DVD Review: Peppermint Soda

★★★★☆ It’s rare to see a rites of passage film told exclusively from the female perspective. With this BFI-sanctioned re-release, we’re privy to not one but two young women as they awkwardly navigate their way through adolescence. Diane Kurys’ 1977 autobiographical debut – known in its native country of France Continue Reading


DVD Review: Hard Times

★★★☆☆ Eureka Entertainment have been fortuitous in releasing this debut from famed action director Walter Hill while he’s enjoying a renewed interest in his past works. In actuality, this is probably more down to the fanfare around Edgar Wright’s upcoming homage to the director Baby Driver than Hill’s own recent, Continue Reading

DVD Review: The Glass Shield

★★☆☆☆ Director Charles Burnett made perhaps one of the greatest cinematic accounts of marginalised black lives with his 1978 classic Killer of Sheep – a film which was offered a thoroughly deserving retrospective and re-release by the BFI a few years back. Made almost two decades after his breakthrough feature, Continue Reading

DVD Review: Roxanne

★★★☆☆ Cast your mind back to a time when Steve Martin assumed the mantle of comedic king of the box office, sharing the title with the likes of Chevy Chase, John Candy and Eddie Murphy. Amongst the more inherently zany, audience-pleasers of that era like The Jerk and The Man Continue Reading

DVD Review: Paris Blues

★★★★☆ Much like the multitude of heady jazz numbers that flow throughout the film, Paris Blues is a cool, breezy and laid-back character-led romantic drama with strong turns by the four likable leads, not least the late, great Paul Newman, effortlessly exuding that trademark piercing blue-eyed intensity and magnetism. The Continue Reading

DVD Review: Highlander

★★★★☆ “There can be only one” is the catchphrase uttered by centuries-straddling, sword-wielding immortals once they have despatched their competition through beheading. That motto could easily be applicable to the quality control of a film series which spawned a deeply inferior, needlessly retconned sequel, further lacklustre follow ups, a bizarre Continue Reading