Unpopped Kernels: The Way Way Back (2013)

Due to Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney winning Academy Awards last night for their respective Supporting Roles, we’re celebrating their roles in The Way, Way Back! We’ve all been there. We all know the story. Its happened to me, you and everyone around you. You’d think that maybe we’d be board of it by now but then a gem such as The Way Way Back reminds you … Continue reading Unpopped Kernels: The Way Way Back (2013)

Unpopped Kernels: Creep 2 (2017)

Roughly this time last year, I’d discovered Mark Duplass in the devastating romantic indie Blue Jay. An immense burning cheek sensation curled on my cheek and I was instantly smitten with the actor who’d also brought us phenomenal performances in films such as Safety Not Guaranteed. The writer and performer had earned a specific place in my brain and I was happily going to ride this … Continue reading Unpopped Kernels: Creep 2 (2017)

Unpopped Kernels: Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

There is no one here who would deny that if you were driving down the back roads of deep South America and you came across a couple of men in flannel, muttering incomprehensibly and looking kind of backwards, you’d be scared. That’s how we have been conditioned anyway. The sea is full of monsters, the mirror full of ghosts and the Deep South is full … Continue reading Unpopped Kernels: Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

Unpopped Kernels: Macbeth (2015)

It’s not very often I see a film that I am utterly enthralled with that I actively put off writing about it. There is a general sense of falseness as I write this; like I’m putting on the mask of a critic in order to explain what captivated me so but the words all seem hollow. Awkwardly shuffling in my seat, my fingers hesitating over … Continue reading Unpopped Kernels: Macbeth (2015)

Unpopped Kernels: The Babysitter (2017)

The allure of the babysitter has transcended different genres of films. There’s the seductive thrillers a la The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, or the tortured victim as part of horrors, stalked by a ghoulish entity. They are usually dippy young girls thrust into Final Girl mode as they romp over the screen, trying desperately to save the kid, save themselves…or have sex with the … Continue reading Unpopped Kernels: The Babysitter (2017)

Unpopped Kernels: Third Contact (2013)

It’s one of those inspiring stories. Third Contact was filmed by Simon Horrocks for an extremely low budget of £4000, on a hand held camera and having to space the filming out because he had to fit it around schedules. Raising the money on Kickstarter for PR and publication, this truly independent film made waves and gained momentum, including a premiere at the BFI Imax . What Horrocks proved … Continue reading Unpopped Kernels: Third Contact (2013)