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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Blu-ray Review
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Blu-ray Review
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Blu-ray Review

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Blu-ray Review

In 1973 Sam Peckinpah received disappointing box-office returns for Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and as a result he retreated to Mexico to make Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia the following year and planned to stay there. ...
 
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The Glass Shield (1994) Blu-ray Review
The Glass Shield (1994) Blu-ray Review
The Glass Shield (1994) Blu-ray Review

The Glass Shield (1994) Blu-ray Review

Over the years there have been many films made about police corruption. That list would include The New Centurions (1972), Serpico (1973), Colors (1988) and Training Day (2001) as well as other more recent films such as Brookly...
 

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El Sur (1983) Blu-ray Review
El Sur (1983) Blu-ray Review
El Sur (1983) Blu-ray Review

El Sur (1983) Blu-ray Review

Spanish director Victor Erice has only made two feature films, the rest of his career comprising of shorts and documentaries. His first film was the internationally acclaimed The Spirit of the Beehive (1973). Set in 1940, just ...
 
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Creepy Blu-ray Review
Creepy Blu-ray Review
Creepy Blu-ray Review

Creepy Blu-ray Review

Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira Kurosawa, the master of many a Japanese classic) is one of the most interesting and exciting of Japan’s directors at the moment and a pleasant surprise to see him returning to the ge...
 

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Black Society Trilogy DVD Review
Black Society Trilogy DVD Review
Black Society Trilogy DVD Review

Black Society Trilogy DVD Review

Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike has been a very prolific filmmaker and more than this a controversial filmmaker. Such films as Visitor Q (2001) included repulsive scenes of incest and cannibalism. Another mark of his films sho...
 
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A Series Of Unfortunate Events
A Series Of Unfortunate Events
A Series Of Unfortunate Events

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Netflix has a penchant for, somehow, still surprising us. We still look forward to their Original series with something of  pinch of salt, a wayward eye, wondering if it will somehow be any good. But the issue that Netflix is h...
 

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His Girl Friday (1940) Blu-Ray Review
His Girl Friday (1940) Blu-Ray Review
His Girl Friday (1940) Blu-Ray Review

His Girl Friday (1940) Blu-Ray Review

Howard Hawks was pretty much a master at whatever genre of film he turned to: war films (Sergeant York, 1942), gangsters (Scarface, 1932), the western (Red River, 1948 and Rio Bravo, 1959), thriller (The Big Sleep, 1946) or mus...
 
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Donnie Darko (Special Edition) (2001) Blu-ray Review
Donnie Darko (Special Edition) (2001) Blu-ray Review
Donnie Darko (Special Edition) (2001) Blu-ray Review

Donnie Darko (Special Edition) (2001) Blu-ray Review

Donnie Darko was a critical and box-office cult success on its release in 2001. Over the years its cult status has grown into becoming a genuine classic. It launched the careers of brother and sister Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal ...
 

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La Bamba (1987) Blu-ray Review
La Bamba (1987) Blu-ray Review
La Bamba (1987) Blu-ray Review

La Bamba (1987) Blu-ray Review

Everybody knows the opening riff to the song ‘La Bamba’ in which Ritchie Valens brought a Latina element to American rock and roll. Famously Valens’ life was cut short in a plane crash on 3rd February 1959. He...
 
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Woody Allen: Six Films - 1979-1985 Box-Set
Woody Allen: Six Films - 1979-1985 Box-Set
Woody Allen: Six Films - 1979-1985 Box-Set

Woody Allen: Six Films – 1979-1985 Box-Set

Last year Arrow Video, on their Academy sub-label released the 6 film box-set, ‘Woody Allen: Six Films – 1971-1978 covering (most) of the early period of Woody Allen’s oeuvre.  The new release in the box-set s...
 

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Black Orpheus (1958) Blu-ray Review
Black Orpheus (1958) Blu-ray Review
Black Orpheus (1958) Blu-ray Review

Black Orpheus (1958) Blu-ray Review

It’s Carnival time in Rio de Janeiro. Guitar playing tram driver Orfeu (Breno Mello) loves life and is charming with the ladies. He gets engaged to the sassy dancing Mira (Lourdes de Oliveira). At the registry office, the...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
La La Land Review
La La Land Review
La La Land Review

La La Land Review

Buzz is a funny thing. It can build expectation, but what if you don’t deliver on this? Your audience will be left wanting more, feeling as though they deserved more, and that maybe you don’t deserve the awards you&...
 

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Mechanic: Resurrection DVD Review
Mechanic: Resurrection DVD Review
Mechanic: Resurrection DVD Review

Mechanic: Resurrection DVD Review

In 1972 Charles Bronson sparred against handsome surfer Jan Michael Vincent in Michael Winner’s action film The Mechanic. As night follows day, a loose remake was made in 2011 with Jason Statham in the role of Arthur Bish...
 
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Silence Review
Silence Review
Silence Review

Silence Review

Japan in the early 17th century is not the place for Christian’s, this we know. The country was one which loved it’s Buddhism, it’s spirituality and all that comes with it; but to their own directive. This is the lesson which R...
 

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The Guyver (1991) Blu-ray Review
The Guyver (1991) Blu-ray Review
The Guyver (1991) Blu-ray Review

The Guyver (1991) Blu-ray Review

Like the Star Wars films, The Guyver (1991) opens with a written prologue telling of how an alien race, the Zoanoids came to Earth, living among the humans and are in search of the Guyver, a device that gives its owner super ar...
 
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The Squid and the Whale (2005) Blu-ray Review
The Squid and the Whale (2005) Blu-ray Review
The Squid and the Whale (2005) Blu-ray Review

The Squid and the Whale (2005) Blu-ray Review

As well as releasing Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums  also released by the Criterion Collection is Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale (2005). There is some consistency to the story of both directors whoR...
 

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Wes Anderson has rarely put a foot wrong since his first film, Bottle Rocket in 1995. Since Anderson has developed his own style and focuses, dream like on dysfunctional people and gives them an almost cartoony caricature. The ...
 
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Kickboxer: Vengeance Review
Kickboxer: Vengeance Review
Kickboxer: Vengeance Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Review

The original Kickboxer, made in 1989 is still something of a cult film, maybe not to the degree that Bruce Lee’s martial-arts films were in the 1970s but never the less for testosterone fuelled teenagers, JCVD kicking out did i...
 

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Lords of Dogtown Blu-ray Review
Lords of Dogtown Blu-ray Review
Lords of Dogtown Blu-ray Review

Lords of Dogtown Blu-ray Review

There have been many decent films about surfing including Big Wednesday (1978) and Chasing Mavericks (2012), as well as fun family films such as Surf’s Up (2007) and action films (Point Break, 1991). There have been fewer decen...
 
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The Man From Laramie Blu-ray Review
The Man From Laramie Blu-ray Review
The Man From Laramie Blu-ray Review

The Man From Laramie Blu-ray Review

Anthony Mann, alongside John Ford and Henry Hathaway is one of the key directors of westerns in the 1950s. Since the end of the Second World War westerns became more than escapists entertainment. The genre began to take on new ...
 

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Cohen and Tate DVD Review
Cohen and Tate DVD Review
Cohen and Tate DVD Review

Cohen and Tate DVD Review

Following on from Arrow Video’s October release of  John Frankenheimer’s neo-noir film 52 Pick-Up (1986), they have also released another film starring Roy Scheider, an actor best known as Chief Brody in Jaws (1975)...
 
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The Driller Killer Blu-ray Review
The Driller Killer Blu-ray Review
The Driller Killer Blu-ray Review

The Driller Killer Blu-ray Review

THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD. So says the opening title to The Driller Killer, Abel Ferrara’s notorious debut feature from 1979. This film is more than just a Video Nasty, the moniker it gained in advance of its Britis...
 

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Jinnah Blu-ray Review
Jinnah Blu-ray Review
Jinnah Blu-ray Review

Jinnah Blu-ray Review

Christopher Lee had said on many occasions that the role in which he plays the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah to be the best role of his career and even marked it as his best film. Yet surprisingly this 1998 made Brit...
 
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Punch-Drunk Love Blu-ray Review
Punch-Drunk Love Blu-ray Review
Punch-Drunk Love Blu-ray Review

Punch-Drunk Love Blu-ray Review

Adam Sandler’s films are usually fairly formula in their style – crude, crass and occasionally funny comedies with a sentimental outcome. While Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love (2002) might have a sentimental ending, it ...
 

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Allied Review
Allied Review
Allied Review

Allied Review

  Max Vatan and Marianne Beausejour just cannot catch a break. Not only have they found someone that that they truly love before going on a daring mission in Casablanca, but when the mission inevitably works out, they have...
 
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The Hired Hand Blu-ray Review
The Hired Hand Blu-ray Review
The Hired Hand Blu-ray Review

The Hired Hand Blu-ray Review

The Hired Hand (1971) is a western, but it is a very different and very gentle western to what one would expect. Made after Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1968) and following in the wake of Peter Fonda’s success in...
 

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Napoleon Blu-ray Review
Napoleon Blu-ray Review
Napoleon Blu-ray Review

Napoleon Blu-ray Review

For the French Napoleon Bonaparte, seen by the British among other European nations as something of a conqueror and even a war monger, is for the French still perceived as a hero figure and the father of modern France. His star...
 
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To Live and Die in LA Blu-ray Review
To Live and Die in LA Blu-ray Review
To Live and Die in LA Blu-ray Review

To Live and Die in LA Blu-ray Review

The 1980s produced some cracking crime action movies and this is one of them, despite having largely passed the world by. Maybe it was its largely unknown cast (although of course villain Willem Dafoe would become a big star). ...
 

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Kes Blu-ray Review
Kes Blu-ray Review
Kes Blu-ray Review

Kes Blu-ray Review

Kes was Ken Loach’s second film and is one of the quintessential films about childhood in a poor socio-economic background. Ken Loach began on TV in the mid-1960s with the police drama ‘Z-Cars’ and a handful o...
 
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Roxanne Blu-ray Review
Roxanne Blu-ray Review
Roxanne Blu-ray Review

Roxanne Blu-ray Review

A character actor and an actor from the Method school Luther Adler was reported by a theatre director that when he visited a plastic surgeon and pointed at his own nose, he requested “Doctor, I want you to cut this off an...