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Le Trou (1960) Blu-ray Review
Le Trou (1960) Blu-ray Review
Le Trou (1960) Blu-ray Review

Le Trou (1960) Blu-ray Review

There have been so many prison related films that it is a sub-genre in their own rate. Within that there are films that focus on escape. Perhaps the best known is The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and there are elements within Ja...
 
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Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) Blu-ray Review
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) Blu-ray Review
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) Blu-ray Review

Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) Blu-ray Review

Jacques Becker was a director who played with a number of different genres. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) (roughly translated as ‘don’t touch my loot’) is a crime film, or specifically a gangster film. But the ...
 

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The Saga of Anatahan (1953) Blu-ray Review
The Saga of Anatahan (1953) Blu-ray Review
The Saga of Anatahan (1953) Blu-ray Review

The Saga of Anatahan (1953) Blu-ray Review

In June 1951 a group of Japanese soldiers surrendered to the US Navy having not realised that the war had been over. They had been there since 1944 when they fled to the interior before the Americans left the island. The story ...
 
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Clash (2016) Blu-ray Review
Clash (2016) Blu-ray Review
Clash (2016) Blu-ray Review

Clash (2016) Blu-ray Review

In Locke (2013), starring Tom Hardy, the entire action takes place within a car on a motorway. Similarly, in Buried (2010) a US Marine (Ryan Reynolds) is buried alive in a coffin and the whole film is set within the coffin. Ear...
 

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Within (2016) DVD Review
Within (2016) DVD Review
Within (2016) DVD Review

Within (2016) DVD Review

When Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist was released in 1982 it ventured into new territory as far as the setting was concerned, in that the haunting happenings were occurring in a brand new house. (One of the stars of that older ...
 
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Casque d'or (1952) DVD Review
Casque d'or (1952) DVD Review
Casque d'or (1952) DVD Review

Casque d’or (1952) DVD Review

Casque d’or is the second film in chronological order that Studiocanal release in their series of four Jacques Becker films on their Vintage World Cinema sub-label. It is arguably not only Jacques Becker’s best film...
 

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Edward and Caroline (1951) DVD Review
Edward and Caroline (1951) DVD Review
Edward and Caroline (1951) DVD Review

Edward and Caroline (1951) DVD Review

Released by Studiocanal in their Vintage World Cinema label are four films by Jacques Becker who as a director is overlooked when compared to some of his other compatriots. The earliest of the films released on this set is Edwa...
 
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Wolves at the Door (2016) DVD Review
Wolves at the Door (2016) DVD Review
Wolves at the Door (2016) DVD Review

Wolves at the Door (2016) DVD Review

Wolves at the Door opens and tells us the film is set in August 1969. Ping! Ah, okay this is ‘inspired’ by the Charles Manson Family murders which took place on the night of 8th August 1969. The prologue to the film...
 

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Psycho II (1983) Blu-ray Review
Psycho II (1983) Blu-ray Review
Psycho II (1983) Blu-ray Review

Psycho II (1983) Blu-ray Review

Psycho II (1983) opens with a prologue to remind viewers, in case we’d forgotten, of some of the key scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s original Psycho (1960). Jump forward 22 years and the world has now shifted from blac...
 
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The Music Room (1958) Blu-ray Review
The Music Room (1958) Blu-ray Review
The Music Room (1958) Blu-ray Review

The Music Room (1958) Blu-ray Review

Satyajit Ray is the greatest progenitor of national cinema in India (the early Merchant-Ivory films would also fit into this bracket). What I mean by national cinema is a cinema that deals directly with a country’s presen...
 

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Kung Fu Yoga (2017) Review
Kung Fu Yoga (2017) Review
Kung Fu Yoga (2017) Review

Kung Fu Yoga (2017) Review

It is no surprise that Bollywood and Martial Arts action films in South East Asian cinema are the most popular national cinemas globally. Natural then the action of South East Asian cinema and the glamour and colour of do-calle...
 
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J'Accuse (1938) Blu-ray Review
J'Accuse (1938) Blu-ray Review
J'Accuse (1938) Blu-ray Review

J’Accuse (1938) Blu-ray Review

Also released the same week on Blu-ray as Abel Gance’s J’Accuse (1938) was G.W. Pabst’s Westfront 1918 (1930), a film made about the First World War from the German perspective. What is consistent with both th...
 

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Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2015) Blu-ray Review
Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2015) Blu-ray Review
Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2015) Blu-ray Review

Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2015) Blu-ray Review

The documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD, made and released in 2015 charts the story of the British comic, 2000AD. First published in 1977 the documentary takes the social conditions in the UK at the time as its starti...
 
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Stalker (1979) Blu-ray Review
Stalker (1979) Blu-ray Review
Stalker (1979) Blu-ray Review

Stalker (1979) Blu-ray Review

Andrei Tarkovsky only made a handful of films including the three he made in the 1970s. Each one of them is a gem, long in length and very intense in detail. The first one of the decade was the pensive science-fiction film Sola...
 

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The Orchard End Murder (1981) Blu-ray Review
The Orchard End Murder (1981) Blu-ray Review
The Orchard End Murder (1981) Blu-ray Review

The Orchard End Murder (1981) Blu-ray Review

The latest release by BFI on their Flipside label is The Orchard End Murder (1981), the 35th title released by BFI on their subsidiary label. Flipside unearth films that have been overlooked over the years, most of which date f...
 
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The Taisho Trilogy DVD Review
The Taisho Trilogy DVD Review
The Taisho Trilogy DVD Review

The Taisho Trilogy DVD Review

Released through Arrow Academy is Seijun Suzuki’s ‘The Taisho Trilogy’, a set of three films with a great deal of history behind them and, it has to said none are an easy view. Suzuki was a director who made a...
 

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Westfront 1918 (1930) / Kameradschaft (1931) Blu-ray Review
Westfront 1918 (1930) / Kameradschaft (1931) Blu-ray Review
Westfront 1918 (1930) / Kameradschaft (1931) Blu-ray Review

Westfront 1918 (1930) / Kameradschaft (1931) Blu-ray Review

Interestingly Georg Wilhem Pabst’s Westfront 1918 was released just a month after the Universal production of All Quiet on the Western Front had its premiere in April 1930 in Los Angeles, meaning that both films were in p...
 
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Stormy Monday (1988) DVD Review
Stormy Monday (1988) DVD Review
Stormy Monday (1988) DVD Review

Stormy Monday (1988) DVD Review

Mike Figgis is an eclectic director who has made a varied range of films. Among his most accomplished have been the alcoholic-hooker relationship in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), the standard police corruption thriller Internal Aff...
 

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Aquarius (2016) Blu-ray Review
Aquarius (2016) Blu-ray Review
Aquarius (2016) Blu-ray Review

Aquarius (2016) Blu-ray Review

Last year Brazil should have been riding on the crest of a wave with an impending Olympic Games, but civil unrest and social unrest threatened to not only upset the games but topple the government. Already there were question m...
 
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Pulse (2001) Blu-ray Review
Pulse (2001) Blu-ray Review
Pulse (2001) Blu-ray Review

Pulse (2001) Blu-ray Review

What makes Japanese horror films so effective? There is less blood, guts and gore, less of what is known in the horror business as ‘the bus’, that red herring scare setting up for the real scare. Most of us have hea...
 

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End of a Gun (2016) DVD Review
End of a Gun (2016) DVD Review
End of a Gun (2016) DVD Review

End of a Gun (2016) DVD Review

Steven Seagal is now 65 years old and is still churning out several action films a year. Most are made direct to DVD or cable TV as he has lost much of his appeal since his hey-day as an action star in the late 1980a and early ...
 
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The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) Blu-ray Review
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) Blu-ray Review
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) Blu-ray Review

The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) Blu-ray Review

When The Sorrow and the Pity was released in 1971 France was not ready for this self-reflective study of itself under the occupation during the Second World War. Many cinemas and French television refused to show it. In an extr...
 

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Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review
Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review
Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review

Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review

Released for the first time ever in the West, Kinji Fukasaku’s Doberman Cop (1977), is a Yakuza film and was made at a time when the cycle of such films was waning. It, like others it follows on from the cop/crime films t...
 
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The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) starts out as the kind of visceral procedural police type drama that David Fincher would enjoy. In fact the first half of the film is mostly focused on the autopsy table. Does that sound dull? Not...
 

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Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review
Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review
Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review

Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review

Both ends of Luis Buñuel’s long career are well written about. There are his early films and collaborations with fellow Spanish Surrealist, Salvador Dalí: the short Un Chien Andalou (1929) and his first feature, L’A...
 
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review

It is often stated that Dario Argento is the master of the Italian thriller, or giallo. He, as is common in the history of thriller auteurs has been compared to and labelled the Italian Alfred Hitchcock. By the late 1960s and e...
 

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Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review
Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review
Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review

Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review

The shadow of Alfred Hitchcock is long, far and wide. Indeed, even this film, based off a novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac was one that Hitchcock was interested in and can be read as he was envious that he did not ge...
 
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Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review
Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review
Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review

Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review

Over the past couple of years there have been some very good Japanese films set in suburbs, where the banality and normality of existence is either disturbed or something disquieting takes place. I am thinking of such films as ...
 

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One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review
One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review
One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review

One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review

In the introduction to the film by Martin Scorsese he states that there is no other western like this and is unique in the western genre (although arguably Marlon Brando was an even stranger western with 1976’s The Missou...
 
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Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review
Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review
Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review

Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review

A lesser known slasher from the early 1980s, this was made in a very healthy period for horror films when there were many releases a week thanks to video. Of course that is not to say that many of them were any good, but the ge...