In Joe Cornish's witty debut feature, Attack The Block, the monsters from outer space find themselves battling kids in hoodies on BMXs. You'd think with all that advanced UFO technology at their disposal, aliens would research their trips to Earth by watching more sci-fi invasion movies before they get here. To give the next lot of aggressive ETs a fighting chance, here's a round up of what's gone wrong before …
Do enter by the back door
Yes, everyone likes a big show with lots of pomp, and we're sure that when space invaders were blowing up iconic buildings in Independence Day and War Of The Worlds they were all mighty pleased with themselves. But look at how far it got them: crushed by humans, inspired into
Machete, out this week, may not be remembered by future film historians, but it does add a new entry in the strange genre of the improvised weapon movie. Indeed, characters in the new Robert Rodriguez flick use machetes (natch), stiletto heels, corkscrews and pretty much anything they can get their hands on to dispatch their enemies. In these challenging economic times, it's nice to see movie characters embrace lo-fi ingenuity in favour of fancy gadgets. Here is a tribute to the improvised movie weapon …
Horror movies are a good source of improvised weapons, with desperate situations forcing heroes to find their inner MacGyver. In Peter Jackson's gloriously vulgar Kiwi zombie film, our hero Lionel (Timothy Balme) fires up his lawnmower and rests it against his chest,
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