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Anton van Beek  |  Mar 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Three resourceful young crooks – Alex (Dylan Minnette), Rocky (Jane Levy) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) – get more than they bargained for when they target the home of a blind war veteran (Stephen Lang), who is rumoured to have hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed away. When the trio break in, they soon discover that money isn't all he has hidden in the house, and that blindness isn't such a disability for this former soldier.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 04, 2011  |  0 comments

Don’t Look Now has often been called one of the best films in the history of British cinema – and with good reason. Adapted from a short story by Daphne du Maurier, director Nic Roeg’s film is more than a mere horror film – although it’s certainly not short on scares – rather it’s a remarkable psychological study of grief centred on a married couple (played by Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) who lose their daughter in a freak accident. And while the story that unfolds is itself gripping, it’s visual elements and symbols that Roeg brings into play that allows the film to transcend the limitations of genre and become something truly special.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 25, 2017  |  0 comments

Not since The Rocky Horror Picture Show can we remember coming across a film as polarising as writer-director Richard Kelly's 2001 debut. A fever dream comprised of teen drama, time paradoxes, superheroes, '80s nostalgia, predestination and a man-sized rabbit, Donnie Darko offers no critical middle-ground; you either embrace its dreamlike structure and apocalyptic philosophising or you don't. In which case you'll and end up observing it all in a state of utter bemusement.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 14, 2013  |  0 comments

These two mid-'60s Doctor Who flicks scrub up very well indeed in high-definition. Meticulously restored from 35mm interpositives, the AVC 2.40:1 1080p encodes are awash with vibrant colours and heavy grain that showcase their Techniscope origins. The LPCM 2.0 mono soundtracks have had similar work done on them, resulting in crisp and clear presentations that are extremely sympathetic to the source material.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 17, 2013  |  0 comments

Having cleaned up at the box office with 1957's The Curse of Frankenstein, it's hardly surprising that the following year found horror studio Hammer doing it all over again with Dracula. And while Bram Stoker's tale offered a similarly gory full-colour tale of terror, it added a new and even more scandalous element to the mix – sex!

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Universal's ongoing struggle to reinvent its 'Classic Monsters' franchises for modern cinema audiences  hits another snag with this curiously anaemic origin story for the king of the vampires.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 02, 2017  |  0 comments

From the Avengers to Transformers, Jedi Knights to the Knights of the Round Table, it often feels like every other film Hollywood puts out is either part of an established franchise or the first step in trying to create a brand-new one. But if you think this focus on sequels, spin-offs and shared universes is a fairly recent phenomenon, think again.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 01, 2012  |  0 comments

Four English tourists get more than they bargained for when they take a trip to Karlsbad castle – former home to the late Count Dracula. One bloody resurrection later and he’s on the prowl again, draining the blood of innocent women.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 21, 2009  |  0 comments

Quite simply, Raimi's return to the genre that spawned his career is a much needed breath-of-fresh-air for the increasingly self-referential, po-faced and torture-obsessed American horror genre. It's not the most original film - the story about a young woman with only days to live after being cursed treads much of the same ground as MR James' Casting the Runes (and the excellent 1957 adaptation Night of the Demon) - but that really doesn't matter a jot, as writer-director Sam Raimi delivers a fast-paced and playful chiller that's entirely focused on making its audience jump. In other words; exactly the kind of silly ghoulish treat Hollywood seemed to have given up on.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 22, 2012  |  0 comments

Disowned by director Jim Sheridan and stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz after being re-edited by producers, it’s hardly a surprise that Dream House is a nightmarish movie. But who knew it would be such a prime piece of car crash cinema? Thanks to its muddled tone, off-kilter performances and breathtakingly inane mid-film twist you just can’t help but keep watching, no matter how grotesque it all seems. A fascinatingly awful film.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 08, 2013  |  0 comments

Avoiding each and every mistake the 1995 Sylvester Stallone flick made, this $48m take on British comic book icon Judge Dredd is an absolute blast.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 21, 2013  |  0 comments

Brian De Palma's 1980 thriller is the kind of utterly bonkers cinematic confection that only a truly gifted filmmaker could actually get away with. Angie Dickinson stars as a frustrated housewife whose casual afternoon liaison with a stranger ends in murder. What follows is a deranged spiral into sex, death and transgender issues, which mixes together the very best of Hitchcock and '70s Italian slashers to outrageous effect.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 06, 2012  |  0 comments

How do you follow up an existential viking movie? If you’re Valhalla Rising director Nicolas Winding Refn you do it by heading over to Hollywood and making the best Michael Mann movie Michael Mann never made.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 04, 2011  |  0 comments

Drive Angry is a very, very silly film. But it’s one that fully embraces its inherent stupidity and is probably the closest we’ve come to a modern version of grindhouse cinema. Indeed, it’s much more in keeping with actual examples of that specific film ghetto than anything Tarantino or Rodriguez for their 2007 double-feature.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments

Following the box office success of 1978's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, director Yuen Woo-ping and star Jackie Chan immediately set about producing a second film together. And while it followed a very similar formula, Drunken Master (released later the same year) proved to be an even more accomplished blend of action and comedy.