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Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2015) Blu-ray Review
Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2015) Blu-ray Review
Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2015) Blu-ray Review

Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2015) Blu-ray Review

The documentary Future Shock: The Story of 2000AD, made in and released in 2015 charts the story of the British comic, 2000AD. First published in 1977 the documentary takes the social conditions in the UK at the time as its sta...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Dunkirk at the Science Museum IMAX
Dunkirk at the Science Museum IMAX
Dunkirk at the Science Museum IMAX

Dunkirk at the Science Museum IMAX

Much has been written about the immersive experience and the sound effects of Christopher Nolan’s latest film Dunkirk – even the few remaining living veterans attending the premier claimed that the volume of the fil...
 

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Stalker (1979) Blu-ray Review
Stalker (1979) Blu-ray Review
Stalker (1979) Blu-ray Review

Stalker (1979) Blu-ray Review

Andrei Tarkovsky only made a handful of films including the three he made in the 1970s. Each one of them is a gem, long in length and very intense in detail. The first one of the decade was the pensive science-fiction film Sola...
 
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The Orchard End Murder (1981) Blu-ray Review
The Orchard End Murder (1981) Blu-ray Review
The Orchard End Murder (1981) Blu-ray Review

The Orchard End Murder (1981) Blu-ray Review

The latest release by BFI on their Flipside label is The Orchard End Murder (1981), the 35th title released by BFI on their subsidiary label. Flipside unearth films that have mostly been overlooked over the years, most of which...
 

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The Taisho Trilogy DVD Review
The Taisho Trilogy DVD Review
The Taisho Trilogy DVD Review

The Taisho Trilogy DVD Review

Released through Arrow Academy is Seijun Suzuki’s ‘The Taisho Trilogy’, a set of three films with a great deal of history behind them and, it has to said none are an easy view. Suzuki was a director who made a...
 
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Westfront 1918 (1930) / Kameradschaft (1931) Blu-ray Review
Westfront 1918 (1930) / Kameradschaft (1931) Blu-ray Review
Westfront 1918 (1930) / Kameradschaft (1931) Blu-ray Review

Westfront 1918 (1930) / Kameradschaft (1931) Blu-ray Review

Interestingly Georg Wilhem Pabst’s Westfront 1918 was released just a month after the Universal production of All Quiet on the Western Front had its premiere in April 1930 in Los Angeles, meaning that both films were in p...
 

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Stormy Monday (1988) DVD Review
Stormy Monday (1988) DVD Review
Stormy Monday (1988) DVD Review

Stormy Monday (1988) DVD Review

Mike Figgis is an eclectic director who has made a varied range of films. Among his most accomplished have been the alcoholic-hooker relationship in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), the standard police corruption thriller Internal Aff...
 
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Aquarius (2016) Blu-ray Review
Aquarius (2016) Blu-ray Review
Aquarius (2016) Blu-ray Review

Aquarius (2016) Blu-ray Review

Last year Brazil should have been riding on the crest of a wave with an impending Olympic Games but civil unrest and social unrest threatened to not only to upset the games but topple the government. Already there were question...
 

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Pulse (2001) Blu-ray Review
Pulse (2001) Blu-ray Review
Pulse (2001) Blu-ray Review

Pulse (2001) Blu-ray Review

What makes Japanese horror films so effective? There is less blood, guts and gore, less of what is known in the horror business as ‘the bus’, that red herring scare setting up for the real scare. Most of us have hea...
 
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End of a Gun (2016) DVD Review
End of a Gun (2016) DVD Review
End of a Gun (2016) DVD Review

End of a Gun (2016) DVD Review

Steven Seagal is now 65 years old and is still churning out several action films a year. Most are made direct to DVD or cable TV as he has lost much of his appeal since his hey-day as an action star in the late 1980a and early ...
 

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The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) Blu-ray Review
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) Blu-ray Review
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) Blu-ray Review

The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) Blu-ray Review

When The Sorrow and the Pity was released in 1971 France was not ready for this self-reflective study of itself under the occupation during the Second World War. Many cinemas and French television refused to show it. In an extr...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Baby Driver Review
Baby Driver Review
Baby Driver Review

Baby Driver Review

What can be said that hasn’t already been said about Baby Driver. Edgar Wright’s latest offering is bombastic, visceral, funny, endearing and downright lovely. A semi noir film with a beast of a soundtrack, each tra...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Okja Review
Okja Review
Okja Review

Okja Review

Not only does Okja comes along at just the right time, with a Netflix release, it comes along to a huge audience all at once. Bong Joon Ho’s last film, Snowpiercer, didn’t even get a release in the UK; his current o...
 
Film Reviews
 
The Fisher King (1991) DVD Review
The Fisher King (1991) DVD Review
The Fisher King (1991) DVD Review

The Fisher King (1991) DVD Review

Without wishing to sound like a marketing tag line, The Fisher King (1991) is a story of two down on their luck individuals who living under different circumstances find redemption and in a round-about way find and accept thems...
 

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Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review
Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review
Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review

Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review

Released for the first time ever in the West, Kinji Fukasaku’s Doberman Cop (1977), is a Yakuza film and was made at a time when the cycle of such films was waning. It, like others it follows on from the cop/crime films t...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Transformers: The Last Knight Review
Transformers: The Last Knight Review
Transformers: The Last Knight Review

Transformers: The Last Knight Review

Transformers: The Last Knight sees the alien race here on earth, along with some choice humans, search for a long lost artefact which could destroy the human race/the Transformers/Cybertron. They face adversaries in the form of...
 

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) starts out as the kind of visceral procedural police type drama that David Fincher would enjoy. In fact the first half of the film is mostly focused on the autopsy table. Does that sound dull? Not...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey (2016) Review
A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey (2016) Review
A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey (2016) Review

A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey (2016) Review

The title of Harold Monfils film is not referenced anyway other than as a tattoo on the subject’s arm. Hoka Hey, A Good Day to Die refers to Native American Lakota warrior Crazy Horse’s cry before going into battle ...
 

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Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review
Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review
Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review

Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review

Both ends of Luis Buñuel’s long career are well written about. There are his early films and collaborations with fellow Spanish Surrealist, Salvador Dalí: the short Un Chien Andalou (1929) and his first feature, L’A...
 
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review

It is often stated that Dario Argento is the master of the Italian thriller, or giallo. He, as is common in the history of thriller auteurs has been compared to and labelled the Italian Alfred Hitchcock. By the late 1960s and e...
 

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Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review
Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review
Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review

Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review

The shadow of Alfred Hitchcock is long, far and wide. Indeed, even this film, based off a novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac was one that Hitchcock was interested in and can be read as he was envious that he did not ge...
 
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Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review
Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review
Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review

Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review

Over the past couple of years there have been some very good Japanese films set in suburbs, where the banality and normality of existence is either disturbed or something disquieting takes place. I am thinking of such films as ...
 

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One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review
One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review
One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review

One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review

In the introduction to the film by Martin Scorsese he states that there is no other western like this and is unique in the western genre (although arguably Marlon Brando was an even stranger western with 1976’s The Missou...
 
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Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review
Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review
Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review

Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review

A lesser known slasher from the early 1980s, this was made in a very healthy period for horror films when there were many releases a week thanks to video. Of course that is not to say that many of them were any good, but the ge...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Gifted Review
Gifted Review
Gifted Review

Gifted Review

Chris Evans stars as an all American hero, with a heart of gold and the best of intentions; though this time, he’s Frank, the uncle of orphaned Mary (McKenna Grace). The two of them live in a secluded area in Florida, wit...
 
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Spotlight on a Murderer (1961) Blu-ray Review
Spotlight on a Murderer (1961) Blu-ray Review
Spotlight on a Murderer (1961) Blu-ray Review

Spotlight on a Murderer (1961) Blu-ray Review

In 1959 George Franju made his second film, the poetic terror film (not a horror film as Franju was keen to state), Eyes Without a Face (original title: Les yeux sans visage). The film was well received and demonstrated the poe...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Klown (2010) DVD Review
Klown (2010) DVD Review
Klown (2010) DVD Review

Klown (2010) DVD Review

The USA is not the only country that have a market cornered in gross out comedy. The Danes can be bloody funny too. Think the Farrelly Brothers meets Stephen Merchant’s character in ‘Hello Ladies’ and Todd Sol...
 
Disc Reviews
 
Evil Ed (1995) Special Ed-ition DVD Review
Evil Ed (1995) Special Ed-ition DVD Review
Evil Ed (1995) Special Ed-ition DVD Review

Evil Ed (1995) Special Ed-ition DVD Review

There have been several films made about filmmakers and their obsession with filmmaking, blurring the boundary between obsession to their craft and blurring the distinction between reality and illusory: think of Tim Robbins as ...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Mulholland Drive (2001) DVD Review
Mulholland Drive (2001) DVD Review
Mulholland Drive (2001) DVD Review

Mulholland Drive (2001) DVD Review

When ‘Twin Peaks’ finished its second season in 1991 Agent Cooper said that he would return to Twin Peaks in 25 years. Well true to his word (and David Lynch and Mark Frost’s) ‘Twin Peaks’ has retu...
 
Disc Reviews
 
Daughter of the Nile (1987) Blu-ray Review
Daughter of the Nile (1987) Blu-ray Review
Daughter of the Nile (1987) Blu-ray Review

Daughter of the Nile (1987) Blu-ray Review

Many writers and commentators have compared Taiwanese director Hou Hsao-Hsien’s films to French New Wave and most particularly the early films of Francois Truffaut. Indeed the restrained slow pace and studied look at the ...