All posts by Rob Simpson

Jack Hill Double: Spider Baby & Foxy Brown

Quentin Tarantino dubbed Jack Hill “the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking”. Even if that box quote does cut Jack Hill as a vital figure in the exploitation film world, what’s even more worthy of note is Arrow Film’s commitment to releasing high-quality pressings of the

For Love’s Sake

As a director, Takashi Miike is impossible to define beyond his boundless productivity. Yakuza, musicals, superheroes, children friendly, gore, taboo baiting, samurai, horror, video game adaptations, these are well within Miike’s wheelhouse, there are few people in the world as outright eccentric. His latest to

Vulgaria

As a rule of thumb, comedy in Chinese and Hong Kong cinema tends to have a light touch. Instead of anything akin to the more raunchy Western stylings, Chinese territories typically favour slapstick and mischievous puns, a playful sense of humour at large. To that

The Woodsman & The Rain

  The Japanese film industry is in a state of instability now, many of the old masters have passed on and the more fashionable names are proving to be inconsistent at best. There a few new names emerging in your Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sion Sono or

2013 Movies Preview

2012 is done and dusted; I looked at the best and the rest of last year. The top 10 films I settled on were as diverse as they were remarkable examples showing just how good the world of cinema is at the moment. Even though

2012 in Review: Top Ten

Today is the final day of my series of 2012 posts reviewing the year in cinema, and today it’s the turn of the year’s top 10 films. Just to re-iterate what I have previously said, 2012 has been a brilliant year for films to the

2012 in Review: Worst movies of the year

It’s one thing picking the best films of the year; it’s an altogether easier task too as I could have easily made a top 50a for 2012. Any claims that this year was a bad one for cinema is entirely unfounded. Even so, that doesn’t mean this year didn’t have its

2012 in Review: Honorable Mentions

2012 is over. 365 days, 52 weeks and hundreds of films: it has now come to the time of the year where those who look at films critically pick the highlights and lowlights of the year’s film releases. There are rules for this type of

Isn’t Anyone Alive?

Sōgo Ishii or as he now known Gakuryū Ishii, is one of the many eccentric visualists of Japanese cinema, with films like Electric Dragon 80,000v. With his latest film, based on a stage play by Shirô Maeda, in isn’t anyone alive? The director has calmed