All posts by Rob Simpson

House of Wax (1953)

James Cameron has a lot to answer for, off the back of Avatar’s success film fans have been subjected to a decade of shoehorned 3D features. The only films still clinging on to this concept are the superhero mega-blockbusters, otherwise, 3D has well and truly

The Crazies (1973)

To celebrate the life of George A. Romero, Arrow Video have released a box set of three films called between Night and Dawn. It could just as easily be called ‘more than just night and dawn’ as Romero was largely overlooked outside of the Night

The Villainess

2017 has been a watershed year for Korean cinema; Park Chan-Wook, Kim Jee-Woon, and Joon Ho-Bong returned with the latter directing one of the largest budgets for any Netflix original. Beyond that upper echelon, Jang Hoon’s [a] Taxi Driver garnered plenty of Western acclaim. UK

Shaft (1971)

Few things in pop culture have an associated piece of music that precedes it as widely as Shaft. Isaac Hayes legendary and academy recognised score and song is identifiable from its first few bars and with good reason too, Hayes is one of the kings

The Party

There are Elephants in the room that are both literal and metaphorical in the Party, the latest release from Eureka. One appears in the final chaotic throes of the titular party and the other is represented by Peter Sellers in brownface adopting an Indian accent.

S15E01 – Glam Rock and New Beginnings

We were off for a while, launching our Youtube, travelling about and doing things we utterly regret. You know? Normal Summer stuff. After a couple of months off we return with a new form. We’ve changed a lot over the years, but this is (probably)

The Howling

Joe Dante is a beloved man, his films are among the most humble and darkly funny the genre world has to offer. His work is the point which light and dark intersect within the horror and science fiction cannons. That is true save for the

Kills on Wheels

Representation is the big issue – who is having their stories told and which actors are being deprived of acting opportunities. Unfortunately, race and gender are as far as this dialogue have been extended. People who have lifelong disabilities either by accident or birth are

Erik the Conqueror

In “Gli Imatori”, a visual essay featured in an uncharacteristically spartan selection of arrow video features, Michael Mackenzie comments on Italian cinema’s propensity to copy (escape from New York becomes 2019: After the Fall of New York, for example) as this latest Mario Bava title

The Saga of Anatahan

In a recent self-titled documentary Brian De Palma stated that film-makers produce their best works between the age of 30 and 50, between that and the industry forever pursuing new and interesting voices, it makes ‘the final movie’ an incredibly interesting topic of discussion. Legendary