Month: March 2013

TOP TEN BRITISH INDIE MOVIES

1: DEAD MANS SHOES
I first seen “dead mans shoes” years back and still to this day there hasn’t really been anything in that genre that has came anywhere close to it . This film stands alone and was the first film I had seen with the council estate backdrop . The story of Richard an ex army man who returns home to seek revenge on the petty goons that have been tormenting his disabled brother. I know everybody has seen this by now (maybe not in the states though) but the performance from ” Paddy Considine” was just fucking mind blowing and not too mention “Toby Kebble” as the younger brother “Anthony” ( who rehearsed for his role for the movie on a tube train to the audition)
The great thing about this movie is that it’s 100% believable , the drug scenes are shot on a scale with “requiem for dream” and the acting is top notch from everybody. The writing is unique and for once the bad guys are actually terrified, they know that “richard” ain’t fucking about.

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2: KILL LIST
Easily one of the best films of 2012. Eerie as fuck, brutal as fuck and gory as fuck . The story follows two ex British soldiers who are struggling for cash so they decide to take on a job . They get handed a a list of names and they have to take kill all the people on this list without asking any questions and shit gets crazy pretty fast with an ending you could never guess.
It stars Neil maskell (utopia) and Michael smiley ( utopia as well , the nordie cop) and they both are superb in it . I have watched the film now a few times and I’ve picked up on stuff each time that I never noticed before so most definitely a head fuck of a movie . I think this was ben Wheatley’s 2nd movie and his first was down terrace a brittish council estate gangster flick which was very impressive also . He has a new comedy serial killer movie coming out real soon called sightseer’s about a couple who travel round England in a caravan killing everyone that gets in their way and its looks hilarious so I can’t wait to see that .
Anyways kill list would be be a perfect film for fans of any Shane meadows stuff . This guy knows what he’s at . He a hero !

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the trailer

3: HAROLD’S GOING STIFF
A heartfelt zombie film shot in mockumentary style. It follows Harold a elderly man who has contracted o.r.d (onset rigors disease) a virus that has hit England and has been infecting mainly men.
Harold’s receives home help from a nurse called penny ( who is also fantastic )and the film is about the relationships between the two of them . It has a little bit of everything , horror, drama,violence,comedy .
Stan Rowe plays Harold and his acting is just unreal . You seriously feel for the character as you have been with him since the very start and you’re watching him go through the different stages of this disease.
Meanwhile a group of vigilante dudes have formed ( they reminded me of the dudes from dead mans shoes) they are going around town and killing anyone that is showing any signs of infection.
If I told you Shane meadows or ben Wheatley made this film then you wouldn’t question it .
It’s fits right in with the best British film makers around .

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the trailer

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4: LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE
Film maker “Shane Meadows” follows around retired roadie “Le Donk”” (Paddy Considine)as he plans his comeback to the big time by mentoring up and coming rapper “SCOR-ZAY-ZEE”. The film was shot in a stupid amount of time (5 days) but still manages to be up there with the very best of mockumentary style films. This film is absolute genius and “Shane meadows” has Said that he will be releasing more films based on his and “Paddy Considine’s” character “Le Donk” and “Paddy Considine” gives another insanely flawless performance as “Le Donk”.
Absolute comedy gold.

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5: SIGHTSEERS
I think it’s safe to say that “Ben Wheatley” has earned his spot as one of the newest and freshest directors. I have seen every one of his films to date and each one of them has been a progression and also a different genre. First we had “down terrace” which was a council estate mafia type film in which they all got high banging loads of “solpadol” a dark and sometimes funny look into a council estate crime family, in my opinion “down terrace” had the same sort of feel as the Italian movie”Gomorrah”. Then we had “kill list ” a dark and violent hitman/horror which was praised by critics and viewers all over the globe, and now we have the hilarious “sightseers”, another movie, and yet again another genre and brilliantly mixing in humour with carnage. The story of a couple who go holidaying in their caravan around Yorkshire leaving a trail of bodies along the way . The script is clever and sharp and the acting from the two leads is really good. So if you enjoyed the previous films then check it out . It makes fine evening viewing, and it also has a stomping 80’s soundtrack.
Also for fans of any Shane meadows films .

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the trailer

6: HUSH
Nothing really that that we haven’t seen before but the acting was great and it was a little different because it wasn’t the usual American road/killer/kidnap movie it was set in rainy England which immediately gave it a really gloomy feel. The story of a couple who while having an argument in their car nearly have a bad accident with a large truck . They pull over to the next service station and before ya know it the girl has been kidnapped and leaving the boyfriend to find the kidnapper and save his girl before its too late. As I said before the story doesn’t sound that original but if you haven’t seen it then please do give it a shot , it’s an impressive first feature by “Mark Tonderai” and also bears the “warp” label and anyone who is familiar with “warp” knows that they can always expect something a little different.

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7: THE ZOMBIE DIARIES
As a zombie fanatic I was delighted to hear about the “the zombie diaries” a mockumentary style apocalyptic zombie movie from England. Set in a collapsed England after a viral outbreak it follows a group of survivors as they feel the urge to document very minute of every day on camera during the outbreak.I have read nothing but bad reviews for this film but as a zombie movie lover , I’ve seen some pretty bad zombie movies. So if you can handle the low budget and the cam style filming then give it a go if you haven’t seen it yet. I know it wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste but as I said I’ve seen some pretty fucking bad zombie movies and this wasn’t one of them.
I stand my ground !!

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8: THE DEVILS BUSINESS
It would be a shame not to give this film a mention . The story again of two hit men , one a old school hit man and the other a rookie who break into a house and have to wait wait for their target to return home so they can take him out . Written and directed by John hogan and made a tiny budget . The devils business is a serous fucking movie and I would understand why some people might not like as its pretty much just two people in a house arguing with other but he script is solid and the acting is awesome and then throw in a bit of satanic madness towards the end and you’ll be thinking about for quite a while after watching it .
Would make a great double bill with kill list .

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the trailer

9: THIS IS ENGLAND
Another instant classic from “Shane Meadows” and fantastic performances from “Thomas Turgoose” and the extremely menacing “Stephen Graham”(boardwalk empire) as the violent racist who is is polluting the fragile mind of young “Thomas” a young kid trying to come to terms with loosing his father in the Falklands war . A very realistic film and since its release it has spawned a tv show which is equally as good and continues (like any other Shane meadows film) a brilliantly acted and well written story .Accompanied by an astonishing soundtrack .

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10: THE GREAT ECTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL
I will start off by saying , this is the most disturbing English film that I have seen to date . I made the huge mistake of picking this film up in the video shop I worked in as I had seen everything else and taking it home for me and the girlfriends viewing pleasure ….BIG MISTAKE!!!
I can easily compare this film to the French masterpiece “irreversible” so hopefully on that comparison alone you will understand the brutal and shocking nature of this film. This film is another home invasion movie ,the acting is very good and although it has “Danny Dyer” on the front cover , he is is only in it for a short time (so take comfort if you will). A brutal and shocking film that I would find hard to recommend to anyone .

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SIGHTSEERS

I think it’s safe to say that “Ben Wheatley” has earned his spot as one of the newest and freshest directors. I have seen every one of his films to date and each one of them has been a progression and also a different genre. First we had “down terrace” which was a council estate mafia type film in which they all got high banging loads of “solpadol” a dark and sometimes funny look into a council estate crime family, in my opinion “down terrace” had the same sort of feel as the Italian movie”Gomorrah”. Then we had “kill list ” a dark and violent hitman/horror which was praised by critics and viewers all over the globe, and now we have the hilarious “sightseers”, another movie, and yet again another genre and brilliantly mixing in humour with carnage. The story of a couple who go holidaying in their caravan around Yorkshire leaving a trail of bodies along the way . The script is clever and sharp and the acting from the two leads is really good. So if you enjoyed the previous films then check it out . It makes fine evening viewing, and it also has a stomping 80’s soundtrack.
Also for fans of any Shane meadows films .

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the trailer

THE YELLOW SEA

I was a big fan of “chaser” and I consider that to be one of the best serial killer movies about , it was dark , bleak , violent and really depressing but in a really good way ( if that makes any sense).
Soooo when I heard of ” the yellow sea” ( same guys behind chaser) , I knew it would be one hell of a film .The very first scene in this movie sets the mood for the next couple of hours, You know within 2 minutes that it has the same genius feel as other Korean masterpieces such as ” oldboy” ,”chaser” and of course ” I saw the devil” and “memories of murder” and “man from nowhere”.
Even though Korea is a beautiful country, the directors and stars of these films do a fucking really good job at making me never wanting to go there . Every one of these films sets a really desperate and depressing sense of defeat and “the Yellow Sea ” takes it even further.
The story follows a cab driver who is from a border town called “yanji” He has a $60.000 debt and hasn’t seen or heard from his wife in over 6 months. All he knows is that she has been smuggled to Korea just like thousands of others so she can live illegally and try and earn a living.
When our main character is offered a job and is told his debt will be be erased if he murders one man and brings back his thumb ( that’s all I’m saying) .
This film is soaked in history, the smuggling scenes are absolutely fantastic and very authentic, although its only about 10 minutes of the film you understand the lengths that these poor fuckers are willing to go to , just so they can make an honest buck and feed their families
So as you can imagine once things get going in this film , things get out of control really fast and just like all the other Korean movies it has fantastic acting , a well written and eerily shot story and its so fast paced that even ” Liam Neeson” couldn’t keep up .
For fans of real films .

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the trailer

EXCISION

A beautiful and yet very disturbing work of art . This film shocked me and there was times I was saying to myself ” glad I’m not watching this with the girlfriend”.
The film follows the tormented and delusional mind of Pauline ,a teenage girl living under the roof of her controlling mother and passive father and sick sister. when she’s awake she dreams of one day becoming a surgeon and when she’s asleep she has the most disturbing and vivid sexual dreams you could imagine (fucked up necrophilia dreams)
I have the upmost respect for filmmakers who just go ahead and make a flick this obscure, and its clear to see that this film was made the way they intended it to be ,and all though it has an 80% annoying American teenager cast , you pretty much know within the first 10 seconds , that this film ain’t gonna be like the rest ,and although I was very tempted to turn it off at some points ( because the teen cast were very annoying), I am glad I followed it through to the very end, because the end was by far the most unsettling scenes I have seen in American horror films for quite some time and when it was finished I realised that I had just watched one of the most original and sick American horror films of recent years .
Check it out, but I do warn you
DON’T WATCH THIS FILM WITH NORMAL PEOPLE
THEY MIGHT THINK YOU ARE VERY DISTURBED AND PROBABLY WILL NOT WANT TO HAVE CONTACT WITH YOU EVER AGAIN .
ENJOY

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the trailer

Das experiment

One of the best world cinema films around . This film is a dark and disturbing journey into the human mind and how you would react if you were put in a certain situation .
The film follows a group of men who have all enrolled in an experiment . They are separated into two groups (wimps,bullies) and placed in a prison environment. So what they have done is , they have placed the wimps as prison guards and the bullies as the as the prisoners. So as you can imagine the bully prisoners ain’t so nice and there is only so much shit the wimp prison guards will take before its time for retaliation !!! By any means necessary .
This film is brutal and shocking and when shit goes down , it’s gotta be seen to be believed. If you are looking for a psychological thriller , then it don’t get more psychological than this.
There was also a kids version of the film made called “the experiment” starring “Adrian brody”and “forrest Whitaker ” but maybe ok if you never heard of the original .
No comparison

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the trailer (nosubs)

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SHEITAN (satan)

The reason I watched this film was purely because it had “Vincent cassel” I find him to be one of the finest actors alive today, and I think I’ve seen every film that he’s been in . So the story follows a group of annoying teenagers who accidentally find themselves in the middle of a satanic cult lead by a very menacing welly boot wearing “deliverance” dude “Vincent cassel” ( he a fucking creep). This film is very shocking at times , I remember watching it with friends and there was a scene where everyone was naked and swimming in some sort of lagoon. Next thing ya know ya see a fucking shot of some dude rubbing some dogs balls ,and it looked fucking real . That’s right , some dude was just sitting there feeling the balls of a dog and if I remember correctly we didn’t believe what we had seen so we rewinded it , so we are twice as scarred..
I really don’t know what to type now after writing that sentence , I feel dirty , I need a shower.
Jesus
It’s original I’ll give it that .

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the trailer

The tall man ( writer&director of martyrs )

After being blown away by “pascal laughiers” ” martyrs” I was eagerly awaiting his next release, and for a while he was attached to giving us the rebirth of ” hellraiser” but that fell through after a while when he found out he couldn’t make it the way that he imagined and that the producers wanted it to be more commercial . Hahahahahahahahaha fuck that !!! So respect to pascal for telling them to politely fuck off . I’m not big into remakes and I’m especially not big into our classic horror films getting remade so you can take your kids to the cinema to see them . I know now to stay clear of the hellraiser remake when it finally comes around (PG/12)and at the end of the day it’s their fucking loss as I couldn’t imagine anyone else even attempting to give “hellraiser” a new lease of life.
So his next film was “the tall man” his first English speaking film and it starred “Jessica biel”. I have followed this film since its early days of pre production and was checking every single day for any news I could find on it.
The film is set in a very dull and depressing mining town called “coffin rock” and for years children have been going missing and legend has has it , it’s an entity called “the tall man” who has been taking the children. So when a nurses child goes missing she goes on a mad one to get her child back and put a stop to “the tall man”.
I loved this film and it most defo didn’t disappoint and was worth the couple years wait . If you are expecting another “martyrs” then don’t !! This film isn’t anywhere near as violent or as gory as but if you go into the film with that in mind then you’ll seriously enjoy it and just like “martyrs” this film is truly original and just when you think you know whats happening , things get flipped upside down and will have you going “HOLY SHIT”( well I did anyways ).
Overall a great film with a great performance from “Jessica biel” . It’s dark, suspenseful and a beautifully shot and well written thriller.
AND FUCK THE “HELLRAISER” REMAKE 😉

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the trailer