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The Underrated: Tropa De Elite (Elite Squad)

For this section I’m either going to review films that no-one else has seen, but I think are worth a look, or defend to the hilt those films that are universally regarded as being terrible. As this is my first attempt at this, I’m going to pick a film that has slipped off the radar- although it really shouldn’t have. A running theme of this series is going to be how often those colossal assholes, the Weinsteins, get hold of a property (OUTLANDER) and just cock up the distribution so it drops off the radar and sinks to unearned obscurity.

I first found out about this film at Christmas time in 2007. We were in Rio and talking about films with Mrs. Jarv’s brother who recommended this film. It’s taken two fucking years for me to get hold of it. 2 years! Read More…

Jarv’s Best Film of 2000-2009: City of God

Well, here it is. I can’t believe that anyone is surprised that I picked the Brazilian monster for my best film of the decade, but I find something new to love about it every time I watch it. In the last decade, which all in all has been quite good (despite what every summer has made me think), I can’t think of another film as good as this one.

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Jarv’s Schlock Vault: Evil Bong

Evil Bong

“Soon I will control the world! A great, big, beautiful, stoned world with potsmoke clouds and oceans of bongwater!”

Jarv’s Rating: 3 Changs out of 4

I sense some scepticism from the peanut gallery about this rating, but you’ll have to trust me. This is a legitimately good film. It isn’t a horror film- in fact, Charles Band himself describes it as a “stoner comedy”, and a very funny stoner comedy it is too.

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Jarv’s Best of 2000-2009. Number 4: Requiem for a Dream

Any of these top 4 could have been number 1. In fact, this was (until I rewatched it a few  nights ago) pencilled in as number 1, but on reflection it’s just too damned miserable to take the top spot. Read More…

Jarv’s Best of 2000-2009. Number 5: This is England

It’s hard for me to write objectively about this film, being as I recognise so much of it. It is, quite simply, my favourite British film of the last decade- and it’s got some stiff competition for that title.

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The Odyssey continues: Jarv’s best of the decade for America

Yes, I know this is late. It wasn’t my fault- honest. However,  I don’t feel bad in the slightest about keeping going.

Anyhow, on with this ultimately pointless attempt to define the top 10 of last decade. Read More…

From the Vault: Schlock in the 21st Century

This century hasn’t been kind to schlock. Needless to say, here’s a list of some I recommend and some I really, really don’t. Some of these I’ve already reviewed, some I haven’t. It’s not a top ten, rather just films from the bargain bucket that I think are worth a look. Read More…

Jarv’s Schlock Vault: Ticks


They call me “Panic” ’cause I never do.

Jarv’s Rating: 3 Changs out of 4

Once again, to take a small break from the never-ending lists, I’ve decided to review a schlock film. Read More…