DVD Review: American Mary (2012)

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American Mary DVD CoverDistributor: Universal Pictures UK

BBFC Classification: 18

Directors: Jen & Sylvia Soska

Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, Paula Lindberg, John Emmet Tracy, Travis Watters, David Lovgren

Mary Mason (Katherine Isabelle – Ginger Snaps/Freddy vs. Jason) is a medical student studying to be a surgeon. Struggling to make ends meet she applies for a job working as a masseuse at a seedy strip joint owned by the equally seedy Billy (Antonio Cupo), but as she is being interviewed Billy calls upon her surgical services to help patch up one of the club’s clients and rewards her with $5000 in cash.

Soon after, Mary is visited by the slightly odd Beatrice (Tristan Risk), who offers to pay Mary a vast sum of cash to perform an unusual body modification on a friend, which Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Possession (1981)

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Possession BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Andrzej Zulawski

Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent, Shaun Lawton

Originally banned in the UK as part of the video nasties furore of the early 1980s, director Andrzej Zulawski’s controversial cult classic Possession made it to Blu-ray thanks to Second Sight Films, and despite the Satanic implications of the title this is no Exorcist clone, although it does share a few of that film’s more cinematic qualities.

After being given the news that his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani – Nosferatu the Vampyre) wants a divorce, Marc (Sam Neill – Jurassic Park/Dead Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman (2013)

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Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman BR CoverDistributor: Clear Vision Ltd.

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza

Starring: Fernanda Urrejola, Matías Oviedo, Jorge Alis, Sofía García

It’s all in the title, right? Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman is a ballsy little exploitation film from Chile that centres around a nightclub DJ called Santiago (Matías Oviedo) who overhears the local mob boss Don Che Sausage trying to arrange a hit on his ex-girlfriend and infamous assassin The Machine Gun Woman. In a bid to save his life for eavesdropping, Santiago agrees to find the much sought-after hitwoman and bring her to the gangster but Santiago soon finds himself in over his head once he finds his target and he must bargain for his life.

A simple story to be sure, but what raises BMTHOTMGW above most of its Continue reading

DVD Review: The Taste of Money (2012)

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The Taste of Money DVD CoverDistributor: Arrow Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Sang-soo Im

Starring: Yun-shik Baek, Hyo-jin Kim, Kang-woo Kim, Darcy Paquet

The Taste of Money is a South Korean erotic drama directed by Im Sang-soo (The Housemaid) and is about the power that a wealthy conglomerate-owning family wields and how that power corrupts not only their business deals but also their private lives. Most of the goings-on are seen through the eyes of one of their employees named Joo Young-Jak (Kang-woo Kim), who is privy to knowledge of the father’s affair with one of the female servants but is also the target of affection from his boss’s daughter, not to mention being used by the matriarchal figure for sex once she learns of her Continue reading