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  • ABCs of Death 2 2014

    ★★★ Watched 06 Oct, 2014

    It's back! The world's clunkiest premise, the format that both sinks AND saves itself. it's The ABCs of Death 2. This time around the choices of directors are quite a bit more obscure; indeed, many are first-time directors or have only directed shorts so far. And whilst this time around there's nothing quite as cock-smackingly awful as "F is for Fart", "W is for WTF?" or "Z is for Zetsumetsu" from the first anthology, there's also nothing even approaching the…

  • The Elephant in the Living Room 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    Across the USA, a counter-culture of keeping exotic, dangerous animals as pets is expanding and going largely unchecked; puff adders, pythons, alligators, big cats, primates, bears - you name it. The Elephant in the Living Room, a 2010 documentary by Michael Webber, takes us through many of the states in which this practice is entirely legal; in a few of those states, no licence or permit of any kind is required. We visit with a Vegas couple and their pet…

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  • Dredd 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Jan, 2013 9

    About a million years ago (1980-85ish), when I was a boy, I bought a comic each and every week called 2000AD. And I loved it. I mean, properly LOVED it. The flagship strip in this publication was (and all these years later, remains) Judge Dredd. The titular lead character (his name, a play on that of novelty UK ska/reggae artist Judge Dread - who himself lifted the moniker from a Prince Buster tune - although there any similarity ends, absolutely)…

  • Chronicle 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 06 May, 2013 3

    Awkward loner Andrew (Dane DeHaan, soon to appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is invited by his more affable cousin Matt (Alex Russell, Bait, Carrie) to go to a party, to help cheer him up. Andrew has problems at home; his mother is dying of cancer, the cost of her medication has become prohibitive, and his dad is an abusive drunk. Andrew brings with him the bulky old video camera he's been using of late to document...…