Welcome to the worst of Max Renn

It’s no longer the early stage of the game, this blog has been up over a year. I still have no idea how you got here but welcome.

This blog was initially created to archive work I had done for sites and outlets that had departed this glorious green earth, or simply moved on from. Over the months I’ve added new reviews to older pieces and still have a back catalogue to plunder. The updates have slowed over the last six months due to an increased workload IRL but never fear Max fans, they keep comin’ at cha.

Also TV, games, and general whimsical musings.


Best of 2016, Movies, new releases

Waiting to put on a black shirt – how Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader is a chilling totalitarian parable

Yesterday (the 18th of August 2016) was not a good day for the European film industry (yes,  until Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is triggered I do still consider the British film industry part of a wider European industry). Dutch sales agent Fortissimo Films and UK based distributor Metrodome shuttered. Both companies had a strong history of supporting international independent filmmakers.

Metrodome straddled the divide between genre and art house fare, they had solid hits releasing films like Donnie Darko and Monster. More recently their acquisitions team had punched well above their weight, securing and releasing a string of significant art house films such as White God, Tangerine, The Falling, and What We Do In The Shadows (to name just my personal favourites.

The loss of both companies is a testament to the alarming shrinking of the independent film sphere, but Metrodome’s hits particularly hard as it removes a key distributor from a UK market now largely saturated with American studio product in which independent films across the spectrum from art house to exploitation increasingly struggle to be seen on a large format screen.

That Metrodome were to have released The Childhood of a Leader in the UK this week, and that it is on of the interesting films of the summer, is just pouring salt in the wound.

Anyway, on to the review… Continue reading

directors, horror, Movies, Reviews, SAVAGE CINEMA!

Steak tartar for horror fans – Baskin appeals to refined palates

Turkish horror film Baskin would make an interesting double bill with Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. In a Venn diagram of influences both share common ground especially in Italian horror (Fulci, Bava, Argento) but the resulting films could not be more different in style. Continue reading

horror, Movies, Reviews, scraping the barrel

Scraping the Barrel – Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead

Why here? Why now? Why… a review of Wrong Turn 3?

Fair enough question. I was feeling nostalgic and this was the first review I had published in phase 2 of my ‘career’ as a critic (following the Gonzo Fanzine years of the early nineties which I am assured did happen even though I can’t remember them). So thanks to Ian Rattray of London’s FrightFest horror film festival for taking the chance on me all those years ago. 2010 was it? I can’t remember. Anyway, this set the tone for many reviews to come, horrible genre dreck no-one in their right mind would watch on purpose (aka 90% of Netflix). Continue reading