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Paths of Glory Blu-ray review: classic Kubrick

Paths of Glory Blu-ray review: classic Kubrick

At first glance, you might be surprised to note that Paths of Glory is a Kubrick film. At just 90 minutes it’s one of his shortest films, shot and edited with an unfamiliar economy. As Richard Ayoade notes in one of the interviews accompanying this Masters of Cinema Blu-ray release, Paths of Glory boasts snappy...
The Almodóvar Collection Blu-ray review: an inimitable selection

The Almodóvar Collection Blu-ray review: an inimitable selection

Pedro Almodóvar has a daunting 34 directorial credits on IMDb across four decades of work. Trim out the shorts and oddities, and you’re still left with an astonishing 20 feature films from 1980 through to this year’s Julieta, all of which have contributed to his claim to be Spain’s most celebrated filmmaker bar none. Anything...
Sid and Nancy Blu-ray review: abrasive punk biopic

Sid and Nancy Blu-ray review: abrasive punk biopic

The spirit of punk runs rife through Sid and Nancy, a film that’s about as abrasive as the Sex Pistols themselves, and similarly inconsistent in quality. The film picks up in 1977, with the legendary punk band at the height of their fame (though not necessarily fortune). Bassist Sid Vicious is already the least stable of...
Absolute Beginners Bluray review: musical surrealism

Absolute Beginners Bluray review: musical surrealism

At points this year it’s felt as if everything started to go wrong after David Bowie died in January: a wave of other celebrity deaths followed, while in the political sphere we suffered Donald Trump’s seemingly unstoppable rise, while the UK was splintered by the Brexit referendum. And the weather’s been rubbish, too. Absolute Beginners...
The Mermaid Blu-ray review: not quite a cult classic

The Mermaid Blu-ray review: not quite a cult classic

As China’s box office prowess continues to mount, U.S. studios are increasingly insistent on tailoring films to make a dent in the market. But even as Hollywood scrambles to adapt its product for the Chinese market, Chinese filmmakers seem less concerned with pulling off the reverse. Case in point: Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid. Chow is...
That Cold Day in the Park Blu-ray review: visually inventive thriller

That Cold Day in the Park Blu-ray review: visually inventive thriller

Robert Altman rose to fame thanks to the success of 1970’s M.A.S.H., lifted out of the (then) doldrums of the TV industry to the lofty heights of Hollywood proper. But M.A.S.H. wasn’t his first feature film–before that came That Cold Day in the Park, a striking, effective thriller now unduly forgotten in the shadow of...
The Propaganda Game DVD review: North Korea's war of words

The Propaganda Game DVD review: North Korea’s war of words

A foreign documentary filmed within North Korea (a.k.a. the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – you know a country’s a dictatorship when it says it’s a democracy, a republic, and belongs to the people) was always going to be a strange beast. Spanish filmmaker Álvaro Longoria was given (predictably controlled) access to the state for...
Man with a Movie Camera Blu-ray review: a visual symphony

Man with a Movie Camera Blu-ray review: a visual symphony

Dzigo Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera was boldly declared the greatest documentary of all time by esteemed cine-mag Sight and Sound recently, but it’s a term that suggests a comfortable, predictable format not to be found here. Shot in 1929, Man with a Movie Camera is undoubtedly Vertov’s crowning achievement, a ‘city symphony’ that...
The Sound Barrier Blu-ray review: aeronautical thrills

The Sound Barrier Blu-ray review: aeronautical thrills

Among the celebrated pantheon of British director David Lean’s body of work, The Sound Barrier is oft-forgotten. Next to the likes of Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Doctor Zhivago, this black-and-white entry from the middle of his career is little known today – despite both box office and awards success...
Experimenter review: stylish psychological biopic

Experimenter review: stylish psychological biopic

There’s clearly a strong story to tell in the life of experimental psychologist Stanley Milgram, but despite an able cast and some welcome stylistic flourishes, Experimenter never quite gets its results. Milgram, played here by Peter Sarsgaard, was the Yale researcher responsible for now-infamous obedience experiments, in which participants were instructed to administer what appeared...
Jean-Luc Godard - The Essential Collection Blu-ray review: La Nouvelle Vague

Jean-Luc Godard – The Essential Collection Blu-ray review: La Nouvelle Vague

It’s hard to overstate the influence of Jean-Luc Godard on the cinema that came after him – especially immediately following the death of his Cahiers du Cinéma and French New Wave contemporary Jacques Rivette. Godard was at the movement’s forefront, leading the charge for a new type of cinema, and this new collection finds as...
Deep Red on Blu-ray: grisly giallo gore

Deep Red on Blu-ray: grisly giallo gore

Deep Red (or Profondo Rosso, to use its infinitely more ominous Italian title) is rightly regarded as one of the seminal works of Italian giallo maestro Dario Argento – still best known for Suspiria – and one of horror’s pivotal works. Pianist Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) is the unfortunate eye witness to a violent murder,...
Drown review: shocking and intense psychological drama

Drown review: shocking and intense psychological drama

Drown, an adaptation of a play of the same name by Stephen Davis, captures the confused, violent mindset of a man beginning to question his sexual orientation. The film follows Len (Matt Levett), a lifesaving champion, whose life gets turned upside down by the arrival of the younger, fitter and faster Phil (Jack Matthews). Len’s...
Raffey Cassidy interview: Tomorrowland, George Clooney and driving at 13

Raffey Cassidy interview: Tomorrowland, George Clooney and driving at 13

Having just turned into a teenager, Raffey Cassidy has gone above and beyond what most thirteen-year-olds have achieved. She began her acting career in 2009 on British TV, and a few short years later she has filmed alongside Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman and now Hollywood royalty George Clooney in her latest...
The Physician review: historical inaccuracies and lopsided debate

The Physician review: historical inaccuracies and lopsided debate

In Philipp Stölzl’s The Physician we follow the story of Rob Cole (Tom Payne), a young Christian man from England who, haunted by the death of his mother, embarks on a mission to discover the most advanced healing techniques of the 11th century. His journey takes him from studying as a simple barber’s apprentice in...
Behind The Scenes of Man Up with Screenwriter Tess Morris

Behind The Scenes of Man Up with Screenwriter Tess Morris

British screenwriter Tess Morris (pictured below) has been one to watch for a few years now, since claiming a spot on the Brit List – the UK equivalent of the Black List (the yearly compilation of Hollywood’s top executives’ favorite unproduced scripts) – back in 2011. Man Up is the script that earned her that...
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND

THE NEW GIRLFRIEND

“I remember what they told us as kids, ‘Boys are born in cabbages, girls are born in flowers’. Guess I was born in a cauliflower”. From its very beginning François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend (Une Nouvelle Amie) never pulls any emotional punches, with an opening that spirals perilously into bathetic melodrama, the funeral mixes with...
THE AGE OF ADALINE

THE AGE OF ADALINE

Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively stars in this rather dull, scientifically-ridiculous romantic fantasy about the beautiful Adaline, whose ageing process is dramatically frozen at the age of 29. In her hometown of San Francisco, she discreetly plays out her life, dodging questions about her youthful looks and the people who ask them, fearing they might get...
A ROYAL NIGHT OUT

A ROYAL NIGHT OUT

Capturing the heart of the British nation during the celebrations of VE Day, A Royal Night Out is a sugar-coated, fact-fiction film. It follows Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret as they leave Buckingham Palace to join the celebrations with the ordinary folk in 1945. As their evening unfolds, they encounter romance, danger and the common...
UNFRIENDED

UNFRIENDED

The definition of a sleeper hit: a movie with little marketing push that still manages to make a tidy profit. Unfriended definitely fits the mould having cost just one million dollars to make, it has gone on to gross just under sixty million worldwide. Horror is perhaps the trickiest genre to make into something original,...
BODY

BODY

As Body, the new thriller from filmmakers Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, who co-wrote and directed it, proves, horror really is open to many interpretations. This sophisticated take on Hitchcockian bluff and double bluff shows you don’t need the supernatural or mysteries of the unexplained to create chills and nervy tension. Bored by the Christmas...
UNCONSCIOUS

UNCONSCIOUS

A man fights to rebuild his marriage after a horrific accident leaves him with amnesia, but as he begins to uncover the truth behind his so called marriage, it seems now he is fighting for his life. Unconscious is a bone chilling, twisted and surreal thriller, more sinister then anything you may have seen before....
A SECOND CHANCE

A SECOND CHANCE

Much has been said about the dark atmosphere in the TV series The Killing, (the original Danish one, not the uneven US remake) and if this murky drama is anything to go by, it seems to be something that Denmark does quite well. Almost as soon as the film starts, director Susanne Bier (winner of...
IT'S ALL SO QUIET

IT’S ALL SO QUIET

How interesting could the day-to-day life of a middle-aged, closeted farmer be? The answer? Not very. Nanouk Leopold’s stripped back approach to directing gives viewers a look into the repetitive nature of life and whilst this doesn’t make for riveting, edge-of-your-seat viewing, it does give you plenty of time to think about the greater ideas...
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN

The inhabitants of Texarkana, famous for its horrific past, enjoy a Halloween tradition every year by having screenings of the world famous movie The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976), which depicts the true story of a masked serial killer, known as “the Phantom”, that terrorized their town in the late 40s. When the Phantom supposedly...
INTO THE GRIZZLY MAZE

INTO THE GRIZZLY MAZE

It’s a weird time for movie distribution, as even films with big-name stars like Bruce Willis, Robert De Niro and Christian Bale can find themselves dumped straight to DVD with little fanfare. But it’s a weird time for the movie business in general, and actors need to pay the bills like anyone else. That partly...
WOMAN IN GOLD

WOMAN IN GOLD

2013’s Philomena was a true-life drama distributed by The Weinstein Company about a strong-willed elderly woman who pairs up with a younger man, and travels with him in order to find a loved one who was taken from her many years earlier. By contrast, Woman in Gold is a true-life drama distributed by The Weinstein...
OF GIRLS AND HORSES

OF GIRLS AND HORSES

We all go through phases where sometimes we drag ourselves through the meandering monotony, whilst our attempts to gallop towards our ideal are often littered with obstacles. We become so confined and consumed by the lingering issues that our body language speaks for us rather than the ferocity of the spoken word. Perhaps the precious...
BOYS ON FILM 13: TRICK & TREAT

BOYS ON FILM 13: TRICK & TREAT

The popular collection of LGBT-themed short films, Boys On Film, returns with Volume 13, titled Trick & Treat which, despite the lack of Halloween vibes and calendar-timeliness, effectively captures the thematic thread running through these ten interesting pieces of filmmaking. There’s more than meets the eye to each of these stories and the element of...
FIGHTING DEMONS

FIGHTING DEMONS

Life isn’t perfect but we make the best of what we have. Fighting Demons is a surprisingly charming and rich tale that shows one man’s struggle recovering to everyday life. As we watch an ex-convict’s attempts to feel normal again after being released, but with the shadow of his past following him wherever he goes,...



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