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Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1973) Blu-ray Review
Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1973) Blu-ray Review
Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1973) Blu-ray Review

Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (1973) Blu-ray Review

On one of the extras for Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 5 part TV series, Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (originally titled, Acht Stunden sind kein Tag, 1972) two contemporary critics heatedly discuss the family drama on ...
 
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The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975) DVD Review
The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975) DVD Review
The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975) DVD Review

The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975) DVD Review

Sergio Martino was a very prolific director in Italy in the 1970s and through the 80s, directing such giallo cult classics as Torso (1973), Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978), as well as the colourfuly titled Your Vice is a Lo...
 

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Lubitsch in Berlin Blu-ray Review
Lubitsch in Berlin Blu-ray Review
Lubitsch in Berlin Blu-ray Review

Lubitsch in Berlin Blu-ray Review

Ernst Lubitsch is a director best known for his years in Hollywood where he worked from 1923 until his death in 1947. In that time he made such classics as Trouble in Paradise (1932), Ninotchka (1939), The Shop Around the Corne...
 
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Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Review
Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Review
Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Review

Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Review

In 1977 George Roy Hill made a film called Slap Shot. This film was a black comedy about a failing ice hockey team and starred Paul Newman as the team’s tired and worn out coach. They find success by resorting to violence...
 

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Life is Sweet (1990) Blu-ray Review
Life is Sweet (1990) Blu-ray Review
Life is Sweet (1990) Blu-ray Review

Life is Sweet (1990) Blu-ray Review

It’s interesting to compare the films of Mike Leigh with Ken Loach and their respective views of class; working-class in relation to Loach and the lower middle-class with Leigh. There are as many things the two directors ...
 
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Three Films by Ken Loach Blu-ray Review
Three Films by Ken Loach Blu-ray Review
Three Films by Ken Loach Blu-ray Review

Three Films by Ken Loach Blu-ray Review

The success of last year’s I, Daniel Blake proves the enduring relevance and power of Ken Loach’s films. He has shown at 80 years of age he still has the power to create a socially conscious drama that resonates wit...
 

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Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966) DVD Review
Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966) DVD Review
Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966) DVD Review

Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966) DVD Review

The opening scene of the latest release on Arrow Video, Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966) has an opening scene that has the look of a Hammer film, more familiar to many in the UK than this Mario Bava film. We see a young woman in ...
 
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Suntan (2016) Blu-ray Review
Suntan (2016) Blu-ray Review
Suntan (2016) Blu-ray Review

Suntan (2016) Blu-ray Review

The last rays of the Summer sun are on the horizon, so why not take in a film set on a Greek island called Suntan (2016) and recall a sunny escape from reality (for those lucky to have been able to). Although the film bears no ...
 

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Spark (2016) Blu-ray Review
Spark (2016) Blu-ray Review
Spark (2016) Blu-ray Review

Spark (2016) Blu-ray Review

Spark (2016), also known as Spark: A Space Tail is the latest science-fiction – (computer) animated mash-up. A Canadian-South Korean co-production, it generated unfavorable reviews on its release. Made by ToonBox, the sam...
 
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Shock Treatment (1981) Blu-ray Review
Shock Treatment (1981) Blu-ray Review
Shock Treatment (1981) Blu-ray Review

Shock Treatment (1981) Blu-ray Review

“It’s not a sequel… it’s not a prequel… it’s an equal…” – so ran the ad marketing campaign for Shock Treatment (1981), the much anticipated follow-up to that giant cult succ...
 

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Every Picture Tells a Story: The Art Films of James Scott DVD Review
Every Picture Tells a Story: The Art Films of James Scott DVD Review
Every Picture Tells a Story: The Art Films of James Scott DVD Review

Every Picture Tells a Story: The Art Films of James Scott DVD Review

BFI have released a set of films and documentaries by filmmaker James Scott (born 1941) who, among other projects made several documentaries about modern Pop and Modern artists in the 1960s and 70s, all of which were made colla...
 
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Lord of the Flies (1963) Blu-ray Review
Lord of the Flies (1963) Blu-ray Review
Lord of the Flies (1963) Blu-ray Review

Lord of the Flies (1963) Blu-ray Review

Lord of the Flies (1963) is not a film often seen on TV or elsewhere for that matter. But it is a story most people know. It is in many ways indefinable. I first saw the film while at school many years ago, having read William ...
 

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Voice From the Stone (2017) DVD Review
Voice From the Stone (2017) DVD Review
Voice From the Stone (2017) DVD Review

Voice From the Stone (2017) DVD Review

Based off a 1996 novel by Silvio Raffo and set in 1950s Tuscany, while Voice From the Stone, an American-Italian co-production is not strictly a horror film, it is very strongly gothic in tone. It has shades of Henry James̵...
 
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Inconceivable (2017) DVD Review
Inconceivable (2017) DVD Review
Inconceivable (2017) DVD Review

Inconceivable (2017) DVD Review

The latest thriller to star Nicolas Cage is the low budget big ambition thriller by first time director Jonathan Baker with a script by Chloe King. King hasn’t written a script since the small and charming British film, B...
 

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Detroit Review
Detroit Review
Detroit Review

Detroit Review

The world is fucked, lets not waste any time about it. The distain and hate that has been surrounding everything the past few years has been tough to swallow, and as great as they are, photos of cute dogs on Twitter are not eno...
 
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Logan Lucky Review
Logan Lucky Review
Logan Lucky Review

Logan Lucky Review

Steven Soderbergh is back after his self imposed exile from film making with Logan Lucky, a film which sees a likely group of assembled criminals try to pull off a heist. And,while it may seem like Soderbergh has brought us her...
 

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Tout va Bien (1972) Blu-ray Review
Tout va Bien (1972) Blu-ray Review
Tout va Bien (1972) Blu-ray Review

Tout va Bien (1972) Blu-ray Review

Along with Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard is of course best known as the lead filmmaker of the nouvelle vague (New Wave) that emerged in the late 1950s. By the late 1960s their directions had diverged. Godard’s films ...
 
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The Mourning Forest (2007) Blu-ray Review
The Mourning Forest (2007) Blu-ray Review
The Mourning Forest (2007) Blu-ray Review

The Mourning Forest (2007) Blu-ray Review

Naomi Kawase’s The Mourning Forest (2007) is a gentle film featurng a couple of gentle characters. It’s a simple story with the camera of Hidiyo Nakano gently moving over the greenery of the films natural landscape....
 

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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Blu-ray Review
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Blu-ray Review
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Blu-ray Review

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Blu-ray Review

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) is one of the key films of the 1980s. It is also one of the key films giving a dramatic understanding of Thatcher’s Britain. It was one of the first films to focus on the Asian and Pakistani...
 
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New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Trilogy
New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Trilogy
New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Trilogy

New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Trilogy

  Battles Without Honor and Humanity were a series of 5 yakuza films made between 1973-74 and produced by the Toei Company; they were sometimes subtitled as ‘The Yakuza Papers’. After this pentology of films we...
 

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Le Trou (1960) Blu-ray Review
Le Trou (1960) Blu-ray Review
Le Trou (1960) Blu-ray Review

Le Trou (1960) Blu-ray Review

There have been so many prison related films that it is a sub-genre in their own rate. Within that there are films that focus on escape. Perhaps the best known is The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and there are elements within Ja...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Marvel's The Defenders Review
Marvel's The Defenders Review
Marvel's The Defenders Review

Marvel’s The Defenders Review

Marvel is something of a trendsetter. The first cinematic universe has spawned plenty of copy cats and imitations, some incarnations we don’t necessarily need. And, while everyone was trying to keep the pace, Marvel has t...
 

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Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) Blu-ray Review
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) Blu-ray Review
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) Blu-ray Review

Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) Blu-ray Review

Jacques Becker was a director who played with a number of different genres. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) (roughly translated as ‘don’t touch my loot’) is a crime film, or specifically a gangster film. But the ...
 
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The Saga of Anatahan (1953) Blu-ray Review
The Saga of Anatahan (1953) Blu-ray Review
The Saga of Anatahan (1953) Blu-ray Review

The Saga of Anatahan (1953) Blu-ray Review

In June 1951 a group of Japanese soldiers surrendered to the US Navy having not realised that the war had been over. They had been there since 1944 when they fled to the interior before the Americans left the island. The story ...
 

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Clash (2016) Blu-ray Review
Clash (2016) Blu-ray Review
Clash (2016) Blu-ray Review

Clash (2016) Blu-ray Review

In Locke (2013), starring Tom Hardy, the entire action takes place within a car on a motorway. Similarly, in Buried (2010) a US Marine (Ryan Reynolds) is buried alive in a coffin and the whole film is set within the coffin. Ear...
 
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Within (2016) DVD Review
Within (2016) DVD Review
Within (2016) DVD Review

Within (2016) DVD Review

When Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist was released in 1982 it ventured into new territory as far as the setting was concerned, in that the haunting happenings were occurring in a brand new house. (One of the stars of that older ...
 

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Casque d'or (1952) DVD Review
Casque d'or (1952) DVD Review
Casque d'or (1952) DVD Review

Casque d’or (1952) DVD Review

Casque d’or is the second film in chronological order that Studiocanal release in their series of four Jacques Becker films on their Vintage World Cinema sub-label. It is arguably not only Jacques Becker’s best film...
 
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Edward and Caroline (1951) DVD Review
Edward and Caroline (1951) DVD Review
Edward and Caroline (1951) DVD Review

Edward and Caroline (1951) DVD Review

Released by Studiocanal in their Vintage World Cinema label are four films by Jacques Becker who as a director is overlooked when compared to some of his other compatriots. The earliest of the films released on this set is Edwa...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
A Ghost Story Review
A Ghost Story Review
A Ghost Story Review

A Ghost Story Review

A Ghost Story is, at its heart, a film about love, loss and coping with both of these things simultaneously. Finding ways to cope with the loss of a loved one, and a loved one who is lost. You wouldn’t be amiss at thinkin...
 
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Wolves at the Door (2016) DVD Review
Wolves at the Door (2016) DVD Review
Wolves at the Door (2016) DVD Review

Wolves at the Door (2016) DVD Review

Wolves at the Door opens and tells us the film is set in August 1969. Ping! Ah, okay this is ‘inspired’ by the Charles Manson Family murders which took place on the night of 8th August 1969. The prologue to the film...