» Convict (2014, Australia)

Convict - George Basha as Ray Francis

When this opened where I live, it opened, I think, for just one session in one cinema. That might say as much as needs to be said. (more…)

Posted on April 14th, 2014 at 10:56 pm. Updated on April 29th, 2015 at 10:34 pm.

» Naked Gun 33? – The Final Insult (1994, USA)

Naked Gun 33 1/3 The Final Insult - Leslie Nielsen as Frank Drebin

You know what you’re getting with the Naked Gun series, and questions like, “Is it sensible to select a high-profile cop to go undercover in a large maximum-security prison?” are happily irrelevant. (more…)

Posted on November 20th, 2012 at 8:15 pm. Updated on November 20th, 2012 at 8:15 pm.

» The Mannsfield 12 (2007, USA)

The Mannsfield 12 - The Warden (VJ Foster) addresses the 12

If you can get past the notion that a prison guard can be stabbed to death and then, rather than have it investigated by the Police, the Warden is able to brutalise twelve prisoners for six months in the hope that one of them will falsely confess to the killing, you may well enjoy this film. (more…)

Posted on March 5th, 2011 at 10:23 pm. Updated on March 5th, 2011 at 10:23 pm.

» Dogboys (1998, USA)

Dogboys - Cap Brown (Bryan Brown) and Julain Taylor (Dean Cain)

Fascinating prison, this. There’s this solid, imposing wall surrounding a maximum-security prison, around which – if I’ve got this right – there are acres and acres of Toronto forest and a scalable, razor-ribbon-topped fence. It’s a prison where prisoners escape over the 7 metre wall with ease, only to routinely get run down by highly trained attack dogs in the foresty bit. No wonder people start asking questions.  (more…)

Posted on November 16th, 2009 at 9:49 pm. Updated on December 28th, 2010 at 6:59 pm.

» Big Stan (2007, USA)

Big Stan

I’m deeply, deeply suspicious of any film where the Director casts himself in the lead role and not only gives himself the best lines, but gets to bed the beautiful woman and be the hero all at the one time. Not even Woody Allen can always pull that off, and Rob Schneider certainly can’t in this limp, misconceived comedy. But it’s not just that. This is a one-joke movie, and when that one joke concerns homosexual rape, or any rape (even if it’s mostly about the avoidance of rape), it’s going to have trouble making me laugh.


Posted on May 31st, 2009 at 6:15 pm. Updated on August 21st, 2009 at 6:42 pm.

» Let’s Go to Prison (2006, USA)

Let's Go to Prison

Mediocre comedy starring John Lyshitski as an habitual criminal who wants to get back at the judge who kept sending him to prison by ‘helping’ the judge’s son who has been wrongly convicted and sent to prison.  (more…)

Posted on May 16th, 2009 at 7:32 pm. Updated on September 1st, 2009 at 9:39 pm.

» In Hell (2003, USA)

In Hell

Ringo Lam (who directed the Hong Kong Prison on Fire movies) directs this as well, but if that gives you some optimism, the fact that it stars Jean-Claude Van Damme probably won’t. (more…)

Posted on May 16th, 2009 at 7:25 pm. Updated on March 8th, 2016 at 3:02 pm.

» Stir Crazy (1980, USA)

Stir Crazy

A limp comedy directed by Sidney Poitier. (more…)

Posted on May 16th, 2009 at 6:55 pm. Updated on August 21st, 2009 at 6:44 pm.

» Nu Zi Jian Yu / Women Prison (1988, Hong Kong)

Women Prison -

Yes, that’s right; ‘Nu zi jian yu’ becomes ‘Women Prison’… and that sets the standard for the sub-titling throughout. It’s an entertaining prison movie for traditionalists: a fight for top dog, a naïve first-timer, a brutal, corrupt officer, an escape, some sexual assaults, and even a disturbance that requires the use of tear gas. Not unlike the 1987 Hong Kong film about a male prison, Prison on Fire, in some ways. (more…)

Posted on May 16th, 2009 at 3:16 pm. Updated on February 23rd, 2013 at 10:14 pm.