Friday, 10 April 2020

The Pyjama Girl Case (Flavio Mogherini, 1978) Blu-Ray Review

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“Just because it's written down it's true, huh?” By 1978 the heyday of the Italian murder mystery – or 'giallo' – had been and gone, but that didn't mean there was nothing of interest still to rinse out of the well-strained genre. Writer/Director Flavio Mogherini's murder mystery casts aside much of the classic tropes and visual styling of the typical giallo film (black gloved killers, gleaming knives, an escalating series of grisly deaths, European glamour) in favour of – egads! - just one murder in, of all places, Australia's Sydney with its sun, sea, and sand. Do not go into this movie expecting killer thrills by any means and, whatever you do, don't read the spoilerific blurb on the back of the box!...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Flavours of the Month: March 2020...

A galactic western, the mystery of murder, and venturing into the wilds of a post-apocalyptic Russia are just some of what's been flavouring my March 2020...

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Exploitation Nation Issue #8 On Sale Now

Recently I wrote an article for Issue #8 of the movie magazine Exploitation Nation. The theme of the issue is 'Defend a Film', where each contributor writes about a movie they enjoy but which is commonly derided by the wider viewing public. I opted to write about George A. Romero's final film, 2009's Survival of the Dead (which you can find on page 94 of the issue).

Exploitation Nation #8: Witnesses for the Defense! Every movie is someone's favorite and in this issue, we asked our writers to defend a movie only they seem to like. From "Grease 2" to "Ernest Goes to Jail" to "Godzilla '98" to the actor Kevin Costner, we profess our love for the things that we feel deserve more love. PLUS an exclusive interview with director Terry Gilliam and his long-awaited "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"!
You can get a copy of Exploitation Nation #8 via Amazon in either eBook or paperback format, just follow the links below or search your region's Amazon website.

Amazon (US): eBook - Paperback
Amazon (UK): eBook - Paperback

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

The OCD & Anxiety Podcast - FWOAN Interview...

I was recently interviewed for The OCD & Anxiety Podcast, covering the topics of the short film For Want Of A Nail (which I wrote the screenplay for) as well as my own experiences with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

You can listen or download the podcast HERE, or via the embed below:

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Hard Hunted (Andy Sidaris, 1992) Review

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“We just go in and kick ass!” / “That's a plan.” International villain Kane returns, but this time he's not playing death games for a sense of honour, oh no, 'cos now this gun runner/all-round bad dude means business. On the hunt for his stolen Klystron Relay (essentially a key to a nuclear bomb), the buff 'n' busty agents of, er, The Agency, dive into a bombastic cat & mouse chase as the plot macguffin has a propensity to change hands almost as many times as the cast's clothing drops to the floor...

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Tuesday, 3 March 2020

FWOAN Producer on Ridge Radio...

For Want Of A Nail producer Ali Causon was on Ridge Radio with Mark Keegan recently to talk about all things to do with the making of the film.

You can have a listen HERE.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Flavours of the Month: February 2020...

The trial of the century, a "dangerous" film, and on the limit at 200mph is just some of what has been setting the tone of my February 2020...

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Friday, 21 February 2020

Watch FWOAN now!

You can now view the short film "For Want Of A Nail" - for free - online via the OCD Action website: go HERE to view it now.

OCD Action were a great support when we were making the film, having officially endorsed us, and we are very pleased to have continued working with them, so it means a lot that we have been included as a part of the OCD Week of Action (#OCDwoa).

You can also watch it on Vimeo.

A little while ago, we spoke to writer Nick about what inspired him to write the film; here's what he said:
"The simple answer is my own experiences with OCD, but it was because I recognised that my various compulsions and routines were affecting me more and more – becoming more elaborate, requiring more attempts to get them ‘perfect’, and generally causing me more and more frustration. I’d been aware of my OCD for several years but, probably like most people do when they suspect something is ‘wrong’ with them, I dodged the issue for a long time. People with OCD tend to be quite embarrassed by the condition, especially as so much of it is internal – rolling around inside your head – so I kept it to myself and, naturally, it began to spiral. So, for me, writing “For Want Of A Nail” was a cathartic experience.
It was partly an expression of my own OCD and partly a warning to myself. around about the same time, I had seen a few of these ‘quizzes’ on social media – ‘How OCD Are You?’ type junk (oftentimes just pictures of messy rooms with a ‘how uncomfortable does this make you feel?’ one-to-ten scale underneath). I saw that not only were the quizzes themselves drowning in utter ignorance of what OCD is, but I saw that people taking the quizzes were either coming away with the completely wrong idea about the condition, or were actually convinced they had it – some going as far as boasting about it like it was something ‘cool’ to differentiate themselves on Facebook or Twitter. Trust me, an idiotic social media quiz won’t tell you that you’ve got OCD, having OCD will tell you that you’ve got OCD – and everyone who has OCD wishes they didn’t have it."
There were two core intensions for me when writing this film: 1) for the audience to come away with a better understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and 2) for the audience to have also enjoyed the story, the characters, and the style of the film - to have been informed and entertained at the same time.

We are also in the process of pitching a 10-part television series adaptation of #FWOAN right now, so if you want to keep up-to-date with all things For Want Of A Nail by following us on Facebook.

Monday, 10 February 2020

FWOAN to Release Online Feb 21st...

Groovy news! "For Want Of A Nail", the short film I wrote about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, will soon be getting released online for all to see.
Oakhill Productions to release the critically acclaimed, award winning short film For Want Of A Nail in conjunction with OCD ACTION as part of the ‘Week Of Action’ campaign.

We have said from the start, that we want our film to have purpose when it's released. Not for us as filmmakers to have a moment of appreciation but to really make a difference, highlight and raise awareness... so it is with great pleasure that I get to announce the Worldwide, Online Release Date of #FWOAN is happening on the 21st February 2020!!

Keep your eyes open on our own and OCD Action's social media pages from the 17th of Feb for more info, behind the scenes interviews, our further visions for the future development... and of course the OFFICIAL RELEASE!!!

You can follow the film on Facebook, and Oakhill Productions on Twitter.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Chopping Mall (Jim Wynorski, 1986) Review

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“I guess I'm not used to being chased around a mall in the middle of the night by killer robots.” The 1980s was the decade when the shopping mall ruled all from the consumerist dream driving the economy to the food court driving teenagers' social engagement. It was a time and a place that was important in people's lives, something worth protecting, but how best to do that? Perhaps big steel time-locked doors and a trio of roaming robots armed with laser eyes? Gee, I sure hope a random lightning storm doesn't scramble their circuits and result in a slew of corpses … oh, hang on, too late!

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Friday, 31 January 2020

Flavours of the Month: January 2020...

Rebooted snootchie bootchies, a murder mystery on the brink of the 20th Century, and gunplay in a shifting brutalist concrete world are just some of what's been setting the tone of my January 2020...

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Friday, 10 January 2020

Do Or Die (Andy Sidaris, 1991) Review

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“I have entrusted the power of death to others. I hope it wasn't a mistake.” The sixth entry in the twelve-strong 'L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies' series finds two of The Agency's top women hunted in a deadly game of revenge and honour as a villainous crime lord seeks to settle the score and notch up a win for the bad guys. But can he compete against brawn, beauty, brains, and a walking stick rocket launcher?...

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