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 – and largely fails – to cinematically tackle the PTSD suffered by the former British Continue Reading

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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 depiction of an all too real occurrence. Taking as its subject matter the universally Continue Reading

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 producer Ridley Scott and veteran small-screen director Simon Cellan Jones, this is an immensely Continue Reading

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 in a new sense of creative purpose, with the director joining forces with newsreel Continue Reading

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 Children’s Film Foundation featuring young boys who, in various ways, run away from home, Continue Reading