• Sanatorium

    Sanatorium

    ★★½

    A film released in the wake of Grave Encounters (and a large string of similar ones). Sanatorium is a found footage horror pretending to be a TV horror show. It's one of the easiest setups imaginable and director Sersen didn't bother to add anything to the familiar formula. This is 200% genre film making.

    A TV crew is on their way to a remote sanatorium, where they're going to shoot their 100th episode. After a short recon, the caretaker lets…

  • Flatliners

    Flatliners

    ★★½

    A mediocre and somewhat disappointing remake. I'm quite fond of Schumacher's original, a film with lots of visual flair and a couple of memorable scenes. Director Oplev does his best to recreate that mysterious atmosphere, but falls shorts and gets stuck in the cheesier bits of the story.

    A talented medicine student is obsessed by the afterlife. So much in fact that she drums up some of her fellow students and plans an illegal experiment. She induces death on herself…

  • Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen

    Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen

    ★½

    Part documentary, part reflection, part experimental feature. That sounds a lot more interesting that the resulting film turned out to be. Director Trinh T. Minh-ha spent three years following a small tribe in rural Senegal collecting the footage, back home she turned it into the film we can see today.

    The footage Minh-ha brought home is pretty basic, especially considering she had such a long time there. If you've seen docs about African communities before, there's little here to pique…

  • Thelma & Louise

    Thelma & Louise

    ★★

    One of the few remaining Scott films I'd still had to see. Or revisit, as I'd already watched this one as a kid. The ending is by far the most memorable part of Thelma & Louise, not in the least because it's been referenced so often since the film was released. It's probably also the single reason why it's considered a classic, as the rest isn't all that special.

    Louise is in a loose relationship, Thelma is stuck in an unhappy…

  • The Deadly Duo

    The Deadly Duo

    ★★½

    Run-of-the-mill Cheh Chang. One of his earlier works that mixes memorable scenes with unremarkable filler. No doubt the biggest Shaw Brow/Cheh Chang fans will find exactly what they're looking for in this film, but after seeing so many Shaw Bros films already it was tough to get really excited by it.

    After some back and forth at the start of the film, a group of heroes tries to infiltrate an impregnable fortress. They have a map that shows them a…

  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    ★½

    A film I've actively avoided for a long time, for the many comparisons with Hadzihalilovic's Innocence. I'm quite fond of that one, but expecting something similar from a film made 30 years earlier would've been quite unfair. Can't avoid the film forever though, so I figured it was time to give one of Weir's most iconic films a shot.

    The story revolves around the mysterious disappearance of three girls after they went to explore Hanging Rock. The film itself isn't…

  • Bento Harassment

    Bento Harassment

    ★★★½

    Cute little coming of age comedy that stages an underhanded battle between a single mom and her teenage daughter. After directing some less than notable horror films at the beginning of his career, Renpei Tsukamoto has rebranded himself a comedy director, and he's done a pretty decent job.

    After her husband died, Kaori tried her best raising her daughters by herself. When her youngest finally hits puberty, Kaori struggles to get a grip. Failing to come up with a better…

  • The Mortuary Collection

    The Mortuary Collection

    ★★★½

    After spending 10 years directing shorts, it's no real surprise that Ryan Spindell's first feature film is a horror anthology. He ended up writing and directing everything himself, so it's a bit more coherent and consistent than most other anthologies, but quality between the different stories invariably varies.

    The warp-around is about a mortuary where the keeper has a special interest in stories. When a young girl arrives hoping to land a job, she seems more interested in hearing the…

  • Cargo

    Cargo

    ★★★½

    As someone who appreciates a fine sci-fi in space, I'm not quite sure how Cargo was able to creep by me. It's such an obvious fit that a single screenshot or glimpse at the poster should've been enough. But here we are, at least I'm glad I was able to catch up with it now, as it really is a fun and well-made film.

    The plot certainly isn't the most original. A space mission turns out to be very different…

  • Ninotchka

    Ninotchka

    A classic romcom where the romance is quite dry and lifeless, whilst the comedy is mostly just a lightness in tone rather than actual jokes and laughs. The start of the film isn't that bad, with a cross Garbo and a rather daft Douglas trying to win her heart, what follows is a lot less interesting.

    The film is set in Paris but doesn't feel the least bit French. I guess that's what you get when you don't cast according…

  • Megazone 23 III

    Megazone 23 III

    ★★★

    The third part in the original Megazone series is a bit different from the other two. It's a two part OAV that is set several centuries after the events of the first two films. It shares the same universe, but that's about it. People hoping to revisit the same cast of characters will be sorely disappointed.

    The lead character is Eiji Takanaka, a young but talented hacker who is scouted by a group of rebels to act against a mysterious…

  • Girl with the Diamond Slipper

    Girl with the Diamond Slipper

    ★★½

    Early Jing Wong comedy that isn't so much a film, as a demo reel/exercise in genre directing. The Hong Kong movie industry always put more value on work ethic and experience than creativity, and that meant you had were supposed to get better though practice. And practice is what Jing Wong did here.

    The story is a pretty simple Cinderella rip-off. Maggie Cheung plays a young actress who loses her shoe at a dance. There's an added twist, as the…