Zombie Cats from Mars, 2015 - ½

Zombie Cats from Mars, 2015 - ½
REVIEWED

Awkwardly camp teen Billy Roberts is a small Portland towns only hope against a group of martian cats hellbent on turning his family and sleepy suburban community into zombies.

Thrill... as glowing eyed cats get thrown into scenes.
Shriek... at its inane plot of 100 year old pyramid driving master cats.
Shudder... at its casts inability to speak (I salute you senile priest & beard kid).

Anyone with a grain of intelligence, would have given a film titled 'Zombie Cats from Mars' a wide berth, or have the smarts to switch off within 10 minutes. Not a dedicated movie moron like me. I used to be in an online viewing circle of bad movie fanatics who watched junk like this over irc together. So I'm hardened to shoestring atrocities like ZCFM. While its far from the worst (honestly this doesn't come close), its by no means worthwhile.


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Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, 2013 - ★★★½

Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, 2013 - ★★★½
REVIEWED

Do you want nuts with that mate... Hilarious, pitch black comedy drama from down under. Mild mannered, lonely icecream man and Clint Eastwood fan Warren Thompson's monotonous lack of life crashes in on himself, when his disillusioned attraction for a pretty soap actress goes to the next phase.

'Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla' (another gem I found thanks to letterboxders buzz, cheers guys) is obviously indebted to 'Taxi Driver'. Yet it manages to succeed that films lofty influence and its clear low budget restraints, thanks to its powerhouse central performance from Glenn Maynard as Warren. He painfully yet amusingly captures the bleak life of the long distance loner.

While I had a blast with this, I honestly couldn't argue against its basic plot being pretty weak and forgettable. But what makes it shine are its inclusions of the most cringe inducing personal video confessionals I've seen since Rob Brydons masterpiece 'Marion And Geoff'.


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Animals, 2014 - ★★★½

Animals, 2014 - ★★★½
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Gritty, effective and highly believable indie drama following Jude and Bob (actually Barbra) a pair of junky lovers. Living rough in a car, the couples days spiral around grifting for cash to fund their heroin habit.

Due to its subject matter and grim tone 'Animals' won't appeal to entertainment seeking viewers, just don't even try. But those who dare to walk on the wild side, will find as accurate a story on the hopeless nature of drug addiction, thats been directed in ages (I've sure not seen one since 'Adam and Paul').


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World of Tomorrow, 2015 - ★★★★

World of Tomorrow, 2015 - ★★★★
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A clever 16 minute futurshock warning, with Hertzfeldts typical stick figures and morose humor. I've a sneaky feeling we'll see more Emily Prime in the future.


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Chappie, 2015 - ★★★½

Chappie, 2015 - ★★★½
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Blomkamp's crazy robotic Pinocchio like take on artificial intelligence is an entertaining mix of Short Circuit and Robocop.

Having caught the wondrous 'Ex_Machina' only a few nights ago, It was a little unfair watching this lighter toned A.I. movie without comparing the two. While I preferred 'Ex_Machinas' more adult take, my inner child thoroughly enjoyed the shit out of Chappie.

Initially, 20 or so minutes in I was fearing the worst. But I slowly warmed to its cartoonish thugs and oddball humor, even Hugh Jackmans bizarre against type villainous performance won me around.


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Headless, 2015 - ½

Headless, 2015 - ½
REVIEWED

Heads will roll, but not before your eyelids. Low rent shat on video horror atrocity, faintly pretending to pass itself off as a lost horror film from '78. Headless follows an Ed Gein like necrophilia killer, whose haunted by his abused childhood self, and ordered to collect his victims (who are mostly topless skanks) amputated body parts.

Not to be harsh on this obvious amateur effort but even hardup hardcore gorehounds will struggle to keep interested for its 85 minutes. Your far better seeking out the early 70's gem 'Deranged'.


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Ex Machina, 2015 - ★★★★½

Ex Machina, 2015 - ★★★★½
REVIEWED

On the surface its a simplistic (only 3 spoken parts) artificial intelligence nightmare, with a deeper psychological/philosophical edge. That magnificently blends themes from Metropolis, Bladerunner, Rear Window and even Apocalypse Now into potentially the years best film.

Hot damn Star Wars ep7's got its work cut out to take away Ex Machina's crown as best sci-fi of 2015, its truly that jaw-dropping. Alex Garlands created a thought provoking modern science fiction masterpiece, the likes of which I've not seen in decades.

Please gods of Hollywood greenlight the movie based on his 'Halo' script already.


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