Blu-ray Review: ‘Halloween’

★★★★★ Cult American director John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 slasher Halloween receives a timely 35th Anniversary rerelease this week in advance of its holiday namesake. Society has a penchant for masochism and craves that fear once in a while, and yet very rarely in recent years has a movie delivered anything Continue Reading


DVD Review: ‘World War Z’

★★☆☆☆ Zombie movies, including Marc Forster’s recently released blockbuster offering World War Z (2013), can often become overly tied to generic conventions. Adversely, however, what’s most enjoyable about genre filmmaking is how directors bend and flex those boundaries. Sadly, Forster – still bemoaned for helming limp Bond entry Quantum Of Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘The Purge’

★★☆☆☆ Coalescing George Orwell’s 1984 with other dystopian texts, cinema has often pondered if orchestrated violence could distract humanity’s inherent hunger for death and destruction. From The Hunger Games and Battle Royale to The Running Man, this simple premise has become a staple of contemporary sci-fi. James DeMonaco’s The Purge Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Hummingbird’

★★☆☆☆ After garnering praise for his screenwriting efforts on both Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and Eastern Promises (2007), Steven Knight makes his directorial debut with Hummingbird (2013). Previously titled Redemption, this London-set thriller is not your typical Jason Statham vehicle. Yet, while “the Stath” proves he’s up to the task, Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘The Deep’

★★★☆☆ Wedged in between Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur’s two English-language, action-driven popcorn flicks – 2012’s Contraband and 2013’s 2 Guns – The Deep (2012) sees the roving director back on home soil for a downbeat but engrossing tale which is about as far removed from his glossy, disposable State-side fare Continue Reading