Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

Teenage

Even though people between the ages of 13 and 19 have always existed, the lifestyle of the teenager is commonly believed to have been invented in the 1950s with the popularisation of Rock ‘n Roll. In Matt Wolf’s idiosyncratic documentary and ‘living collage’, Teenage, he

Kiss of the Damned

During the director interview on Eureka’s release of Xan Cassavetes’ kiss of the Damned, the director states that titles like Twilight are children’s films and don’t belong to the great tradition of vampires in cinema. Although that wasn’t the influence behind the film, it’s a

Computer Chess

As discovered on the extras of Computer Chess (Masters of Cinema’s latest release), the film was part financed by Kickstarter. Now it might not sound like much but this is a momentous turn in fate, for a long time websites like Kickstarter (and Indiegogo) have

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