DVD Review: Assault on Precinct 13

★★★★★ The siege as a narrative device runs throughout John Carpenter’s work, but nowhere is it as raw and unvarnished as Assault on Precinct 13. The premise is exquisitely simple: the inhabitants of a Los Angeles police station must survive the night under siege from rampaging gangbangers whose only goal Continue Reading


Film Review: Videophilia

★★★☆☆ Following his 2010 documentary Reminiscences, director Juan Daniel F. Molero returns for a challenging and visually impressive second feature with Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes). Billed as a ‘non-love story’, its use of digital visual technology and an immediate, raw style give Molero’s Lima-set film an ultra-contemporary authenticity that Continue Reading

DVD Review: Lowlife Love

★★★★☆ Acclaimed director of 2013’s The Greatful Dead, Eiji Uchida returns with Lowlife Life, an often hilarious, charming and fitfully uncomfortable look into the world of low-budget Japanese filmmaking. Indie director Tetsuo (Kyohiko Shibukawa) is an initially charming Linklater-esque slacker, drowsily pawing at his girlfriend and making silly faces as Continue Reading

DVD Review: Elstree 1976

★★★☆☆ Has there ever been a pop culture phenomenon more endlessly discussed, analysed or obsessed over than Star Wars? Amongst its ever-expanding universe of spin offs, sequels, and relentless fandom, it’s difficult to imagine a new way of looking at the franchise. In his documentary Elstree 1976, British writer-director Jon Continue Reading