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The Crow: Stairway To Heaven DVD Review
The Crow: Stairway To Heaven DVD Review
The Crow: Stairway To Heaven DVD Review

The Crow: Stairway To Heaven DVD Review

If you missed The Crow: Stairway to Heaven when it originally aired in the UK back in 1999/2000 (and you can count this author among those that did), then here’s your chance to grab the complete 22 episode series on DVD. Availa...
 
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300: Rise Of An Empire Review
300: Rise Of An Empire Review
300: Rise Of An Empire Review

300: Rise Of An Empire Review

OK, I admit it. I genuinely thought this would be good fun. I thought this would probably equal Zach Snyder’s 300 (2006). I thought it would be a riot quite frankly. Sadly this just wasn’t the case. Like many I was first introd...
 

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The Gang’s All Here Review
The Gang’s All Here Review
The Gang’s All Here Review

The Gang’s All Here Review

The Gang’s All Here is a piece of fluff but the amazing and stunning Technicolor in HD Blu-ray and Carmen Miranda’s costumes and set pieces should be enough to distract the viewer from any weak storyline. Directed by the irrepr...
 
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Fargo Season 1 Review
Fargo Season 1 Review
Fargo Season 1 Review

Fargo Season 1 Review

In recent years some of the most popular shows on television have adopted the 10 show format for their season (Give or take a couple of episodes). With this short schedule we as viewers get bigger stars in a more concise and de...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Grand Piano Review
Grand Piano Review
Grand Piano Review

Grand Piano Review

Elijah Wood plays Tom Selznick a bit of a grand master behind the keys who at his latest performance to an adoring crowd is contacted while on stage by a stranger (John Cusack) who makes the message clear: Play one wrong note a...
 
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Lord of Illusions Blu-ray Review
Lord of Illusions Blu-ray Review
Lord of Illusions Blu-ray Review

Lord of Illusions Blu-ray Review

Until the rumoured, pant-wettingly anticipated ‘Hellraiser’ re-boot that I personally cannot wait for, the last directorial effort from the truly unique and warped mind of horror author Clive Barker was Lord of Illusions in (19...
 

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Madame Dubarry Review
Madame Dubarry Review
Madame Dubarry Review

Madame Dubarry Review

Made in 1919 during a period when legendry director Ernst Lubitsch was making a series of big scale history films (others included Anne Boleyn and Sumurun, both 1920) but what all these films lack is what became known as the ‘L...
 
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The Hypnotist Review
The Hypnotist Review
The Hypnotist Review

The Hypnotist Review

Scandinavian crime stories have become popular over the past few years both on TV and on the big screen with such shows as ‘Wallander’ and Stig Larsson’s books starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in book form and on s...
 

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Stage Fright Blu-ray Review
Stage Fright Blu-ray Review
Stage Fright Blu-ray Review

Stage Fright Blu-ray Review

There is a serial killer on the loose – and what better place for them to hide than in an old theatre with an acting troupe who are putting on a show about a serial killer on the loose. The group find themselves trapped in the ...
 
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Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari Review
Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari Review
Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari Review

Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari Review

Made in 1919, Das Cabinet of Dr. Caligari can perhaps be called the first truly iconic film. This was before other iconic images or films of the silent era: Charlie Chaplin, the profile of Greta Garbo, Chaney’s Phantom of the O...
 

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Dolls Blu-ray Review
Dolls Blu-ray Review
Dolls Blu-ray Review

Dolls Blu-ray Review

Back in the 80’s, Stuart Gordon brought us some classic horror tales in the form of the Reanimator, From Beyond and Castle Freak. Now thanks to 101 Films, another one of his creepy tales finds its way onto the shelves with the ...
 
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Futureworld Blu-ray Review
Futureworld Blu-ray Review
Futureworld Blu-ray Review

Futureworld Blu-ray Review

In 1973 Michael Crichton directed his first feature: Westworld. This film successfully fused together two genres: the western and science-fiction and is text book Crichton in which some kind of amusement park with technological...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
A Walk Among The Tombstones Review
A Walk Among The Tombstones Review
A Walk Among The Tombstones Review

A Walk Among The Tombstones Review

Liam Neeson is back in action/thriller territory – but he seems to have hung up the Euro-trash spurs for now and instead has placed himself in the capable hands of writer/director Scott Frank (The Lookout). Matthew Scudder (Nee...
 
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Killer Klowns From Outer Space Blu-ray Review
Killer Klowns From Outer Space Blu-ray Review
Killer Klowns From Outer Space Blu-ray Review

Killer Klowns From Outer Space Blu-ray Review

A true instant video classic from the late 80’s – Killer Klowns From Outer Space makes a return to home entertainment courtesy of Arrow Video, and despite its “So naff it’s good” reputation, it’s surprising how well the film st...
 

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The Burbs Blu-ray Review
The Burbs Blu-ray Review
The Burbs Blu-ray Review

The Burbs Blu-ray Review

Just what are the new mysterious neighbours up to?  That’s the question on the locals minds when the Klopecs move in. A shady looking family unit who keep to themselves, fire up the basement furnace at night, and indulge in a b...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
The Guest Review
The Guest Review
The Guest Review

The Guest Review

Adam Wingard made a few waves over the years with his genre pictures A Horrible Way To Die, the V/H/S movies and then the belated release last year of You’re Next. You’re Next in particular generated some good buzz and box offi...
 

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Frau Im Mond Review
Frau Im Mond Review
Frau Im Mond Review

Frau Im Mond Review

The release of Frau im Mond, or as it was known in the USA and Britain, Woman on the Moon is one of the more curious of Fritz Lang’s films from the pre-Hollywood career. At just under 3 hours it is a very long grind getting thr...
 
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Bound Blu-ray Review
Bound Blu-ray Review
Bound Blu-ray Review

Bound Blu-ray Review

A little edgy thriller that was perhaps more reknowned for its lesbian context with a few nifty camera moves has matured now beyond the consensus of its own day and become a strong example of noir cinema today. Jennifer Tilly p...
 

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Branded To Kill Review
Branded To Kill Review
Branded To Kill Review

Branded To Kill Review

In the early 1960s the Japanese crime film, or Yakuza film fell under the spell of the worldwide phenomenon of the James Bond films, as did many national cinemas. The Japanese crime film though brought in other elements beyond ...
 
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Prisoner Of War Review
Prisoner Of War Review
Prisoner Of War Review

Prisoner Of War Review

It always takes a few years before big news stories, events and even wars hit the big screen as subject matter. The Vietnam War took several years to became a subject Americans can deal with in popular culture, the modern troub...
 

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Locke Blu-ray Review
Locke Blu-ray Review
Locke Blu-ray Review

Locke Blu-ray Review

Ivan Locke’s life is about to unfurl before us – and it will all take place in the car journey from Birmingham to London one night when he makes a decision that will alter the course of his life. His family, work and relationsh...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Lucy Review
Lucy Review
Lucy Review

Lucy Review

Lucy is a young woman living in Taiwan, duped by her boyfriend into delivering a suitcase to a hotel and finds herself captured and used as an delivery girl for a new drug on the market. But after one brutal encounter the packa...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Faust Blu-ray Review
Faust Blu-ray Review
Faust Blu-ray Review

Faust Blu-ray Review

In 1947 German film historian Siegfried Kracauer wrote of Faust as “not so much a cultural moment as a monumental display of artifices captilizing on the prestige of national culture.” Meanwhile Faust was seen abroad as a piece...
 
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Porky's Blu-ray Review
Porky's Blu-ray Review
Porky's Blu-ray Review

Porky’s Blu-ray Review

It never ceases to amaze me how out of touch major Hollywood studios appear to be when considering green lighting a script. Sure, there are always surprise hits either critically or at the box office, but after the financial su...
 

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Killing Season Review
Killing Season Review
Killing Season Review

Killing Season Review

Benjamin Ford (De Niro) a retired soldier lives a solitary life away from the world (including from his family) in the woods. Emil Kovac (Travolta) a Serbian soldier comes looking for Ford. Both are relics of the Bosnian war an...
 
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The Raid 2 Blu-ray Review
The Raid 2 Blu-ray Review
The Raid 2 Blu-ray Review

The Raid 2 Blu-ray Review

Gareth Evans returns in style with this true sequel to his magnificent debut from a couple of years back. The sequel follows lead character Rama once again immediately after events of the first film. Instead of subjecting him t...
 

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Calvary Blu-ray Review
Calvary Blu-ray Review
Calvary Blu-ray Review

Calvary Blu-ray Review

Brendan Gleeson reteams with his The Guard director and brings this darkly comic, but thoughtful piece about a Priest given a week to put his affairs in order before he is murdered. Yes you read that right, Father James Lavelle...
 
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Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe Blu-ray Review
Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe Blu-ray Review
Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe Blu-ray Review

Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe Blu-ray Review

Kathy Bates is Evelyn, a woman hemmed in by the narrow constraints of life as a surburban southern housewife, who changes everything about herself after she meets Ninny Threadgood, Jessica Tandy, at an old people’s home.  As Ni...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
The Expendables 3 Review
The Expendables 3 Review
The Expendables 3 Review

The Expendables 3 Review

Action movies are a funny thing. You are invited to watch men twice your size perform feats of bravos and exemplary force in a nature that would almost never happen in real life. Couple this with the fact that the men in questi...
 
Disc Reviews
 
Divergent Blu-ray Review
Divergent Blu-ray Review
Divergent Blu-ray Review

Divergent Blu-ray Review

Divergent is the latest teeny-dystopia sci-fi novel series to hit the big screens. In this future the city of Chicago has been divided up into various factions. Each faction is a way of life, a breed of people who serve a speci...