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