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Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad Now Online!

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 15:53 Published in Underground News

Available on VOD
Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Vimeo

When a tragedy strikes the world’s most unique skatepark, a group of old school skaters, BMX riders and street artists team up to fight for its survival.

Fifteen years in the making with archive material going back forty years, this feature length documentary looks at a totally unique aspect of British sub-culture - the first generation of skateboarders and BMX freestyle riders in the world’s most unique skatepark. Built in a suburb of east London in the late 1970’s, Rom is the only skatepark in the world to have official historic protection. The film looks at the users of the park and not only what it means to them but the influence it has had on their lives. Shot in full DCI 4K and Featuring over 30 interviews with architects, historians, entrepreneurs, street and graffiti artists, professional skaters and BMX riders as well as the old school locals who have been visiting the park since it opened; this is the first time a feature length documentary has taken an in-depth look at this scene, and its participants, from a uniquely British perspective. When the park suffers a major tragedy during the middle of filming, the story then shifts focus to how these skaters and riders rally together to try and save the park from closure for a new generation of Rom Boys AND Girls.

Produced and directed by Matt Harris, and premiering in September at the prestigious Paris Surf and Skate festival, ROM BOYS : 40 YEARS OF RAD arrives on digital October 13 from 1091 Films.

Prepare for it, A #Shakespeareshitstorm!

Saturday, 29 August 2020 22:25 Published in Movie Reviews

Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020
North American Debut

When considering Troma Entertainment spent 45 years of disrupting media, they are showing no signs of slowing down! Their latest, #shakespearesh*tstorm is a reimagining of William Shakespeare'sThe Tempest, and they topped themselves! We get everything this studio is famous for–namely a car being flipped and gross out humour– that any Tromaphile will love to digest. In this case, blast out of a certain orifice!

Quebec Premiere. Playing at Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020 On Demand till Sept 2. Buy your virtual ticket here.

SPOILER ALERT

Feels good, man. The Pepe the Frog comic and meme is explored in Arthur Jones' excellent debut documentary about the creator Matt Furie and how his comic book creation became a sensation as intended—including how he lost creative control. Some years ago, he was not pleased when other people took his work and used it for their purposes. Pepe’s use as a meme was widespread and got more attention than from his self-published comic book, Boys Club #1. After appearing on the Internet, that’s when problems surfaced. It isn’t easy being green.

Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020
Last Showing: Saturday 29th, 23:15 EST
Buy your virtual ticket here.

Reality is warped in Kirya. New Delhi writer and director Sidharth Srinivasan’s Hindi-Indie horror mixes mysticism and devotion in a haunting tale about Sitara (Navjot Randhawa). It’s easy to see she’s a maneater. Or could she be Kyrie Eleison, that vixen found in the darkness of the night–the song from Mr. Mister? Though this bouncy song is about finding happiness, the lyrics can be given a darker meaning this movie crazily descends into,

Playing at Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020 On Demand till Sept 2. Buy your ticket ($8) to At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul here and The Strange World of Coffin Joe here.

If you haven’t been introduced to Coffin Joe yet, now is your chance! Fantasia's Digital 2020 Festival is showing the first instalment as part of their Retro program and "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul" (1964) is a zinger.

Playing at Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020 On Demand till Sept 2. Buy your virtual ticket here.

From Fantastic Fest 2019 to Fantasia Digital Film Fest. 2020, The Mortuary Collection is making its rounds to other celebrations on cinema. Filmmaker Ryan Spindell's work is a retrospective on modern-20th century horror—four tales said in summary to start from the 50s and leap each decade to spotlight a particular style of horror relevant for that time. If further screenings and a home video sell out prove successful enough, I can hope for the making of a second volume where it goes back to the ages I adore–The Wild West, Renaissance and Victorian Age.

Playing at Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020. On Demand till Sept 2. Buy your virtual ticket here.

Alexandre Prieur-Grenier may well be the next Guy Maddin or, perhaps, the next David Cronenberg. His debut in 2011 oozes with avant-garde visuals and the lighting design is electric. The best scenes are when our hero’s dreams become reality, and it looks like a heat storm at night. We’re never sure what is upside down or right side up as this director is challenging us to figure out if everything we see is part of Émile Schneider’s (the protagonist's) imagination?

As cinemas are roaring back into business with the oldies and goodies, White Riot is going to revisit the late 70’s and the Rock Against Racism movement which threatened many emerging talents from out of Britain. This documentary by Rubika Shah cuts to the chase very fast.

The 80 minute runtime is comprised more with archival material than new. We have, with no surprise, The Clash’s London Calling as the national anthem which begins this work, and this editor doesn’t hold back. We see how far the bigotry went. We even have mentions of Bowie and Eric Clapton, and how involved they got into this situation.

As a single watch is not enough to understand how reaching this protest went. The new interviews sheds light to how people see this poignant time when the National Front was on the rise. I’m glad this release is through on demand services, and for as long as the ticket allows–usually three days–I can absorb and try to make sense of all that went on. It’s best not to dwell too much about this time, but for any music historian who wants a clear view of what happened, this documentary is heavily recommended!

Available on http://www.filmswelike.com/films/white-riot

-Ed Sum

As cinemas are roaring back into business with the oldies and goodies, White Riot is going to revisit the late 70’s and the Rock Against Racism movement which threatened many emerging talents from out of Britain. This documentary by Rubika Shah cuts to the chase very fast.

The 80 minute runtime is comprised more with archival material than new. We have, with no surprise, The Clash’s London Calling as the national anthem which begins this work, and this editor doesn’t hold back. We see how far the bigotry went. We even have mentions of Bowie and Eric Clapton, and how involved they got into this situation.

As a single watch is not enough to understand how reaching this protest went. The new interviews sheds light to how people see this poignant time when the National Front was on the rise. I’m glad this release is through on demand services, and for as long as the ticket allows–usually three days–I can absorb and try to make sense of all that went on. It’s best not to dwell too much about this time, but for any music historian who wants a clear view of what happened, this documentary is heavily recommended!

Available on http://www.filmswelike.com/films/white-riot

-Ed Sum

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