Grolsch Film Works
The Neon Demon (2016)
Midnight Special (2016)
Slow West (2015)
"a reverie on what westward expansion meant - and what it cost - in the building of the American Dream.... It is a strange, singular journey into desire and desperation, pitched somewhere between anthropology and existentialism."
"After an astounding 1998 debut, I Stand Alone, followed by 2002's notorious Irreversible and 2009's psychotropic odyssey Enter the Void, French cinema's arch provocateur, Gaspar Noé, has finally delivered the grand folly that was perhaps always in him."
Green Room (2016)
"If director Jeremy Saulnier's debut feature, Blue Ruin, was a bit of mournful Appalachian bluegrass, his follow-up, Green Room, is a fast-paced stomper with a snappy three-chord chorus: the film equivalent of The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop". "
The Film Critic (2015)
"gets away with all the filmic tropes & clichés that it deploys, parodies & wildly mixes precisely by maintaining a critical distance & repeatedly subjecting its own chosen form(s) to examination & appraisal. In other words, it does my job for me."
The Falling (2015)
"Eventually The Falling ditches its poetic abstractions for a more prosaically solid form, and resolves its own mystery... with the final-reel revelation of a home truth that is as melodramatic as it is bathetic and banal."
The Woods Movie (2015)
"Outside of specialist genre showcases like Glasgow FrightFest - where [it] enjoyed its own well-receivedworld première - perhaps the only proper home for this ancillary feature is on a DVD or Blu-ray as a making-of extra. Still, it is a good one. "
A Letter to Momo (2014)
All About Our House (2001)
"a broad comedy in which a young urban professional couple try to build their dream home on a suburban lot, only for their hip interior designer to clash with the wife's father... in divergent visions of how Japanese identity should be constructed. "
Kawachi Karumen (2015)
" a self-conscious adaptation of the opera Carmen..., except that, once transplanted to the shifting mores of 60s Japan, Bizet's tragic heroine cannot help but become a more triumphant figure, taking full control of her own destiny. "
Wood Job! (2014)
"involves the encounter between urban & rural, modern & traditional, the mundane & the spiritual, not to mention, thanks to a bizarre fertility ritual practised in this woodland community, a (metaphorical) merging between the phallic & the yonic. "
White God (2015)
St. Vincent (2014)
"This is, in short, an America where the very survival of ordinary, hard-working citizens requires solidarity, and a degree of saintliness. Amid all this socieconomic critique, the film also never forgets to be funny."
"For those who like their sci-fi with serious intent (however crazy the ideas), Scott's return to the genre offers excitement and grand themes to ponder whilst leaving things open for a counter-mythology to develop"
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
West of Memphis (2012)
Hors Satan (Outside Satan) (2013)
The ABCs of Death (2013)
Evil Dead (2013)
The Lords of Salem (2013)
You're Next (2013)
American Mary (2013)
"if, haunted by a past that keeps overtaking it, this apocalyptic odyssey lacks the driving momentum of, say, The Dark Knight, there are enough ambitious ideas and awe-inspiring aesthetics in it to keep the patient viewer engaged for the long haul. "
"The best material here is the film's satire of smalltown American values, of the modern media and of celebrity culture (the last embodied by Heather Graham's fame-hungry, narcissistic waitress Veronica)... "
The President (2016)
"an uncompromising, if not entirely unforgiving parable of the trappings - and traps - of power, as well as a fairytale that leaves the viewer to decide the likelihood that they will all live happily ever after."
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014)
"Decker constantly distorts, disorients and transforms her quiet country idyll into a landscape of longing and loss punctuated by behaviour most bestial. [It's] is a true one-off, carrying both secrets and great tension in its shimmering shoulders."
Suburban Gothic (2015)
"a ramshackle, tone-deaf curiosity, with just about enough funny moments to make the more meandering scenes and pointless digressions pass by - but... it is not just that Bates shows potential to improve - he has already done much better."
"at its most interesting not as a whistle-stop tour of Cannon's mostly lowest-common-denominator output, but rather as an examination of an industry in flux whose current marketing and methodology Cannon itself helped create, for better or for worse."
The Harvest (2015)
"in part a sensitive study of parental desperation - and children's resilience - in the face of death, and in part a psychological thriller (with fairytale elements) told from a girl's and boy's mature yet only half-comprehending perspective. "
"What starts as a closely observed, blackly funny study of flawed character ends as a sly confidence trick movie that... trusts its viewers to put all the pieces together and work out how the impossible is in fact possible. "
Doc Of The Dead (2014)
Blood Moon (2014)
Mamula (Nymph) (2014)
"The great intricacy of its paradoxical plotting only really becomes apparent in retrospect, and will have you mentally revisiting its rooms and corridors for some time afterwards... replays in the head much better than it plays on the screen."
The Expedition (2014)
"Normally with found footage, a delicate balance must be struck between crazy genre developments and the kind of banality that... creates the illusion of realism. Here however, for an intolerably long time there seems to be nothing but banality"
The Visitor (1979)
"Lysergically painted-and-composited backgrounds & lo-fi light shows bring a striking if cheesy otherworldliness to the film's alien elements; and the film's cosmic duels are carried out neither with fire and brimstone nor laser guns.... "
Der Samurai (2014)