Evan Popplestone

Evan Popplestone

Cult, sci-fi, horror, thriller, noir, grindhouse, arthouse and world cinema.

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  • The Immortal Story

    The Immortal Story

    ★★★★

    Orson Welles's last completed fictional film made its debut on French television. It tells the story of a physically ailing Macau merchant (played by Welles himself) who decides to recreate an old sailors' story in his home by hiring two participants (played by Jeanne Moreau and Norman Eshley).

    Although too short and slight to be considered a Welles masterpiece, The Immortal Story has a fragile, precious and slightly unreal mood about it that perfectly befits the inherent romance of passed-down mythology. The dialogue is hauntingly poetic and the visuals are filled with soft details such as evening light, candles, flowers and silk gauze.

  • Wake in Fright

    Wake in Fright

    ★★★½

    "All the little devils are proud of hell."

    There are few films that capture the oppressively sweltering, sweaty, beer-sodden atmosphere of some godforsaken Australian Outback town quite as vividly as Ted Kotcheff's Wake in Fright.

    It's a strange and ultimately rather nightmarish tale about a strait-laced school teacher (played by Gary Bond) who gets sucked into a world that's very much alien to his own cultural norms - one where everyone is hellbent on getting him drunk beyond comprehension or…

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  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    "When you join my command, you take on debit. A debit you owe me personally. Each and every man under my command owes me one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps. And all y'all will git me one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred dead Nazis. Or you will die tryin'."

    Inglourious Basterds (a title reference to Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 Italian war flick The Inglorious Bastards) is perhaps the perfect Quentin Tarantino movie.…

  • Tokyo Fist

    Tokyo Fist

    ★★★★

    Cinema doesn't get much more extreme than this hyperkinetic, ultraviolent piece of Japanese punk filmmaking, courtesy of Shinya Tsukamoto (who stars, writes, directs, produces, cinematographs, edits and art directs!).

    An urban brutalist ménage à trois mixed up with gruesome boxing and bodily modification, Tokyo Fist is an ugly and disturbing affair that also contains moments of disarming beauty.