Cult Movies on DVD

All the best in Cult Movies released onto DVD

Monday, 27 October 2008

Best known for his zombie movies, George Romero has also been responsible for some far less conventional films, including "Martin", "Knightriders" and "Monkey Shines". He followed up his début, "Night of the Living Dead", with some interesting career choices, and "Season of the Witch" (aka "Hungry Wives"/"Jack's Wife") is one of them.

Jan White stars as Joan Mitchell, a neglected and disillusioned wife whose husband spends many days away on business and barely notices her even when he is at home, and whose daughter seems keen to get her out of the house so she can spend some time with her lover. Joan worries constantly about her age and the directionless nature of her life. After an encounter with a tarot reader, she becomes fascinated with witchcraft, initially just benignly reading chapters of a primer on the subject, but soon moving to buying ingredients and equipment to cast some spells.

Friday, 17 October 2008

A martial arts film with a difference?

Coming from the same stable as kung fu blockbusters “Ong-Bak” and “Warrior King”, “Chocolate” adds a couple of interesting twists to the formula of that bone-crushing duo: its lead character, Zen, is a young girl. And she is autistic

The world already has a number of notable female kung fu stars, including Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock, but none of their characters display anything like the fragility and vulnerability that Zen initially brings to the screen.

Directed by Prachya Pinkaew, and played by JeeJa Yanin, Zen lives with her mother, Zin (Ammara Siripong) and friend Mangmoom (Taphon Phopwandee). The three of them form a virtual family unit that is soon exposed to further strain when Zin is diagnosed with cancer, and becomes bed-ridden as her illness and medication take hold.

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