This week brough a new channel to Prime Video in the shape of the Icon Productions, the independent production company founded in August 1989 by actor/director Mel Gibson and Australian producing partner Bruce Davey. (More info HERE)
We’ve scoured the fist 150 titles avilable on the channel to bring our top 5 list of the films that you should seek out and watch first. Check out the list below and let us know what you think in the comments or via our social media channels.
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Black Dynamite (2010 Dir: Scott Sanders)
He’s super-cool and he knows Kung Fu, Black Dynamite is quite simply one of the greatest paraody movies of all time, Micheal Jai White, kicks, punches and pimp slaps the funny into your living room. Written and Directed by Scott Sanders if you’ve never seen it now’s the time. If you’ve watched it before, what you waiting for sucka? It’s time to press play on this cinematic beast now. A Screen One 5 star rated classic.
When The Man murders his brother, pumps heroin into local orphanages, and floods the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor, BLACK DYNAMITE is the one hero willing to fight all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House. Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight) stars as BLACK DYNAMITE, a gun-toting, nunchuck-wielding, ladies man and soul brother.
Push (2009 Dir: Paul McGuigan)
Long before Chris Evans took up the starry shield to become Captain America, but after he was Johnny Storm in Fantasitc Four, Evans did this little known film Push about some young people with extraordinary abilities taking on a shadowy government organisation from weaponising them. It’s a not necessarily a great film, but it’s definetly worth watching. With a cast that by todays standards would be garnering top box office standing, it comes across as a indie version of the X-Men but is so much more than that.
After his father, an assassin, is brutally murdered, Nick Gant vows revenge on Division, the covert government agency that dabbles in psychic warfare and experimental drugs. Hiding in Hong Kong’s underworld, Nick assembles a band of rogue psychics dedicated to destroying Division. Together with Cassie, a teenage clairvoyant, Nick goes in search of a missing girl and a stolen suitcase that could be the key to accomplishing their mutual goal.
Once (2007 Dir: John Carney)
A beautiful movie about two souls that cross each others paths and make an impact on each other, just at the wrong time. John Carney’s little independant movie took the Oscars by storm when it won the best song for 2007. A inspiring ballad (Falling Slowly). Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are perfect in this movie and it will stay with you for a long time after. it went to be converted into a equally brilliant stage show. So why not give this a try, you be glad you did.
A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.
The Passion Of The Christ (2004 Dir: Mel Gibson)
A lot has been written about The Passion Of The Christ, but as essential viewing this absolutely is up there. BE WARNED this is not your usual pretty lights behind his head, lovely man in a white robe who died and came alive again, which is why we can have chocolate eggs now. This is the final hours of Jesus, if it was made by the people who gave us the Saw movies, only more violent, brutal and effecting. Gibson doesn’t pull any punches here and this unflinching version will leave the viewer shell shocked, subtitled as the film is spoken in Aramaic and Hebrew, but don’t let that put you off, this is one of those films that cries out to be watched again. Especially this close to Easter. Just don’t expect Charlton Heston…
The Passion Of The Christ depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.
The Guest (2014 Dir: Adam Wingard)
To finish with, here we have Adam Wingard’s The Guest, a throwback to the 80’s style stalkand slash thriller, with a fair amount of tongue in cheekiness about it starring Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame. For the most part it’s great fun and when it ramps up the finale you’ll really be having fun. Providing you don’t take it all too seriously.
A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.