Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

Soda Shots: Vienna & Lebanon

Life is stranger than fiction and with the DVD release of 2012 documentary The Lebanese Rocket society; no statement could sum a film up more precisely. This is not a scientific programme by the USA, Japan, China, Russia, France or Germany but a tiny country

Il Bidone

Fellini is esteemed at the top of the tree of classic film directors – a place paralleled by very few – but for the UK market he hasn’t been served anywhere near as well as his fellow masters of cinema. There have been bits and

Wolf Children

Back in the golden age of Anime, the appeal of this formerly niche Japanese art-style broke down all manner of barriers because it actively incorporated global inspirations. Fast forward to the modern-day and its fan base may be bigger than ever, yet the gap between

Big Trouble in Little China

It’s a rare occurrence in the home release review trade when one ponders who a review is actually for. John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China is just such an occasion, in the UK it’s one of the more commonly broadcast movies on terrestrial and

The Long Goodbye

Despite the number of classics that fit under the banner, film noir is a style of crime cinema that has been bizarrely confined to the era of its inception. More often than not, those films made outside of the 1940s and 50s tend to be

Tokyo Fist

Back at the peak of the DVD era and when Tartan was a titan of the home video market, the eclectic label had a sub strand called Asia Extreme. Without bathing in gore, the term Asia Extreme is a moniker that few filmmakers live up

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Arrow’s latest release and one of the highlights of the year’s home release calendar is 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It comes with the embarrassment of extra footage, interviews and making of videos. The Blu-ray also features a characteristic effort to bring the film

Nosferatu

Each and every Halloween a classic Horror film is lavished with a limited cinema run. Taking high street cinema chain Cineworld for example, over the last two years they have screened Wes Craven’s 1984 classic Nightmare on Elm Street and Joe Dante’s anarchic delight, Gremlins.

Dr Mabuse, The Gambler (1922)

Cinema in its essence is a visual medium; the silent film can be viewed as nothing but cinema in its purest form. That’s the theory anyhow. Contemporary audiences have written pre-sound cinema as archaic and therefore unworthy of any prolonged attention beyond that which one

The Fury (1978)

Brian De Palma, telekinesis and violence. When most people are addressed with those few identifiers the film they are going to come out with is Carrie. But there’s more, enter 1978 film the Fury; Brian De Palma’s other great telekinetic thriller and one that has