Tuesday, 17 January 2017

BAFTA nominated I, DANIEL BLAKE comes to DVD and Blu Ray on 27th February






DIRECTED BY
KEN LOACH

WRITTEN BY
PAUL LAVERTY

STARRING
DAVE JOHNS
HAYLEY SQUIRES




AVAILABLE DIGITALLY 13th February 2017
ON BLU-RAY AND DVD 27th February 2017

“AN IMMEDIATE CLASSIC”
THE TIMES

“THE FILM FOR OUR TIMES”
DAILY MIRROR

“INTENSELY MOVING”
THE INDEPENDENT

NOMINATED FOR 5 BAFTA AWARDS INCLUDING BEST FILM
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY AND BEST DIRECTOR

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2016 and nominated for Best Picture, Outstanding British Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress & Best Director at the 2017 BAFTA Awards, Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce the UK Home Entertainment release of the critically acclaimed film – I, DANIEL BLAKE – the astonishing story of triumph and adversity in modern day Britain from director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty. I, DANIEL BLAKE is available digitally from 13th February 2017 and on Blu-ray and DVD from 27th February 2017 and is available to pre-order now from AMAZON



Synopsis-
Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner for most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie who is battling to keep her two young children fed. Daniel and Katie find themselves in a no-man’s land, striving to pull themselves out of the welfare bureaucracy of modern day Britain.

Award winning and critically lauded, I, DANIEL BLAKE is the vital film for our times

CERT: 15
RUN TIME: 100 mins
RRP: £19.99 / £24.99
EXTRAS:
- Commentary with Director Ken Loach and
Writer Paul Laverty
- How To Make a Ken Loach Film featurette
- Deleted Scenes
I, DANIEL BLAKE is available digitally from 13th February 2017 on Blu-ray and DVD from 27th

Monday, 16 January 2017

UNDER THE SHADOW - UK Home Entertainment release is set for January 23rd


Hello Folks,
Just a heads up that Under The Shadow has got a UK release date of January 23rd! I've been waiting for this since it's limited run late last year in UK cinemas. I unfortunately missed it in the cinema but having read about it and seeing that it made a lot of peoples 2016 top lists i personally am very much looking for to seeing it. I have secured a review disc so watch this space for a review coming very soon,
Jonny T.






“The feminist horror film that scared Sundance silly”
THE GUARDIAN

“imagine an Asghar Farhadi remake of The Babadook”
VARIETY

“The first great horror movie of the year”
INDIEWIRE


  
Tehran, 1988. Shideh lives amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war. Accused of subversion and blacklisted from medical college, she is in a state of malaise. Furthermore, her husband is at war, leaving her alone to protect their young daughter, Dorsa. Shortly after a missile hits their apartment building but fails to explode, Dorsa falls ill and her behaviour becomes increasingly disturbed. Searching for answers, Shideh learns from a superstitious neighbour that the cursed, unexploded missile might have brought in djinn – malevolent spirits that travel on the wind. Convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa, Shideh finds she has no choice but to confront it if she is to save her daughter








Saturday, 14 January 2017

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER - DVD & BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES




I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER

On DVD, Blu-ray & Digital HD Monday 20th February 2017 

SPECIAL FEATURES

2011 TEST FILM - FEATURING 13-YEAR-OLD MAX RECORDS

TEST FILM / FINISHED FEATURE SCENE COMPARISON

MONSTER SHOOT FEATURETTE (**EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY**)

DELETED SCENES

STORY BOARDS & BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS



A dazzlingly original, darkly funny and disturbing gem with a genre-bending twist, about a small town teenager in the US, obsessed with serial killers, who unwittingly discovers the identity of the killer who has been slaughtering residents for body parts.

Featuring a star-making lead performance from 17-year-old Max Records, and an extraordinary turn from Back To The Future’s legendary Christopher Lloyd, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER is the most sheerly entertaining and audaciously offbeat offering since Donnie Darko hit cinema screens.

A big hit when it premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March, nominated for 3 British Independent Film Awards, and was a must-see film at the prestigious BFI London Film Festival, it proves that left field indie cinema is alive and kicking, even if the Clayton County killer’s victims aren’t. “Hit the switch John...”





Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are, The Sitter)

Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

Laura Fraser (The Missing series 2, Breaking Bad, Talk To Me)

Karl Geary (Gravity TV series)

Billy O’Brien (BAFTA-nominated director, Isolation, Scintilla)

Dan Wells (bestselling author of Mr Monster, I Don’t Want To Kill You)

Robbie Ryan (Award-winning director of photography, Wuthering Heights, Red Road, Philomena, Slow West, Fishtank, I, Daniel Blake, American Honey)



Synopsis:

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous and he knows it. He is 16 and helps his Mum and Aunt at the family Mortuary. John is obsessed with serial killers but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake and the safety of those around him he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”.

When somebody starts murdering people in John’s small Mid-West town, he has to investigate and risk letting his own dark side out in order to stop the killer. But without his rules to keep him in check he might be more dangerous than the monster he is stalking. As the icy winter tightens its grip on the community a deadly supernatural game of cat and mouse ensues...



I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, directed by Billy O’Brien (who made the award-winning Irish horror hit Isolation), although deliciously unclassifiable, is best described as a sensationally strange horror/sci-fi coming- of-age black comedy. Adapted from the first in a series of novels from bestselling YA author Dan Wells, the tremendously sharp script left-foots the audience at every moment, right up to the deliriously unexpected and thrilling finale.

Lead actor, 17-year-old Max Records, is superb as the teen-turned-detective John Wayne Cleaver, torn between struggling with his own demons, and a real one.
The supporting cast includes the legendary Christopher Lloyd (Doc from Back to the Future) on fabulous form as the Blake-quoting pensioner with a dark secret, Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser, and a scene stealing turn from Raymond Brandstrom as John’s best buddy Max.

A British/Irish co-production shot in Minnesota, the same icy small town locale as Fargo, and with similarly strange things afoot, the film refuses to play by the rules, mixing a quirky coming-of-age comedy with the pathos of small town life, and adding dashes of gruesome gore with surreal and heart-stopping moments of science fiction shock, like Napoleon Dynamite crossed with Six Feet Under or Jack Sholder’s tongue in cheek sci-fi horror The Hidden mixed up with Dexter, shot through the retro vibe of TV hit Stranger Things.

Filmed on 16mm by award-winning director of photography Robbie Ryan (Slow West, I, Daniel Blake), the film has a beautifully distinctive and unsettling look, and one of the best end shots in recent memory. Matched with a haunting soundtrack, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER feels wonderfully different and evocative.




Thursday, 12 January 2017

SHIN GODZILLA - Reviewed.


So the big G is back with a huge crash,Bang, Wallop!
I as you may know am a huge Godzilla fan and was delighted to hear the news that Japan was finally going to do another movie, I don't mind the Hollywood versions but there is nothing like a Godzilla movie from the lad of the rising sun.
It starts with Godzilla rising from the depths and heading towards mainland Tokyo, They try everything and every weapon they can to stop him but surprisingly everything fails. Then then form a team of Nerds and Scientists to get there heads together to sop the giant beast once and for all.


Shin Godzilla is proper old school Godzilla at it's best. It starts with a massive scene and the end half hour or so is spectacular.  As with all the Japanese movies it has it's slow parts with various sub stories but you are always waiting for him to appear and when he does it's well wort the wait.
It's a mixture of man in a suit as well as great looking models and CGI, It has a lot of humour but not to the point that it gets ridiculous. The monster itself looks brilliant with a fair few surprises up it's big sleeve. It also ends quite obviously leaving it open to a sequel which I am totally fine with.
Running time at around 1hr 40 its just about the right length.
So in summing up welcome back big man! Long may you continue to stomp for many films to come.
8/10
Jonny T.





  

Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Favourite films of 2016.

Hello Folks,
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for the new year! As a lot of people have done I bring you my top films of 2016. They are in no particular order and some may not be released until this year but I was fortunate enough to catch some of these at Nottingham's very own MAYHEM FESTIVAL . So hope you enjoy and i'm sure there are a few you have seen and maybe some you haven't but all are well worth checking out in my humble opinion,
Enjoy,
Jonny T.



Train to Busan.
A film that has made many a list of 2016 and rightly so. In my opinion the best Asian zombie movie ever made. With probably about 3000+ zombie films last year Train to Busan stands head and shoulders above the rest. Brilliant story, Superbly acted, Flawless effects and extremely moving, It even made my dad cry! With a very limited cinema run at the back end of last year hopefully we shall get a release date soon and I for one will definitely getting it. On the downside though there has just been announced a Hollywood remake, No surprise but forget that! See this as soon as you can.



RAW
Due for release in 2017  I was fortunate enough to see it at last years MAYHEM festival. There was a lot of talk before the screening of it showing at festivals and people fainting! I knew little about it and it blew me away, A cannibal/coming of age movie of a young vegetarian girl who meets here older sister at veterinary college who has to go through various initiations in her first year.  The acting and cinematography are superb. It starts off a little slow but when the shocks start coming they come thick and fast. It also has a real kick in the balls twist. Be sure to keep RAW on your radar for 2017 it's brilliant!



WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE.
Sadly this is said to be the last movie from the superb Studio Ghibli but there has been talk of future projects mainly in collaboration with other studios, Fingers crossed on that!
Marnie tells the story of a troubled teenage girl who is sent to the Japanese countryside to get her head and life back together. During secret nightly walks she becomes friends with a young girl at a seemingly abandoned grand home on the other side of the lake. When Marnie was there tells a brilliant story with all the charm and heart string pulling as well as the unique brilliant Ghibli animation. Animation may not be your thing but if you haven't seen any Ghibli I would whole hardheartedly recommend you do especially this. It's set for release early 2017 and I will definitely being adding this one to the collection.



THE GREASY STRANGLER.
Probably best described as the "Marmite" movie of the year, Some people loved it, Some hated it.
Its gross but for me hilarious and a brilliant soundtrack. I found myself in tears laughing and getting some strange looks of people in the cinema. It has a silly story and some jokes do repeat themselves a lot and i am still trying to work out what the end was about! I have since brought the Blu Ray and the soundtrack on Pink Vinyl. All i can really say is put some grease in your coffee and give it a go.



HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE.
Another brilliant film from New Zealand. Director Taika Waititi does a superb job with an awesome cast in fantastic locations. Young Ricky is sent to a foster home way out in the mountains where he slowly gets used to the country life. Whilst out on a walk with his guardian Hec (Sam Neil) Hec has an accident where he can no longer walk and they become stuck in the wilderness. This leads to a massive manhunt basically suggesting that young Rick has been kidnapped. It may not sound the greatest plot line but there is so much more to it than just that. If you fancy a change from hum drum Hollywood please watch this. One the best movies i have seen in years.




THE EYES OF MY MOTHER
Also due for release in 2017, The eyes of my mother is shot in black and white and brilliant for it. Deep dark and all round grim this is sure to be a hit in 2017 and a great start to the year for horror.
Tragedy hits a young girl in her remote country home and we see through various acts over the years what effect this has on her and how  she deals with it all. I though it had slight tones of Texas Chainsaw Massacre to it but not so in your face. Part subtitled and like I said filmed in black and white it looks superb.Unlike many a horror over the past few years that had more style than substance The eyes of my mother has it all for me.
 A fantastic debut from Nicolas Pesce and I feel it's destined to become a cult classic and I for one am looking forward to seeing what he comes up with in the future.




Monday, 2 January 2017

WIN CALL OF HEROES ON BLU-RAY



Hello Folks and a happy new year!
Lets start 2017 with a competition! I have been lucky enough to be given a copy of Call Of Heroes on Blu-Ray for 1 lucky reader. All the details are below and closing date is 8th of January 2017 so get ya skates on and email he answer to the question below with the header of Call Of Heroes.

Question - Who was the Heavyweight Boxer that starred with Donnie Yen in IP Man 3?

Email the answer to - jonnyscultfilms@gmail.com

Good luck!


Call Of Heroes - coming soon on DVD and Bluray from Trinity Film on Vimeo.

WIN CALL OF HEROES ON BLU-RAY

To celebrate Cine Asia’s grand return with CALL OF HEROES – Available from Monday 2nd January 2017 on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD, we have a Blu-Ray copy to give away courtesy of Cine Asia.

Synopsis:
Blistering, epic-scale action from director Benny Chan (NEW POLICE STORY, SHAOLIN), with action director Sammo Hung (IP MAN, DETECTIVE DEE: MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME).

Call of Heroes thrills throughout in its tale of skilled martial artists, who take a stand to protect their village against a ruthless army. In 1914, after the collapse of China's Qing dynasty, Yang Kenan (Sean Lau Mad Detective) is appointed as guardian to defend the rural village of Pucheng. After Yang arrests the son of a sadistic warlord, Cao Shaolun (Louis Koo Flash Point), the warlord’s army threatens to bring death and destruction. As the odds for peace lessen and the pressure mounts for Yang to release the murderous captive, a stirring tale of heroic resistance unfolds.


ALSO AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!



Terms & Conditions
- Competition to run until 8th January 2017
- Prize for 1x winner is 1 x blu-ray of Call of Heroes
- There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
- The winner will be picked at random. The prize will be delivered to the winner within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address.
- The Editor's decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
- The promoter of this competition is Fetch Dynamic Ltd.
- Winners will be notified by email
- Open to UK entrants only

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Arrow Films Puts Donnie Darko Back in Cinemas to Celebrate its 15th Anniversary


Hello Folks,
Jonny T here with news that Arrow Films are putting the cult classic Donnie Darko back in cinemas to celebrate it's 15th Anniversary. I remember all the hype at the time but it didn't work for me but wow 15 years already??? I may well give it another shot, I remember seeing The Shining and thinking it was shite but rewatched at MAYHEM and it blew me away, So i will be revisiting Donnie Darko and reviewing the release,
Jonny T.


ARROW FILMS PUTS DONNIE DARKO BACK IN CINEMAS TO CELEBRATE ITS 
15TH ANNIVERSARY

Monday 31st October 2016 – Arrow Films is thrilled to announce that it will release the all-time indie cult classic DONNIE DARKO (2001) into UK cinemas to celebrate its 15th Anniversary with a 4K Restoration. The original theatrical version will have an exclusive run at the BFI from the 16th December followed by a nationwide release from the 23rd December 2016. The Director’s Cut, which has been newly remastered, will also be available for screenings. The release also coincides with the 25th Anniversary of film distributor Arrow Films.

Fifteen years before Stranger Things combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Writer/Director Richard Kelly set the template and the high-water mark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. 

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum. 

Described by its director as The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick, Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katharine Ross, and television favourite Noah Wyle and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. This brand-new 4K restoration, carried out exclusively for this release by Arrow Films, allows a modern classic to finally receive the treatment it deserves.