Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

Ace in the Hole

Films come and go regardless of their quality; the rare exceptions to this are films that capture the mood of the time without getting bogged down in the stylised machinations of culture or fashion. Failing this, perfectly satirising an easily corruptible medium also works. For

Violent Saturday

Eureka have returned to their Eureka Classics label with the release of two titles, the first was The War Lord following that is Richard Fleischer’s Violent Saturday, a spiritual companion to the recent release of Don Siegel’s The Killers and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye. 

Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun is a novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which recounts the Biafran war from a personal and not military perspective. Charged with adapting this 2007 award-winning book is first time director and playwright Biyi Bandele.

Pit Stop

On the latest making of documentary for Arrow Films, Legendary exploitation director Jack Hill explains that Roger Corman requested that he should make a stock car film, capitalizing on their success at the time. Hill only accepted if Corman allowed him to make an art

Hands Over The City

Politics will never fail to aggravate, just as episodes from the past will never fail to hold some relevance to the now. Take Masters of Cinema’s newest addition, Le mani sulla città (Hands over the City), as the perfect example. People reading this review in

White of the Eye

Back in the days of VHS, the idea of discovering a film was a common one; countless people visited their local video rental store and dipped their toe in the hope of finding a gem. Now, in the age of the internet, there are few

Blind Woman’s Curse

One of Arrow’s latest releases sees them take an all too rare foray away from English-speaking climes, instead heading for Japan. That release is Terou Ishii’s surreal period Yakuza film of many titles, whether its Blind Woman’s Curse, Black Cat’s Revenge or Tattooed Swordsman, whatever

Bleak Night

Korean cinema came out of nowhere in the early 2000′s, blowing up people’s conceptions as to what action thrillers can be. They were the perfect antidote to a Hollywood system that was (and still is) becoming increasingly one-dimensional and nepotistic. This blossoming has given directors

White Dog

Slavery has been something of a hot topic in cinema over the past 18 months, what with critical & commercial darlings in 12 years a slave and Django unchained bringing racial inequality into the public discourse. With this social sickness being given an unheralded amount

The Rocket

Documentarian Kim Mordaunt carved out a name for himself with the Laotian set documentary Bomb Harvest. A personal account of the many bombs left unexploded in “the most bombed country, per capita, on the planet”. In the director’s feature début and Australia’s official best picture