Pulpmovies http://www.pulpmovies.com An independent website for lovers of independent film Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:38:38 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.4 The Big Bad http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/02/the-big-bad/ http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/02/the-big-bad/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:38:38 +0000 Paul Pritchard http://www.pulpmovies.com/?p=11685 Poster Frankie Ducane (Jessi Gotta) is a woman on a mission. When we meet her, she is searching for a man for reasons unexplained. Her search has evidently been a lengthy one and she is now tired, struggling to concentrate and clearly in need of a break. This is why she ends up sitting in a slightly run-down bar and it’s here that she meets Molly (Jessica Savage).

Molly is a barfly with a painful history. This pain she tries to cover with ill-temper and an aggressive sense of humour but – against the odds – she and Frankie begin to form a friendship.

I have to admit that I did find the cinematography a little distracting in some of these scenes. It had a deliberately washed out feel which, while fitting the mood of the film, did draw attention to itself somewhat.

It’s possible, though, that this gripe merely reflects the strength of the developing relationship between Frankie and Molly. This moves, slowly and cautiously, from an initial distrust towards a recognition of shared experiences in a manner that is both believable and increasingly engaging. Both Jessi Gotta and Jessica Savage deserve a great deal of credit for the way in which they bring their characters to life and I found myself both wanting to know how things would develop and not wanting to be distracted from this.

Then, at about 27 minutes in, the plot threads begin to come together and we start to get an inkling of what genre of film this really is.

To say The Big Bad is a well constructed film would be an understatement. The script is very effectively focussed on placing layer upon layer in order to build a story that is increasingly detailed, increasingly complex and endlessly fascinating.

This is a film that does demand that you pay attention, and one in which small details invariably become significant. Keeping up is made very easy, though, by the superb performance from Jessi Gotta whose very natural screen presence keeps you invested in the character throughout.

It is because you become so invested in the character of Frankie that when the film veers into being a horror film, it becomes very horrific indeed,. So much so that some of the scenes are truly painful to watch.

While I wasn’t too keen on the cinematography in the earlier parts of the film I do have to concede that, as the film wears on, it becomes a lot less distracting and starts to make a lot more sense. Indeed, by the end of the film, it feels like we have fallen into a surreal nightmare and the palate used contributes immensely to this.

The Big Bad is a mystery and it’s a horror film. These two genres are merged in a way that expect you to pay attention and makes it easy for you to do so, There is also so much going on, and so much that is implied, that this is also a film that will undoubtedly reward repeat viewings.

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Trailerfied: Iron Sky is complete and due to premiere at the Berlinale http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/trailerfied-iron-sky-is-complete-and-due-to-premiere-at-the-berlinale/ http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/trailerfied-iron-sky-is-complete-and-due-to-premiere-at-the-berlinale/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:14:45 +0000 Paul Pritchard http://www.pulpmovies.com/?p=11680 Poster If you have been following this site for any length of time, you will probably be aware that I have been looking forward to the Moon-Nazi movie, Iron Sky pretty much since the project was launched. So I was really happy to see the announcement that the film is now officially complete. What’s more is that Iron Sky will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

Towards the end of World War II the staff of SS officer Hans Kammler made a significant breakthrough in anti-gravity.

From a secret base built in the Antarctic, the first Nazi spaceships were launched in late ‘45 to found the military base Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) on the dark side of the Moon. This base was to build a powerful invasion fleet and return to take over the Earth once the time was right.

Now it’s 2018, the Nazi invasion is on its way and the world is goose-stepping towards its doom.

Trailer and premiere announcement

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Watch this now: Easy Prey http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/watch-this-now-easy-prey/ http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/watch-this-now-easy-prey/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:39:35 +0000 Paul Pritchard http://www.pulpmovies.com/?p=11676 Still I’ve mentioned director, Jeremiah Kipp on these pages several times in the past and have never failed to be impressed by the vision he manages to bring to the screen. His latest film, Easy Prey is no exception.

The film was made in 2011 for Visionfest’s annual 5×5 New York State of Mind Project. This which provides five specially selected filmmakers with the opportunity to create a five-minute short film within a set of specific and challenging production guidelines. The film, an entertaining twist on the classic vampire tale screened at Visionfest in 2011 and is now available online.

Watch it below.

Easy Prey

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Shed http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/shed/ http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/shed/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:45:02 +0000 Paul Pritchard http://www.pulpmovies.com/?p=11670 Poster Shed opens with an Asian man (Sheng-Chien) tied to a chair. This unnamed victim has clearly been through a lot already and, as soon as we meet his skinhead tormentor (Paul D Morrison), it is painfully apparent that things are about to get a lot worse.

As you would expect, the skinhead has a lot of pent-up anger to unleash and this is directed at Asians in general and his victim in particular. The film’s handling of this is both brutal and unflinching and, on occasion, very difficult to watch.

Indeed, the film strays dangerously close to torture porn but what raises it way above most of the films that fall within this sub-genre is a moment – it’s not really a twist, but I’m not going to give away any spoilers either – that fills in the backstory in a way that pushes you to re-evaluate your assumptions about the characters and how they ended up in this situation.

Shed is a very visually striking film. Director, Natalie Smith has made a real virtue of the film’s spartan set to give it a genuinely oppressive atmosphere. It is also a an well-scripted film that manages that infer a great deal of plot into a very short running time. What really holds it all together, though, is the superbly menacing performance from Paul D Morrison who brings us face to face with a genuinely frightening character.

I am sure that I have already expressed my view that the best short films are those that take a single thought and focus relentlessly on the execution of that idea. In the case of Shed, the idea is a question and one that attempts to explore the factors that could drive someone to the obsessively violent rage expressed by the central character.

While I’m not entirely convinced by the premise presented, it is unarguable that the makers of this film knew exactly what they wanted to say and they have said it very effectively indeed. This is an incredibly powerful short film and one that will remain with me for a long time to come.

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Watch this now: Archetype http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/watch-this-now-archetype/ http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/watch-this-now-archetype/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:11:35 +0000 Paul Pritchard http://www.pulpmovies.com/?p=11664 Aaron Sims is a veteran concept artist whose work can be seen in films such as Constantine, Fantastic Four, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Eight Below, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, and Tim Burton’s Big Fish. Now, as a labour of love and with no funding, he has directed Archetype, a short film about a battlefield robot with a dodgy memory. It’s an absolutely stunning piece of cinema and it’s embedded in full below.

RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.

Archetype

This really needs to be turned into a feature.

Via Twitch.

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Trailer for Shed http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/trailer-for-shed/ http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/trailer-for-shed/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:16:48 +0000 Paul Pritchard http://www.pulpmovies.com/?p=11660 Poster Shed, from StormMaker Pictures claims to be a thought provoking, tense short film with horrific ethical and moral overtones.

It is a film that leads the viewer to question their thoughts and feelings on a terrifying subject matter that cuts deep into the heart of todays society.

The trailer certainly promises an effectively brutal experience.

The Trailer

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Rage http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/rage/ http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/rage/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2012 00:23:15 +0000 Paul Pritchard http://www.pulpmovies.com/?p=11650 poster Although Rage is consciously inspired Steven Spielberg’s Duel, writer/director Chris Witherspoon has very successfully moved beyond his initial inspiration to take the film in an entirely different direction. The direction the film takes is one that works very well indeed.

We start in an Oregon suburb where we meet Dennis Twist (Rick Crawford), an average 30-something married man heading into town to run a few errands on his day off. Over the course of his morning, he has a run-in with a motorcyclist (Chris Witherspoon). This confrontation leads to a series of altercations across the city streets. Initially these are quite petty, but they quickly escalate into something much more serious.

Obviously, for a film in which much of our time is spent in a car with a single character, a great deal hangs on the Rick Crawford’s ability to hold our attention. Here, he delivers superbly, putting in a very effective performance as a man losing control of a situation far faster than he realises.

Crawford is ably supported by a strong cast but it is the biker that really stands out and comes to dominate the film. He never speaks, nor does he remove his helmet at any point but still manages to exude a real sense of menace throughout. This is made all the more effective by a strong narrative thread that steadily builds the character into an archetype of furious brutality without ever sacrificing the believability necessary to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rage is a very gripping film indeed. It is structured as a thriller in which the increasingly tense conflict between two men form the core of the film. This tension never lets up and it is the unrelenting approach of the film that makes for such an intense experience.

Of course, with no relief to the mounting tension, there really is only one way the film can go and it should come as no surprise that the genre of the film shifts steadily from thriller to horror. This shift is very effectively executed and handled in a manner that leaves you utterly unprepared for just how genuinely horrific the last 20 minutes of the film becomes.

Rage is a powerfully gripping and often disturbing film with a near-perfect ending. For this alone, it is well worth seeing. It also manages to be quite a thoughtful film as well, and one that seamlessly incorporates an exploration of the way in which all of our betrayals can come back to haunt us.

This is a film that will stay with you long after the final credits have rolled and I really can’t recommend it enough.

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Pulpmovies will be going dark on January 18th to protest SOPA/PIPA http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/pulpmovies-will-be-going-dark-on-january-18th-to-protest-sopapipa/ http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/pulpmovies-will-be-going-dark-on-january-18th-to-protest-sopapipa/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:25:54 +0000 Paul Pritchard http://www.pulpmovies.com/?p=11643 On January 18th, between 08:00 and 20:00 UTC, Pulpmovies will be joining Identi.ca, Boing Boing, Rasberry Pi, and many others in an internet blackout in protest of the Stop Online Privacy Act proposed in the US Congress and its corresponding Senate bill, Protect IP.

This is a badly drafted bill, promoted by people who don’t understand its impact for the benefit of people who don’t care about your freedoms. It is so widely cast and so badly worded that it will limit what you can say online, regardless of whether you are in the US or not.

You can find more information on the SOPA/PIPA bills, and how they affect you whether or not you live in the USA, at americancensorship.org. And I hope that if you run any sort of Web service or publishing platform, you will join this blackout.

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Tailer for terminal illness comedy, Time Expired http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/tailer-for-terminal-illness-comedy-time-expired/ http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/tailer-for-terminal-illness-comedy-time-expired/#comments Sat, 14 Jan 2012 12:48:13 +0000 Paul Pritchard http://www.pulpmovies.com/?p=11636 poster Terminal illness is a difficult subject to cover, especially for a comedy. From the trailer however, Time Expired appears to have managed this by finding a gentle humour that blends comedy and drama in a world filled with believable characters.

When parking enforcement officer Randall Zimmerman discovers he has a fatal heart condition, he wants nothing more than to live out his final days in peace. Unfortunately, his friends and family have other ideas.

The film is available to buy on DVD and can also be watched online. Check it out.

The Trailer

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Hitman 101 now live http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/hitman-101-now-live/ http://www.pulpmovies.com/2012/01/hitman-101-now-live/#comments Sat, 07 Jan 2012 23:25:21 +0000 Paul Pritchard http://www.pulpmovies.com/?p=11630 Wendy I mentioned Hitman 101, a web series, shortly before Christmas. I am mentioning it again because the series is now live and the first four episodes are available online.

Hitman 101 is a 12 Episode Story Created Exclusively for the Web. It revolves around the world of a hitman and the cavalcade of people – good and bad that inhabit this world. Aside from that we aren’t going to tell you too much. Episode 1 (when it’s released) should give you a pretty good idea of what the story is about. The best genre description for it is probably “crime thriller”, but we didn’t want to make a show that was too polarizing, so it has elements of many genres throughout it save sci-fi… wait there is sort of a slight sci-fi element in the show… but again, one must watch to know. Though this will ultimately be determined by the viewer, we think we’ve made an engaging series with each episode having variety and intrigue that come together to tell a full story by the end of episode 12 and we’re excited to present our story to anyone who takes the time out to watch our efforts.

I have just watched the first episode, Always the Hardest, and I have to say that there is a huge amount of potential on show here. So much so that I immediately started watching Episode Two.

Episode One is embedded below. Take a look.

Hitman 101 Episode One: Always the Hardest

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