A Guy Ritchie Retrospective: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. 1998. Directed & Written by Guy Ritchie. Starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Nicholas Rowe, Vinnie Jones, Lenny McLean, Peter McNicholl, P.H. Moriarty, Frank Harper, Ronnie Fox, Stephen Marcus, Vas Blackwood, Alan Ford, & Sting. Summit Entertainment/The Steve Tisch Company/SKA Films. Rated 18A. 107Continue reading “A Guy Ritchie Retrospective: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”

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Skinhead Subculture vs. White Nationalism in This Is England

This Is England. 2006. Directed & Written by Shane Meadows. Starring Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim, Vicky McClure, Joseph Gilgun, Rosamund Hanson, Andrew Ellis, Perry Benson, George Newton, Frank Harper, & Jack O’Connell. Warp Films/Big Arty Productions/EM Media. Unrated. 101 minutes. Crime/Drama ★★★★★  Shane Meadows is a British National Treasure. His filmsContinue reading “Skinhead Subculture vs. White Nationalism in This Is England”

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Catch Me Daddy: A Grim Ride Into the Reality of Honour Killing

Catch Me Daddy. 2014. Directed by Daniel Wolfe. Screenplay by Daniel & Matthew Wolfe. Starring Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Connor McCarron, Gary Lewis, Barry Nunney, Adrian Hussain, Anwar Hussain, Ali Ahmad, Shoby Karman, Wasim Zakir, Nichola Burley, & Kate Dickie. Emu Films/Film4. Unrated. 110 minutes. Thriller ★★★★★ Does a film need to have a massive plot?Continue reading “Catch Me Daddy: A Grim Ride Into the Reality of Honour Killing”

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Tyrannosaur; a.k.a What is Redemption?

Tyrannosaur. 2011. Directed & Written by Paddy Considine. Starring Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Paul Popplewell, Samuel Bottomley, Sian Breckin, Ned Dennehy, Sally Carman, Julia Mallam and Natalia Carta. Warp X/Inflammable Films/Film4/UK Film Council/Screen Yorkshire/EM Media/Optimum Releasing. Not Rated. 92 minutes. Drama ★★★★★  Paddy Considine is a great artist, in terms of writing andContinue reading “Tyrannosaur; a.k.a What is Redemption?”

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The Last Horror Movie: Genuinely Chilling Found Footage Horror

The Last Horror Movie. 2003. Directed by Julian Richards; screenplay by James Handel from an idea by Julian Richards. Starring Kevin Howarth, Mark Stevenson, Antonia Beamish, Christabel Muir, Jonathan Coote, Rita Davies, Joe Hurley, Jamie Langthorne, John Berlyne, and Mandy Gordon. Prolific Films/Snakehair Productions. Rated R. 75 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★1/2 I’ve talked a lot inContinue reading “The Last Horror Movie: Genuinely Chilling Found Footage Horror”

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The Hypnotic Criminal Lure of Hyena

Hyena. 2014. Directed & Written by Gerard Johnson. Starring Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, Elisa Lasowski, MyAnna Buring, Richard Dormer, Gordon Brown, Tony Pitts, Orli Shuka, Gjevat Kelmendi, Thomas Craig, Lorenzo Camporese, Shaban Arifi, Alfred Doda, and Mem Ferda. Film4/Number 9 Films. Unrated. 112 minutes. Crime/Drama ★★★★★ With the endorsement of Nicolas Winding RefnContinue reading “The Hypnotic Criminal Lure of Hyena”

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Gerard Johnson’s Tony: Portrait of a British Killer

Gerard Johnson examines a Dennis Nilsen-ish monster who is, sadly, all too human.

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Sightseers a.k.a Caravan Holiday Massacre

Sightseers. 2012. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Screenplay by Alice Lowe & Chris Oram; additional material by Amy Jump. Starring Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies, Roger Michael, Tony Way, Seamus O’Neill, Monica Dolan, Jonathan Aris, Aymen Hamdouchi, and Tom Meeten. BFI/Big Talk Productions/Film4/Rook Films/StudioCanal. Rated 14A. 88 minutes. Adventure/Comedy/Crime ★★★★★ I’m a hardcore fan ofContinue reading “Sightseers a.k.a Caravan Holiday Massacre”

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