Blu-ray Review: ‘The Killing of a Chinese Bookie’

★★★☆☆ On the surface, revered American filmmaker John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is a meandering, almost impenetrable tale of sweaty strip joints and sleazy gangsters. Culled of 25 minutes of footage after the original 1976 cut bombed at the box office, the leaner 1978 re-edit is undoubtedly Continue Reading


DVD Review: ‘Flying Blind’

★★★☆☆ Katarzyna Klimkiewicz’s assured debut feature Flying Blind (2012), starring Helen McCrory, Najib Oudghiri and Kenneth Cranham, is a political thriller with a sting in its tail. Frankie (McCrory), an attractive middle-aged woman, is a successful aerospace engineer designing drones for the British military. She also lectures at Bristol University Continue Reading