Cult

Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll – 25 Watts [+extras] (2001)

This film has been called the “Uruguayan ‘Slacker’”, a reference to Linklater’s movie. It has also been called a landmark film in a (low-key, small-scale) renaissance in Uruguayan cinema – a national cinema with a terrible memory problem (“El Dirigible”, from 1994, was routinely cited as “the first Uruguayan film”, which is very false, but understandable when one sees how little movies that country has managed to preserve).

Whatever its place in film history, it’s worth a watch, and rings very much true. Read More »

John Carpenter – They Live (1988)

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John Nada (Roddy Piper) is a quiet loner, a drifter who gets work where ever he can find it. While working on a construction site in L.A. and sleeping in a vagrant community at night, John stumbles upon a secret society of alien beings who pose as wealthy and powerful people in human society. John joins a rebel group commited to exposing this conspiracy, and becomes their reluctant leader and the only hope of the human race. Former wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper is outstanding as the unassuming hero, playing the role with understated shock at what he uncovers and stubborn courage when he confronts it. Read More »

Gwok-Ming Cheung – Bian yuen ren aka Man on the Brink (1981)

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Writing, directing and photographing Man On The Brink, Cheung can’t possibly have been the first kid on the block to attempt this story that later cropped up to great effect in City On Fire. But watching Chiu’s descent shaped by the seedy world around him is quite engaging, much more so during the latter stages of the film when Cheung easily plants that sinking feeling in viewer’s stomachs. Meaning that the proceedings are heading towards a sad end statement as Cheung takes us on a continuation of the social commentary from his debut. Read More »

Rob Reiner – This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

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A spoof about a filmmaker making a documentary about a once-famous, now almost forgotten British heavy metal band returning to the United States after 17 years for a concert tour. Read More »

Raimundas Banionis – Vaikai is Amerikos viesbucio AKA Children From The Hotel America (1990) HD

The film revolves around the lives of teenagers in Soviet Lithuania. The protagonists of the film are fans of rock’n’roll music which is banned in the USSR and are interested in the hippie movement, secretly listening to the Luxembourg radio. They all live in a house which was formerly a hotel, called “America”. Events of Kaunas’ spring affect them as they are involved. After their attempt to send a letter to the Luxembourg radio, teenagers would become suspects to the KGB. Read More »

Rogério Sganzerla – Sem Essa, Aranha (1970)

Banker, acting as an international front, lives dangerously among a blonde, a brunette and a dark woman, his lover. Music, screams and moviment

Rogerio Sganzerla`s Sem Essa Aranha has just been released in a DVD Box of brazilian underground cinema. The quality of the sound and image are not as good as one could expect, due to the deterioration of the original masters. Read More »

Jaume Balagueró – Alicia (1994)

Balagueró’s third short.
“Alicia” is the metaphor of a woman losing her innocence. It won the Sitges (Catalonian International Film Festival) award for best short. Read More »