“Welcome to the jungle.”
A group of student activists travel to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Like Knock Knock, ‘horror maestro’ Eli Roth is back with another homage – this time to Ruggero Deodato’s infamous cult classic ‘Cannibal Holocaust’. You know? The movie that appeared so real that the Italian government dragged the director into court to prove that the brutal murders weren’t legit. AKA: the one with all the animal killing. While the general gist of the story remains intact, now with added activists and mobile phones, there’s really nothing here that we haven’t …
“Something something Space Invaders.”
Based on a 2010 short film by Patrick Dean, Pixels tells the story of an alien race who intercepts video of an arcade game challenge back in the 1980’s and considers it a declaration of war. And as is the case with any alien invasion, a group of unlikely heroes lead by Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) must use their skills to save the world from annihilation, in the form of classic arcade games.
Despite the fact that it has become an international pastime to hate on Adam Sandler, Pixels is nowhere as dire as some reviewers would have you believe. While the execution is …
“Don’t answer that door. Please.”
When a devoted husband and father (Keanu Reeves) is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse.
The audience could be forgiven for struggling to find a lot of redeeming qualities in Eli Roth’s homage to the 70’s home invasion flick ‘Death Game’. Unless we missed some earth-shattering epiphany amidst the white noise and teenage angst, Knock Knock felt more like 99 minutes of feminist-sponsored, male demonization than anything that could be classed as entertainment. You know? The message that all …
“What is this? A movie for ants?”
Like nearly every cinema-goer on the planet, we’re pretty much on the verge of superhero fatigue… and this is even before DC has had a chance to wind-up. Sure, we don’t want to sound ungrateful or anything – Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy were great – but let’s be honest, it’s getting harder to become excited about each new release. And going by our rough ‘back of a napkin’ calculation, colloquially known as ‘reading Wikipedia’, Ant-Man is the thirteenth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? That’s a lot of movies. And once you’ve burnt through staples like Iron Man, Thor and Cap, where do …
“Big budget Ozploitation for the masses.”
Chances are that you’ve probably never ever heard of ‘Ozploitation’… and quite frankly we’d be surprised if you had. While it’s a term that has only gained momentum in the last few years, ‘Ozploitation’ (Australian exploitation) was typically any low-budget horror, comedy and action film made in Australia after the introduction of the R rating in the early seventies. You know, back when we as a nation told awesome yarns chock-full of naked shielas and break-neck action… rather than feel good stories about token minorities trying to survive in the cold, uncaring years of the Howard government. Cinematic classics like “Wake In Fright’, ‘The …
“As indecipherable as the Scottish accent.”
There are numerous avenues in which a movie can find an audience. Instant classics will enviably stand tall through stellar acting, writing and directing – think Goodfellas. Others will rise through the ranks with the help of word of mouth and Internet buzz – like our new guilty pleasure, John Wick. And then there are movies that get the attention of the world through less admirable means – The Interview. Yeah, if anyone actually believed that North Korea had anything to do with that hack then they have rocks in their heads! But rants aside, a movie that …
“Hit me with your best shot.”
Before Arnie burst onto the scene in the early 80’s with his pulsing biceps and tenuous grasp of the English language, there was a quiet, soft-spoken man that was all about walking the walk, as well as talking the talk. He was the type of cat who counted the bullets fired from his signature .44 Magnum and then had the courtesy to quiz the bad guys on it. A Hollywood icon that ruled the silver screen for close to four decades. An actor who encompassed the spectrum of American heroes: square-jawed cowboys, square-jawed soldiers, all the way through to square-jawed police detectives. Yep, …
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