Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Fall of the House of Usher, Theatre of Blood, the Dr Phibes collection and Pit and the Pendulum, it would be more than fair to say that Arrow are on something of a Vincent Price kick as of late. With their previous release, the

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

During the rise of Hollywood in the glamorous era that spanned the 1920s to the 40s, the industry was undoubtedly anchored by producers, opposing the director that contemporary cinema has established as the norm. All the same, a few directors carved out names for themselves

Theatre of Blood

Vincent Price had a very successful career in the wilderness of genre. As such the most variety he had was as a young man, long before he became the icon he was in later life and long before he collaborated with Roger Corman. The apex

The Good Man

Telling one story in a film is enough of a challenge, those that interweave more into their narrative demand a colossal level of balance to be anything more than a gimmick. ABCs of Death is both a perfect example and condemnation of this hyper-ambitious mode

The Delta Force

Despite a reputation comparable to the top-tier of American action stars, Chuck Norris doesn’t have the catalogue of roles to permit his lofty status. The “best” of a bad bunch are Texas Walker Ranger, getting beat up by Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon

Like Father Like Son

Every year has a best film list and Hirokazu Koreeda snatched the number one spot with his 2013 films I Wish and Like Father like Son. Which brings one to a conundrum: how to review a film which has already been heaped with the praise

Sisters

Arrow film and video are continuing their exploration of Brian de Palma’s back catalogue with their release of his 1973 film – Sisters. This follows Obsession, Blow Out, The Fury, Phantom of the Paradise and Dressed to kill in their unparalleled treatment of the director’s

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. This

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.