CineVue

Film reviews and more

Day: 8 April 2014

Blu-ray Review: ‘Pit Stop’

★★★☆☆ Pit Stop, a 1969 collaboration between B-movie king Roger Corman and director Jack Hill (renown primarily for his work across a number of Blaxploitation titles), represents something of a dream pairing for trash cinema aficionados. […]

DVD Review: ‘Oldboy’

★☆☆☆☆ American remakes of revered foreign language classics invariably fall short of the original, their unique quality and personality often lost in the cultural overhaul. Spike Lee’s abject Oldboy (2013), a wretched western transplant of acclaimed […]

DVD Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

★★★☆☆ Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson’s fifth and penultimate venture into Middle-earth, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) sees J.R.R. Tolkien’s First World War parable delve deeper into the role of community as […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Hands over the City’

★★★★☆ As settlements for city expansion plans are sealed by tweed suited investors, boundless crane shots fly over a post-war Italy. Booming percussion and sweeping brass bellow from the rooftops. Capitalist coalitions are made concrete amidst […]

DVD Review: ‘The Borderlands’

★★★☆☆ Touted in some quarters as one of the best British chillers of recent years – whilst more fervent supporters have heralded it as the lone saviour of the found-footage genre – Elliot Goldner’s The Borderlands […]