Film reviews and more

Day: 19 November 2013

Blu-ray Review: ‘Streets of Fire’

★★★★☆ Walter Hill’s rock ‘n’ roll fable Streets of Fire (1984) is thirty next year and unsurprisingly the film’s rain-swept streets, which bring to vivid, glimmering life the neon-strewn façades, look terrific in this new transfer. Streets of Fire’s hyperreal […]

DVD Review: ‘Nosferatu’

★★★★★ The jewel in the crown of the BFI’s ongoing Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film season, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic Nosferatu is restored and rereleased this week thanks to Eureka’s Masters of Cinema label. One of silent cinema’s most […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’

★★★★☆ You only have to dip into the latest episode of TV’s Homeland (the third season is currently airing on Channel 4) to see that America’s unique brand of paranoia continues to do a roaring trade. With terrorist sleeper cells […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Gaslight’

★★★☆☆ Austrian actor Anton Walbrook is perhaps best-known for his turn as ballet master Boris Lermontov in Powell and Pressburger’s sumptuous The Red Shoes (1948). In that film, jealousy saw him prey on the fears and desires of Mora Shearer […]

DVD Review: BFI Gothic rereleases

★★★★☆ The BFI continues its Gothic season with three new collections from the BBC archives. There is nothing better as the Christmas season approaches than to settle down with a good tale of terror and these volumes, including the 1970s […]