Review: B&B (2017) starring Paul McGann

Review by Ben Gummery


B&B is a new LGBT-themed thriller from writer/director Joe Ahearne (Doctor Who) in a Hummingbird Films production; funded by Creative EnglandFilm Cymru, and Pont Neuf Productions. The film is being distributed in the UK by Pecadillo Pictures.

‘Marc (Tom Bateman) and Fred (Sean Teale) return to bait the owner (Paul McGann) of a remote Christian B&B who they had successfully sued him for not allowing them to share a bed. Events take a deadly turn when another guest arrives, who they think might have something sinister in mind’

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Review: Spaghettiman (2016)

Spaghettiman is written and directed by Mark Potts with stars (and co-writers) Winston Carter, Ben Crutcher and Brand Rackley.

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“Clark doesn’t care about you. He doesn’t care about the world. He barely cares about himself. But after an incident with an old bowl of spaghetti and a malfunctioning microwave, he becomes a superhero that can fight crime with the power of spaghetti. However, you have to pay him.”

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Review: Blessid (2015)

Blessid is a new psychological thriller from director Rob Fitz and writer Rob Heske.

The film stars Rachel Kerbs, Rick Montgomery Jr & Gene Silvers.  


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Review: Pocket Listing (2015)

From director Conor Allyn and writer James Jurdi (Reaper); Pocket Listing stars James Jurdi, Rob Lowe, Jessica Clark and Burt Reynolds.

Jack Woodsman (Jurdi) is a hot-shot Realtor in LA who lives the high life until he gets too greedy and gets on the wrong side of his employer (Reynolds) when his fortunes take a turn for the worst until the offer of one last deal pulls him back…….


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Review: Pity (Short – 2014)

Written by Jay Kay (host of Horror Happens Radio Show)

PITY is Directed by John Pata, Written by J.R. Hayes and adapted by John Pata (Head Trauma Productions).

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Do you know someone who has lost something so essential or have you ever hit rock bottom? A time in your life where the pain is so great from a source that was so close to you on every level… Those moments you wish would never come to anyone but in the same breath are a welcomed release to yourself down deep in the dark parts of your being. Finding a personal connection and understanding of dealing with the darkness, John Pata (Dead Weight) brings the encompassing dark tale of PITY, his latest short film.

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New UK Clip for The Runner (starring Nicolas Cage)

The Runner is a political drama film by Austin Stark that is set in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill.

The film stars Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave), Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), Wendell Pierce (The Wire) and Bryan Batt (Mad Men), “The Runner” is a political drama film by Austin Stark that is set in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill.  Continue reading

Review: Containment (2015)

Containment is a new British thriller from writer/director Neil McEnery-West and screenwriter David Lemon.

The film stars
Louise Brealey, Sheila Reid and Lee Ross.

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In a similar vein to films such as Outbreak, Contagion and Attack the Block the film’s story follows a group of tenants stuck in a tower block as a bunch of government officials in HazMat suits seal off the area for no apparent reason. This really is all a set-up for the human stories of those involved which explores areas such as parental relationships, race, class and the elderly. This aspect of the film is at least compelling and ably played by the cast; another driving force of the film is the ‘US & Them’ relationship between the tenants and the Haz-mats though not really covering any new ground here. This film works better in the human story aspect.

The film is fairly well shot but again doesn’t really stand out visually and thriller aspect of this film doesn’t really hold up to expectation which is instead pinned on the story and drama. It plays like a taught thriller at times but ultimately is not successful in this aspect and is inconsistent.

Now available. in select cinemas and VOD in UK.

 

3/5

Review: Blunt Force Trauma (2015)

This new thriller from writer/director Ken Sanzel follows the story of two illegal gun fighters (the type of fight where they use live rounds and wear bullet proof vests for spectator sport).

The film stars Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto and Ryan Kwanten.

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DVD Review: The Dead 2: India (2013)

From writing/directing duo Howard & Jonathan Ford comes the sequel to 2010’s The Dead. Whilst the original was set in Africa we switch continents for this film which has a similar story but set (and shot) in India this time. Released on DVD in the UK by Altitude.

The film stars Joseph Millson, Meenu Mishra and Anand Krishna Goyal.

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An American engineer (Millson) teams up with a surviving orphan street kid (Goyal) to trek 300 miles across stunning but deadly rural Indian landscapes to the now infested slums of Mumbai to try and save his pregnant girlfriend (Mishra). Continue reading

Blu-Ray Review: A.W.O.L.: Absent Without Leave (1990)

awol-van-damme101 Films have released this classic film from Jean-Claude Van Damme and director Sheldon Lettich (Writer -Rambo III) on Blu-Ray in the UK for the first time as part of their ‘Cult Classics’ collection .

Upon receiving news that his brother in Los Angeles is seriously injured, Lyon Gaultier (Van Damme) deserts the French Foreign Legion from a remote outpost in North Africa. Fleeing from two of the Legion’s security force who have orders to bring him back at any cost, Lyon reluctantly turns to the illegal, bare-knuckles underground fighting circuit to raise the money he needs to help his brother’s family.

vlcsnap-816964This story of the conflicted fighter who is expected to throw a fight is nothing new in Cinema; these stories have been told many times. The foreign legion element is the only thing that is new here; but not that new. Released in 1990, this film seems like a hang-over from the 80s. And as if we needed it pointing out, the largely distracting music cues that burst in at various times make this abundantly clear. Is this really necessary? The cinematography really dates this film as-well, shot like a wannabe Rocky.

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