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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 ...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
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...
 

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Shock and Gore: The Films of Herschell Gordon-Lewis box-set
Shock and Gore: The Films of Herschell Gordon-Lewis box-set
Shock and Gore: The Films of Herschell Gordon-Lewis box-set

Shock and Gore: The Films of Herschell Gordon-Lewis box-set

In one scene in the cult indie comedy drama Juno (2007), pregnant teen Juno is discussing and bonding with Mark, the middle-class family adopting her unborn baby. Not only are they talking about music way before her time (Iggy ...
 
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Howling II... Your Sister is a Werewolf Blu-ray Review
Howling II... Your Sister is a Werewolf Blu-ray Review
Howling II... Your Sister is a Werewolf Blu-ray Review

Howling II… Your Sister is a Werewolf Blu-ray Review

Joe Dante’s The Howling and John Landis’s An American Werewolf in London both single handedly re-booted the werewolf franchise in 1981, a horror monster that, like vampires and witches is rooted in mythology and had...
 

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The Small World of Sammy Lee Blu-ray Review
The Small World of Sammy Lee Blu-ray Review
The Small World of Sammy Lee Blu-ray Review

The Small World of Sammy Lee Blu-ray Review

The Small World of Sammy Lee was made in 1962, released the following year and is set in Soho. In many ways that most different part of London, often engulfed in the generic term as being a part of the West End is very much the...
 
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The Initiation Blu-ray Review
The Initiation Blu-ray Review
The Initiation Blu-ray Review

The Initiation Blu-ray Review

The latest release from Arrow Video is actually a re-release of a not widely seen but still cult 1980s horror film, The Initiation. Made in 1984, despite the title and the opening scenes of the film is much less an occult horro...
 

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Jamaica Inn Blu-ray Review
Jamaica Inn Blu-ray Review
Jamaica Inn Blu-ray Review

Jamaica Inn Blu-ray Review

As unremarkable as it is, Jamaica Inn is something of a crossroads film for Alfred Hitchcock. This was his 24th film in Britain since his his first completed film in 1925. Jamaica Inn was made in 1939 before making his first fi...
 
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Day for Night Blu-ray Review
Day for Night Blu-ray Review
Day for Night Blu-ray Review

Day for Night Blu-ray Review

The film opens with a man coming out of a subway station. He walks through the throng of people, goes up to a man and slaps him. “Cut” shouts the director who barks for another take. And again. The camera pans back ...
 

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The Neon Demon DVD Review
The Neon Demon DVD Review
The Neon Demon DVD Review

The Neon Demon DVD Review

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the hottest director’s in the business. He is, as will become clear below the successor to the strange world of David Lynch while also being one of the most aesthetically stylish d...
 
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The Neighbour DVD Review
The Neighbour DVD Review
The Neighbour DVD Review

The Neighbour DVD Review

The Neighbour is set in Cutter, Mississippi, a rural back wood where people are suspicious of government and any strangers passing through. One young couple move from nearby to a new home. Johnny and Rosie (Josh Stewart and Ale...
 

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Odds Against Tomorrow Blu-ray Review
Odds Against Tomorrow Blu-ray Review
Odds Against Tomorrow Blu-ray Review

Odds Against Tomorrow Blu-ray Review

BFI’s new release to celebrate their ‘Black Star’ season during Black History Month is the 1959 film, Odds Against Tomorrow. The other film BFI released this week was Paris Blues (1961). Although made at roughly the same time a...
 
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Paris Blues Blu-ray Review
Paris Blues Blu-ray Review
Paris Blues Blu-ray Review

Paris Blues Blu-ray Review

For Black History Month, a celebration of black history that takes places every October in Britain, Canada and the USA, the BFI’s contribution is their season ‘Black Star’, a presentation of screenings, TV pre...
 

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The Burning DVD Review
The Burning DVD Review
The Burning DVD Review

The Burning DVD Review

On the back of Halloween (1978) and Friday 13th (1980) there were a whole spate of slasher horror films in which a familiar theme followed, in which a group of sexually active teens would be hunted down by a deformed or masked ...
 
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Tales of Halloween DVD Review
Tales of Halloween DVD Review
Tales of Halloween DVD Review

Tales of Halloween DVD Review

Halloween is almost upon us once again. It is a holiday that is becoming more and more popular in this country and, dare I say it commercial. In the United States it’s the start of the holidays, leading to Thanksgiving and then...
 

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The Curse of Sleeping Beauty DVD Review
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty DVD Review
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty DVD Review

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty DVD Review

Don’t let the title fool you. This ain’t no live action variant of a Disney film, nor is it Maleficent (although some of the costumes are similar) or even a Julia Roberts interpretation of Snow White or any other Gr...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Nocturnal Animals Review
Nocturnal Animals Review
Nocturnal Animals Review

Nocturnal Animals Review

  Tom Ford returns to the filmmaking world with his deeply dark, noir thriller about betrayal and revenge on an emotional level. Twin narratives run simultaneously, one of Amy Adams’ Susan, a successful art dealer in...
 

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Aloys Blu-ray Review
Aloys Blu-ray Review
Aloys Blu-ray Review

Aloys Blu-ray Review

Aloys is Aloys Adorn. He is a rather doleful and dour private investigator who lives alone in a high rise block of flats with his cat and elderly father. He spends his time in the evenings obsessively watching the surveillance ...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
I, Daniel Blake Review
I, Daniel Blake Review
I, Daniel Blake Review

I, Daniel Blake Review

  Ken Loach is out of his some what retirement to bring us a film with a real message, one that needs to be taken on board. Being forgotten, lost in the system that refuses to work is the base of I, Daniel Blake, and it is...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review

Tom Cruise is back once again to run away from explosions, solve the crimes and be the absolute best action hero. Jack Reacher is also back, in the new film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, which is a Tom Cruise production. The puf...
 
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Stigmata Blu-ray Review
Stigmata Blu-ray Review
Stigmata Blu-ray Review

Stigmata Blu-ray Review

Released by Eureka! Stigmata (1999) is one of many religious possession films released in the 1990s and noughties. They are usually set in contemporary America in which an ordinary person becomes possessed by something from an ...