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The Party (1968) Blu-ray Review
The Party (1968) Blu-ray Review
The Party (1968) Blu-ray Review

The Party (1968) Blu-ray Review

Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers were a strong team for each other. With The Party (1968) and the 6 Pink Panther films they did together with Sellers as Inspector Clouseau, the pair proved the perfect foil for each other. In fac...
 
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New Jack City (1991) Blu-ray Review
New Jack City (1991) Blu-ray Review
New Jack City (1991) Blu-ray Review

New Jack City (1991) Blu-ray Review

New Jack City (1991) was a new kind of gangster film. It was more than a black cast gangster film and most certainly not a Blaxploitation picture. What it did was draw in the popularity of hip hop culture for both white and bla...
 

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Shaft (1971) Dual Format Review
Shaft (1971) Dual Format Review
Shaft (1971) Dual Format Review

Shaft (1971) Dual Format Review

Even if you haven’t seen Shaft (1971) you’ve probably heard of the film; even if it’s only Isaac Hayes classic funky title song. The film was also remade in 2000 and starred Samuel L. Jackson, but it is more t...
 
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Bushwick (2017) Blu-ray Review
Bushwick (2017) Blu-ray Review
Bushwick (2017) Blu-ray Review

Bushwick (2017) Blu-ray Review

“Make no mistake, this is war!” ran the tag line for Bushwick (2017). We are living in uncertain times, not just in the USA but also in the UK and the rest of Europe. On an extra on the Kaleidoscope release for Bush...
 

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Miracle Mile (1988) Blu-ray Review
Miracle Mile (1988) Blu-ray Review
Miracle Mile (1988) Blu-ray Review

Miracle Mile (1988) Blu-ray Review

It’s hard to remember the level of fear and what it was like to live with the knowledge that was a possible 30 seconds from nuclear armageddon. The recent posturing by Messrs. Trump and Kim Jong-Un and, let us not forget ...
 
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The Untamed (2016) Review
The Untamed (2016) Review
The Untamed (2016) Review

The Untamed (2016) Review

The Untamed (2016) from Mexico is an unusual film. There are aspects that is aesthetically similar  to scenes in Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist (2009), a strange and unusual film about grief, eroticism and living nature. Thi...
 

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Monster Island (2017) DVD Review
Monster Island (2017) DVD Review
Monster Island (2017) DVD Review

Monster Island (2017) DVD Review

Horror for all the family and I am not necessarily talking about this film or horror in general but Halloween (and I don’t mean the film). That time of the year is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and although Mons...
 
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Warriors' Gate (2016) DVD Review
Warriors' Gate (2016) DVD Review
Warriors' Gate (2016) DVD Review

Warriors’ Gate (2016) DVD Review

Released elsewhere as Enter the Warriors’ Gate (2016), this fantasy, martial arts, action comedy mash-up opens with a fantasy fight sequence between bulky ninjas fighting to save or kill a tied up Chinese princess. A mons...
 

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Blood Feast (1963) Blu-ray Review
Blood Feast (1963) Blu-ray Review
Blood Feast (1963) Blu-ray Review

Blood Feast (1963) Blu-ray Review

Last year Arrow Video released their ambitious box-set collection, ‘The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast’, a limited edition collection of 14 of some of Gordon Lewis’s low-fi grunge films from Blood Feast (1963) t...
 
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The Marker (2017) DVD Review
The Marker (2017) DVD Review
The Marker (2017) DVD Review

The Marker (2017) DVD Review

The Marker is a new British crime film that opens with a violent event.  Marley Dean Jacobs (Frederick Schmidt) raids a home where he finds the mother in the bedroom and goes to grab the woman’s daughter. The little girl&...
 

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The Yakuza (1974) Double Format Review
The Yakuza (1974) Double Format Review
The Yakuza (1974) Double Format Review

The Yakuza (1974) Double Format Review

Sydney Pollack’s career has been eclectic and interesting. After he made The Yakuza (1974), Pollack made the brilliant underrated political thriller, Three Days of the Condor (1975) which bears some similarities with afor...
 
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Body Heat (1981) Dual Fomat Review
Body Heat (1981) Dual Fomat Review
Body Heat (1981) Dual Fomat Review

Body Heat (1981) Dual Fomat Review

On it’s release much of the focus from critics on Body Heat (1981) were it’s erotic elements, many seeing or titling the film as an erotic thriller. It is a film that has fallen into the same sentance when talking a...
 

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Point Blank (1967) Blu-ray Review
Point Blank (1967) Blu-ray Review
Point Blank (1967) Blu-ray Review

Point Blank (1967) Blu-ray Review

Made in 1967 Point Blank was Martin Boorman’s first major feature. His talent as a director showed a good deal of imagination in this film. Not exactly a prolific filmmaker, he went on to make Deliverance (1972), Excalibu...
 
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Capture Kill Release (2016) DVD Review
Capture Kill Release (2016) DVD Review
Capture Kill Release (2016) DVD Review

Capture Kill Release (2016) DVD Review

A whole new sub-set or sub-genre was born with the release of The Blair Witch Project (1999) in a type of horror film that has become known as found footage horror. Over the years there have been hundreds of similar type films,...
 

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Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1972) Blu-ray Review
Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1972) Blu-ray Review
Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1972) Blu-ray Review

Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (1972) Blu-ray Review

On one of the extras for Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 5 part made for TV drama series, Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (originally titled, Acht Stunden sind kein Tag, 1972) two contemporary critics heatedly discuss the f...
 
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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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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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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...