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A Cure For Wellness Review
A Cure For Wellness Review
A Cure For Wellness Review

A Cure For Wellness Review

A Cure For Wellness sees visionary director Gore Verbinski, the man behind beloved titles such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango, take a deft turn back down the psycho horror route, in this creepy tale of dysfunction starri...
 
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I Am Not a Serial Killer Blu-ray Review
I Am Not a Serial Killer Blu-ray Review
I Am Not a Serial Killer Blu-ray Review

I Am Not a Serial Killer Blu-ray Review

I am Not a Serial Killer is a dark and highly original take on the serial killer genre. It is offbeat to say the least. Appropriately it is set in a small Minnesota town in the depths of winter (Christmas time in fact), but unl...
 

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A Man For All Seasons (1966) Blu-ray Review
A Man For All Seasons (1966) Blu-ray Review
A Man For All Seasons (1966) Blu-ray Review

A Man For All Seasons (1966) Blu-ray Review

When A Man For All Seasons was released in early 1967 it swept the boards at that year’s Academy Awards, winning 6 Oscars (including Best Picture, Director and Actor) and was nominated for a further 2. This was validation...
 
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We Are the Flesh Blu-ray Review
We Are the Flesh Blu-ray Review
We Are the Flesh Blu-ray Review

We Are the Flesh Blu-ray Review

Be warned that Emiliano Rocha Minter’s We Are the Flesh is a highly visceral and transgressive film that is not so much a film with a narrative as much as a feature length (at 80 minutes) body art performance piece. The n...
 

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John Wick: Chapter 2 Review
John Wick: Chapter 2 Review
John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

John Wick was the sleeper hit of 2014. In amongst all the gung-ho action films starring ageing, battered actors (and there are a few of them), Keanu Reeves stepped up to the plate to show us how these films should be done. On a...
 
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The Spring River Flows East (1947) DVD Review
The Spring River Flows East (1947) DVD Review
The Spring River Flows East (1947) DVD Review

The Spring River Flows East (1947) DVD Review

“How much sorrow can one man have to bear? As much as a river of spring water flowing east.” These are the opening and closing lines to Cai Chusheng and Zheng Junli’s The Spring River Flows East (also known as...
 

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Cover Girl (1944) Blu-ray Review
Cover Girl (1944) Blu-ray Review
Cover Girl (1944) Blu-ray Review

Cover Girl (1944) Blu-ray Review

The current success of La La Land highlights that the musical is still a relevant genre. That particular film harks back to the MGM musicals of the 1950s and the latest release by Eureka! in their Masters of Cinema series pre-d...
 
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Tower of London (1962) Blu-ray Review
Tower of London (1962) Blu-ray Review
Tower of London (1962) Blu-ray Review

Tower of London (1962) Blu-ray Review

This B movie by Roger Corman, is one of many Vincent Price starred in through the early 1960s is sandwiched in between two other films this relates to, that really bookend Price’s career. Tower of London is in many ways a...
 

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Varieté (1925) Blu-ray release
Varieté (1925) Blu-ray release
Varieté (1925) Blu-ray release

Varieté (1925) Blu-ray release

Ewald Andre Dupont’s German film Varieté (known and shown in the USA on its release as Variety and Jealousy) is most assuredly a zeitgeist film made slap bang in the middle of the Weimar Period in Germany between the Firs...
 
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Willie Dynamite (1974) Blu-ray Review
Willie Dynamite (1974) Blu-ray Review
Willie Dynamite (1974) Blu-ray Review

Willie Dynamite (1974) Blu-ray Review

Only in Blaxploitation did we see pimps, street hustlers, drug dealers and prostitutes as the heroes of films, albeit anti-heroes. The journey of cinema to get to Blaxploitation was a long one. Up until the 1960s black characte...
 

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Army of One DVD Review
Army of One DVD Review
Army of One DVD Review

Army of One DVD Review

Army of One is the true story of Gary Faulkner, an out of work Colorado construction worker who speaks to God. All his life God has told Gary that he is destined for great things when one day he tells him to travel to Pakistan ...
 
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Charlie Chaplin: The Essanay Comedies Blu-ray Review
Charlie Chaplin: The Essanay Comedies Blu-ray Review
Charlie Chaplin: The Essanay Comedies Blu-ray Review

Charlie Chaplin: The Essanay Comedies Blu-ray Review

Charlie Chaplin’s film career began in 1914 after a few years with Vaudeville and the Fred Karno Company. He was born in South London and spent his childhood in poverty surrounded by daily struggles and alcoholism. He sta...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
iBoy Review
iBoy Review
iBoy Review

iBoy Review

Netflix has started putting a great deal of money into their original projects, and iBoy marks the first UK project fully funded but the company. It also comes as the company’s first foray into the superhero film genre ou...
 
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Raising Cain (1992) Blu-ray Review
Raising Cain (1992) Blu-ray Review
Raising Cain (1992) Blu-ray Review

Raising Cain (1992) Blu-ray Review

The trouble with Raising Cain. Brian De Palma’s Raising Cain (1992) has always been problematic in its structure, either with De Palma himself, or with critics and audience alike. In one of the extras on the disc De Palma...
 

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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...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
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...