Saturday, December 22

Seven Psychopaths

Director: Martin McDonagh
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1931533/

Review: Has some interesting and funny stuff going for it but could really be a lot tighter.

Watch it if: You can handle some over the top gory violence.

And if you liked: In Bruges, Pulp Fiction, Adaptation

Monday, December 17

Scrooged

Director: Richard Donner
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096061/

Review: Daft, fun and well made twist on a classic story.

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

And if you liked: Brazil, Groundhog Day

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Director: Peter Jackson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903624/

Review: Ends about 20 minutes late and has a lot of humour that falls flat but still has a lot of good stuff and impressive special effects going for it.

Watch it if: You've been to the bathroom.

And if you liked: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Willow

Sunday, December 9

American Movie

Director: Chris Smith
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181288/

Review: Strange and funny with an unexpected uplifting undercurrent.

Watch it if: You want to see the bizarre side of American suburbia.

And if you liked: Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Trekkies, Napoleon Dynamite

Saturday, November 17

The Master

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560747/

Review: A visually beautiful and visceral film that leaves you with a lot of interesting stuff to chew on.

Watch it if: You're ok with a film not having a specifically laid out plot so to speak.

And if you liked: There Will Be Blood, A Serious Man

Sunday, November 11

Argo

Director: Ben Affleck
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1024648/

Review: A very well put together film with impressive period detail and believable performances that manages to hold interest despite a little bit of false-feeling tension towards the end.

Watch it if: You want to see Ben Affleck doing things right.

And if you liked: Zodiac, Moneyball, Good Night, and Good Luck.

Sunday, November 4

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Director: Benh Zeitlin
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125435/

Review: Meanders a bit towards the end but otherwise stands well as a visually interesting and strongly put together film.

Watch it if: You're ok with a less clear plot through line.

And if you liked: Tideland, Radio Flyer, Winter's Bone

Check this out: Juicy and Delicious

Saturday, November 3

Skyfall

Director: Sam Mendes
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1074638/

Review: Definitely too long and a little dull in the middle but otherwise a beautiful looking and exciting romp.

Watch it if: You enjoy Bond movies?

And if you liked: Casino Royale, Straw Dogs,

Tuesday, October 30

The Dark

Director: John Fawcett
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411267/

Review: A few nice bits of cinematography but altogether left me cold and unsatisfied.

Watch it if: You like lots of ocean and shack imagery.

And if you liked: Wake Wood, The Ring, The Others

Check this out: Sheep

Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Director: Eli Craig
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1465522/

Review: A great angle change on the slasher genre with charming characters and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

Watch it if: You can handle a bit of gore.

And if you liked: The Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead 2, A Film with Me in It, Idle Hands

Monday, October 29

Chained

Director: Jennifer Lynch
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1989475/

Review: A beautifully shot and gripping film with absolutely fantastic sound design that's completely let down by its unnecessary and misjudged ending.

Watch it if: You're not sensitive to any kind of abuse in a film.

And if you liked: Surveillance, Hostel

Sunday, October 28

Creepshow 2

Director: Michael Gornick
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092796/

Review: Daft and predictable but good fun along the way.

Watch it if: You want a bit of schlocky silliness.

And if you liked: Creepshow, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Drag Me to Hell

Room 237

Director: Rodney Ascher
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2085910/

Review: A little long but otherwise fascinating, intriguing and hilarious.

Watch it if: You're interested in The Shining.

And if you liked: The Shining, The Story of Film

Saturday, October 27

V/H/S

Director: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Joe Swanberg & Radio Silence
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2105044/

Review: A mixed bag of some half baked ideas and some good fun moments that plays a little too long but otherwise left me satisfied.

Watch it if: You're not prone to motion sickness.

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

Friday, October 26

The Horde

Director: Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1183276/

Review: Well put together zombie film with believable characters and pretty good special effects.

Watch it if: You like a decently made zombie movie even if it's not terribly original.

And if you liked: 28 Days Later, [REC], The Raid

Wednesday, October 24

The Sentinel

Director: Michael Winner
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076683/

Review: Meanders a bit but has a very chilling atmosphere and some genuinely jarring imagery.

Watch it if: You're ok with some creepy images.

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

Splinter

Director: Toby Wilkins
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1031280/

Review: Fairly predictable and dodgy special effects but otherwise a fairly well put together little movie.

Watch it if: You're interested in seeing what can be done with very little.

And if you liked: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Legion, The Mist

Monday, October 22

The Devil Rides Out

Director: Terence Fisher
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062885/

Review: A bizarre film with a genuinely chilling atmosphere, some very frightening scenes and haunting sound design.

Watch it if: You like a good helping of weirdness in a movie.

And if you liked: Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Tales from the Crypt, Lord of Illusions, The Wicker Man

Check this out: The Devil Rides Out

Sunday, October 21

Lord of Illusions

Director: Clive Barker
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113690/

Review: Meanders quite a bit but has some good stuff going on and a weird mix of really nice and really terrible special effects.

Watch it if: You can handle some gore and dodgy 90s CG.

And if you liked: Angel Heart, Ghostbusters 2, Dracula (1992)

Check this out: The Last Illusion

Saturday, October 20

Frankenweenie

Director: Tim Burton
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1142977/

Review: Gorgeously designed and crafted but sags in the middle and has some questionable racial stereotyping.

Watch it if: You're ok with a kids' film being quite scary.

And if you liked: Corpse Bride, ParaNorman, Gremlins, Bride of Frankenstein

Check this out: Frankenweenie

Thursday, October 18

What Richard Did

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2092011/

Review: Stark and tough but very well put together and strongly natural.

Watch it if: You can handle a slow burn.

And if you liked: 50/50. Harsh Times

Night of the Living Dead (2006)

Director: Jeff Broadstreet
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489244/
 
Review: Utterly inane dialogue matched with crappy acting and cinematography completely bogged down by its attempts to look cool in 3D.
 
Watch it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Day of the Dead (2008)

Wednesday, October 17

Black Sheep

Director: Jonathan King
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0779982/

Review: Very silly fun with a decent plot and great gore effects.

Watch it if: You enjoy a bit of gory humour.

And if you liked: Braindead, American Werewolf in London

Tuesday, October 16

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Director: Scott Derrickson
 
IMDB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ErlsLsCN10

Review: Has a few spooky bits but becomes very dull very fast and in the end fails to satisfy.

Watch it if: You've already seen all the good exorcism movies.

And if you liked: The Last Exorcism, Sinister

Check this out: Anneliese Michel

Sunday, October 14

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Director: Stephen Chiodo
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095444/

Review: Has some entertaining parts but never really lives up to its title or premise.

Watch it if: You're not afraid of clowns I guess.

And if you liked: Return of the Living Dead, Repo Man

Saturday, October 13

Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled

Director: Chris Angel
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0254872/
 
Review: Not even slightly fun with a central plot point that's hard not to roll your eyes at.
 
Watch it if: You're looking into the Wishmaster films like I am.
 
And if you liked: Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell

50/50

Director: Jonathan Levine
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1306980/

Review: Veers into slightly hokey territory occasionally but is mostly a sweet and quite funny portrayal of a believable friendship.

Watch it if: You can handle a few tough scenes.

And if you liked: Knocked Up, Thank You for Smoking

Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell

Director: Chris Angel
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0254871/

Review: Absolutely nuts, even for a Wishmaster film, but with some good moments and one decent stuntwork scene.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Wishmaster films like I am.

And if you liked: Wishmaster, Final Destination 3

Thursday, October 11

Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies

Director: Jack Sholder
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156182/

Review: Mildly entertaining at the beginning but quickly becomes boring, dull and a chore to watch.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Wishmaster films like I am.

And if you liked: Wishmaster, My Name is Bruce

Wednesday, October 10

The Midnight Meat Train

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805570/

Review: A very nasty movie with a few good ideas but collapses due to an ugly colour palette and an over-reliance on computer generated showy visuals.

Watch it if: You can handle some bizarre and graphic violence.

And if you liked: Hostel, Saw, Resident Evil

Check this out: The Midnight Meat Train

Tuesday, October 9

Hellraiser: Revelations

Director: Victor Garcia
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1716747/

Review: Manages to refer back to the original film more than any other of the sequels but is still overwrought in all the wrong places and features a terrible villain performance.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Hellraiser

Teeth

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780622/

Review: Oddly paced and feels a little lacking in the third act but is otherwise a decent bit of grimy horror.

Watch it if: You can handle some graphic gore.

And if you liked: Jennifer's Body, The Faculty

Hellraiser: Hellworld

Director: Rick Bota
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0354623/

Review: A silly and bizarrely dated film with a nonsensical plot that's not nearly as clever as it thinks it is.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Hellraiser: Deader, Hackers, Halloween: Resurrection, Scream

Sunday, October 7

Hellraiser: Deader

Director: Rick Bota
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0337636/

Review: A complete mess of a film with a dumb premise that at no point makes any sort of sense.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Hellraiser: Hellseeker

Candyman: Day of the Dead

Director: Turi Meyer
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165662/

Review: Has one or two creatively spooky moments but is otherwise horribly dated and doesn't come close to the chilling and original atmosphere of the first film.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Candyman films like I am.

And if you liked: Candyman, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

Sinister

Director: Scott Derrickson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1922777/

Review: One or two really clichéd elements but otherwise a solidly put together movie with a great score.

Watch it if: You're ok with a film that doesn't necessarily break new ground but does a good job with what it is.

And if you liked: The Shining, 1408, Paranormal Activity, The Orphanage

Saturday, October 6

Hellraiser: Hellseeker

Director: Rick Bota
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274546/

Review: A ham-fisted attempt to tie the sequels back to the beginning with badly put together unreliable narrator sequences and confusing subplots.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Jacob's Ladder, Lost Highway, Hellraiser: Inferno

Thursday, October 4

Hellraiser: Inferno

Director: Scott Derrickson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0229440/

Review: Clearly wasn't a Hellraiser film until late in the game and seems to think confusing is the same as complex.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Hellraiser: Bloodline, Heartless

Return of the Living Dead Part II

Director: Ken Wiederhorn
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095990/

Review: Entertaining enough movie that never really overstays its welcome but is also weird as balls and doesn't particularly stick.

Watch it if: You've already seen Return of the Living Dead. If not, watch that instead.

And if you liked: Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Wednesday, October 3

Hellraiser: Bloodline

Director: Alan Smithee
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116514/

Review: An absolutely barmy film with heavily telegraphed reveals and unconvincing special effects.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Event Horizon, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Leviathan

Monday, October 1

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

Director: Bill Condon
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112625/

Review: Enjoyable enough, if a bit of a rehash, for the most part but loses its way completely in the last 15 minutes or so.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Candyman films like I am.

And if you liked: Candyman, Hellraiser

Sunday, September 30

Looper

Director: Rian Johnson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1276104/

Review: A fun and complex story executed through beautiful visuals and visceral action.

Watch it if: You enjoy a good, strong sci-fi movie.

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

Saturday, September 15

ParaNorman

Director: Chris Butler & Sam Fell
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623288/

Review: Beautifully designed with a fun atmosphere and lots of great horror nods.

Watch it if: You can handle a kids film that's ok with being scary.

And if you liked: Monster House, Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tuesday, September 11

Tabloid

Director: Errol Morris
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1704619/

Review: A bizarre story that continues to surprise with a compelling central subject.

Watch it if: You can accept a documentary with some amiguous truth.

And if you liked: Project Nim, Man on Wire, Grizzly Man

Saturday, September 8

Berberian Sound Studio

Director: Peter Strickland
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1833844/

Review: A very strange and head twisting film with very satisfying equipment visuals and sound texture.

Watch it if: You can hand a film with something of a non-linear narrative.

And if you liked: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Inland Empire, The Conversation, Pi

Friday, September 7

Dredd

Director: Pete Travis
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343727/
 
Review: Ridiculously entertaining with very inventive action and the right amount of real weirdness.

Watch it if: You can handle some very graphic violence.

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

Check this out: Judge Dredd

Sunday, September 2

Total Recall (2012)

Director: Len Wiseman
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386703/

Review: Really great design and production value but the story, characters and action never really grab in any significant way.

Watch it if: You have an interest in science fiction design.

And if you liked: Minority Report, Blade Runner, Serenity

Check these out: We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, Total Recall

Sunday, August 12

The Kentucky Fried Movie

Director: John Landis
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076257/

Review: Very funny in places and very bizarre in others with one sketch that lingers a big longer than expected.

Watch it if: You can handle a large amount of nudity for a comedy.

And if you liked: Airplane!, The Naked Gun, And Now For Something Completely Different

Tuesday, August 7

Mean Streets

Director: Martin Scorsese
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070379/

Review: Meanders and could've been trimmed down but its intentions are clear and you can see the talent involved.

Watch it if: You somehow haven't seen it like me.

And if you liked: Bad Lieutenant, Taxi Driver, À Bout De Souffle, The Wire

Monday, August 6

Ted

Director: Seth McFarlane
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1637725/

Review: Funny and entertaining with strong leads but has a few moments that are unjustifiable.

Watch it if: You can bypass some problematic humour.

And if you liked: Family Guy, Happy Gilmore, Team America: World Police

Sunday, August 5

Brave

Director: Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1217209/

Review: Strong enough story with a good cast and point perfect animation.

Watch it if: You want a decent fun entertaining romp.

And if you liked: How to Train Your Dragon, The Secret of Kells, The Harry Potter films

Saturday, August 4

Super

Director: James Gunn
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1512235/

Review: A genuinely entertaining watch but very heavy and very problematic in places.

Watch it if: You can handle some really uncomfortably and violent scenes.

And if you liked: Kick-Ass, God Bless America

She's Out of My League

Director: Jim Field Smith
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0815236/

Review: Nothing earthshaking but charming and light enough to make it a fun and easy watch.

Watch it if: You just want a simple breezy 105 minutes.

And if you liked: There's Something About Mary, Garden State

Sunday, July 22

The Wolf Man

Director: George Waggner
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034398/

Review: Decent moody chiller with great scenery and impressive special effects for the time.

Watch it if: You somehow haven't seen it like me.

And if you liked: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman (2010)

Friday, July 20

The Dark Knight Rises

Director: Christopher Nolan
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1345836/

Review: Solid finale that grips, twists and keeps you guessing all the way through.

Watch it if: You like fuckin... Batman! C'mon!

And if you liked: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Pink Floyd The Wall

Killer Joe

Director: William Friedkin
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1726669/

Review: Quite stagey and probably worked stronger in its play form but still very engaging and bizarrely funny.

Watch it if: You can handle some very uncomfortably violent scenes.

And if you liked: Red State, The Killer Inside Me, Lost Highway

Check this out: Killer Joe

Thursday, July 19

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Director: Lorene Scafaria
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1307068/

Review: Enjoyable enough with some nice moments but never quite hits as deep as it should.

Watch it if: You want a fairly simple and non-obtrusive 100 minutes to end a day with.

And if you liked: Stranger than Fiction, Groundhog Day, Away We Go

Monday, July 16

Insomnia (2002)

Director: Christopher Nolan
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0278504/
 
Review: Decent enough thriller that wavers a little but still holds together ok in the end.

Watch it if: You're interested in Christopher Nolan's back catalogue.

And if you liked: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Se7en, Fargo

Check this out: Insomnia

Sunday, July 15

Magic Mike

Director: Steven Soderbergh
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1915581/

Review: Falls a bit thin during the more serious scenes but still holds up as a reasonably solid bit of entertainment.

Watch it if: You're cool with seeing some half naked men dancing.

And if you liked: Boogie Nights 

Saturday, July 14

Dracula

Director: Tod Browning
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021814/

Review: Spooky and chilling atmosphere with a great central villain performance.

Watch it if: You can handle an old black and white film.

And if you liked: Nosferatu, Frankenstein

Thursday, July 12

Following

Director: Christopher Nolan
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0154506/

Review: Decent enough character thriller with some nice cinematography and reasonably good performances.

Watch it if: You're interested in Christopher Nolan's back catalogue.

And if you liked: Pi, Memento, Fight Club

Wednesday, July 11

Pusher (2012)

Director: Luis Prieto
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1921070/

Review: Some nicely shot moments aside, very unengaging and inconsequential.

Watch it if: I dunno. You're that bored.

And if you liked: Enter the Void, Skins

Check this out: Pusher

God Bless America

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1912398/

Review: Far too long and bogged down by awkward monologues and patchy pacing but holds some good ideas and good moments.

Watch it if: You've ever seen/hated reality TV.

And if you liked: World's Greatest Dad, Nathan Barley, Network

Sunday, July 8

Bride of Frankenstein

Director: James Whale
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026138/

Review: Very strange and silly in places but keeps your attention and still holds a good amount of atmosphere and tragedy.

Watch it if: You somehow haven't seen it like me.

And if you liked: Frankenstein, Evil Dead 2

Saturday, July 7

Hesher

Director: Spencer Susser
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1403177/

Review: Very funny and strange but manages to remain poignant without sacrificing its edge or humour.

Watch it if: You like Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

And if you liked: Clerks, Brick, Donnie Darko, This Must Be The Place

Brain Dead

Director: Adam Simon
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099173/

Review: Utterly nonsensical rubbish with pseudo-psychological thrills but good for a laugh or two.

Watch it if: You're really enjoy constant wake up moments.

And if you liked: The Number 23, Jacob's Ladder, Dead Ringers

Wednesday, July 4

The Amazing Spider-Man

Director: Marc Webb
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0948470/

Review: A few rushed scenes aside this remains a very strong and affecting film with real gut punches and excellent belly laughs.

Watch it if: You're not put off by it being a reboot origin story. Trust me, you'll get past that.

And if you liked: Iron Man, 21 Jump Street, Jurassic Park

Sunday, July 1

A Film with Me in It

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139319/

Review: Very nicely made and funny with a strange and unexpected pace and atmosphere to it.

Watch it if: You find Dylan Moran inheritantly funny.

And if you liked: Barton Fink, Black Books, Severence, The Ladykillers

Friday, June 29

Frankenstein

Director: James Whale
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021884/

Review: Beautiful to look at with a strong atmosphere and a tragic performance at the centre.

Watch it if: You somehow haven't seen it like me.

And if you liked: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, The Elephant Man

Sunday, June 24

Trust

Director: David Schwimmer
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1529572/

Review: Very tense and stressful particularly in the earlier scenes but very well made and compelling throughout.

Watch it if: You can handle some tough situations.

And if you liked: Hard Candy, Shame, An Education

Sunday, June 17

Cosmopolis

Director: David Cronenberg
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1480656/

Review: A lot of very interesting stuff going on but is quite trying and difficult to get through.

Watch it if: You can handle a very wordy film.

And if you liked: Southland Tales, Naked Lunch

Check this out: Cosmopolis

Tuesday, June 5

Coming to America

Director: John Landis

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094898/

Review: Not all that funny but still a pretty enjoyable watch if a bit long.

Watch it if: You somehow haven't seen it like I hadn't.

And if you liked: Trading Places, The Nutty Professor (1996)

Monday, June 4

Iron Sky

Director: Timo Vuorensola
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034314/
 
Review: Very silly but good fun with a great villian performance and surprisingly decent special effects.
 
Watch it if: You don't mind a film being a bit rough around the edges.
 
And if you liked: Men in Black, Bad Taste, Plan 9 From Outer Space

Friday, June 1

Prometheus

Director: Ridley Scott
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1446714/

Review: Good solid science fiction with an engaging set of characters and absolutely brilliant design.

Watch it if: Blade Runner and Alien are your favourite Ridley Scott films... or like, whatever. Just watch it.

And if you liked: Alien, Sunshine, Moon

Wednesday, May 30

Moonrise Kingdom

Director: Wes Anderson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1748122/
 
Review: Falls a little thin overall but still has a lot of genuine sweetness and warmth to it.

Watch it if: You're a Wes Anderson fan.

And if you liked: Bottle Rocket, Fantastic Mr. Fox, War of the Buttons

Friday, May 25

Men in Black III

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1409024/
 
Review: Some weak moments but mostly holds together as a fun and funny film.
 
Watch it if: You're not put off by the low quality of Men in Black II.
 
And if you liked: Men in Black, Back to the Future Part II
 
Check this out: The Men in Black

Sunday, May 20

The Raid

Director: Gareth Evans
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1899353/

Review: Very innovative and super inventive action that will make you jump and squirm in the best way.

Watch it if: You enjoy well choreographed martial arts.

And if you liked: Die Hard, Old Boy

Monday, May 7

Silent House (2011)

Director: Chris Kentis and Laura Lau
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1767382/
 
Review: A few odd touches but very well put together with strong tension, an engaging lead and genuine scares.
 
Watch it if: You can handle some very disturbing tension.
 
And if you liked: The Woman in Black, The Shining, Irreversible


Check this out: The Silent House

Saturday, May 5

American Reunion

Director: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605630/
 
Review: A few minor chuckles but fairly dull and predictable otherwise.
 
Watch it if: You want to see John Cho steal every scene he's in (not very many).
 
And if you liked: The other ones...

Thursday, May 3

Pontypool

Director: Bruce McDonald
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226681/
 
Review: Has some overly hysterical moments and a frankly baffling ending but holds an interesting idea at its core and presents some very good tension building scenes.
 
Watch it if: You're interested in horror experiments.
 
And if you liked: The Mist, Dawn of the Dead, Mercury Theatre's War of the Worlds
 
Check this out: Pontypool Changes Everything

Friday, April 27

The Avengers

Director: Joss Whedon

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0848228/

Review: Takes a minute to get going but once it does it's a multitude of excellent jokes, exciting action and strong characters.

Watch it if: You aren't put off by Thor (the film).

And if you liked: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Star Trek

Thursday, April 26

Pandorum

Director: Christian Alvart

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1188729/

Review: Some really nice set design and a good initial premise but let down heavily by plot clichés and silly looking monster scenes.

Watch it if: You're bored and looking for something to half watch.

And if you liked: Cube, Event Horizon, Resident Evil

Sunday, April 22

Headhunters

Director: Morten Tyldum

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1614989/

Review: Some crazy mood whiplash but really entertaining and inventive.

Watch it if: You're ok with some violence and subtitles.

And if you liked: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2012), Misery

Check this out: The Headhunters

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095348/

Review: Absolutely silly and dumb but fun nonetheless.

Watch it if: You're in the mood for goofiness.

And if you liked: Mafia!, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Saturday, April 21

Mission: Impossible III

Director: J.J. Abrams

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317919/

Review: Spattered with very poorly handled romantic scenes and with a poor ending but still has some fun action to enjoy.

Watch it if: You're cool with some Tom Cruise explosions.

And if you liked: Mission Impossible, Minority Report, Ronin

Check this out: Mission: Impossible

Sunday, April 15

The Cabin in the Woods

Director: Drew Goddard

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259521/

Review: Brilliantly entertaining, refreshingly clever and very satisfying to a film nerd's geeky tendencies.

Watch it if: You've ever enjoyed a horror film before.

And if you liked: Drag Me to Hell, Evil Dead 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cube

Sunday, April 8

21 Jump Street

Director: Phil Lord & Chris Miller

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1232829/

Review: Hits every mark while being genuinely compelling and extremely funny.

Watch it if: You're not a DICK. Just watch it.

And if you liked: Pineapple Express, Superbad, Kick-Ass

Check this out: 21 Jump Street

Saturday, April 7

Ronin

Director: John Frankenheimer

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0122690/

Review: Something of an unclear plot but still very enjoyable with great car chases.

Watch it if: You like action and can handle a dodgy Irish accent.

And if you liked: Mission: Impossible, Casino Royale

Sunday, April 1

The Hunger Games

Director: Gary Ross

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/

Review: Too long and has a few mythology problems but manages to entertain and tick a few boxes along the way.

Watch it if: You're ok with some child violence.

And if you liked: FILMS

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Saturday, March 31

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

Director: Peter Lord & Jeff Newitt

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430626/

Review: Great characters, hilarious jokes and a pace that never slows or gets dull.

Watch it if: You're not a DICK who hates animation.

And if you liked: Chicken Run, The Curse of Monkey Island, The Muppets

Check this out: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

Saturday, March 24

This Must Be the Place

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1440345/

Review: Loses its way for a little while but still enjoyably bizarre and genuinely hilarious.

Watch it if: You like David Byrne.

And if you liked: About Schmidt, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Everything is Illuminated

Sunday, March 11

John Carter

Director: Andrew Stanton

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401729/

Review: Badly structured, way too long and uninvolving.

Watch it if: You're some sort of Andrew Stanton completist I guess.

And if you liked: Thor, Avatar, Cowboys & Aliens, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Check this out: A Princess of Mars

Wednesday, March 7

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Director: Sean Durkin

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441326/

Review: Flawed but very nicely woven together with a good haunting atmosphere.

Watch it if: You're ok with a few uncomfortable scenes.

And if you liked: Winter's Bone, Never Let Me Go, Shame, One Hour Photo

Saturday, March 3

The Woman in Black (2012)

Director: James Watkins

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596365/

Review: Nicely put together and genuinely scary.

Watch it if: You like simple creepy scares.

And if you liked: The Others, The Innocents, Wake Wood, Ringu

Check this out: The Woman in Black

Sunday, February 19

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

Director: Patrick Lussier

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1179891/

Review: Laughably bad dialogue and very stagey action.

Watch it if: You're having an alternative Valentine's date like I was.

And if you liked: Halloween (2007), Drive Angry, I Know What You Did Last Summer

Saturday, February 18

A Dangerous Method

Director: David Cronenberg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1571222/

Review: Some very interesting performances and set pieces but never fully engages as much as it should.

Watch it if: You like David Cronenberg.

And if you liked: Atonement, Jane Eyre, Never Let Me Go

Check this out: A Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein

Thursday, February 16

Imposter

Director: Gary Fleder

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0160399/

Review: Decent performance from Vincent D'Onofrio but otherwise very badly put together and dull.

Watch it if: You're bored as all hell and have nothing else.

And if you liked: Battlestar Galactica, Terminator Salvation, Minority Report, Total Recall

Check this out: Imposter

Sunday, February 5

The Muppets

Director: James Bobin

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1204342/

Review: Hilarious, charming and fun all the way through.

Watch it if: You like the Muppets?

And if you liked: Muppets Take Manhattan, The Blues Brothers, Flight of the Conchords

Saturday, February 4

Chronicle

Director: Josh Trank

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1706593/

Review: Very well made, excellent special effects and a refreshing plot direction.

Watch it if: You're not letting found footage fatigue bother you.

And if you liked: Cloverfield, Akira, Prototype

Sunday, January 29

The Village

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368447/

Review: Completely muddles its pace towards the end but has some excellent film-making and performances.

Watch it if: You can shake the Shyamalan baggage.

And if you liked: The Wicker Man

Saturday, January 28

Shame

Director: Steve McQueen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1723811/

Review: Flawed and ends a little too late but still stylishly put together and interesting to watch.

Watch it if: You're not averse to graphic sex scenes.

And if you liked: Mulholland Drive, American Psycho

Monday, January 23

The Mothman Prophecies

Director: Mark Pellington

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265349/

Review: A bit long but manages to stay interesting and keep a genuinely chilling tone throughout.

Watch it if: You like 90s style X-Filesy thrillers.

And if you liked: Se7en, Lost Highway, The X-Files, Candyman, Donnie Darko

Check this out: The Mothman Prophecies

Saturday, January 21

The Artist

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1655442/

Review: A piece of pure entertainment that's full of wit and invention.

Watch it if: You're not put off by it being a silent movie. Don't be a dick though, just watch it!

And if you liked: Singing in the Rain, The Lost Weekend

Monday, January 16

Man on Wire

Director: James Marsh

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1155592/

Review: Interesting, entertaining and funny movie with some genuinely dizzying photography.

Watch it if: I don't know, just watch it.

And if you liked: Project Nim

Trekkies

Director: Roger Nygard

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120370/

Review: Bizarre and interesting if a little cheaply made.

Watch it if: You're interested in Star Trek?

And if you liked: Star Trek, Fuck, The King of Kong

Sunday, January 15

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Director: Liz Garbus

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1777551/

Review: Some odd music choices but otherwise very interesting and at times shocking.

Watch it if: You're not put off by a movie about chess?

And if you liked: Senna, Zodiac

Friday, January 13

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Director: Danny Leiner

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0366551/

Review: Absolutely absurd and ridiculous but manages to remain very funny and enjoyable throughout.

Rent it if: You're ok to switch off and enjoy some silliness.

And if you liked: Half Baked, Wet Hot American Summer

Tuesday, January 10

Good Night, and Good Luck

Director: George Clooney

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0433383/

Review: Expertly crafted and extremely gripping with perfect cinematography.

Rent it if: You enjoy very good films.

And if you liked: M, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy