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.
Meth 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, 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.
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.
The 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 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.