Wednesday, December 29

TRON: Legacy

Director: Joseph Kosinski

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104001/

Review: Maybe a little slow in parts but has an engaging story, spectacular visuals and genuinely excellent sound design.

Go see it if: You can handle a few leaps in scientific logic.

And if you liked: TRON, The Matrix, Blade Runner

Tuesday, December 7

Monsters

Director: Gareth Edwards

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1470827/

Review: Intriguing and hypnotic movie with a strong central relationship.

Go see it if: You're not expecting a big action movie.

And if you liked: Cloverfield, 28 Days Later, District 9, Jurassic Park

Monday, December 6

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist

Director: Paul Schrader

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449086/

Review: Some slightly interesting little bits but mostly flits between very dull and very silly.

Rent it if: You're not put off by the atrocious title.

And if you liked: Exorcist: The Beginning, Event Horizon, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Friday, December 3

Exorcist: The Beginning

Director: Renny Harlin

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0204313/

Review: Unbelievably boring with laughably bad CG effects, rubbish dialogue and weird ass accents.

Rent it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Silent Hill, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Ring (2002)

Thursday, December 2

The Exorcist III

Director: William Peter Blatty

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099528/

Review: Very haunting and atmospheric with a little bit of a silly ending but a strong plot.

Rent it if: You don't jump too easily.

And if you liked: Brazil, Dexter, Se7en

Check this out: Legion

Wednesday, December 1

Exorcist II: The Heretic

Director: John Boorman

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076009/

Review: Too long, boring and nonsensical.

Rent it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Ring 2, Omen IV: The Awakening

Sunday, November 28

Jennifer's Body

Director: Karyn Kusama

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1131734/

Review: Has a few laughs and is an easy watch but mostly feels like a weak first draft.

Rent it if: There's nothing better? I guess?

And if you liked: Carrie, Mean Girls, Juno

Friday, November 19

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Director: David Yates

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926084/

Review: Good energetic action, great spooky atmosphere and quite funny too.

Go see it if: You've at least seen the previous films. The book helps, but it's not as essential as the last few.

And if you liked: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Pan's Labyrinth, Brazil, The Lord of the Rings

Tuesday, November 16

I Love You, Man

Director: John Hamburg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1155056/

Review: Following a standard formula but there's still plenty of fun stuff to enjoy.

Rent it if: You enjoy Paul Rudd's charming face.

And if you liked: Knocked Up, Step Brothers, The Hangover

Monday, November 15

The Arbor

Director: Clio Barnard

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623008/

Review: Loses its way a bit at the end but is still very atmospheric moody and powerful.

Go see it if: You're not depressed. It's pretty rough.

And if you liked: Waltz With Bashir, Dead Man's Shoes

Wednesday, November 10

Paranormal Activity 2

Director: Tod Williams

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1536044/

Review: Boring, unscary and predictable.

Go see it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Paranormal Activity, Last Days

Tuesday, November 9

Easy A

Director: Will Gluck

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1282140/

Review: Strong and witty with a good message and a lot of appeal.

Go see it if: You're not sensitive to the down-putting of fundamentalist Christianity.

And if you liked: Mean Girls, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, 10 Things I Hate About You

Sunday, November 7

Let Me In

Director: Matt Reeves

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1228987/

Review: Generally well made and recreates the atmosphere of the original but ultimately brings nothing new and badly overdoes a few scenes.

Go see it if: You so horrified at the idea of reading subtitles that you can't bring yourself to watch the original.

And if you liked: 30 Days of Night, Let the Right One In, Elephant

Check this out: Let the Right One In (Book), Let the Right One In (Film)

Saturday, November 6

The Kids Are All Right

Director: Lisa Cholodenko

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0842926/

Review: Drags a little at the end and lacking in some closure but is otherwise a very well performed and engaging movie.

Go see it if: You're not put off by... sex? I guess?

And if you liked: Modern Family, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Away We Go, It's Complicated (except good)

Friday, November 5

Jackass 3D

Director: Jeff Tremaine

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1116184/

Review: Fairly hit and miss but when it hits it's definitely some good fun.

Go see it if: You can handle a lot of on screen vomiting... a lot.

And if you liked: Jackass, Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, Pink Flamingos

Jackass Number Two

Director: Jeff Tremaine

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493430/

Review: A bit long and has a few genuinely sickening moments but does deliver some good chuckles.

Rent it if: You find Jackass funny. It's that simple.

And if you liked: Jackass, Jackass: The Movie, Pink Flamingos

Sunday, October 31

Saw 3D

Director: Kevin Greutert

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1477076/

Review: Unscary bilge with laughably bad dialogue, weak plot and nonsensical character twists.

Go see it if: You're stupid like me

And if you liked: The other Saw films

Saturday, October 30

Near Dark

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093605/

Review: Haunting score with a good lead performance and a hypnotic atmosphere.

Rent it if: You like... vampires?

And if you liked: From Dusk Til Dawn, The Lost Boys, Blade Runner

Wednesday, October 27

Heartless

Director: Philip Ridley

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220214/

Review: Hypnotic, vicious and with a bizarre tension that tiptoes on the comic to brilliant effect.

Rent it if: Pfft, I don't know. Just see it.

And if you liked: Dead Man's Shoes, Donnie Darko, Sexy Beast, Angel Heart

Thursday, October 21

Day of the Dead (2008)

Director: Steve Miner

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489018/

Review: Complete and utter stupid shit with no sense of style and nothing worth watching for.

Rent it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th (2009), The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead (2001), Resident Evil

Check this out: Day of the Dead

Wednesday, October 20

Survival of the Dead

Director: George A. Romero

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1134854/

Review: Rubbishy characters with massive leaps in logic, unconvincing special effects and far too many gag deaths.

Rent it if: You can handle some gore and some slightly dodgy Irish accents.

And if you liked: Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead

The House of the Devil

Director: Ti West

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172994/

Review: Really good long slow burner that draws you right in and pushes the tension to breaking point.

Rent it if: You can handle some gore.

And if you liked: Halloween, The Exorcist, The Last Exorcism, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Lost Highway

Tuesday, October 19

Child's Play

Director: Tom Holland

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094862/

Review: Starts off quite good but starts to lose steam once the characters figure out what's going on and eventually becomes dull.

Rent it if: You're into this kind of stuff?

And if you liked: Tales from the Crypt, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street

Monday, October 18

The Final Destination

Director: David R. Ellis

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1144884/

Review: Rubbish dialogue being badly acted with awful special effects.

Rent it if: You're a completist who's seen the other 3 movies.

And if you liked: Silent Hill, Final Destination 3

Halloween II (2009)

Director: Rob Zombie

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1311067/

Review: Way too long, completely esoteric and utterly moronic.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: The Wicker Man (2006), Hostel, Halloween (2007), Friday the 13th (2009), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Sunday, October 17

Halloween: Resurrection

Director: Rick Rosenthal

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220506/

Review: Reasonably decent concept that's let down by bad comedy and stupid ideas.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Scream, Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Director: Joe Chappelle

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113253/

Review: Fairly formulaic horror that has an annoying backstory which breaks down a lot of what was good about the previous films.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: Halloween 5, Halloween H20

Saturday, October 16

Halloween 5

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097474/

Review: Far scarier and more watchable than some of the previous chapters and with a genuinely great lead performance.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: The Ring (2002), Halloween

Friday, October 15

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Director: Dwight H. Little

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095271/

Review: More fairly standard story movement that jumps between very serious to very silly.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: Halloween II, Halloween H20, Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Thursday, October 14

Halloween II

Director: Rick Rosenthal

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082495/

Review: Decent enough follow up to the first film that brings the story forward.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Halloween films like I am.

And if you liked: Halloween, Scream, Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th (2009)

Director: Marcus Nispel

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758746/

Review: Boring, stupid, so dark you can barely see anything that's happening and completely lacking in any of the fun present in the original series.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Cabin Fever, Wrong Turn, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Check this out: Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th Part III

Wednesday, October 13

The Social Network

Director: David Fincher

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/

Review: Superbly woven, expertly paced and surprisingly funny.

Go see it if: You use Facebook... or if you don't. Whatever.

And if you liked: Wall Street, Rashomon, Hard Eight

Check this out: The Accidental Billionaires

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

Director: Adam Marcus

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107254/

Review: Good special effects but is otherwise completely dumb with an awful premise and laughably bad music.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Wishmaster, Jason X, Shivers, The Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Director: Rob Hedden

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097388/

Review: Standard rubbishy slasher that's pretty much just going through the motions with a confusing ending.

Go see it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters II

Tuesday, October 12

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Director: John Carl Buechler

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095179/

Review: Too long but quite well made and a fun watch.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Jason X, Scanners, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Carrie

Monday, October 11

Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI

Director: Tom McLoughlin

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091080/

Review: Good first half but eventually descends into standard tedium.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: The Evil Dead, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Halloween III: Season of the Witch

The Omen (2006)

Director: John Moore

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466909/

Review: Not rubbish but pretty unnecessary and overly stylish.

Rent it if: You're curious?

And if you liked: The Ring (2002), Final Destination, The Omen, V for Vendetta

Check this out: The Omen

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Director: Danny Steinmann

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089173/

Review: Fairly straight forward and predictable slasher formula that doesn't fail hugely but doesn't really succeed hugely either.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Sunday, October 10

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Director: Joseph Zito

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087298/

Review: Strange and very derivative but still lots of fun.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th Part III, Halloween, Scream, The Evil Dead, Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Saturday, October 9

Friday the 13th Part III

Director: Steve Miner

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083972/

Review: By the numbers slasher with pretty bad special effects that's fun enough to watch but is instantly forgettable.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th, Halloween, Scream, Dawn of the Dead

Friday, October 8

Friday the 13th Part 2

Director: Steve Miner

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082418/

Review: Pretty standard slasher that's essentially a lesser quality rehash of the first film but is still an enjoyable watch.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Friday the 13th films like I am.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th, Halloween, Scream, The Evil Dead, Blood Simple

Thursday, October 7

The Town

Director: Ben Affleck

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0840361/

Review: Good first half but soon wears out its welcome and becomes very tedious to watch.

Go see it if: You can handle one or two terrible accents.

And if you liked: The Dark Knight, Gone Baby Gone, Harsh Times

Check this out: Prince of Thieves

Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Director: Wes Craven

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111686/

Review: A bit long and ropey but with a great premise and atmosphere.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Adaptation, The Neverending Story

Wednesday, October 6

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Director: Oliver Stone

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1027718/

Review: Decent enough and suprisingly easy to follow if a little let down by some weak moments and the last 5 minutes or so.

Go see it if: You've been to the bathroom. Long movie.

And if you liked: Wall Street, Network, Trading Places

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Director: Rachel Talalay

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101917/

Review: Silly, stupid and feels like it was made up as they went along.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, Final Destination, Braindead

Tuesday, October 5

A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

Director: Stephen Hopkins

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097981

Review: Really dumb and forgettable with very little going for it.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, Army of Darkness.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

Director: Renny Harlin

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095742/

Review: Cheap, cheesy, boring and unfocused.

Rent it if: You're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, It

Monday, October 4

Buried

Director: Rodrigo Cortés

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1462758/

Review: Very very tense and keeps your attention surprisingly well considering the premise.

Go see it if: You're not claustrophobic.

And if you liked: The Blair Witch Project, Right At Your Door, Rec, The Mist

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Director: Chuck Russell

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093629/

Review: A bit patchy and silly at times but is still well put together and has some decent special effects and good atmospheric music.

Rent it if: If you're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: A Nightmare on Elm St, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Inception

Sunday, October 3

The Hole

Director: Joe Dante

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1085779/

Review: Meanders a bit and has a terrible lead performance but still has plenty of good spooky stuff to keep it going.

Go see it if: You want some fun spooks.

And if you liked: Gremlins, Halloween, Ringu.

Sunday, September 26

Enter the Void

Director: Gaspar Noé

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1191111/

Review: Far too long and with nothing particularly interesting to say but is certainly an interesting achievement.

Go see it if: You're not offended easily... or epileptic.

And if you liked: Irreversible, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Saturday, September 18

Devil

Director: John Erick Dowdle

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1314655/

Review: Perfectly servicable and enjoyable movie that holds your attention but is instantly forgettable.

Go see it if: You're ok with a by the numbers genre flick.

And if you liked: Heavy Rain, Final Destination, The Last Exorcism

Tuesday, September 14

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220634/

Review: Starts with an absolutely dire 30 minutes but then picks up into a fairly watchable genre piece albeit one with WAY too much slow motion.

Go see it if: You've seen the first 3 and still somehow remained undeterred.

And if you liked: The Matrix, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Day of the Dead

Metropolis

Director: Fritz Lang

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017136/

Review: Fairly standard plot with hypnotic visuals and genuine innovation.

Go see/Rent it if: You're ok with watching a silent film.

And if you liked: Blade Runner, A.I: Artificial Intelligence, Final Fantasy VII

Saturday, September 4

The Last Exorcism

Director: Daniel Stamm

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1320244/

Review: The first half or so builds nicely but ultimately peters out towards the end.

Go see it if: You've seen everything else out at the moment.

And if you liked: The Exorcist, Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project

Wednesday, August 25

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World





Director: Edgar Wright

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446029/

Review: Funny, perfectly idiosyncratic with lots of great little moments and an excellent soundtrack.

Go see it if: You like video games.

And if you liked: Hot Fuzz, Kick-Ass, The Legend of Zelda.

Check this out: Scott Pilgrim

Saturday, August 21

Piranha 3D

Director: Alexandre Aja

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464154/

Review: Ridiculous, silly and lots of fun.

Go see it if: You're cool with a lot of tits and gore.

And if you liked: Snakes on a Plane, Final Destination 2, Jaws

Check this out: Piranha

Monday, August 16

Star Trek: Nemesis

Director: Stuart Baird

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253754/

Review: Very nice production design and a few good character points but is mostly dull and uninteresting.

Rent it if: You're into Star Trek?

And if you liked: Alien: Resurrection, Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek: Insurrection

Director: Jonathan Frakes

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120844/

Review: Feels like an extended mediocre episode that's 20 minutes too long and has a lot of misplaced and uncomfortable humour.

Rent it if: You're into Star Trek?

And if you liked: The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Brazil

Saturday, August 14

Star Trek: First Contact

Director: Jonathan Frakes

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117731/

Review: Very well balanced, performed and executed.

Rent it if: You're into Star Trek?

And if you liked: Star Trek, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Species

Star Trek: Generations

Director: David Carson

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111280/

Review: Some parts of it are pretty decent and some parts of it are annoying.

Rent it if: You're into Star Trek?

And if you liked: Star Trek, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Tomorrow Never Dies

Friday, August 13

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Director: Nicholas Meyer

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102975/

Review: Meanders a little but has a strong plot and holds together quite well.

Rent it if: You're into Star Trek?

And if you liked: Return of the Jedi, No Country for Old Men

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Director: William Shatner

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098382/

Review: Strange and silly but very watchable.

Rent it if: You're into Star Trek?

And if you liked: Superman II, Twin Peaks, Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Monday, August 9

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Director: Leonard Nimoy

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092007/

Review: A bit long and a bit silly but certainly entertaining and an interesting spin on the genre.

Rent it if: You're into Star Trek?

And if you liked: 2010, Flight of the Navigator, Superman, Return of the Jedi

Check this out: Michael Berryman

Sunday, August 8

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Director: Leonard Nimoy

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088170/

Review: Meanders a bit and lacks focus but still enjoyable to watch for fans.

Rent it if: You're into Star Trek?

And if you liked: Star Wars (shock!), Lord of the Rings, Willow

Friday, August 6

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Director: Nicholas Meyer

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084726/

Review: A little long and awkward at times but has a good plot and plenty of great character development.

Rent it if: You're into Star Trek?

And if you liked: The Empire Strikes Back, 2010, Alien, Event Horizon

Thursday, August 5

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Director: Robert Wise

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079945/

Review: Feels a bit like an extended episode of the series but is pretty enjoyable and is definitely very nice looking.

Rent it if: You're into Star Trek?

And if you liked: Star Trek, 2010, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Tuesday, August 3

The A-Team

Director: Joe Carnahan

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0429493/

Review: Has one or two decent moments but is mostly mediocre at best and very forgettable.

Go see it if: You want to see Sharlto Copley be better than everyone else.

And if you liked: Crank, Die Hard 4.0

Friday, July 23

Splice

Director: Vincenzo Natali

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1017460/

Review: Very unevenly paced but has some good stuff going for it.

Go see it if: You're not particularly squeamish. It's not too bad but there are a few moments.

And if you liked: Alien, Species, eXistenZ, The Fly (1986)

Monday, July 19

Toy Story 3

Director: Lee Unkrich

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435761/

Review: Perfectly charming, witty, clever and beautiful with an absolutely powerful climax.

Go see it if: You're comfortable weeping like a baby in public,

And if you liked: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Up, The Incredibles

Friday, July 16

The Informers

Director: Gregor Jordan

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0865554/

Review: Misses the mark in many ways but definitely contains some beauty.

Rent it if: You've read the book I guess.

And if you liked: Less Than Zero, Requiem for a Dream, The Rules of Attraction

Check this out: The Informers

Inception

Director: Christopher Nolan

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/

Review: Falling ever so slightly behind on some emotion, it still remains a powerful, mesmerising and expertly executed film.

Go see it if: You've been to the toilet first. Seriously, miss the wrong five minutes of this and you'll be lost.

And if you liked: Memento, The Matrix, Total Recall, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Wednesday, July 14

Less Than Zero

Director: Marek Kanievska

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093407/

Review: A bit hoaky and slow at times but has some beautiful imagery and strong atmosphere.

Rent it if: You want to see some early early Robert Downey Jr.

And if you liked: Blade Runner, Mulholland Drive, Requiem for a Dream

Check this out: Less Than Zero

Monday, July 12

Predators

Director: Nimród Antal

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1424381/

Review: Dull at parts but has enough to hold up as an enjoyable movie.

Go see it if: You have a high tolerance for gravelly voices.

And if you liked: Predator, Aliens, Outland, Apocalypse Now, Terminator 2

Friday, July 2

Shrek Forever After

Director: Mike Mitchell

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892791/

Review: Entertaining enough with a few funny moments but nothing really strong enough to justify its production.

Go see it if: You're not sick of Shrek yet.

And if you liked: Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third

Thursday, July 1

Whatever Works

Director: Woody Allen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178663/

Review: Well performed and has a few moments particularly towards the end but is mostly quite tedious and weak.

Go see it if: You automatically find Larry David hilarious.

And if you liked: Manhattan, Annie Hall (it's nowhere near as good as these, but it bears resemblance)

Thursday, June 24

In the Loop

Director: Armando Iannucci

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226774/

Review: Very funny and perfectly woven & paced creating a complex but followable story.

Rent it if: You're not offended by foul language.

And if you liked: The Inbetweeners, Four Lions, Wall Street

Check this out: The Thick of It

Wednesday, June 23

An Education

Director: Lone Scherfig

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1174732/

Review: A gripping, perfectly performed and sublimely shot film that falls slightly short at the end but shouldn't be written off for it.

Rent it if: You want to see Peter Sarsgaard's quite impressive English accent.

And if you liked: Manhattan, Cemetery Junction

Friday, June 18

Infernal Affairs

Director: Wai-keung Lau & Alan Mak

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338564/

Review: Very stylish with a great story and some beautiful shots.

Rent it if: You want to see the origins of The Departed

And if you liked: The Departed, Old Boy, The Dark Knight

Friday, June 4

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

Director: Michael Winterbottom

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0954947/

Review: Interesting tone with very disturbing moments but oddly paced.

Go see it if: You're not sensitive to serious violence.

And if you liked: No Country for Old Men, Blood Simple, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Psycho

Check this out: The Killer Inside Me

Thursday, May 27

Grizzly Man

Director: Werner Herzog

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427312/

Review: Fascinating and worrying story built from genuinely hypnotic footage.

Rent it if: You like the sound of Werner Herzog's voice.

And if you liked: My Best Fiend, Planet Earth, Fitzcarraldo

Friday, May 21

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

Director: Werner Herzog

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1095217/

Review: Delirious and strangely entertaining with an interesting atmosphere.

Go see it if: You're not put off by Nicolas Cage or Xzibit. They're good in it!

And if you liked: Bad Lieutenant, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Gone Baby Gone

Check this out: Bad Lieutenant

Wednesday, May 12

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Director: Samuel Bayer

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1179056/

Review: Messy, muddled, boring and ugly.

Go see it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Saw III, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Tuesday, May 11

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

Director: Jack Sholder

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089686/

Review: Has some good stuff but is a bit muddled and messy yet manages to maintain its tone throughout.

Rent it if: Well, if you're looking into the Nightmare on Elm St. films like I am.

And if you liked: Evil Dead 2, The Fly, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Friday, May 7

Four Lions

Director: Chris Morris

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1341167/

Review: Very funny and dark with a strong streak of character running through it.

Go see it if: You can see the difference between "finding the humour in" and "mocking."

And if you liked: Blackadder, Dr. Strangelove, This is Spinal Tap, The Ladykillers

Friday, April 30

Dracula (1992)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103874/

Review: A stylish and bizarre mix of the very good and the cripplingly bad.

Rent it if: You can handle some absolutely atrocious accents.

And if you liked: Nosferatu, The Crow, The Wolfman (2010)

Thursday, April 29

Iron Man 2

Director: Jon Favreau

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1228705/

Review: Brilliantly fun and overloaded with charm and charisma.

Go see it if: Pfft, I dunno. Just go see it!

And if you liked: Iron Man, Spider-Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Robocop

Wednesday, April 28

Omen IV: The Awakening

Director: Jorge Montesi & Dominique Othenin-Girard

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102585/

Review: Completely silly and unconvincing throughout.

Rent it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: The other Omen films, White Noise 2: The Light

Fuck

Director: Steve Anderson

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486585/

Review: Doesn't contain much new information but it's funny and entertaining nonetheless.

Rent it if: You're not offended easily... obviously.

And if you liked: Religulous, Bowling for Columbine, The Aristocrats

Monday, April 26

Perrier's Bounty

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1003034/

Review: Really nicely shot with an engaging story and some good laughs.

Go see it if: You're ok with violence.

And if you liked: Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Intermission

Sunday, April 25

Cannibal! The Musical

Director: Trey Parker

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115819/

Review: Quite long but pretty entertaining and funny along the way.

Rent it if: You're fans of Parker and Stone.

And if you liked: Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Orgazmo, Friday the 13th

Check this out: Alferd Packer

Gerry

Director: Gus Van Sant

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0302674/

Review: Visually glorious but little else present.

Rent it if: You're very patient.

And if you liked: Elephant, Last Days, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Friday, April 23

Extract

Director: Mike Judge

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1225822/

Review: Light and easy-going but quite funny and very enjoyable.

Go see it if: You want to laugh WITH Gene Simmons for the first time.

And if you liked: Office Space, Knocked Up, The Office

Spider

Director: David Cronenberg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0278731/

Review: Beautiful and haunting in a very dark and dreamy way.

Rent it if: You can handle a film with minimal dialogue.

And if you liked: Dead Man's Shoes, The Machinist, Pink Floyd The Wall, Million Dollar Hotel (but better)

Check this out: Spider

Wednesday, April 21

Society

Director: Brian Yuzna

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098354/

Review: Disturbing, delirious and head-spinning but certainly interesting.

Rent it if: You're not squeamish.

And if you liked: eXistenZ, Bad Taste, Videodrome, The Aristocrats

Human Nature

Director: Michel Gondry

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0219822/

Review: Fairly interesting and enjoyable but kind of uncertain of itself.

Rent it if: You're ok with some nudity.

And if you liked: The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Science of Sleep

Tuesday, April 20

Repo Men

Director: Miguel Sapochnik

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1053424/

Review: The barest bones of an interesting film get lost in a mess of silliness and unconvincing sentiment.

Go see it if: You haven't seen Blade Runner, Old Boy or Children of Men... actually... just watch those!

And if you liked: Minority Report, Blade 2, Equilibrium, I, Robot

Added cult bonus: RZA

Sunday, April 18

How to Train Your Dragon

Director: Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892769/

Review: Starts a little slow but picks up massively to become fun, exciting and breathtaking.

Go see it if: You want a breath of fresh air from Dreamworks' usual rubbish.

And if you liked: Monster House, The Incredibles, The Iron Giant

Check this out: How to Train Your Dragon

Blood Simple

Director: Joel Coen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086979/

Review: Beautifully shot with a great dark and moody atmosphere.

Rent it if: You're not averse to violence.

And if you liked: Silence of the Lambs, No Country for Old Men, Fargo, Shallow Grave

Saturday, April 17

Step Brothers

Director: Adam McKay

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0838283/

Review: Has a few small laughs but is also quite unnerving and delirious.

Rent it if: You're prepared to throw all sense out the window (not in a good way)

And if you liked: Zonad, Knocked Up, Anchorman

Thursday, April 15

Dead Ringers

Director: David Cronenberg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094964/

Review: Haintingly and disturbingly beautiful with an incredible performance from Jeremy Irons.

Rent it if: You haven't got a twin... or if you have. Who knows?

And if you liked: Crash, Moon, Fight Club, Naked Lunch

Check this out: Stewart and Cyril Marcus

Wednesday, April 14

Cemetery Junction

Director: Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1196204/

Review: A trifle awkwardly put together at parts but manages to stay very sweet and strong in the end.

Go see it if: You can ignore the last few films Gervais was in. This is better.

And if you liked: The Office, Stranger than Fiction, Garden State

Tuesday, April 13

Scanners

Director: David Cronenberg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081455/

Review: A touch long and slow paced but has absolutely amazing special effects and an atmosphere that is beyond unique.

Rent it if: You're not squeamish.

And if you liked: Shivers, The Brood, The Evil Dead

Monday, April 12

The Brood

Director: David Cronenberg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078908/

Review: Difficult to follow but delivers on the creepiness and disturbing aspects quite well.

Rent it if: You're not squeamish.

And if you liked: Don't Look Now, The Exorcist, eXistenZ

Intolerable Cruelty

Director: Joel Coen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0138524/

Review: Elicits a few small chuckles but is mostly very flat, dull and boring.

Rent it if: You're a Coen brothers completist.

And if you liked: Pffft, I don't even know

Saturday, April 10

Rabid

Director: David Cronenberg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076590/

Review: A bit long and silly at bits but still remains pretty solid and creepy.

Rent it if: You're not squeamish.

And if you liked: Shivers, Dawn of the Dead, Cronos, The Crazies

The Man Who Wasn't There

Director: Joel Coen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243133/

Review: Haunting and head-scratching with absolutely beautiful photography.

Rent it if: You, like me, have somehow missed it.

And if you liked: Mad Men, Fargo, M, A Serious Man

Friday, April 9

Waltz with Bashir

Director: Ari Folman

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185616/

Review: Hypnotic, powerful and fascinating with beautiful visuals.

Rent it if: You don't think animation is for kids.

And if you liked: Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, Final Fantasy VII, Apocalypse Now

Thursday, April 8

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave

Director: Freddie Francis

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062909/

Review: A bit long and silly but there's definitely some good stuff going on in there.

Rent it if: You're up for some spooky Christopher Lee shenanigans.

And if you liked: Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht, The Omen, Hellraiser

Wednesday, April 7

The Room

Director: Tommy Wiseau

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368226/

Review: Just... impenetrable

Rent it if: You're not turned off by complete lack of anything.

And if you liked: Tim & Eric Awesome Show! Great Job!

Monday, April 5

Batman: The Movie

Director: Leslie H. Martinson

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060153/

Review: Insane and rambling and impossible to describe.

Rent it if: You haven't filled your pun quota for the year.

And if you liked: Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight

Sunday, April 4

My Name is Bruce

Director: Bruce Campbell

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489235/

Review: Dumb, silly and poorly acted but still fun to watch once.

Rent it if: You're a big Bruce Campbell fan. It's disappointing to fans but no one else would have any reason to watch.

And if you liked: J.C.V.D, Bruce Campbell films...

Added cult bonus: hahahahahaha

Saturday, April 3

Very Bad Things

Director: Peter Berg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124198/

Review: A fun ride but seriously dark and fucked up.

Rent it if: You're not easily upset.

And if you liked: Shallow Grave, Dexter, The Hangover

Friday, April 2

The Boys from Brazil

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077269/

Review: A bit long but is still an intriguing unfolding mystery.

Rent it if: You're not put off by some silly German accents.

And if you liked: The Omen

Check this out: The Boys from Brazil

Thursday, April 1

The Orphanage

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464141/

Review: Beautifully shot, very tense, creepy and powerful.

Rent it if: You're ok with subtitles.

And if you liked: Pan's Labyrinth, The Others, Ringu

Wednesday, March 31

It Might Get Loud

Director: Davis Guggenheim

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1229360/

Review: Quite longwinded at parts but is still quite interesting and enjoyable to watch.

Rent it if: You're interested in guitars

And if you liked: Any sort of live music film really

Zonad

Director: John Carney & Kieran Carney

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1105748/

Review: Mildly amusing but very uncertain and messily made.

Go see it if: You're that bored.

And if you liked: The Adventures of Pluto Nash

Check this out: Zonad

Sunday, March 28

Shivers

Director: David Cronenberg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073705/

Review: A little bit awkwardly put together at times but is suitably grimy, nasty and tense.

Rent it if: You can handle some nudity and creepy sex.

And if you liked: The Shining, Bad Taste, Don't Look Now, Day of the Dead

Kick-Ass

Director: Matthew Vaughn

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1250777/

Review: Not as funny as it should be but is still very compelling and satisfying on other levels.

Go see it if: You're ok with some serious violence.

And if you liked: Spider-Man, Watchmen, Superbad, Zombieland

Check this out: Kick-Ass

Wednesday, March 24

Pee Wee's Big Adventure

Director: Tim Burton

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089791/

Review: Utterly ridiculous fun with great music.

Rent it if: You're not put off by it technically being a kids' film.

And if you liked: Weird Science, Big Fish

Monday, March 22

The Lost Weekend

Director: Billy Wilder

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037884/

Review: Gripping look at addiction with a heartbreaking central performance.

Rent it if: You're not depressed.

And if you liked: A Scanner Darkly, Naked Lunch, Eraserhead

Check this out: The Lost Weekend

Saturday, March 20

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Director: Tim Burton

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408236/

Review: Very patchy but fairly enjoyable.

Rent it if: You can handle some blood and singing.

And if you liked: Let the Right One In, The Wolfman 2010, Alice in Wonderland 2010

Check this out: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Added cult bonus: Anthony Head

I Love You Phillip Morris

Director: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045772/

Review: Darkly comic and fascinating story with excellent performances.

Go see it if: You're not put off by the frankly terrible posters.

And if you liked: Catch Me if You Can, Man on the Moon

Check this out: Steven Jay Russell

Thursday, March 18

Lifeforce

Director: Tobe Hooper

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089489/

Review: Well made silly shlock that thinks it's a number of classic films but isn't.

Rent it if: You haven't reached your space vampire quota for the day.

And if you liked: Day of the Dead, The Omen, Screamers, Ghostbusters

Check this out: The Space Vampires

Saturday, March 13

The Lovely Bones

Director: Peter Jackson

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380510/

Review: Very well executed and performed but doesn't quite sell like it should.

Go see it if: You agree that Peter Jackson is at his best directing horror scenes.

And if you liked: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Brazil, Zodiac

Check this out: The Lovely Bones

Friday, March 12

Shutter Island

Director: Martin Scorsese

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130884/

Review: Has some enjoyable merit but too long and far more transparent than it thinks it is.

Go see it if: You haven't seen the trailer.

And if you liked: Jacob's Ladder, Angel Heart, A Scanner Darkly

Check this out: Shutter Island

Monday, March 8

Wall Street

Director: Oliver Stone

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094291/

Review: Enjoyable story with a well paced evolution of the lead character.

Rent it if: You saw the trailers for the sequel and went "wait?"

And if you liked: Network, For the Love of Money, American Psycho, Hot Shots: Part Deux

Sunday, March 7

Omen III: The Final Conflict

Director: Graham Baker

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082377/

Review: Despite some decent casting for the lead the film remains a fairly boring and uninteresting mess.

Rent it if: You're curious like me.

And if you liked: The Omen?

Legion

Director: Scott Stewart

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038686/

Review: Thick as mud and loses its way at the end but is lots of fun nonetheless.

Go see it if: You're not religiously sensitive.

And if you liked: The Terminator, Terminator 2, Dogma, The Matrix

Saturday, March 6

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Director:

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587707/

Review: Bizarre and interesting story shot in a the only way that could do the subject matter justice.

Go see it if: You're interested in street art and the people behind it.

And if you liked: Meeting People is Easy, Capturing the Friedmans

Friday, March 5

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Director: Tim Burton

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1014759/

Review: Overly designed and runs like a costume & visual effects showreel but still mildly enjoyable.

Go see it if: You're ok with a bit of fantasy violence.

And if you liked: Avatar, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Return to Oz

Added cult bonus: Crispin Glover

Thursday, February 25

The Crazies

Director: George A. Romero

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069895/

Review: Strangely paced but nicely paranoid and clearly very angry towards the military.

Rent it if: You liked Romero's Dead films and want to see some more.

And if you liked: Dawn of the Dead, The Happening, 28 Days Later

Friday, February 19

The Wolfman (2010)

Director: Joe Johnston

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780653/

Review: Takes itself far too seriously considering how stupid and inane it is.

Go see it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Drag Me to Hell, The Evil Dead

Check this out: The Wolf Man

Thursday, February 18

Ponyo

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0876563/

Review: Very charming and adorable movie full of lovely little details.

Go see it if: You can handle seeing a "kids" film.

And if you liked: Spirited Away, The Little Mermaid, Labyrinth

Tuesday, February 16

Easy Rider

Director: Dennis Hopper

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064276/

Review: Nicely slow paced with a decent message and good soundtrack.

Rent it if: You've somehow never seen it like me.

And if you liked: Vanishing Point, Dazed & Confused

Saturday, February 13

Sexy Beast

Director: Jonathan Glazer

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203119/

Review: Beautifully crafted and unbelievably tense.

Rent it if: You're ok with Ben Kingsley haunting you while you sleep.

And if you liked: Irreversible, Bronson, Inglourious Basterds

Thursday, February 11

Damien: Omen II

Director: Don Taylor

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077394/

Review: A decent enough continuation of the first film even though it loses some of the tension.

Rent it if: You don't mind it not being completely original.

And if you liked: The Omen, The Birds, Final Destination

Monday, February 8

24 Hour Party People

Director: Michael Winterbottom

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274309/

Review: Lulls you in carefully and fascinates without ever over-indulging.

Rent it if: You either do or don't like Joy Division and/or the Happy Mondays. Whichever

And if you liked: Dead Man's Shoes, Control, Trainspotting

The Princess and the Frog

Director: Ron Clements & Joe Musker

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780521/

Review: Very frantic and full of cliché but gets the job done mostly.

Go see it if: You're into the Disney thing.

And if you liked: The old 2D Disney films. Really, they're a certain thing to themselves.

Saturday, February 6

It's Complicated

Director: Nancy Meyers

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1230414/

Review: Mildly funny at parts but mostly is very predictable and uninteresting.

Go see it if: There's nothing better screening.

And if you liked: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Sweet Home Alabama

Tuesday, February 2

Jacob's Ladder

Director: Adrian Lyne

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099871/

Review: Nice and moody mystery thriller with really original and effective imagery.

Rent it if: You like a bit of a head movie.

And if you liked: Akira, Pink Floyd The Wall, Brazil, The Machinist, Angel Heart

Friday, January 29

Bananas

Director: Woody Allen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066808/

Review: Absolutely light and silly but lots of fun and laughs.

Rent it if: You think the Scary Movie films are funny. (they're not)

And if you liked: Sleeper, Young Frankenstein, The Naked Gun

Tuesday, January 26

Nosferatu

Director: F.W. Murnau

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0013442/

Review: Quite long and slow but full of haunting imagery and incredibly original design.

Rent it if: You claim to like vampire movies.

And if you liked: Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht, The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari

Sunday, January 24

Freaks

Director: Tod Browning

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022913/

Review: Brilliant and gripping in just about every way.

Rent it if: You can deal with a slow burner.

And if you liked: The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari, Edward Scissorhands

Thursday, January 21

Outland

Director: Peter Hyams

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082869/

Review: Has a few Hollywood clichés but also has a great claustrophobic atmosphere and amazing set pieces.

Rent it if: You like a good bit of 80s sci-fi.

And if you liked: 2010, Alien, Event Horizon

Wednesday, January 20

Bad Boy Bubby

Director: Rolf de Heer

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106341/

Review: Gluing atmosphere with an absolutely mesmerizing central performance.

Rent it if: You're not conservative.

And if you liked: Oldboy, Being There, Bronson

Saturday, January 16

Slumdog Millionaire

Director: Danny Boyle

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1010048/

Review: Very nicely shot and it's enjoyable enough but very predictable and cliché at parts.

Rent it if: You somehow missed it like me.

And if you liked: Pffft, I don't know

Check this out: Q&A

Friday, January 15

The Road

Director: John Hillcoat

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0898367/

Review: Bleak and stark but very intimate and visually amazing.

Go see it if: You're not depressed in any way.

And if you liked: Fallout 3, Dawn of the Dead, The Mist, Children of Men

Check this out: The Road

Added cult bonus: Michael K. Williams

Friday, January 8

Doctor Who

Director: Geoffrey Sax

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116118/

Review: Very dated and cheesy with a decent central performance but very little else going for it.

Rent it if: You're curious.

And if you liked: Doctor Who, Are You Afraid of the Dark? (both on TV)

Tuesday, January 5

Capricorn One

Director: Peter Hyams

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077294/

Review: Really good paranoid thriller with a genius plot premise that turns into a bit of a rescue adventure towards the end but still manages to hold attention.

Rent it if: You can handle a nice slow pace to a film.

And if you liked: 2010, Michael Clayton

Friday, January 1

2010

Director: Peter Hyams

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086837/

Review: Decent science fiction with a strong atmosphere even if it doesn't fully match up to its predecessor.

Rent it if: You're not expecting 2001 standard, but still want a good film.

And if you liked: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, Blade Runner

Check this out: 2010: Odyssey Two