Another night in the life of a cop... 091, policiá al habla

091 Policía al habla

March 28, 2018 Matt B 0

A heady mixture of police procedural and melodrama, but it has a very human viewpoint, treating not just the cops but most of the peripheral characters also with a degree of sympathy.

Fragile

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2005 | Horror | Rating: 7/10 | Director: Jaume Balagueró
Although the story is a little over-familiar, it’s well written, the characters are nicely drawn, and Balagueró cloaks it all in sombre, spooky atmospherics. [..]

Looks like a nice place... To Let

Films to Keep You Awake: To Let

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2006 | Horror | Rating: 7/10 | Director: Jaume Balagueró
This is a slick and effective little film. Balagueró is a highly capable genre director, and handles everything with commensurate skill [..]

Children should be seen and not heard... Painless

Painless

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2012 | Horror | Rating: 7/10 | Director: Juan Carlos Medina
Painless is basically made up of two parallel narratives, one set in the past and one in the present, both of which come together at the climax. As such, it’s half a great film [..]

Walking those country roads... Asmodexia

Asmodexia

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2014 | Horror | Rating: 7/10 | Director: Héctor Carré
The first feature of director Marc Carreté, this is a confident, brash and exciting film [..]

It seemed like such a good idea at the time... In Darkness We Fall

In Darkness We Fall

February 15, 2018 Matt B 0

2014 | Horror | Rating: 7/10 | Director: Alfredo Montero
Anyone fancy a found footage film with a bunch of idiot youths as the protagonists? No, I didn’t think so. But give In Darkness We Fall a chance [..]

Luz Marquez in Poster for Llama un tal esteban

Llama un tal esteban

December 19, 2016 Matt B 0

1960 | Cine negro | Rating: 7/10 | Director: Pedro L. Ramirez
While Llama un tal esteban might not have the stylistic virtuosity of the best of the cine negro films, it stands up well as an effective little filler [..]

Santa's looking a little the worste for wear... The Christmas Tale

The Christmas Tale

October 1, 2016 Matt B 0

2005 | Horror | Rating: 7/10 | Director: Paco Plaza
Set in 1985, Paco Plaza’s The Christmas Tale actually comes across like a nicely warped riposte to the saccharine but hugely popular 1986 coming-of-age film Stand By Me [..]

Another victim of... Romasanta

Romasanta

October 1, 2016 Matt B 0

2004 | Horror | Rating: 7/10 | Director: Paco Plaza
Even if it doesn’t feature a particularly high-concept idea, it does pull the rug from under your feet most effectively. Not the best of its type, but better than average [..]

Quim Gutiérrez in The Last Days

The Last Days

September 24, 2016 Matt B 0

2013 | Science Fiction | Rating: 7/10 | Director: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor
Directed with some panache by Alex and David Pastor (who made the effective 2008 post-apocalypse film Carriers), this is a gripping and effective entry in what’s a rather crowded arena [..]