The Temp (1993) – Dir: Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Stephen King’s The Langoliers)

Kris Bolin (Lara Flynn Boyle) is an office temp. Peter Derns (Timothy Hutton) is her boss. We are treated to Boyle in her sexiest role, yet. This is a fairly old movie now, so if you appreciate the younger, killer brunette, ex-model look for 90’s Lara Flynn Boyle then you may enjoy it that muchContinue reading “The Temp (1993) – Dir: Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Stephen King’s The Langoliers)”

A History of Violence (2005) – Dir: David Cronenberg (Naked Lunch, Eastern Promises)

This is one of the most effective films I’ve seen. A small town, a simple world – a simple story for it, a study of violence – performances that hit you like blunt instruments. The heat is first, a lazy Summer day. The temperature is palpable. The violence doesn’t wait. These characters are brutal andContinue reading “A History of Violence (2005) – Dir: David Cronenberg (Naked Lunch, Eastern Promises)”

5150 Elm’s Way (France: 2009) – Dir: Eric Tessier (The Pee-Wee 3D: The Winter That Changed My Life)

A young filmmaking student moves into a new flat in a suburban French neighbourhood. He rides his bike around town. And tapes his new location. A fat black cat crosses his path and with a squeal of brakes he avoids the cat, but crashes his bike – breaking the bike chain and his phone inContinue reading “5150 Elm’s Way (France: 2009) – Dir: Eric Tessier (The Pee-Wee 3D: The Winter That Changed My Life)”

Brainscan (1994) – Dir: John Flynn (Best Seller)

This movie is beautiful trash – but it’s some of the best that you’ll find. The script is actually pretty good. The framing and visual style lack innovation, but it really sucks you in. It’s not senseless violence – there is a melody, a subtext of brutal reality checks. There are scary horror movies. ThereContinue reading “Brainscan (1994) – Dir: John Flynn (Best Seller)”

Shrooms (2007) – Dir: Paddy Breathnach (Freakdog aka Red Mist)

A group of American friends holiday in Ireland to trip on (magic) mushrooms, in this interesting Euro-style horror film. The girl, Tara (Lindsey Haun), cute but frail, looks a little like Kristen Bell. Tara leads the charge, she’s keen to hook up with Irish tripper guru, Jake (Jack Huston). The sturdy band of travellers findContinue reading “Shrooms (2007) – Dir: Paddy Breathnach (Freakdog aka Red Mist)”

The Hills Have Eyes (remake: 2006) – Dir: Alexandre Aja (Mirrors, High Tension)

I mainly love this film because I find it fricking scary. The creepy hillbilly mutants that hide in the caves, give me the chills. Alexandre Aja is stylish and effective with this gory and shocking remake of a Wes Craven horror film. Appreciate this, gentle reader. I scared myself shitless by rewatching this movie, andContinue reading “The Hills Have Eyes (remake: 2006) – Dir: Alexandre Aja (Mirrors, High Tension)”

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