANNOUNCE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER HOSTAGES
RELEASED ON DVD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
MONDAY MARCH 16th

Arrow Films is pleased to announce the Monday 16th March DVD box set release of the complete season one of the nail-biting and gripping, Israeli psychological thriller “Hostages”.

The 10-part series is an intense, modern-day psychological crime thriller set in Jerusalem that is currently getting rave reviews on BBC Four.  A brilliant female surgeon, Dr. Yael Danon (played by Ayelet Zurer), discovers her family have been kidnapped the night before she is due to perform surgery on the Israeli Prime Minister. The hostage-holders have one demand: "Kill the PM on the operating table or her loved ones die."

“Gripping” – The Times

“Hostages is nearer the high octane thrills of Homeland.” – The Guardian Guide

“When they turn up the tension, it doesn’t disappoint.” – Daily Mail

Carrying on the tradition of BBC Four Television’s Saturday evening prime time foreign dramas which includes The Killing, The Bridge and Borgen, the original Israeli series produced by Chaim Sharir and written by Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir was a massive hit in its native Israel



Arrow Films is pleased to announce the Monday 16th March DVD box set release of the complete season one of the nail-biting and gripping, Israeli psychological thriller Hostages.

Filmed on location in modern-day Jerusalem, the series currently airs on BBC Four at 9pm on Saturday evenings – the same coveted prime time slot that played host to The Killing, Borgen, The Bridge, and Prisoners of War.




The 10-part Israeli series is an intense, modern-day psychological crime-thriller that will leave viewers on the edge of their seat.  A brilliant female surgeon, Dr. Yael Danon (played by Ayelet Zurer), discovers her family have been kidnapped the night before she is due to perform surgery on the Israeli Prime Minister. The hostage-holders have one demand: "Kill the PM on the operating table or her loved ones die."

The tension lies in the contrast of two universally relatable themes – the choice between a very personal dilemma faced by everyday characters, and a greater moral issue of a wide-scale social and national conspiracy – which ultimately makes for addictive viewing.



Dr. Yael Danon (Ayelet Zurer)

The original Israeli series of Hostages was a massive hit in its native Israel, and follows the US adaptation that was shown on Channel 4 in 2014, starring Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott.
As we follow one woman’s battle to save both her family and the Prime Minister, we are taken on a thrilling and unexpected emotional journey where the key characters fight for survival and nothing is what it seems.





As the series builds to its climax, we gradually discover that each character is much more complex than we originally imagined. As we learn about the better sides of the criminals, we also unravel the dark truths behind what seemed to be the perfect Israeli family.

Slowly but surely special bonds start to form between family members and kidnappers, creating a new fabric of relationships. By the end of the first season the lines of distinction between right and wrong, and good and bad, have been completely blurred.


When events reach a surprising climax for the season finale, the characters and the viewers will finally realise that everything that has happened has all just been the tip of the iceberg.

The original Israeli series was produced by Chaim Sharir and written by Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir. It is distributed internationally by Armoza Formats.



Release Date-Monday 16th March 2015
Number of Discs-3
Language -Hebrew (w/English subtitles)
Format-DVD and Digital Download
Number of Episodes-10
Running Time -375 Minutes




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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Honeymoon - Reviewed





A recently married young couple decide to do it all themselves and leave for a quiet honeymoon to a remote cabin in the woods where the young lady used to holiday many years ago. All seems fine upon arrival where they get to the cabin and it is planned so that it is a time period where its before the main holiday season so nobody is around.
They decide to take a walk and come upon a local restaurant where a local guy is smashing things up and screams at them that they are closed.He then recognises the newly wed lady from years ago and his tone changes to very pleasant. We then see his wife who is acting sheepish and quite weird.
They decide to head back and settle down for the night.Whilst sleeping a weird light seems to enter the cabin shining on the girl. The next night the husband wakes up to find his wife not in bed.He searches the cabin but she is no where to be seen.He walks through the woods only to find his wife standing naked in silence covered in all kinds of strange marks.....
My thoughts on Honeymoon are basically it was OK for a Sunday afternoon film but nothing that special . The acting and direction are pretty solid and there are some good gross scenes but ultimately it left me feeling a bit flat.One of those films where you're not sure what's happening throughout and when you find out (kind of) it's not that great.You know that annoying feeling where you look at the running time and think "it's going end in a minute" Frustrating feeling.Not bad but not great.
6/10
Jonny T.




Sunday, 8 February 2015

Dogwoof presents Manakamana - Reviewed




Now you know when someone says "Ive never seen anything quite like it" well after watching Manakaman that's exactly what I thought.
It tells or rather shows the story of Pilgrims taking a cable car journey to the sacred Hindu temple of Manakamana, I really didn't know what to expect when I stuck it on and the 1st ten minutes is just a shot of an old man and young boy taking the pilgrimage from the view that you are sat opposite them. The old man has a very stern weathered looking old face and the  only reaction you get from the young boy is when the cable car goes over the various pylons shaking the car and terrifying the young boy.
The car then goes into darkness and then our next passengers get on and that is basically it all the way through! The first bit of dialogue comes some 25 minutes in with three old ladies telling each other some funny stories, These passengers as with all we see are oblivious to the fact that you are sat opposite them. We get a 3 young metal heads who also have a kitten and it really is fascinating to watch and something very different. The bonus features on the disc give you more in-depth insight into the pilgrimage and all the facts behind it.
A truly mesmerising watch and if at first you think what is going on please stick with it as it is a really well made documentary that gives you a real good feel factor with the final journey.
Great Stuff.
8/10,
Jonny T.

MANAKAMANA IS OUT FEB 9TH FROM DOGWOOF