Evan Popplestone

Evan Popplestone

Cult, sci-fi, horror, thriller, noir, grindhouse, arthouse and world cinema.

Favorite films

  • Blade Runner
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Love Exposure
  • This Is Spinal Tap

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  • Bronson

    ★★★★★

  • Shooting Fish

    ★★½

  • A Bullet for the General

    ★★★★

  • Kill and Pray

    ★★★½

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  • Bronson

    Bronson

    ★★★★★

    "You need a fighting name, like a movie star."
    "Charlton Heston."
    "Look, love. No one gives a toss about Charlton Heston. The man's a cunt. You're more of the Charles Bronson type."

    Tom Hardy gives a tour-de-force performance as Michael Peterson aka. Charles Bronson, bare-knuckle fighter and Britain's most violent criminal. However, writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn deserves just as much credit for turning this film into an exhilarating, hyper-distilled and frankly far better version of Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange.…

  • Shooting Fish

    Shooting Fish

    ★★½

    This British film mixes comedy, thrills and romance. It features Dan Futterman and Stuart Townsend as a pair of con artists who manage to rope a beautiful woman (played by Kate Beckinsale) into working with them. Predictably, both of them fall in love with her.

    Shooting Fish is a pleasant, mildly diverting affair, albeit rather daft and lightweight. It also tries very hard to appear "hip", or at least what was at that time considered "hip". Cue lots of pastel-coloured…

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  • A Bullet for the General

    A Bullet for the General

    ★★★★

    This classic Spaghetti Western is set during the Mexican Revolution and focusses on the (possibly homosexual) relationship between a Mexican bandit leader (played by Gian Maria Volontè) and an enigmatic Gringo mercenary (played by Lou Castel). Klaus Kinski also pops up as Volontè's onscreen brother: a deranged man of the cloth.

    As with the same year's Requiescant (also starring Castel), A Bullet for the General implies that the Mexican people were basically crushed into an interminable cycle of poverty by…

  • Kill and Pray

    Kill and Pray

    ★★★½

    This Spaghetti Western is interesting and unusual for being both pro-Mexican and pro-Marxist. At least three of the personalities associated with the production were well known for their Communist leanings: director Carlo Lizzani and actors Lou Castel and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

    The messaging is a bit heavy-handed at times (the scummy robber baron villain, played by Mark Damon, is even dressed to look like Count Dracula!) and the pacing drags on occasion. Nonetheless, Lizzani stages some memorable setpieces, including a shockingly brutal opening massacre (revisited with some red-tinged flashbacks), and a barroom showdown that maximises tension through effective use of sound and editing.