Tag Archives: Comedy

Blood Punch

Blood Punch asks the question of what do you get when veterans of children’s TV set out to make a horror/comedy/drama/crime/sci-fi movie starring a trio of twentysomething New Zealanders from a previous iteration of Power Rangers? The answer is something pretty damn awesome.

Blood PunchMeth cook Milo is broken out of a rehab clinic by alluring bad girl Skyler and her psychotic cop boyfriend Russell in order to manufacture a huge amount of drugs in a single day. The secluded cabin where they hole up soon becomes the setting for a tale of madness, chaos and death. Read the rest here.

Kung Fury

Kung Fury

Kung Fury, on the vague chance you’ve not heard of it, is a gloriously mental sci-fi action throwback and is as perfect an example of an intentionaly bad film made for comedy value as you could ever hope to see.

While mimicking the retro cheese of VHS trash is still a popular filmmaking style (seen most notably and effectively in the likes of Planet Terror, Manborg and Iron Sky), Kung Fury elevates it to a whole new level. And then blows it up. To say that the film is over the top is like saying that standing in the path of a supernova will give you mild sunburn. Read the rest here.

Space Station 76

New Starburst review. Space Station 76 is a sci-fi comedy drama with a deliberately retro aesthetic that evokes the psychedelic funk of seventies science fiction. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that good.

Space Station 76The year is some ill-defined point in the future; the name of the place is Space Station 76. Because numbers are so much easier than having to come up with actual names all the time. Newly transferred officer Lieutenant Commander Jessica Marlowe begins her new position as the second in command of this second rate outpost that various stoners, hippies, manly men and girly girls all call home. Read the rest here.

Subtitled Online Part 1: Reviews

Subtitled Online was a film site focusing on non-English language and independent cinema. Those looking for news on the latest MCU circle-jerk would have been somewhat disappointed, but if your thing is Korean horror, Japanese anime, French romance, Spanish comedy, Chinese action, British fantasy, Thai drama, Danish crime, Australian sci-fi, or American indies, there was something there to interest to you.

I wrote for it from August 2011 to September 2013 when it shut down, providing reviews, news and articles, and after about eight months was made an editor. So now as well as being responsible for ensuring my own work was of immaculate quality, I also proofread, edited and uploaded work from the site’s writers.

All of the reviews I wrote for the site are arranged below.

"Spiritual without being preachy, philosophical without being pretentious, and incorporating action without sacrificing intelligence."
“Spiritual without being preachy, philosophical without being pretentious, and incorporating action without sacrificing intelligence.”
"Only by making peace with ourselves can we truly be set free."
“Only by making peace with ourselves can we truly be set free.”
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“A ceaseless cinematic machine-gunning of carnage and hilarity.”

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“Very much a children’s cartoon.”
"An admirable effort from a new director."
“An admirable effort from a new director.”
"A cult work in the making."
“A cult work in the making.”

"One of the best releases to come out of a region seemingly swarming with them."
“One of the best releases to come out of a region seemingly swarming with them.”
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“Enjoyably insane.”
"A twisted collage of humour and horror bound with the adhesive of gleefully depraved mischief."
“A twisted collage of humour and horror bound with the adhesive of gleefully depraved mischief.”
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“A slightly kitschy noir that was never given a chance.”
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“A film of stoic elegance and dark charm.”
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“Virtually inaccessible to new viewers but rewarding to existing fans.”
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“A bite-size slice of horror perfection.”
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“Unflinchingly displays the depths of human depravity in all its hideous grotesquery.”
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“A distinct voice in a crowded and tired sub-genre.”

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“Deals with a controversial subject in a sensitive and engaging manner.”
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“An engaging collection of stories that keep you hooked.”
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“View it with the same sense of detached flippancy its story is told with.”

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“A worthy continuation and expansion of the previous episodes.”
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“A glorious and demented riot from start to finish.”
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“Very much the equal of most of its more famous Scandinavian cousins.”

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“A masterpiece of storytelling.”
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“Mythologises Lee’s life beyond proper recognition.”
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“Should be held as a high water mark of quality.”

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“A flawed but promising debut feature film.”
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“A loving homage to every piece of cinematic trash you’re not ashamed to admit you adore.”
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“Let down by a plot without the substance to sustain it or the depth to truly engage.”

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“An intriguing first half of a story that offers some genuinely interesting story twists.”
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“A somewhat redundant remake.”
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“Too many plots and too many characters.”

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“Let down by uninspiring subtitling and flat characterisation.”
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“A testament to the crushing effect war has on the ideals of those drawn into it.”
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“Twisted, hilarious and oddly moving in equal measure.”

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“An engaging and uncompromising study of the things ordinary people are truly capable of.”
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“The only emotion that these films properly inspire is boredom.”
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“Sinister, violent, perverse and erotic.”

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“If its central character was less of an aggravating smart arse, reactions towards it might have been more favourable.”
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“More entertaining than many contemporary shows that have long outstayed their welcome.”