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Rush Week - Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray Promo Trailer

Toni Daniels is an ambitious young journalist working for her college newspaper. Tired of covering the same boring stories as her peers, Toni becomes intrigued by the recent disappearances of several female students and believes that they may be linked to an on-campus murder that happened the previous year during the college's raucous Rush Week. Despite being certain that something terrible has been happening on campus, no one she talks to is willing to admit that the disappearances are cause…

Last Gasp - Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray Promo Trailer

Leslie Chase will do anything it takes to push through his mega real estate development, even if it includes arranging the massacre of a Mexican native tribe to clear a patch of land. But no bad deed goes unpunished as, after murdering the tribe's chief in cold blood, Leslie's body and mind are taken over by the chief's vengeful spirit. Forced into committing a series of heinous murders Leslie's life is thrown into greater peril when a private detective, who…

Death Promise - Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray Promo trailer

The residents of a dilapidated New York tenement building are being harassed and threatened by Iguana Realty, the dummy corporation which owns the land, in an effort to force them out of their homes. But when karate master Charley’s father is murdered by a group of thugs hired by the landlords, he decides to take matters into his own hands. Enlisting the help of his best friend, fellow fighter Speedy, and driven by a desire for vengeance, they soon develop…

Liked reviews

We can, as a race of thoughtful, movie-watchin' human beans, choose to marvel at gimmicky stuff like a well-established filmmaker with access to tons of resources and ballyhoo-generating press making a movie with the same cast over a 12-year period, or we can be equally, if not more impressed by a couple of tenacious exploitation stalwarts patching together 15-years worth of short-ends and workprint trims and outs leftover from various productions and tying it together as a single feature with…

James Bryan and Renee Harmon's THE FOG.

Jungle Trap

Jungle Trap

★★★★½

1977: Joe D'Amato wanders into the Italian woods to make a South American Emanuelle film. He winds up jumping from softcore into horror, setting the template for the Italian shock-smut film.

1990: James Bryan and Renee Harmon wander into the Californian woods to make a South American horror film. They wind up ending their film careers.

The weird irony of Jungle Trap is that it may not only be Bryan and Harmon’s best film, but one of the most conventionally…

Smile

Smile

★★★★★

A brutally shrewd satire that pities its characters and lambasts the endlessly contradictory social and cultural rituals that flourish in America. There are so many moments in this film where the jokes cut so damn deep. The laughs carry more than a hint of uncomfortable bite and they often surprise. Just look at that last shot for a prime example. It’s a bold gut-punch of a statement in a film that’s full of them. Satirizing beauty pageants seems like an…

Smile

Smile

★★★★½

It's almost unbelievable that so gentle a satire can land with such an emotionally powerful wallop (like an iron glove cast in velvet, to rearrange a quote from Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill, Kill). It's a cumulative effect that is patiently built, scene by scene, across a wide cast of characters. The ambition seems to be nothing short of deconstructing the "American Dream" by detailing how its pursuit has emotionally crippled an entire small town and negatively affected the values of…

So it turns out the characters in a Harmony Korine film have busted out into the real world and someone has made a documentary about them. In following Soundcloud rappers who move out to a Colorado desert to grow/smoke weed, record music, and attempt some half-assed version of a "sustainable village," Crestone doesn't choose a lane between the practical and the impressionistic, so it's a bit of a mishmash. But there are some great moments (and big laughs) throughout, and the final shot is a doozy.

This comedy of losers (another one!) is much more enjoyable than I thought at first: HEAVY TRIP is made with love, care and consideration. Great characters, good ideas, great music (even if you're not a Metalhead (like me)) and heaps of dry humour - and although it's pretty formulaic aswell, no doubt, it doesn't fail to entertain.

Well, the events along the "roadtrip to Norway" are much too forced for my taste, but that's only a minor point of criticism of this surprisingly well done debut feature film.

This witty and enthralling Finnish heavy metal drama from he duo directing team of Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio depicts what happens when a newly formed death metal band that names itself Impaled Rektum goes through a major road to traveling to a major heavy metal festival concert with all of the trial and tribulations that they go through that are as tragic and serious as they are comedic and touching in the way they pursue their dream in attending…