- Mar 10
- THE LADY ASSASSIN: DVD Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 10/03/14 at 11:30 AM
Director: Nguyen Quang Dung. Review: Adam Wing.
Vietnamese films aren't exactly easy to come by on our shores, especially martial arts movies filmed in 3D. The Lady Assassin is a feisty action adventure that makes the most of cutting edge technology, stunning locations and beautiful girls. Make no mistake about it, the female cast members of The Lady Assassin are absolutely stunning. So much so, it's easy to forgive the films textbook plotting and overambitious set pieces.
Deadly women with dark secrets, evil outlaws, corrupt officials and group bathing sessions are the order of the day here. Nothing too gratuitous, that might upset the Vietnamese sensors, but there's more than enough titillation for those of us growing tired of wire-assisted wonderment. The Lady Assassin is one of the biggest box office hits in Vietnamese history, and as long as you keep your expectations down to a minimum, there's plenty for western audiences to get a grips of too.
Set in and around a traveller's tavern, The Lady Assassin tells the tale of a beautiful seductress and her team of lethal waitresses, who routinely slaughter the corrupt (and not so corrupt) government officials and businessmen who come their way. Before honing their skills in a game of volleyball and washing each other down in a pool overlooking the sea. I may have mentioned that part already...Continue review.
- Mar 09
- South Korea prepares itself for the KING’S WRATH
- Posted by Dorrystavern - 09/03/14 at 07:59 AM
Get ready to feel the full force of the Kings Wrath on April 30th, when Lee Jae-Kyu's gorgeous period epic is released in South Korea.
Starring Hyun-Bin, Jung Jae-Young, Cho Jung-Seok and Han Ji-Min, King's Wrath (Yeokrin) certainly looks the part, judging by the brief but dramatic teaser trailer.
Check it out at the link below. We're pretty sure this will get picked up for worldwide release, and as always, we'll keep you posted on any further developments.
Synopsis: Yeongnin (The King’s Wrath) is a historical drama dealing with the period of political chaos during the conflict between the Old Learning (Noron) and the Young Learning (Soron) in the Joseon Dynasty.
- Mar 08
- UK trailer for Indie sci-fi actioner THE MACHINE
- Posted by Deljhp - 08/03/14 at 02:47 PM
We often get sent news on upcoming Indie releases and to be honest, often they’re often all bang and no bite, but the UK trailer for - writer/director Caradog James - Sci-fi action thriller...The Machine...is simply stunning. Makes you wonder just what the hell Hollywood spends its money on, when an Independent production, with a fraction of their budgets can turn out something looking this good?! The Machine is out in UK cinemas / VoD from the 21st March and on DVD from the 31st. Look out for our review coming soon!
Synopsis: It’s the near future and Britain, still gripped by recession, is embroiled in a cold war with China. The Ministry of Defence has been working on a mechanised soldier, a thinking robot that would not only have the ability to fight, but to negotiate and keep peace too. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy has his own personal agenda; he’s desperate to harness this new technology to help give his sick daughter Mary another chance at life. With tests on his early prototypes ending in disaster, Vincent pairs up with another scientist, a beautiful young American called Ava, whose software he hopes will hold the key to unlocking the secrets of a conscious machine. Meanwhile Thomson, Vincent’s scheming boss, is stringing him along; he’s only really interested in a killing machine that will follow his every command. With a suspicious Ava wiped out by Thomson’s henchmen, it’s up to Vincent to finish their work alone and bring The Machine to life. As The Machine shows increasing signs of consciousness, Vincent’s daughter slowly slips away. Threatened by The Machine’s intelligence, Thomson plots to modify her program and dehumanise her. Vincent struggles to protect his creation and it looks like Thomson will get his way. But The Machine fights back, rampaging through the base and destroying everything in her path.
- Mar 07
- In a Nutshell: CARRIE
- Posted by Dorrystavern - 07/03/14 at 06:40 PM
A white knuckle ride in more ways than one, Carrie is the latest in a long line of Hollywood remakes. Messing with Brian De Palma's much loved original is enough to bring anybody out in a cold sweat, but in truth, we're surprised it's taken this long to get here. Especially when you consider how many other films, lesser horror movies, have already sampled the remake treatment. Carrie, however, has a few things going for it. Themes of bullying that remain current, sturdy direction from Kimberley Pierce (Boys Don't Cry), and strong leads in Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
For those of you who have spent one too many nights preparing yourselves for the prom, Carrie is a reimagining of the classic Stephen King tale about Carrie White (Chloe Moretz), a naive girl cast out by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes her telekinetic terror on a small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Even if you've not seen the original movie, you'll certainly be familiar with the set-up, such is the influence of De Palma's original to this day.
Moretz and Moore are good, but they really don't compare to Spacek and Laurie. Moretz is constantly battling with subtlety and sympathy, though that might just be a sign of the times, De Palma would not have been so easily led by the popularity of J-horror. Moore's mama is more restrained than Laurie's, and as a result, she's also less memorable. If you're unfamiliar with the original though, both performances are a cut above the rest. As is the movie as a whole, which successfully relocates itself for a modern audience. Portia Doubleday stands out as head-bitch Chris, and despite familiarity rearing its head at every turn, Carrie is one of the more accomplished retreads of recent times. It doesn't hit home as often as the original, but for newbies, Carrie is probably as good as it gets.
Carrie is available to own in the UK on March 31, 2014
- Mar 07
- Arrow Films look into the WHITE OF THE EYE
- Posted by Dorrystavern - 07/03/14 at 05:34 PM
Arrow Video is excited to announce the UK Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD and Steelbook release of the 1987 British thriller, White of the Eye, which will be making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, and UK DVD debut from 31st March 2014. Described by the distinguished critic David Thomson as “one of the great secret works in cinema”, White of the Eye is one of the most bizarre and unforgettable thrillers ever made.
Arrow Video’s Francesco Simeoni said: "Donald Cammell was such an unfortunate filmmaker, side-lined by critics who thought Nicolas Roeg was the creative force behind Performance, projects which would never come to fruition, studio interference and personal problems, his life was arguably more famous than his films. White of the Eye is possibly his most problem free film, though even this film suffered cuts, which we have included, although sadly no sound could be found. Though the film was cut, Cammell never commented, at least publicly, about his dissatisfaction with this decision by distributor Cannon.
With a gorgeous new restoration of the negative and a bevy of supplements including a documentary on Cammell by Oscar winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald and Chris Rodley, an audio commentary by Cammell's biographer Sam Umland, Cammell's short film The Argument, a comprehensive booklet and more, we are very proud to make this sensational film available to the UK once again.” Featuring a bumper crop of bonus features such as documentary 'Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance' (1998), Donald Cammell’s short film, The Argument, an audio commentary by Donald Cammell's biographer Sam Umland, deleted scenes, original opening credits and the theatrical trailer.
Synopsis: A serial killer is on the loose in and around the small community of Globe, Arizona, and housewife Joan White (Cathy Moriarty) gradually comes to suspect that her opera-loving hi-fi engineer husband Paul (David Keith) might know more than he’s letting on…
- Mar 07
- The show must go on for STAGE FRIGHT
- Posted by Dorrystavern - 07/03/14 at 09:03 AM
Is it just me or are horror victims getting a whole lot younger these days? With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Stage Fright is a new horror movie directed by Jerome Sable (The ABCs of Death 2). Jerome's directorial debut short film, a horror musical called "The Legend of Beaver Dam," opened Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at over 75 film festivals worldwide, winning 17 awards, including "Best Short Film" at Sitges, Fantastic Fest, Dallas, Screamfest LA and receiving an honourable mention at Sundance.
As you'll see in the trailer, Stage Fright stars some familiar faces, most notably rock legend, Meatloaf, and the fabulously quirky, Minnie Driver. We're pretty sure they'll both be hamming it up big time in this one. Stage Fright, somewhat predictably, tells the tale of a snobby musical theatre camp terrorized by a blood-thirsty killer who hates musical theatre. It's hard to tell which way this one will go but we do love the little girl who proclaims, "Isn't it wrong to sing and dance when somebody just died?" Stage Fright opens in the U.S. on 03 April, 2014.
- Mar 06
- A MONSTER is coming to N. American
- Posted by Deljhp - 06/03/14 at 06:57 PM
Damn, how fracking good does this look! South Korean director HWANG In-ho's hard hitting revenge thriller Monster, is coming to N. American, at Los Angeles CGV Cinema (needs to be more venues and cities!) on March 14th!
We will be picking this up the minute it hits DVD, of that you can be assured!
Synopsis: Bok-Soon (KIM Go-Eun) runs a street stall while taking care of her younger sister. Bok-Soon may not be the brightest girl but what she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in uncontrollable rage. She's infamously known as the "psycho bitch" in her neighborhood. Bok-Soon's relatively peaceful life with her sister is disrupted when they cross paths with a serial killer named Tae-Soo (LEE Min-Ki). Tae-Soo kills Bok-Soon's sister because she may have stumbled upon the truth of his murderous lifestyle. Bok-Soon's rage consumes her completely, leading her to plot her revenge on Tae Soo. Meanwhile, Tae-Soo vows to tie up his only loose end—Bok-Soon. Bok-Soon’s descent into revenge and electrifying struggle with Tae-Soo culminates in a riveting conclusion. Who will emerge alive—hot-blooded Bok-Soon or cold-hearted Tae-Soo?
- Mar 05
- All aboard the Pork Chop Express…
- Posted by Dorrystavern - 05/03/14 at 06:09 PM
We love John Carpenter here at 24FPS. Luckily for us, so do the nice folk at The Prince Charles Cinema in London. We love All Nighters here at 24FPS. Luckily for us, so do the nice folk at The Prince Charles Cinema in London. So colour us happy that they're hosting a John Carpenter All-Nighter in April, and if you're thinking of heading down, you might just catch us there too.
The line-up is phenomenal, showcasing the very best of John Carpenter through the ages. The films included are Halloween, probably the best slasher movie ever made. Creepy classic, The Fog. Cult favourites, Escape from New York and They Live. Arguably John Carpenter's greatest achievement, The Thing, and one of my own personal favourites, Big Trouble in Little China.
The event takes place at The Prince Charles Cinema in London on April 12th, 2014. Tickets and prices can be found at the link above. So jump aboard the Pork Chop Express and we'll see you there.
- Mar 05
- TERRACOTTA FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL - Part VI
- Posted by Dorrystavern - 05/03/14 at 05:33 PM
The sixth Terracotta Far East Film Festival will be held in two central London venues over ten days from Friday 23 May to Sunday 1 June. The festival is one of the UK’s biggest showcases for contemporary Asian cinema, boasting an electrifying mix of movies from emerging and established artists across a range of genres. This is the second year the festival will run on a two-venue, ten-day format, indicating the growing success of the event as a must-visit for both hardcore fans and more casual cinema-goers to catch some of the most exciting films coming out of Asia today.
This year, the festival will kick off with the "Spotlight On" section at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) between Friday 23 and Tuesday 27 May. The section will focus on the Philippines where a new generation of independent film-makers are producing fresh and increasingly critically acclaimed content. The festival will then relocate to Prince Charles Cinema in the heart of Chinatown from Wednesday 28 May until Sunday 1 June, and the fast-becoming-cult Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter will be back too, serving up a marathon of ghosts, zombies, demons and cold-blooded killers.
The full programme for the sixth Terracotta Film Festival will be announced in March 2014 together with ticket information. We'll keep you posted with more information as and when we get it.
- Mar 04
- KOTODAMA: GHOST STORY teases
- Posted by Deljhp - 04/03/14 at 08:29 PM
What’s this?! An upcoming Japanese horror movie, that looks like they’ve at least spent some coin on the production values?! We may have to have a lie down! Its be lumbered wit the not so short (and not overly punchy title) Gakko no Kaidan: Noroi no Kotodama - which roughly translates to ‘Kotodama: Ghost story of the cursed school’ - and opens in Japan in May. Teaser at the link.
- Mar 03
- THE STUFF: Blu-ray review
- Posted by Deljhp - 03/03/14 at 08:43 PM
Director: Larry Cohen. Review: Adam Wing.
There's a standout sequence midway through Larry Cohen's demented horror comedy where the stuff of the title comes out of a mattress and attacks a man lying on a bed by shooting him up the wall and onto the ceiling. Look a little closer and you might recognise that room from another popular horror movie. It was the exact same room used in the classic scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) where Johnny Depp's character is sucked into his bed and blood sprays everywhere.
Coming your way courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the It’s Alive series and writer of the Maniac Cop trilogy), The Stuff is a tantalising treat for the taste buds, sharing flavours with cult oddities like Street Trash and B-movie classics such as The Blob. When a man discovers a tasty white substance bubbling out of the ground, he's quick to conclude that there's money to be made from this palatable pleasure. Before long, The Stuff is a new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It’s delicious, low in calories and - better still - doesn’t stain the family carpet. What’s not to like?!
Well, for a start it seems to have a life of its own. Young Jason however, appears to be the only person who doesn’t crave for The Stuff. In fact, he won’t go anywhere near it, having witnessed the dubious dessert crawling around the fridge late at night. What’s more, everyone who eats The Stuff has started to act very strangely. The Stuff seems to be taking over their lives, turning the local residents into hordes of zombiefied aggressors. Jason must team up with Mo, an arrogant industrial saboteur, if he's to put a stop to The Stuff and its crazy ways...Continue review.
- Mar 02
- In a Nutshell: AGE OF UPRISING
- Posted by Dorrystavern - 02/03/14 at 07:53 PM
Mads Mikkelsen is one of the most engaging actors in the world right now. Want proof? If you've yet to check out TVs Hannibal, honestly, what are you waiting for, an invitation to dinner? Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas is not your typical blood-soaked medieval epic, nor is it a good example of Mikkelsen's undisputed screen presence. It's a long, hard slog through the marshland of cinematic waste, an emotional vacuum that could've been and should've been so much more.
The film takes us back to 16th century France, where Michael Kohlhaas is making a living as a horse dealer. He lives with his wife and daughter in the peaceful, picturesque countryside. Things take a turn for the worse when a rapacious baron seizes his livelihood and defiles his family's honour. Kohlhaas is forced to take up arms and set out on a mission of vengeance that will send the kingdom up in flames. Or at least, that's what we're led to believe. You have to ask yourself though, when did vengeance and honour become so boring?
Mikkelsen looks vexed for the most part, clearly uninspired by the plodding script and lack of drama. Arnaud des Pallières is unable to stem the flow of dreariness, giving his actors nothing to work with and very little to chew on. Mélusine Mayance impresses as Michael's daughter, but there's nothing else to cheer about here. Unless of course gloomy visuals and meandering scripts are your cup of tea, then I guess you'll be having a ball. There's not even any real action - or vengeance - to speak of. The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas, it would seem, is anything but legendary. If it's a Mikkelsen movie of revenge, righteousness and rebellion you're after, Kung Fu Panda 3 is due out next year. Avoid.
- Mar 01
- The UK should prepare for THE LADY ASSASSIN!
- Posted by Deljhp - 01/03/14 at 05:04 PM
Seems like this is a week for “assassins”! Earlier in the week we had news that Victor Vu’s martial art epic 'Sword of the Assassin' has just hit the U.S, now followed close behind with word that NGUYEN Quang Dun’s The Lady Assassin will come to DVD in the UK 10th March 2014....via Terracotta Films.
Feisty women with dark secrets, evil outlaws, corrupt officials and a healthy dose of martial arts action come together to help create the biggest ever box office hit in Vietnam. Harking back to the golden era of the Shaw Brothers martial arts films from Hong Kong, NGUYEN Quang Dung offers slick direction of his beautiful female cast, making great use of cutting edge technology to ramp up the action set pieces. Lush!
Synopsis: A sexy, action packed martial-arts fantasy set in a traveller’s tavern whose owner, with the help of her team of lethal waitresses, routinely slaughter the corrupt government officials & businessmen who visit. When an innocent young woman (TANG Thanh Ha), whose family has been killed by an evil general, arrives at the seaside tavern, they train her to become a skilled assassin so that she can take bloody revenge for her family.
- Feb 28
- Nordic Noir arrives in the shape of SALAMANDER
- Posted by Dorrystavern - 28/02/14 at 04:01 PM
We don't cover many TV shows here at 24FPS but we do love the current wave of European thrillers hitting our TV screens. Which is just perfect really, because following the path laid down by BBC 4, Arrow Film’s Nordic Noir brand will now house quality international crime shows too, from various European territories and beyond, under a sub-label simply entitled ‘Noir’.
Having already seen massive success with their Bafta winning series The Bridge, The Killing and Borgen, Arrow Films are thrilled to announce the release of Salamander, a tense, edge-of-your-seat European thriller that will mark the first Belgian TV show to be released by the new NOIR label. Having been aired in a prime-time Saturday night slot on BBC 4 earlier this year, the 12 part series comes arrives on DVD in the UK on 17th March 2014.
Synopsis: Everyone has secrets. But some secrets can bring down a nation. In a private Brussels bank, 66 safe-deposit boxes are raided. The owner of the bank wants to keep the thefts under wraps but police inspector Paul Gerardi catches wind of the affair. With his incorruptible, old-school morals and devil-may-care attitude, Gerardi throws himself into the investigation, and when some of the key players are murdered, commit suicide or vanish, soon realises just how big the case is...
- Feb 27
- Vietnam goes Wuxia with SWORD OF THE ASSASSIN
- Posted by Deljhp - 27/02/14 at 08:45 PM
We clearly missed this! But the good folk at Epic pictures dropped us a line to tell us that they’ve just released director Victor Vu’s martial Arts/Kiem Hiep epic Sword of the Assassin in the U.S. Known in its native Vietnam as Thiên Mệnh Anh Hùng (aka Blood Letter), the film is recorded as one of the most expensive films done in Vietnamese film history, and is the first Wuxia to come out of the country. Good action throughout and it always helps that the cinematography is dripping gorgeousness.