Film reviews and more

Day: 26 January 2015

#Ben Nicholson #Reviews

Blu-ray Review: ‘Shoah’

★★★★★ Claude Lanzmann’s monumental Holocaust documentary Shoah (1985) took 12 years to make. Compiling over 350 hours of footage, including interviews with individuals in 14 countries, the final cut – released anew on Blu-ray for Eureka’s Masters of Cinema Collection – clocks in at over 9 hours. It’s […]

#Patrick Gamble #Reviews

DVD Review: ‘Kinetta’

★★★☆☆ The search for meaning can be a futile task in a world obsessed with imagined realities; especially when the line between fact and fiction is distorted and ill-defined. The innate quest for purpose is the core of Yorgos Lanthimos’ surreal debut Kinetta (2005), where detachment from modern […]


DVD Review: ‘Honeymoon’

★★☆☆☆ First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes your wife’s possession by something rather insidious during your honeymoon at a secluded cabin in the woods. Romantic, right? Honeymoon (2014) is a lo-fi horror flick that builds on its familiar narrative setting, opting for simmering mystery and big […]


DVD Review: ‘Greatful Dead’

★★★☆☆ Eiji Uchida’s Greatful Dead (2013) combines several genres with an extremely compelling outcome. Black humour and mild farce combine to provide the tone and make it more than just an intriguing watch. Nami (Kumi Takiuchi) has been disillusioned with the idea of family from a young age; […]


Blu-ray Review: ‘Ganja & Hess’

★★★☆☆ The inspiration for Spike Lee’s upcoming Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014), Bill Gunn’s 1973 vampire-but-not-quite film Ganja & Hess is being re-released by Eureka! on DVD and Blu-ray. It is a strange creature of the night; jumping back and forth in time, sometimes repeating itself in […]


DVD Review: ‘The Equalizer’

★★★☆☆ Despite The Equalizer (2014) reuniting director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington, Richard Wenk’s lacklustre script – based on the 80s TV show – prompts little more than a disappointingly predictable display of bloodthirsty wrath and vengeance. In a disservice to the actor’s gift for psychological complexity, […]