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DVD Review – The Interrupters (2011)

by on Dec.05, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Chicago has had a long history of crime. From the early 20th Century days of Al Capone to the current gang problems in the city. Just like any other major city in America, gang violence is a major concern to the community. So much so, that some ex members of the gangs have vowed to try and stop the violence once and for all. The Chicago based organization known as Ceasefire has a goal to stop the gang violence completely by interrupting potentially violent situations, that could results in shootings and killings.

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DVD Review – Panic Button (2011)

by on Nov.02, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

The paranoia around social networking has started to arise recently. Rather then just view sites like Facebook and MySpace as a way of keeping in contact with old friends, there’s the fear that people can be subtly controlled by them. After all, who really reads the terms and conditions right down to the bottom? Thought not. Just because some of your Facebook profile is set to private, does not make it entirely safe. In the low-budget horror, Panic Button, every technophobe’s fear springs from the woodwork.

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DVD Review – The Poet (2003)

by on Oct.31, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Ever since the outstanding Leon, contract killers in the film world always carry a lot of emotional baggage, usually tucked away next to their folding sniper rifle. For every body dropped, another part of them dies inside. Maybe all film hitmen are just as emotional and vulnerable the camera cuts to the good guys. Or is it just another good idea that’s becoming a tired cliché due to unimaginative overuse? In the 2003 Paul Hill film, The Poet, we learn just how absurd this character device can be.

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DVD Review – Devil’s Gate (2003)

by on Oct.24, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

One of the least appealing settings for any film is in a small and isolated community. If the inhabitants aren’t committing some kind bizarre ritual, they’re usually making any token outsider feeling extremely unwanted. From burning policemen in The Wicker Man to raping and terrorising a couple in Straw Dogs, highly populated cities never felt safer in comparison to the middle of nowheresville. So when a woman has to travel from the mainland to a remote north sea island, the isolation is so thick you could batter an outsider to death with it.

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DVD Review – Deep Winter (2008)

by on Oct.18, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

When is a film not a film? When it’s an extreme sports video with a story stapled on in a panic at the last minute. Now I’m a lay man when it comes to the nuances of snowboarding and downhill skiing. Obviously, a film exclusively dealing with the subject isn’t going to be my first choice when it comes to vegetating in from of the telly all evening. The main problem with Deep Winter, is that it seems to think it can just sell an entire film on it’s only saving grace. It’s almost as if fusty things such as narrative, dialogue and character development don’t really matter at all to Mikey Hilb.

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DVD Review – South Central (1992)

by on Sep.30, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

In the film world, Los Angeles seems to be the city of lost hope, rather than the city of lost angels. Unless your looking at the rise of an up and coming star, you’re looking at the down trodden ghettos; an extreme contrast to the glitzy Hollywood-land image of the town. Whilst no large city isn’t a stranger to the strife of gang warfare, Los Angeles always seems to be one of the first five cities to pop into your head when it comes to the dreaded G word. So what better time to look into the gang problems of LA than the early Nineties?

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DVD Review – Juice (1992)

by on Sep.23, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Whether it’s a sharp dressed Italian or a street-wise hood, both meanings of “Gangster” always seem to deal around the same theme: the downward spiral of corruption. In The Godfather, a seemingly pleasant Michael Corleone ended up murdering half of his family after becoming a crime boss. This has always been the way of representing crime on the big screen; it doesn’t pay and everything and everyone you love is at risk. And what better place to let the fetid cloud of corruption prey havoc then in Harlem.

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DVD Review – 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

by on Sep.08, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

What better way to start off a cop movie than to drop the hero from a great height. In the popular film series, Lethal Weapon, Mel Gibson played a suicidal cop whose daredevil behaviour gave his character that much needed edge. When a man has nothing left to lose, things tend to get more interesting. However, Hal Ashby’s alcoholic cop yarn barely hits the bar.

8 Million Ways To Die sees an LA drugs cop, Matthew Scudder (Jeff Bridges looking like a blonde Charles Bronson), foil a drugs raid in the worst way possible. This leads him into losing his job and his family, on top of making his alcoholism slip out of control. Six months later, he’s sober, single and unemployed. After being contacted for protection by a hooker called Sunny (Alexandra Paul), he’s drawn back into the criminal world that he stopped enforcing.

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DVD Review – Julia’s Eyes (2010)

by on Sep.05, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

I have a small fear: I’m scared of losing my eyesight. Call it a shallow fear if you will, but it’s still a fear nonetheless. The feeling of vulnerability. No longer being able to differentiate between what is really there and what your mind forces out from your subconscious to wave in front of your naked face. Close your eyes now. Do it. What do you see? Macabre faces? Your worst fear? Anything is possible under the cruel blanket of darkness. So obviously, the horror story of a woman going blind is going to hit home for me in a big way. But on paper, it sounds a tricky story to reveal on the big screen, especially when it’s from her perspective.

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DVD Review – The Last American Hero (1973)

by on Sep.03, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

I find it hard to look at Jeff Bridges in his pre-beard days. There is this haunting vacuum of space on his chin when he pops up clean shaven. It almost comes to the point where I have to draw a beard on my screen to address this problem. Even his voice suggests he needs a beard. Ironically, in The Last American Hero, a beard would have really suited his character, what with him being a hillbilly and all.

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