Category Archives: Reviews

The Informer

There are features on the disc and in the booklet accompanying the BFI’s new dual format release of Arthur Robison’s 1929 thriller The Informer describing how long and careful the restoration process was.  Just as well; anyone under the delusion that a silent film could be

The Doom Patrol: another kind of superhero story

Superheroes have traditionally been about wish-fulfillment. Bumbling Clark Kent is really the invincible Superman, nerdy Peter Parker is the amazing Spider-Man, the weak and puny Bruce Banner is the Incredible Hulk, and so on. The idea goes that a young male audience reading this kind

Dungeon Keeper

Heroes. Virtuous beings who take it upon themselves to rid the world of evil and bring about a calm to the populace while slaughtering any monstrous beings who may oppose them in any shape or form. Such despicable pathetic bags of flesh. If you ever

Letter to Brezhnev

Call me a sentimental old northerner, but the opening to Letter to Brezhnev remains one of my favourite moments of celluloid. Whilst budgetary constraints mean that it may not be as epic as it clearly wants to be, it nevertheless understands that Liverpool is a

Drunken Master

After the demise of Kong Kong Legends, British fans of martial arts classics were left wanting if they wanted to advance their collection or discover new favourites. Terracotta and 88 films picked up some of the slack but never enough to fill the void left

Experiment in Terror

Blake Edwards’ 1962 thriller, Experiment in Terror, opens on the night skyline of San Francisco. Lines of traffic cruise down the highway in the pitch black with Henry Mancini’s haunting and sinister score lumbering in the background. It then cuts to a suburb with a

Brotherhood of Blades

It’s not the language barrier, nor the theatrics and flamboyance, no, the biggest cross for martial arts cinema to bear is context. As a Westerner, many of the nuances of Eastern history allude me, unfortunately, its those very nuances that the historical martial arts film

The Lady from Shanghai

Orson Welles once claimed he only saw thrillers as a means to an end, that if it wasn’t for the unfortunate necessity of getting films funded he wouldn’t have made any. As if to demonstrate this, he would often tell a story about the genesis

Cordelia Fire Emblem Statue

There’s no doubting that Fire Emblem: Awakening was a winner for Nintendo, it’s fans and the franchise itself, ultimately saving the series from cancellation and giving the series the much-deserved attention in the west and with popularity came a series of figures including a Figma

Lost In France

The music industry is full of holy grail moments. A significant, chance meeting that launches a band that goes on to change the world, a landmark album, a legendary gig or the promise of what might have been.  It doesn’t matter what band, singer or