Film reviews and more

Day: 6 May 2014

DVD Review: ‘The Railway Man’

★★☆☆☆ Based on the autobiography of the late Second World War veteran Eric Lomax, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 93, director Jonathan Teplitzky’s prim and proper The Railway Man (2013) attempts – […]

DVD Review: ‘Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 & 2’

★★★☆☆ No single director in recent memory has forcibly alienated and beguiled their audiences in equal measure as much as Lars von Trier. He’s an unforgiving chaser of controversy. He’s notoriously callous to work with. He’s […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘White Dog’

★★★★☆ In an alternate history of American cinema, Samuel Fuller would stand shoulder to shoulder with John Ford and Howard Hawks. If the latter pair constitute the heart and the soul, then Fuller would be its […]

DVD Review: ‘Like Father, Like Son’

★★★★☆ Continuing his highly praised and numerously explored focus on the intrinsic role and challenges of family life in contemporary Japanese society, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son (2013) is another tenderly observed and emotionally fraught […]

DVD Review: ‘Klondike’

★★★★☆ The Discovery Channel have staked their claim in the world of big budget television with the handsome and well-acted historical adventure Klondike (2014) – the channel’s first scripted production. Under the welcome supervision of executive […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Boomerang!’

★★★★☆ Elia Kazan knew that he’d made a dud with the underwhelming Hepburn/Tracy vehicle The Sea of Grass (1947), even going as far as to discouraging audiences from seeing it. But that crushing disappointment evidently resulted […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Hobson’s Choice’

★★★★★ Sometimes a film comes along where the viewer can do nothing but sit back and let the whole blissful business wash over them. Hobson’s Choice (1954) – director David Lean’s spirited screen adaptation of playwright […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Gregory’s Girl’

★★★★☆ Following on from the recent rerelease of his 1979 debut That Sinking Feeling, Bill Forsyth’s teen rom-com Gregory’s Girl (1981) has also undergone a similar digital upgrade to its predecessor. However, underneath the (admittedly) outstanding […]

DVD Review: ‘CFF: Runaways’

★★★☆☆ The latest collection from the British Film Institute maintains their ongoing commitment to preserve Britain’s film heritage for generations to come. Accompanied by a fascinating and detailed collector’s booklet, Runaways includes three films from the […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Ace in the Hole’

★★★★☆ Kirk Douglas fans have been spoiled recently with not only a theatrical rerelease of Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 war drama Paths of Glory but also this week the Masters of Cinema reissue of Billy Wilder’s newshound satire […]